Plea entered in deadly crash

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MIFFLINBURG – A man could get jail time for his role in a 2011 crash that killed a Mifflinburg girl. Christopher Libby could spend up to three months behind bars for the crash that killed his girlfriend, 18-year-old Emily Kunkel.   He pleaded no contest on Friday to involuntary manslaughter charges.  A judge is expected to rule on whether he will accept the plea agreement by March 15. The crash happened in August 2011.  Authorities say Libby was driving his car along Sportsman Club Road in WestBuffaloTownship, near Mifflinburg.  For unknown reasons, the vehicle went off the road, rolled multiple times, and came to a stop in a wooded area.  Both Libby and his passenger Kunkel…

Local doctor says cancer death rates down

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DANVILLE — Research has shown that death rates from cancer are continuing to inch down.  Dr. James Wade, Chairman of the cancer service line and Cancer Institute, Geisinger Health System, explained what these statistics mean. He said, “It’s really a reflection of the advances balanced against the challenges that remain.  And when you sum those together what we’re seeing is that we are moving in a direction of decreasing that risk of dying from cancer, but there is a long way to go to ultimately achieve that goal.” Wade said the greatest driver in the decrease of some cancers has been the changes in smoking habits of Americans.  However, he said the occurrence of Melanoma…

Montour County group a big winner at Farm Show

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HARRISBURG — They sure know how to win.  Time Warp, a Montour County group, has won first place in the Sheep-to-Shawl competition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.  It is their sixth first-place win in the past eleven years. There are six members on the team including Carl Geissinger, the shearer, Jeff Johnstonbaugh, the carder, spinners Katherine Dashner, Ivy Allgeier, and Emily Kephart and weaver Libby Beiler. Beiler says “The sheep is sheared, and its wool is brushed, spun and then handed off to me to weave the shawl.  We have a two-and-a-half hour time limit.” Although the group is used to winning, Beiler says there is always a little stress.  “For a few years before…

New chief selected at William Cameron Engine Company

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LEWISBURG — The William Cameron Engine Company in Lewisburg has a new fire chief.  Stephen Bolinksy was selected by the company’s board of directors.  Bolinksy is a Lewisburg resident who has volunteered with the company since 2001 and has been involved in fire service since 1996.  Bolinksy takes over for former chief Mark Carollo.  The board also hired Richard Scheesley to fill a newly created career assistant chief position.  He is responsible for direct supervision of the company’s personnel on a daily basis. (Sara Bartlett)  

Today on Newsradio 1070 WKOK

    On The Mark 8:30am: Ben Reichley, the rest of the gun control emails, an update on the EPA Radon’s program.   Dan Patrick Show 10am: Brian Billick, Joe Flacco, and Rich Eisen.   Michael Smerconish noon: An expert on the flu epidemic.   Steve Jones Show 3pm: Another blockbuster day: Penn State beat writer Guy Cipriano of the Centre Daily Times, then; NFL films NFL analyst and senior producer Greg Cosell…on the NFL Playoffs.   Updated Valley news 5pm to 7pm. Codi Jade at the anchor desk.   Shikellamy Basketball: Milton at Shikellamy 7pm. Kevin Herr and the coach Dave Ritchie.   The best of the best, then Coach Ritchie…on WKOK and www.wkok.com!

Fire damages a Northumberland County business

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DEWART — Fire was extinguished quickly at a NorthumberlandCounty business Friday morning.  Around 12:30a.m., crews were called to a report of smoke in a structure at the Cleveland Brothers facility in Delaware Township, Northumberland County. Warrior Run Fire Chief Mark Burrows says smoke was seen coming from the second floor of the building.  The fire was found and contained to one room on the second floor.  Minor smoke and water damage was reported.  An investigation continues into what caused the fire. (Sara Bartlett)    

Penn State Updates: Sandusky in court again

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    BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) – A judge has heard arguments from Jerry Sandusky’s attorneys about the fairness of his trial but did not issue a ruling. The proceeding Thursday in central Pennsylvania related to Sandusky’s claim that his lawyers didn’t have enough time to prepare for his molestation trial. Sandusky’s post-sentencing motions are before Judge John Cleland. The former Penn State assistant football coach wants to have his 45-count conviction thrown out and a new trial granted. Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence after being convicted in June of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. The 68-year-old Sandusky is likely to die in prison, unless he can persuade a court…

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    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett has signed death warrants for three more convicted murderers on death row in Pennsylvania, which last executed someone in 1999. Corbett’s office says he signed warrants Thursday for 54-year-old Orlando Maisonet, 24-year-old Abraham Sanchez Jr. and 55-year-old Freeman May, all incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Greene. Maisonet participated in the 1982 stabbing death in Philadelphia of Jorge Figueroa to prevent him from cooperating with police. Maisonet’s execution is scheduled for March 6. Sanchez shot Ray Diener in front of his Lancaster County home during a botched robbery attempt in 2007. His execution is scheduled for March 7. May stabbed to death 22-year-old Kathy Lynn…

Today’s new AccuWeather forecast

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Cloudy today with periods of rain and drizzle, especially this afternoon into this evening. High 41. Areas of fog developing later tonight. Low 34-38.. Low clouds and fog in the morning then some sun in the afternoon, milder. High approaching 50. Not as cool tomorrow with low clouds and fog giving way to some sun. High 50. Sunday: fog in the morning; otherwise, mostly cloudy and warmer with a few showers. High around 60. Monday: cloudy and cooler with rain possible. High 53. Tuesday: cloudy and colder with a chance for a bit of snow or flurries. High 41.