Man uses infant to resist arrest

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LEWISBURG — A Union County man is in custody following a parole violation Monday.  According to State Police in Milton, 23-year-old Dawud Wright of WhiteDeerTownship was violating a protection from abuse order.  As police approached Wright, he allegedly used his infant daughter to prevent troopers from arresting him.   Police say Wright would not release his 2-month-old daughter from his arms.  After a standoff for several minutes, troopers were able to safely remove the infant from Wright’s arms and take him into custody.  No one was injured in the standoff.  (Codi Jade)

Police search for stolen revolver

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MILTON — Police are investigating a theft in Union County.  According to reports, someone entered a residence on Gray Hill Road in White Deer Township between April 13 and June 9 and stole a firearm.   The stolen gun is described as a Harrison & Richardson 9 shot .22 caliber black revolver.  Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact State Police in Milton.  (Codi Jade)

Lane shift affects Route 147 travelers

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NORTHUMBERLAND  – Travelers can expect some delays Tuesday in Northumberland County.  There will be a lane shift on Route 147 in Point Township.   The northbound lane will be closed for several hours, and northbound traffic will be directed to use the center lane as crews clean up hazardous materials on the along the shoulder.  The cleanup is following a recent truck crash in the area of 13th Street.   The lane shift is expected to be in place from approximately 7:30a.m. until late afternoon.  Southbound traffic will not be affected. (Codi Jade)

AP: PennDOT withholds funding plan from public

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has built a website that compares competing plans to spend billions of dollars in new transportation money, but it’s refusing to release similar information to the public, which will pay for chosen projects.   Department officials gave lawmakers access to the password-protected website almost two weeks ago but refused again Tuesday to detail the projects it expects to complete.   PennDOT officials say a spending plan isn’t final. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman says he sees no reason why PennDOT can’t make the plans public.   PennDOT’s website shows highway and bridge projects that would be completed under two plans: one Senate plan the House…

Barletta named to new subcommittee

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HARRISBURG — Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11th, Hazelton) has some new duties.  He has been named to the Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency.   Barletta said, “This is an excellent opportunity to be able to oversee Homeland Security’s day-to-day operations and make sure it operates in the most efficient and effective manner.  The principal responsibility of government is to protect its citizens, and this role will help me see that we are fulfilling that promise in the best ways.”   The subcommittee works to identify potential opportunities to eliminate duplicative or unnecessary programs, find efficiencies, and identify areas of cost savings.  The committee may also investigate homeland security programs and practices.  …

VIDEO HERE: Milton Library Book Sale

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MILTON—Friends of the Milton Library will be holding their annual book sale. The book sale will be held in the Carriage house behind the public library. All proceeds from the sale go to support the public library. Both floors of the Carriage house are filled with books and DVDs for sale. Jennifer Haas, board member at the Milton library spoke about what the sale has to offer saying, “We have a variety of books. We have some vintage books, we have gardening, war history, and upstairs we have all fiction sorted by author.” The book sale also offers religious books, travel and children’s books. Haas also talked about a promotion they are doing this year…

United Way board decides to hold funding for local Boy Scouts

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SUNBURY — The Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way has voted to not release discretionary funding to the Susquehanna Council of Boy Scouts of America.  The total funding is $11,300. The board of the United Way made the vote Tuesday.  The money was previously on ‘pause’ while the national Boy Scouts of America reviewed its policy of not granting membership to openly gay scout leaders.  A decision in May by the BSA determined that openly gay scouts would be accepted, but that gay adult leaders were not allowed. In a press release, Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way President and CEO Keri Albright says, “We applaud the Boy Scout organization for including gay youth, but without any rationale,…

Man jailed after armed assault and kidnap of a toddler

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KELLY TWP — A Sunbury man is in jail after an armed assault and kidnapping in Union County.  Milton State Police say 19-year-old Darian Simmons-Walton arrived to a home along Timberhaven Drive in Kelly Township, Union County around 5:30p.m. Monday.  Police say Simmons-Walton pointed a gun and threatened a 21-year-old male in the home.  He then allegedly took the man’s 3-year-old daughter from the home and fled the scene. The 3-year-old is reportedly the daughter of Simmons-Walton’s girlfriend.  The toddler was safely recovered in Sunbury and Simmons-Walton was taken into custody. He is facing charges of kidnapping, endangering the welfare of a child, terroristic threats, simple assault, and interfering with the custody of a child.  He…