Man charged with stalking a Lewisburg woman

LEWISBURG – A homeless man from State College has been charged with stalking a Lewisburg woman.  Police say 71-year-old Ira Lee Phillips sent the woman up to 3 pounds of strange items and letters and showed up at her office, expressing his desire to marry her and save the world.   Phillips was confronted by police and told to stop, but he sent her more mail, which led to his arrest.  He is charged with stalking and was sent to the Union County Prison on $10,000 bail.  The communications happened during July and August and the woman received another letter two weeks ago.  (Ali Stevens)

Man with gun gets over $2,000 from Milton bank

MILTON — An armed robber got away with over $2,700 from a Milton bank Thursday. Milton Police say around 2:20p.m. a man entered the Northumberland County Schools Federal Credit Union on Center Street in Milton. He displayed a handgun and demanded money. Police say he fled the scene with $2772. The man is described as white, 6-feet, weighing 200-pounds, wearing a dark colored sweatshirt, white mask and white sweatpants. He fled the scene on Broadway in a dark tan or gold colored four-door Pontiac Grand Am. Anyone with information is asked to call Milton Police at 570-742-8757. (Sara Bartlett)

Dance to fight cancer at Mount Carmel

MOUNT CARMEL- Mount Carmel Area High School will be hosting the second annual Think Big Dance Marathon this Saturday. The 12-hour dance-a-thon will benefit pediatric cancer patients. Mount Carmel senior Isabella Stellar says the event will include multiple activities besides dancing. She says, “There are different activities involved and fun things to do. There’s going to be crafts, basketball games, dodge ball games, and everything like that. We’re going to be on our feet and there will be music playing the entire time. It is going to be a fun-filled day for everybody.”  Mount Carmel Junior Gabe Bogutskie says the event is important because cancer is something that everyone can relate to and can contribute…

Governor to get PA carbon bill

SUNBURY – One of the Valley’s state senators believes legislative scrutiny is needed when it comes to regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the reduction of carbon emissions. State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23rd, Loyalsock Township) was a recent guest on WKOK’s On The Mark program talking about a bill he supports.   Yaw said, “This bill does not extend any time periods.  We still have to have a 32 percent reduction by 2030.  But, what it does is brings the legislature into the mix.  In this era of transparency, it seems to me that you would want the people who you elect to make some decisions, because there are policy decisions as to how…

Eric Frein look-alike stopped repeatedly

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — A Canadensis man says he’s been stopped at least 20 times by authorities who have mistaken him for the suspect in a trooper’s killing. Thirty-nine-year-old James Tully says he was once held at gunpoint in an encounter that left him fearing for his life. Tully walks to work through the rural search area because he doesn’t own a car. He also wears a backpack, an item police believe suspect Eric Frein has also carried.  A fund has been set up by a neighbor on the Go Fund Me website to try to raise enough money to buy a car for Tully. Police have been looking for Frein for more than a…

Norry man waives child porn charges

NORTHUMBERLAND – A Northumberland man accused of exchanging nude cell phone photos with a 15-year-old girl will go to court on child pornography charges.  46-year-old David Klock waived his right to preliminary hearing on Wednesday and will be formally arraigned November 24 in Northumberland County.   Klock is accused of soliciting nude photos from the Elysburg girl over a seven-month period and sending her nude photos of himself.  He is free after posting bail on October 7.  Klock is charged with felony counts of child pornography, unlawful conduct, corruption of minors and sexual abuse.  (Ali Stevens)

Meals for Seals at Selinsgrove football game

SELINSGROVE – No hungry Seals.  That is the goal of Meals for Seals, and you can learn all about them Friday at the Selinsgrove football game.  Community Mobilizer for Snyder County Coalition for Kids Kelly Feiler says the program, which sends food home with elementary school students on the weekends, will be on display, “We are going to have a stand at the football game when you first walk in so people can see about the program, see what the bags contain and learn how to contribute.” Feiler says they will also be taking donations to help with the program, “It is the roundup of Red Ribbon Week, so the elementary school has agreed to…

Breast health center takes team approach

LEWISBURG — “Team,” “group” and “family” are words you hear often when asking staff of the Thyra M. Humphreys Center to describe their approach at treating breast cancer. Andrea Bertram is director of the breast health center at Evangelical Community Hospital. She says while they’ve made many advances in technology, they pride themselves on care beyond medicine.   “Every newly diagnosed case of breast cancer is presented weekly to a team of pathologists, radiologists, surgeons, oncologists, nursing staff, primary care.” Bertram said. “Basically anybody who is going to see or be with that patient looks at their pathology, looks at their imaging, hears from the surgeon, and has a chance to participate and share ideas.”…

Grant money for two Nor. County projects

HARRISBURG – Two Northumberland County projects will benefit from Marcellus Shale impact fees assessed on natural gas drillers.  Grants provided through the Keystone Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program were awarded to Coal Township and to the Northumberland County Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area.   Coal Township will receive $188,000 for development of a new recreation center as an alternative to the township’s existing basketball facility.  It will be adjacent to the township playground, which has already received $100,000 in funds from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.  The new recreation center will be accessible to the disabled, unlike the current facility.   The Outdoor Adventure Area will receive $150,000 for construction of an observation deck…

Lewisburg SB’s Swope to be PSBA president

 HARRISBURG – The president of a local school board will soon be president of the state school boards association. Members of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association elected new officers for 2015 and a Lewisburg School Board member is now their president.   Kathy Swope, president of the Lewisburg Area School Board, was selected as president-elect for the PSBA. She was already a representative of the PSBA, but this is her first term as president-elect. Swope has served as president of the Lewisburg Area School Board since 1997. (Ali Stevens)