Lawyer says first Penn State abuse claim settled

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A lawyer says his client is the first to settle a civil claim against Penn State related to the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case. Attorney Tom Kline confirmed in an email that the client known as Victim 5 when he testified at Sandusky’s criminal trial has agreed to terms with the university. The deal was first reported Saturday by The Philadelphia Inquirer. The paper says it’s was among 26 settlements expected soon among the 31 young men who have pressed claims over the actions of the university’s former assistant football coach. A Penn State spokesman says the school “continues to make progress on multiple settlements” but isn’t commenting on the…

Police investigate wire theft in Shamokin


SHAMOKIN — Police are investigating a burglary in Northumberland County.  According to reports, someone unlawfully entered a home on Mulberry Road in Shamokin Township, sometime between August 3 and Saturday.   Once inside the person stole several coils of new household wire.  The stolen wire was valued at $250.  The investigation into the burglary continues.  Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact state police in Stonington.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Jailed Mifflinburg mom sues former employer

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MIFFLINBURG — The Mifflinburg woman who attempted to hire a hit-man to kill her child’s father, is now suing her former employer.   According to The Daily Item, Christine Smith is seeking lost wages, punitive damages and attorney fees from U.S. Gypsum Corporation.  Smith says the company fired her because of the conviction she had disclosed before being hired.   Smith plead guilty to aggravated assault in 2010 for attempting to hire an undercover state trooper to kill her child’s father in 2008.  She was sentenced in Northumberland County Court to 2 to 17 1/2 years in state prison.   Smith filed a court complaint claiming U.S. Gypsum Corporation violated the Federal Civil Rights Act and…

Orangeville man dies in car accident


MILLVILLE — One man is dead following a Saturday afternoon crash in Columbia County.  According to police, 80-year-old Robert Cameron of Orangeville died when he crashed his car on Route 254 in Millville.   Cameron was traveling west on Route 254 just after 3:00p.m. Saturday, when he failed to negotiate a right curve.  His vehicle crossed into the eastbound lane and struck a utility pole.  Cameron was pronounced dead at the scene.  (Codi Jade) Follow