September 14, 2012

September 14, 2012

NEW BERLIN – A vehicle crash sends four students to the hospital in Union County this morning.  The crash happened just east of the Borough of New Berlin in Limestone Township around 8:45 this morning. The crash happened when the car four SUN Area Technical School students from the Shikellamy School District were riding in passed another vehicle and lost control while getting back into its travel lane.  The car went off the road, hit an embankment and flipped, landing on its roof back on the road.  One person was ejected.  The other three were entrapped for a time.  Two life flight helicopters came to the scene but left without patients.  Three of the victims were taken to Geisinger Medical Center.  A fourth victim was taken to Evangelical Community Hospital.  PennDOT had a detour in place for about six and a half hours as police investigated at the scene.  Selinsgrove Athletic Director Brian Catherman says tonight’s Shikellamy at Selinsgrove football game has been postponed to Monday night due to the accident involving the Shikellamy students.
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ASHLAND – A fire damaged three homes this morning in Schuylkill County.  Fire crews were called out around 10:30 this morning to the 1200 block of Walnut Street in Ashland for a structure fire.  The fire is said to have spread to at least two other homes.  There’s no word on injuries or how the fire may have started.  The fire was under control by 11:45 this morning.
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KULPMONT - Two sisters from Ranshaw were hospitalized Thursday when an SUV they were riding in traveled off Route 61 and crashed into the porch of a home and slammed into the side of another house in the 100 block of Chestnut Street, in Kulpmont. Kulpmont Police say the crash happened just after five p.m. 21-year-old Holly Madden, and her 15-year-old sister, Autumn Madden, were treated at the scene and then taken to Geisinger in Danville by ambulance. The crash happened just after five p.m. They were treated in the emergency room at Geisinger and were released last night. Police say the elder girl blacked out for an unknown reason causing the crash. No one in the homes were hurt.
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WILLIAMSPORT - A Winfield man was taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center yesterday following a motorcycle crash in the city of Williamsport. The crash happened in the southbound lanes of Route 220 at the Route 15 spur in the city just after eleven a.m. as 26-year-old Tony Frederick lost control of his motorcycle on some loose gravel. His condition has not been reported.  
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LEWISBURG - An inmate clad in armor made of stockpiled paper stabbed two corrections officers with a 7-inch shank early Saturday morning at the U.S. Penitentiary at Lewisburg. According to an incident report posted online a corrections officer was making a head count of prisoners at 3 a.m. Saturday when the staff member came upon an inmate who had covered his cell-door window and would not respond. The officer called for backup and pepper spray was deployed into the cell when the inmate, who was not identified in the report, failed to respond to orders to remove the window covering. Guards went into the cell and that’s when the inmate stabbed one guard six times and the other guard once. The guards were taken to a hospital where they were treated and released.
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MILTON - Milton borough police have withdrawn charges against a woman who allegedly paid $25 to an unidentified man who savagely beat a high school student after school on Tuesday. And, the Northumberland County district attorney says there appears to be a conflict of interest because of the relationship between the woman and a borough police officer. Police said that when confronted about the allegations, Veronica Ulrich told police that she was upset because the boy had attacked her daughter and beaten her. Ulrich told police that she drove around town Monday looking for the teen herself and when she couldn't find him, she came across a small group of teens and asked if any of them knew the boy she was upset with. One person in the group said he knew the boy she was targeting. Ulrich then paid the unknown suspect to beat up on the boy that assaulted her daughter. Police said the boy suffered a broken nose and other injuries. State police at Milton have been asked to handle the case.
