Official: Voter ID underwent many changes

News, New

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A former policy director for Pennsylvania’s Department of State defended the state’s new voter identification law as a reasonable compromise that followed intense closed-door negotiations. Lawyers for plaintiffs seeking to overturn the mandatory photo ID requirement Monday questioned Rebecca Oyler about memos and e-mails describing negotiations over the legislation in late 2011. Oyler cited examples of her department suggestions that were rejected. One called for excusing residents of long-term care facilities from the photo requirement and allowing them to vote through the simpler process of absentee voting. Instead, the law allows the facilities to issue photo IDs. Still, Oyler says her department supported the final product. The law, one of the…

Royal baby boy born


LONDON (AP) – Palace: Prince William’s wife, Kate, has given birth to a baby boy.  Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge safely delivered of a son at 4.24p.m. London time.  The baby boy weighs 8 pounds 6 ounces. The infant will become third in line for the British throne after Prince Charles and William. Kate checked into a private wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in central London early Monday morning. William spent the long hours of labor at her bedside. This is the couple’s first child. Follow

Researchers: Gas boom displaces families

Matt Rousu

SUNBURY — As people from all over have flocked to areas of Pennsylvania for the “natural gas boom,” local professors say the former residents of those areas are struggling. Economics professor Matt Rousu and sociology professor Dave Ramsaran, both of SusquehannaUniversity, have teamed up to research the Marcellus Shale industry. Ramsaran said when the workers moved to the area for work, they had to find housing in towns that had limited capacity. “One way in which they could find housing in these very small towns that have very little capacity, was to go to some landlords and offer them much more than what the locals could pay,” Ramsaran said. “So, for example, we have estimated…

Selinsgrove police hiring a new officer

Selinsgrove police

  SELINSGROVE – The Selinsgrove Police Department is hiring a new officer to replace an officer who was on the job for 20 years. Mark Wolfberg left the police department in May to take on the job of Transportation Director in the Selinsgrove Area School District. He started with the Selinsgrove Police Department in 1983.   The borough has advertised the full-time police officer position and they did receive 14 applicants. All 14 met qualifications needed for the job and they will be given a written exam in the days ahead. Borough manager Paul Williams said they are pleased there were so many applicants and they were hoping to have the position filled in early…

Burlgar flees from woman with shotgun


MILLMONT — A burglary was thwarted by an armed woman in UnionCounty.  According to Milton State Police, a man came to a home along Mabel Lane in LewisTownship around 8:00a.m. Friday. The man opened the back door of the residence. He attempted to get into the home, but fled the scene after he saw a woman in the home holding a shotgun. The man is described as being dressed in all black with black gloves and a black ski mask. Anyone with information is asked to call Milton State Police at 524-2662. (Sara Bartlett)   Follow

Fireman’s carnival to resume in Sunbury

good will

SUNBURY – A new carnival is coming to Sunbury. This will be the first year for the Good Will Hose Company Fireman’s Carnival, Wednesday through Saturday. Dan Saxton is a member of the carnival committee. He said, “The fire department had been doing a fireman’s fair as long as I can remember. We did not hold that fair this year, but the Good Will Hose Company itself is sponsoring a carnival. The Good Will used to hold carnivals many, many years ago, but they’ve been on a hiatus for about 30 years. We are going to try and get it started again.” Saxton says the carnival will feature many attractions. He said, “We are going…

Officer returns to job after city shooting


SUNBURY — The Sunbury police officer involved in the shooting of a teen in the city last month is back on the job.  The officer, who has not publicly been identified, was on leave following the June 5 incident in which 17-year-old Naheem Reams of Sunbury was shot.  Sunbury Police Chief Stephen Mazzeo says it is standard practice to put an officer on leave after an incident such as this, while an investigation is ongoing. Friday, Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini announced that the officer who shot Reams was justified in doing so.  In addition, it was determined that Reams will be charged as an adult for aggravated assault. (Sara Bartlett)   Follow

Police investigate after body found in Sunbury


SUNBURY — A body was found in Sunbury Sunday morning and the investigation continues.  Sunbury Police Chief Stephen Mazzeo tells us a homeowner called police after seeing the body in the 900 block of South Front Street in the city around 7:30a.m. Sunday. Mazzeo would not say whether it was a male or female, nor if the death was suspicious.  He says, “At this time the cause of death is unknown and the incident is under investigation.”  An autopsy on the body has been planned. (Sara Bartlett)     Follow

Ground broken for local veteran’s new home

home for troops

ELYSBURG — Ground was broken Saturday for an Afghanistan war veteran’s new home in Elysburg.  Organization Homes For Our Troops helped to break ground on Corporal David Noblit Jr’s home, where he will live with his wife and son. Noblit lost both legs while serving in Afghanistan.  “Life is never over, especially when you get a second chance.  Take it and run with it and never give up.” Homes For Our Troops is a non-profit organization that assists disabled veterans and their families by raising money, building materials and professional labor and by coordinating the process of a building a home.  It is all at no cost to the veteran.     Follow

Fatal ATV crash in Coal Township


COAL TOWNSHIP — A Schuylkill County man died after an accident in Coal Township Sunday.  Police say John Nemeth of Gordon was driving an ATV near the Burnside Mountain just before 3:00p.m.  Nemeth lost control of the vehicle, which flipped over.  The investigation into the crash continues. (Sara Bartlett)   Follow