May is motorcycle safety month

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MONTOURSVILLE — You may have seen the signs in yards along the roadways that say “Watch for Motorcycles.” If that isn’t enough, Governor Tom Corbett has proclaimed May “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.” No matter how many ways it is said, the statistics prove that motorists are still not fully aware of bikes on the road. However, the numbers are down.   PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch Tuesdayjoined representatives of motorcycle riding communities, as well as the Pennsylvania State Police to kick off the awareness month. He says “Both motorcycle fatalities and crashes dropped last year from the year before and overall crash fatalities are at historic lows… The continuing support of the riding community, along with…

Task force aims to improve restitution for victims

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SELINSGROVE – A new statewide task force is working to help crime victims seek economic justice from their offenders.  Members of the Pennsylvania Task Force on Restitution testified in Harrisburg this week, advocating to improve the way the criminal justice system addresses restitution for crime victims.  Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch is a member of the task force.   He said, “A lot of times when I talk with crime victims and ask, what would you like to see, what does justice mean to you, and they will say something like, I want the defendant to pay.  I want them to pay for what they did.”   Piecuch explained, “We need uniform procedures for…

Missing Sunbury girl found

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SUNBURY — A Sunbury girl missing since Monday morning has been found. Sunbury Police Chief Stephen Mazzeo says Trinity McKinney was found Tuesday evening. Police say she did not sustain any injuries. (Sara Bartlett) Follow

NCAA: Paterno sanctions lawsuit ‘ignores reality’

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – Attorneys for the NCAA say a lawsuit by the family of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno that seeks to overturn a $60 million fine and other university sanctions stemming from the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal is an attempt to “rewrite history” that “ignores reality.” The NCAA’s 64-page response filed Tuesday in Centre County argues that the university willingly agreed to sanctions including a temporary postseason ban and scholarship reductions after Sandusky was convicted of abusing boys, including some on campus football facilities, during Paterno’s tenure. Paterno’s family has argued that Penn State was wrongly forced by the NCAA to accept the penalties which, in turn, defamed Paterno’s memory….

Charges dismissed against former firefighter

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SHAMOKIN – Two felony charges against a former firefighter accused of stealing from the Rescue Hose Company in Sunbury were thrown out.  The Daily Item reports a two-hour preliminary hearing was held for 47-year-old Rick Sinko of Northumberland on Tuesday before District Judge John Gembic.   Following testimony, charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property were dismissed.  Sinko still faces a felony charge of access device fraud and a charge of misapplication of entrusted property.  Sinko was originally charged with taking more than $2,300 from the Rescue Hose Company by making unauthorized purchases while serving as treasurer.  Sinko will have a pre-trial hearing in July.  (Ali Stevens) Follow