Police chief found guilty of theft

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LEWISBURG — A suspended police chief in Hartleton has been found guilty of theft by extortion. A jury in Union County reached a verdict in the trial of Donald Zerbe today, but found Zerbe not guilty on other charges including conspiracy. Zerbe let drivers get out of speeding tickets and points on their license by making a $150 donation to the Hartleton Playground Fund. The jury began deliberations in the trial around 2 p.m. and came to a verdict a short time later. ‘The trial was expected to last three days, but only took two. (Ali Stevens)       Follow

VIDEO HERE: 18-year-old charged in Sunbury homicide

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Video of 18-year-old Miranda Barbour being led into her arraignment in Sunbury: SUNBURY – A Selinsgrove woman is in jail after being accused of a fatal stabbing in Sunbury.  18-year-old Miranda Barbour is facing charges of criminal homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault and possession of an instrument of crime for the death of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara of Port Trevorton.  Barbour was questioned by police Monday and released after claiming she did not know LaFerrara.  Then, according to police, Barbour returned to the Selinsgrove State Police barracks around 3:30 Tuesday morning and asked to speak with an investigator. According to the criminal complaint, Barbour told police that she met LaFerrara on the website Craigslist.  They arranged to…

Two men injured in Routes 11/15 crash

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SELINSGROVE — Two men were injured in an accident on Routes 11/15 Monday afternoon.    According to police, 21-year-old Jason Wright of Liverpool was driving southbound when his vehicle drifted to the left and struck the center median. The crash occured around 4:30p.m. on South Susquehanna Trail, near Old Route 15.   Wright and his passenger, 23-year-old Theodore Laverty III of Millerstown, suffered major injuries.  Laverty was flown to Geisinger Medical Center where he was treated and released.  Wright was treated and released at Sunbury Hospital.  (Codi Jade) Follow

VIDEO HERE: 2-1 approval of Northumberland County budget

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Raw video as the 2014 budget passes in Northumberland County SUNBURY – Third times a charm in Northumberland County as commissioners voted on a 2014 budget.  The vote was 2-1, with Commissioner Stephen Bridy voting in favor and also Commissioner Vinny Clausi voting in favor, after casting a ‘no’ vote to the budget a few weeks ago. Commissioner Rick Shoch has consistently voted ‘no’ to the budget three times.  “If it is your budget and if reflects your priorities, then own it.  Two meetings ago I just indicated my ‘no’ vote and I didn’t offer any comment.  I assumed it would be understood why I voted against it.  It was some of the same reasons…

Double fatal crash in Centre County

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ROCKVIEW — Two people died in an early morning crash in Centre County.  According to police, a vehicle was hit head on when it was attempting to pass another vehicle on Route 144.  Police say heavy fog was a factor.  Both operators were killed.   The crash occured around 7:00a.m. Tuesday morning near Tucker Road in Potter Township.  Route 144 was closed for over 2 hours as crews cleared the scene.  Police are waiting to release the victims’ identities pending notification of the families.  (Codi Jade)   Follow

Area students excelling in math and science

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SUNBURY — Now that the school performance profiles have been posted by the state, local educators have been analyzing the data to find the positive and negative aspects on the scores. The school performance profiles replace the Adequate Yearly Progress system and give each school a grade between 0 and 100.   Amy Morton is Chief Academic Officer at the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit and has analyzed the scores from all area schools. Morton said, “When I looked at the 31 schools in our region with grade 3 included, you will see, if you looked at them across the board, the schools overall are doing phenomenally well in math and science, and then not as…

Former police chief takes the stand

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LEWISBURG – Former Hartleton police chief Donald Zerbe took the stand Tuesday in his own trial. The 68-year-old is facing theft charges in connection with an extortion case. Zerbe is accused of allowing motorists stopped for traffic violations in the borough the option of going through with their citation, or paying money to the Hartleton Playground Fund and therefore withdrawing the citation.  On the stand, the 68-year-old Zerbe did not deny the actions.  He told a jury that the playground fund was his idea.  “I did it for three reasons,” said Zerbe.  He went on to explain that first and foremost he wanted to help motorists stopped for a traffic violation, so that they would…

Needy Family Fund total over $5,000

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SUNBURY — The Needy Family Fund total is now over $5,000 with a goal of $75,000 this year. Recent donations include $500 from Jesse and Maxine Woodring of Sunbury, and $100 each from Ron and Suzanne Ivanitch of Sunbury, Allen Schweinsberg of Lewisburg and Wilbur Edel of Mifflinburg. The total is now $5,125. You can make your donation to the Needy Family Fund at any branch of Susquehanna Bank.   The Needy Family Fund is a joint effort by the Salvation Army citadels in Milton and Sunbury, Susquehanna Bank, the Daily Item and the stations of Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation to provide food, toys and other assistance to families in need in our area. (Ali Stevens)…

Third vote on Northumberland County budget

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SUNBURY – A third vote is expected today on a tentative budget for 2014 in Northumberland County. The commissioners have a public meeting at 1 p.m. today at the Northumberland County Administration Center in Sunbury.   Commissioner Chairman Vinny Clausi and Commissioner Richard Shoch have both voted against the budget while Commissioner Stephen Bridy voted in favor of it. Commissioner Clausi was away on business for the last budget vote, but will be in attendance for today’s vote. He has not indicated which way he will vote at today’s meeting.   The tentative spending plan is $72.7-million and must be approved at today’s meeting or at a special meeting before December 11th. That will leave…

Water main break inside Shikellamy MS/HS

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School officials were forced to close the Shikellamy Middle School/High School building today due to a water main break inside the building.  Students were dismissed at 10:30 a.m.  The district will now need to have a contractor come in and repair the break.   Follow