Former educator arrested on sex charges

PECKVILLE — The husband of a local news anchor has been arrested on sex charges.  Mark Kandel of Peckville, the husband of WNEP channel 16′s Marisa Burke, was arrested Wednesday.  Kandel is a former educator in Lackawanna County.  Detectives filed the charges after investigating the case related to child pornography for over three years. The investigation began after receiving complaints from parents and teenagers that Kandel sent inappropriate messages and photos to boys.  Detectives went undercover and say Kandel sent 900 text messages to the undercover officers just last month. This is not Kandel’s first run in with the law, he was also charged with furnishing alcohol to minors in 2008.  Wednesday Kandel was brought…

Attempted retail theft at Walmart

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LEWISBURG — Police say a Milton man attempted to steal merchandise from the Lewisburg Walmart Tuesday night around 9:00p.m. 21-year-old Jakob English is accused of concealing $24.90 worth of products and attempting to leave the store.  He was confronted by Walmart personnel.  Charges of retail theft are being filed.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Crash occurs after deer sighting

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DANVILLE — A woman was injured after being ejected from her SUV early Wednesday morning.  The crash occurred around 12:35a.m., as 43-year-old Beth Heller of Milton was driving on Liberty Valley Road in Montour County.  Police say Heller swerved into the opposite lane as a deer ran across the road.  She lost control of her vehicle as she tried to get back into her lane. The vehicle traveled up an embankment and rolled on to its side.  She was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected through the canvas top of her vehicle.  She was transported to Geisinger Medical Center for minor injuries.   (Codi Jade) Follow

Help with diapers in Danville

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DANVILLE — With today’s financial burdens, some parents may find it hard to diaper their children.  Molly Jacks noticed this problem and decided to do something about it.  She, Kristin O’Rourke and Susan Noonan created a diaper bank at their area church. Jacks said, “We decided that Danville was in need of a diaper bank.  It’s really just to serve the community, and anyone who is in need of diapers can come for free diapers without registering.  They can get a weeks worth of diapers for as many chilren as they need.” The diaper bank is at the Danville Episcopal Church.  Jacks says the church and the Bloomsburg based “Agape”  both helped in starting the…

Construction to begin on Route 45

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MIFFLINBURG — Construction on a portion of Route 45 in Union County will start Friday.  The project will reconstruct Route 45 between Chestnut Street and Forest Hill Road in Mifflinburg.   Initial work will begin this Friday and will continue through January.  Then, after a short winter break, the bulk of the reconstruction work will start up again from April through October 2013. The work begins Friday with curb and sidewalk modifications and utility work.  Tree cutting is expected to begin in mid-December.  Traffic is expected to continue as normal until next year’s construction phases, beginning in April.  Detours are expected at that time. PennDOT’s Rick Mason said the new surface is expected to provide many…

Four homes damaged in a Mount Carmel fire

MOUNT CARMEL – Four homes were damaged by fire along Second Street in Mount Carmel this (Wednesday) morning. The News Item reports it took more than two hours to bring the fire under control which started around 8 a.m. at a double home at 244 and 246 E. Second Street. That home sustained major damage along with roof damage at 242 E. Second and smoke damage at 248 E. Second. The three alarm fire brought crews from 10 area municipalities in Northumberland and Schuylkill Counties. A cause of the fire is not yet known. There were no injuries reported. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Penn State ex-President Spanier arraigned

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Former Penn State President Graham Spanier is free on $125,000 unsecured bail after being arraigned on charges related to the child sex abuse case of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.   Spanier was arraigned Wednesday morning by a Harrisburg district justice on charges including perjury, obstruction and conspiracy. He has denied the allegations and claimed he is being framed for political purposes.   The 64-year-old Spanier led Penn State for 16 years before being forced out a year ago when Sandusky was charged along with two of Spanier’s top underlings. Spanier is a faculty member on paid leave.   Prosecutors charged Spanier and added counts against Tim Curley and Gary…

Keller says he’s thankful for another 2 years

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  KREAMER – State Representative Fred Keller celebrated his re-election in the 85th District with family and friends in Snyder County last evening. He took time to thank those who made it possible.   Keller said, “I’m just really grateful to the people of the 85th District. I’m humbled in the fact that they have the confidence in me to represent them in Harrisburg. I intend to take their values and their ideas to Harrisburg and continue doing the job that they are sending me to continue working on.”   Keller said he enjoys living in Central Pennsylvania and the hard working people in this region inspire him to do his job.   Keller said…

Should price gouging be allowed?

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UNDATED — Following Hurricane Sandy, much of the northeast found themselves in long lines at the gas station.  As Susquehanna University professor Matthew Rousu sees it, this was a case of government regulation causing unnecessary panic. “Many states, including New Jersey, have explicit laws banning significant increases in prices after disasters.  That sounds like a nice, sensible law, but the problem is exactly what you are seeing right now,” says Rousu, “There is not enough gasoline and there is no incentive for companies to ship in extra gas right now.” Rousu says if prices were raised to $6.00 a gallon for a week, it would alleviate two large problems.  “People would think a lot harder…

Mission trip leads Milton man to start organization

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MILTON– A Milton man has started what he hopes will eventually become a non-profit to help children around the world.  Father’s Hope was created by Kevin Mertz in June 2011 when he was on a mission trip to Honduras.  “While we were at the orphanage, a boy didn’t leave my side all day.  I kept thinking to myself how can we help these children?” The idea is to collect items locally and send them overseas says Mertz.  “The goal is to engage community organizations and individuals to collect stuffed animals and other items to give to the orphans.”  He is planning to send the donations for Christmas this year. Mertz says the community response has…