2011-12-02 11:00:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Espy Murder / Suicide
Police as well as the Columbia County District attorney are still trying to nail down the loose ends of a murder/suicide in Espy last night. D-A Gary Norton telling WHLM News.... it appears 50 – year old Michele Musselman was called to their home in the 24 – hundred block of Old Berwick Road. When she arrived around 7 O'clock last night.... estranged husband Todd Musselman... using a handgun... shot Michele in the head.Norton says Todd then turned the gun on himself.Both were found dead by one of Todd Musselman's co-workers around 11:45 last night.Norton and state police say the investigation is continuing.
A 27 – year old Montour Township woman was Life – flighted to the Lehigh Valley Medical Center late Thursday afternoon after her clothes caught fire. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition that Elizabeth Kopitsky may have been trying to burn a pile of leaves at the family home on Grovania Drive... and accidentally spilled gasoline on her hands and arms. When Ms. Kopitsky lit a match... the fumes from the gas caught fire producing second and three degree burns over 90 % of her body.
A Bloomsburg University wrestler has been cleared of rape charges following an incident at a fraternity party last summer on Iron Street. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... that charges against 22 – year old Richard Perry were dismissed by President Judge Tom James saying there was insufficient evidence. The victim testifying that she had not objected to the advances of Perry.
You see them every year at this time outside the doors of major retailers. The Salvation Army bell ringers... dressed in red... seeking loose change from folks passing through the door. Lt. Kevin Polito of the Berwick Salvation Army says his group is facing the same problems as other non – profit organizations in the area. Not enough money... and a lot of people to serve. With bell ringers and red kettles from Berwick to Bloomsburg... and to Buckhorn... Lt. Polito hopes to raise enough money to serve families and their kids looking for help from the Salvation Army.
The federal government has slapped Diakon Hospice Saint John with a fine of 10.5 - million dollars. Diakon has a hospice facility in Hazleton. The fine follows word that the company's facilities in Pennsylvania received improper Medicare and Medicaid payments.
Luzerne County Commissioners say they'll unveil their 2012 proposed budget Friday during a meeting in Wilkes – Barre. Overall... proposed spending is pegged at 123 – million dollars.... that's down 2 – million from the current spending plan. No word as to how it will affect an average taxpayer's pocketbook.
Luzerne County officials will be busy this weekend. A federal grand jury has asked the county to provide all documents related to the Sterling Hotel project by Monday morning. Now... Luzerne County officials say they don't know which part of the project is under investigation. The seven story hotel has been vacant for years... and has become an eyesore after a non – profit corporation known as CityVest ran out of money earmarked to restore the property.
Penn State University officials say they will donate 1-and-a half – million dollars in Big Ten bowl revenue to a pair of sex-crime advocacy organizations. That comes in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal which broke a month ago. The pledge came from University President Rod Erickson.The money from bowl games usually goes to the athletic department... but this time the money is earmarked to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
There is something about Christmas and toy trains. And with the holiday season comes one of the largest train shows in Central Pennsylvania this Sunday in neighboring Lycoming County. Specifically at the Woodward Fire Hall on Route 220 near Williamsport. Organizer Jim Stabley says more than a hundred exhibitor's will be on hand.
In High School Football State Playoffs, Friday night, Southern Columbia came back from a second quarter defecit to trounce Pious X 55-25. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update: