Fire displaces seven in Snyder County

UNDATED — Fire ripped through a building Tuesday evening, leaving three families displaced.  Snyder County 911 tells us the blaze broke out just before 7:00p.m. at 266 Oriental Road in Chapman Township.  Crews were on the scene until about 11:00p.m. Six adults and one child were said to be living in the home and there were no injuries reported.  A number of volunteer fire crews from Snyder and Perry counties responded to the scene.  The American Red Cross says they will be assisting the residents of the home with food, clothing and shelter.  More information will be available soon. (Sara Bartlett)

Obama wins

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President Barack Obama has been reelected.    

Incumbents victorious

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Valley incumbents victorious   UNDATED — It was a win for incumbents Tuesday in general election local races.  In the state house race in the 107th district, republican incumbent Kurt Masser (R-107th, Elysburg) was a winner over democratic opponent Ted Yeager.   In the 85th district state house race, republican incumbent Fred Keller (R-85th, Kreamer) defeated Libertarian opponent Erik Viker of Selinsgrove.  In a contested state senate race, republican incumbent Gene Yaw (R-27th,Williamsport) was reelected in the 23rd district against Luana Cleveland.   In theU.S.congressional race, republican Tom Marino (R-10th, Cogan Station) was reelected, beating democrat Phil Scollo in the 10th district.  In the 11thU.S.congressional district incumbent, republican Lou Barletta beat democratic opponent Gene Stilp….

Masser celebrates with family and friends

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PAXINOS – State Representative Kurt Masser celebrated his re-election victory in the 107th legislative district with family and friends and took time to thank those who voted for him.   Masser said, “I want to thank everyone for their support and their trust in me for what we have done in Harrisburg and what we are going to do in the future. I think that spoke volumes that they trust me to continue the work in the future. I’m going to work hard to earn that trust that they put in me.   Masser received about 60 percent of the vote in comparison with 40 percent for Democratic challenger Ted Yeager of Elysburg. Masser said…

Pa. Democrat Casey wins re-election to US Senate

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HARRISBURG,Pa. (AP) – Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania has won re-election to a second term.  Casey capitalized on high name recognition and strong Democratic voter turnout Tuesday to counter a huge spending advantage by Republican businessman Tom Smith, a tea party favorite. Casey is a former state treasurer and auditor general, and son of the late former governor, Robert P. Casey. He handily beat Republican Rick Santorum in 2006 for a second term.  Casey was an early supporter of President Barack Obama and voted for Obama’s signature policies, including his health care law and stimulus bill. Smith had been heavily critical of those votes and had pledged to vote to repeal the health…

More tests needed after Milton woman’s autopsy

MILTON– There is still a question of what, and who, killed a Milton woman.  80-year-old Vennie Boyles was killed at her Park Lane home in Milton Sunday.  Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley says following an autopsy, the cause and manner of death is still pending investigation.  This means, Kelley is awaiting toxicology testing, microscopic examinations and further forensic investigation before a final ruling is made on Boyles’ death. Milton police responded to the home around 1:30p.m. Sunday.  They say they are looking at Boyles’ son Mark Boyles as a person of interest in the case.  In addition to the death, they are investigating a missing vehicle from the Park Road home that may connect with…

Voters report machine issues

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LEWISBURG — Voters across Central Pennsylvania have been reporting problems with voter machines. Union County election staff member Kim Zerbe said they did have a few small problems early in the day, but they were fixed.  She said small issues are normal, and they always fix them right away. A larger problem was had inPerryCounty, where a machine apparently switched a persons vote from President Obama to Mitt Romney earlier today.  The machine was taken out of service and recalibrated and is now working fine.  A video of that mishap was posted on youtube. Regardless of machine errors, voter turnout has been large so far today.   (Codi Jade)  

Stilp puts a pink pig in politics

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SUNBURY – Ever wonder where that miniature Statue of Liberty in the Susquehanna River came from?  Candidate for Congress Gene Stilp (D-11) put it there.  He built the first one in 1986 to honor the 100 year anniversary of the Statue of Liberty in NYC.  When that came down in a storm after six years, he built another.  He worried that Hurricane Sandy would bring the statue down last week, but she remains standing. Stilp is also responsible for a “pink pig.”  He said, “We used the pink pig across the state in 2006 in order to get rid of the over 50 legislatures that took the pay raises and wouldn’t give them back.  So…

Scollo talks about his opponent’s refusal to debate

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SUNBURY – Democratic congressional candidate Phil Scollo (D-10) said his is the only congressional race in Pennsylvania that hasn’t had a debate.  He said it appears his opponent Tom Marino (R-10) refuses to debate, because he is ashamed of his voting record, which includes voting to take away the Medicare guarantee, threatening to privatize social security and voting to take away funding from the Tobyhanna Depot, which represents 5,000 jobs.  Scollo said, “You don’t take jobs away from your own district and then call yourself a job creator.” Scollo said he, on the other hand, is not ashamed of his record.  He said, “I am a businessperson, not a politician. We struggle just like everybody…

Police look into false voting information in Sunbury

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SUNBURY — Northumberland county commissioners–acting as an election board–say they’re dealing with some false information at polling places. Earlier today, Commissioner Vinny Clausi said someone was driving up to polling places in Sunbury–and misdirecting voters to another polling place. Clausi said Sunbury police are helping in the investigation. He said there have been no changes in the county polling places and all precincts are open as scheduled. He said they are monitoring the situation and no voter has been denied the opportunity to vote. Anyone who needs voter information can call the commissioners office at 988-4100.