VIDEO HERE: Singers visit Selinsgrove Commons

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SELINSGROVE — Visitors to Selinsgrove got a nice surprise today — live music in the commons.  The Hamilton-Gibson Choir of Wellsboro stopped by to sing a variety of songs with the theme of “water.” Several members of the choir explained why they enjoy singing across the state.  “It’s just fun singing and hanging out with your friends,” Colton said. Aiden said he loves it because, “We get to do what we love best!” Katie explained, “We have this goal of going to all 67 counties in Pennsylvania, the 67 initiative.” Deb Shaffer of Selinsgrove reached out to the choir.  “I’m a community member who saw a really great opportunity to get music into Selinsgrove,” she…

Preliminary hearing set for accused rapist

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MIDDLBURG – A preliminary hearing is planned for a Freeburg man charged with assault and rape.  54-year-old Gregory Keister is due before District Judge Lori Hackenburg Thursday afternoon.  Keister was charged Sunday on multiple counts after breaking into a Freeburg home, assaulting a man and raping a woman inside the home.  According to the criminal complaint, Keister climbed through a bedroom window of a home on Front Street where he hit a Sunbury man in the head with a baseball bat.  Keister allowed the man to leave and get medical help.  The man was taken by ambulance to the hospital and is in fair condition at Geisinger Medical Center. The report says Keister then came…

Day Three: Snyder County homicide trial continues

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MIDDLEBURG – The third day of trial continues for three men accused in the beating death of another man in Snyder County.  During the trial for 39-year-old Christopher Aucker of Beavertown, 37-year-old Ryan Sprenkel of Middleburg and 37-year-old Robert Reich of Beavertown, Reich’s half-brother, Kurt Gotshall, testified over a span of two days. During this trial, in the preliminary hearing, and during a grand jury investigation, Gotshall’s story of the events in July 1997 seemed to change.  It was something both the prosecution and defense pointed out numerous times.  Gotshall’s story is that he was at a Port Ann home for a party the night of July 12.  There he says he witnessed a fight…

Firefighter injured battling Atlas fire

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ATLAS — A fire that heavily damaged a home in Atlas early this morning may have been intentionally set. The News Item reports the fire started in the basement of a home at 524 W. Girard Street and is being investigated as suspicious according to Mount Carmel Township Fire Marshal Brian Hollenbush.   The fire heavily damaged a two-story home and an adjacent home at 526 W. Girard. It is not known if anyone was currently living in the home where the fire originated. The resident in the adjacent home, 47-year-old Randy Merlo, escaped safely with his dog.   Strong Fire Chief Tim Shincowich suffered a leg injury and was treated at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community…

April OTM Audio

Tuesday 04-30-13 Mark Lawrence hosts with Organizations United for the Environment concerned about a proposed tire burning operation in White Deer Township. Tood Bieber http://youtu.be/VJpWbN2hanw, Justin Charles and others discuss the Boy Scouts upcoming homosexual scout vote. Monday 04-29-13 Mark Lawrence and Maria Culp host talking about Internet Sales Tax and prevailing wage with Todd Ross of T. Ross Construction. Friday 04-26-13 Mark Lawrence and Ben Reichley host with open phones. Thursday 04-25-13 Mark Lawrence hosts with guests from a new youth organization that is forming, the Lewisburg Arts Festival and Open Phones. Wednesday04-24-13 Mark Lawrence and Peggy Chamberlain-Roup with open phones. Topics: Gun control, abortion, and the US constitution. Tuesday 04-23-13 Attorney Clifford Rieders on the handling…

Remembering a soldier from Elizabethville

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HARRISBURG — Governor Tom Corbett is taking time to honor a soldier from Elizabethville who died during a military training exercise in Arizona on March 28th. Corbett ordered all U.S. and Pennsylvania flags in the Capitol Complex and at commonwealth facilities in Dauphin County to be flown at half-staff on Friday to honor U.S.   Navy Special Warfare Operator Chief Brett D. Shadle. The 31-year-old Shadle enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 2000 and completed his SEAL training the following year. He served in Afghanistan and Iraq, earning multiple Bronze Star medals with valor and several service ribbons.   Flags shall remain at half-staff until sundown on Friday, the day of Shadle’s burial in Arlington…

Three more arrests in Boston bombings

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BOSTON (AP) – Boston police say three more suspects have been taken into custody in the marathon bombings.   In a tweet Wednesday morning, the police department says only that three more suspects are in custody and more details will follow. Police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca confirmed the tweet but referred all other questions to the FBI.   Three people were killed and more than 260 injured on April 15 when two bombs exploded near the finish line.   Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with police several days later. His brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was captured and lies in a hospital prison.   Both are Russian natives who lived for several years in the U.S….

Bucknell president agrees to contract extension

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LEWISBURG – Bucknell President John Bravman has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at the University through 2020. Bucknell University Board of Trustees Chair Ken Freeman made the announcement today saying, “In a relatively short period, John has asserted his leadership with all of Bucknell’s constituent audiences in an exceptional manner.”   He continued, “We are excited about the opportunity his continued leadership presents to serve and support the extraordinary talents of our faculty and staff.”   Freeman also cited the rapid progress Bravman has made on the half-a-billion-dollar WE DO Campaign, which was launched in October and has now passed the $280-million mark in gifts and pledges.   Bravman became the…

Man sentenced for Dalmatia woman’s death

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SUNBURY – A Millersburg man was sentenced this week to 18-months to seven years in prison for the death of a 19-year-old Dalmatia woman in April of 2010. The Patriot News reports 32-year-old Thomas Schoor was found guilty April 15th in a non-jury trial for his role in the death of Bethany Harris.   The woman jumped from Schoor’s vehicle and hit her head and she died several hours later. Harris’s boyfriend, Joel Nies of Northumberland, who was in the back seat of the car with her, testified Harris pleaded with Schoor to slow down or stop driving after he struck an embankment.   Harris jumped from the vehicle near the intersection of McKees Road…

No injuries in Union County fire

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  ALLENWOOD — There were no injuries reported in a Union County fire Wednesday morning. The home on Bridge Avenue in Allenwood caught fire around 1:45am. The cause of the fire isn’t available to us yet, but word is; the home was damaged, no one was injured and the Sun Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is helping the family. Union County 9-1-1 tells us, volunteers from the Warrior Run Area Fire Department, Milton, White Deer Township, Elimsport, Clinton Township and Lewisburg responded. Some crews were on the scene until around 3:30am. Union County communications tells us, they had no reports of injuries in that fire in Allenwood. The Red Cross reports: “American Red Cross…