Sunbury makes progress with cameras

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SUNBURY — The last 7:00p.m. Sunbury City Council meeting was held Monday night.  A motion was passed to move all upcoming council meeting times to 6:15p.m.  During the meeting, Councilman Todd Snyder discussed the city’s new camera project.  The city has received the initial shipment of cameras, and they are deciding where to place them. Snyder said, “Initially the city of Sunbury will be deploying 12 roaming cameras around the city.  We will be able to deploy them anywhere, anytime.  We’ll have access to the footage anywhere, anytime.” Snyder said they will also be placing cameras at undisclosed fixed locations to support the roaming cameras.  “That’s going to be supporting areas of heavy population throughout…

Hospitals monitor flu

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LEWISBURG – The flu is here and earlier than usual.  Evangelical Community Hospital’s Infection Control Practicioner Michelle Lincoln says this flu season started a few weeks early and they are still gauging how bad it may become. She said, “At this point we’re still trending it.  In Union County we’ve seen between 7 and 66 cases, so we’re still on the low end of things.  We are seeing a number of flu-like illnesses here, but at this point we are able to maintain our care here and not open an alternate center for care for flu.” Lincoln says at the hospitals they are monitoring the trends of the flu, both locally and throughout the state….

Watsontown woman charged with identity theft

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MILTON — A Watsontown woman is accused of stealing personal check information to pay her bills.  Milton State Police are charging 48-year-old Peggy Sue Netzbend with identity theft and related charges. Police say she took routing numbers and account information from victims’ personal checks written out to Miller’s Grooming and Kennel while she worked there.  Netzbend then used the information to make a $1684.83 payment on her personal vehicle, a $1658.00 payment on her mortgage account, $1600.00 to pay on a Home Depot account, and another $1000.00 to pay the Home Depot account.  Victims include a New Columbia woman, a Lewisburg man, a Berwick woman, and a Mifflinburg woman. Milton State Police say Netzbend will…

Two local athletes honored this week

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SELINSGROVE – Two Susquehanna University athletes have been recognized this week. Chadd Lee, a senior from Bloomsburg, was named Landmark Conference Male Swimmer of the Week.  Fellow senior Ken Schetroma of Elysburg, is a recipient of the Central Pennsylvania National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award. This is the second time Lee received such an honor.  He was also Swimmer of the Week beginning on November 13. Lee has been a huge help to the Crusaders swim team so far this season.  He helped the team move to 3-1 in conference action, after defeating Marywoon on Saturday 162-100.  Lee competed in the 200 medley relay, the 200 fly, the 200 breast and the 400 free relay. Schetroma’s…

Weekend crashes injure local residents

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LIVERPOOL – Two weekend crashes sent local residents to the hospital.   In Perry County, a crash was reported just before midnight Saturday along Routes 11 and 15 near Liverpool. Police say 41-year-old Brian Troutman of Mount Pleasant Mills was taken by ambulance to Hershey Medical Center. Troutman reportedly crashed into another vehicle driven by a man from Denver, PA. That driver was not injured.   In Snyder County, two teenagers from Middleburg were hurt in a crash on Route 104 at Shambach Road in Center Township Sunday night. State police say a 17-year-old driver ran a stop sign and crossed Route 104, striking an embankment head-on around 10:50 p.m. The 17-year-old, who was not…

Gun control debate continues

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UNDATED — In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school shooting, the discussion of gun control has escalated.  There is no lack of debate, even locally. Dr. Walter Brasch, former professor at Bloomsburg University says there is a way to regulate gun use without violating the Constitution.  “You can register guns, just like we register cars and houses.  You can require people to get training.  The NRA does a good job in training youth and you could require someone who wants to get a gun to have training and certification.” On the other hand, Ed Quiggle, Northumberland County constable, says he believes the urge to change gun control is a knee-jerk reaction and there…

Susquehanna University celebrates MLK

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SUNBURY – Susquehanna University students have returned from winter break and will be celebrating the legacy of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of events. Armenta Hinton is the associate director at the Center for Diversity and Social Justice at SU and says the first event is for students on Saturday.   Hinton said, “We have an Advocacy Awareness Day, which is run by our Center for Civic Engagement. Three of the pillars for Susquehanna are service, achievement and leadership. And, the service component is essential to becoming a Susquehanna scholar. That office is preparing students for a life of service through lectures and talks from various organizations.”   The next event…

Mount Carmel man charged with forging prescriptions

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  MOUNT CARMEL – A Mount Carmel man will go to court on charges of forgery and receiving stolen property after being charged with forging prescriptions. The News Item reports 29-year-old David M. Brown is accused by Mount Carmel Police with forging six prescriptions in November to obtain 1,175 tablets of Oxycodone. He was in District Court on Wednesday and Brown waived his right to a preliminary hearing, sending his charges to court. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

More businesses are going green

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SUNBURY – More and more businesses are taking steps to be “greener”. So says the executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce Maria Culp. She was a guest host on WKOK’s Monday On The Mark program and talked about their efforts to help businesses be more environmentally friendly. She says they have developed a “Green Business Recognition Application” where businesses can be awarded for their efforts.   Culp said, “It’s not just are you recycling your plastics and your bottles. It’s also about the intake process. How are you purchasing things? Are you looking at recycled materials as your primary purchases. Are you looking to recycle your office paper? Are you working with…

Golden Globe winners

Golden Globe Award Winners: MOVIE Best Drama: “Argo” Best Comedy or Musical: “Les Misérables” Best Actress, Drama: Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty” Best Actor, Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln” Best Actress, Comedy or Musical: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook” Best Actor, Comedy or Musical: Hugh Jackman, “Les Misérables” Best Director: Ben Affleck, “Argo” Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables” Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained” Best Foreign Language Film: “Amour” Best Animated Film: “Brave” Best Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained” Best Original Score: Mychael Danna, “Life of Pi” Best Original Song: “Skyfall” (music and lyrics by Adele and Paul Epworth), “Skyfall”   TELEVISION Best Series, Drama: “Homeland,” Showtime Best Series, Musical or Comedy: “Girls,” HBO…