May 29, 2013

May 29, 2013

MONTOURSVILLE - Police responded to an apartment house Tuesday in Lycoming County after reports of gunfire. It happened after noon at the place on Jordan Avenue in Montoursville. According to police, two men broke into a first floor apartment and fired three shots at the tenant a 30-year-old man. He ran to a neighbor and called 911. The two men the fired two more shots through the exterior wall nearly striking a 60-year-old woman in the apartment building. No one was hurt. The men are believed to be from the Philadelphia area. Police say the shooting was not a random incident as it involved a botched drug transaction between the shooters and the 30-year-old man, last week. Anyone with information on the shooters, are asked to call state police, Montoursville.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MOUNT CARMEL - Investigators in Upper Darby Township near Philadelphia said a man wanted for a shooting in Northumberland County is dead. Police say Federal Marshalls found 31-year old Anthony Galla of Lebanon County inside a hotel room late Tuesday afternoon. Shots were fired and police said Galla was killed, no one else was injured. A man and woman with Galla were arrested. Investigators said they found a handgun and a bag of ammunition in Galla’s hotel room. Mount Carmel Police filed attempted homicide charges against Galla, a former police officer in Northumberland County. Officers said Galla walked into his ex-girlfriend’s house and shot her boyfriend in the foot in Mount Carmel early Tuesday morning, then fled. The boyfriend is expected to be fine. Galla was a police officer in several area municipalities, including Mount Carmel where he worked until 2011. Police say his last known place of employment as a police officer was in Butler Township, Schuylkill County.
(WNEP)

MIFFLINBURG - The police chief in Union County accused of making up his own rules when it came to speeding tickets faced theft by extortion charges in District court, yesterday. Suspended Hartleton Police Chief Donald Zerbe says the donations are like a plea bargain and insists nobody benefited personally from the money. State police say Zerbe gave drivers a way out of speeding tickets by donating $150 to the Hartleton playground fund. Many people in Hartleton including Mayor Jim Dorman do not think Zerbe did anything wrong. Mayor Dorman was in court to show his support for Zerbe. Chief Zerbe was suspended last week from the Hartleton police department without pay.  His next scheduled court date is in August.
(WNEP)

WILLIAMSPORT – The trial continues in Williamsport today for a well-known Williamsport detective who is accused of illegally seizing Little League collector’s pins from another couple. Randy and Janete Shrey claim Police Captain Raymond Kontz of violating their Constitutional rights when he confiscated more than 600 pins from their home in July 2008. The Sun Gazette reports, the trial began yesterday in U.S. Middle District Court. Kontz faces counts of illegal seizure of property and seizing the pins without lawful justification. An attorney for the Shreys accused Kontz of lying by claiming the police department received notice from Little League International about the pins being sold over the Internet without permission and then went to the couple’s home with the intention of taking the pins. The attorney for Kontz says he followed procedure and consulted with his superiors and the Lycoming County District Attorney’s office before he took the pins which looked like a Williamsport Police badge. The trial continues today.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY – The 17-year-old driver who admitted causing a crash that claimed the life of fellow student Travis Tillet of Northumberland in Union County must complete a wilderness challenge program and make a presentation to his peers about the consequences of poor driving. The Daily Item reports, Justin Miller of Sunbury admitted to causing the crash September 2012 on Route 304 east of New Berlin that killed the 16-year-old Tillet and injured another student on their way to SUN Tech. Miller appeared before Judge Charles Saylor yesterday in the Northumberland County Courthouse to face his penalty. Miller told the court he was sorry for what happened and that he would learn from it.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG – Two were taken to Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg last evening following a crash in Kelly Township. The crash happened on JPM Road near William Penn Drive around six p.m. Police say the vehicle went off the roadway and struck a concrete retaining wall. Police say 19-year-old Christiana Gomez of Milton suffered moderate injuries while 20-year-old Madison Goss of Millmont suffered minor injuries. Another passenger in the vehicle was not hurt.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

