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    Barletta calls for Ebola travel ban

    SUNBURY– No travel from West Africa to the U.S.  That is the view of U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11, Hazleton).  Congressman Barletta was in Sunbury Thursday and reiterated his position on what the U.S. should do about the Ebola crisis, saying we are not ready to handle the effects of the disease.   “The best way to stop it from coming here is to not let it come here until we are prepared to deal with it, and I don’t believe we are yet.  We are finding mistakes that are being made, and not by the fault of some of the individuals, but because we are being careless about the way it is being handled,…

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    Local trooper relieved Frein manhunt ended

    SUNBURY – A local state trooper, who assisted in the search for Eric Frein, is relieved the search has ended and that everyone is safe.  Trooper Rick Blair of the Milton state police barracks says he heard plenty of criticism while the lengthy search was underway.   Blair said, “I’ve been doing this a long time, so it’s not the first time that I’ve seen or heard negative comments about what police do.  I’m pretty good at blowing it all off. You have got to understand that people don’t really know what we do every day.  They don’t know what our job entails and what it involves.  It is easy for all of us to…

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    Trooper ambush suspect in court after long manhunt

    MILFORD, Pa. (AP) – A suspect who led police on a seven-week manhunt after a fatal ambush outside a rural state police barracks appeared gaunt and battered at his arraignment. Eric Frein answered yes or no questions but was not asked to enter a plea Friday to first-degree murder and other charges. He did not have a lawyer. The 31-year-old survivalist had a bloody gash on his nose and abrasions on his cheek and above his right eye.  He is charged with killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and critically wounding Trooper Alex Douglass on Sept. 12. Authorities captured Frein on Thursday near an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a 48-day search through thick woods. Prosecutors say they’ll…

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    Police say man struck pedestrian and assaulted him

    SHAMOKIN – A Shamokin man is in jail after police say he struck a pedestrian and then got out of his car and assaulted him.  The News Item reports 27-year-old Eric Lebo Sr. struck a Kulpmont man with his car near a convenience store on North Ninth Street in Shamokin Wednesday afternoon.   The man sustained a broken leg and police say after hitting the man with his car, Lebo got out and punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground.  Police say Lebo then struck the man several times before getting in his vehicle and fleeing.  Lebo was located outside of a relative’s home in Shamokin and taken into custody.  He was…

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    Eric Frein captured alive

    BLOOMING GROVE, Pa (AP) – For 48 tense days, hundreds of law enforcement officials fanned out across the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania in a grueling manhunt for the 31-year-old survivalist charged with killing a state police trooper and wounding another. In the end, Eric Frein (freen) surrendered meekly to a team of U.S. marshals who stumbled across him near an abandoned airplane hangar.   Frein is accused of opening fire outside the Blooming Grove barracks on Sept. 12, killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and injuring Trooper Alex Douglass. After capturing him, authorities placed Frein in Dickson’s handcuffs and put him in the slain trooper’s squad car. Residents say they’re relieved he’s been caught. Frein faces…

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Local leaders tour community college

BROCKWAY— The Valley is a step closer to getting a new community college. Some area leaders traveled to the Butler County Community College location in Brockway, Pennsylvania to examine a model for the proposed school in Sunbury. Susquehanna Valley Community Education Project (SVCEP) organized the bus trip for interested parties to learn more about the business of establishing a community college in middle Pennsylvania. The group of 20 toured the Brockway facility with Butler County Community College President Nick Newpower, who spoke about a the need for partnerships with government and local business to ensure a successful community college, “We are here as a result of a ton of collaboration from a lot of people who wanted…

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VIDEO HERE: Sharon Budd going home

DANVILLE – It was Sharon’s day.  A little over three months after Sharon Budd was severely injured by a rock thrown over an I-80 overpass in Union County, she is going back to her Ohio home.  Tuesday, Budd rang the victory bell at Geisinger HealthSouth signifying her rehab there was complete. She says she can’t wait to get home, “I’m very excited about going home, but nervous about taking on responsibilities that I haven’t done for a while.” Budd will continue outpatient rehab at home, and will have to be monitored 24-hours a day.  Following her injury, she had a number of surgeries on her brain, and lost sight in one eye. Both Sharon and…

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VIDEO HERE: Local doctor talks Enterovirus

DANVILLE –Some good news for parents, children, doctors, and hospitals.  In the past few months, children across the country have been treated for a virus called enterovirus 68, but the cases will soon decline in our area. Dr. Michael Ryan is chair of pediatrics at the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger Medical Center, “As the weather gets cold, enteroviruses migrate to colder weather.  Therefore, we are just about over with the enteroviral season.  Hopefully, it will bring an end to all this misery that we have had for the last month or two.” Dr. Ryan says they have had a number of suspected enterovirus cases at Geisinger, “The test that we use that tests…