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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Former Sunbury council member still 'serious'

DANVILLE -- A Sunbury area businessman and former member of Sunbury City  Council is still in serious condition at Geisinger Medical Center, after a  Friday morning crash that killed a woman. A nursing supervisor confirmed  that the condition of 65-year-old John Shipman was unchanged since he was  admitted Friday following the crash in Monroe Township, Snyder County.

57-year-old Dorothy Attinger of Sunbury died after apparently drifting into  the path of Shipman's vehicle along Old Trail Road at about 8:30 a.m.  Driving Shipman was his wife Bonnie who was treated and released from  Evangelical Community Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash. John  Shipman is a founding member of SPARC and last year chose to not seek  reelection to Sunbury City Council. (Matt Farrand)

Motorist, passengers hurt in Friday crash near Herndon

HERNDON -- A motorist and two passengers were injured in a Friday afternoon  crash along Route 225 in Jackson Township, Northumberland County. State  troopers say 28-year-old Justin Cornett of Duncannon did not stop at a stop  sign at Junction Road, entered the highway and struck a vehicle driven by  54-year-old Denise Dewalt of Dornsife.

Dewalt sustained minor injuries, as did Dewalt's passenger, 54-year-old Ira  Dewalt Jr. of Dornsife. Cornett will be ticketed for failing to stop.  22-year-old Brittany Cornett was a passenger in his vehicle and was also  injured. All involved were wearing seat belts and their injuries are described as minor. (Matt Farrand) 

Ride for Freedom commemorates Paul Revere's horseback alert

SHAMOKIN -- Sunday is the 235th anniversary of Paul Revere's famous ride on  horseback, warning colonists of an impending British troop movement. A GOP  congressional candidate hopes Sunday's Ride for Freedom will inspire  citizens, not to take up arms, but to ride motorcycles and remember the  storied 1775 event. Dave Madeira says the motorcycle tour will start at  12:30 p.m. in Shamokin, and make stops in Muncy, Dushore and Tunkhannock  before concluding in Honesdale. Madeira says he'll use those stops to  deliver a campaign message, comparing the action of the current federal  government to the British crown of the 18th Century.

Madeira will face former federal prosecutor Tom Marino and Snyder County  Commissioner Malcolm Derk in the May primary for the Republican nomination.  Incumbent Democrat Chris Carney (D-10th, Dimock) faces no opposition from  within his own party. (Matt Farrand)

Roundtable visits the Susquehanna River Trail

SUNBURY - The Susquehanna River Trail, Byer's Island and the Shady Nook Boat  Launch area, are the topics of this Sunday's Roundtable program. We continue  our Boroughs to the Bay and Beyond Roundtable series with a look at the  efforts to grow this area as a 'recreational Mecca'
Guests from the Department of Forestry, the SRTA and Monroe Township, talk  about the latest efforts to make the northern part of the river trail  amenable for visitors and tourists. The goals of their efforts-improve the public Shady Nook Boat Launch, educate the public about Byer's Island and  encourage folks to enjoy outdoors. You can hear Roundtable (Sunday) on Eagle 107 (107.3FM) at 6a.m., 100.9  (100.9FM), The Valley, at 6a.m., Newsradio 1070 WKOK (1070AM) at 9a.m.,  Talkradio 1380 WMLP (1380AM), 11a.m., 94KX WQKX (94.1FM) at 11p.m. and anytime, at www.wkok.com

Fugitive busted after assault, wreck and flight

NUMIDIA – A man accused of assaulting a Mount Carmel woman and then fleeing from police has been located. Arthur Mickel is accused of attacking the woman at a convenience store in Atlas on Wednesday afternoon and then fleeing the scene in a vehicle, which he eventually crashed on Route 54 in Coal Township.

After the accident, Mickel fled on foot into the Weiser State Forest, prompting a large police search Wednesday night. Mickel wasn’t located until Friday night in Numidia after he apparently jumped from a three story window and broke his ankle.

He is now being treated at Geisinger Medical Center. Mickel is charged with aggravated and simple assault, fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest and many other counts. The assault victim was listed in serious condition, but has since been released from the hospital. Police say Mickel slammed the woman to the ground in the parking lot of a convenience store. (Ali Stevens)

Road named for local fallen solider

SELINSGROVE – Emotions ran high as a new sign was unveiled along Route 35 in Selinsgrove today. The sign was erected to remember a fallen soldier from Snyder County. It was an tearful ceremony as the Dreese family watched the unveiling of a sign naming a stretch of Route 35 after their loved one, 21-year-old Justin Dreese of Freeburg, who was killed in the war in Iraq in September 2006.

The dedication ceremony took place near the Selinsgrove Speedway along Route 35 on Friday morning and several dignitaries attended including Harold Aucker, the quartermaster at the VFW 6631, who says he decided that naming the highway after Justin Dreese would be a good tribute and wrote a letter to Representative Russ Fairchild (R-85th, Winfield).

