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    Slow traffic due to construction on Route 11

    NORTHUMBERLAND — Heavy traffic is reported as construction is underway again today on Route 11 from the White Bridge to the railroad underpass in Northumberland.   Long lines of traffic are reported approaching the bridge.  Construction is expected to wrap up later this afternoon.  (Ali Stevens)

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    UPDATE: Still room for more guests at D2L

    SELINSGROVE – Child sexual abuse is a huge issue, and a local group wants the community to recognize the signs.  The Snyder County Coalition for Kids, in partnership with the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation and Evangelical Community Hospital are hosting Darkness to Light seminars.   Ann Dzwonchyk is a coalition member and community educator at Evangelical Community Hospital, “Darkness to Light is an adult education program about the prevention, recognition and acting responsively to childhood sexual abuse… It’s a kind of dark subject to talk about.  A lot of people don’t want to talk about it.  So, the more we can empower people to talk about it, recognize it and encourage people to actually speak…

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    Man waved gun with a dozen children around

    SHAMOKIN — A 43-year-old Tharptown man has been charged with pointing a loaded gun at several people while a dozen children were playing at a playground.  The News Item reports Christopher Ptaszynski was charged Monday for the incident at 4:10 p.m. on Center Street in Tharptown.   Police say Ptaszynski was involved in a trespassing and parking dispute with 23-year-old Brian Elliot Jr. of Shamokin.  During the argument, police say Elliot charged at Ptaszynski, who pulled out a gun and pointed it at Elliot and other people nearby.  Ptaszynski was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct.  Elliot was charged with disorderly conduct and harassment.  (Ali Stevens)

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    Criminal probe of AG Kane may expand

    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A criminal investigation of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane may expand to include the firing of a staff prosecutor following his grand jury testimony. A three-judge panel Monday has referred the matter to Montgomery County’s district attorney to determine if Kane should be charged with retaliation and official oppression. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman is already reviewing grand jury findings that Kane unlawfully leaked secret material from a 2009 investigation. The judges are leaving it up to Ferman to decide whether to investigate this month’s firing of staff prosecutor James Barker. The judges had initially weighed whether to try Kane for contempt of court for firing Barker, who had testified in…

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    Midd West School District rescinds suspension

    MIDDLEBURG— The Midd West School Board made the decision to rescind the suspension without pay for Daphne Snook, a former assistant superintendent who was accused of improperly breaching the school district’s email system. The vote 5 to 4 in favor of giving the former administrator $35,000 for back pay, all accrued leave and any other costs. Onie Lauver, a former teacher and board member, spoke during public comment saying she does not think they should be awarding someone for their wrong doing, “Do we really want our students to believe that they can do something unethical and that they will be rewarded for this behavior? This is the message that will be sent to the…

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VIDEO HERE: Hearing for accused murderer

SUNBURY — After a preliminary hearing Friday, all charges against a Selinsgrove man charged with murder have been sent to court. Edgar Gearhart is accused of fatally stabbing his mother’s boyfriend, Robert Blake of Sunbury. Testifying at today’s hearing was Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley, who was called to Sunbury Community Hospital March 18, where Blake was pronounced dead from a stab wound to the thigh.  Kelley testified Blake’s femoral artery was severed, causing his death.   Police say Gearhart stabbed Blake in the thigh after an argument early that morning in an alley near Fifth Street.  Sunbury Police Detective Jamie Quinn also testified at the hearing, saying that Edgar Gearhart stabbed his mother Amy…

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VIDEO HERE: Seussical the Musical is coming to Sunbury

SUNBURY – All of your favorite Dr. Seuss books are part of the upcoming production, Seussical the Musical, this weekend and next weekend at Shikellamy High School.  Ellen Boyer is the director and is excited about the number of students involved in the production. She explained, “We just realized we have eight sets of siblings working on the show.  We have a lot of new faces on the Shikellamy stage and we range all the way down to 5th graders so it’s going to be an exciting event.” Boyer said, “This is a great show for the entire family.  Bring the little kids and bring Grandma and Grandpa.  It’s just a wonderful evening.  The show…

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VIDEO HERE: Symposium hosts retired admiral

HUMMELS WHARF — “We cannot lose our youth, we cannot lose our future leadership, and we, as a nation, cannot lose our character.”  Those are the words of retired Rear Admiral Thomas Lynch of the U.S. Navy.  He was the featured speaker at the Fourth Annual Financial Symposium Wednesday.   “We have 35-million Americans aged 17-24 in our country,” Lynch said.  “Of those, 23 percent would qualify for the United States military.  That means we have 23 percent of those 35-million who are college graduates, drug-free, felon-free, and physically fit.  To me, that is a sad testament to where we are today in our society.”   Lynch says the current statistics support the notion that…