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    Hearing delayed for man charged with assaulting baby

    SHAMOKIN – A court hearing for a man charged with assaulting a baby in Shamokin has been delayed.  22-year-old Michael Mason was due in court before District Judge John Gembic on charges of aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment.   The hearing was postponed and new date was not yet released.  Mason was moved to a prison in Centre County from the Montour County Prison, where he has been jailed since September 22nd.  Police say Mason assaulted the baby by dropping him in his crib and hitting his head on a wall.  The boy, identified as 1-year-old Bo Bacorn, was in critical condition, but remains in fair condition at Geisinger…

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    Teens charged with assaults at juvenile treatment center

    DANVILLE – Three teens at the North Central Secure Treatment Center in Montour County have been charged with assaulting staff members at the facility. State police say 19-year-old Raekwon Hawkins and a 17-year-old boy, both from Philadelphia, were charged with aggravated assault for attacking a 26-year-old staff member Friday afternoon.  The Mount Carmel man was treated at Geisinger Medical Center for his injuries. Hawkins was also charged with assaulting a 43-year-old staff member from Mifflinburg later that night.  He is charged with aggravated and simple assault for the incidents. Also, a different 17-year-old from Philadelphia assaulted another staff member on Friday afternoon.  A 25-year-old from the Williamsport area was the victim in that assault.  (Ali…

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    Deadly hang-gliding accident victim is identified

    BERWICK – A man killed in a hang-gliding accident Sunday afternoon near Lock Haven has been identified.  62-year-old Jesse Lee Fulkersin of Berwick died after plunging to the ground while trying to land his hang glider, which got stuck in a tree.   State police say the accident happened near Hyner Mountain and the Susquehanna River around 3 p.m. Sunday.  Fulkersin reportedly had 20 years of hang-gliding experience, according to the Press Enterprise.  (Ali Stevens)

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    Zorn questioned on campaign promise to donate salary

    LEWISBURG – Did East Buffalo Township supervisor Tom Zorn fulfill his campaign pledge to donate his supervisor’s salary to local charities, community member Char Gray wanted to know.   Gray asked Zorn at the supervisors’ meeting if he would share the names of the groups he’s donated to. After naming five, Zorn said there was one more that eluded him at the moment, and Gray asked for proof of the donations, angering Zorn.   “I question your questioning of me on this. I find it appalling,” he said. “There is a line here between privacy and what I have to give you [as a public servant]. I take offense to that. You’re digging for something…

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    Mayor encourages fire police donations

    SUNBURY — When in crisis, a community asks for help from the fire department, and now it’s our time to return the favor. Mayor David Persing says the Sunbury Fire Police are asking for donations to help keep the Sunbury Halloween Parade going. Persing says any donations will help, “It’s always run by the Sunbury Fire Police, they do an excellent job of getting that together .Of course the numbers aren’t there anymore and we’re looking for donations. Anybody who wants to donate just make that check to the Sunbury Fire Police.” Checks can be dropped off at City Hall or a city fire company. The Halloween parade is this Thursday October 15th.  Trick or…

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VIDEO HERE: Candidates promise cooperation

            SUNBURY – Honesty and cooperation were the themes at Thursday’s debate between candidates for Northumberland County Commissioner. Seven candidates took questions from members of the media, including WKOK’s Jennifer Wakeman as well as from the audience of more than 100 voters. Republican incumbent Rick Shoch says he was somewhat marginalized by the majority for the last four years and would change that in the future, “We are committed to the kind of process of governing that will ultimately lead to the best ideas and solutions for the issues we have because it will involve everyone who is a commissioner.” Libertarian candidate John Burd says he brings a global perspective…


VIDEO:Candidates for DA debate in Northumberland County

SUNBURY – Candidates for Northumberland County district attorney faced off before nearly 100 constituents in a debate Thursday night. Incumbent Ann Targonski and challenger Tony Matulewicz covered issues ranging from the influx of drugs into the county, to prison overcrowding. The debate was sponsored by the Daily Item and was held at the Sunbury Elks Lodge.  Reporters from the local media, including WKOK’s Jennifer Wakeman, were on hand to ask questions of the candidates and they each had two minutes to respond, and 30 seconds of rebuttal. In her opening statement Targonski emphasized her experience as a prosecutor and said she wants to make the county a safer place to live, “I have been working…


Former Celtics star speaks in Mount Carmel

MOUNT CARMEL – A former Boston Celtics star delivered a powerful message to students in Mt. Carmel Tuesday. Chris Herren met with students in grades six through twelve Tuesday afternoon to talk about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Tuesday night, Herren shared his story with members of the public in an event sponsored by the Northumberland County Drug and Alcohol Program and Rep. Kurt Masser (R-107th, Elysburg). Herren, who struggled with substance abuse during much of his basketball career, brought a powerful message for students and parents. Masser said substance abuse is an epidemic in the commonwealth the goal of the event was to “Open a conversation between some parents and some children…