May 31, 2012

May 31, 2012

LOGANTON - A woman and two men allegedly robbed a Clinton County bank at gunpoint late this afternoon.  According to a dispatch from the Clinton County Communications Center, a white female is wanted by state police in connection with the armed robbery.  The woman, who police say is armed, has blonde hair and was wearing a light blue shirt and blue jeans.  She also is said to have a tattoo with the word "love" on the left side of her neck.
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NEWPORT – A Newport woman was flown to Hershey Medical Center following a crash late yesterday morning in Perry County. The crash happened on Cold Storage Road in Centre Township just before eleven a.m. Police say 35-year-old Niki Miller suffered a medical condition causing her to go off the roadway and slam into a utility pole. Police say Miller suffered moderate injuries from the crash. A passenger in her vehicle was not injured.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WOODWARD - A head-on collision between two cars in Penns Valley on Sunday resulted in the hospitalization of two men. Police say 22-year-old Mark Fisher of Altoona, was driving west on state Route 45 in Haines Township near the Union County line around 3:30 p.m., and 25-year-old Brian Yoder of Lewisburg, was driving east. Police Yoder was not wearing his seat belt and suffered a major leg injury in the collision. He was flown to Geisinger Medical Center. Fisher was taken by ambulance to Mount Nittany Medical Center for minor injuries.
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SHENANDOAH - A state police fire marshal is investigating a fast-moving fire that severely damaged two homes Wednesday on West New York Street in Shenandoah, leaving three people homeless. The fire was reported just after ten a.m. at 428-430 West New York Street. Fire officials say the blaze does not appear to be suspicious.
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SALLADASBURG – A home intruder is now jailed in Lycoming County after breaking into a woman’s home while she was in the shower Tuesday night. That happened just before eleven p.m. at the home on Water Street in Salladasburg. The woman told police she heard the basement door of her home open and close while she was in the bathroom of the home. Coming out of the shower she saw someone rush upstairs. The woman called police and searched the home and found 19-year-old Denver Miller of Salladasburg in an upstairs closet. Miller is now jailed in the Lycoming County Prison on $75,000 bail.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

JERSEY SHORE - Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police say they’ve arrested two young men, accused with a third person of the home invasion robbery at an apartment in Jersey Shore back in March. Brothers Deon and Rahman Henderson are accused of entering the apartment of Harry Braim III and his girlfriend on March 31st, along with 17-year-old Nadir Edwards of Williamsport. Edwards reportedly held the girl and two of her friends at gunpoint and awaited the arrival of Brain, robbing him of his wallet and $130 dollars. Edwards was caught a couple of weeks later and jailed in lieu of $75,000 dollars bail. The Henderson’s were charged in the past week and jailed as well.
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WILLIAMSPORT - More charges have been filed against a man from Williamsport already awaiting trial for a home invasion burglary. Scott Worthy was arraigned yesterday on charges of robbery, burglary, theft and other counts. Police say he robbed James O’Brien of West Third Street at gunpoint on January 30th of his debit card, cell phone and cigarettes, and later trying to use that debit card.  Worthy was already jailed on charges he and two other men committed a home invasion burglary on Arch Street in the city in early February. Worth was taken before a judge and recommitted to county prison in lieu of $250,000 dollars bail.
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BERWICK - Berwick Police getting a surprise on Wednesday when looking for a man wanted for a probation violation. They discovered a meth lab in the basement of a home in the 300 block of North Vine Street. Authorities said they have found six working meth labs, or ingredients to make the drug since the first of the year. Police cordoned off the area then put on protective suits to dismantle the lab. Several people in the home were arrested.
