March 11, 2013

March 11, 2013

RINGTOWN – A Schuylkill County man was killed Saturday morning when the car he was working fell on top of him and apparently crushed him to death. State police say 41-year-old Ricky Dye, was pronounced dead at the scene in a grassy area behind his 21 Pattersonville Road home just after noon.
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SELINSGROVE – A two-alarm fire at a junk yard had crews from Snyder and Union counties on the scene last evening in Snyder County. The fire was reported just after six p.m. when a tractor trailer and several other vehicles were destroyed by fire at a junk yard along Fetter road in Penn Township. The fire consumed two tractor trailers, multiple passenger vehicles and pieces of farm equipment. Crews battled the fire for about an hour before having the fire under control. No injuries were reported.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - A Martz Trailways bus bringing Penn State students to State College after spring break caught fire Sunday afternoon on Interstate 70 a few miles from the Breezewood exit. No one on the bus was hurt but several students lost everything they had with them in the fire that destroyed the bus. Another bus came and picked up the stranded students. Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said Residence Life is assisting students whose university ID cards and belongings were destroyed in the fire.
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DETURKSVILLE – A Pottsville man was flown to Reading Hospital following a three vehicle crash in Schuylkill County on Saturday. State Police say 24-year-old David Guzick was flown to the hospital with serious injuries. Police say the crash happened just before two p.m. on Route 443 at Dad Burnhams Road near De Turksville. Police say a pick-up truck was stopped to make a turn off the roadway when the driver of a car did not see the truck stopped and hit the rear of the truck pushing into the path of Guzick’s motorcycle. The driver of the car suffered minor injuries.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

TREMONT – A 42-year-old Williamstown woman was taken to Geisinger Medical Center following a crash Sunday morning in Schuylkill County. The crash happened just after six a.m. on route 209 near Tremont. Police say Meredith Michaels was going too fast when she lost control of her car on a curve, went off the roadway and hit a tree.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SUNBURY - A 17-year-old Shamokin girl was taken to Geisinger Medical Center following a crash Saturday morning. The crash on Captain Bloom Road in Rockefeller Township, Northumberland County happened around 11:30 a.m. Troopers say the teen went off the road and hit a tree then overturned in a ditch. Police say the girl suffered moderate injuries.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BRIAR CREEK — A car gouged a gaping hole in the living room of a house along West Rittenhouse Mill Road in Briar Creek in Columbia County, Saturday morning. The Press Enterprise reports, no one was home or hurt during the 8:30 a.m. crash into the north side of 50 West Rittenhouse Mill Road. No one was hurt in the crash. Police continue to investigate.
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MOUNT CARMEL - A 22-year-old Mount Carmel man is jailed in Northumberland County Prison after being caught for allegedly robbing a man of $90 cash Sunday night. Police have charged Jeffrey Huben, with a probation violation and robbery charges will be filed likely today. Police say Huben is accused of asking for a few dollars from a 40-year-old man he encountered on West Second Street just after eight last night. When the man responded in kind, police say Huben yanked away a wad of cash and fled on foot. Police caught up with him at his home around 10:30 p.m.
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BLOOMSBURG - A man punched a Bloomsburg University student early Sunday and then stole his smart phone. But officers used that phone to track the alleged assailant over three counties to the Tamaqua area, where police surrounded a vehicle and arrested 19-year-old Trevor Christman of Coaldale. The Press Enterprise reports, Christman is charged with robbery and assault and is jailed on $25,000 bail.
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LEWISTOWN –A 30-year-old Lewistown man is behind bars on $30,000 bail following a fight in which he struck another man in the head with a 2-by-4. Mifflin County Regional Police say they were called out just before three Saturday morning to what was reported to be a brawl involving a number of people in the parking lot of Woodwards ATV of Lewistown. When Police arrived on the scene they witnessed Justin Herb of Lewistown hit another man over the head with the piece of lumber. The man was taken to Lewistown Hospital. Herb was jailed on aggravated assault charges. Police say they also arrested 29-year-old Tiffany Fisher of Reedsville for DUI. Police say they are continuing their investigation into the brawl.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MUNCY VALLEY – A Sullivan County woman is locked up on $250,000 bail on attempted homicide charges after stabbing a 46-year-old man Saturday. Troopers say that happened just before nine p.m. when 40-year-old Crystal Applegate of Muncy Valley stabbed the man during a drunken domestic dispute. After stabbing the man Applegate left the home along Edkin Hill Road near Muncy Valley. But she returned to the scene while state police were there and led them on a high speed chase through Sullivan County until she was caught. The man that was stabbed was taken to Muncy Valley Hospital where he was treated and released.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

