September 27, 2012

September 27, 2012

SNYDERTOWN - Snydertown Road was closed near Anthracite Road east of Snydertown in Northumberland County for a one-car fatal crash this morning. Emergency crews were sent out around ten a.m. to the crash that involved entrapment and a fire. Initial reports say it appears the sedan was traveling west, toward Sunbury when the car went off the road and hit a tree. We are told the victim is a female, but no other information is available at this time. The Northumberland County Coroner was called to the scene.
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ORANGEVILLE - A 17-year-old girl from Benton was killed last night when her car went down a steep embankment hitting several trees before landing on its roof in Columbia County. Columbia County Deputy Coroner Linda Kessler says Ashley Reabuck died of massive blunt force trauma to her head. The crash happened just before seven p.m. during rainy weather on Zaners-Rohrsburg Road west of Route 487. The Press Enterprise reports, State Police were on the scene investigating the crash late into the night.
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SHAMOKIN DAM – A crash yesterday afternoon in Snyder County’s Monroe Township, sends two people to the hospital. The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of Routes 11 and 15 and Ninth Street in Hummels Wharf. Police say a car driven by 83-year-old Doris Vasbinder of Sunbury pulled out onto Routes 11 and 15 South and was struck by another vehicle driven by 27-year-old Brian Fee of Selinsgrove. Police say Fee suffered minor injuries. Police say Vasbinder and her passenger 45-year-odl Frank Vasbinder, also of Sunbury, suffered moderate injuries and were taken to Sunbury Community Hospital.
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JERSEY SHORE – Around 4500 gallons of treated frack water spilled into pristine Pine Creek in Lycoming County after a tanker truck hauling the liquid smacked into a rock cliff. The crash happened around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday on Route 44 in Watson Township. Department of Environmental officials and crews from Minuteman Environmental Services were on scene and tried to contain most of the frack fluid and engine fluids from the truck which was owned by Minuteman Environmental Services. The driver of the truck, 22-year-old Christopher Hollis of Catawissa, was not hurt.
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LOST CREEK – Officials in Schuylkill County said a woman will soon face animal cruelty charges after animals in her care were found dead. Police said five of those animals had been dead for months, so much so, that they were mummified. West Mahanoy Township Police say, Denise Turkavage of Lost Creek will likely face animal cruelty charges for neglect. They said four horses and a goat were found at her home, mummified. They also discovered three dead dogs. West Mahanoy Township Police said investigators were called to the house on Saturday for concerns about Denise Turkavage’s well-being. When they arrived, they found the dead animals. Also found in the home were four other dogs and a horse alive.
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SHENANDOAH - A Shenandoah man was attacked by two pit bulls owned by his neighbor on September 18th, sending the victim to the hospital and resulting in six charges filed against the dog owner. Borough police received a call around 3:30 p.m. from the Schuylkill County Communications Center to the 500 block of West Arlington Street on a dog bite. When Police arrived, he found the caller, 59-year-old Barton Knochenmus, standing outside screaming in pain and holding his arms. Knochenmus told police he was walking back to his home from the store and the dogs came out of the house of 32-year-old Scott Popenhagen, and attacked him. Knochenmus was taken to Schuylkill Medical Center-South Jackson Street where he received more than 80 stitches, for bites to the left arm and hand, and a bruised and fractured foot. The dogs are now under quarantine until October 1st and have been removed from the home. The Republican Herald reports, Popenhagen has been cited for dog law violations.  
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MIFFLINTOWN – A 42-year-old Mifflintown man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. Police have charged Erick Guiser with sexual assault after the girl reported numerous incidents to police on Tuesday. Police say the incidents happened between January and August. Police say Guiser has admitted to the abuse. He’s jailed in the Mifflin County Prison.
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HARRISBURG - A judge on Wednesday upheld perjury charges against two Penn State administrators accused of lying to a grand jury that investigated allegations ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused children. Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover ruled against the motions by former vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley that would have thrown out the count of perjury against each man. The judge did not rule on the other count they each face, failure to properly report suspected child abuse. In that case, the defendants have argued the statute of limitations has expired. The judge said that dismissal request would be ruled on separately. The judge said the claim made by Schultz and Curley that there is insufficient evidence to corroborate the perjury charges will be more appropriately pursued during the trial. He also said prosecutors have given the defendants sufficient information about which parts of their grand jury testimony make up the perjury allegation. Their trial is scheduled to begin in Harrisburg with jury selection on January 7th.
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WILLIAMSPORT - A man is locked up in Lycoming County on charges he kidnapped his ex-girlfriend. Investigators said Aaron Morrison of Williamsport forced the 19-year-old woman into a car Wednesday morning, locked the doors, and drove her to a remote location outside Muncy. According to court papers, he then threatened the woman with a knife and duct tape. Police found them after the victim called 911. Morrison told police he did not intend to hurt her, but that he just wanted to talk.
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McCLURE – Middleburg Police are investigating a burglary at a home in McClure. The burglary happened sometime between ten a.m. and ten p.m. last Thursday at a home on West Ohio Street in McClure. Police say the bandit forced their way into the home and took several electronic devices and pieces of jewelry. Anyone with information on the break-in is asked to call Middleburg Police.
