Chimney fire in Sunbury


SUNBURY — A chimney fire at a Sunbury business was quickly extinguished Thursday, but it prompted a local fire chief to discuss chimney safety. The fire broke out around noon on North Third Street at Wolfe’s Sandblasting says Sunbury Fire Chief Mike Rhoads. “There was a chimney failure and it extended into the ceiling.  Fortunately, the owner was there, noticed the incident and he has past firefighting experience so he kept it under control until crews got there.  There was little to no damage.” Rhoads says, especially during the colder months, it is important to properly care for your chimney to stay safe.  “First of all, when you are burning wood you should only burn…

DA: 4 dead, including gunman, along rural Pa. road

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A prosecutor says a shooting along a rural road in central Pennsylvania has left four people dead, including the gunman. Three state troopers were injured. Blair County District Attorney Rich Consiglio says the shooting scene on Friday morning “extended over several miles” in Frankstown Township, about 70 miles west of Harrisburg. Consiglio says the dead were three men and one woman. State police say one trooper was struck by gunfire but escaped serious injury because he was wearing a bulletproof vest.  Consiglio says a second trooper was hit by shattered glass and a third was in a crash involving the gunman.  He says the public isn’t at risk. Township supervisor Mark…

Sunbury hosts a New Year’s party


SUNBURY – Sunbury Revitalization Incorporated will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party on Monday in the city. Slade Shreck helped organize the event and says the first part of the evening is for the kids. Shreck said from 6 to 8 in Cameron Park, there will be a magician, a puppet show, carriage rides, hot chocolate and cookies. Then, there is an event for the older kids too, according to Jillian Eister.   Eister said, “Starting at 9, there is a free all-night skate at the Sunbury Ice Skating Rink. You can drop off your kids at 9 p.m. and pick them up by 6 a.m. Kids ages 12 to 18 can skate all…

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  STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Penn State says settlement talks with lawyers for young men who were molested by Jerry Sandusky will resume next month.  The university posted an update on the talks Friday afternoon. President Rodney Erickson says PennState is “pleased with the progress so far.”  PennState has said it wants to settle privately and avoid protracted litigation. The university is represented by Kenneth Feinberg, who ran victim compensation funds for victims of Agent Orange, the Sept. 11 attacks, the Virginia Tech massacre and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison following his conviction on charges that he molested 10 boys…

Casey says House needs to pass middle-class tax cut bill


WASHINGTON – As President Barack Obama continues to promise to keep working toward a budget agreement that would avert across-the-board tax increases and budget cuts in January, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) still feels the “fiscal cliff” can be averted.   Casey spoke to WKOK yesterday about the fiscal cliff. Casey said, “One of the best ways to get halfway down the field, so to speak, on an agreement, is to have the House pass our middle-class tax cut bill. They’ve had it there since July. If they pass it, we are going to be in much better shape. That will help us get to an agreement.   Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner says he’s still…

Middleburg man says personal problems led him to “snap”


  MILTON – A Middleburg man, charged with making terroristic threats and causing a school district lockdown, says personal problems led him to “basically snap” yesterday. Court records state 37-year-old Jeremy Church called a woman and threatened to kill her and himself and said he was going to get his daughter at Priestley Elementary School in Point Township and no one could stop him. Church said the woman was refusing him custody of his daughter.   Church said, “I will do worse than what happened in Connecticut.” That prompted the Shikellamy School District to lock down their schools as a precaution. Police were able to call Church on his cell phone and he agreed to…

Some weather issues pop up today


  UNDATED — A number of problems have popped up today because of heavy rains and wind. PPL reports over 600 outages in The Valley, primarily scattered around Northumberland and ColumbiaCounties.   Northumberland County Communications reported numerous trees were down overnight. They reported a limited number of problems as a result. Rain gauges measured about 1″ to 1.25″ of rain overnight. No major flooding or ponding problems are reported. As a result, PennDOT says UnionCounty has three roads closed:   Johnson Mill Road (Wolfland Road to Arrowhead   Lane in BuffaloTownship) Beaver Run Road (Old Turnpike Road to Route 192 in BuffaloTownship) Millmont Road (Water Street to Main   Street in Hartleton) Follow

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Today on Newsradio 1070 WKOK: On The Mark 8:30am: US Senator Bob Casey’s recorded interview, open phones with Ben Reichley. Dan Patrick 10am: Stan Van Gundy, Rich Eisen, and Tony Gonzales. Michael Smerconish noon: The gun-control, Mayan calendar and Fiscal Cliff connection! Steve Jones 3pm: Santa! The best of the best, and Bob Casey!!! on WKOK.   Follow

Middleburg woman hurt in a crash on Route 522

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MIDDLEBURG – A Middleburg woman was taken to GeisingerMedicalCenter following a crash on Route 522 at Manor Drive yesterday afternoon.  Police say 78-year-old Jean Kreighbaum was traveling west on Route 522 when she stopped to turn left.   She rear-ended a vehicle driven by 74-year-old Merrill Kratzer of Lewisburg.  Kreighbaum’s vehicle went off the side of the road and traveled over an embankment.  She was transported to Geisinger, where her condition is not known.  Kratzer was not injured.  Kreamer and Middleburg Fire Departments assisted at the scene.  (Ali Stevens)   Follow

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    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett is inviting Pennsylvanians to observe a moment of silence in honor of the victims of last week’s school shooting in Connecticut. Corbett’s office said he is asking for the moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Friday, a week after the shootings. Corbett says he’ll join members of his staff and cabinet in a moment of silence. He says, “we mourn the loss of these innocent lives and pray for their heartbroken families and friends who are coping with their grief.”   HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett sidestepped questions about what Pennsylvania can do in the aftermath of the Connecticut shootings, but says mental illness…