October 16, 2012

October 16, 2012

SOUTH RENOVO – A man is shot and killed by his father-in-law in Clinton County last night.  State Police say 25-year old Robert Bittner Junior of Lewisberry in York County was involved in a domestic dispute with his wife at a home on Clinton Avenue in South Renovo last night.  67-year old Eugene Pizzino of Renovo became involved in the dispute and shot Bittner.  Bittner was taken to Bucktail Medical Center where he died.  Police continue to investigate.  Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.
John Callahan (WGRC)

TURBOTVILLE – A woman involved in a Northumberland County crash Sunday morning has died from her injuries.  83-year old Marjorie Heydenreich of Washingtonville succumbed to the injuries she received during the crash on Route 54 in Northumberland County around 10:30 Sunday morning. Heydenreich suffered major injuries while the driver of the other vehicle, 58-year old Elizabeth Dougherty of Wyomissing suffered moderate injuries. Police say Heydenreich tried to pass a vehicle when she lost control and was hit by Dougherty’s vehicle. Heydenreich’s car then went into a ditch and overturned. Both women were taken to Geisinger Medical Center. Heydenreich died at Geisinger yesterday.
Jim Diehl/John Callahan (WGRC)

HOWARD - An oil drum explosion yesterday afternoon in Centre County at Confer Trucking near Howard, resulted in the death of one of the owners, William Confer Jr. Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers confirmed Confer’s death after the accident around two p.m. at the business at 324 Mill Street. Reports are Confer and another employee were cutting off the lid of an oil drum which sparked the explosion.
(WGRC)

RENOVO – One man was shot and killed another man is being investigated for the shooting. State Police in Clinton County are investigating that shooting yesterday in South Renovo. Police say during a domestic dispute a 25-year-old man was shot and killed by a 67-year-old man. The incident took place at a Clinton Avenue home. Police released no further information about the incident.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - A break in Williamsport's string of armed robberies happened late Sunday afternoon when a man pulled his pickup truck into the lot of Cigarette Outlet, 1725 East Third Street, as police were investigating a holdup that happened there 30 minutes earlier. Behind the wheel was 28-year-old Jess Keck, an admitted heroin addict from Wellsboro, who was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a state police cruiser within minutes. He was charged with allegedly committing Friday's holdup at the Uni-Mart, 1944 West Fourth Street, in the city's Newberry neighborhood. Police are looking at whether Keck was involved in three other robberies at area shops in the Williamsport area.
(WGRC)

PORT TREVORTON - A Port Trevorton based group dedicated to bringing joy into the lives of veterans across the country is recovering from a devastating theft. Jay Muller, director of Re-Creation, says the group’s Ford F250 and utility trailer was stolen during a performance over the weekend in San Antonio, Texas. Muller tells the Standard Jurnal, “All sound, lights, costumes, props, materials, CDs, cash, checks and personal credit cards of some of the group members, as well as a myriad of personal items... anything you can imagine is gone.” He estimates the loss at $130,000. The group, made up mostly of members from around the region, travels the country performing at veteran’s hospitals, churches and various community events. All of Re-Creation’s shows between now and November 3rd have been canceled. Muller said police in San Antonio said there is virtually no chance that the stolen truck, trailer and its contents will be recovered. San Antonio police say the trucks are very popular for thieves and those involved in the drug cartels.
(WGRC)

BERWICK - Joseph Rish was allegedly drunk when he ran down and killed 50-year-old Robert Mohr. A group gathered outside district court Monday to support Rish, who's been in jail since he allegedly struck Robert Mohr then fled. Rish sent his charges on to Columbia County Court yesterday, by-passing a preliminary hearing. Rish faces more than 20 years in prison for the September 16th crash along Ridge Road near Brookside Village trailer court in North Centre Township. Mohr, was found by passers-by a few minutes after he was hit. He had been walking his bicycle home from his job as a dishwasher at the Lightstreet Denny's.
(WGRC)

SLATE RUN – A crash in Lycoming County’s Brown Township sends a Canadian motorcyclist to the hospital. The crash happened just after one Sunday afternoon on Route 44. Police say 39-year-old David Milosevic of Ontario, Canada suffered moderate injuries in the crash. Troopers say Milosevic drifted off the roadway and hit a ditch throwing him from the motorcycle. He was wearing a helmet.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

DANVILLE - Two former firefighters will spend nearly five years to 18 years in state prison for setting fire to abandoned homes, a barn and a field. 19-year-old Zane Snyder, of Milton, was sentenced Monday to 58 months to 17 years in jail. Co-conspirator 35-year-old Charles Jacobs, of Lewisburg, was sentenced to 81 months to 18 years in jail. The former Potts Grove Fire Company members were also ordered to pay restitution totaling nearly $300,000 to victims. They previously pleaded guilty to the arsons as part of plea bargains. The men admitted to setting the fire because they were bored and wanted to fight the fires as volunteer firemen.
(WGRC)

