Political activist calls for Kane’s disbarment

              HARRISBURG – A new complaint against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was filed with the state disciplinary board Monday. Activist Gene Stilp has requested full disbarment of the Kane following a second count of perjury was brought against Kane last week. In August, Stilp requested the Supreme Court disciplinary board investigate Kane’s activities as a member of the Pennsylvania bar. Shortly thereafter, the disciplinary board filed its own charges against Kane and recommended suspension of her law license. Stilp said in a statement, “without full disbarment the Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys are being shredded by Kane’s behavior.” Kane is now charged with two felony counts of…

Chamber issues call to action on state budget

          SHAMOKIN DAM – Valley business leaders issued a call to action Monday in advance of Wednesday budget vote in Harrisburg. Aimee Buehner, chair of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee said in a statement, “When it comes to our state’s lingering budget impasse, enough is enough.” Buehner asked business leaders to make two phone calls. One, to Governor Wolf to encourage him to abandon his plan to raise taxes, the other to House majority leader Dave Reed to ask him to stand strong in opposing the massive tax increase that could be on the way if the budget vote passes Wednesday. Bob Garrett, President and CEO…

Casey: U.S. needs to lead in Syrian conflict

              SUNBURY – As refugees flood into Europe from Syria, US Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) says the United States needs to have a strategy for dealing with the conflict. On WKOK Sunrise, he says Syrian leader Assad needs to go, but military engagement isn’t a solution, “This guy is the worst kind of dictator and he should not be in power, but that doesn’t mean there’s a quick, military solution to the problem.” Senator Casey says the U.S. has an obligation to bring refugees into the country. He says the process of admitting people is quite rigorous, “Making sure that people that do come into the country under any…

Thieves hit another home in Rockefeller Township

              SUNBURY – Another break-in at a home in Rockefeller Township. State police say someone entered a home on Buchs Hollow road in Northumerland County between October 1 and October 2. Thieves pried open a basement door and then gained access to the upper floors of the house through a window. The value of the items taken was more than $6,000. A witness reported seeing a teenage boy pushing a wheel barrow down the road filled with belongings. During an investigation, police found the wheel barrow was taken from an unlocked garage at the same residence. This is the third reported burglary in Rockefeller Township in the last week….

Berwick man hospitalized after crash

              NUMIDIA – A one-car crash sent a Berwick man to the hospital Sunday. 25-year-old Charles Babb drove over an embankment and struck a tree with his SUV on Numidia Drive in Conygham Township, Columbia County. State police say Babb was transported by Life Flight to Geisinger Medical Center where he was listed in fair condition. (Jennifer Wakeman)

Back to school at Line Mountain

            MANDATA – Classes resume at the Line Mountain School District Monday, but there is no new contract for teachers. The 96 teachers walked out September 15 saying they haven’t seen a salary increase since 2010. The union says teaching staff has decreased by 12 percent as teachers leave to take jobs in higher paying districts. (Jennifer Wakeman)

Attempted kidnapping reported in Perry County

NEWPORT – Police are investigating an attempt to kidnap an 11-year old girl in Perry County Friday. Pennlive.com reports it happened in the 500 block of Fourth Street in Newport, just after 3 p.m. Reports say the girl was walking in an alley in that area when a white van allegedly approached her and told her to get into the vehicle. Police say the girl ran to her home. The identity of the men involved is unknown and they are described as white males, approximately 40 to 50 years old. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police in Newport.

No flooding expected despite heavy rains

UNDATED — Despite heavy rains in the past week, the Susquehanna River and creek levels in The Valley remain at relatively normal levels and no flooding is expected. The Susquehanna River at Sunbury is at about 9 feet. It crested Thursday at 10-feet and is slowly receding. The river at  Danville is now at 4.5 feet, following the 5-foot crest. Lewisburg about 3.5 feet today, it crested at about 7.4 feet last Thursday. Penns Creek remains at about two feet, in the Village of Penns Creek…the creek has crested and is receding. Noteworthy is last Thursday’s rise on the Susquehanna River’s West Branch at Lewisburg, rising sharply, about six feet in just a few hours. But again,…

Geisinger CEO garners national attention

              DANVILLE – Geisinger Health System continues to make headlines. This week, the Wall Street Journal profiled Geisinger’s new President and CEO Dr. David Feinberg and his plans keep the system as a ‘poster child’ for innovation. Dr. Feinberg told WKOK, far reaching advances have always been at the heart of Geisinger, “Our innovation has been making sure that you get the right care, at the right time, by the right person, every time. That there’s no defects in our care. Actually, we’re so sure that there’ll be no defects in our care that it comes with a warranty.” The warranty Dr. Feinberg mentions began with heart surgery and…

Driver leads police on chase through Snyder County

              MOUNT PLEASANT MILLS – Middleburg police are looking for a vehicle that led them on a chase through Snyder County Friday. Tony Jordan, Middleburg police chief tells WKOK officers were making a routine stop for a traffic violation. The driver attempted to elude police and a pursuit ensued. Jordan says the vehicle, described as two-tone green and silver, travelled through a corn field and into a wooded area along Route 35 in Snyder County. Officers were unable to stop the vehicle and the driver escaped. Middleburg police continue to search for the vehicle. (Jennifer Wakeman)