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SHAMOKIN - A 45-year-old Shamokin man has been charged with multiple offenses, including felonies of aggravated assault and burglary, in connection with a disturbance last week that resulted in injuries for two Shamokin police officers and a North Marshall Street resident. Kenneth Salmon, is charged by police for the May 24th incident at the home of 44-year-old William Gheen. Salmon is accused of assaulting Gheen and a woman inside Ghenn’s home. Gheen had to be taken to Shamokin – Geisinger for treatment. Salmon then assaulted Patrolman Nathan Rhodes, and other police officers and parole officers and continued the assault even after being placed in the back of a police cruiser and eventually had to be subdued by a taser. Salmon is incarcerated at SCI-Coal Township on a state parole violation. Police say 26-year-old Richard White of Shamokin was also arrested after coming to Salmon’s aide. White is charged with assault and related charges and jailed in the Northumberland County Prison.
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DANVILLE - A Danville-area man who had just finished a hearing Wednesday for an alleged assault on his ex-girlfriend was then arrested on drug charges. The Press Enterprise reports, 22-year-old Heckmat Ammar was carrying a "mini safe" in a backpack that contained heroin packets and an Oxycodone tablet. Police say Ammar and an ex-girlfriend argued at an East Front Street apartment in Danville May 9th. When he was caught by police they found the drug items. Police say Ammar also had over one thousand dollars in suspected drug money at the time of his capture. He’s jailed in the Montour County Prison.
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STATE COLLEGE - State College police said a Bellefonte man wearing nothing but socks and shoes led them on a foot pursuit early Saturday morning and now is behind bars. This marks the 12th time 50-year-old Kelvin Flory has been arrested after such an incident in Centre County. State College police said Flory was reported to have been streaking between homes along South Atherton Street around 2:20 a.m. Saturday. Police said Flory refused to stop and ran for several blocks before he was arrested. Flory spent a year in prison after a 2010 incident at the Hills Plaza along South Atherton Street and has had similar arrests stemming back to 1995.
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MIDDLEBURG – A convicted killer in Snyder County is asking the Judge in his case for a new trial under the pretenses of Pennsylvania’s Castle Doctrine law. Attorney Edward Rymsza has filed a request for a new trial for 19-year-old Seth Hornberger of Mifflinburg in the stabbing death of 21-year-old Alan Martin in a Selinsgrove apartment in March 2011. Rymsza argues Snyder County Court erred in instructions given to the jury at the time of Hornberger’s conviction on third degree murder and manslaughter. Rymsza says Hornberger had a right to defend his friend 17-year-old Michael Lepley as Lepley was being assaulted by Martin. The Daily Item reports, District Attorney Michael Piecuch says Hornberger is not entitled to protection under the Castle Doctrine as he was a guest in the apartment, and guests don’t have the same rights as homeowners. Judge Michael Sholley is reviewing arguments. If Sholley reject’s Hornberger’s request for a new trial, he could be sentenced tomorrow.
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BELLEFONTE — With five days to go before jury selection in the Jerry Sandusky trial, signs are pointing more and more to Centre County’s most-talked-about case heading to court as planned. On Wednesday, Senior Judge John Cleland denied another motion from the defense for a delay. Defense attorney Joe Amendola made the request Friday, but it was sealed by court order because it refers to “secret grand jury matters.” It’s the third time the judge has ruled against that kind of request. Cleland also said opening remarks will be heard as early as June 11, dedicating at least four days for jury selection.
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WILLIAMSPORT - A 52-year-old Williamsport man will spend the next 11 to 22 years in state prison for armed robbery of a Newberry convenience store in June 2009. But Robert Graham maintained his innocence throughout his trial and sentencing. His sentence was handed down Wednesday in Lycoming County Court by Judge Marc Lovecchio. Testimony at his trial showed a fingerprint at the Uni-Mart on West Fourth Street matched Graham's, while surveillance footage matched his description, according to testimony. The footage showed a man pointing a handgun at a clerk and leaving with $117 and five cartons of cigarettes. Graham was found guilty March 8 on counts of robbery, and related counts.
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WILLIAMSPORT - A former manager at Puff's Discount Cigarettes on Arch Street in Williamsport, who stole thousands of dollars from the store's automatic teller machine and change box, was sentenced Wednesday to nine to 23 months of county prison and five years of probation by Judge Marc Lovecchio in Lycoming County Court. The Sun Gazette reports, 32-year-old Amy Hubbell pleaded guilty to two counts of theft by unlawful taking and one count of theft by deception in February. Hubbell, who was responsible for filling the ATM and change box, admitted to shorting both and stealing more than $13,000 during the course of four months last year.