JERSEY SHORE – An autopsy is set for today on remains removed from under a Jersey Shore home Friday afternoon. A team of coroners, forensic investigators, and police removed human remains from the Jersey Shore home of Glenn Jackson. The South Lincoln Avenue home has been the scene of an intensive investigation, after police dogs led authorities to the remains, which were found buried in a crawl space in the home's basement. Jackson was arrested at his home early Thursday morning and remains incarcerated in lieu of $200,000 bail. He faces charges of abusing a corpse and tampering with evidence. However, investigators say he may face more serious charges following the coroner's autopsy report. Authorities say preliminary findings have supported investigators theory that the remains may belong to Jackson's associate, Michael Krauser, who has been missing from his Jersey Shore home since early February.
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WILLIAMSPORT - Two Easton men were formally arraigned before a judge Friday facing homicide charges in the shooting death of 21-year-old Terell Littles. Both 20-year-old Mirad Shabazz and 19-year-old Jason Gardner are facing homicide charges in the drug deal gone sour and shooting of Littles on January 9th. Colten Engle a friend of Littles and Isaiah Fulton of New Berlin testified during Friday’s hearing before District Judge James Carn. Both men remain jailed in the Lycoming County Prison without bail.
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BLOOMSBURG - A Danville woman and Millville man are behind bars in Columbia County on $100,000 bail each after police find them hauling drugs. Police were called to a home on Boyer Bottom Road in Greenwood Township, Saturday for a report of a domestic dispute. When police got there 24-year-old Michelle Kreski and 27-year-old Karl Greenburgh had been fighting and took off from the home on foot. Police finally caught up with them and after a struggle both were arrested. Both were found with heroin and other prescription narcotics as well as other drug items.
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SUNBURY — Eight Northumberland County Prison inmates have filed a $1.6 million federal lawsuit against the jail, citing inhumane conditions, racial discrimination, retaliation and cruel and unusual punishment by guards. The Daily item reports, the suit has been filed as a class action lawsuit in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Scranton. The eight inmates are also seeking a transfer to another facility, $200,000 each, release from segregation, and for the prison to correct and improve its conditions.
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STATE COLLEGE - A children's charity founded by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky wants to sell its headquarters. The Associated Press reports, Sandusky started The Second Mile in 1977 to help at-risk children, but the charity has been a casualty of the criminal case against him. Judge William Morgan on Friday scheduled a March 28 hearing on a request by The Second Mile's board of directors to sell the two-story building on a main thoroughfare in State College for $650,000. Lawyers for The Second Mile, in their court filing, said the building sale proceeds would pay for victims' claims, programs, insurance and legal fees. They said the charity can operate from rental facilities in Bellefonte, several miles away. Sandusky's accusers are pursuing claims against him and The Second Mile, leaving the fate of the charity's assets in legal limbo. The Second Mile's attorneys said the prospective purchaser, A.G.L. 2 Limited Partnership, has insisted on getting a court order before closing on the property, scheduled for April 25.
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LOCK HAVEN – While it was very mild Saturday it still wasn’t mild enough to take a dip in the Susquehanna river. But several did to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, including Clinton County Commissioner Jeff Snyder. The Freezing for a Reason Polar Plunge at the boat launch in Lock Haven raised around two thousand dollars towards a cure for multiple sclerosis. Lock Haven University students hosted the event, and those who jumped included the women's rugby, men's rugby, and softball teams, coaches and the public.
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LEWISBURG - “PROTECTING OUR RIGHTS TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS” That’s the topic Daryl Metcalfe Republican- Butler County will be addressing when he is the speaker for tonight’s meeting of Susquehanna Valley Conservatives. The meeting will begin at seven p.m. in the Baylor East Conference Room of the Best Western Country Cupboard Inn, Lewisburg. On January 23rd, Representative Metcalfe announced his legislation that would make any new federal gun control laws unenforceable within the Commonwealth. The meeting is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
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MIFFLINVILLE – Lane restrictions and closures in the I-80 work zone near Mifflinville in Columbia County will be underway this week. The PennDOT contractor will restrict Interstate 80 westbound to one lane between mile 241 and exit 242 today. The right lane will be closed between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. in order to install a new sign structure. As a reminder, the I-80 westbound Mifflinville on-ramp remains closed. This is due to merging-traffic safety concerns in the narrowed two-lane area. The ramp detour remains in effect.
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WILLIAMSPORT - PennDOT, the Community Traffic Safety Project and other regional safety partners will sponsor the 23rd annual Students Against Destructive Decisions Conference. The event is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 12th, at the Klump Academic Center, Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. The purpose of the conference is to provide students with programs, information and activities that can be duplicated in their schools and communities to help prevent destructive decisions. Nearly 220 students from 13 schools in Bradford, Lycoming and Tioga counties, along with 18 advisors, will attend the conference, which will feature workshops addressing the consequences of prescription drug abuse, texting/distracted driving, underage drinking and teen safe driving issues. The conference is sponsored by the Community Traffic Safety Project with support from PennDOT, Penn College, law enforcement, the county coroner and local and state presenters.
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WILLIAMSPORT – Lycoming College will host a career fair on Wednesday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Lamade Gymnasium. The event is open to the public. Representative from companies such as Baltimore Life Company and Primus Technologies, along with local businesses, will be present to discuss employment and internships opportunities. Interested individuals are encouraged to wear formal dress and bring multiple copies of their resume.
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SHAMOKIN - All seven settlement offers from the city of Shamokin to property owners whose homes were destroyed by flooding in 2011 have been accepted. Steve Bartos, city clerk, tells the News Item, the final signature was acquired this week. The next step is to submit project paperwork to Federal Emergency Management Agency seeking the release of funding for closing costs to purchase the homes. Once closing is finished, another request will be made for demolition funding. The city has 60 days after the properties are officially acquired to knock them down. Bartos said he expects demolition to begin in May. A total of $203,000 from FEMA's Hazardous Mitigation Grant Program had been sought to acquire and demolish a row of homes.  
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HARRISBURG - State Representative Rick Mirabito, of Lycoming County, continued the fight for return of the Pennsylvania State Police Aviation Unit to Lycoming County when he testified in front of the House Appropriations Committee last week and urged them to protect the residents of rural Pennsylvania.  Mirabito testified that the lack of a PSP Aviation Unit in north central Pennsylvania is a public safety concern for rural Pennsylvanians. Mirabito also said that public health in rural communities is threatened by the proposed elimination of Department of Health nurse positions that will result in closing more than half of the state’s public health centers --- many of which are located in rural Pennsylvania. Mirabito also called on the committee to consider accepting the proposal to expand Medicaid because so many rural citizens do not have health insurance. Mirabito noted that in 2011, about 412,000 people, or roughly 12 percent of the population living in rural Pennsylvania did not have health insurance.
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