Car crash on slippery roads

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STONINGTON– A car rolled over during the first snow of the season.  A Shamokin woman was traveling north on a slippery Route 61 in Northumberland County when she lost control of her vehicle.  The accident took place around 7:50a.m. Tuesday morning. The car travelled off the roadway, hit a ditch and rolled over before coming to a stop on the north roadside.  The woman was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Mount Carmel man sentenced to state prison for cop assault

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SUNBURY – A Mount Carmel man will spend up to five years in a state prison for punching a police officer, stealing a car and a laptop computer and driving drunk twice in two years. The News Item reports 52-year-old Craig Lambert pleaded guilty to simple assault, resisting arrest, two counts of DUI and two counts of theft. Lambert was charged with taking a laptop from a vehicle on April 5th and with stealing a vehicle from a man on April 8th in Mount Carmel.   He was also charged with DUI in December of 2010. While Lambert was in custody at the police station, he is accused of punching an officer in the chest…

Karate for a good cause

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LEWISBURG — You can get in shape while helping Hurricane Sandy victims.  The Lewisburg Area Recreation Authority is offering a martial arts day while all proceeds going to the American Red Cross.  All are welcome to come train or just watch as there is jujitsu and karate instruction.  It will be held Sunday at Ramsey’s Jujitsu and the LARA gymnastics center at 2010 West Market   Streetin Lewisburg from 12:00p.m.-4:00p.m.  There is no cost, but they ask that you are generous with your donation that will go to the American Red Cross. (Sara Bartlett) Follow

Three jailed in a heroin bust near Danville

DANVILLE – Three people are behind bars, accused of trying to sell heroin to an undercover officer in Mahoning Township, Montour County. The Daily Item reports 25-year-old Donald Erlston Jr, 20-year-old Megan Lynn Thomas and 18-year-old Cody Foust were all arraigned before District Judge Marvin Shrawder and jailed in Montour County. Police say the three arranged to sell heroin to the undercover officer on November 21st at a home on Evergreen Pointe in Mahoning Township. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Accident closes a portion Route 235 near Beaver Springs

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BEAVER SPRINGS — A portion of Route 235 near Beaver Springs, Snyder County was closed due to a crash.  The one-vehicle accident occurred near Three Rivers Road and knocked power lines across the roadway.  No word on any injuries. Traffic was being detoured between the Juniata County line and Route 522.  The road was able to reopen around 3:00p.m. today. (Sara Bartlett) Follow

Hanger to become first announced candidate for gov

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Former Pennsylvania environmental protection secretary John Hanger aims to be the first person to announce his candidacy for governor in 2014.  Hanger’s campaign says he’ll kick off his bid for the Democratic nomination at news conferences tomorrow in Philadelphia and Harrisburg and Thursday in Pittsburgh.  The 55-year-old Hanger says his campaign will focus on education, jobs, energy and the environment. The Harrisburg lawyer plans to travel by school bus between tomorrow’s events to underscore his commitment to education.  Hanger is one of several Democrats who have expressed interest in challenging Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s expected re-election bid.  Hanger served five years on the state Public Utility Commission and headed the Department…

New report warns of looming Pa. pension shortfall

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A new report by the Corbett administration is warning of higher taxes, lower business growth and steeper borrowing costs because of the state’s public-sector pension plans.  The budget office on Monday released a study with updated cost figures to fully fund pension plans for state workers and public school employees. The report says the two plans together have an unfunded liability of $41 billion.  The state paid nearly $1.1 billion into the State Employees Retirement System and Public School Employees Retirement System during the fiscal year that ended in June. That figure is projected to pass $2.2 billion next year and reach $5.1 billion by 2019.  The report says higher pension…

Needy Family Fund makes progress

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SUNBURY — The Needy Family Fund has so far reached $1,545.00 of its $75,000 goal.  Recent donations to the fund include a $100 donation from Harry and Diane Harter of Northumberland.  A $50 donation was received in memory of Grace Raker of Selinsgrove.  Rounding out the current total is a donation of $1,170.00 from anonymous givers. (Codi Jade) Follow

NFF: Single mother needs help

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MILTON — Unemployment benefits have supported Danita Robinson’s family for seven months, but she’s looking forward to being able to get back to work again soon.  “There have been a few opportunities, but I don’t have a vehicle,” said the single mother of two. Robinson said she’s hoping to be able to collect unemployment compensation until early next year when she expects a tax refund will be adequate for a down payment on a car.  “I hope to make it until then. I don’t have a choice,” she said.  In the meantime, Robinson said she’s grateful for the generosity of the community and the offer of toys, food and financial assistance through the Needy Family…

Panel to recommend child-abuse law changes in Pa.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A commission set up by the Pennsylvania Legislature after Jerry Sandusky’s molestation arrest last year is about to make its recommendations.  The Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection on Tuesday will outline suggested changes to state laws and procedures that protect children. The 11-person group was set up by the state House and Senate. Its ranks include people from the legal profession, educators and health care workers.  Possible areas of focus include child abuse reporting, the need to pass new laws or amend existing laws, and improvements in training. Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence after being convicted this summer…