Aggressive enforcement necessary during holidays

SHAMOKIN DAM – Travel can be stressful all year long, but especially during the holidays.  An increase in the number of vehicles on the highways can lead to congestion, road rage, and unfortunately, traffic accidents. These issues are evident in the Shamokin Dam area, where police have recently received grants for aggressive enforcement of traffic laws on Routes 11-15 to promote safety. Shamokin Dam Mayor Joe McGranaghan said, “It probably irritates people who have gotten tickets for speeding, but if we don’t do something to control it, somebody gets hurt.” Dave Thompson, PennDOT Safety Press Officer, talked about the importance of aggressive enforcement during the holidays.   He said, “People get stuck in traffic.  They get behind…

More metal thefts–Shamokin home hit

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  SHAMOKIN – A vacant home in Shamokin was the site of a recent burglary. Sometime between December 15 and December 22, someone entered a home along Mulberry Street. The home had no occupants, but is owned by Kevin Apollo of Pottstown.   Once inside, someone stole a cast iron bathtub and four cast iron heating radiators. They then went into an unlocked barn on the property and stole ten more radiators, another tub, and two cast iron sinks before fleeing the scene. The stolen items are estimated at about $1,175. Anyone with information is asked to call State Police at Stonington. (Sara Bartlett)   Follow

Money stolen from Middleburg church

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  MIDDLEBURG – Selinsgrove State Police are investigating a church burglary in Middleburg. It happened sometime between last Friday and Saturday at First United Church of Christ along Route 522. Police say someone broke a basement window at the church.   Once inside, removed an undisclosed amount of money from the Children’s Sunday School Fund. A fire safe was also broken into, where church documents were stolen. Anyone with information is asked to call Selinsgrove State Police at 570-374-8145. (Sara Bartlett)   Follow

NFF Family: City man rides out drought

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  SUNBURY — The past two years have been rough for a 59-year-old city resident. Life took a turn for the worse when the disintegrating discs in his back and his pain medications, which prevented him from operating equipment or driving, forced him to quit his job as a spot welder. He was living in Ohio, where he had moved to get work when the recession hit and the housing industry spiraled. Born and raised in Sunbury, he had worked most of his adult life as a laborer in the Valley’s modular housing industry.   No longer able to work, he returned to Sunbury to be near family. Although it’s nice to be back, living…

Needy Family Fund very close to the goal

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  SUNBURY –Only one day left until Christmas and the Needy Family Fund is now at more than $73,000. If the fund reaches $75,000, a $25,000 challenge grant from the Degenstein Foundation will be added to the fund, bringing the total to $100,000. The current Needy Family Fund total is $73,329.00   Recent donations include $100 from Randy and Beverly Kissinger of Middleburg, and $150 from David and Margaret Wilder of Lewisburg. There was also $50 from the ladies Sunday School Class at the First Baptist Church of Sunbury. Anonymous donations totaled $350.   Each year, the Daily Item, Salvation Army chapters in Sunbury and Milton, Susquehanna Bank and the stations of Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation…

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    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) – Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is maintaining his innocence but tells a northeastern Pennsylvania newspaper that he is “trying to learn from” his circumstance following his conviction on child sex abuse charges. The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens’ Voice says Sandusky sent a handwritten note from his western Pennsylvania prison cell declining an interview request but saying he’s focused on his appeal. Jurors in central Pennsylvania last summer convicted 68-year-old Sandusky of 45 of 48 counts involving 10 victims. He was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in state prison. Sandusky said he’s “trying to learn from, grow from, and endure the struggle and circumstances.”   WASHINGTON (AP) –…