Stabbing victims go home in Murrysville

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) – Two students injured in this month’s mass stabbing at Murrysville’s Franklin Regional High School have gone home from a hospital. Two other students injured in the attack remain hospitalized, with one in fair condition and the other still critical. The student accused in the attack, Alex Hribal (RY’-buhl), faces a preliminary hearing next week.  

Teen driver shot by police testifies

SUNBURY – A teen who was shot by a Sunbury Police officer following a high-speed chase testified in court on Wednesday.  A hearing was held for 18-year-old Naheem Reams of Shamokin to decide whether charges against him should be sent to juvenile court instead of him being tried as an adult.   He was 17 when the incident occurred in June of last year.  Reams was charged as an adult with six counts of aggravated assault.  The chase in Sunbury ended at Chestnut and South Front Streets. Reams was shot in the abdomen by an officer who claims he was trying to run him down with his car.  Reams pleaded not guilty in September.  …

Snook sentenced to 20-60 years

MIDDLEBURG – The Sunbury man who admitted killing his grandmother will spend 20-60 years in state prison.  28-year-old Joshua Snook was sentenced Wednesday at the Snyder County Courthouse before Union-Snyder County Judge Michael Hudock. Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch, “He pled to three counts.  One count of murder in the third degree for Bonnie Snook, conspiracy to commit murder for Aaron Brannon and aggravated assault for Dale Snook.” Snook plead guilty to going to his grandparent’s home in February 2013 to steal a gun, which he was going to use to kill 28-year-old Aaron Brannon of Sunbury.  Once inside the home a fight broke out and Snook stabbed 71-year-old Bonnie Snook to death and injured…

Identity released: Snyder County inmate commits suicide

MIDDLEBURG – A Snyder County Prison inmate committed suicide Wednesday.  We first told you with WKOK News Alerts, that the Snyder County Commissioner Malcolm Derk was reporting, that 22-year-old Lamont Chyanne Blount  was discovered dead between 1:00a.m.-2:00a.m. Wednesday. Blount’s hometown has not yet been released and he is said to be an inmate being held for the federal prison system.  State Police are investigating and Derk says the prison has also started an internal investigation, but there are no signs of foul play.   (Codi Jade/Sara Bartlett)

ADMI hosting photography exhibit tonight

LEWISBURG — Everyone is beautiful, and one photographer plans to show that tonight with an exhibit at The Campus Theatre. Geisinger’s Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute is hosting Rick Guidotti, who will discuss his “Positive Exposure: The Spirit of Difference” exhibit.   Associate Director of ADMI Brenda Finucane says Guidotti’s exhibit is inspiring. “He often says he is not showing the inner-beauty, he is showing the beauty of people with differences. I mean, we live in a world with all kinds of diversity, and there is not just one standard of beauty. Someone who has a genetic disorder that effects the way their face is formed can also be beautiful. To connect with those kids…

Vote could devastate endangered species

UNDATED – A highly controversial measure to help gas drillers is advancing in Harrisburg.  The designation of endangered on threatened species in Pennsylvania may become very different if legislation is approved.  The bill, which was tabled in March, will be before the House Game & Fisheries committee next week. Essentially, the bill would take away the ability for the Fish & Boat Commission, DCNR and the Game Commission to determine endangered species. It would instead give that responsibility to politicians says Harry Campbell, Pennsylvania Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, “This bill would fundamentally change the way our established scientific commissions are able to collect and use science in the determination of species that…

Selinsgrove super calls district “Financially Unsustainable”

SELINSGROVE – Given the current system, the Selinsgrove School District is “financially unsustainable”.  Superintendent Chad Cohrs included that comment in his State of the District Address to the school board on Tuesday evening.  Cohrs gave some examples to back up his statement.   Cohrs said, “One really has to do with personnel costs, including salary, retirement and health care.  Given the way current projections and trends are, revenues are not going to keep pace with those expenses.”   Cohrs added tax increases are not the answer.  He explained, “We are going to need to increase taxes almost annually, but the amount that we can raise taxes, because we are limited by the Act 1 index,…

Midd West board plans special meeting

MIDDLEBURG – The Midd-West School District school board has planned a special meeting to interview candidates to fill the board vacancy.  Last month, board member Scott Norman resigned after only three months in the position. He cited turmoil on the board as his reason for leaving the post.   A special meeting will be held on Thursday, May 1 to interview candidates for the school board.  It will be held at Middleburg Elementary School at 7 p.m.  The search for a new superintendent also continues, with candidates being interviewed by the Chester County Intermediate Unit in the coming weeks.  The board hopes to have a new superintendent in place for the 2014-15 school year.  …

New Joe Paterno statue plan revealed

STATE COLLEGE – A new statue of Joe Paterno will be installed outside of a popular State College restaurant.  Onward State is reporting, the bronze statue of Joe Paterno, seated on a bench, will be placed in front of the Tavern Restaurant in November of 2015.  The statue is in response to Rodney Erickson’s decision to remove the Joe Paterno statue from the football stadium in July of 2012.   Ted Sebastianelli, a past president of the Penn State Football Letterman’s Club and Board of Trustees candidate, said the statue project is called “Joe’s Bench”, but will be called Reflections when it is complete.  The estimate is the statue will cost about $300,000 and to…

Snook sentencing this afternoon in Middleburg

  MIDDLEBURG – Sentencing is set for this afternoon at the Snyder County Courthouse for Joshua Snook, who plead guilty to murdering his grandmother.  Snook entered his guilty plea to criminal homicide in March, for the death of 71-year-old Bonnie Snook in February of 2013 at her home in Beaver Township.   His wife, Jennifer Snook also pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit murder.  Police say Joshua and Jennifer went to his grandparent’s home to steal a gun but a fight broke out and he stabbed both of his grandparents.   His grandmother Bonnie died in the attack.  His grandfather recovered from stab wounds.  Joshua Snook’s 9-year-old son was inside the home at the…