DANVILLE - A man convicted of sexually assaulting a girl who was 6 and 7 in 2007 and 2008 was ordered Monday in Montour County Court to start his jail term of 12 to 24 years immediately. 26-year-old Brandon Mowrer, of Danville, will also be listed on Megan’s Law upon his release from prison. Columbia-Montour Counties President Judge Thomas James Jr. handed down that sentence Monday. Mowrer, who was free on bail, attempted to withdraw his guilty pleas to sexually assaulting the girl, but James denied the request. Mowrer entered guilty pleas to the charges minutes before his trial was to begin.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - Lewistown Borough Police arrested 50-year-old Kenneth Queen Sr., on Sunday and charged him with rape and other related offenses. Police said a woman reported she was sexually assaulted by Queen around noon at his home on Sunday. Queen was placed in the Mifflin County Jail on $100,000 bail.
(WGRC)

BERWICK - A Berwick policeman gave alcohol to a 19-year-old more than a year ago. Officer Jimmie Hill, a six-year veteran of the force, resigned Sunday, said Berwick Chief Kenneth Strish. The Press Enterprise reports, Hill was charged Monday by state police with providing alcohol to a minor sometime between March 15 and April 15, 2011.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG - A 21-year-old Lewisburg man who allegedly had been breaking into homes occupied by Bucknell University students was nabbed after the owner of an iPhone taken in one of the burglaries alerted police that GPS tracking software indicated the address where the loot was being stored. Tristan Swigart was arrested by Buffalo Valley Regional Police for the September 15th break-ins at 31 South Sixth Street and 108 South Sixth Street. In one of the break-ins an i-Phone with the GPS system was taken and led police to Swigart.
(WGRC)

DANVILLE - A Bloomsburg area man will spend 30 months to seven years in state prison for slashing another man in the neck with a utility knife. 26-year-old Leslie Smith Jr., had pleaded guilty to aggravated assault involving a weapon during what he called "a tussle" with David Drucker at 412 East Market Street in Danville on April 4th. President Judge Thomas James Jr. handed that sentence to Smith. Smith, who also faces sentencing on other crimes in Union and Northumberland counties, must begin his state term immediately.
(WGRC)

BERWICK - There will be a public hearing later today between the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and folks from the PPL Steam Electric System near Berwick. It will be an opportunity for residents to ask the NRC about the performance of the 30-year-old plant. That meeting will be held at five p.m. at the Susquehanna Energy Information Center on Route 11 near the plant.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport Mayor Gabriel Campana is inviting the public to attend the grand Opening of Airmen Pond at Bowman Field. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place this evening at 6 p.m. The rink will be home to the city’s professional hockey team, The Williamsport Outlaws which plays its first game in a little over a week. It will also be a community rink allowing for ice skating, lessons and other activities. It’s hoped that crews will be able to put ice onto the rink before tonight’s ribbon cutting, a task which has been hampered by mild weather.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Regional members of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau met Monday night at the Genetti Hotel for their fifth annual dinner. Members from Lycoming, Clinton, Bradford, Sullivan, Tioga, Potter, McKean and Centre counties heard from U.S. Representative Thomas Marino about the status of the farm bill. Marino said the bill, which defines federal agricultural policies, has stalled after being voted out of committee in the House of Representatives. Marion says Representatives want a five-year plan not a six-month extension for the farm bill. Marino said the focus is on the details of the bill, which according to him, "have very little to do with farming and having farms, including welfare and food stamps." The congressman also said he is working on behalf of farmers who are up against burdensome government regulation. Also today Congressman Marino will be recognized as a “Friend of the Farm Bureau” for his efforts in support of cutting harmful federal regulations to farmers and for increasing demand for American agriculture abroad through his support of trade agreements. Marino was nominated by the 55,000 members of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and approved to receive this award by the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors. The ceremony will be held from 2:30 till 3:00 this afternoon at the Jim Brubaker farm, at 1530 Buffalo Road, Lewisburg.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY - Hunting will be allowed at no cost at the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area between the middle of November and end of January and the county planning department will be responsible for enforcing rules and regulations for the park until an authority established Monday by the county commissioners takes over operation of the off-highway vehicle park in January. Outside of hunting season, the AOAA land will be open only to formally organized groups. Appointed to the Authority were: Pat Mack, of Sunnyside, county planning and industrial development director, Michael Schwartz, of Trevorton, a banker and Zerbe Township supervisor, Jim Backes, of Coal Township, a businessman Barry Yorwarth, of Paxinos, an outdoor enthusiast and employee of the federal prison in Minersville and David Crowl, of Elysburg, a businessman and contractor.  The appointments were ratified by Commissioners Vinny Clausi and Steve Bridy.
(WGRC)

