After storm safety tips

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UNDATED — Now that Sandy has left our area, there are a few tips to stay safe following the storm.  Stephen Jeffery, Director of Emergency Management in Northumberland County, says if you are still without power, be careful running camp stoves or generators.  He says they can release carbon monoxide, which can be deadly. While driving or walking around, Jeffery says you may see power lines on the ground.  He adds they are dangerous, especially if they are near water, so do not walk near or drive through any standing water. Lastly, Jeffery says make sure food and water are safe, especially in the event of a power outage.  He says keep in mind the…

Sandusky moved to prison in SW Pa.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Jerry Sandusky is serving his child molestation prison sentence in far southwestern Pennsylvania, at an institution that includes most of the state’s death row inmates.  The Corrections Department announced Wednesday the former Penn State assistant football coach was transferred to Greene State Prison after being evaluated at a facility outside Harrisburg.   Prison officials say he’ll be placed in protective custody because of the nature of his crimes and his high profile.   The 68-year-old Sandusky was convicted this summer of 45 criminal counts for sexual abuse of 10 boys over 15 years. He maintains he is innocent and is pursuing appeals.   He’s serving a 30- to 60-year sentence that means he’s likely…

The month ends, but the awareness doesn’t

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SELINSGROVE – Breast Cancer Awareness Month has come to an end, but the awareness should not stop here.  It is very important to continue the fight against breast cancer and remind our friends and family to schedule mammograms.  It was a routine mammogram that helped Libby Snyder discover that she had breast cancer early in March of this year. Snyder said, “I know a lot of women are afraid to have mammograms.  They’re afraid of what they might find.  My plea to them is; have your mammogram.  Have it annually.  Then, if they find something they can treat it and treat it early.  Just don’t let fear kill you, get a mammogram.” Through early detection…

Sims found guilty of second degree murder

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LEWISBURG – The jury found 50-year-old Roderick Sims guilty of second degree murder while committing a felony today in Union County Court.  Sims will receive a life prison sentence. Sims is charged with criminal homicide for fatally shooting 27-year-old Charity Spickler, his estranged girlfriend and the mother of his three children, on September 27, 2008. Sims had been quite disruptive in the past 6 days of trial.  Union/Snyder County Judge Mike Sholley had to warn Sims several times to stay quiet and focused on relevant facts throughout the trial.  He was often times seen arguing with his own attorney.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Meteorologist says bad storms are cyclical

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STATE COLLEGE – After two devastating storms in 2011 and 2012 on the East Coast, a meteorologist says this doesn’t mean a dramatic increase in bad weather. AccuWeather Senior Export Meteorologist Joe Lundberg says weather is cyclical.   Lundberg said, “If you go back in history, you will find that this type of thing tends to be cyclical. I think a lot of it is related to temperature patterns of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. I think right now, we are in a cycle that seems to favor more storms affecting the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states. If you go back and look at 1953 and 1954, we had a half-dozen of these types of storms…

Power is slowly being restored in some areas

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  SUNBURY – PPL is continuing to work on restoring power to many residents in the Central Susquehanna Valley. There are still about 4,000 customers without power since Tuesday. However PPL’s Teri MacBride does not believe it will take a full week to resolve the problems.   MacBride said, “In this area, I believe we will not be looking at that long of a duration. But certainly some of our customers in the Poconos and the Lehigh Valley will be. The devastation there is just tremendous.”   They hope to have power restored to some residents later this afternoon and have begun contacting those without power to let them know the status of repairs. MacBride…

Upcoming blood drives planned in the region

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PennDOT updates road

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Updated State Roads Advisory in North Central PA – 1 p.m. Montoursville – The following state routes in north central PA are closed or have lane restrictions at this time due to Hurricane Sandy storm-related issues. Closures since the last travel advisory begin with NEW: Northumberland County *       OPEN – Route 1029 (Follmer Road) in East Chillisquaque Township from the Montour County line to Route 254 in Turbot Township, (downed utility); Snyder County *       Route 1007 (White Top Road) between Church Street in Freeburg and Clover Drive in Middle Creek Township, (downed utility); Follow

Today on WKOK

Today on Newsradio 1070 WKOK On The Mark: A Sandy impact update with Tucker Smith’s local weather words, AccuWeather and PPL. Dan Patrick Show: An update on the NFL standings. Michael Smerconish Show: More updates and Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the US. Steve Jones Show: The PSU Purdue preview and Bill O’Brien’s teleconference. The best of the best, and Tucker Smith, on WKOK. Follow

Latest AP headlines including PA’s Sandy Impact

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Latest Pennsylvania news, sports, business, and entertainment   HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvanians are hoping to connect back to the electrical grid, clear leaves and limbs and get back to work or school after two days of wind-driven rain from the storm called Sandy. The storm that did so much damage along the coast before it drenched Pennsylvania is being blamed for seven deaths in the state. It’s been more than a mild inconvenience for the million-plus who lost power and the countless others whose homes were damaged by blowing rain and falling trees. However, it hasn’t been the disaster for the state that some had feared, and by late Tuesday Gov. Tom Corbett was…