Inmates fight at Northumberland County Courthouse


SUNBURY – It was a busy day for pre-trial conferences at the Northumberland County Courthouse on Friday and two inmates got into a fight while being detained there. The News Item reports 18 inmates were being held in three small detaining cells adjacent to the sheriff’s department when the fight broke out around 11:40 a.m.   Witnesses say one inmate attacked another while yelling racial slurs. President Judge Robert Sacavage called for extra security for the remainder of the busy court day, where 125 pre-trial conferences were scheduled. No injuries were reported.   Inmate Matthew Katona, a 22-year-old state prisoner being housed at the county jail is now charged with attacking 20-year-old Leon Hastings of…

Plea hearing for a man charged with murder


LEWISBURG – A plea hearing is set for Thursday for a Mifflinburg man charged with killing a Millmont man in June. The Daily Item reports 28-year-old Justin Richard is scheduled to enter a plea in Union County Court next week. Union County District Attorney Pete Johnson declined to discuss the plea.   Richard and co-defendant 38-year-old Herbert Tiebout of Sunbury, were both charged with second and third degree murder in the death of 52-year-old Randy Sampsell. Police say Sampsell was shot in his home on Buffalo Creek Road in June.   Two other suspects involved in the homicide have not been identified. Tiebout and Richard are also charged with assaulting Scott Vonneida o Follow

WKOK Exclusive Audio: Bill O’Brien talks about his decision to stay at PSU

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SUNBURY – When all was said and done, Penn State football coach will stay in Happy Valley.  In an exclusive interview with WKOK, on the Steve Jones Show, Bill O’Brien said he was approached by the NFL following the firing of several coaches, but the former New England Patriots offensive coordinator tells WKOK why he chose to stick with the Nittany Lions. “The group of players and the staff we have here, along with my family, are the three biggest influences for me.  This is a top football program.” The NFL had reached out to O’Brien and he says, “I have a lot of respect for the NFL, but at the end of the day it…

The Bowen Agency….Sold!

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HUMMELSWHARF — One of the region’s busiest real estate agencies locally is changing hands. Bowen Agency Realtors is being sold by Art and Bill Bowen. The new owners are Larry Johnson and family member Matt Hoffman. The sale was announced Friday. A news release from the agency says Johnson joined the agency in 2001 and is now the new president of the agency.   Hoffman joined Bowen agency in 2006 and becomes the vice-president. Art and Bill Bowen, the release states, will remain with the company as agents. Bowen Agency was founded by Bill and Art 43-years ago and has three offices, 25-fulltime agents and a property management department. Follow

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  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett says he’ll consider a radio-show caller’s suggestion that gun shows be banned on publicly owned property.   The caller on WITF’s “Smart Talk” radio show Friday asked the governor why gun shows are allowed at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg and whether he’d support a ban.   Corbett said no one has ever suggested the idea to him before and promised to give it some thought. However, he said the Farm Show Complex is open to all businesses. He noted that prospective gun buyers at gun shows must be cleared through the Pennsylvania State Police instant background check system – just as they are when buying…

AccuWeather says ‘a fresh accumulation’


Sunshine and some clouds today. High 34. Turning mostly cloudy tonight with a snow shower, leaving a fresh coating of accumulation in some areas. Low 24. Mostly cloudy tomorrow with a couple of flurries or snow showers in the afternoon. High 39. Monday and Tuesday: partly sunny. High Monday 32. Tuesday’s high 37. Wednesday: sun followed by increasing clouds. High 43. Follow