Former Bucknell student gets probation for theft

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LEWISBURG – A former Bucknell University student charged with stealing laptop computers and other items from fellow fraternity brothers has been sentenced to two-years of probation. The Daily Item reports 21-year-old Carter Wells of Branford, Connecticut will also have to pay restitution totaling about $1,200 and perform 250 hours of community service in his home state.   Wells was expelled form Bucknell and is now attending a college near his home. He pleaded guilty to burglaries on February 16th and 17th at the Delta Upsilon Fraternity House at Bucknell. A co-defendant, 21-year-old Jeffrey Finegan of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, entered a guilty plea in July and he will be sentenced September 15th. He is also expected…

World “bear” tour to remember cystic fibrosis victim

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MIFFLINBURG — Mifflinburg is home to a bear that has traveled the world to raise awareness about Cystic Fibrosis.   Burke Derr was two days shy of his 19th birthday when he died from cystic fibrosis in 1997. Since his death, some amazing things have happened to carry on his legacy. Burke became a Boyd’s Bear collector at a young age. When he was nearing the end of his life, his father, Bob Derr of Mifflinburg, said his friends thought of a way to remember him.   Derr explained, “Two of Burke’s friends wrote to Gary Lowenthal, who was the CEO of Boyd’s Bears at the time, and said, our friend Burke isn’t doing too…

A new fundraiser this weekend for DH & L

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SELINSGROVE — The Dauntless Hook and Ladder Company of Selinsgrove is trying out a new fundraiser this weekend to raise money for apparatus and equipment at their fire station. Christopher Schaffer, a volunteer firefighter, said they will be selling hand cooked pork sandwiches on Saturday and Sunday at the Selinsgrove Speedway.   He explained how the sandwiches are being prepared, saying, “Were going to use a slowcooker. We will start it Friday night. We are using all wood and everything is basically going to be smoked. It’s just like doing a pig roast.”   Sandwiches will be served with chips and pickles and can be purchased starting at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday,…

VIDEO HERE: Green Bridge open in Selinsgrove

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SELINSGROVE — Many motorists breathed a sigh of relief Friday morning as PennDOT opened the Green Bridge.   A lane on the bridge has been closed since April, leaving vehicles to use a detour says Steve Smith of Susquehanna Supply Company.  “We reconstructed the whole surface and the sidewalk has new concrete and new barriers.” Many drivers, like Jennifer Sulouff of Northumberland, are just happy both lanes are finally open.  She says the detour wasn’t always the most convenient.  “There was a lot of traffic with the detour and it just kind of ate up your gas,” says Sulouff. “It will definitely be easier now.” Businesses in the immediate area are happy too.  Paul Gower is…

Route 522 resurfacing in Beavertown next week

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BEAVERTOWN — PennDOT will begin a resurfacing project on Route 522 near Beavertown on Tuesday. The work will be just east of Beavertown on Route 522 to just west of the intersection with Paxtonville Road. There will be lane restrictions and delays are anticipated. Work on the resurfacing project near Beavertown should be scheduled by September 20th. (Ali Stevens) Follow

One Northwestern Academy fugitive is located

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COAL TOWNSHIP — Coal Township police say they have arrested one of four suspects that escaped from the Northwestern Academy on Wednesday. 18-year-old David Rosario of Reading was picked up by Reading police yesterday afternoon on a warrant obtained by Coal Township Police. He is now being brought back to Northumberland County.   Three other suspects are still at large after escaping from the juvenile detention center in Coal Township. Police say they locked an employee in a room, stole his building keys and his car, which they drove to the Reading area. No other details have been released. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Corbett: Gays ‘not like 12-year-olds’ poor analogy

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Republican Gov. Tom Corbett says it was inappropriate for his lawyers to compare same-sex couples who seek to marry to children. Corbett’s administration has filed a lawsuit seeking to block same-sex marriage licenses in suburban Philadelphia, where Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes has issued more than 150 to gay and lesbian couples since July 24. State attorneys said in a court filing Wednesday the gay marriage licenses have no “value or legitimacy” and can’t be defended in court. They compared gay and lesbian couples to children, who can’t marry because a 1996 law says marriage is between a man and a woman. Corbett released a statement Thursday calling…

Milton man sexually assaulted 9-year-old

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MILTON – A Milton man faces five felony charges after police say he sexually assaulted a 9-year-old girl in her White Deer Township home between May and November of 2009. 40-year-old Robert Eugene Reynolds has been charged by state police with aggravated indecent assault, intimidation of a victim and unlawful contact with a minor.   Police say Reynolds inappropriately touched the girl and threatened that he would hurt her family if she told anyone. It is not clear how the abuse was reported. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Milton man faces jail time for second DUI

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SUNBURY – A Milton man who was driving under the influence on a suspended license faces a year in prison after he was convicted during a non-jury trial yesterday. Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini says Kenneth Wright’s license was suspended due to a previous DUI when he was stopped in November of 2010 for driving through a flashing red light.   State police found that Wright was driving under the influence for a second time and he was arrested. Wright was convicted yesterday on charges of DUI, careless driving and driving under suspension following a DUI. He will be sentenced on October 28th. (Ali Stevens) Follow