June 5, 2012

June 5, 2012

BELLEFONTE – In Centre County, there are now six jurors selected to hear the child sex abuse case against Jerry Sandusky.  Judge John Cleland allowed 20 people from the jury pool to leave, and said the remaining 40 would stay for questioning, but would be able to go home by 5:30 p.m.  Jury selection is scheduled to pick up again Wednesday morning.  This morning, three jurors -- two women and a 24-year-old man -- were chosen to hear the case.  The Patriot-News reports, three more were apparently picked during the afternoon session. No details have yet been announced about the last three jurors chosen.
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BELLEFONTE – This morning, two women and a man were selected as jurors in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual assault case.   One is a Walmart employee, a woman with two children who says she doesn't know much about the case. One is a 24-year-old student, the son of a PSU employee.  The Patriot News reports, the third is a woman whose husband is a physician who worked with Mike McQueary's father, John McQueary, before he retired. Amendola asked the judge to strike her, but he didn't. The juror had season tickets to Penn State football for many years. The McQuearys are witnesses in the case.  The judge said earlier today that the jury will not be sequestered.
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SCRANTON – The former head of the now defunct Rape and Victim Assistance Center of Schuylkill County was sentenced today in federal court to two years in prison.  56-year old Mary Beth Semerod  of Pottsville, must spend up to 24 months in prison and pay $205,883in restitution, a federal judge in Scranton ruled. Semerod, who remains free on bail, must report to prison August 23rd.  The Republican Herald reports, Semerod pleaded guilty in November to stealing about $100,000 from a program receiving federal funds.
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LOCK HAVEN – In Clinton County, the Delaware Valley Outboard Racing Association and the Lock Haven Area Jaycees present the Third Annual Lock Haven Area Jaycees June Boat Races and Festival in the city this Saturday and Sunday.  The Express reports, Scott Glossner, president of the Delaware Valley Outboard Racing Association, based in Rumson, N.J, expects the event should draw between 50 and 60 boats from throughout the nation, in the same venue that has made the Labor Day Regatta the second-largest race of its kind in the nation.
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PAXTONVILLE – A Beaver Springs man remains in serious condition after being flown to Geisinger Medical Center yesterday after crashing his motorcycle in Snyder County. That happened just before five p.m. on Route 522 in Franklin Township. State Police say a ladder fell from a truck causing several vehicles to stop abruptly on the roadway. Police say when 43-year-old Michael Zimmerman tried to stop his motorcycle he was thrown from the motorbike. Police say he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and suffered major injuries.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

PAXINOS – A Coal Township woman was taken to Geisinger Medical Center following a two vehicle crash on Route 61 in Shamokin Township. The crash happened just before four p.m. Police say 21-year-old Katie Thompson suffered moderate injuries when she turned into the path on an oncoming tractor trailer. The impact forced Thompson’s SUV across the roadway impacting a parked car. The driver of the rig, 56-year-old Dean Rinehart of Selinsgrove suffered minor injuries. Thompson remains in fair condition at Geisinger.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

DANVILLE – We now know the names of the teens injured in a crash near Helfenstein in Schuylkill County Friday afternoon. Eighteen-year-old Alicia Neiter, remains in fair condition at Geisinger Medical Center, as does 17-year-old Kirsten Yoder, both girls are from Coal Township. Seventeen-year-old Ian Hancock, the driver of the car involved in the crash, and another passenger, 17-year-old Cailin Wilson, also from Coal Township, were discharged from Geisinger on Sunday. A fourth passenger, 18-year-old Shannon Manetti, of Catawissa, suffered minor injuries, reportedly underwent emergency room treatment and was released from Geisinger on Friday. Police say Hancock will be charged with careless driving. The crash remains under investigation.
(WGRC)

MILTON – Two people were taken to Geisinger Medical Center following a crash on Interstate 80 in Turbot Township, Northumberland County around five Monday morning. Police say a car driven by 24-year-old Devin Nyman of Blanchard was weaving across the westbound lanes of the Interstate when 30-year-old Eric Kimmel of Schuylkill Haven hit Nyman’s car. Both men were taken to Geisinger with what police called moderate injuries.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