Justin Dreese’s father, Wesley, helped Representative Fairchild unveil the new sign and says it was a special day for his family. Route 35 from Selinsgrove to the Snyder County Line in Richfield is now named the Private First Class Justin W. Dreese Memorial Highway. (Ali Stevens)

Governor to visit Union County

LEWISBURG -- Governor Ed Rendell will spend his day in Union County next week. The Governor will be here Monday to discuss the importance of properly funding education and economic development initiatives in the 2010-2011 budget. Newsradio 1070 WKOK will be present at the Governor's remarks and will have live updates through the afternoon.

The Governor will meet with local business leaders to discuss his budget proposal. From there he will tour downtown Lewisburg with leaders from Bucknell University. This will include a walk-through of the new Barnes & Noble bookstore. He will then make his way to Evangelical Community Hospital to announce an investment in a major economic and community development project.

Mammathon a huge success!

SELINSGROVE – The 6th annual Tell-A-Friend Mammathon was a big success this year with almost 200 mammograms scheduled. The event, which is a joint effort between Evangelical Community Hospital’s Thyra M. Humphrey’s Center for Breast Health and the American Cancer Society, was held Wednesday at the Susquehanna Valley Mall.

At the event, more than 6,400 women were contacted about whether they had scheduled their annual mammogram and 197 women made appoints at the Center for Breast Health during the event. Last year, 160 women scheduled, so Evangelical surpassed their goal once again.

Also, nearly 2,000 women made a commitment to schedule their exams at the Center or another facility. The goal is to schedule 125 mammograms during the six hour event, which is designed to encourage women over the age of 40 to have regular mammograms for early detection of breast cancer. (Ali Stevens)

Driver ban on Marion Heights woman

SUNBURY – A Marion Heights woman has been banned from driving while she awaits trial on charges of terroristic threats and reckless endangerment after police say she tried to hit her neighbor with her car. 82-year-old Rose Galgocy was in court yesterday and President Judge Robert Sacavage ordered that she not be allowed to drive a vehicle while free on bail awaiting trial.

Galgocy faces several charges after police say she tried to run over a former neighbor with her car in July of 2008. She is also accused of spitting in the face of a Mount Carmel Township Police Corporal. The Daily Item reports Galgocy was recently released from Danville State Hospital and lives in Sunbury, under the supervision of Northumberland County’s Mental Health agency. Judge Sacavage is reviewing a report on whether or not Galgocy is mentally competent to stand trial. (Ali Stevens)

Latest Pennsylvania news, lottery, business and entertainment

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Just two years ago, Pennsylvanians were overloaded with information about how to vote, when to register, where to cast ballots  and whom to support in a history-making battle for the White House. The  recruitment drive on behalf of now-President Barack Obama was impossible to  ignore, which made it a huge success. Statewide voter enrollment soared to a  record 8.8 million, and the Democratic Party gained an edge of more than 1 million voters over the GOP that remains intact. Monday's deadline for registering to vote in the May 18 primary is approaching with far less  fanfare. That's even though Democrats and Republicans will decide nomination  races for two of the state's highest offices - governor and U.S. senator - as well as contested seats in  Congress and the state Legislature. Most of this year's statewide candidates  are not making concerted efforts to recruit voters. Rather, they are providing help to individual supporters who have questions about registering  to vote.

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - Trial for an eastern Pennsylvania man accused of  stabbing and bludgeoning three people to death in July 2008 has been  delayed. Randal Rushing of Scranton is charged with murder, kidnapping and  robbery. Defense attorney Paul Ackourey had sought to argue that his  client's actions stemmed from an addiction to marijuana but prosecutors argued that more information was needed for that defense. Prosecutors said  that during Thursday's hearing, Rushing indicated that he wanted to argue  that he did not commit the crime, and the defense then asked for and was  granted a delay. Authorities accuse Rushing of killing 20-year-old Justin  Berrios, 22-year-old Dustin Hintz, and 16-year-old Leslie Collier and  stealing video games, jewelry and debit cards. Authorities say he then fled  to Wilkes-Barre and played the games until his arrest.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - In Western Pennsylvania, a severe storm system moved eastward across Pennsylvania, delivering high winds that knocked out power to thousands of customers. The storms hit the Pittsburgh area between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. yesterday, and about 90,000 customers lost power. Duquesne Light says about 36,000 customers lost power in Allegheny and Beaver counties. Allegheny Power says nearly 54,000 of its customers lost power, most of them in Westmoreland and Washington counties. Ross Township police say a woman suffered minor injuries when a tree fell on her car and shattered the windshield. In central Pennsylvania, PP&L Electric says about 3,300 customers lost power when the storm system moved through.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania will be getting about $50 million in federal disaster aid to cover expenses stemming from the back-to-back winter storms in February. Gov. Ed Rendell's chief of staff, Steve Crawford, says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved the aid for 27 counties that were hit hardest by the storms. Crawford says an additional $6 million may be available for local projects to mitigate future disasters. State emergency-management chief Robert French estimates it may take four to six weeks for the aid to be distributed.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pennsylvania state police say a trooper with Ben Roethlisberger the night he was accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old college student in a Georgia nightclub is subject to the department's code of conduct whether he was working for the Steelers quarterback or along as a friend. Lt. Myra Taylor says an internal investigation will determine whether Trooper Ed Joyner did anything "that could reasonably be expected to destroy public respect" for the agency. A friend of the accuser said in a statement to police that a "bodyguard" refused to acknowledge that the woman, who had been drinking, was alone with Roethlisberger in the back of a nightclub in Milledgeville, Ga., on March 5. Georgia investigators later identified that man as Joyner. State police say Joyner had permission to work off-duty as Roethlisberger's "personal assistant" since 2005 - but say "bodyguard" is not listed in the duties he asked to perform.

