Twelve students robbed at gunpoint in Selinsgrove


SELINSGROVE — Twelve SusquehannaUniversity students were robbed at gunpoint early Saturday morning.  According to Selinsgrove police, the students were gathered at a home in the 100 block of South Market Street in Selinsgrove when two men with guns entered the apartment after midnight.   Police report that one man had a pump shotgun and the other appeared to have a semi-automatic handgun.  The two men ordered nine of the victims to get on the floor and produce their cell phones and wallets.   The men then encountered three females in the bathroom.  In the process of forcibly robbing them, a suspect struck one female in the head with the butt of his shotgun.  The injured…

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Saturday: Partly sunny today. High 56. Saturday night: Partly cloudy tonight. Low 34. Sunday: Mostly sunny tomorrow. High 59. Monday: warmer with intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 69. Tuesday: cloudy. High 67. Wednesday: variable clouds with a shower or thunderstorm. High 65.   Follow

Steve Jones Show: Pivotal Blue White coming

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Scarcella says pivotal Blue White game is coming   SUNBURY — All eyes on the Penn State Nittany Lions as Bill O’Brien leads the team into his second year. The Blue White Game is next Saturday (Noon, on Newsradio 1070 WKOK) and on WKOK’s Steve Jones Show Friday, Rich Scarcella of the Reading Eagle, said O’Brien has several concerns.   “Bill is very concerned about the depth of linebacker, he is very careful not to publicly say that any quarterback has an edge. He likes the offensive line, he likes the first three linebackers, and I think he’s encouraged by the kicking game. I think if you are a Penn State fan, this is going…

Two teens hurt in a UTV accident in Union County


  MIFFLINBURG – Two teenage boys were hurt in a UTV accident in West Buffalo Township, Union County on Friday afternoon. State police say a 16-year-old boy from Mifflinburg was driving the Bobcat UTV, heading north on Lohr Road, when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree head-on around 3:30 p.m.   The boy and his passenger, 18-year-old Dalton Hoffmaster of Maryland, were taken to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment. Hoffmaster is listed in critical condition. The 16-year-old driver was not identified due to his age, so his condition is not known. State police say neither teen was wearing a seatbelt. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Groundbreaking for flood control project in Mount Carmel


  MOUNT CARMEL – A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday for a $14-million flood-control project in Mount Carmel. The ceremony this morning was held along Shamokin Creek in the 300 block of East Water Street. State Senator John Gordner (R-27th, Berwick) and State Representative Kurt Masser (R-107th, Elysburg) were present to help break ground on the project. The effort will alleviate flooding for about 100 homes when Shamokin Creek overflows its banks.   Follow

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Smaller-than-expected payrolls for many Pennsylvania school districts are producing a surplus of state funds earmarked for pension reimbursements that could help ease the state’s public-pension woes. The state’s main teacher pension fund says the reimbursements left $69 million of last year’s allocation unspent. Pension officials said Thursday the trend appears to be continuing and lawmakers may have an extra $140 million to spend in the year that starts July 1. The state reimburses districts for a percentage of payroll. If payrolls shrink, so do the payments. Some legislators want to plow the money into the taxpayers’ share of pension costs instead of refinancing that obligation, as Gov. Tom Corbett proposes to…

Conviction upheld for a man who killed two


SUNBURY – The state Superior Court has upheld the conviction of 44-year-old Michael Harrell, who received a life sentence in 2010 for the shooting deaths of Crystal Scholl-Gordon and David Moore. The Daily Item reports Harrell’s conviction was upheld in a 2 to 1 decision, with one Superior Court judge concluding President Judge Robert Sacavage abused his discretion in denying the defense request to permit expert testimony on false confessions.   Harrell confessed to the January 2008 shooting deaths during a police interrogation and later argued it was coerced after hours without sleep or food. Harrell’s attorney will now appeal to the state Supreme Court. (Ali Stevens)   Follow