VIDEO HERE: Crackdown on DUI and BUI

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Crackdown on driving and boating under the influence: NORTHUMBERLAND — Enforcement of driving and boating under the influence of drugs and alcohol will be stepped up for the holiday week throughout The Valley. Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini says law enforcement along with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has announced that through Sunday there will be increased DUI and BUI enforcement measures.  “I want to remind drivers and boaters that celebrating Independence Day with family and friends should be an enjoyable time for everyone.  Not a time spent in handcuffs, the hospital, or worse, the morgue.” Rosini says being impaired does not just include alcohol, but also involves illegal drugs and prescription medication…

Criminal charges filed after double fatal

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SUNBURY — A Port Trevorton man has been charged in a double fatal crash on the VeteransMemorialBridge last July.  25-year-old Brian Glass was charged Tuesday at a preliminary arraingment before District Judge Benjamin Apfelbaum.  He faces two counts of homicide by a motor vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol, aggravated assault while DUI, involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering another person and numerous other traffic violations. The charges are in connection with a July 17, 2012 crash in which Glass hit a vehicle driven by 23-year-old Kurt Mahaffey of Northumberland.  Mahaffey and his 4-year-old son Mayson Mahaffey were killed.  Glass is in Northumberland County Prison on $250,000 bail.  A preliminary hearing will be scheduled soon….

Trooper from Lycoming County killed in a crash

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CAMERON – A state trooper from Lycoming County was killed in a car crash on Monday. State police say John LaRose died when his car struck another vehicle on Route 120 near Cameron in Cameron County. Authorities say LaRose lost control of his car on the wet road. WNEP reports Trooper LaRose was the Station Commander at the Emporium Station for state police in Montoursville. He was also the fixed wing pilot for troopers in Lycoming County for several years.   Follow

Bucknell booze buying parents get ARD

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LEWISBURG – A New York couple who gave their underage daughter and her friends liquor at Bucknell University in February will participate in the state’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. In Union County court yesterday, Judge Michael Hudock granted the motion for the 12-month-program for 55-year-old Michael and 50-year-old Victoria Ruff of Penfield, New York.   Authorities say the Ruffs brought seven bottles of alcohol to their daughter’s dorm room and then served and drank with four 18-year-old students. Several students became severely intoxicated according to reports. (Ali Stevens) Follow

One injury after a crash on the strip

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SELINSGROVE – One person was injured after an accident Monday afternoon on Routes 11 and 15 in Monroe Township, Snyder County. State police say 72-year-old Audrey Foose of Penns Creek failed to stop for a stop sign while driving north on the strip through the intersection at Park Road.   Foose struck a vehicle driven by 47-year-old Earl Allen of Selinsgrove. Allen sustained minor injuries in the crash and was taken to Sunbury Community Hospital for treatment. Foose was not injured and will be cited for the crash around 4:45 Monday afternoon. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Cable company plans for future technology

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POINT TOWNSHIP — Trying to keep up with the latest technology can be a challenge for people and also for businesses, but a local cable company is staying on top of it. Dwight Walter is general manager of Service Electric Cablevision and was a guest on WKOK’s On The Mark program talking about the fiber optic cables they are regularly installing.   Walter said, “We are putting in a lot of dedicated Ethernet circuits to the high schools, health facilities and private businesses in general. Because it is a dedicated circuit, it’s private, so they don’t have to worry about sharing it and that’s entirely their circuit.”   And Walter says the work will continue…

Leaky Milton pool will open Monday

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MILTON – The Milton Community Pool will remain closed until Monday, following a substantial leak that was discovered this week. Milton Borough Manager Chuck Beck says the large leak was discovered in the return line under the pool, so they had to drill a hole in the floor of the pool to get to the leak and repair the pipe. The pipe has been replaced and tomorrow they will redo the cement in the floor of the pool. On Friday, they plan to fill the pool and then the pool will be cleaned and monitored over the weekend, with official reopening on Monday.   Beck says this leak that was discovered was very substantial and…

Pennsylvania National Guard armories for sale

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Twelve former Pennsylvania National Guard armories are being put up for sale.   Both houses of the Legislature passed the authorizing legislation unanimously and Gov. Tom Corbett’s office said Tuesday he plans to sign it.   The bill authorizes the sales of armories in Scranton and Lancaster, as well as two armories in Blair County, two in Elk County and one each in Centre, Columbia, Franklin, Huntingdon, McKean and Northumberland counties.   The state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs says the armories, built between 1904 and 1938, were once the heart of their communities but have been replaced by newer facilities.     The armories are listed on the National…

Pineknotter of the Year Award announced

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NORTHUMBERLAND — The annual Pineknotter of the Year Award was announced last evening in King Street Park and this year’s recipient is a former councilman. Darvin Straub was born and raised in Northumberland and graduated from Shikellamy High School in 1966. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Northumberland and Point Township and had an important role in the Liberty Recycling Center. Darvin Straub also served on the Northumberland Borough Council for several years. Straub said, “I was on borough council for six or seven years. I really spent a lot of time trying to get the Liberty Recycling program up and running. We really wanted it to be profitable for the volunteers….

Street closures ‘okayed’ by Selinsgrove council

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  Some upcoming fun events in Selinsgrove   SELINSGROVE — Some streets in Selinsgrove will be closed in the weeks ahead–but not for construction–for some fun public activities. The Selinsgrove borough council Monday night approved some requested street closures.   The streets being closed are: • University Avenue from Broad to Pine Street for Antiques on the Avenue on July 14. • Hops, Vines, and Wines Festival July 20. • 10th street from West Penn to West Mill Street for a football boosters carnival August 24.   Also during the meeting, the board voted to have the Safety Committee look over the borough’s curfew ordinance. (Sarah Lagerman)   Follow