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DANVILLE — Three teens accused of shooting at 16 deer during a "killing spree" last fall will spend two years on probation and pay over $16,000 in fines. Eighteen-year-old Codey Bomberger, of Watsontown; 19-year-old Matthew Stoltzfus, of Milton; and 18-year-old Justin Munson, of Turbotville, made plea deals Wednesday which spared them any jail time. All three must pay their share of $7,200 in restitution to the state for the deer, and each must pay $90 in court costs in addition to fines. The trio pleaded guilty to a slew of charges, including four counts each of killing big game out of season. Bomberger was fined the most at $7,000, and pleaded guilty to 50 additional summary charges for various hunting infractions. He must also turn over the Winchester rifle used in the spree. Munson was fined $4,800 and Stoltzfus must pay $4,200 in fines. A juvenile was charged in the spree as well. Game officials say the four drove around Montour, Lycoming and Columbia counties with a spotlight to locate and shoot deer for sport and leaving the carcasses to rot.  
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DANVILLE — A Catawissa-area man accused of pointing a gun at a vehicle full of people will plead guilty to most charges against him. The Press Enterprise reports, 52-year-old Richard Robinson, will admit to simple assault with a weapon, and related charges for the incident last November. He sent his charges onto Montour County Court, Wednesday. Robinson is accused of pointing a handgun at a car carrying a family of seven, including three children, in Mayberry Township.  
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SUNBURY – The public presentation on the Shikellamy State Park complex will be held this afternoon at 5:30 p.m. at the Degenstein Library. State park manager Frank Nanna will be providing attendees with an overview of the park complex, future plans for the marina building project, seasonal events and the history and information regarding the Adam T. Bower Inflatable Dam. The event is free and open to the public.  
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NORTHUMBERLAND — More than 200 clients of SUNCOM Industries stood at Routes 11 and 147 Wednesday to protest the Republican-controlled Legislature that is proposing a 20 percent cut to a Depression-era program that provides about $200 a month for tens of thousands of disabled adults who can’t work. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s cuts to the program seem to be final as the state’s spending on programs for the poor is unsustainable and the $150 million General Assistance line item is a target for elimination. The state Senate, however, has voted to restore some of the funding. SUNCOM is a nonprofit, human services agency that helps people with developmental and physical disabilities improves the quality of their lives. Its goal is to provide vocational training and skill development for individuals to grow to their fullest potential. SUNCOM clients and staff hope buy lining Routes 11 and 147 yesterday those witnessing the protest would contact their state officials and ask that funding for programs like SUNCOM not be cut from the state budget.
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LEWISBURG — Concerned that turmoil at the William Cameron Engine Company could jeopardize services, East Buffalo Township supervisors are putting the fire station on notice that it may take its $220,000 for emergency protection elsewhere. During Tuesday’s township meeting, Supervisor Henry Baylor Jr. asked that a letter of intent be sent to William Cameron, whose contract with the township expires in October. The Daily Item reports, fellow Supervisors James Buck and Thomas Zorn agreed, noting they’d like more information about the fire house operations. The fire company has not commented on the request. The township would need to give at least 30 days notice that it’s considering using another emergency department. Part of the issue stems from the May 10 vote by the fire company’s 21 paid members to unionize.
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LEWISBURG — Shoulder widths for North 15th Street in the planned Penn House Commons project in Lewisburg do not meet federal highway recommendations, prompting the developer’s engineer to seek an exception to keep the site design as is. The Daily Item reports, the alternative could involve moving utility poles and even acquiring and demolishing homes, neither of which the township will do. East Buffalo Township, Meridian Development Partners of New York and the state Department of Transportation are working to resolve the matter. They became aware of the discrepancy several months ago.
