$100,000 sought by man found guilty of assault

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  $100,000 sought by man found guilty of assault       NORTHUMBERLAND — A civil suit was filed against PointTownship, its police department, chief Joshua Van Kirk and former patrolman Wade Lytle. The suit was filed by Benjamin Scheller, who is seeking at least $100,000 dollars in damages for the mis-handling of rape charges one once faced.       Charges against Scheller stemmed from an alleged sexual assault involving an ex-girlfriend in November of 2011. In early February this year, 34-year-old, Benjamin Scheller was released on time-served after he was sentenced to nine months in prison on charges of terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, and simple assault. Felony charges of rape, sexual assault and…

Shed fire in Union County

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LEWISBURG — Crews are on the scene of a shed fire in Union County right now.  The fire is at a shed near Route 15 in Winfield.  According to Union County 9-1-1, the fire is expected to be under control shortly.  Responders from Lewisburg and Winfeild are on the scene.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Gas prices down… a bit


LEWISBURG — There is a bit of relief at the gas pumps this spring.  Prices across The Valley fell nearly six cents this week.  The pump prices fell to an average $3.56 per gallon. Nationally, gas prices are averaging around $3.58.  That is down five cents since last week, 34 cents less than a year ago. According to AAA East Central, falling gas prices have been the result of an increase in refinery production and economic worries, which have raised demand concerns. Locally, Lewisburg has the cheapest tank of gas, at $3.49 per gallon.  Milton is only slightly more expensive, with an average of $3.491.  Shamokin is still the most expensive place to fill up, with an…

DUI for woman with child in vehicle


SELINSGROVE — A woman was charged with DUI and child endangerment in Snyder County.  According to reports, 40-year-old Teresa Messersmith of Harrisburg was stopped by police on March 31 for a traffic violation on Routes 11/15 in Union Township.  Further investigation revealed Messersmith was under the influence of alcohol.  She had a 14-year-old passenger in the vehicle with her.   According to Selinsgrove State Police, Messersmith was charged with endangering the welfare of children and DUI.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Linn Conservancy celebrates earth month


SUNBURY — April is earth month, and the Merrill Linn Land and Waterways Conservancy wants to help you celebrate the occasion.  All month long the conservancy is sponsoring events throughout The Valley.   Conservancy board member Warren Abrahamson said this is the biggest year yet.  “We have a record number of events this year, and this all came about as kind of a convergence of things going on,” he said.  “This is our 10th anniversary for Caring for Communities, so we were able to compile many events.”   It is also Linn Conservancy’s 25th anniversary.  Board member Diane Donato said they hope to get children more involved in the movement.  She said, “Too many children…

Northumberland County Comissioners hold rare night meeting

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SUNBURY – The Northumberland County Commissioners are holding a rare night meeting on Wednesday. Commissioner Rick Shoch suggested night meetings be held to allow people who work during the day to see county government at work.   Shoch said, “The idea is that people should be able to have a say in how the business of the government is being conducted and an opportunity to give us their opinions on things and give us their feedback. I think that this gives more of the citizens of Northumberland County an opportunity to do that.”   The commissioners have a negative reputation for verbal arguments at their meetings and Shoch says it is good for the residents…

Geraldo Rivera debuts on WKOK


SUNBURY – Journalist Geraldo Rivera now has a regular spot on WKOK, with his talk show airing weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. on WKOK. Rivera was a guest on WKOK’s Tuesday On The Mark program and talked about what listeners can expect from him.   Geraldo said, “The norm has been this hard right wing, hard conservative, very strictly tea-party almost conversation. You know, I’m not always right in terms of my political ideology. I like to say I’m not red and I’m not blue, but I’m red white and blue.   Rivera said he calls himself the militant middle, saying there are some issues he borrows from the conservatives and others from the…

Carbon monoxide sickens 7 in Northumberland County

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LECK KILL – Seven adults and children had to be transported to area hospitals early this morning after a carbon monoxide leak in the home near Leck Kill. Steve Jeffrey, director of Emergency Services in Northumberland County, tells WKOK that emergency crews were called out for carbon monoxide poisoning at 26 Line Mountain Road in Upper Mahanoy Township around 2:30 a.m.   Firefighters used air-monitoring equipment and discovered high levels of carbon monoxide in the home. The family will be okay following treatment for carbon monoxide exposure. Officials believe the leak was caused by a coal stove, but the investigation will continue. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Today on Newsradio 1070 WKOK

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Today on WKOK:   WKOK’s On The Mark 8:30am: Open phones with guest co-host Joe McGranaghan. Geraldo Rivera calls in at 8:35am on our broken government. Then at 9am: David Imhoof, history prof at Susquehanna University, on ‘mis-remembering’ history.   Dan Patrick Show 10am: Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib and basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb.   Geraldo noon to 3pm: More on Margaret Thatcher and North Korea. Advancing gun control legislation in Washington DC.   WKOK’s Steve Jones Show 3 to 5pm: NCAA basketball coverage with David Jones, of PennLive in Atlanta.   The best of the best, and Geraldo! On WKOK.   Follow

Former Montour Commissioner has died


  DANVILLE – One of the three men who helped steer Montour County through the devastating 1972 Agnes flooding, has died. James Connolley was 82 years old. Connolley died Sunday at his home. Connolley served two non-consecutive terms as county commissioner, first in the early 1970’s and then again in the mid 90’s.   He was an Eagle Scout, lifelong musician and a Korean war era veteran. Connolley returned to college and received a BS degree in communications just eight years ago. The Press Enterprise reports services will be held Wednesday from St. Joseph church in Danville.   Follow