Coroner: No suspicious bruises on baby

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SHAMOKIN — An infant death is still pending investigation.  According to Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley, Tuesday’s autopsy report did not reveal any immediate cause of death.    There were no signs of suspicious bruising on the body of 2 1/2-month-old Navaydius Marciniak.  Additional testing will be performed to identify if bacteria or viruses were involved in the death.  A specialist at Hershey Medical Center will also look at X-Rays.    Marciniak is the son of Daman Marciniak and Turquoise Johnson of Shamokin.  The family also suffered the loss of a six-month-old baby girl two years ago.  The two children do not have the same parents, but both autopsies will be compared to check for possible similarities.  Results for tests could take up to 18…

Police investigate thefts in Snyder County

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SELINSGROVE –State Police in Selinsgrove are investigating several thefts in Monroe Township, Snyder County.  According to reports, someone entered the property of Paul Stine Chevrolet on Saturday and stole several items.  The thefts occurred after the business was closed Saturday night.  The thief removed running boards and a catalytic converter.  Another theft occurred on Abby Road sometime between May 26 and June 4.  According to police, someone stole money out of a Selinsgrove man’s pickup truck.  The truck was parked at the man’s home. The investigations continue for both incidents.  Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police in Selinsgrove.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Deadline looming from FCC in Northumberland County

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SUNBURY — Northumberland County is upgrading their phone system for the 911 communication center, but the idea of a takeover in the eastern part of the county is still bringing some concerns.  Commissioners Tuesday adopted an agreement with Motorola Solutions for phone system upgrades at the 911 center.  Commissioner Rick Shoch spoke about the narrow banding project concerning the northern part of the county  saying, “Does it makes sense for us to take over the northern end?  Right now Union County handles them and, from all accounts from people up at the northern end, they do a very good job of it. I think we need to take a look at what the financial impact is for…

ATV stolen from Watsontown man

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MILTON — A recreational vehicle was stolen from a Watsontown home last week.  According to State Police in Milton, the ATV was taken from a home on Whitmoyer Road sometime between Thursday and Sunday.  The 4-wheeler is described as a blue 2004 Yamaha 660 Grizzly.  Anyone with information on this theft is asked to contact State Police in Milton.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Credit card thief caught on video

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WATSONTOWN — Watsontown Police are investigating a credit card theft.  According to reports, someone stole a credit card from a Watsontown location and used the card at several locations in Milton.  The card was used during the mid-day hours on Monday. Police have gathered surveillance video that shows a female suspect.  She looks to be between the ages of 25 and 40 with long blonde-brown hair.  She also has a tattoo on her lower left leg.   If you recognize this woman, or have any further information, you are asked to call Watsontown Police at 570-538-2773.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Bucknell Professor: Storm chasing not necessary

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LEWISBURG – An associate professor of geography at Bucknell University was about 60 miles from Moore, Oklahoma when the deadly tornado struck on May 20th. Duane Griffin grew up in Oklahoma and was home visiting relatives that day, but says he only saw a lot of rain. Several days later, a tornado in Oklahoma on Friday night killed three “storm-chasers” from the Discovery Channel. We asked Griffin about the life of a storm chaser and he said many of them are amateurs, but some are professional. Griffin said, “I’m sure some of it is useful. I don’t think scientists are sitting around watching YouTube, looking for the latest tornado videos. The real information that you…

Governor Corbett to visit Milton

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MILTON — Governor Tom Corbett has plans to visit Milton Wednesday. Corbett will attend the grand re-opening celebration of ACF’s railcar manufacturing plant on North Arch Street in Milton. ACF Industries is a manufacturer of new railcars and railcar components. They have locations in Milton and in Huntington, West Virginia.  ACF Industries shut down operations at its Milton manufacturing plant in February 2009, citing a lack of work. More than 320 workers were furloughed. With the recent boom in the gas drilling industry, the company was able to re-open the plant. Corbett plans to discuss how Pennsylvania’s energy sector has led to a rebirth in traditional manufacturing, which he says is re-energizing the state’s economy….

Remembering an officer killed 30-years ago

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SHAMOKIN DAM – June 10th will mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Shamokin Dam Police Officer Charles Attig Jr., who was shot and killed while on duty. Shamokin Dam Mayor Joe McGranaghan doesn’t want people to forget Attig’s service to the community and issued a proclamation declaring June 10th, 2013 to be Officer Charles Attig Memorial Day in the borough. He said people need to remember the sacrifice he made to serve the community. McGranaghan said, “There is no guarantee when you start a shift as a police officer that you will finish that shift and go home to your family. It’s very important that we recognize the contribution Officer Attig and all…

Former Value City will be a thrift store

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HUMMELS WHARF — The former Value City store in Hummels Wharf will soon become a large thrift store. Community Aid, a faith-based non-profit organization based in Mechanicsburg, have signed a 10-year lease to move into the former Value City building.   Debbie White of Community Aid spoke at last night’s Selinsgrove Borough Council Meeting and said collection bins will be set up in the local communities to support the thrift store. The store will be the company’s third site, with other locations in Mechanicsburg and Hanover. The store should be ready to open in early 2014. (Ali Stevens)     Follow

Heated discussion on Isle of Que boat launch

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  SELINSGROVE – About 30 residents turned out last evening for a heated discussion at the Selinsgrove Borough Council Meeting regarding the Isle of Que boat launch project. The board awarded the project to G & R Charles with a unanimous vote. However, G & R Charles was not the lowest bidder for the project. The lowest bid came from D.B. Construction, but since they weren’t pre-qualified by PennDOT, their bid was excluded. That was where the controversy came from. There were many supporters in the audience for D. B. Construction, saying all previous work at the boat launch didn’t require pre-qualification from PennDOT. Jim Charles lives on the Isle of Que. Charles said, “I…