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TURBOTVILLE – The Union County Industrial Development Authority has received approval from the Warrior Run School District Tuesday night to apply for a Keystone Opportunity Zone for the Great Stream Commons in Union County’s Gregg Township. Warrior Run School District was the last of three taxing bodies to sign off on the KOZ for the Industrial Development Authority and the 46 and-a-half acres in Great Stream Commons to become a tax free zone, an enticement for business to locate there. The IDC had already received approval from the Gregg Township Supervisors and the Union County Commissioners for the KOZ status.
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NORTHUMBERLAND – Furmano Foods of Northumberland will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon for its new Waste Water Treatment plant. The ceremony is to be held at 1:30 this afternoon at the plant along cannery Road in Northumberland. Plant officials say the expansion project provides Furmano’s with the capacity to grow well into the future. The company will have the ability to harness the methane gas generated by an anaerobic digester, allowing Furmano’s to generate an amount of electricity equivalent to over 30 percent of its on-site use. Special guest Senator John Gordner will also be joining the Furmano’s team for this historical event as Gordner helped Furmano’s obtain the funding for the project.
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LEWISBURG - Several Pennsylvania school districts have been recognized for excellence in music education, and Lewisburg School District is among them. The National Association of Music Merchants' survey evaluates each district based on several criteria including music funding, music class requirements and support for music programs. Nationwide, 176 communities are getting the honor in the 13th year of the award. Music education advocates say the prize can help schools justify spending on the arts in lean budget times.
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SPRING MILLS - The Penns Valley Area school board will hold a special meeting tonight to reconsider its lease with the Ram Community Centre. The board approved a 30-year lease in July with the nonprofit organization seeking to build a community center on school property. The building would include a YMCA and office space. A group opposed to building the center on school land has been critical of the board’s actions leading to its agreement and have asked the school to agree to rescind the lease. The meeting for both sides will be held tonight at seven p.m. at the Penns Valley Elementary and Intermediate School.
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JERSEY SHORE – As a company plans to develop a natural gas drilling site at a mobile home park in Jersey Shore, Lycoming County, a group of local residents have planned an interfaith prayer vigil to voice their opposition to the plans. The Reverend Leah Schade, pastor at United in Christ Lutheran Church in West Milton, encourages the public to join them for the vigil at the Riverdale Mobile Home Park at six tonight. AquaAmerica plans to build a 3 million gallon per day water withdrawal site at the property to service natural gas drilling beginning June 1.  Schade says Aqua America still refuses to sit down and negotiate in good faith with neighbors, despite attempts by the residents to open communications.  
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG - The Briggs and Stratton Company in Lewisburg will donate 6 generators and 3 pressure washers as part of a large donation to help the Red Cross respond to disasters. The equipment will be placed throughout the region, so it will be readily accessible whenever needed. Briggs and Stratton said it is delivering the generators and pressure washers in advance of the Atlantic hurricane season.
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MIFFLINTOWN - The Children's Miracle Network seventh annual Kids Fun Fest will once again be held Saturday at the Zimmerman Truck Lines in Mifflintown. Having brought in $13,000 at last year's Fun Fest, the event has contributed in total more than $73,000 to Geisinger’s Children’s Miracle Network. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the company's facility at 190 East Industrial Drive in Mifflintown and will feature entertainment, games as well as a special appearance by some members of the Penn State football team. General admission is a donation of $3. All proceeds go directly to the Children's Miracle Network and children younger than 12 are admitted to the event for free.
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LEWISBURG - Nearly 300 firefighters have registered to attend a firefighting camp this weekend in Union County. The attendees will participate in a variety of classes and hands-on activities that they may encounter during an out-of-state assignment. When completed, the firefighters will be qualified to answer the call to fight wildfires anywhere in the United States.
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HARRISBURG - State Representative Mike Hanna of Lock Haven is reported doing very well following heart surgery yesterday to remove a small blockage in an artery. Hanna's son, Mike, reported this morning that his dad was up sitting in a chair, walking and carrying on a conversation with family and hospital staff. "Everything went very well," he said, adding his father could be released this weekend.
(WGRC)

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