D.A.: Officer justified in shooting teen

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SUNBURY — The NorthumberlandCountyD.A.’s office believes the officer who shot a Sunbury teen was justified in his actions.  Following a review of the state police investigation of the June 5 incident, D.A. Tony Rosini has decided to authorize adult charges of aggravated assault against 17-year-old Naheem Reams.   Within his statement Rosini said, “The officer’s use of deadly force in this case was justified to prevent a fleeing felon from escaping and to protect himself, his fellow officers and the public.”   Rosini also said, “It is easy in the calm of daylight and the comfort of our own homes to Monday Morning Quarterback these situations or to second guess in hindsight what actions could…

Car theft in Northumberland County

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MILTON — Police are investigating a motor vehicle theft in Northumberland County.  According to reports, someone stole a car from the carport of a home on Hullcrest Boulevard in Lewis Township sometime between 11:00a.m. and 9:30p.m. Wednesday.   The car is described as a 2004 Toyota Solara coupe with PA license plate number FCD8764.  The vehicle is said to have scrapes on the front left and right rear fenders.  Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact state police in Milton.  (Codi Jade)

VIDEO HERE: Local soldiers return home

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Local soldiers return home: LEWISBURG – Family members waited for loved ones at the Lewisburg Armory Friday.  Over 200 members of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard arrived to their home armories from Kuwait Friday.  Five were dropped off in Lewisburg, including Sergeant Wesley Bornemann.  “I missed my family and missed my kids.”  Asked what he will do first with his family, Bornemann said, to the delight of his children, “I want to go swimming!” First Sergeant Michael Schmid has served for 34 years and says deployments are not as difficult for him anymore, but there is plenty of help for new soldiers.  “I was in the first Gulf War and when we came back they…

Broadway hits coming to Susquehanna Valley Mall

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SELINSGROVE — Something new is coming to the SusquehannaValley Mall, and it’s not a store or a restaurant.  The Courtyard Theater plans to feature local talent performing Broadway hits just outside of J.C. Penney.   The theater is a product of producer Art Lieberman and director Bob Taylor.  Together they are working to construct the theater they plan to open the second week in October with a production of the musical-thriller “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”  Nine performances are scheduled for the last three weekends in October, and open auditions are scheduled for August 5, 6 and 7 at 7:00p.m. in the theater.   Taylor said the Susquehanna Valley Mall has been…

New eye care clinic in Shamokin

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COAL TOWNSHIP — There is a new location for eye care in the area.  The new Geisinger Ophthalmology-Shamokin clinic held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday.   The $1.4 million facility is an addition to Geisinger-ShamokinAreaCommunityHospital’s Specialty Care building.  The clinic will offer diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders and diseases, including cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, corneal disease, retina disease, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.   Herbert John Ingraham, M.D., director of ophthalmology at Geisinger Health System said, “Our goal at G-SACH is to offer specialty eye services close to our patients’ homes.  There is a demand for ophthalmology services in lower NorthumberlandCounty, and we plan to be helping the area’s patients successfully overcome the many…

Penn State settlements total $60m

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STATE COLLEGE — A Penn State trustee says $60 million in tentative settlements have been reached so far in the civil suits filed against the university. The suits were filed by men who say they were sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky. The approximetly 30 men claim to have been sexually abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.   Williamsport attorney Cliff Rieders, who is an occasional guest on WKOK’s On The Mark program, and who represents one of the plaintiff’s in the case, said he can’t say anything about the proposed settlement. He did say, “We have moved toward an settlement which has compensation of an economic and a non-economic nature. We have also…

D.A. says Northumberland County crime rising

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SUNBURY – A local D.A. says staffing is low and crime rates are high.  Tony Rosini, Northumberland County District Attorney, says while Northumberland County Commissioners cut expenses by cutting staff jobs, county departments have suffered.  He says it’s hard for them to achieve what they have been able to in the past with less staff. Rosini said, “There are four full-time assistant district attorney’s now. We are scrambling to keep things afloat. We have trouble keeping coverage for all of the hearings we have to go to. The real part that it affects is quality, because you need time to research. You need time to review documents. You can’t just be running to court all…

DOE study: Fracking didn’t taint water

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy tells The Associated Press.   After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids stayed thousands of feet below the shallower areas that supply drinking water, geologist Richard Hammack says.   The results are preliminary, but a scientist not involved with the study calls it an important way to monitor fracking. But Duke University scientist Rob Jackson cautions that the single study doesn’t prove that fracking can’t pollute, since geology and industry practices…

Heat advisory today until 8 p.m.

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There is a heat advisory in effect again today. Here is the message from the National Weather Service. HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM THIS EVENING… * HEAT INDEX VALUES…UP TO 104. * IMPACTS…ELEVATED RISK OF HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS FOR THOSE WITHOUT AIR-CONDITIONING OR OUTDOORS FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… TO AVOID HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES…DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND LIMIT PROLONGED SUN EXPOSURE. IF YOU MUST BE OUTDOORS…WEAR LIGHT-COLORED…LIGHTWEIGHT AND LOOSE-FITTING CLOTHING. CHECK UP ON ELDERLY RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS…AND REMEMBER TO PROVIDE PETS WITH ADEQUATE SHELTER FROM THE SUN.  

Buffalo Valley Singers celebrate 40 years

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LEWISBURG — The Buffalo Valley Singers celebrated their 40th anniversary by presenting a pops concert in Marlow Hall on the campus of RiverWoods. The Buffalo Valley Singers group was founded in 1973 in Mifflinburg.   Ruth Blankenship, founding member, spoke about the origins of the musical group saying, “We started in Mifflinburg High School actually, rehearsing there and since I was from Lewisburg we started branching out so now we have singers from I’d say at least a 30 mile radius.”   Connie Pawling-Young was the director of the ensemble with Tim Latshaw on piano and Fred Lawrence on percussion.   The concert consisted of Broadway, spiritual, and patriotic music and was sponsored by the…