Chesapeake Bay slowly getting healthier

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UNDATED — The Susquehanna River has a significant impact on the health of the Chesapeake Bay.  While the waterways are improving, there is still more to be done. Harry Campbell, Pennsylvania Senior Scientists for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says, “The Susquehanna River provides over 50% of the fresh water that feeds into the Chesapeake Bay.  Pennsylvania has a significant impact.  What we do the land and the quality and condition of the River is directly reflected on the quality o the Bay.” Campbell says in Pennsylvania, efforts to reduce pollution from agricultural entities and wastewater treatment plan have helped with improving water quality.  So, what else has improve in the Bay?  “The aquatic life is…

Purse stolen from truck

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MILTON — Milton State Police are investigating a purse theft.  The theft took place sometime between 7:20p.m. December 20 and 6:25a.m. December 21.  Police say someone arrived at a property on Mexico   Road in East Chilisquaque Township and stole a purse from a pick up truck parked in the driveway.  Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police in Milton.  (Codi Jade)

Milton police investigate jewelry theft

MILTON — Milton State Police are investigating a jewelry theft.  The theft took place sometime between 12:00p.m. November 27 and 8:00a.m. December 2. Police say an unknown person entered a home at Leiser Road in White Deer Township and stole numerous items of jewelry before fleeing the scene.  Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police in Milton. (Codi Jade)

Thief takes chainsaws and copper

MILTON — Milton State Police are investigating a theft in Montour County.  Police say at 11:33 on Wednesday night someone stole two chainsaws and 50 pounds of copper wiring from a home on Hilkert Rd, Liberty Township.  Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police in Milton.  (Codi Jade)

Conestoga gets injunction from HHS mandate

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  BEAVER SPRINGS – A Mennonite owned company, with manufacturing sites in Beavertown and Beaver Springs, has been granted a preliminary injunction protecting them from fines and penalties associated with the HHS mandate portion of Obamacare. A federal judge sided with Conestoga Wood Specialties, which filed a federal suit against the mandate, which forces employers to cover birth control and the morning-after pill for employees.   Conestoga was given a 14-day reprieve from the new mandate that took effect on January 1st. The company based in Lancaster County registered a complaint that stated that compliance with the mandate as it now stands would be for them “sinful and immoral.” The Conestoga lawsuit is said to…

State Police release Holiday crash statistics

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HARRISBURG – State Police have released statistics from their New Year’s holiday driving investigations.  One person was killed and 86 were injured in the 377 crashes from December 31 through January 1.  Of those 377 crashes, 55 were alcohol-related. Police say troopers made 184 arrests for driving under the influence and issued 1,884 speeding citations.  They also cited 233 individuals for failure to wear seatbelts and cited an additional 32 for failure to properly restrain children in child safety seats. This year’s statistics differ from last year’s New Year’s holiday, where 10 people were killed and 172 were injured in 552 crashes.  State Police remind everyone to stay safe throughout 2013.  (Codi Jade)

What happens to your tree after the holidays?

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SUNBURY — As the holiday season has come to an end, it may be time to take down that Christmas tree.  While many people hate to take the ornaments off and say goodbye to their evergreen, several valley boroughs are making sure your tree is put to good use. Cheryl Delsite, of the Sunbury City Clerk’s Office, explained how the process works.  She said, “residents of Sunbury put their trees out on the curb.  Our city crew has a couple days to go around and collect them.  They take them up to our brush pile and grind them up for mulch.” The city makes the mulch with a tub grinder they received through a grant. …

Toomey named to Senate Finance Committee

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WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) has been named to the Senate Finance Committee for the incoming 113th Congress. He joins two other Senators from Georgia and Ohio as new Republican members. Toomey said, “I am honored to receive a seat on the Senate Finance Committee, which is a huge win for Pennsylvania and will ensure that our state is represented on one of the most important committees in Congress.”   The Senate Finance Committee overseas all matters relating to taxation, trade agreements and health programs under the Social Security Act, including Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.   In addition to the Senate Finance Committee, Toomey will retain his seats…

Middleburg man faces trial for threats to a school

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MILTON — A Middleburg man accused of threatening a woman, prompting the lockdown of the Shikellamy School District, will go to trial on multiple charges after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing. 37-year-old Jeremy Church was in district court in Milton yesterday and decided to send his charges of terroristic threats and drug possession on to court.   Police say on December 20th, Church threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend. He is also accused of referencing the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting when telling the woman he was going to get their daughter from Priestley Elementary School.   A pretrial conference has been scheduled for March 1st at the Northumberland County Courthouse. Church remains behind bars…

18 troopers assigned to local State Police

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HARRISBURG — State police have announced 18 new troopers have been assigned to Troop F, which represents Northumberland, Snyder, Union and Lycoming Counties in our region. On December 21st, 98 men and women graduated to join the ranks of the Pennsylvania State Police. The graduates completed 25 weeks of physical and classroom training and were assigned to nine different troop areas across the state. (Ali Stevens)