May 3, 2012

May 3, 2012

DORNSIFE – A home burglarized in Northumberland County.  State Police are investigating a burglary at a home along Cherry Town Road in Washington Township that happened yesterday between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. The culprits gained entry to the home through an unlocked garage bay door.  The crooks made off with a rifle, an X-Box game system and games, a cell phone, camera, DVDs, jewelry and a lock box containing bank documents and social security cards.  Anyone with information about this burglary should call State Police at Stonington.
John Callahan (WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG – A power failure closes a Columbia County university.  Officials at Bloomsburg University say classes are cancelled through tonight due to a campus wide power outage caused by a wider PPL power outage.  PPL’s outage page indicated that 137 customers in Bloomsburg were without power as of 3 pm.  By 5 pm the web page indicated that power had been restored in Bloomsburg.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE – A high court overturns the rulings of two lower courts in a Centre County case.  Last Friday the State Supreme Court overturned the decisions of the State Superior Court and the Centre County Trial Court in a case from 2007.  The high court ruled that it was permissible for a police officer to approach a vehicle in a closed parking lot and request identification from an individual in an automobile, even if the vehicle is lawfully parked, and the officer has no reasonable suspicion that the law is being violated.  John Au filed a motion to suppress evidence after he was approached by a police officer who asked to see identification while he and several others were in a parked car late at night in front of a closed Ferguson Township business.  When Au opened the glove box to retrieve his ID, two baggies of marijuana inside were in plain view of the officer.   Au believed the officer had no reason to ask for his ID in the first place.
(WGRC)

UNDATED - A celebration of the National Day of Prayer is on today’s calendar. The first Thursday of May is designated to take time out of our busy schedule to give thanks to God and pray for our Nation. There are numerous events throughout the WGRC listening area where folks will gather in prayer for their nation, the nation’s leaders, and state and local government, among other issues.
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ORWIGSBURG - Pastor Bill Orf believes all Americans, including Schuylkill County citizens, need to believe in God, and thinks Thursday's National Day of Prayer will be a good way to remind people of that.  Orf, who is pastor of The Lighthouse Church, Orwigsburg is encouraging Schuylkill County citizens to take part in the observance of the National Day of Prayer at noon Thursday at the county Courthouse in Pottsville. Orf said people should use the celebration, and the day as a whole, to remember how much God has blessed this country and how thankful we should be for those blessings. The national theme this year is “One Nation Under God." The day has been celebrated nationally for 60 years.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG - Roadwork on sections of Route 192 in Lewisburg and Route 15 in the Winfield area in Union County will be underway today. Weather permitting, work will start around 7 a.m. on Route 192, with repairs being wrapped up there within a couple of hours. Then, the contractor will move to sections of Route 15 in both directions in the Winfield area, with work there expected to be completed Friday evening. Motorists are advised to be alert to the single-lane conditions through these work zones, and plan extra time for their travels.
(WGRC)

LAMAR – PennDOT advises drivers that a mud slide has forced the closure of a section of Route 120 in Clinton and Cameron counties. The closure effects both directions of Route 120 between Route 872 in Grove Township, Cameron County, and the intersection with Keating Mountain Road in East Keating, Clinton County.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes during the closure. PennDOT expects to re-open the roadway by 5 p.m. Firday.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY — The hazardous waste processing company that has yet to apply to the city’s zoning hearing board for permission to create a Sunbury transfer station calls errors in its application to the state Department of Environmental Protection “oversights,” one of which may have affected 720 Shamokin Dam households. In its January 20th application to DEP, Clean Harbors Environmental Services was asked whether its project was within three miles of a public water supply facility dependent on surface sources. Clean Harbors responded with a “no.” Meanwhile  Ed Hovenstine, Shamokin Dam borough manager says Shamokin Dam draws its water from the Susquehanna River south of Veterans Memorial Bridge, about 2.5 miles from the former Celotex site Clean Harbors is considering. Asked whether there are any county, local or municipal parks within a mile of the former Celotex site, Clean Harbors responded on its DEP application again with a “no.” But officials say seven playgrounds, ballparks and the Sunbury swimming pool are within the mile radius from the former Celotex plant. The Daily Item reports, officials with Clean Harbors admit they have made some errors on the application.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - The city of Williamsport saw a $487,000 increase in business privilege and wage tax revenues between 2010 and 2011, according to the city finance committee that met Wednesday. Jonathan Williamson, chairman of the city finance committee says some of the increase it is likely to be a result of increased activity directly or indirectly related to Marcellus Shale industries. WIlliamson also says the city is running under the budgeted amount at this time of year is an early indicator and reflection that spending is under control.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG – Rolling thunderstorms provided for gusty winds and heavy rains and with them came power outages. Northumberland County was the worst hit in the WGRC listening area. PPL Electric Utilities say over 5,500 customers were without power early this morning due to the storms that passed through overnight. Perry, Schuylkill and Snyder counties also reported outages due to the storms.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – Police in Williamsport are looking for the driver of a dark vehicle and the driver of a light colored sedan who were involved in a hit and run pedestrian crash in Williamsport last night. Police say the dark colored vehicle will have damage to its windshield or side windows as a significant amount of window glass was found at the scene at High Street near its intersection with Sixth Avenue. The crash happened around 11:30 p.m. and claimed the life of a 46-year-old Williamsport man. Police say after the dark colored vehicle hit the pedestrian the light colored sedan may have hit the pedestrian as well. Anyone with information on the crash or may know who was involved is asked to call Williamsport Police or the Lycoming County 9-1-1 Center.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LAMAR – Fire crews from Clinton and Centre Counties rushed out to the scene of a barn fire this morning in Clinton County. The fire was reported just before two a.m. at 5859 Nittany Valley Drive in Porter Township. When crews arrived on scene the barn was fully involved. Clinton County emergency officials tell us there were no reports of any animals involved in the fire. One firefighter had to be taken to the hospital after becoming ill at the scene of the blaze. The barn is a total loss. It’s believed lightening started the fire but an official cause has not bee released.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