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HUNTINGDON - A 65-year-old Huntingdon man pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of rape and related charges in a case that involved eight alleged victims in three counties. Larry Myers pleaded guilty to five counts and, under the plea deal, will receive a sentence of 15 to 40 years and will have to go through a Megan's Law evaluation before the Pennsylvania Sexual Offender Assessment Board to determine if he is to be classified as a sexually violent predator. The agreement involved counts pertaining to three of the eight accusers, including Amish and Mennonite male children from Juniata, Mifflin and Centre counties. The alleged assaults occurred between 2003 and 2010, and some of the incidents allegedly took place in the Big Valley area of Huntingdon County. Myers sentencing is scheduled for some time in December.
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BELLEFONTE - A woman is facing child abuse charges that she shook a 5-month-old baby at her Spring Township day care center hard enough to cause a skull fracture. Police say 38-year-old Jalene McClure, of State College, assaulted the child August 18th, 2010. McClure no longer runs the home-based day care center. The state Department of Public Welfare removed her from their system in September 2010 after McClure voluntarily stopped her day care. Spring Township police said a medical exam at Mount Nittany Medical Center in August 2010 showed the baby had a fractured skull and symptoms of having been shaken. The investigation into the incident has taken quite a while and McClure was charged Tuesday with the incident in 2010. She is free on $50,000 bail awaiting a preliminary hearing.
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UNIVERSITY PARK - A Penn State World Campus student was among the four Americans killed Tuesday in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya. Sean Smith, an information management official with the U.S. State Department, was remembered Thursday by officials at Penn State, where he was enrolled in online classes. The 34-year-old father and husband, who had been stationed in the Netherlands, was on temporary assignment in Libya. Penn State officials say Smith was a World Campus student, taking online courses in information, sciences and technology.
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MIFFLINTOWN - A 32-year-old man who sustained serious injuries as the result of shootout with police appeared in court on Thursday. Brian Janson and his attorney Brian Ulmer were in court to give an update on the case. Ulmer said due to some communications issues, Janson had not yet been scheduled for a psychological evaluation, but he is confident it can be done within the next two months. Ulmer contends Janson suffered brain damage as a result of a shootout with police and has "little or no understanding of the events in question." At a preliminary hearing in August 2011, Janson had to be helped into the courtroom by family members because he had difficulty moving around and it appeared he also had trouble speaking. Janson subsequently had charges bound over to court. In court on Thursday, Janson appeared to be able to move around on his own, without the help of others. Police opened fire on Janson on August 17, 2010 after he allegedly pointed a gun at officers following a lengthy manhunt to track him down to answer questions about an alleged domestic dispute with his girlfriend. Janson is also alleged to have stolen two trucks following the dispute. Janson sustained several serious injuries from the shooting, including a gunshot wound to the head, which destroyed one of his eyes. The shooting was ruled justified by Juniata County District Attorney Cory Snook in December 2010. Janson remains free on bail and was previously released to the custody of his sister who lives in New Jersey. No trial date has yet been set.
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BLOOMSBURG - A Bloomsburg University football player allegedly pointed a gun at another student's face and robbed him of a $250 phone and nearly $100 cash on College Hill early Thursday. The victim told police when 18-year-old Dajuan Franks pistol-whipped him around 2:30 a.m. on East Second Street between Town Hall and Carver Hall, it bloodied his face and broke the gun. Police later determined that second suspect is Bloomsburg student 19-year-old Laye Sayo Donzo, of Philadelphia. Police were able to track down the suspects using a GPOS system on the victim’s phone. The Press Enterprise reports, officers arrived at 7 a.m. yesterday armed with a search warrant. They said they found a blood-stained sweatshirt and cash. Franks and Donzo were charged with robbery and jailed, both unable to post $150,000 bail.
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NEWPORT – Police in Perry County are looking for the thieves that broke into a farm market early this morning. That happened just before four this morning a Butcher’s Farm Market on North Fourth Street in Newport. The bandits tried to remove several items but were spooked away when an employee came inside the store. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call state police Newport.