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POTTSVILLE - Although authorities decided not to prosecute him for killing his girlfriend in June 2011 in Pottsville, a city man admitted Wednesday in Schuylkill County Court that he abandoned the dead woman's body on the floor of the apartment for two days. Sixty-one-year-old Joseph Pinelle, pleaded guilty to the only charge against him, abuse of a corpse. Judge Charles Miller accepted Pinelle's plea, but did not immediately sentence him. Instead, he ordered the county Adult Probation and Parole Office to prepare a presentence investigation and said he would schedule sentencing to be in November. Pottsville police had charged Pinelle with leaving the body of 45-year-old Ruth Golden, of Pottsville, in the Mahantongo Street apartment. Police said Golden had arrived at that apartment about 3 a.m. and started a fight with Pinelle. During the fight, Golden went limp, and Pinelle covered her body with a blanket and left the scene. In August, 2011, District Attorney James Goodman, who is now a county judge, decided he would not prosecute Pinelle for Golden's death, ruling that the killing was justifiable homicide.
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POTTSVILLE – 38-year-old Stacy Kassab admitted Wednesday in Schuylkill County Court that from January 2008 until October 2011, she stole more than $200,000 from a Pine Grove area sportsmen's group. Kassab, of Pine Grove, pleaded guilty to theft, receiving stolen property and theft by failure to make required disposition. Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin, who accepted Kassab's plea, did not immediately sentence her. Instead, he ordered the county Adult Probation and Parole Office to prepare a presentence investigation, said he would sentence Kassab within about 60 days and allowed the defendant to remain free on $25,000 bail. State police charged Kassab with taking the money from the Pine Grove Fish&Game Protective Association. Police said Kassab served as the group's treasurer when she took the cash.  
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SELINSGROVE – Police in Snyder County are looking for an African man missing since Tuesday. Police say 19-year-old Yohannes Mengsteab was last seen by his family Tuesday night around 8:30 p.m. at his home along Creekside Drive in Selinsgrove. Mengsteab is described as a young black man with black hair and brown eyes, standing around five feet ten inches tall weighing around 140 pounds. Police say Mengsteab is a Susquehanna University student. Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to call state police, Selinsgrove.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SELINSGROVE - The Department of Public Safety at Susquehanna University will conduct testing of its emergency warning siren on campus today from 12:30 to one p.m. Siren tones at prescribed intervals may be heard throughout campus and the surrounding Selinsgrove community. Don Weirick, assistant director of public safety at Susquehanna, said the test will not require a response from borough, police, fire, medical or other emergency personnel.
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MONTOURSVILLE  - Williamsport Regional Airport officials like how the airport's new terminal building project is taking shape. On Wednesday, the authority hosted a public meeting in which a consulting team made a recommendation as to the size and location of the new terminal. The L-shaped, two-story building should have about 35,000 square feet of floor space, compared to the present terminal's 27,000 square feet. Rohn Price, director of architecture for Delta Airport Consultants, said more people offered to provide input on the project than any other he has been involved with in more than 25 years. The new terminal will be able to accommodate all of the airport's needs, plus be flexible to handle change and expandable to handle growth. Regulatory agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration must now sign off on the recommendations. Environmental studies also have to be performed before work can begin. The Authority would like to have ground broken on the new terminal by the end of June 2013.
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WILLIAMSPORT - A variety of entertaining and educational activities are planned for Lycoming College’s annual Family Weekend, September 28th – 30th. Registration will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Burchfield Lounge, Wertz Student Center. Highlights of the weekend include the annual Family Weekend Concert, showcasing the musical talents of the Lycoming College Band and Chamber Choir, on Friday at 7 p.m. in Clarke Chapel. Some activities require advance registration. For a complete list of Family Weekend programming, lycoming.edu/alumni/familyWeekend/.
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SUNBURY - Because Northumberland County's proposed Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area is not yet formally operating, there was no plan to restrict hunting on the property for the 2012-13 season, which begins Saturday with archery deer season. Recent developments regarding public access and the discovery of a spiked board on the property in late August, however, have put everything on hold. Northumberland County Planning Director Pat Mack said if a hunter were to call him and ask whether he can access the property starting Saturday, his answer would have to be no. In addition to ensuring public safety, Mack said he will consult with the commissioners and solicitor and, as soon as they feel comfortable in knowing the county's legal standing on these recent issues, information on hunting access will be released. But he couldn't guess on a time frame. The county was sued last week by David Kaleta, of Shamokin, after he received a letter signed by Mack that said the county wouldn't grant his request for a waiver and that he would be prosecuted if found on the land. Kaleta said the decision was made in violation of the Sunshine Act and that he is the victim of First Amendment retaliation because he has been critical of plans, including how much land and time would be dedicated to hunting. Despite criticisms of the master plan as it pertains to hunting, Mack said small game groups, such as woodcock hunters, are welcome. In fact, he said he hopes the Outdoor Adventure Area becomes a tourism destination for hunters. The News Item reports, plans also are being discussed to develop a hunting program for disabled veterans.
