Court dates scheduled for newlyweds accused of murder


SUNBURY — The 18-year-old accused in the murder of a Port Trevorton man will be in Northumberland County Court next Friday.  Miranda Barbour’s preliminary hearing was delayed this week and will be held December 20. District Judge Ben Apfelbaum’s office tells us the hearing will be in the Northumberland County Courthouse, instead of the magistrate’s office due to security reasons and because of the national attention this murder has gained. Barbour’s husband 22-year-old Elytte Barbour is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday, December 17, but it is likely that his hearing will be delayed as well.  The husband and wife will not have hearings together. The newlywed couple, who just moved to Selinsgrove in October,…

Bitter cold coming up this week


UNDATED — There is more frozen precipitation in our forecast this week, but the bitter cold will likely be the most noticeable weather. AccuWeather meteorologist Heather Zehr says the very cold air mass is coming through.  “It is the same air mass that brought such bitter cold to the northern plains at the middle and end of last week.  Places in Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas never got above zero for a high.  That kind of cold is coming in this direction.  Now, it doesn’t mean we will see subzero temperatures, but it does mean we’ll see highs failing to get to 30 degrees.  Thursday will be the coldest day with a high getting only…

Psychiatrist defines psychopaths following gruesome murder


SUNBURY – Following the shocking stabbing death of a Port Trevorton man, planned by a newlywed couple as a “thrill kill”, a local psychiatrist tries to explain what would drive someone to want to commit murder. Dr. Robert Gerstman is a psychiatrist at Geisinger Medical Center and says people who commit violent crimes are often referred to as a psychopath or a sociopath.   Gerstman said, “You have this group of people that just have no sense of moral concern and a lack of realistic goals. They tend to be impulsive and irresponsible. They can lie without any regard to the consequences so that’s why they are very good at it.”   Gerstman says this…

Two jailed after torching ATM


LEWISBURG — Two people are in jail after setting an ATM on fire in Kelly Township, Union County.  After a police chase early Sunday morning, 18-year-old Neiko Pratt of Oreland and 20-year-old Jordan Smith of Harrisburg were arrested and sent to prison. Milton State Police say the two used a torch on an ATM along High Street.  After a foot pursuit, Smith was apprehended by police.  After a search, Pratt was also apprehended.  They are charged with arson, criminal mischief and attempted theft.  Pratt is in jail on $20,000 bail and Smith is in jail on $15,000 bail. Milton State Police were assisted by Milton, Mifflinburg, Point Township and Buffalo Valley Police, along with the…

VIDEO HERE: Commemorating Veterans this holiday season


NORTHUMBERLAND—A Wreaths for Warriors ceremony took place Sunday afternoon in Northumberland’s Riverview Cemetery. Wreaths for Warriors is to commemorate veterans during the holiday season, by placing wreaths on veterans graves. John Deppen, Co-founding member of the Wreaths for Warriors Committee spoke about the event saying, ” Wreaths for Warriors began eight years ago in 2006 as an effort to render honor where honor is due at the holiday season by placing wreaths on veterans graves. The effort began with 75 wreaths here in the Northumberland Riverview Cemetery and it has since grown to 1,500 wreaths between Snyder, Union, and Upper Northumberland Counties.” The Wreaths for Warriors program is run through donations and volunteer efforts. Deppen…

*UPDATE: ROAD OPENED* Crash closes portion of Route 15 in Allenwood


*UPDATE* 12:40p.m: The road is now opened *************************** ALLENWOOD — A portion of Route 15 is closed in the Allenwood area following a crash.  Motorists traveling on Route 15 near Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland should use caution.  The crash involves downed power lines.  Traffic is being detoured between the Route 44 intersection at Allenwood and the Route 54 intersection near Montgomery. PennDOT says Route 15 in that area is expected to remain closed at the crash scene for a few hours. Caution is advised in the area and taken an alternate route is advised. (Sara Bartlett)     Follow