ESPY - An Orangeville woman had to be cut out of her SUV after she blacked out at the wheel and crashed into a tree along Central Road in Scott Township, Columbia County yesterday. Police say 66-year-old Mary Slobinsky, crossed the roadway around 3:30 p.m. and slammed head-on into a tree rolling her vehicle onto its side. The Press Enterprise repots, she was taken by ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center.  
(WGRC)

SHAMOKIN - Three people were taken to Shamokin/Geisinger Hospital following a vehicle crash yesterday. The crash happened just after three p.m. on Route 125 in east Cameron Township. Police say 22-year-old Louis Baez of Coal Township suffered moderate injuries while a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old girl suffered minor injuries when the driver of the vehicle 17-year-old Karissa Lesher of Trevorton lost control of the car went off the roadway struck an embankment, a telephone pole and then rolled over. Police say Lesher will be charged with speeding causing the crash.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

THOMPSONTOWN – A Belleville man was taken to Geisinger Medical Center after the tractor trailer he was driving crashed on Route 22 in Juniata County. The crash happened Saturday morning around 10:30. Police say 48-year-old Randy Yoder went off the highway and hit a guard rail. His rig rolled over the guide rail and down over a steep embankment.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LEWISBURG – A Montandon teen faces four felony drug charges plus two misdemeanor charges following a controlled drug buy. Buffalo Valley Regional Police have charged 18-year-old Antonio Carpenter with felony drug possession and delivery. Police say Carpenter along with Jabri Brown delivered heroin to a confidential police informant in January. Carpenter has been accused of helping two homicide suspects get away after a Williamsport man was fatally shot on January 9th over a drug deal gone sour. He and Jabri Brown and two others are also accused of being involved in a pistol whipping of a man in Lewisburg in March.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

FREEBURG – The cause of a weekend fire in Snyder County that heavily damaged the Freeburg Auction House has been determined electrical in nature. Fire officials say the blaze was caused by an electrical issue between a clothes dryer and a wall outlet. A state police fire marshal investigated the Saturday night fire at 107 East Market Street Tuesday afternoon. The building is a total loss. Three people that lived above the auction house are without a home.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - A housekeeper working for a couple living on Laurel Road, in Lewistown, was arrested May 17th after she stole several diamond rings and pawned them at Foss Jewelers. Mifflin County Regional Police say 37-year-old Angela Fields, of Lewistown, stole the diamond rings on May 15th and pawned them the same day. Police said employees at Foss Jewelers recognized the jewelry as belonging to the victims. According to the report, Foss Jewelers contacted the victims, who then contacted Mifflin County Regional Police. Police say Fields also took $7,000 in other items from the couple. She’s now jailed in the Mifflin county Prison.
(WGRC)

FREEBURG – In Snyder County, Police are looking for the thieves that broke into a garage in Freeburg and stole several items. That happened sometime between ten Sunday night and ten Monday morning at the home on West Market Street. Anyone with information is asked to call state police, Selinsgrove.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG – Leo Sokoloski, chief of the Bloomsburg Police Department for 13 years, has announced his retirement, effective June 28th. Sokoloski has served as a police officer for the Town of Bloomsburg for more than 25 years, focusing efforts on curbing underage drinking, combatting nuisance crimes and maintaining the overall safety of the town of 14,500 residents, approximately 10,000 Bloomsburg University students, more than 800,000 guests at the annual Bloomsburg Fair and thousands more at other events held in town and at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. His achievements among many include:  Working with the courts to develop the Youthful Offender Program, which educates youth on the problems associated with binge drinking and excessive alcohol use. Innovating ordinances credited with reducing crime, loud noise and the number of underage alcohol parties by more than 60 percent. And, coordinating efforts with the National Guard to evacuate BU students and town residents in September. Sokoloski has accepted a position leading campus security at Elizabethtown College. He will begin his new employment on July 1st.
(WGRC)

