May 7, 2012

May 7, 2012

FLEMINGTON – A New Jersey couple died in a crash on Interstate 80 westbound in Greene Township, Clinton County on Saturday. The crash happened just after noon. Police say 78-year-old Mary and her passenger 79-year-old Bartholom Moynahan from Parsippany, New Jersey were killed when their car went off the highway and slammed into two trees. Both died at the scene.
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HOWARD - A Northumberland County man was killed Saturday morning after his vehicle crashed into several trees on state Route 144 in Clinton County near the Centre County line. State police say 25-year-old Michael Spirko of Watsontown was speeding when his car went off the road in Beech Creek Township and crashed into the trees. It happened around 10:20 a.m. The crash is still under investigation. Police ask anyone with information to call them at 570-726-6000.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

COLLEGE TOWNSHIP — State College police have identified a motorcyclist killed Friday when his vehicle collided with a pickup truck on East College Avenue. Police say 22-year-old Yevgeniy Shmakov, of Pennsylvania Furnace, was pronounced dead at Mount Nittany Medical Center, where he was taken after the crash. Shmakov’s motorcycle collided with a pickup truck around 4:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of East College Avenue in College Township. Police say Shmakov was speeding when the crash happened.
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WASHINGTONVILLE – Two people were injured in a crash on Route 254 near Washingtonville on Friday afternoon. State police say 26-year-old Heather Crumb of Danville was speeding west on Route 254 from Washingtonville when she struck a vehicle turning left onto Stuck Road, driven by 24-year-old Jeanette Wright of Milton. Crumb’s vehicle rolled twice on the side of the road, throwing Crumb from the vehicle. She was taken to Geisinger Medical Center and was discharged yesterday. Wright was treated for minor injuries at Evangelical Community Hospital.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - A Bloomsburg boy was released from the hospital yesterday after being struck by a car last week. Six-year-old Madden Locke, suffered a broken leg among other injuries around 6:45 Thursday night. He was playing with friends along Center Street when he ran into the path of an oncoming vehicle. 
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WILLIAMSPORT - A fire which started in a downstairs couch created a smoky fire around ten a.m. Saturday, along Carone Drive in Lycoming Township. Home owner Joseph Hume, tried to put out the fire but couldn’t. Hume alerted his son, and the two safely escaped the basement and fled the house with Hume's wife, Holly. The basement was engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived.  Crews were not able to save much of the home which sustained over $150,000 in damage. The cause of the fire was under investigation but not thought to be suspicious.
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MILL HALL - A huge blaze at the home of Rob and Carol Matheney 106 South Parsons Drive in Bald Eagle Township, drew over 60 firefighters from 10 Clinton and Lycoming County fire departments Saturday night. The fire was reported just before nine p.m. The home was destroyed but officials say there were no injuries. Officials say the fire appeared to have started to the rear of the house, in the vicinity of a laundry room. Crews remained on the scene of that blaze until just before one Sunday morning.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MONTOURSVILLE - A Montoursville father returning from the barbershop with his two young sons on Thursday afternoon arrived home to find flames shooting from the attached garage of the family's property at 1109 Tule Street in Montoursville. Robert Pulizzi Jr. quickly opened the front door, rescuing the family's two dogs. He called 911 to report the blaze as did a neighbor, just before 4 p.m. Pulizzi's wife, Kristen, was not home at the time. Flames were already spreading across the attic of the family’s home when fire crews arrived. A state police fire marshal was expected to visit the scene ton determine a cause.
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WILLIAMSPORT - An armed robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash following the robbery of a Williamsport convenience store on Saturday morning.  Around 5am, a white male dressed in a sweatshirt and blue jeans with a t-shirt over his face entered the Uni-Mart at West Fourth and Race Streets in Newberry and pulled unidentified weapons, demanding the cash. He got away in an unknown direction.  No one was hurt and the investigation continues.
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MARYSVILLE – A 23-year-old Pottsville man is jailed in the Perry County Prison after assaulting two police officers. Police say around 3:30 Friday afternoon State Police and Marysville Borough police arrested 23-year-old Michael Siluk the Third after he spit on police and resisted arrest. He remains jailed in the Perry County Prison on $25,000 bail.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - Spring Township police arrested a State College man Sunday on four felony counts of robbery. Nineteen-year-old Richard Martinez, is in jail on $75,000 bail. Police say Martinez robbed four teenaged boys on Greens Valley Road shortly before six p.m. Saturday. Police say he threatened them with their lives made them lie on the ground kicking one boy in the head, stuck a box cutters to one boy’s throat, before rummaging through their pockets and taking items.
