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  • Tuesday / July 29, 2014

     

    Murder Charges

    Two years after his murder... two people have been charged in the death of Frank Spencer of Hemlock Township. State Attorney General Kathleen Kane says Spencer's ex wife... 49 – year old Maria Sanutti – Spencer... and her 72 – year old father... Anthony Rocco Franklin are charged with criminal homicide in the shooting death of the 46 – year old Spencer at his home in July of 2012. Sanutti – Spencer is in custody... arrested in Shamokin Dam and taken to District Judge Doug Brewer in Millville.... then to the Columbia County Prison where she is being held without bond. Her father remains a fugitive and his whereabouts are unknown.

     

    GHS Changes

    Changes at the top at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. The Geisinger Health System Board of Directors say they've begun the process of recruiting a replacement for CEO Glenn Steele, Jr. who plans to retire next year. Dr. Steele will remain in the top slot at the hospital through the end of the fiscal year through the end of June. He will then continue as chairman of xG Health Solutions... an independently operated venture based in Columbia, Maryland. Geisinger is being assisted in it's CEO search by SpencerStuart... an executive search consulting firms.

     

    Congressman Barletta
    A Pennsylvania congressman who like to lead the charge on illegal immigration issues is pushing hard for a tougher way to track those in the country illegally. Congressman Lou Barletta says those who overstay their visas represent a significant threat to security in the U-S - citing the majority of 9/11 hijackers as his prime example. During a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee, Barletta questioned Tom Kean - former New Jersey Governor and former chairman of the 9/11 Commission... and said many of the commission's recommendations have been ignored. Kean and Barletta both support a biometric facial recognition exit system as a way to identify those who overstay their visas...

     

    Natural Gas Drilling
    Plans to drill for natural gas in an around state parks and forests in Pennsylvania are on hold, and state Senator Jim Ferlo of Allegheny County wants that move to be permanent. Ferlo is a member of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. He says lawmakers may go to court to ensure those plans for drilling never takes place. Ferlo says the public is generally supportive of the economic benefits of the drilling boom in Pennsylvania, but there are limits. The Corbett Administration has reached an agreement with an environmental group not to sign drilling leases, pending the outcome of a larger issue over funding that is currently before Commonwealth

    Court.
     

    Transco Pipeline

    That proposed natural gas line project by the Williams Company... running from Susquehanna.... to Columbia County... to southeast PA will be the topic of a meeting to be held August 7th at the Lake – Lehman High School. The session to be hosted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission starting at 7 PM. The commission is seeking comment on environmental issues dealing with the proposed Atlantic Sunrise expansion of the Transco interstate pipeline.

     

    PennDOT Hiring

    Here we are... in the middle of summer... enjoying warm days and nights. Then there's PennDOT... they're looking for equipment and two – way radio operators they can count on in the dead of winter.

    It's a yearly push by the agency to fill equipment operator slots... but you need some experience so says PennDOT's David Thompson. PennDOT is accepting applications through August 8th on the agency's website.

     

    Gubernatorial Campaign
    TV ads are flying in the 2014 race for governor, but both sides are also filling up the radio airwaves. Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf are battling it out on every media platform conceivable. The high profile TV campaigns have spilled over into radio, where the two Toms are jousting over taxes. The Corbett campaign is tying Wolf to his term as Revenue Secretary and the Rendell Administrations tax policies.
    The Wolf campaign countered with a radio ad portraying a fictional "voter information" hotline. 99 days and counting until the November 4th election.

     

    Economic Development
    Legislation to expand an economic development program will likely be voted on in the state House next week. The program is known s CRIZ, or the Community Rehabilitation and Improvement Zone. It serves as an incentive for business creation or expansion, but Senator Jim Brewster of Allegheny County, says it should be expanded to include more distressed areas of the state. Right now CRIZ is available to municipalities with 30-thousand or more people, But Sen. Brewster says that plan leaves too many people out, and lawmakers should be working to improve as much of the state as possible.

     

    Fire Folo

    Investigators say that early Sunday morning blaze in Ashley which killed a woman was not suspicious... but they still don't know what started it. 65 – year old Kimberly Krasauski died in her home of carbon monoxide intoxication. Firemen finding the woman body on the first floor towards the rear of the residence. The structure was destroyed by the flames.

     

    Job Corps Arrest

    A Philadelphia man is in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg after he was arrested at the Red Rock Job Corp in Sullivan County. State Police tell us 22 – year old Richelieu Payne of Philadelphia arrived at the center on Sunday. With him... 212 individual bags of suspected marijuana... weighing an estimated 5 ounces. Payne was charged with possession with intent to deliver controlled substance. He was arraigned... and when he couldn't post $25,000 bail... he was remanded to jail.

     

    WHLM Sports

    PHL Phllies 

    In the first game of a their three game series in New York Monday night... the Mets winning the initial game with the Philadelphia Phillies 7 to 1. The series continues Tuesday night with a 7:10 start. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35.

     

    Other MLB Games 

    In other games Monday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the San Francisco Giants 5 to nothing... and the Texas Rangers gained the upper hand on the New York Yankees 4 to 2.

     

    LA Clippers

    A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling Monday in his attempt to block the $2 - billion sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Sterling's estranged wife, Shelley, negotiated the sale of the team after her 80 - year old husband was banned from the NBA for making offensive remarks about African – Americans.

 

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