Hare facing manslaughter charges after boy’s death

MILTON – Felony involuntary manslaughter charges have been filed against a Northumberland man after a 9-year-old boy died while in his care.  58-year-old Victor Hare had additional charges added Monday in connection with the October 13 incident that killed Korbin Rager.  Hare now faces felonies of involuntary manslaughter, drug delivery resulting in death, aggravated assault of a child and endangering the welfare of a child, along with misdemeanor charges of indecent assault and reckless endangerment. New evidence released also shows that Hare had inappropriate contact with Rager.  According to a criminal complaint, the autopsy done on Rager shows DNA from Hare on the young boy’s genitals. Hare, who had been jailed at SCI Coal Township…

Donkey Basketball Tuesday night

SUNBURY — March is all about basketball — and even the animals are getting involved.  Donkey Basketball is Tuesday night at Shikellamy High School.  Slade Shreck is organizer of the event.   “It is so funny.  If you have never been to a donkey basketball game, you have to come out and see this game.  They have no legs and they have to be on a donkey to shoot.  Of course, there are big donkeys, small donkeys, donkeys that don’t like to behave and donkeys that do their business… It is just so funny.  Every year it just amazes me the crowd we get.  They just love the game, they love the students and it…

Selinsgrove launches energy conservation program

SELINSGROVE — Reducing energy costs for the entire community of Selinsgrove is the goal behind an energy conservation program launching in the borough.  $elinsgrove $aves: The Energy Project, will kick off the effort with a celebration Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Selinsgrove Area Intermediate School.  The public is invited.   Ken Miller, co-chair of the project’s advisory committee said, “The goal is to move the Selinsgrove community towards greater energy efficiency and economic prosperity.”   SEDA-COG’s Energy Resource Center is providing technical assistance to $elinsgrove $aves, following the model of a similar project in New Berlin in Union County.  During the final stages of that project, New Berlin reported a community-wide cost savings of…

Schlegel Culver focusing on Snyder County

FREEBURG – A local state representative will be using the Freeburg Community Center to have office hours.  Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-108th, Sunbury) said the office will begin hosting monthly office hours in Freeburg on the first Thursday of each month from 10 to noon.   The first day will be this Thursday, April 2.  Culver said this is a new monthly outreach in Snyder County to meet the needs of the residents.   This is in response to legislative redistricting taking effect this year.  Every 10 years, the legislature is constitutionally required to define new district boundaries to reflect population changes recorded in the census data.  Changes for Schlegel Culver’s 108th District now include…

Prison alternatives save county money

UNDATED — Alternatives to jail for non-violent offenders are saving counties money. Union/Snyder County Judge Michael Sholley says providing alternatives, such as treatment courts, community service, work release or electronic monitoring can help rehab non-violent offenders, while keeping costs lower. Sholley says, “What we have learned to use jail for is a short term sanction.  Long term effects of jail, beyond 7-10 days, lose its effectiveness, but a short term sanction of three, five or seven days, can have a tremendous effect.  We use the short term sanction and then left people out, giving them the tools and assistance to address their issues and move forward with their life.” Sholley says alternative methods cost less,…

VIDEO HERE: Pipeline stent new at Geisinger

DANVILLE – There is a groundbreaking surgery offered here in The Valley for what is sometimes called “the silent killer.” It is an aneurysm, a bulge on the side of a blood vessel. In the brain, it can be life threatening. Dr. Tarun Bhalla is neurosurgeon at Geisinger Medical Center and says one of the newest treatments is a pipeline embolization, a mesh stent that is placed across the entry point, “What we basically do is take a stent and deliver it from the groin all the way through the arteries and land the stent across the opening in the aneurysm.” Bhalla says that cuts off the blood flow to the aneurysm, and is a…

Homicide in Columbia County

BENTON – State police continue to investigate a homicide that happened Thursday in the Benton area of Columbia County.  Trooper say 24-year-old Bryan Harris of Ridge Road was killed by his roommate, 25-year-old Cea Jay Chattin.   Police say Chattin shot Harris in the head in the residence they shared.  Chattin is also accused of burglarizing a home on Waller Divide Road.  Chattin was charged with criminal homicide, burglary, aggravated assault and other counts.   He is locked up in the Columbia County Prison without bail.  The Press Enterprise reports the two men were fighting over a woman they were both having a relationship with.  (Ali Stevens)

Trooper wounded in barracks ambush hopes to return to force

DUNMORE, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania trooper wounded in a deadly ambush outside his barracks last fall says he hopes to eventually return to state police force. Trooper Alex Douglass, wounded in the Sept. 12 shooting outside the Blooming Grove barracks that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson, made his first public remarks Saturday as the borough of Dunmore named a road after Dickson. Douglass, who walked with a cane, told reporters he feels good and no longer needs crutches to get around. He says he has had 16 surgeries with one more scheduled next month. Police arrested survivalist Eric Frein after a 48-day manhunt in the Pocono Mountains. Frein has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, terrorism…

Local newspaper honoring Vietnam Veterans

SUNBURY — This year marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the war in Vietnam. One Valley newspaper is doing its part to honor those men and women who served in the conflict. Each week, the Standard Journal features the story of a local Vietnam veteran. Chris Brady, managing editor says vets rarely had the opportunity to share their experiences after the war, but it’s important for us to listen now, “Their stories deserve to be told. People need to understand what that generation of men and women did.” When veterans returned from Vietnam they were not welcomed home in the same way as vets from other wars. Brady sees the story series as…

Racist comments on college radio station

LEWISBURG — Three students at Bucknell University are facing expulsion after racial comments were made on WVBU, the college’s radio station.  The comments were made during the “Happy Times” show that airs on Friday nights.   Students, parents, faculty and staff received an email from University President Dr. John Bravman notifying them of the incident and informing them that an internal investigation is underway.  On Friday afternoon, about 100 students gathered along with Bravman and other school officials to have a discussion on the matter.  Many students voiced their concerns about diversity on campus.   The student DJ’s involved in the incident have been temporarily suspended.  (Ali Stevens)