Monday, June 16, 2008

Today's News-Monday, June 16th

An Orwigsburg man was injured in a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon. State police at Schuylkill Haven report that 23-year-old Shane Matthews was traveling north on State Route 2003 in West Brunswick Township when he lost control on a left curve. Troopers believe he was traveling too fast for conditions. His motorcycle overturned, and he slid about 30 feet, coming to rest on the side of the road. He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. The crash happened after 1pm Saturday.
Two Williamstown men have been charged following an incident earlier this month in northern Dauphin County. Lykens state police have just released information about the case. 41 year old William Houtz Jr. was riding his ATV on a public road, and a 17 year old male was operating an SUV. The teen ran Houtz off the road, and Houtz chased after him. The two confronted each other a short time later and Houtz grabbed the teen, threatening him. Houtz is charged with harrassment, driving under DUI suspension and operating an ATV on a public road. The teenager was charged with reckless driving and related counts. Charges against the two were filed in district court.
Two adults were arrested for driving under the influence during DUI patrols over the weekend. A total of 91 vehicles were stopped during the sweep Friday and Saturday nights on area roadways. 40 other traffic arrests resulted. 8 police departments participated. The checkpoints will continue this week on major county highways, as part of the North Central Highway Safety Network Regional Sobriety Checkpoint program.
A small fire in Minersville damaged a Sunbury Street property last night. Authorities report that a mattress was burning at 468 Sunbury around 8:30pm. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, containing damage to one room.
It was a busy day at the Schuylkill County Airport Saturday. The Experimental Aircraft Association of Fredericksburg and the Black Diamond chapter of the Civil Air Patrol, based in Hegins, held a fly-in and training event. More than 150 people were in attendance, to fly their aircraft, and to train young men and women about aviation. CAP Commander Todd Daubenspeck gives us a bit of history about the Civil Air Patrol:
DAUBENSPECK (click to listen)
In Pennsylvania, more than 26-hundred people participate in the Civil Air Patrol. In spite of the low cloud cover and haze, planes continued to fly and a sky diver jumped from local resident Harry Zerbey's vintage Navy plane from 8-thousand feet. The Black Diamond chapter is looking to bolster its ranks for kids from ages 12 to 21:
DAUBENSPECK (click to listen)
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Mount Airy Casino Resort open for business after a 14 1/2-hour shutdown due to a power failure stemming from the weekend storm. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board says there was a power failure at about 6 p.m. Saturday due to a severe thunderstorm in the Poconos.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of a Pittsburgh accused of raping five women in 2000 and 2001. Fifty-one-year-old Keith Wood is accused of attacking women in the city's East End neighborhoods and suburbs.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A detention hearing resumes Monday for a Clarion County man accused of illegally selling an AK-47 assault rifle in February to an undercover agent in Ohio. The hearing for 64-year-old Morgan Jones began Thursday. FBI officials say he is a captain in a militia group.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia police are looking for the person who killed a young man who moved to Philadelphia with plans to teach high school math this fall. Twenty-three-year-old Beau Zabel was shot in the neck at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday near his home as he was walking home from work at a Starbucks.
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say a 4-year-old girl apparently drowned at a water park in Lancaster. East Lampeter Township police say medical units were dispatched to Caribbean Indoor Water Park shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday. The name of the victim was withheld pending notification of family members.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As of tonight, there will be two states where same-sex couples can legally get married. California joins Massachusetts in issuing marriage licenses. San Francisco's mayor will preside over one of the first gay weddings: two women who fell in love more than a-half century ago.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - They're tallying flood damage in Iowa City, Iowa. Record-high river levels should start subsiding there today. But communities downstream are bracing for the onslaught. The Midwest flooding has prompted Amtrak to curtail service out of Chicago.

LONDON (AP) - President Bush heads home today from his farewell European trip, wrapping it up with a visit to a school in Northern Ireland. At a news conference in London, the president said he thinks the U.S. can help calm what he termed a "testy situation" over Afghanistan's threat to go after militants in Pakistan.
SUPREME COURT (AP) - More rulings are expected today from the U.S. Supreme Court. Decisions in 17 major cases are still pending as the court nears adjournment at the end of the month. One case deals with gun ownership. Another could determine whether states can execute child rapists.
NEW YORK (AP) - Think maybe you're in the wrong line of work? An Associated Press analysis finds that no matter how sluggish the economy may be, the biggest bosses are doing OK. The median pay package for CEO's of companies on the Standard and Poor's 550 index is 8.4 million dollars. Topping the list, the boss at Merrill Lynch. He pulled down 83 million last year.


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