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BELLEFONTE - Court documents filed in the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse case indicate the defense thinks there are at least 17 accusers, more than have been identified in criminal charges. The information is contained in a motion filed Thursday by Sandusky defense attorney Joe Amendola, who wants prosecutors to hand over potential evidence as part of the pre-trial discovery process. Amendola has asked for the names of accusers he identified as alleged victims 11 through 17, and those numbered 18 and beyond. Senior Judge John Cleland on Thursday ordered the prosecution to turn over the discovery materials requested by the defense. The prosecution has until the middle of this week. If they object, they must file a response in writing by Monday. Any disputes that remain will be heard at a hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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STATE COLLEGE — Penn State alumni have elected three new members to the university Board of Trustees, including a well-known former football player who recovered from a serious injury and a businessman who has criticized the board’s actions after Jerry Sandusky’s arrest in a child sex-abuse scandal. Alumni elected lawyer Adam Taliaferro, who played for the late coach Joe Paterno; prominent donor and board critic Anthony Lubrano; and retired U.S. Navy captain Ryan McCombie. Election results were announced Friday following more than three weeks of online voting that drew a record 37,000-plus votes. The Associated Press reports, the new trustees take office July 1. Some alumni saw the election as way to start enacting change following anger over Paterno’s ouster in November as part of the board’s response to the charges against Sandusky, a retired assistant coach.
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WILLIAMSPORT– Congressman Tom Marino says he will return to Washington today, after doctors gave him permission to resume congressional activities. The Patriot-News reports Marino has been at home since being discharged from the Cleveland Clinic, where small tumors were removed in early April from his one remaining kidney. Marino has been fighting cancer for more than a dozen years, and his other kidney was removed in 2009.
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COAL TOWNSHIP - The expansion of the state prison in Coal Township came in more than $3 million under budget. The state allocated $15.5 million for the creation of J Block, a 128-prison cell unit. It ended up costing $12.34 million for design and construction. The new unit, J Block, became functional Dec. 7, 2011, when inmates were transferred from an existing unit inside the prison. It's home to special needs inmates as well as those engaged in "intensive" drug and alcohol treatment.
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COAL TOWNSHIP - A mine subsidence just off Northwestern Academy Drive leading to Northwestern Academy in Coal Township, Northumberland County, caused police to shut down the road Friday until the area can be thoroughly inspected and filled in by mining officials. The mine subsidence was found shortly before 11:30 a.m. and reported. The subsidence, which is located next to a small bridge approximately three-tenths of a mile from the Route 61 entrance to the academy, is about 35 feet deep and 25 feet wide. Ground underneath a section of guard rail collapsed, exposing the rail and blocking a small amount of water running off an embankment near the Reinhart FoodService Warehouse from flowing through a culvert under the bridge. Employees at Northwestern Academy and Reinhart FoodService will be forced to use Industrial Park Road until the subsidence is filled in and the road declared safe.
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HARRISBURG - Marcellus Shale gas wells in Pennsylvania generated about $3.5 billion in gross revenues for drillers in 2011. The Associated Press reports, experts say that a sharp drop in wholesale prices over the last year means that much more money will be made in the future by companies that process the gas into other industrial and consumer compounds. In 2011 the wells across the state produced just over 1 trillion cubic feet of gas.
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DANVILLE — Between 800 and 1,000 parents, babies and well-wishers flocked to Geisinger Medical Center on Sunday for the Susquehanna Valley March for Babies. The visitors came from all over the region, some to participate in the event’s 3.2-mile walk, others for the 5K Run for Babies and more still for the reunion that took place afterward of families who went through Geisinger’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The March for Babies is a fundraiser for the March of Dimes, which helps provide medical care for area newborns.
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ELYSBURG - Walkers from around the area will gather at Knoebel’s Amusement Resort on Saturday, May 12 for the annual Pregnancy Care Center Walk For Life. Walkers will gather at the park for registration at 9 a.m. and start walking a three-mile course. Participants will gather sponsors that will raise money for the center, located at 150 South Market Street in Shamokin. Following the walk, a free hot dog lunch will be provided to all participants. Walkers who raise $75 in sponsorships will earn a T-shirt. Walkers who raise $150 will earn a sun visor and shirt and those raising $350 will earn a duffle bag, t-shirt and sun visor. For more information about the event, contact the center at 648-2600, or go to their website at www.pregnancycare.us.
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WILLIAMSPORT — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies will host a special May 23 forum on the river, which will include a presentation by an agency biologist who has been studying the problems plaguing smallmouth bass in the middle section of the Susquehanna. The forum will be to be held at from 6:30 – 9 p.m., Room G-11 of the Heim Science Building at Lycoming College in Williamsport. Among the topics discussed in the forum will be comments by River biologist Geoff Smith, who will present the latest data related to the water quality in the Susquehanna River and the staggering decline of much of the river’s world-renowned smallmouth bass fishery. Smith will also explain the work that has been done to date to try to diagnose the causes of the disease that has been killing young smallmouth bass for almost a decade and has most recently resulted in unsightly lesions and open sores on adult bass. Those lesions have been a source of controversy at least among anglers who regularly fish the Susquehanna. (WGRC)