ELIMSPORT – In Lycoming County a malfunctioning coal stove is being blamed for the death of a man who investigators said died of carbon monoxide fumes that filled his bi-level home on Route 44 in Washington Township. Authorities say 62-year-old Elwood Dewald Jr., 62, was found dead in his home around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. Lycoming County Coroner Charles Kiessling Jr. pronounced the man dead at the scene. The death has been ruled accidental.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - A man with a long history of mental illness who was shot by police following an altercation on February 23rd, along Feeder Avenue in Lewistown, was arrested by the Pennsylvania State Police Wednesday and charged with aggravated assault and other related offenses. Police caught up to 41-year-old Leroy Kanagy, of Lewistown, shortly after 8 p.m. on February 23rd, in an attempt to serve a warrant for a probation violation. What the officers did not know at the time is Kanagy may well have been on his way to Harrisburg to purchase an automatic gun, which he planned to use to kill police officers. When Lewistown police first approached Kanagy in his vehicle along Chestnut Street, he refused, and drove away nearly striking one officer. The officers eventually cornered Kanagy along Feeder Avenue where the defendant accelerated his vehicle striking a police car. He then charged towards police who used a taser several times and then fired two shots after the taser was ineffective. Mifflin County District Attorney Dave Molek ruled police were justified in the use of potentially deadly force. Kangy spent several months at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville recovering from his wounds. Kangy remains jailed in the Mifflin County Prison on $250,000 bail.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG — The son of a radio station owner was jailed after attacking his father Tuesday outside the WHLM studio on East Main Street. The Press Enterprise reports, 23-year-old David Reilly of Bloomsburg, charged at his father Joe Reilly, knocking him down to the sidewalk as the father stepped outside the studio to put money in a parking meter about 9 a.m. Joe Reilly suffered bruises and pain to his arm, shoulder, neck, chest and back. David Reilly was chased by a station employee to a building down the block, where police found him hiding in a shower inside an apartment. Police said he had to be restrained and forcibly taken down two flights of stairs as he began trying to pull away and shouting obscenities. David Reilly was charged with simple assault and related counts and  was lodged in Columbia County Prison on $10,000 bail
(WGRC)

SUNBURY – A Sunbury man is in jail charged with using stolen credit cards at numerous shops between April 15 and the 17th. Police have charged 28-year-old Brian Walker with theft and forgery. Police say Walker racked up over $450.00 on the cards held by two victims from Northumberland. Police identified Walker through video surveillance taken at one of the shops where he used a stolen card. He’s now jailed on $75,000 bail.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MILL HALL – Police are investigating the theft of six guns from a home in Mill Hall in Clinton County. Police say the guns were taken sometime between October 3, 2011 and April 20th. Police say the thief entered the garage on a home along Laurel run road in Bald Eagle Township and stole the guns. Anyone with information is asked to call state police, Lamar.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BELLEFONTE — A judge announced Wednesday he will hear arguments by two school districts and a charity to throw out defense subpoenas in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case. Lawyers for the Mifflin County School District and the Keystone Central School District have asked Judge John Cleland to quash defense subpoenas seeking information about two of Sandusky's alleged victims. The districts cite federal and state laws that govern disclosure of school records.     The Second Mile, a charity for at-risk youths founded by Sandusky in 1977, is also seeking to quash a defense subpoena. The Associated Press reports, Cleland scheduled a May 9 hearing on the motions.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - The former Notre Dame football player authorities busted last week for allegedly getting 22 pounds of pot in the mail has entered a not guilty plea. The Centre Daily Times reports, 25-year-old Michael Turkovich, of Patton Township, sent his charges on to Centre County court Wednesday. Police say a parcel was intercepted in Pittsburgh on April 24 because it was suspected to contain marijuana, and authorities set up a controlled delivery of the package to the address, 103 East Beaver Avenue, Suite 11, in State College. Turkovich signed for the package and was arrested. Police also found 25 more pounds of pot at his residence on Oakwood Avenue as well as a gun and a large amount of money in his car. Turkovich is free after posting $100,000 bail.