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MILTON - A Milton man faces a slew of charges in connection with a July break-in which left a home stripped of more than $1,000 of copper pipes. 35-year-old Nicholas Norman, has been charged with burglary, and related counts following the July incident at 608 Lincoln Street in Milton. The homeowners, who had placed the property on the market, called police July 27th to report that someone had broken into the basement where they discovered the majority of copper piping in the basement had been taken. When police were questioning 41-year-old Dennis Russell, of Milton, in connection with another case, Russell admitted to the burglary at 608 Lincoln Street, saying Norman helped him “cash in” the copper. Police found receipts from Staiman Recycling in Williamsport, indicating Norman had sold 110 pounds of copper pipes at the recycling center for a total of $304. The homeowners estimate replacing the copper at the Lincoln Street property will cost over $1,100. Norman is jailed Thursday in Northumberland County Prison on $25,000 bail.
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SELINSGROVE – Two from Sunbury are being charged with theft of some scrap metal from a Snyder County property. State Police say back in March 41-year-old Todd Newcomer and 23-year-old Breanna Fuller took a rusted refrigerator and other pieces of scrap metal from the property along Route 204 in Jackson Township. Both have been charged with theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.
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SUNBURY - An investigation is underway into various incidents at the Northumberland County Prison. It’s been reported that guards there have been using force to subdue inmates and another report of a corrections officer allegedly calling a 900 number and broadcasting that conv4ersation throughout the prison via walkie-talkie. Four correction’s officers have lost their jobs at the prison there over the past three months, though it hasn’t been disclosed as to the exact reasons why. Investigations continue.
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LOGANTON - Because of the stronger-than-expected performance of Clinton County's investments-and because no money was allocated in this year's budget-the Clinton County commissioners last evening unanimously agreed to not pay this year's annual contribution to the county's pension fund. Commissioner Chairman Pete Smeltz said the commissioners recently met with its pension fund advisor, who noted the county's $34 million pension fund can adequately cover its contribution to retirees this year without a contribution. However, all three commissioners said the fund must be addressed next year so not too large of a gap forms between payouts going out and interest coming in.
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MOUNT CARMEL - Bernie Stellar, a Mount Carmel Area alumnus and well known band director for the district, was unanimously approved as superintendent of schools Thursday night after serving as acting superintendent for the past year. The 52-year-old Stellar, who resides in Den-Mar Gardens and is a native of Kulpmont, will receive a salary of $90,000 under the five-year contract. Stellar, will still be in charge of overseeing the high school band program.  
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LEWISBURG – “Building the next chapter of Bucknell University’s history.” Was the comment made by Bucknell President John Bravman during a ceremony yesterday as the last beam was set in place for the university’s Academic West Building on Campus. More than 100 Bucknell officials, staff and students watched as the beam signed by several Bucknell officials was set into place. When Academic West opens up next August it will house 700,000 square-feet of classrooms offices laboratories and will be the next new academic quad at Bucknell.
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STATE COLLEGE - Nearly three months after Penn State said it wanted to settle "privately, expeditiously and fairly" with the boys Jerry Sandusky sexually abused, lawyers for the victims from his criminal case and other potential claimants say the school has not followed up with concrete action. The attorneys told The Associated Press in recent days that they had very limited contact with the university and, if that continues, more lawsuits may follow the four now under way. Lawyers say they will not wait indefinitely for the university to propose a settlement process stemming from Sandusky's conviction in June on 45 counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys. Since Sandusky was charged more than 10 months ago, eight legal teams that together represent at least 20 people have surfaced. Already dealing with a $60 million NCAA fine and a tarnished reputation, the school faces potential civil claims that could lead to payouts of millions, even tens of millions, of dollars.
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UNIVERSITY PARK - A group of Penn State supporters will take their issues with the university’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal to the public with an on-campus rally at ten a.m. tomorrow on the lawn at Old Main. Penn State officials continue to push the idea of moving past the scandal and working with students, faculty and alumni to have a unified front. But some alumni say that can’t happen until university trustees express regret for their handling of the charges against Sandusky and everything that has unfolded since; including the firing of the late coach Joe Paterno. Rally organizers plan to use the event to call on trustees and other officials to step down. Those involved also would like to see President Rodney Erickson and Governor Tom Corbett resign from the board.
