Alabama hostage standoff over

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ALABAMA — Law enforcement sources say that in the last 24 hours officials became increasingly concerned for the life of the five-year old boy being held hostage in Midland City, Alabama. The sources say they had managed to secretly insert a camera into the bunker so they could observe what was happening. Right now, the sources say, bomb technicians are going through the bunker to make sure there are no booby-traps. Earlier today a team led by specially-trained FBI agents rescued the boy and killed the assailant.  (CBS News)

New license plate honors veterans

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HARRISBURG — Do you support our veterans?  Well, now you can show it.  PennDOT is now issuing special license plates for anyone that would like to show their support for American veterans.   The plate features an image of the American flag and a bald eagle, with the words “Honoring Our Veterans.” Brig. Gen. Mike Gould of Pennsylvania said, “Patriotic-minded individuals frequently ask me how they can pay tribute to veterans and how they can pay tribute to veterans or where they can donate a small amount of money that benefits veterans, and this new license plate is a great way to do that.” The plate is available for $35.  A $15 donation from the sale of…

Preliminary hearing this week for Shamokin arsonist

SHAMOKIN – A preliminary hearing is scheduled Tuesday for a Shamokin man charged with arson.  22-year-old James Neidlinger will appear before District Judge John Gembic.  Neidlinger is charged with setting fire to a building in the 600 block of East Sunbury Street around 10:40p.m. last Monday. Neidlinger was found at the scene of the blaze, was questioned by police and did admit to setting the fire.  The incident was one of a handful of blazes in the Shamokin area last week, but police have not said whether Neidlinger is suspected in any of the other incidents.  Neidlinger is in jail and faces a number of charges including arson, risking a catastrophe and criminal trespass. (Sara…

Commissioner wants to sell administration building

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SUNBURY – Northumberland County Commissioner Vinny Clausi wants to sell the County Administration building in Sunbury in an effort to consolidate buildings owned by the county. Clausi spoke on WKOK’s On The Mark program Monday about the large amount of space not being utilized at the administration building. Clausi said, “We do not need that elephant. We have 19-thousand square-feet and we have a few employees there. We can move the controller and the treasurer down to the building we purchased on Second Street. We could move the commissioner’s office to the courthouse.” Some feared Vinny Clausi would move offices out of the county seat of Sunbury that needed to stay in the city, but…

Danville man arrested for church burglary

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DANVILLE — A Danville man is locked up in the Montour County Prison charged with burglarizing a church on Saturday. State police say 29-year-old Scott Buckley was found by church members in an office at First Baptist Church in Danville, trying to remove surveillance equipment.   Troopers say Buckley had already removed the security camera near the office and a security computer monitor was found in his vehicle along with the security hard drive. Buckley was arraigned on charges of burglary, criminal trespass and theft. He failed to post $15,000 bail. (Ali Stevens)  

Local residents enjoy the “Big Game” live

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SUNBURY — Two local residents attended the Super Bowl Sunday in New Orleans after winning a contest. Tom Mertz is the owner of Sunbury Motors and his Hyundai dealership won a customer service satisfaction contest, so he and his wife Liz were treated to a trip to the big game. He said it was quite an experience.   Mertz said, “The venue was great. It was the first time I have ever been to the Super Bowl or the Superdome. We were between the five and ten yardline on the first level up, so we had pretty good seats. It was a great game and we were very fortunate to be there.”   Mertz explained…

Former Norry chief runs for magistrate

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NORTHUMBERLAND— The former Northumberland police chief Larry Redington is entering the race for district justice. Redington says he hopes to be the magistrate to fill the post once held by William Kear. The magisterial district is has its office in Milton and reaches as far south as PointTownship, where Redington resides. He is a former police chief in Northumberland and is a former police officer in Point Township. He says he has extensive experience with law enforcement including investigations, arrests, and civil proceedings. He also says he has experience with drug law investigations, search warrants and is certified by Susquehanna Valley Women in Transition in domestic violence investigation. He hopes to replace the interim magistrate…

Millville man killed in a Lycoming County crash

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  UNITYVILLE — A Millville man was killed in a crash Friday afternoon in Lycoming County.  State police say 52-year-old Greg Deets was traveling west on Route 118 near Unityville when he lost control of his vehicle and struck guard rails.  Deets was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead on the scene by the Lycoming County Coroner.  He was not wearing a seat belt.

Fire destroys a home near Laurelton

LAURELTON — Fire destroyed a home outside Laurelton early this morning.  The fire started around 3:45 a.m. at Mountain View Lane off of Patty Mountain Road in Hartley Township.  When firefighters arrived on the scene the home had already partially collapsed.  There were no injuries reported.  No other details were available.  (Ali Stevens)

Today on Newsradio 1070 WKOK and www.wkok.com:

  On The Mark 8:30am: Open phones, no Super Bowl comments, 9am Rick Shoch talks about moving the county offices to Shamokin. Dan Patrick Show 10am: Super Bowel comments, Russell Wilson, Arian Foster, Adrian Peterson, JJ Walt and Rob Gronkowski. Michael Smerconish noon: Super Bowl comments, and the president’s gun initiatives. Steve Jones Show 3pm: Super Bowl comments, analysis of the Indiana/Michigan game this past weekend, and the Herr Rant. The best of the best, and the Herr Rant, on WKOK.