February 9, 2012

February 9, 2012

MIFFLINTOWN - A woman convicted of first degree murder for killing her son-in-law was sentenced to life in prison today in Mifflin County.  President Judge Kathy Morrow imposed the mandatory sentence after reading a statement from the victim's family.  The Sentinel reports, 56-year old Brenda Smith was found guilty last week of killing her son- in- law, 36-year old Michael Hockenberry, inside his Cedar Street home in Mifflintown in September 2010.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - A woman was taken to the hospital this afternoon after she was hit by a car in Lycoming County.  It happened about 1:30 p.m. on West Third Street near the intersection with William Street in Williamsport.  A witness told police the woman was trying to keep a man from driving away when the man hit the woman with the car, then took off.  He was taken into police custody a short time later. The woman, who has not been identified, was taken to the hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. There is no word if any charges will be filed.
(WNEP)

WILLIAMSPORT - A home in Lycoming County was destroyed by fire this morning.  Fire crews were called out just before 8:30 this morning to the home in the 600 block of Second Street in Williamsport.  Fire officials have now determined that a rubber glove caught fire on the stove setting off the blaze.  Jim and Florence Pardee, who are both blind,  were rescued from their burning home by neighbors and their son who lives nearby.  Fire authorities say they were not seriously injured.  The fire was ruled an accident.
(WNEP)

HARRISBURG – Legislation set to regulate and promote economic growth within Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry, while giving local governments the option of adopting an impact fee, was approved today by the state House.  This legislation will give the majority of the revenue collected from the impact fee to the areas that are affected by the drilling to repair roads and bridges and perform preventative maintenance. It also will provide funds to support water and sewer system construction, and emergency response training. The remaining money will be shared at the state level for similar initiatives, such as protecting infrastructure and the environment.
(WGRC)

FLORIDA – An accident in Florida claims the lives of four area residents and injures two others.  According to reports the accident happened around 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon near Everglades City.  Killed were 66-year old James Rosini, 68-year old Patricia Rosini, and 68-year old William Rosini of Coal Township along with 59-year old Deborah Korbich of Elysburg.  James Rosini was serving as Northumberland County’s assistant county solicitor, while his wife Patricia was director of the county’s Area Agency on Aging. Police say the car failed to stop at a flashing red light when it was struck by a van. The driver of the van, 63-year old David Dahl, of South Williamsport, sustained serious injuries according to police.  60-year old Joanne Dahl suffered minor injuries.
(WGRC)

BERWICK – A damaging fire has forced a Berwick family from their home.  The blaze erupted around 7 o’clock last night in the 200-block of West Ninth Street.  A State Police Fire Marshal will investigate.  Authorities tell the Press Enterprise that oil left unattended on a kitchen stove is believed to have sparked the blaze.  Shawn and Darlis Docherty own the home. Both Darlis and the couples’ nephew, 31-year old Michael Morales, had to flee from the burning structure.  
(WGRC)

UNDATED – Motorists are being advised to use added caution this morning with the risk of ‘black ice’ on area roadways.  Last night’s light snowfall melted initially on many surfaces, but last night’s colder temperatures may be leading to some slick spots this morning. 
(WGRC)

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT – A three-vehicle accident injures two and snarls traffic in Lycoming County.  The crash closed Route-15 in both directions near the Little League Baseball complex in South Williamsport after 11:30 yesterday morning.  The roadway reopened soon after 1pm.  State Police say 29-year old Lonnie Gainer, of South Williamsport sustained major injuries.  Gainer was slowing to make a left hand turn when police say his car was rear-ended and pushed into the rear end of a tractor trailer truck heading the opposite direction.  Police say a one-year old child in the car with Gainer suffered minor injuries.  The other drivers were not hurt.
Don Casteline (WGRC)

MILTON – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett paid a visit to a business in Northumberland County late Wednesday morning.  The Governor took a tour of the new Minuteman Evironmental Services location along Housels Run Road between Milton and Montandon.  Minuteman Evironmental Services completely realigned its focus to strictly environmental services in the Marcellus Shale and moved its operations from Columbia County to Northumberland County.  Governor Corbett praised the business for creating jobs locally.  The business employs 143 people and expects to hire an additional 100.  The governor also took the opportunity to talk about his newly announced budget plan with workers at Minuteman.  The $27.14 billion dollar proposal closes a revenue shortfall of more than $700 million and reduces spending by more than $20 million dollars.
John Callahan (WGRC)

SUNBURY – Personnel expenses are being trimmed at the Northumberland County Prison.  The Daily Item reports Warden Roy Johnson has demoted four supervisors in order to cut payroll expenses by approximately $135,000.  Johnson says the move cuts supervisor pay expenses but avoids eliminating staff positions.  
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – The possibility of increasing the police force in Williamsport, Lycoming County, is being considered.  Grant money would allow City Council to hire two more officers.  The more than 400-thousand dollar grant would pay for three years of salary and benefits.  The city would be obligated to retain the positions for a fourth year.  According to the Sun-Gazette, Williamsport’s mayor and chief of police both favor increasing the department to 54-officers.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG — A hearing for Jerry Sandusky is scheduled for Friday at the Centre County Courthouse.  Sandusky is requesting a change to his bail which would grant him supervised home visits with his grandchildren.  Currently Sandusky is not permitted to have contact with anyone under 18.  Officials are preparing for a large crowd to attend Friday morning’s hearing.

Meanwhile, reports say Sandusky wants jurors in his child sex-abuse trial to be chosen from the community where he lives and is suggesting a trial delay may be the best way to address the intense publicity generated by the case. Sandusky attorney Joe Amendola filed court documents Wednesday opposing a request by the state attorney general's office to bring in out-of-county jurors. The Associated Press reports,  Amendola says publicity about the former Penn State assistant football coach's case has been so pervasive that jurors from other counties will also have been saturated with news coverage. Sandusky is accused of abusing 10 boys over a 15-year span. He denies the allegations.
(WGRC)

UNDATED – A Philadelphia area man stands accused of ripping off homeowners in the Schuylkill County region.  Reports say Jonathan Williams was paid in advance to do home repairs for at least six home owners, but he failed to go back and do any of the work.  Tamaqua Police tell WNEP the thefts total about $5,000.  Williams is currently free on bail.
(WGRC)

PLEASANT GAP – Authorities continue their investigation into an attempted convenience store break-in in Centre County.  Rockview State Police say, late Monday night, two men tried to smash through a glass door at Pleasant Gap’s Quick Stop along East College Avenue.  According to the Centre Daily Times, the men fled when the store’s alarm was activated.  Police say both are visible on security video.
(WGRC)

In area men’s college basketball action last night…
Michigan State 77, Penn State 57
Bucknell 66, Colgate 50
Bloomsburg 75, Shippensburg 54