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STATE COLLEGE - A clinic in State College is offering a vaccine to cope with the recent cases of whopping cough around Penn State University campus. The Student Health Centre in University Park will be offering the vaccine on Monday 1st October between the 10am and 3pm. The first 200 doses will be free. Penn State reports two recent cases of whooping cough at the University Park campus.  The first case was reported on Friday. The second case was reported on Monday.  Both students lived off campus and are currently being treated with antibiotics.
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DANVILLE - Geisinger will open 20 to 25 smaller clinics in its service area within the next 18 to 24 months, creating 80 to 125 new jobs. Called Geisinger Careworks, these smaller, alternative clinics are designed to reduce the number of patients at emergency rooms in the Geisinger system. Geisinger Careworks will serve as facilities where patients can quickly see a nurse practitioner or physician, leaving the more injured and ill to be seen at Geisinger’s larger medical centers.The Daily Item reports, in Danville, a Geisinger Careworks facility is scheduled to open in early November in the Weis Markets plaza. Including Danville, about four Careworks branches will open in the Susquehanna Valley area over the next several months. Danville’s Careworks will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. No appointments are needed, and the clinics are designed to ensure little to no wait time for patients.
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LEWISTOWN - Lewistown Hospital will host a “Pink Out” event on Friday, September 28th to benefit the Pennsylvania Pink Zone. The event will take place rain or shine in the parking lot across from the Surgical Center at the Hospital. Beginning at 3:00 pm, there will be a pink ribbon cutting ceremony, pig roast, silent auction, games and an opportunity to view the auction items. At 5:30 pm, the silent auction will be closed and the winners will be announced. The live auction will begin at 5:00 pm. The Breast Care Center at Lewistown Hospital is once again a beneficiary of the Pennsylvania Pink Zone, a nonprofit that hosts the annual Women’s Basketball Pink Zone Penn State Lady Lion’s Basketball game every February at the Bryce Jordan Center.  
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PORT ROYAL - A restored steam calliope, the Pennsylvania State Police Mounted Unit and a bagpipe band are among the more than 140 entries that will march in the Port Royal Bicentennial Parade this Saturday in Port Royal in Juniata County. The parade, with the theme "Perrysville to Port Royal - A 200 Year Journey," is a part of a three-day celebration of the small Juniata County town's 200th anniversary. For some, festivities have already begun. Some of the town's men have ceased shaving in anticipation of the Men's Beard Judging Contest. Red, white and blue bunting and Port Royal commemorative flags are being displayed on more and more homes awaiting the Property Decoration Contest. And attics are being raided for the Period Dress Contest. Registration forms for the contests are still available at the Bicentennial Store at 410 Milford Street in Port Royal, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, then will move to the fairgrounds to reopen during the celebration.
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UNIVERSITY PARK - The Bryce Jordan Centre will be hosting a creepy crawly event this Saturday. The Great Insect Fair returns for its 19th year and will take place between 10am and 4pm. There will be plenty on show to keep kids of all ages busy, ranging from cockroach races to honey tasting. The event is free.
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ROCKVIEW - A Philadelphia man accused of brutally beating a man to death with a tire iron in 1984 is set to be executed at State Prison at Rockview in Centre County next Wednesday. A jury found 46-year-old Terrance Williams guilty of the murder of Amos Norwood and sentenced him to death, but Williams’ defense attorneys now say evidence has surfaced that he was repeatedly sexually abused as a teenager by the man that he later killed. The board of pardons rejected his bid for clemency earlier this year and Williams has exhausted his appeals. A judge is expected to rule on Friday whether William’s death warrant should be carried out or if he should get a new penalty hearing. According to information from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, William’s execution would be the first in the commonwealth in 13 years. Only three convicts have been executed since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, and there are currently more than 200 people on death row in Pennsylvania.
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STATE COLLEGE - The state's top election official says nearly 12,000 new identification cards have been issued by the commonwealth to residents seeking to comply with a tough new Pennsylvania law requiring voters to show photo ID. Secretary of Commonwealth Carol Aichele said Wednesday that most of those cards are non-driver voter identification cards. Aichele estimates about 100,000 of the 9.6 million eligible voters in Pennsylvania don't have the most common form of identification; a driver's license. The state has been pressing ahead with implementing the guideline even with the new law still under scrutiny in the courts. Aichele spoke Wednesday at Penn State University, where she praised the school's efforts to add expiration dates to student ID cards — a change that makes the cards a valid ID at the polls.
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HARRISBURG –Pennsylvania’s statewide fall archery deer season opens September 29th. Statewide archers can hunt antlered or antlerless deer from September 29th to November 12th, and during the late archery deer season, which runs from December 26th to January 12th. Archery hunters may choose to use a long, recurve or compound bow, or a crossbow. Game Commission officials encourage hunters to be safe while hunting with a bow and arrow. Some suggestions are to make sure someone knows where you're hunting and when you expect to return home, always use a fall-restraint device - preferably a full-body harness - when hunting from a tree-stand, and get in good physical condition before the season starts.
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