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - Another courthouse official in northeastern Pennsylvania has been charged with taking bribes. Federal prosecutors say longtime Luzerne County Clerk of Courts Robert Reilly solicited and accepted thousands of dollars in bribes in 2007. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. Reilly had no comment at his arraignment yesterday in Wilkes-Barre. He was released on his own recognizance. More than 20 individuals in Luzerne County have been charged as part of an ongoing public corruption investigation. Federal prosecutors have also charged public officials in neighboring Lackawanna County.

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (AP) - Nuclear regulators have identified three minor safety issues at Three Mile Island following a November incident in which workers were exposed to radioactive dust. In a reported issued Thursday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission found that power company Exelon could have prevented workers from being exposed if a vacuum system was equipped with a specialized filter. The NRC also found that the company poorly managed the containment building ventilation and failed to promptly take corrective action after the dust was released. Plant officials say ventilation fans in the reactor building unexpectedly blew radioactive dust out of a reactor cooling system pipe that had been cut open. About 145 workers were contaminated, but their exposure did not approach regulatory limits. Exelon officials say they have taken corrective action.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Update on the latest in business:

Chavez: China to devote $20B to Venezuela projects


CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - President Hugo Chavez has announced an agreement  with China that would have the Asian economic giant devote $20 billion to  financing long-term development projects in Venezuela. The Venezuelan president says the financing would go toward  industrial and infrastructure projects, among other development plans. He  spoke Saturday during a televised appearance attended by China's natural  resources minister. Chavez is providing few other details about the  investments.

Geithner predicts passage of financial overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says a strong overhaul  of the financial system will emerge from the current impasse in Congress and  protect taxpayers against fraud and abuse in the financial industry.  Geithner says the best way to prevent a new financial meltdown is to put  protections in place "ahead of the storm." He says he is confident there  will be enough votes to pass a strong package of financial reforms, despite  solid Republican opposition in the Senate. Geithner spoke to NBC News' "Meet  the Press" in an interview that airs Sunday. Geithner declined to comment on the Securities and Exchange Commission's decision to charge Goldman Sachs &  Co. with fraud relating to its sale of mortgage investments.

Pennsylvania Lottery Numbers:

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - These Pennsylvania lotteries were drawn Saturday:

Big 4
8-5-3-2

Cash 5
11-12-29-30-31

Daily Number
8-5-6

Evening Quinto
0-4-6-4-9

Midday Big 4
8-9-0-7

Midday Number
8-5-3

Midday Quinto
7-8-5-5-1

Powerball
05-21-22-41-49, Powerball: 15, Power Play: 5

Treasure Hunt
02-07-20-27-30

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

'Glee' among GLAAD Media Awards winners

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Glee" has another reason to be happy. The Fox musical  was among the winners at the 21st annual GLAAD Media Awards. The show's cast  and creator Ryan Murphy accepted the trophy for outstanding comedy series at  Saturday's ceremony. Other winners included "A Single Man" for outstanding  film, actress Drew Barrymore for the Vanguard Award and comedian Wanda Sykes  for the Stephen F. Kolzak Award. The awards salute fair, accurate and  inclusive representation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender  community and the issues that affect their lives in the media. Other  winners - chosen from 152 nominees in 32 categories - were awarded at a  March ceremony in New York, while the remainder will be presented at a San  Francisco ceremony in June.

Lambert, Shelton, Adkins win early ACM Awards

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Things just got hotter for Miranda Lambert and Blake  Shelton, country music's "it" couple. Miranda Lambert won the Academy of Country Music Award for best video of the  year for "White Liar" and Shelton won event of the year with Trace Adkins  for their hit song "Hillbilly Bone." The first two ACM Awards were given out  Saturday night at the MGM Grand. Turns out it was Lambert who convinced  Shelton to pitch the idea for "Hillbilly Bone" to Adkins. It was the third ACM win for Adkins and the first for Shelton, who says the award finally makes him feel like he's been  accepted in Nashville. Lambert is up for five other awards, including album  of the year for "Revolution," during Sunday's televised ceremony.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)