Fund established to replace missing grave stone

SHAMOKIN DAM — The community is responding to the news of the grave marker for the slain baby who sparked Pennsylvania’s Safe Haven Law that was stolen last week. Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley discovered the missing marker when he arrived at the Orchard Hills Cemetery to lay a wreath on Baby Mary’s grave Friday morning. Kelley says he was angry and sad that someone would take any grave stone, but particularly the marker of a child who suffered such a horrible death. However, he says that in just a few days, it has been heartwarming to see the community response to help replace the grave stone. In a recent Facebook poast, Kelley says a…

Port Trevorton woman dies in crash

PENN TOWNSHIP — A Port Trevorton woman is dead after a fatal crash in Snyder County on Friday. Northumberland County Coroner, James Kelley, says 85-year old Gladys Swineford was pronounced dead at the hospital after suffering injuries in a two-vehicle crash that happened around 2:30 p.m. along Route 522 in Penn Township. State Police in Selinsgrove say Swineford was a passenger in the vehicle driven by her husband, 83-year old Leroy Swineford when he rear ended the vehicle driven by 32-year old Rachel Aitkins of Beavertown. Aitkins had stopped to make a left hand turn at the intersection with Middlecreek Road. Gladys Swineford was taken to Sunbury Community Hospital where she died as a result…

Fire displaces six in Milton

MILTON — Fire broke out at a home in Milton Friday. Crews responded to the scene in the first block of Sycamore Lane around 10:00a.m. There were no injures reported, but two adults and six children were displaced by the fire. The Red Cross will be assisting the family with food and shelter. More information is expected to be released soon. No determination yet on what started the fire.

Family of 8 loses all, including presents, in fire

MUNCY, Pa. (AP) – A fire that destroyed the home of a Muncy family of eight also left them without any Christmas presents or decorations. WNEP-TV reported Friday that the Bilbay family in Muncy lost everything but the clothes on their backs in the fire.The station says the family, which includes six children ages 5 to 14, is from Oklahoma and doesn’t have relatives in the area. No one was home when the blaze broke out Thursday. The fire chief says the fire was caused by faulty wiring. Donors are pitching in to help them with money and clothing.

Baby Mary grave stone stolen

SHAMOKIN DAM — The grave marker for the slain baby who sparked Pennsylvania’s Safe Haven Law, has been stolen. Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley discovered the missing marker when he arrived at the Orchard Hills Cemetery to lay a wreath on Baby Mary’s grave Friday morning.   “I got up a lot during the course of a year, but especially Christmas time, Easter and her birthday. When I walked up to the grave with the wreath, I saw the grave but no bronze marker on the grave,” Kelley said.   Baby Mary was slain by her mother, Tracy Dupre, shortly after her birth in 2001. Her little body was found in a trash can. Dupre…

Life Flight called to Snyder County crash

PENN TWP — Traffic is backed up on Route 522 at the scene of a motor vehicle accident in Snyder County. According to Emergency Services, the accident is at Route 522 and Middlecreek Road in Penn Township. Injuries have been reported and Life Light was called to the scene. The crash was first reported around 3:00p.m. Expect delays if you are traveling in the area. We will update you with more details as they become available. (Codi Jade)

Police search for missing man

SUNBURY — Sunbury Police are asking people to be on the lookout for a missing man in the Sunbury area.  Police tell us 64-year-old Ho Wat of Shamokin Dam was with his wife at A Community Clinic in Sunbury around 1:30p.m. when he walked out of the waiting room around 1:30p.m.  He is 5’4″ about 130 pounds.  He is wearing blue jeans, a red jacket, glasses and possibly a red hat. Police say Wat suffers from Alzheimer’s. Anyone with information is asked to call Sunbury Police or 911. (Sara Bartlett)  

Three children injured in accident

MILTON — Three children were injured in a Thursday evening crash in Northumberland County. According to state police at Milton, the accident occurred when 28-year-old Robert Heverly of Lewisburg was traveling south on Route 405 in West Chillisquaque Township.   Heverly attempted to turn left into South Gate Plaza, but turned his vehicle too soon. The van traveled across the eastern side of the roadway, struck a ditch and then a utility pole, before coming to a rest.   Three children in the vehicle, ages 6, 8 and 11 received minor injuries. They were taken to Evangelical Community Hospital for treatment. (Codi Jade)

Wanted man arrested in Snyder County

MIDDLEBURG — A man wanted in Northumberland County was arrested Wednesday in Snyder County. Middleburg Police were called to an incident just before 7:00p.m. at a gas station. Police say there were several suspicious men in the parking lot of the gas station. One of the men was seen looking into the store windows. Police identified the man as David Yates of Sunbury. Yates was found to have several warrants for his arrest in Northumberland County. He was taken into custody and is in Snyder County Prison awaiting charges. (Sara Bartlett)

Pennsylvania jobless rate hits new low

HARRISBURG – The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania continues to decline and is the lowest it has been in six years.  The rate dropped to 5.1 percent in November, down from the October rate of 5.4 percent.   The state Department of Labor and Industry says the unemployment rate was the lowest it has been since May of 2008.  Employment in the state grew by 27,000, while unemployment was down 22,000.  (Ali Stevens)