Northumberland County will build controversial new prison


SUNBURY– A new prison in Northumberland County was a hot topic at Wednesday’s Northumberland County Commissioners’ meeting.  Though some expressed concern about the expense of a new prison, Chairman Vinny Clausi said that it is the wisest choice for a penitentiary plagued by a recent series of lawsuits. “We will move forward with the prisons because we cannot afford to spend millions of dollars in lawsuits. That is the end of the rope.” Concerned citizens also argued that blame for recent litigation lies with the prison guards’ mistreatment of inmates, not with prison itself. Chairman Clausi said that the 170-year-old structure is the root of the penitentiary’s recent legal issues. “What’s going on is the…

Teen with Sunbury ties, is hockey champ


SUNBURY — An ice hockey player with local ties is part of a national championship team. 15-year-old Dominique Kremer is the granddaughter of Sunbury treasurer Beth Kremer and got her hockey start at the Sunbury ice skating rink.   Dominique was born in Iowa and is the daughter of Joe and Tina Kremer, of Hudson Iowa. Joe graduated from Shikellamy in 1987 and from West Point in 1991. Dominique’s team won the 2013 National Tier 1 USAH ice hockey championships for girls 16 and under. The games were in San Jose, California.   Beth Kremer says her granddaughter attends a private school in Minnesota, maintains a 4.0 average, and, along with the rest of the…

16 selected for murder trial

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MIDDLEBURG — The jury has been chosen for three Valley men accused of killing a New Berlin man in July of 1997.   According to the Snyder County District Attorney’s office, 16 people have been chosen during jury selection.  The jury is made up of 8 women and 4 men, plus 2 female and 2 male alternates.  They are selected to decide the case for three men, 38-year-old Christopher Aucker of Beavertown, 37-year-old Robert Reich of Beavertown and 36-year-old Ryan Sprenkel of Middleburg.  They are charged in the beating death of 22-year-old Donald Seebold III.   Jury selection started Monday, and was completed today (Wednesday).  Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch says trial is scheduled…

Susquehanna students shoot dorm windows with BB gun


SELINSGROVE — Suspects have been identified after several windows were shot at with a BB gun at Susquehanna University on Friday.  According to a message from the SU Emergency Alert system, outside windows in Smith Hall were broken by BB gun shots from inside the building between midnight and 2:00a.m.   The Department of Public Safety investigated the incident and have identified SU students as the individuals responsible for the incident.  The Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct is currently reviewing the matter and will decide on appropriate sanctions for the students.   According to the Director of Public Safety Tom Rambo, several officers from Selinsgrove and the Department of Public Safety helped in…

Northumberland volunteers needed for future dog park


NORTHUMBERLAND – Northumberland borough is looking for volunteers to assist with the installation of a fence at the site of a future dog park.  The fence will be installed at the JollyHollowPark site at 8th and Orange Streets on Saturday, April 20, beginning at 9 a.m.   All materials are in place, but shovels and wheel barrels are needed along with volunteer workers.  You can get more information on the volunteer work by contacting the borough office at 473-3414.  (Ali Stevens) Follow

Toomey works to keep second amendment intact


HARRISBURG — “Gun control is not the answer,” said Senator Pat Toomey (R-Harrisburg).  He held a press conference to introduce a provision to the bill currently on the senate floor, called “The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act.”   Toomey said several terms on the current bill are deeply flawed and will infringe on second amendment rights.  He believes this act will be a good compromise.  “I don’t think trying to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals is gun control… I think its common sense,” he said.  “I don’t expect everyone to agree with me; part of our great system is that we encourage open debate.”   Toomey explained what…

Sunbury to release all information on former Celotex site

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SUNBURY – Sunbury Mayor David Persing has instructed Councilman Joe Bartello to help create a timeline of facts for what has transpired at the former Celotex site, which is owned by Moran Industries. This week, the mayor’s office received another Right to Know request from a law firm for all correspondence found on a city-owned computer, in regard to the Moran site. There were also more accusations made about the procedure of the code office, regarding the site, at this week’s council meeting.   Sunbury Mayor David Persing said, “I guarantee nothing was done illegally. The bottom line is what was done, what wasn’t done and what should have been done. Instead of just sitting…

Area crash victims discharged from Geisinger


DANVILLE — Two people hurt in area accidents are now out of the hospital.  According to Geisinger Medical Center, 84-year-old Darlis Garmin of Sunbury and 42-year-old Rex Reed of McClure were discharged Tuesday (yesterday).   Garmin was in serious condition after a car accident on Route 890 on April 5.  She failed to yield to oncoming traffic and pulled into the path of an oncoming vehicle.   Reed was in fair condition following an ATV crash in MifflinCounty.  That crash occured when Reed tried to outrun police while driving illegally on Shindle Road.  He lost control of his ATV and crashed into a utility pole.  He was not wearing a helmet.  (Codi Jade) Follow

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  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – For months, the criminal case against three former Penn State administrators accused of covering up abuse complaints about Jerry Sandusky has been in limbo while a judge considered their request to have the case thrown out. Judge Barry Feudale’s ruling against Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz and Tim Curley could clear the way for a district judge to finally conduct the preliminary hearing that had once been scheduled for last December. However, Feudale’s 16-page opinion and order anticipates that the defendants might want to take up the same issues he rejected before a county judge or a state appeals court. Lawyers in the case declined comment or didn’t return messages. Feudale’s…

Danville man hurt in a motorcycle crash


  DANVILLE – A Danville man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Tuesday afternoon. State police say 28-year-old Luke Hunsinger was traveling south on Ridge Drive in Cooper Township around 5:20 p.m. when he lost control of his motorcycle.   The motorcycle slid into a guide rail and Hunsinger hit the road. He was transported to Geisinger Medical Center and is listed in serious condition today. Hunsinger was wearing a helmet. Mahoning Township Fire Department assisted state police at the scene of the crash. (Ali Stevens)   Follow