THARPTOWN - For the third time in 11 days in the Shamokin-Coal Township area, a man has been charged with damaging a police cruiser. The latest disturbance happened Sunday night in a parking lot area at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital and led to the arrest of 21-year-old Kevin Reed of Mount Carmel. Reed is jailed in the Northumberland County Prison. The incident began around nine p.m. when his girlfriend picked him up at a bar, an argument ensued and Reed smashed out the window of a car, cutting his arm requiring hospital treatment. It was in the hospital parking lot that Reed became belligerent with medical personnel and police.
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LEWISBURG — A New Jersey man, confined to the Union County Jail since December for his role in a Lewisburg home invasion, said Monday during sentencing that he “wasn’t thinking” when he drove with two others from Paterson, New Jersey and broke into the home looking for one of the occupants. Twenty-one-year-old Sean White, was credited with 174 days served in his sentence of at least nine months for the home invasion. Union-Snyder Counties Judge Michael Hudock also sentenced White to three years of probation and to pay court costs and fees. White was arrested Dec. 13 and placed in the county jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
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BELLEFONTE — Former Penn State wrestler 23-year-old Andrew Long, who had been accused of attempted rape, pleaded guilty Monday to a lesser charge that will have him serve time in the county jail. Long opted to avoid trial and plead guilty to a felony count of aggravated indecent assault. His plea came while he was in court for jury selection Monday. Long will serve a sentence of one to two years, in the Centre County Prison when he’s sentenced in August. Long left the Penn State wrestling team in August after State College police arrested him and charged him with the attempted rape of a 55-year-old woman who was the mother of a Penn State student.
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BELLEFONTE — Jerry Sandusky entered the Centre County Courthouse around 8:30 this morning as jury selection began for his upcoming trial. Sandusky's hopes for a last-minute delay in his trial on charges he sexually abused 10 boys were dashed when the state Supreme Court issued a one-paragraph denial. Meanwhile Judge John Cleland Monday ruled that the ten victims will have to testify using their real names during the trial and tweets or other electronic communications by reporters will not be permitted during the trial. The trial is expected to get underway in full force Monday.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - The attempted murder trial of 24-year-old Shakoor Trapp, who is charged with beating, choking, stabbing then shooting a 23-year-old woman in her Maple Street apartment last year, in Williamsport, begins today in Lycoming County Court before Judge Marc Lovecchio. Trapp allegedly broke into the woman’s apartment in the 600 block of Maple Street in the early morning hours of May 29, 2011 and shot her three times while she was sleeping in her bedroom. The trial is scheduled through Thursday.
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BELLEFONTE — Attorneys picked a jury Monday in the case against three men charged in a sometimes violent spree of robberies and burglaries. The jury of 11 women and one man will hear the case against 23-year-old Maksim Illarionov, 25-year-old Dmitri Litvinov and 28-year-old Anatoli Veretnov, who will be tried together. The trial is scheduled for the weekdays of June 18-27 in the Centre County Courthouse Annex and will be heard by President Judge Thomas King Kistler. Illarionov, whom authorities have said was the ringleader of the spree, was convicted last year of illegal weapons charges. A previously convicted felon, he wasn’t allowed to have the weapons allegedly with him during the reported robberies and burglaries. This will be the second trial for the three defendants in two years. In 2010, a judge declared a mistrial after a fourth co-defendant, Alexei  Semionov, pleaded guilty during the trial. Semionov was sentenced in February to at least 36 years behind bars in a state prison.
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MIDDLEBURG – Two church break-ins are being investigated in Snyder County.  Last week, someone forced their way into the Zion United Methodist Church along Zion Road in Middleburg doing about $350 dollars in damage. The bandit was unsuccessful in breaking into the church office. The sometime between three o’clock Sunday afternoon and 6:45 Monday evening someone broke into Boyer Mennonite Church in Centre Township. Police say two desk drawers were damaged while the bandits searched the church.
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BEECH CREEK – State Police are investigating an unusual break-in at a Clinton County Business over the weekend. State Police are investigation the break-in at STN Soccer along Industrial Park Road in Beech Creek Township. Police say sometime between 9:15 Sunday morning and 8:45 Monday morning the bandits entered the business by removing an air duct screen and then removed $22.00 in cash and 20 pairs of socks.
(WGRC)

