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    Seven homeless after a fire hits four homes

    SHAMOKIN – Seven people are homeless after a fire damaged four row houses in Shamokin Thursday afternoon. The fire was at 521, 523, 525, and 527 North First Street. All residents were able to get out safely.   The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Fire fighters say the blaze began in the rear of one of the homes and quickly spread to the others. The fire was brought under control by 3pm, but rekindled 15-minutes later.   Shamokin, Sunbury, Kulpmont, Mount Carmel, Shamokin Dam, Elysburg, Atlas and Ralpho Township firefighters were on the scene bring that fire under control.

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    Thirty Nine arrested in a drug sweep Thursday

    SHAMOKIN – Thirty-nine people have been charged after a large drug bust Thursday in Northumberland and Montour Counties.  Attorney General Kathleen Kane says her office has charged 19 alleged drug traffickers, including an out of state supplier who brought heroin into Northumberland, Montour and Columbia Counties.   Twenty-three others other drug suspects were charged by the Northumberland-Montour Drug Task Force and state police.  Thirty-nine suspects were arraigned before District Judge John Gembic in Shamokin, District Judge Hugh Jones in Mount Carmel and District Judge Marvin Shrawder in Danville.   Over the course of the investigation, the Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics conducted numerous purchases of heroin.  A major trafficker: 39-year-old Pedro Acosta of Brooklyn, New…

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    Scots reject independence: Businesses, markets relieved

    DINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -Scottish voters have rejected independence and decided that Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom.    The result announced early Friday was the one favored by Britain’s political leaders, who had campaigned hard in recent weeks to convince Scottish voters to stay. It dashed many Scots’ hopes of breaking free and building their own nation. Britain’s leaders had argued successfully that Scots are better off staying part of the United Kingdom with England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The decision to reject independence will ease the worries of some business leaders who had warned they would have to shift their headquarters away from Scotland to England if Scots voted to become independent. LONDON (AP)…

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    Trooper ambush suspect added to most wanted list

    SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – The man charged with killing a Pennsylvania state trooper during an ambush has been added to the FBI’s 10 most wanted list. Officials describe the suspect, 31-year-old Eric Frein, as a self-taught survivalist who hates police. Authorities say putting Frein on the most wanted list will allow the FBI to use more resources in the manhunt. The agency is also offering a $100,000 reward. Police said Thursday they believe the shooter is still in the rural area where the attack occurred. Frein is accused of gunning down 38-year-old Cpl. Bryon Dickson last week outside a barracks in the Pocono Mountains. Another trooper was wounded. The development comes just hours after Dickson’s…

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    A slain state trooper laid to rest

    SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – Thousands of law enforcement personnel from around the US converged on Scranton today to lay to rest a slain Pennsylvania state trooper. Inside, the trooper was remembered as an impeccable officer who always put his family first.   Police Commissioner Frank Noonan says everyone admired 38-year-old Bryon Dickson, who could always be counted on for advice and support. Noonan addressed family members and hundreds of police at Thursday’s funeral Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton.   Dickson was gunned down late Friday outside a rural barracks in the Pocono Mountains. Cpl. Derek Felsman says Dickson held himself to the highest standards in every aspect of his life. He described flawless…

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VIDEO HERE: Restoring records in Northumberland County

SUNBURY – History fills the basement of the Northumberland County Courthouse in Sunbury.  It is where documents, dating back to the 1700’s are stored. Mary Zimmerman, Register and Recorder in Northumberland County says, “Everything that has ever been recorded in the county, in this office, is down there.  Deeds, mortgages, orphan’s court, marriages licenses, all documents recorded in this office have to be kept for historical and legal purposes.  We have marriage records from the 1800’s and orphans court records from the 1700’s.” Prothonotary Justin Dunkelberger adds, “We have lien dockets and appearance dockets from the 1880’s and 1890’s.  Four vaults contain all of these documents.” Even now, the vaults look more organized than they…

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VIDEO HERE: After 52 years, Tedd’s Landing is closing

SHAMOKIN DAM – It is a familiar fixture at the intersection of Routes 11/15 in Shamokin Dam, but November 1, Tedd’s Landing will close. Owner Denise Skotedis says, “My in-laws, Tedd and Janet Skotedis, moved the family from New York in the early 1960’s.   In 1962, they purchased what had been the Blue Hill restaurant, and turned it into Tedd’s Landing.  So, it will be 52 years in October.” Skotedis says the decision, made between herself, her son Alexander Skotedis and her niece Jessica Reed was not an easy one, “It took a lot of thought.  The downturn in the economy hasn’t helped as far as fine dining.  People’s lifestyles are different, people are on…

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VIDEO HERE: Sandusky probe has ‘heroes’

Watch raw video of a portion of McGettigan and Fina’s talk in Danville: DANVILLE — Who are the people that helped unravel the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse cover up? While Sandusky prosecutors Frank Fina and Joseph McGettigan were in the public eye during the trial, they say there are several other people who were instrumental behind the scenes. McGettigan says former Penn State football coach Mike McQueary was one of those people. “When he was first contacted, he was forthright, honest, straight-forward and candid about everything. What made him look good, what made him look bad, what made him look indifferent; he told exactly what he did. He never in my experience wavered from…