Accident kills Mifflinburg man

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MILTON – A Mifflinburg man died in a car accident Wednesday afternoon.  21-year-old Shawn Bittner was killed in the crash on Walbash Road in West Buffalo Township, Union County. Milton State Police say Bittner was driving around 12:40p.m. when he lost control of his vehicle and traveled into an opposite lane where he hit a vehicle driven by 30-year-old Shannon Long of Mifflinburg. Bittner was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.  Long was not injured.  Three of Long’s juvenile passengers were treated on the scene for minor injuries.  Police say neither Bittner or Long were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.  The accident is under investigation. (Sara Bartlett)   Follow

VIDEO HERE: Trevorton holds National Night Out

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TREVORTON – The Foundry, Zerbe Township’s recreation area, was swarming with happy kids Tuesday night, as Trevorton held their National Night Out celebration. Many organizations set up displays to raise awareness about the community and how kids can stay safe and healthy.   Christie Stiely helped organize the event. She said, “Pretty much what it is, is a chance to raise awareness for the community. I’ve been helping the past three years, and this is the best turnout we’ve had. I can’t thank everyone that came and the township for supporting us enough.”   Zerbe Township Chief of Police Robert John said he wanted to interact with the kids and show them that officers are their allies…

Shamokin woman behind bars for burglaries

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SHAMOKIN – A Shamokin woman is locked up in the Northumberland County Prison, charged with breaking into a home six times. The News Item reports 26-year-old Taylor Dettrey was arraigned Monday before District Judge John Gembic on six felony counts of burglary, theft and other counts. Police say Dettrey broke into a woman’s home six times between March 1st and May 18th. Dettrey is accused of stealing more than $1,500. She was sent to prison in lieu of $5,000 bail. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Former DA says not much can change at public meetings

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SUNBURY – The former Montour County district attorney says unfortunately, there isn’t much that can be done to increase safety at public meetings, following a deadly shooting at a township meeting near Saylorsburg on Monday. Bob Beuhner says if metal detectors are installed in a building, the suspect can just wait outside. Beuhner says those at the meetings can be alert.   Beuhner said, “Be incredibly aware and look at people closely. Looking to see if they have any bulges that could be a concealed weapon. I’ve asked to take recesses of public meetings so we can go and make some plans if somebody gets out of hand.”   He says public meetings can be…

More reaction after township killing

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ROSS TOWNSHIP — Local elected officials are reacting to the shocking shooting at the Ross Township supervisors meeting Monday night in Monroe County. Ed Hovenstine is borough manager in Shamokin Dam and says meetings are a place where people go with concerns that can be emotional, “You delve into things that strike emotions. We handle the water and sewer budget here and the tax rates and things like that. When we have to put our rates up, the last thing we want to do is raise rates. We get a lot of negative feedback over just something of that magnitude.” One of the people killed at the meeting on Monday was David Fleetwood of Saylorsburg, who is…

Cause unknown for a Point Township fire

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POINT TOWNSHIP — The cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Point Township on Monday afternoon is unknown. A state police fire marshal investigated yesterday and could not determine what caused the fire at 200 Dogwood Lane. Damage was estimated at $300,000. The home is owned by Brian Long, who was with his two sons and a nephew outside when the fire started in the garage and spread to the rest of the home. The family is staying with relatives. (Ali Stevens)   Follow