BELLEFONTE - In order to try to lure more businesses and industry into the county, the Centre County commissioners have unanimously agreed to make two areas virtually tax-free for 10 years. The designation still has to be approved by the participating school districts and municipalities involved. The Commissioners agreed to the Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone in the Benner Commercial Park in Benner Township, near the county prison, and to a parcel near Philipsburg at the former Philipsburg State Hospital. Both actions have to be approved by the participating school districts. Officials said the Bellefonte Area School Board passed the designation last week, and they anticipate Benner and Rush townships, and the Philipsburg-Osceola School District to do the same next week. The designation would alleve any new business or industry moving there of any property taxes for 10 year.
(WGRC)

MILTON – Milton School District officials are continuing their work at reducing a $736,000 deficit for the 2012-2013 budget. The Standard Journal reports, since March 18th the district has been able to cut over $137,000 dollars from the deficit which then stood at $873,000. The work continues as the June 30th deadline for school districts to have a budget in place approaches.
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LEWISTOWN - The Mifflin County School District's 2012-13 budget continues to be a work in progress, as administrators look for avenues to reduce a $1.66 million deficit before the June 30 deadline. During a special budget meeting this week, school officials reported several more cost-cutting moves in an effort to bring that deficit down. To date, the school board says cuts through attrition and other avenues have reduced the budget deficit to $1,052,000, a number that they say would still necessitate the school board raising taxes again. Other cuts are being considered including the elimination of three teaching positions at the secondary level through attrition. Also the retirement of Mifflin County Junior High School Principal Dr. Joseph McGinnis, who will not be replaced. Those moves, in addition to the three teaching positions being eliminated, will save the district $131,000 in salary and benefit expenses. The board must approve a preliminary budget at its May 24th voting session and have a final spending plan in place no later than June 30. The board will vote on the final budget at its June 28 business session.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE — Seeking to make amends for the Penn State child sex scandal, the university said it has given more than $1.1 million in football bowl revenues to its new center for child abuse research and treatment. The Center for the Protection of Children, started in the wake of child sex abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, will offer treatment for abused children and a primary care clinic for foster kids. It also will sponsor research into the prevention, detection and treatment of abuse; offer training; provide advocacy; and collect data. The funding is more than twice the amount that Penn State had promised in December. The university said higher-than-expected bowl revenues allowed it to give more. Penn State's share of Big Ten bowl proceeds totaled $2.6 million, of which $1.5 million has already been donated to the Pennsylvania Coalition against Rape, a group that operates rape crisis centers across the state. The Center for the Protection of Children will be based at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital and bring together clinicians, scientists, legal scholars and educators. The Associated Press reports, its director, Dr. Andrea Taroli, said the additional funding will help it get off the ground more quickly.
(WGRC)

DANVILLE – The annual March of Dimes’ Susquehanna Valley March for Babies and 5K Run for Babies will be held this Sunday beginning on the campus of Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. for the 5Kand starts at 9 a.m. Registration for the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. with that event getting underway at 10:30 a.m. The 5k event begins at the Knapper Clinic while the March for Babies gets underway at the Henry Hood Center for Health Research. The March for Babies is the March of Dimes’ premier fund-raising event that benefits area babies. March of Dimes is the champion for all babies, those born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG - Are you interested in solar for your home, business, non-profit or local government?  Would you like your kids to know more about renewable energy options for their future? Then listen–up on Saturday May 12th you can participate in the Bucknell University Solar Scholars “Renewable Energy Workshop” from 9am to 3pm at the Elaine Langone Center at 7th Street and Moore Avenue on the Bucknell campus. To register, call Carol High at 566-1490. Cost is $15 if you register by this Friday, and $25 at the door. Lunch is included. The morning will provide presentations on the affordability of solar energy, how solar energy can be used throughout a community, and the increased value of solar when it is coupled with energy conservation. The afternoon will include displays of a soda can solar heater, photovoltaic arrays erected on campus, a wind turbine, solar water heater and solar pathfinder.
(WGRC)