Corbett won’t appeal voter ID law

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett says he won’t appeal a state court ruling that struck down Pennsylvania’s voter identification law.  Corbett released a statement Thursday defending the law but saying it needed changes and he hoped to work with the Legislature on them. The law was one of the strictest in the nation, requiring nearly all voters to show certain forms of photo identification at the polls. It was never enforced, having been put on hold during the legal challenge that resulted in a Commonwealth Court judge declaring it unconstitutional in January. The Republican-controlled Legislature approved the law in March 2012, saying it would prevent voter fraud. Democrats unanimously opposed it.  The state’s…

Police search abandon home in Mount Carmel

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MOUNT CARMEL — Mount Carmel Police are looking into a home in the borough that they say has been abandoned. Police posted on their Facebook page that they are in the process of applying for a search warrant for a condemned property, in which the owners left about a week ago and left animals behind. They say there are at least three cats in the residence that are in need of fostering and permanent homes. Anyone interested in the cats are asked to call 570-648-3868. (Sara Bartlett) Follow

$2,500 taken from Sunbury VFW

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SUNBURY — Nearly $2,500 in cash was taken from the office of the VFW in Sunbury. State police say the cash was in an office at the building on Shikellamy Avenue and was taken sometime in the last month. The theft was discovered on Tuesday. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Snyder County has a new prison warden

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MIDDLEBURG – A new prison warden has been appointed at the Snyder County Prison, following the retirement of warden Ruth Rush last week.  The prison board today appointed Deputy Warden Shawn Cooper to the position.  Commissioner Joe Kantz said Cooper was a great fit for the job.   Kantz said, “Here is Snyder County, we have tried to make sure that we have people cross-trained, so that if someone is on vacation or something does happen to one of our employees, that person that is cross-trained can step into their position and take over those duties.  In Shawn’s case, having been the deputy warden for the past couple of years, he was with Warden Rush…

Miranda’s Miranda Rights explained by DA

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  UNDATED — There is nothing straight-forward about the murder case of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara.  So says former Montour County District Attorney Bob Buehner, who has been following the Northumberland County case of 19-year-old Miranda Barbour and 22-year-old Elytte Barbour.   This week, Miranda Barbour’s attorney asked a judge to suppress her murder confession.  They argue that she asked several times for an attorney, but was not given one.  The prosecution says at the time she asked for one, she was not under arrest and therefore, legally, was not appointed one.   Buehner says even if a suspect is read their Miranda Rights, if they are not under arrest, they are not offered an attorney,…

Susquehanna Greenways working to revitalize river towns

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT – A local non-profit group is trying to find ways to reconnect river towns with the Susquehanna River.  Bridget Kane is membership and volunteer coordinator for the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, based in Lewisburg. Kane said, “There are 70 plus river towns along the Susquehanna River.  So many of them have been cut off from the river over the years historically.  It was used for larger industry, but that larger industry kind of no longer exists.  The lumber is not here or the iron or coal.  So, a lot of these towns are suffering.  By reconnecting people with this vital resource, hopefully we can revitalize some of these river town communities.” She explained, “We…

Multiple storage sheds broken into near Watsontown

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WATSONTOWN – State police are investigating after several storage sheds were broken into at a storage business near Watsontown.  The break-ins at storage sheds at a business along Route 405 in Delaware Township were discovered on Tuesday.  Several items were taken from those sheds.  (Ali Stevens) Follow

Cash and cigarettes stolen from Milton gas station

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MILTON – Someone broke into a gas station in the Milton area and stole more than $2,000 worth of cash and cigarettes.  State police say the burglary took place at the Valero Station on Route 405 near Milton sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.   The burglar got into the building by breaking four concrete blocks to gain access to a stock room.  Once inside, 30 cartons of cigarettes valued at $2,000 were stolen along with about $240 in cash.  About $50 in damages to the property was also reported.  (Ali Stevens) Follow

Midd West tries again for board member

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MIDDLEBURG – The Midd West School Board will host another special meeting on Monday to try to fill a vacant seat on the board of directors.  At the previous special meeting, they failed to cast majority votes for three candidates vying for the position.   Those candidates are Tara Dively, James Downey and Christopher Nesbit.  They were interviewed last week to fill Scott Norman’s seat, who resigned after three months on the board.  The board will bring back the three candidates Monday and try again to reach a majority vote.  They hope to choose a new board member at the Monday meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Middleburg Elementary School.  If not, the decision will be…

Pa. lawmakers amend ‘In God We Trust’ bill

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – State lawmakers are amending a bill about posting “In God We Trust” in Pennsylvania school buildings to make it optional, but they’re rejecting a proposal to have the state cover legal costs if lawsuits result. The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to apply the bill to charter schools and to have the secretary of education tell districts about the legislation. Another change adds the Bill of Rights to the proposal. The bill is awaiting a final vote in the House, which could happen as early as next month, before it can be sent to the Senate. An amendment to put the question to voters in a referendum failed by a 2-to-1…