Coroner rules on ATV rider’s death


COAL TOWNSHIP — The Northumberland County Coroner has ruled an ATV rider’s death “accidental.”   James Kelley said Tuesday that John Nemeth of  Schuylkill County died of blunt force trauma to the thorax.  Kelley said Nemeth suffered a fracture of the spine and his artery was also tore at the site of the fracture. Nemeth was killed when he lost control of his ATV near the Burnside Mountain just before 3:00p.m. Sunday.  Witnesses say his ATV flipped in the accident. (Codi Jade) Follow

Woman busted for meth lab


DANVILLE — Another Montour County person was charged with a meth lab Tuesday.  According to The Daily Item, 48-year-old Allison Swisher of Mexico Road was arraigned on charges that she was running a lab in her home. Swisher has been locked up on a quarter million dollars bail following her arrest.  Police say she was caught yesterday operating a four pot operation in her home.  She was already set to face sentencing today for a former offense of driving under the influence of meth. Swisher was raided by crews from the Northumberland Montour Drug Task Force and troopers from the clandestine lab unit.  This is the second meth lab discovered in Montour County this year….

Building fire in Coal Township

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COAL TOWNSHIP — A Coal Township person was displaced by fire Tuesday afternoon.  The fire in the 1400 block of West Arch Street was reported just before 3:30p.m. Crews from across NorthumberlandCounty spent nearly 2 hours on the scene of the fire.  No one was injured in the blaze.  The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced individual with food, clothing and shelter following the home fire.  (Codi Jade)   Follow

Model to spark an interest in history


SUNBURY — Local historians hope to spark some new interest in Sunbury history.  Scott Heintzelman and John Moore of the Northumberland County Historical Society, said the new FortAugusta model should be the perfect tool, as it has an interesting story to tell.     Moore said, “It was built in 1756 in order to provide a defense against the French army coming over from the Ohio River Valleys and the Allegheny River. They defended the then Western part of Pennsylvania from the French and their Indian allies.  They did a fantastic job.  The fort itself was never attacked.”     Heintzelman said the rebuilt fort will be a great historic peace. “It’s gonna be the…

Snyder County building coming down

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MIDDLEBURG – A building next to the Snyder County Courthouse will soon be demolished. Commissioner Malcolm Derk says they are moving forward with razing the building that used to house the Penn State Cooperative Extension. That office has moved to Sunbury after several offices were consolidated.   Derk said, “We do plan to proceed with razing that building within the next few months. It will be completed prior to the end of the calendar year. We did put this out to bid on two separate occasions to find someone who would be willing to demolish the building and potentially salvage anything that is in it.”   Derk says they do have plans for the empty lot,…

Local woman injured in a Point Township crash


  POINT TOWNSHIP – A woman from Point Township was hurt in a crash early this morning on Route 147 in Point Township. Police tell us the woman was pulling from a stop sign at Hilbish Heights Road and pulled onto 147, into the path of the northbound pickup truck.   The woman sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The driver of the pickup was not injured. Route 147 was shut down for about 30 minutes while the accident was cleared. Names of those involved have not yet been released. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Go Joe 16 stops in Shamokin


SHAMOKIN – WNEP weatherman Joe Snedeker will be visiting Shamokin this evening as part of Go Joe 16, which is an annual fundraiser for the St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton. Snedeker bikes to various communities throughout Central Pennsylvania, collecting donations for the hospital along the way. This evening he will stop in Shamokin and councilman Craig Rhodes says the city is excited for his arrival.   Rhodes said, “He has gone through the community before on route to other cities. Last year, he went through Shamokin and stopped in Mount Carmel during their anniversary celebration. The police escorted him through town at that point. Now, it’s going to be different with him choosing Shamokin as…

Sunbury Police probe city death


SUNBURY — Sunbury police continue their investigation after a body was found in the city Sunday morning.  The body of 33-year-old Craig Landis of Selinsgrove was found in the 900 block of South Front   Street around 7:30a.m. Sunday.  Police Chief Stephen Mazzeo says a homeowner in the area called police after seeing the body. Mazzeo says at this point the cause of death is unknown and the incident is under investigation.  He asks that anyone that may have information call police.  An autopsy on the Landis has been planned. (Sara Bartlett) Follow

Safety concerns modify Union County detour

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WHITE DEER TWP — Road crews are modifying a detour over White Deer Pike in UnionCounty.  Starting Tuesday morning, the road will be closed on the Watsontown side of the Helen Fairchild Memoria lBridge.  Traffic is advised to follow the detour, which includes Route 405, Route 44 and Route 15. This is a change from earlier work, when traffic had access to Haberson Road via White Deer Pike from the Watsontown side of the river.  Many safety concerns were raised by WhiteDeerTownship officials, saying traffic was getting stuck at the White   Deer Pike/Haberson Road intersection due to a tight turning radius.  The contractor working on the bridge over White Deer Pike expects to have…

New Sunbury community arts center


SUNBURY— Sunbury City Council is planning to bring a new community arts center to the city. There was a public work session held last evening and the board voted to support Sunbury Revitalization Inc.’s application to the Department of Community and Economic Development for a grant. Part of this grant will be going towards Sunbury’s new project.   Mayor David Persing spoke about the project. He said, “We officially announced tonight the development of a community arts center in the existing Albright United Methodist Church that sits at 5th and Chestnut Streets. The building has sat empty for a few years and they have been trying to put a plan together.”   Persing says the…