TURBOTVILLE - Two Northumberland County students were honored yesterday for their art work by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Toby Fauver, PennDOT’s deputy secretary for local and area transportation, presented Lillian Wertz of Turbotville Elementary School and Brandon DeManicor of Meadowview Christian Academy as division winners for PennDOT’s Aviation Art Contest. More than 300 entries were received statewide, with winners chosen in each of PennDOT’s 11 engineering districts. The students are being recognized for creatively demonstrating the contest theme of “50 Years in American Space Flight.”
(WGRC)

WINGATE - Bald Eagle Area School District property owners will see an average of a $60.00 increase on their real estate tax bill next year, accompanying the school board's approval of a two-mill increase in taxes next year. The increase will bring $436,000 into the $27.8 million dollar budget adopted by the board. The increase is smaller than the district sought when it was granted an exemption from the state in rules governing tax revenues.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG – Union and Snyder County seniors on a fixed income may find some help in providing healthy, nutritional food at farm markets in Union and Snyder Counties. The Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program sponsored by the Union-Snyder Agency on Aging is making available a $20.00 voucher for produce at their local farm market. Emily Kerstetter, Voucher distributor with the Agency on Aging says there are some requirements to be eligible for the program. Seniors need to be 60 years or older with a gross income of $21,257 for a single individual and $28,694 for a two person household. A driver’s license or photo I.D. is required upon applying for a voucher. Seniors or a representative can pick up a proxy form at their County’s Area Agency on Aging and then bring it to distribution sites during various dates in June and July. For more information seniors can call 524-2100 or 374-5558.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LEWISBURG - Four Central Pennsylvania communities will receive federal Transportation Alternatives Program funds for bicycle/pedestrian projects and activities related to safer routes for non-drivers.  A total of $1.8 million has been awarded through the SEDA-COG Metropolitan Planning Organization and PennDOT.  The projects awarded funding includes:
•    Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority ─ $485,000 for the next phase of the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail in Lewisburg Borough, extending it from the east side of Route 15 to 5th Street with a connector to Market Street and the downtown.   
•    Milton Borough ─ $495,200 for improvements along Broadway including high visibility crosswalks, pedestrian signals, street lighting, and curb-cuts to improve pedestrian safety.
•    Selinsgrove Borough ─ $402,000 for street light expansion and safety improvements.  Ornamental light fixtures providing illumination and increased pedestrian safety in the central business district.
•    City of Lock Haven ─ $492,000 for the next phase of the City’s downtown street improvements, focused on East Water Street, from North Grove to North Vesper Streets.  Improvements include sidewalks with brick inlays, concrete curbing, and low-mounted ornamental street lights.     
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN – Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, met with members of the Juniata Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau on Tuesday at the Historic Courthouse in Lewistown.  Toomey gave a brief overview of some front-burner issues in Washington, as well as some unwanted distractions, in the form of scandals. The Sentinel reports, Toomey said he is in the midst of working on the farm bill and hopes to put some reforms in place. Toomey said the political climate in Washington is a shaky one at the moment, even with President Barack Obama reaching out to lawmakers. Toomey says talks between lawmakers and the White House have been "constructive," but he was also quick to point out he didn't want to give people "false hope" that an agreement on the budget could be reached any time soon.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG – 13 people were killed in crashes investigated by state police, over the Memorial Holiday driving period. State Police say 245 were injured. The number of fatalities matched last year’s total, while injuries declined from 311 in 2012. The Associated Press reports, Troopers responded to 760 crashes between Friday and Monday. Of those crashes 85 involved alcohol as did five of the fatal crashes.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Non-profit groups, educational facilities and local governmental agencies are eligible to apply now for grants to expand the use of alternative fuels. Senator John Gordner is urging those falling under the categories to apply. Grants through the Department of Environmental Protection are used by the entities to install refueling equipment and purchase alternative fuels.  Applications are being accepted by the Department until July 26.  Grants will be awarded in the fall.  Additional information on the Alternative Fuels Incentive Program is available through the Department’s website at www.depweb.state.pa.us The program is one of several initiatives of the General Assembly and the Department to encourage the use of alternative energy sources.
(WGRC)

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