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Candlelight Vigil Held to Send Prayers to 3 Year Old as Family Prepares for Heartbreak

DANVILLE, Pa. -- Gathered at Memorial Park in Danville, dozens of people came out with heavy hearts for little 3-year-old Arabella Parker.
Arabella has been in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center for more than a month.
State police say her mother's boyfriend, Jahrid Burgess, 19, brutally beat the child inside her home near Trevorton on October 10.
The candlelight vigil was to send prayers to Arabella as her family prepares to do the unthinkable.

80,000+ Ornaments at Store in Montour County

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- From donuts to Tasmanian devils to even Kiss -- there is a Christmas ornament for almost anything you can imagine at Kohl's Stony Hill Tree Farm near Danville.
"We started out with about 1,000 the first year, and now we have over 80,000," Stan Kohl said.
And the collection keeps growing. Owner Stan Kohl prides himself on having a Christmas ornament for everyone.
"Kind of out in the middle of nowhere, so I figure that we have to make it worthwhile for people to come here, and I think we've accomplished that," Kohl said.

Donor Breast Milk Processing Source of Geisinger NICU Infection

GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER -- The source of the infection that led to the death of three infants in Geisinger Medical Center's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) has been identified.
According to a release from Geisinger, investigators confirmed the source of the pseudomonas bacteria exposure came from the process the hospital was using to prepare donor breast milk.
Eight babies were infected and three of the children died from the infection earlier this year.

Body Recovered After Search in Montour County

MONTOUR COUNTY, Pa. — The body of a man missing for three days was recovered in Montour County.
Mahoning Township police tell us the body of Trevor Weber was found in a wooded area near Hess Field this morning.
That’s near Danville.
The 38-year-old from Point Township was last seen Monday.
Authorities in Montour County are still looking into how weber died but say his death does not appear to be suspicious.

Holocaust Survivor Shares His Story With Students

DANVILLE, Pa. – A Holocaust survivor provided a living history lesson for students at Danville Area High School on Tuesday.
The number 141631 is a number David Tuck will never forget. For two years of his life, that number was his identity. It was given to him at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
"When I went to sleep after a while, I used to say, 'please, God, let me see the light of day,' because I thought every night was my last night," Tuck said.

Police Investigate Suspicious Death in Danville

DANVILLE, Pa. -- Police have identified the victim as Thomas Scott Roney Sr, 59.
Police say the body was found around 10 a.m. Friday at an apartment complex in Danville.
Officials say they are investigating what led to Roney's death and are calling the circumstances suspicious.
They did not say whether there was a person of interest in their investigation.
Neighbors did not want to speak with Newswatch 16 on camera but said that this is usually a quiet neighborhood and they were surprised by all of the activity Friday.

Students Experience the Medical Field

MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Some high school students from central Pennsylvania are not medical professionals, but in a few years, they may be.  The next generation of doctors and nurses is getting an up-close look at what it takes to work in a hospital.
“We just learned how to take blood, put a tourniquet on.  It’s pretty cool, we get to experience different things in the medical field,” Southern Columbia junior Jayden Toczylousky said.

Students Decorate Ornaments for the White House

DANVILLE, Pa. -- Students at Danville Middle School painted, cut, and glued Christmas decorations during their art class on Thursday, but these ornaments are not going home with them. They are going to Washington D.C. The ornaments will hang on a tree representing Pennsylvania outside the White House.
"We have some kids who are doing the state flower, state animal, birds, and then we have others who are focusing on uniquely personal Pennsylvania items," art teacher Megan Heistand explained.

Lawsuit Filed in Geisinger NICU Baby Death

GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER -- After the death of three infants in six weeks at Geisinger Medical Center's neonatal intensive care unit, the parents of one of those babies filed a lawsuit Thursday afternoon, calling the hospital system reckless and negligent.
The newborn son of that couple from Hazleton died after a bacterial infection at Geisinger's facility.

Local Dancers Shine on the Big Screen

DANVILLE, Pa. -- Some students from Karen Gronsky School of Dance in Danville are doing what they do best -- dancing. Lately, they've been dancing to the soundtrack of the new movie "High Strung Free Dance."  It's not only because they like the movie, it's because they're in it.
"To be able to be sitting in a movie theater and see a huge screen and point at your face and say that actually is me, it's so crazy and it's something I'll be grateful for forever," Adrianna Rakauskas said.

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