MIFFLINTOWN - With the 2012 election less than a month away, the Juniata County Board of Elections is urging area residents to consider helping at local polling stations.  Jeffrey Zimmerman, of the Board of Elections, says they are down eight folks at this point in time. Zimmerman said newly-appointed election officials will attend a training session at 6:30 p.m. November 1st at the Juniata Courthouse. On Election Day, they will be sworn in at 6:30 a.m. by the Judge of Elections and will remain at the polling station until all materials are prepared to be turned in at the Voter Registrar's Office at the courthouse. A full day runs until after polls close at 8 p.m. Election officials receive a stipend based on how many people vote at their station. Officials are also reimbursed for mileage to and from the polling place. Those interested in being considered for appointment should contact S. James Bahorik, chief clerk, P.O. Box 68, Mifflintown, PA, 17059 or by phone at 436-7704 before October 24th.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – Susquehanna Health Women Services will present its second annual Spirit Girls’ Night Out Thursday, October 18th at 6 pm at the Community Arts Center, 220 West 4th Street, Williamsport. Free health screenings - including blood pressure, blood glucose, and stroke - will be available. Additionally, women will enjoy hors d’ouevres, shopping with local vendors, and a fashion show. Kathleen Passanisi, Hall of Fame Speaker, author and health humorist will present “Ladies, Life and Laughter – The Role of Humor in Keeping Women Healthy, Happy and Sane.” Susquehanna Health’s “Girls’ Night Out” allow women to come together in a fun, social environment to learn healthcare information. The Spirit of Women program is in its second year. With over 1,300 Spirit members, the program features monthly health topics and events to inspire and encourage women to lead their best, healthiest life. To learn more about Susquehanna Health’s Spirit of Women program, visit www.susquehannawomen.org.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a campaign by the U.S. Department of Labor to raise awareness of issues surrounding employment of people with disabilities, and to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. In Lycoming County, the effort is being recognized with an Employer and Consumer Information Fair, to be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on October 17th at the Williamsport office of the PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, 208 West Third Street, Suite 102. On hand for the fair will be representatives of area organizations and agencies that serve people with disabilities, as well as employers and consumers of those services. Information sessions will be held throughout the fair. Among the service groups represented at the fair will be OVR, Community Services Group Incorporated, Hope Enterprises, STEP Incorporated, the Lycoming-Clinton Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities Program, the Pennsylvania CareerLink, and Roads to Freedom/Center for Independent Living of North Central PA.
(WGRC)

UNIVERSITY PARK - On the heels of finding chronic wasting disease in a Pennsylvania deer, Penn State researchers say it's time for the state's game commissioners to consider a ban on deer feeding. David Wolfgang, extension veterinarian and field studies director in veterinary and biomedical sciences at Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has made that recommendation to the state Game Commission. Wolfgang and other researchers say the Commission needs now to enforce the stoppage of feeding wild deer, the use of placing salt blacks out for wild deer and the use of using deer urine by hunters as an attractant.  Feeding deer and the use of salt blocks encourages deer to congregate in one area increasing the chances of spreading the disease through saliva, urine or feces. Meanwhile the Game Commission and state Department of Agriculture will hold a public meeting about the possible spread of chronic wasting disease on Wednesday, October 17th, beginning at 7 p.m., in the Bermudian Springs High School auditorium, York Springs, in Adams County. Three deer farms across the state have also been quarantined by the state where the deer had been born and raised. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture earlier this month confirmed the first positive case of chronic wasting disease in the state on a deer farm in Adams County. The three-year-old doe was born at a deer farm on Jack’s Hollow Road in Lycoming County and had lived at a deer farm in York County as well. Agriculture Department officials are now trying to determine whether other captive deer at those facilities were infected, and if CWD might have been passed onto wild deer in those areas. The disease attacks the brains of infected deer, elk and moose, producing small lesions that eventually result in death.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Bradford County will get $8.4 million, Tioga County 4.7 Million, Lycoming County $4 million and Clinton County $739,000 from the impact fee the state is now collecting from the natural gas industry. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission announced the disbursement of the impact fee monies on Monday.  In total, the state is distributing $110 billion in impact fees this year to counties, townships, boroughs and cities. This is the first payout of the monies after the legislature passed the impact fee last year. The state charges the natural gas industry a set fee per well that is drilled in Pennsylvania. Much of that money is allocated to the municipalities impacted the most by the drilling and the natural gas activity. Money from the impact fee can be used by those municipalities to pay for infrastructure, creation of affordable housing, increased court costs and other impacts of the natural gas industry. Counties seeing activity with the natural gas industry get the most money.  All counties in the state are eligible for monies from a Legacy Fund established through this impact fee, even if there are no natural gas wells within those counties. In the WGRC listening area those counties receiving cash from the fund include: Centre $660,181, Sullivan $386,849, Schuylkill $125,808 (no gas wells), Columbia $74,744, Union $38,133 (no gas wells), Snyder $33,683 (no gas wells), Montour $25,000 (no gas wells).
(WNEP)

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania health officials have identified the state's first case of fungal meningitis linked to a deadly national outbreak involving steroid shots. Officials said Monday that the patient is hospitalized and receiving treatment. According to the Health Department, the Pennsylvania patient received a steroid injection in July at a medical clinic in Altoona. Fifteen people across the U.S. have died from the illness associated with steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, was recalled last month. More than 200 people in 14 states have been sickened.
(WGRC)