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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania judge is denying Penn State’s request to put on hold former assistant football coach Mike McQueary’s lawsuit until related criminal cases are resolved. Judge Thomas Gavin’s order issued Thursday said the criminal cases “impose no burden on Penn State” because the university is neither a prosecutor or defendant in the cases against former administrators Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz. McQueary, who testified in June that he complained to then-coach Joe Paterno after seeing defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky naked in a shower with a boy, is pursuing a whistleblower and defamation case against the school. PennState spokesman Dave La Torre declined to comment. McQueary lawyer Elliott Strokoff didn’t…

Corbett and Moran cited on ethics issue

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett recently disclosed trips he took in 2011 paid for by a Watsontown businessman who gave generously to Corbett’s campaign and serves on Corbett’s privatization council. The disclosure was made last month to the State Ethics Commission in an amendment to Corbett’s financial interest statement that he originally submitted in March. State Impact Pennsylvania/National Public Radio first reported the disclosure Thursday. It says businessman John D. Moran Jr. of Moran Industries paid for a five-day trip in July 2011 for Corbett and his wife Susan to Rhode Island valued at $1,423. It also included trips valued at $902 on Moran’s private plane and helicopter to events in Williamsport and…

More police presence at schools in Lewisburg

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LEWISBURG – If you are in the Lewisburg Area School District, you may have noticed police vehicles at the schools over the past week.  Superintendent Dr. Mark DiRocco says the Buffalo Valley Regional Police and Pennsylvania State Police are making a more visible presence at the schools.  DiRocco says state police cover Kelly Elementary School and the Buffalo Valley Regional Police cover the other buildings in the district. Residents may see police cars at or near the schools from time to time and officers may be visiting in the schools.  He asks that residents welcome the police presence.  This comes following the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday.  (Ali Stevens)

Sunbury’s first new home in a decade for sale

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SUNBURY – There were no bids placed for Sunbury’s newest home, so now the house is for sale by the city. Sunbury Mayor David Persing said, “The fact that we’ve established a procedure for it and we didn’t have any bids, we pretty much established the minimum price that we need for it.”   Persing added, “ Right now, anyone can walk into the mayor’s office and say, I’d like to look at that house. We’ll take them for the tour. We’ll give them the contract agreement. If they want to buy the house, we’re going to sell it.”   A public auction took place on Saturday morning, but no one placed a bid. The…

Casey supports a bill to ban assault weapons

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PHILADELPHIA – Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) says that after the Connecticut school shootings, he would now support bills to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.   Casey said, “I think we can take reasonable steps to limit the number of bullets that can be available at one time with one weapon. Why would any law-abiding citizen, any hunter, why would they need 30 bullets at one time. No one believes that. People that own guns don’t believe that.”   The Democrat has long opposed new gun laws, but he now feels differently, following the tragic shooting. Casey said, “We can take steps to ban these military rifles that this evil person used to…

Man threatens “Newtown will look like nothing”

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SUNBURY — A Middleburg man is in custody after making threats to the Shikellamy School District.  Police say 37-year-old Jeremy Church cited the recent Newtown, Connecticut elementary school shooting when making the threat just before 11:30 Thursday morning. Point Township Police Chief Joshua VanKirk says, “Our police department received a report that a male had made threats to his former partner and then said he was going to come to the school a make Newtown look like nothing.” VanKirk says Church turned himself in at an undisclosed location.  He is facing terroristic threat charges and will be jailed in Northumberland County Prison.  More details on his arrest will be available soon. Police locked down the…

Sunbury man charged with robbery and assault

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SUNBURY – A Sunbury man is facing a charge of felony robbery along with other charges after an incident at a convenience store in the city. Court records state that 20-year-old Dylan Weikel went to find his ex-girlfriend at the store where she worked on North Fourth Street. He is accused of stealing the woman’s cellphone after assaulting her inside a storage area inside the store.   Weikel was arraigned Tuesday by District Judge Ben Apfelbaum on charges including felony robbery and theft by unlawful taking along with criminal trespass, stalking and simple assault. He’s locked up in the Northumberland County Prison. (Ali Stevens)  

Bank robbery suspect will face federal and local charges

MIFFLINTOWN – The McAlisterville man accused of robbing the Swineford National Bank in Beaver Springs along with two other banks in Juniata County, will face both federal and local charges. 38-year-old Richard Lockett had a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Mifflintown and will be charged with a local felony count of receiving stolen property. He is also charged in a federal indictment for stealing more than $20,000 from three banks. Lockett told investigators he stole the money to support his drug habit. He faces up to 60 years in prison for the incidents in October and November. (Ali Stevens)

Wednesday evening accident injures local driver

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FREEBURG – Middleburg police continue to investigate a crash Wednesday evening in Freeburg.  Police say the crash happened on Route 35 at Willow Street around 6:20 p.m.  26-year-old Howard Bolig of Mount Pleasant Mills was traveling west on Route 35 when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a pole.   He was transported to GeisingerMedicalCenter for treatment of injuries–he is in fair condition today.  The crash is still under investigation, according to Middleburg Police.  Freeburg Fire Department assisted at the scene.  (Ali Stevens)

SantaCam brings the North Pole to Danville

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DANVILLE – For some kids in the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital Christmas may be spent in a hospital bed, but that does not mean there is no Christmas cheer.  With a little magic, Santa paid a visit.   The SantaCam uses technology for the kids to talk to the Jolly Old Elf himself says Mary Tiffin, PrayerNET administrator, who also plays the role as head elf to greet the children.  “The SantaCam is a way that Geisinger can bring the wonder and joy of Christmas to the hospital.  Some of our patients visit with Santa on an iPad and they can tell them their Christmas list.”   4-year-old Sienna of Bloomsburg has been in the…