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UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State’s Creamery has voluntarily recalled all of its ice cream and frozen yogurt products manufactured between May 16th and August 11th over concerns that small plastic pieces might be contained in it. Consumers have reported finding small pieces of plastic in the ice cream purchased at the Berkey Creamery beginning in May. One person claimed to have found a penny in a half gallon. That led to a university police criminal investigation beginning in August. No one has been injured or made ill. Consumers who purchased the recalled ice cream can return it for a full refund or exchange. Additional safeguards have been instituted, which include: Limiting access to production and packaging areas; increased surveillance systems; purchase of an X-ray device and metal detectors; and notification of ingredient suppliers, according to the university. Tamper-resistent packaging also will be implemented soon.
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HUGHESVILLE - People who venture to or near the Lycoming County Fairgrounds this weekend and look skyward at certain times will see them, hot air balloons. The Lycoming County Rotary Clubs festival will feature 13 balloons and plenty of other attractions, including Team RV, described as the world's largest precision airshow team. Pilot Bob Mueller agreed that Lycoming County, with its natural beauty and friendly people, is a great place to showcase the balloons. He goes to about five such events each year and always has fun. Also on hand to perform will be the only all-female sky-diving team in the world. The event also will include ATV drag races, magicians and other attractions. Advanced tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. More information, including times for balloon rides, is at www.LCRotary.com.
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DANVILLE - Doctors at Geisinger Medical Center recently began using the Mazor Robotics Renaissance system to treat scoliosis patients. The Renaissance system is the only surgical guidance system for spine procedures available today, and Geisinger is the only health care provider in Pennsylvania using the technology. Scoliosis is an irregular curvature of the spine that affects mostly children. The Renaissance system utilizes a soda can-sized surgical robot guided by a 3D pre-operative blueprint of the patient's spine to treat the desired area within 1 mm accuracy. The robotic surgery limits the invasiveness of the operation.
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NORTHUMBERLAND - The Auxiliary at Geisinger Medical Center will hold its fifth annual Take Aim for Charity Trap Shoot. The trap shoot will be held this Saturday beginning at ten a.m. at the Norry Gun Club outside Northumberland. Proceeds benefit vital patient programs supported by the Auxiliary including programs like; Mission Cataract, No One Dies Alone, Ronald McDonald House at Geisinger Medical Center and Camp Victory.
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BLOOMSBURG – Area residents are invited to join the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership on Saturday, September 15 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Moose Exchange, 203 West Main Street in Bloomsburg, for the "Images of the Susquehanna" photo gallery reception featuring the winning images from last year’s photo contest. Enjoy a casual and fun evening featuring stunning photography, light refreshments, entertainment, a photography presentation, and river-themed readings. This event is free. Doug Brubaker, of Looking Back Studio, will present his professional landscape photography and provide simple tips for improving your own outdoor photos. Local authors and poets, Melanie Simms and David Bowman, will share river-related poetry and readings that will inspire budding photographers and river enthusiasts alike. Learn about the Susquehanna Greenway --the largest greenway in PA-- from the Partnership’s Board members and staff.
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PHILADELPHIA - Pennsylvania's state Supreme Court justices today aggressively questioned whether a politically charged law requiring photo identification from each voter should take effect for the November 6th presidential election and whether it guarantees the right to vote. With the election just 54 days away, the justices did not say when they will decide, although lawyers in the case expected them to rule before the end of September. The Associated Press reports, the high court appeal follows a lower court's refusal last month to halt the law from taking effect. The law — championed by Republicans over the objections of Democrats — is now part of the heated election-year political rhetoric in the presidential swing state and has inspired protests, warnings of Election Day chaos and voter education drives.
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