Task force continues to collect money from open warrants

          NORTHUMBERLAND — The Cost Collections Task Force continues to bring scofflaws to justice in Northumberland County. Nearly $30 million is owed to the county in fees and fines. The goal of the task force is to collect what is owed. Robert Wolfe, Northumberland County sheriff says their Facebook page quickly brings tips and information into the department, “We see, I don’t want to say instant results, but with our Facebook postings, within a few minutes we start to generate some sort of result.” Billboards are scheduled to go up in the county this week with names and faces of wanted individuals and Wolfe says they are already planning the next…

UGI Predicts lower rates for customers by year’s end

          READING– Good news for those who heat with natural gas. UGI Penn Natural Gas projects an additional  decrease in cost for customers.  The average residential heating customer already saw a decreased of 10.3 percent on their bill in June and now UGI foresees an additional decrease of 3.2 percent for December. UGI says, nearly 90 percent of its natural gas now comes from locally produced Marcellus Shale, and customers are benefiting from this plentiful, reliable supply. (Meranda Steel)

Attorney General sues commonwealth nursing homes

          SUNBURY– The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office filed suit against an operator of 36 nursing homes in the state Wednesday. The 101-page complaint says 14 Golden LivingCenters, which operate throughout the commonwealth, failed “to meet resident’s most basic human needs.” The Golden LivingCenter Mansion in Sunbury is not listed in the suit. Attorney General Kathleen Kane is asking for a settlement equal to all the money received from the very profitable centers. When asked for comment Valarie Reader, Director of Nursing Services at the Sunbury center, said the suit was, “baseless and without merit.” WKOK’s phone calls to the Golden LivingCenters’ national media contact were not returned. (John Brunner)

Road work in Northumberland County next week

            MOUNT CARMEL — PennDOT will be working on a busy stretch of road in Mount Carmel Township next week. Route 54 between Route 901 and the Columbia County line  will be repaved July 8 through July 10. A detour will be in effect each day from 6a.m. until 5p.m. (Jennifer Wakeman)

Charges to court for man accused of bank robbery

MIFFLINBURG – A Mifflinburg man accused of robbing a bank in June faces a trial, after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing.  53-year-old Jose Humberto Gonzalez remains jailed in Union County on charges of robbery, theft and receiving stolen property for the incident on June 17. Police say Gonzalez pointed a shotgun at two tellers at West Milton State Bank in West Buffalo Township and got away with $3,800.  A witness in the drive-thru area saw the robbery and identified the vehicle Gonzalez drove from the scene.  He was located within the hour and arrested.  No one was injured inside the bank.  (Ali Stevens)

Lawsuits and 911 project have county looking for funds

            SUNBURY — Northumberland County is borrowing more money– bringing their new debt total to $12 million.  Commissioner Chairman Vinny Clausi said there are two separate $1 million requests in the works, and that’s on top of the $10 million loan the county got last month for the new prison/courthouse complex on the Moran/Celotex site. One loan is to pay the $555,000 settlement from the case brought by former deputies Joe Jones and Michael Boris. Clausi says they are appealing last month’s ruling, but want to have the funds available if necessary. Another $1 million loan is also needed to complete the county’s long overdue, and now further delayed, 911…

Law enforcement’s plea for safe boating

SUNURY – Fourth of July weekend is the busiest holiday for boaters, and officials are warning boaters not to drink while operating their boats.  The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission met Wednesday at the Shikellamy State Park Marina to draw awareness to safe boating this holiday weekend. Acting Sunbury Police Chief Travis Bremigen was in attendance, “We are going to be out there and we are going to be checking for the regulations and boating safely and boating while intoxicated.  We ask that if you are out there, boat responsibly.”   Emmett Kyler is Waterways Conservation Officer for the North Central Region and says drinking while boating can also lead to dangerous driving afterwards, “Once…

State budget meeting planned for Monday

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A state budget meeting between Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders is over less than a half-hour after it began. The Democratic governor met behind closed doors with senior lawmakers on Wednesday to chart a direction for talks now that he’s vetoed a Republican-crafted spending plan.  The two sides agreed to have staff aides meet again on Monday.  Wolf told attendees that he’s still considering the liquor privatization and public-sector pension change bills that are on his desk.  Wolf hasn’t said whether he’ll veto them, too.  

State’s 2014-15 tax collections overrun projections by $412M

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s tax collections for the just-ended fiscal year exceeded projections by $412.2 million. The state Revenue Department said Wednesday that General Fund tax revenue for 2014-15 totaled $30.6 billion or 1.4 percent above estimates. The two biggest revenue generators – sales and personal income taxes – exceeded projections only slightly. Sales-tax collections totaled $9.5 billion were 0.2 percent more than anticipated and personal income taxes generated $12.1 billion, or 0.6 percent above estimates. Corporation taxes totaled $5.1 billion, which is $240 million or 4.9 percent ahead of projections. The inheritance tax generated $1 billion, exceeding estimates by 7.3 percent, while the realty transfer tax collections totaled $413.8 million, lagging projections by…

AccuWeather: Decent weekend on the way!

AccuWeather Senior Expert Meteorologist Heather Zehr says it looks like we’re going to have a gorgeous weekend: Today: times of clouds and sun. High 79. Tonight: mostly cloudy. Low 59. Tomorrow: pleasant with intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 78. Saturday: intervals of clouds and sunshine with an afternoon and evening shower or thunderstorm in spots. High 81. Sunday and Monday: partly to mostly sunny. High Sunday 85. High Monday 86.