Police: Keep track of shipments

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TURBOTVILLE – As online sales are becoming more popular, so are package thefts.  According to police, a Turbotville woman had a laptop computer stolen from her door step.  The theft occured on November 26 when an HP laptop was delivered to the woman’s house. The computer was delivered just before 9:00a.m. and when the woman returned home at 8:00p.m. the package was gone.  The computer is valued at about $300. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact state police in Milton.  Police also warn folks to keep track of their shipments. (Codi Jade)

Selinsgrove woman targeted by scam

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SELINSGROVE – Scammers are after your money this holiday season.  State police have been warning folks of recent phone scams, and a Selinsgrove woman says she answered a phony call Friday afternoon. Emma answered her telephone around 3:00p.m. Friday and couldn’t believe what she heard.  “People are calling and telling you that you owe an X-amount of money,” she said.  “They will take a lower amount if you pay it right now, and if you don’t they will see you in court.  They also say that there is an a complaint and arrest warrant out for someone that lives at your residence.” She said the scammer identified her actual bank and knew her husband’s social…

VIDEO HERE: $1 million center coming to Sunbury

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SUNBURY – The Albright United Methodist Church building along Chestnut Street in Sunbury won’t be vacant for much longer.  A $1 million project was announced Friday says John Shipman, chairman of Sunbury Pride and Renaissance Coalition.  “We will be using is as a community arts center, office space, conference center and more.  It will be serving the general public funded by tax credits and not tax money.” The project is a public-private partnership with help from the state, where local businesses can make a financial commitment to the project and deduct a percentage from their taxes.  Along with SPARC, the project is the work of the city of Sunbury and Sunbury Revitalization Incorporated with the…

New board members in the Shikellamy District

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SUNBURY – Four board members were sworn in this week to serve four-year terms on the Shikellamy School District Board of Directors. Kellie Cianflone and Michael Stepp will serve four-year terms.   Also, current board members Scott Karpinski and Jeff Walters were sworn in for their first full four-year terms. They were appointed to the board in 2012, following the resignations of Terry Marshall and Kim Markunas. The board held their reorganizational meeting on Monday and Dr. James Hartman will remain as president of the board and Wendy Wiest will stay on as vice-president. (Ali Stevens)

Local murder triggers questions about Craigslist

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SELINSGROVE – Following the murder of a Port Trevorton man, Craigslist is once again in the spotlight as a potentially dangerous way to meet people. Police say 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara met 18-year-old Miranda Barbour on Craigslist and the two agreed to meet. Barbour is accused of stabbing LaFerrara to death after she claims he was groping her in the car.   Barbour told police she used Craigslist to meet other men and was paid by them. We spoke with Point Township Police Chief Joshua VanKirk, who was not speaking about this case, but said meeting people online can be very dangerous.   VanKirk said, “Unfortunately on the Internet, there is a proliferation of everything from…

Needy Family Fund: Mifflinburg couple struggling this holiday

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MIFFLINBURG — The bathtub falling in was the wake-up call.  Frank Bickel Jr., 52, of Mifflinburg, and his fiancé, Marlene Gover, 57, had been in their mobile home in Snyder County for about five years when, in September, the bathtub just fell clean through the floor, he said. Fortunately, neither Bickel nor Gover were in the bathtub at the time, but the event scared Bickel enough.  “I told her these trailer homes can be unsafe,” he said.  Both have health issues that keep them from working. In Bickel’s case, it’s diabetes and resulting complications with his heart, which forced him to leave his job of 12 years at Paper Magic Group. He also takes about…

Needy Family Fund: Unemployment makes it difficult for a Merry Christmas

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MILTON – A Milton couple does not expect to have a very merry holiday this year after her husband lost his job and they are living on her monthly disability payments.  They signed up for a food basket from the Salvation Army to benefit from the Needy Family Fund. Mary, who gave only her first name, said she hadn’t asked for help for years. “I did years ago when my kids were little,” she said.  She said the food will be of some assistance to them.  They usually stay home for the holidays and expect their youngest daughter to visit. They have another daughter in Florida who won’t be able to make it for Christmas….

Pedestrian struck in Watsontown Thursday

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  WATSONTOWN – A man trying to cross Main Street in Watsontown on Thursday evening was struck by a car. State police say the driver of the car was traveling north on Main Street and swerved to try and avoid hitting 78-year-old William Wertman of Watsontown.   He was struck by the driver side mirror in the northbound lane. Wertman was taken to Evangelical Community Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. The driver will not be cited for the accident around 5:15 p.m. on Thursday. (Ali Stevens)

Beavertown man dies after he’s electrocuted

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BANNERVILLE – A Beavertown man has died after coming in contact with a live high-voltage wire in West Beaver Township, Snyder County. The work accident happened Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. when 31-year-old Gerald Stoltzfus was working in a truck boom that struck a live wire. He was taken to Lewistown Hospital, but died in the emergency room. Stoltzfus was married and had two children.