Family looking for young Lewisburg man

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UPDATE: LEWISBURG — The family of a Lewisburg man that they say had been missing since Saturday has been found. Danielle Palmer posted on her Facebook page this morning that her son, 19-year-old Joey Derr has been found. She also added that she is thankful to everyone that shared his photo and helped reach out. (Sara Bartlett) __________________________________________ SELINSGROVE — Family and friends are hoping a Lewisburg man will find his way home. 19-year-old Joey Derr of Lewisburg has reportedly been missing since Saturday. His mother, Danielle Palmer of Selinsgrove, says she filed a missing persons report with Selinsgrove police.   Derr was last seen Saturday driving his silver Volkswagen Jetta through Lewisburg. He is described…

Snyder County kids win PennDOT contest

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MIDDLEBURG – Two Snyder County kids were among the nine statewide winners of PennDOT’s annual aviation art contest. Both kids are students at Midd-West School District. Ninth grader Britany Smith placed second in the senior category. Second grader Hayden Klinepeter placed third in the junior category.   Students throughout the state were asked to creatively demonstrate the theme “Flying saves lives.” The Pennsylvania Council of the Arts was involved in judging the 100 entries. All statewide winners will now be judged in the national competition. . (Codi Jade)   Follow

Climate expert: Earth’s heat up is significant

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UNDATED — In the last 30 years, CO2 emissions have caused the planet to heat up 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit. While that may not seem like a lot, environmental communication consultant Dick Whiteford says it is significant.   “This happened in the blink of an eye, whereas the naturally fluctuations happened over hundreds of thousands of years,” says Whiteford. “It is the speed in which this is happening now that is of great concern, in addition to the amount of CO2 we are putting up there. Over geological time, CO2 averaged around 280 parts per million; we have taken it up to 401 parts per million just in the last 30-40 years.”   Whiteford, a nationally-known…

Man pleads guilty to homicide by vehicle

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SUNBURY – A Port Trevorton man has pleaded guilty to two counts of homicide by vehicle in Northumberland County Court.  Police say 27-year-old Brian Glass was under the influence of alcohol and drugs when he drove an unregistered SUV into oncoming traffic on the Veterans Memorial Bridge on July 17 of 2012.   He struck another vehicle, killing Kirk Mahaffey of Northumberland and his 3-year-old son Mayson.  Glass was supposed to be in court for jury selection but entered his guilty plea.  He also was determined to be “mentally ill” after experts testified he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in the military.  A mental health evaluation will be done and he will be sentenced…

Transitions expands into Shamokin

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SUNBURY – Transitions is expanding their services in the Susquehanna Valley and will have a new location.  Susan Mathias is CEO of the organization and said they have purchased a home in the heart of Shamokin to serve as a shelter, which will provide access to public transportation and job opportunities for victims of domestic violence trying to get back on their feet.   Transitions is a crisis center working to end patterns of violence and abuse for victims, survivors and families.   Mathias says they are also working on a big problem that is not very well known in this country.  That problem is human trafficking.  She says anywhere between 100 and 300-thousand people being…

Accident on Route 54 in Ralpho Township

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ELYSBURG – An accident early this morning in Ralpho Township, Northumberland County shut down Route 54.  Ralpho Township police tell us 20-year-old David Kaufman of Montoursville was traveling east on Route 54 at Sleepy Hollow Road around 5 a.m. when he fell asleep at the wheel.   Kaufman’s truck went off the road, hit a mailbox and guardrail and then slid over an embankment.  Kaufman was treated at the scene and then transported to Geisinger Medical Center.  Route 54 was closed in both directions for about 15 minutes and was then down to one lane for about 2 hours.  (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Another tax increase for Selinsgrove district

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SELINSGROVE – Another tax increase in the Selinsgrove Area School District. The board Monday night adopted a preliminary budget for the 2014-15 school year.  Business Manager Jeffrey Hummel says the budget has a tax increase of 1.66 mills, which is 2.7 percent.  A mill represents about $247,000 in revenue for the district and equates to about $27 for the average taxpayer.   He said the main increases are costs for retirement pensions, which is going up over a million dollars, salaries and wages, and medical insurance.  Hummel said a deficit of about $218,000 will be funded using reserve funds, which is doable because the school district’s reserves are at more than $8-million.   Hummel said,…

Large theft at a grocery store in Snyder County

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SELINSGROVE – Three residents from New York are accused of stealing several items from a grocery store in Monroe Township, Snyder County.  State police say two men and a woman took multiple items from the pharmacy section of the store totaling close to $2,000.  The three suspects were charged in district court for the incident on May 8th.  Items stolen include razor blades, Prilosec tablets, Prevacid tablets and Crest Whitestrips.   (They were identified as 32-year-old Dwayne Evans of Briarwood, 26-year-old Michael Morrison of Bronx and a 38-year-old woman from Jamaica, New York.) Follow