AP headlines: Penn State and gay marraige

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Latest Pennsylvania news, sports, business, and entertainment   NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Lawyers are asking a Pennsylvania court to throw out a lawsuit that seeks to stop a rogue county official from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. The state Health Department sued Montgomery County clerk D. Bruce Hanes earlier this week. Hanes has been violating state law by granting marriage licenses to gay couples. Attorneys for Hanes responded to the lawsuit on Friday.   They argue that Pennsylvania’s law against same-sex marriage violates the state and U.S. constitutions. Moreover, they say only the attorney general or district attorney can file such a complaint. They also asked for the case to be transferred to the state Supreme…

Football players team up for the children

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SUNBURY — Several area football teams had a little preseason challenge Friday.  Instead of a football, though, they picked up telephones.   Football players from Danville, Lewisburg, Selinsgrove and Shikellamy teamed up to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network on the opening day for the 94KX Cares For Kids Radiothon.  Together the boys raised $3,591 in just two hours.   While they teams did work together for the grand total, they were competing to see which team could get the most donations.  They started at 4:00p.m., and by 6:00p.m Shikellamy came out victorious, raising $2,096.  Selinsgrove came in second with $852, followed by Lewisburg with $348, and Danville with $295.   Listeners were asked…

Police: Patience key for Danville commute

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DANVILLE — As cars pile up on northbound Route 11, one might wonder what would happen if a fire broke out in downtown Danville and emergency crews had to pass through.  Eric Gill, Chief of Danville Police Department said they have thought of this.   “There are plans in place in case there are fires in certain areas of the borough,” Gill said.  “If the response is needed, the dispatchers know, and the fire chiefs know how to direct the fire trucks and emergency personnel to go where they need to go, in the event that that happens.”   As far as how they will deal with the added traffic volumes during the upcoming school…

Vehicle hit and kills pedestrian in Snyder County

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TROXELVILLE — A Middleburg man was killed after being hit by a vehicle Friday morning.  Selinsgrove State Police says 35-year-old Terry Shaffer was walking on Troxelville Road in Center Township, Snyder County around 8:15a.m.  He was struck by a vehicle driven by 27-year-old Roxane Norman of Middleburg.  Norman’s vehicle went off of the road and struck Shaffer. (Sara Bartlett)    

Donations help with and small items, but it’s all for the kids

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DANVILLE – The 94KX Cares For Kids Radiothon is in full swing and donations are being accepted to help kids at the Geisinger Medical Center’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.  Dr. James Cook is director of neonatology at the children’s hospital and says donations help their expanded services for kids.  “We have a new unit in Wilkes-Barre to serve patients up there.  Those children who may be too sick for that location are brought to Danville.  We also have a good working relationship with other hospitals.  We will go pick up sick children if necessary.  Half the time we use Life Flight and the other times we use an ambulance, which is funded by the Children’s…

Car and dump truck crash seriously injures Troxelville woman

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UNDATED — A Troxelville woman is in serious condition after a crash Thursday in Union County.  Milton State Police say 86-year-old June Frye was a passenger in a vehicle driving on Route 104 in Limestone Township just before 1:00p.m.  Frye’s vehicle, which was driven by 88-year-old Billy Frye of Troxelville, was behind a dump truck driven by 33-year-old Daryl Weaver of Millmont. Frye’s vehicle struck the rear wheel of the dump truck and then got stuck.  June Frye was taking to Geisinger Medical Center where she is in serious condition.  Billy Frye sustained minor injuries and Weaver was not injured in the incident. (Sara Bartlett)  

Terry Roden passed over for a new job at Shikellamy

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SUNBURY– Some new staffers hired in the Shikellamy School District. The board voted Thursday evening to hire an out of state candidate, Ernest Jackson, as principal of the high school and local resident Brandy Wiest as Assistant Principal. Jackson will be paid $93,000 annually to be principal of the high school, and assistant’s salary is $87,000. The district declined to hire a popular former principal who had applied for the job. Terry Roden was among the more than two dozen candidates for the principal job. He left suddenly several years ago and his departure was viewed as one of the watermarks in the declining school district. The board also decided to enact a significant new…

Grant for new laptops in Sunbury

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SUNBURY — The Shikellamy School District is the recipient of 500 laptop computers.  It was announced Thursday that the district will be getting a grant from Apple at the cost of $70,000 for four years.  That will cover about 250 of the laptops and the Degenstein Foundation in Sunbury will match the grant, which will help bring in another 250 laptops for the school district. (Sarah Lagerman)

Motorcyclist attempts to flee police

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SUNBURY — A Sunbury man is facing charges after fleeing police on his motorcycle.  Stonington State Police say they attempted to stop 43-year-old Robert Potter along Route 61 in Shamokin Township July 11 around 8:45p.m. Police say they noticed Potter violating several traffic laws, but after trying to stop him, Potter fled on his motorcycle.  Police followed him but then ended the pursuit due to safety reasons.  Following the incident, Potter was identified and charges of fleeing and eluding police will be filed against him. (Sara Bartlett)

Sunbury teen charged on felony counts

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SUNBURY — A teen shot by Sunbury police in June has now been charged, as an adult, with a number of felony offenses.  17-year-old Naheem Reams of Sunbury was arraigned Friday in Sunbury.  He faces 30 charges, including felony aggravated assault. Police have said Reams was under the influence of marijuana June 5 when he led police on a high-speed chase.  After reportedly trying to hit an officer with his vehicle, Reams was shot.  He spent weeks in the hospital before being released to a juvenile detention facility. Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini announced last month that Reams would be charged as an adult for the incident.  In addition, Rosini said, following an investigation,…