US judge denies Spanier bid to halt criminal case

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A federal judge says she won’t order a halt to the criminal case against former Penn State president Graham Spanier, who’s accused of a criminal cover-up of child sex abuse complaints against Jerry Sandusky.  U.S. Middle District Judge Yvette Kane on Friday dismissed the legal action brought by Spanier against state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, whose office is prosecuting him and two other former university administrators. Judge Kane’s memorandum says her decision is based on a principle that requires federal courts to keep out of state prosecutions in all but the most extraordinary instances.  Spanier’s lawyers had argued the case against him is undertaken in bad faith and without any hope…

Bishop: Children crossing border are not illegal

UNDATED — We have heard recently from many of congressman and senators who say illegal children crossing the border into the U.S. should be sent back to their home countries. However, Michael Rinehart, bishop at the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America says, calling them illegal is a big misconception, “These unaccompanied minors are entering legally. When somebody comes to the United States, presents themselves for asylum and the border patrol gives them a court date, they are here legally.” Rinehart says these refugees seeking asylum are not running from border patrol. They are presenting themselves, and the U.S. does have the capacity for additional people, “The U.S. doesn’t take…

VIDEO HERE: Interview with Randy Budd

Watch the full interview with Randy Budd DANVILLE — Though she is improving from her critical injuries, 52-year-old Sharon Budd is far from recovery.  The Ohio woman was struck by a rock thrown over an overpass of I-80 in White Deer Township. Budd’s husband Randy Budd says according to doctors, his wife, who remains at Geisinger Medical Center, is out of the life-threatening stage, “They had to remove the right frontal lobe and some of the left also.  She lost the sight of her and the left eye is very swollen.  We haven’t got confirmation from the doctors that she can see out of it, but they are hopeful because some of the muscles are still in place.”…

Plenty of bridge projects in Snyder County

KANTZ – There are several bridge projects underway in Snyder County with work continuing this week.   On Monday and Tuesday, a contractor will be working on two bridges on Route 35 in the village of Kantz.  On Wednesday, work will begin on two bridges on Silver Creek Road in Union Township. On Thursday, a bridge on Neitz Valley Road in Washington Township will be paved.   Work will be done between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day with flaggers directing traffic through the work zones.  These bridges are part of an 11-bridge project that is scheduled to be completed in mid-September.  (Ali Stevens)  

Pope scheduled to visit Pennsylvania next year

PHILADELPHIA — Pope Francis will be in Philadelphia next year. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput says that the pope accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families, which will be held September 22-27, 2015. Pope Francis is expected to make a three-day visit to Philadelphia. So far, there has been no official confirmation of the visit by the Vatican, but Archbishop Chaput says they expect official confirmation to come about six months before the event. (Sara Bartlett)

Former Sunbury police chief may get a new job

SUNBURY – Sunbury’s former police chief is a finalist for another chief’s position in Pennsylvania.  According to Middletown’s local paper, Stephen Mazzeo is one of three finalists for the job of police chief in that Dauphin County borough.   Mazzeo was interviewed by Middletown Borough Council’s public safety committee, but refused to speak with the public after the interview.  He is being considered for the job left open when Middletown’s police chief resigned.   Mazzeo served as Sunbury’s police chief before he was demoted earlier this year.  Mayor David Persing cited personnel issues as the reason for his demotion.  Christopher Blase is currently the acting police chief in Sunbury until a new chief is selected. …

Resurfacing Interstate 180 near Turbotville

TURBOTVILLE – A $16.1-million resurfacing project along a 5-mile stretch of Interstate 180 will continue next week.  Traffic will be restricted to one lane in both the westbound and eastbound directions between the Turbotville and Muncy exits.   The next phase of the project involves milling and resurfacing of the eastbound lanes of the highway.  Acceleration lanes at the Turbotville and Muncy interchanges will be lengthened.  (Ali Stevens)  

Death investigation in Watsontown

WATSONTOWN – It is labeled as suspicious, but not too much else is being said about a death in Watsontown. The Watsontown police do tell us they are investigating the death of a woman at 159 Grandview Drive. The woman, who is still not been identified, was found dead Thursday. Police would not say if the death is of a criminal nature, natural causes or suicide, but they say no trauma was involved. They are awaiting autopsy results. Officers also say the public is not in any danger and they are not looking for anyone else who might be associated with the death. Helping Watsontown are Milton and Montgomery police, the Northumberland County Coroner’s office,…

Three students suing Bucknell—identify themselves

WILLIAMSPORT – Three former Bucknell students, who are suing the university, have identified themselves. The issue involves the search of a fraternity house and residence hall in 2012. reports three others who were included in the suit did not want their full names revealed so they are no longer plaintiffs in the lawsuit.   U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew Brann gave the former students until Wednesday to identify themselves if they wanted to continue with the lawsuit. They are Kevin Wagner, Frasier Esty and Tony Migliori, who have graduated, but were Kappa Sigma fraternity members in 2012.   The students allege a February 16, 2012 search of the fraternity house and nearby residence hall…

Fatal crash after tractor-trailers collide

  UNDATED — A Missouri man was killed in a tractor-trailer accident on Interstate 80 on Thursday. The crash between three tractor-trailers happened just before noon Thursday on I-80 near the Lightstreet exit in Scott Township, Columbia County.   State police say 48-year-old Lonnie Huffman was approaching a construction zone and failed to stop for two tractor-trailers stopped ahead of him.  The impact of the crash sheared the cab off Huffman’s tractor-trailer.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.   A driver in one of the other tractor-trailers, 44-year-old Bryan Douglas Jr. of New Jersey, sustained a head injury and was treated and released from Geisinger.  The third driver from Palmyra, PA was not injured….