Lovett: Grant not mishandled

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SUNBURY — Northumberland County has been asked to pay HUD $177,000, and the former case manager for their Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program says she isn’t to blame. Dodie Rippon Lovett says during her time she took pride in her work and kept fine records.   “It was a win-win. For every dollar that I gave to someone, two families benefitted. The tenants got to keep a roof over their head. The landlord got to pay his mortgage for the building,” she said. “If there’s one thing we know as taxpayers, it’s that taxpayers money usually is not so well spent. But this was a wonderful program.”   Lovett says there was no improper…

Defense: Miranda’s confession illegal

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Barbour leaves Northumberland County Courthouse May 6: SUNBURY – Attorneys want the confession of an alleged murderer thrown out.  That is why 19-year-old Miranda Barbour was in court Tuesday.  After six hours of testimony, there was no determination made, but Northumberland County Judge Charles Saylor requested both the defense and prosecution submit briefs before the next pre-trial hearing in June. Barbour, charged in the stabbing death of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara of Port Trevorton, was in court Tuesday and remained quiet for much of the time, answering only a few questions from her attorneys. The defense’s position is that Barbour asked for an attorney several times during her interviews with police, but was never appointed one. …

Fees waived for Norry Co veterans

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SUNBURY – Northumberland County Commissioners have voted to waive certain fees for veterans.  Commissioners Stephen Bridy and Rick Shoch voted Tuesday to allow members of the armed forces to obtain copies of documents such as death, birth and marriage certificates and divorce papers without a fee.   Commissioner Vinny Clausi was not present for the vote.  This decision will affect county offices including the prothonotary, register of wills, clerk of orphan’s court and the coroner.  (Ali Stevens) Follow

Sunbury Police searching for missing girl

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SUNBURY —  Sunbury Police are looking for a missing juvenile named Trinity McKinney. Police describe her as a 14-year-old black female, 5’8″ tall, 220 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair.   McKinney was last seen Monday morning at 7:30a.m. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Sunbury Police Department at 570-988-4539. (Codi Jade)   Follow

Court for a Danville woman charged with theft

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DANVILLE – A Danville woman charged with the theft of more than $31,000 in fees she collected, will go to court after waiving her preliminary hearing Tuesday.  Natalie Wetzel is facing 85 charges and remains free on bail.   Police say Wetzel took most of the fees she collected while working as a notary at Wetzel Notary Service.  She is also charged with bouncing more than $11,000 in checks.  State police began investigating after customers complained they had not received PennDOT items they paid for.  Wetzel is accused of not submitting paperwork or forms were rejected due to bad checks.  All charges against her were waived to court.  (Ali Stevens) Follow

Member of SPI Board argues with borough

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SELINSGROVE – A member of the board for Selinsgrove Projects Incorporated has been very vocal at recent Selinsgrove Borough Council meetings, saying SPI is not a reputable organization.  Vincent Stoops is a former candidate for Mayor of Selinsgrove and spoke out against SPI at Monday’s meeting.   Stoops said, “What I found when I became a member of Selinsgrove Projects was that it is not really geared toward doing downtown development at all.  It’s geared towards making sure that certain people, their view of Selinsgrove is reflected in the way it looks.”   Stoops also spoke out about what he called misused grant money by SPI, including Façade grants and the Main Street Manager position….

Teacher’s aide to court on institutional sex assault

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SHAMOKIN —  A teacher’s aide charged with having sex with an 18-year-old student at Shamokin High School has waived her right to a preliminary hearing, sending charges against her to court.  28-year-old Amanda Dreher of Coal Township will have a court date on June 23rd on three felony counts of institutional sexual assault. Police say Dreher had sex with the student at the school on three separate occasions in the boys swimming pool locker room.  The incidents allegedly took place in January and February.  She was released on bail and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted on the charges against her. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Pre-trial hearing underway for Barbour

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SUNBURY — 19-year-old Miranda Barbour is in Northumberland County Court today on another pre-trial motion for the death of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara of Port Trevorton. On the stand so far today was Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch who testified on his involvement with the case.   Piecuch says he was called to the Selinsgrove State Police Barracks in the early morning hours of December 3rd after Miranda Barbour had come to the station. Piecuch said Miranda stated that she wanted to make a statement but she was uncomfortable doing so without a lawyer. Piecuch told her she was not entitled to a lawyer because at that point, she hadn’t been charged with anything.  …

Democrats walk out on Kane hearing

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Democrats on a state House committee walked out of a hearing on a resolution calling for the impeachment of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a fellow Democrat. They called Tuesday’s hearing an unfair end-run of the parliamentary process. One of them, Philadelphia Rep. Michael O’Brien, called it a “kangaroo court.” The non-voting hearing of the State Government Committee is devoted to testimony by conservative allies of Republican Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, the panel’s chairman and sponsor of the resolution. Metcalfe contends, among other things, that Kane broke the law when she refused last year to defend Pennsylvania’s law banning same-sex marriage against a lawsuit. She says the law’s unconstitutional. Metcalfe called in…

Midd West School Board search continues

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MIDDLEBURG– The Midd West School board has just over one week to decide on a new board member to fill the vacancy left by Scott Norman  in March. Last Thursday night, the board interviewed three different applicants for the position but failed to come to a decision.   President, Victor Abate spoke about what the board needs to do next, ” Either appoint one or the Court of Common pleas judge will have to do that himself. ”   The council now has until May 14th to appoint a  new member or a Snyder County Court of Common Pleas judge will appoint one.   The School board approved $200 per day as salary for Donna…