Search for ambush suspect centers on dense woods

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) – With tens of thousands of acres of undisturbed northeastern Pennsylvania forest offering ample opportunity to hide, the self-taught survivalist accused in last week’s deadly ambush at a state police barracks has so far avoided capture. Not that authorities aren’t looking hard. As many as 200 officers at a time are trying to flush 31-year-old Eric Frein out of the dense, boggy woodlands where he’s believed to be keeping out of sight. He could be anywhere: Concealing himself in a cave. Taking cover in thick brush. Crouching behind boulders “as big as tractor trailers,” as one outdoorsman put it. Patrick Patten, an expert in woodland searches, says the forest can be…

Citizen of Scotland not surprised by vote

SELINSGROVE — A citizen of Scotland living here in the Valley is not surprised that Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom following yesterday’s vote.   Daryl Rodgers is an assistant language professor at Susquehanna University and was a guest on WKOK’s On The Mark program Friday, “The polls in the past few days preceding the election showed that it was very close, and that was not counting the undecided voters. I think pretty much everyone knew that if you were undecided, the likelihood was that you were going to vote no. And so, I’m not completely surprised, to be honest.”   The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing…

New Giant store progressing in Lewisburg

LEWISBURG – At this time next year, grocery shoppers might have another choice in The Valley. A new Giant grocery store should open mid to late next year, according to Hank Baylor, an East Buffalo Township supervisor.   He says the initial ‘site construction’ is underway at Penn House Commons. That is the former Pennsylvania House site in Lewisburg, “I’m glad to say the infrastructure work is already under way. The general construction plan right now is for the opening of Giant to be during mid to late 2015.”   The new store is estimated at 66,000 square feet and will be located just off Route 15. Baylor says the development of the store has…

Seven homeless after a fire hits four homes

SHAMOKIN – Seven people are homeless after a fire damaged four row houses in Shamokin Thursday afternoon. The fire was at 521, 523, 525, and 527 North First Street. All residents were able to get out safely.   The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Fire fighters say the blaze began in the rear of one of the homes and quickly spread to the others. The fire was brought under control by 3pm, but rekindled 15-minutes later.   Shamokin, Sunbury, Kulpmont, Mount Carmel, Shamokin Dam, Elysburg, Atlas and Ralpho Township firefighters were on the scene bring that fire under control.

Thirty Nine arrested in a drug sweep Thursday

SHAMOKIN – Thirty-nine people have been charged after a large drug bust Thursday in Northumberland and Montour Counties.  Attorney General Kathleen Kane says her office has charged 19 alleged drug traffickers, including an out of state supplier who brought heroin into Northumberland, Montour and Columbia Counties.   Twenty-three others other drug suspects were charged by the Northumberland-Montour Drug Task Force and state police.  Thirty-nine suspects were arraigned before District Judge John Gembic in Shamokin, District Judge Hugh Jones in Mount Carmel and District Judge Marvin Shrawder in Danville.   Over the course of the investigation, the Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics conducted numerous purchases of heroin.  A major trafficker: 39-year-old Pedro Acosta of Brooklyn, New…

Scots reject independence: Businesses, markets relieved

DINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -Scottish voters have rejected independence and decided that Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom.    The result announced early Friday was the one favored by Britain’s political leaders, who had campaigned hard in recent weeks to convince Scottish voters to stay. It dashed many Scots’ hopes of breaking free and building their own nation. Britain’s leaders had argued successfully that Scots are better off staying part of the United Kingdom with England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The decision to reject independence will ease the worries of some business leaders who had warned they would have to shift their headquarters away from Scotland to England if Scots voted to become independent. LONDON (AP)…

Trooper ambush suspect added to most wanted list

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – The man charged with killing a Pennsylvania state trooper during an ambush has been added to the FBI’s 10 most wanted list. Officials describe the suspect, 31-year-old Eric Frein, as a self-taught survivalist who hates police. Authorities say putting Frein on the most wanted list will allow the FBI to use more resources in the manhunt. The agency is also offering a $100,000 reward. Police said Thursday they believe the shooter is still in the rural area where the attack occurred. Frein is accused of gunning down 38-year-old Cpl. Bryon Dickson last week outside a barracks in the Pocono Mountains. Another trooper was wounded. The development comes just hours after Dickson’s…

A slain state trooper laid to rest

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – Thousands of law enforcement personnel from around the US converged on Scranton today to lay to rest a slain Pennsylvania state trooper. Inside, the trooper was remembered as an impeccable officer who always put his family first.   Police Commissioner Frank Noonan says everyone admired 38-year-old Bryon Dickson, who could always be counted on for advice and support. Noonan addressed family members and hundreds of police at Thursday’s funeral Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton.   Dickson was gunned down late Friday outside a rural barracks in the Pocono Mountains. Cpl. Derek Felsman says Dickson held himself to the highest standards in every aspect of his life. He described flawless…

VIDEO HERE: Victim’s wife speaks at Barbour sentencing

SUNBURY — Before Miranda and Elytte Barbour were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Thursday, Elytte Barbour addressed the court–he expressed his sorrow for taking another life and for the victim’s family and his family.   Elytte said he fully accepted the consequences of his actions and said he couldn’t explain why he did what he did.  Barbour says that it will haunt him for the rest of the days of his life and he didn’t know what overcame him the day of November 11, 2013 when he strangled Troy LaFerrara of Port Trevorton, while Miranda repeatedly stabbed him.   Troy LaFerrara’s wife Colleen tearfully spoke out after the sentencing about…

Columbia County murder suspect captured

BLOOMSBURG — A man wanted for murder in Columbia County has been captured in Argentina. State police say 72-year-old Anthony Rocco Franklin was arrested Monday in Buenos Aries for the death of 46-year-old Frank Spencer on July 1, 2012.   Franklin and his daughter, Maria Sanutti-Spencer are accused of killing Maria’s ex-husband, Frank Spencer, who was shot with a rifle and a revolver at the door of his residence. Franklin is also accused of breaking into Spencer’s Columbia County home in 2009 and stealing documents and then setting fire to the home a few months later, destroying it.   Franklin is also charged with setting fire to the home of Spencer’s girlfriend seven months later…