WHITE DEER – Police are investigating a break-in at a home Monday in Union County. Sometime between 3:30 and 8:45 p.m. someone broke into the home along White Deer Avenue in White Deer and stole two safes rom the home.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SUNBURY  - A Catholic school in Northumberland County is getting ready to close its doors for the last time, but not without one last hurrah. In March Bishop Joseph McFadden decided to close Saint Monica School in Sunbury because of low enrollment. Parents fought to keep the school open but were not successful. After 62-years of providing Catholic education in Sunbury, Saint Monica School will close today. Finances and low enrollment were the reasons given. There are currently 130 students at Saint Monica School in grades pre-k through eight. The students will have several options for the next school year. They can go to public school or attend one of two Catholic schools in Danville or Shamokin.
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PAXTONVILLE - Today, contractor Susquehanna Valley Construction Corporation, will began a project to replace the old truss bridge over Middle Creek on Iron Bridge Road in Snyder County. The bridge is located approximately one mile southwest of Middleburg, between Paxtonville Road and Furnace Road. The existing, 115-foot long, single-lane, single-span truss bridge was built in 1932 and is currently classified as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, and is beyond the point of repair. The new bridge will be a two-span, 148-foot long concrete bridge. During the bridge work, a detour will be put into effect beginning today and ending in mid-November when the bridge project is expected to be completed.
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WILLIAMSPORT - Work begins next Monday in the city of Williamsport to resurface a two mile section of West Fourth Street. The work will take place from the intersection with Route 220, the Fourth Street Interchange to the entrance of the Williamsport Area High School near Hillside Avenue. Due to the work which will happen during daylight hours, there will be single-lane closures on that section of roadway with flaggers controlling traffic flow. Drivers are advised to plan extra time for their travels during the work which is scheduled for completion in early August.
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DANVILLE - Geisinger Health System is featured this week on the cover of TIME Magazine. In a story by TIME columnist Joe Klein, Klein visited Geisinger in April after being impressed by the care his elderly parents received at the end of their lives from two Geisinger physicians. Klein’s story not only touchingly reports on the decisions he faced as his parents’ health declined, but on the Geisinger care delivery model that pays its physicians a salary and rewards them for achieving favorable patient outcomes.
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SUNBURY — The 2nd annual Family Fun Day, hosted by State Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver of Sunbury is set for Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Sunbury Recreation Complex and the Sunbury Pool. Schlegel Culver says there will be plenty of fun for the whole family along with live entertainment, food and free swimming in the Sunbury Pool.  The state lawmaker says, “It’s a way to bring communities together and to let families know what resources are out there for them.” There are more than 30 vendors taking part with hands on activities, prizes and fun for the whole family. Anyone is welcome to attend, including those from surrounding communities.
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WILLIAMSPORT – A leaky roof and recent heavy rainfall could prevent a summer education program for underprivileged kids in Williamsport from opening. Bishop Sidney Wheatley of Unity Christian Fellowship in Williamsport said heavy rain over Memorial Day weekend caused the roof to leak in two classrooms and a hallway that had recently been renovated.  The “Community alliance for progressive positive action”, or CAPPA was planning to use the space for their summer education programs. Nearly 40 kids are already signed up for the summer but Church and CAPPA officials said if the roof is still leaking they won’t be able to hold the summer program.
(WNEP)

LOCK HAVEN - Security and safety - be it electronic, computerized, mechanical or automatic - were the major topics of discussion of the Clinton County commissioners. The spark that led to the examination was a lightning strike that occurred Friday evening, one that sent the county Garden Building's security system into a downward spiral. The strike forced the Lock Haven Fire Department's volunteers to break a window of the front door to gain entry into the three-story structure. The department was notified when the automatic alarm sounded shortly after the lightning strike. The situation had the commissioners wondering what might have happened if the malfunctions occurred during the normal workday rather than late at night. Commissioners Pete Smeltz, Joel Long and Jeff Snyder spent some time Monday examining the possibility that some upgrades might be needed to rectify the situation. 
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LOCK HAVEN - The city of Lock Haven plans a ground-breaking for its new $32.7 million sewage treatment plant. The date has not been set yet for the ceremony, but the ground is already broken. Last evening City Council was updated on the progress of the new plant. The mass excavation for the new facility has already been completed, and the next phase will be to lay stone prior to foundation work.
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HARRISBURG - The Department of Environmental Protection has launched the Natural Gas Vehicle website and a plan to help municipal and commercial fleet owners make informed decisions about converting their fleets to compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas, in advance of a related grant program. The grant program is expected to be released this fall. Website users have the opportunity to submit information to DEP about projects they may be considering, so that the DEP can craft a program to best serve their needs and help make resulting grant applications competitive. The DEP will be distributing up to $20 million dollars in grants over three years to help with the incremental purchase and conversion costs of natural gas fleet vehicles. For more information about the program and the future workshop schedule, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click on the Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program button.
(WGRC)

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