Technology upgrade for Shikellamy students

SUNBURY – Shikellamy Area School District started the new school year with new technology. The district has implemented a one-to-one computer program for high school students. 1,050 Chrome Books were purchased for students in grades 9-12 and for carts in each middle school department. At the school board work session Thursday, Abbey Walshaw-Wertz, director of education said they are working on a program that would allow students to take their computers home later this fall. Currently, students return computers to their homeroom at the end of each day. Administrators plan to have individual parent meetings to outline the program which requires students to sign an agreement and pay a $25 fee for the school year….

Questions raised for future prison site

SUNBURY – For nearly three hours the Northumberland County Commissioners and Apex representatives answered concerned questions on the future prison site in Sunbury at a public meeting. Ray Minarovic, project manager, assured the public that they are doing everything to make sure it’s a safe site. In their 2015 study , Apex tested 145 contaminants and only 5 were above Act 2 residential standards. Carol Mazzeo, resident of Caketown, says they’re concerned for their health, “We just want to make sure the ground is remediated properly and we want the site safe for the residents but also for the people for the people who are going to be incarcerated there. It’s our responsibility, it’s our…

Selinsgrove cell tower case delayed

SELINSGROVE- Residents who packed the Selinsgrove Zoning Hearing Board meeting room Thursday night were left with many questions unanswered about a variance request for a controversial cellular telephone tower on Linda Lane. The Selinsgrove Zoning Hearing Board approved a delay request by Horvath Communications, who made the variance request. The case will now be heard at the next regularly scheduled meeting October 1. Joanne Lauer, who lives on Linda Lane, says having to wait somewhat frustrating, “We did a lot of work in a short amount of time. We were wishing to have some more time to do some more research, so this may benefit us. I was just curious as to why they would want…

Northumberland man drowns after heart attack

NORTHUMBERLAND – A Northumberland man drowned in the Susquehanna River after having a heart attack.  Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley said 68-year-old Robert Luden was pronounced dead Thursday at 5 p.m. at a dock in the Airport Campground on the Northumberland side of Packer Island.   Kelley said while on his docked pontoon boat, Luden had a cardiac episode and fell off the bow area of the boat, into the river and drowned.  His death has been ruled an accident.  (Ali Stevens)

Rock throwing teens learn their fate

LEWISBURG – Decades in jail for bad prank…Three Valley men learned their fates Thursday in Union County Court. Dylan Lahr, Tyler Porter and Keefer McGee were sentenced for a rock throwing incident last year that caused severe brain trauma for Sharon Budd. Dylan Lahr, was sentenced  to 54 months to 20 years in prison and was credited with 158 days time already served. Lahr pleaded guilty to four charges including aggravated assault. He asked the Budd family “for forgiveness from the bottom of his heart.” Tyler Porter was sentenced to 22 months to 10 years in prison followed by 10 years of probation. Porter pleaded no contest to aggravated assault charges. Keefer McGee was sentenced  to 11-and-a-half…

Middleburg man jailed after assaulting woman

MIDDLEBURG – A Middleburg man is locked up in the Snyder County Prison, charged with assaulting a woman.  Middleburg police say 33-year-old Adam Hummel assaulted a woman at a home on Fir Avenue in Middlecreek Township August 29.   Hummel is accused of refusing to allow the woman to leave. Police say he choked her and repeatedly hit her.   The woman was able to escape the home through a bedroom window and police say Hummel chased after her.   Hummel was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment and reckless endangerment.  (Ali Stevens)

Tom Brady’s ban lifted by judge

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge deflated “Deflategate” Thursday, erasing New England quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for a controversy that the NFL claimed threatened football’s integrity. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell went too far in affirming punishment of the Super Bowl winning quarterback. Brady has insisted he played no role in a conspiracy to deflate footballs below the allowable limit at last season’s AFC championship game. The written decision frees Brady to prepare for the Sept. 10 season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The ruling was a surprise to some legal experts who believed Berman was merely pressuring the league to settle when he criticized its handling…

DUI checkpoints planned as Labor Day approaches

SELINSGROVE – With Labor Day arriving on Monday, state police are hoping everyone finds a designated driver.  They have announced they will be taking part in DUI roving patrols and a DUI checkpoint during the month of September.   A location for the checkpoint has not been given, but it will take place in Snyder County, with state police at Selinsgrove participating.  (Ali Stevens)

Schuylkill County police officer assaulted

NEW RINGGOLD, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say a police officer in Schuylkill County has been hospitalized following an assault.  State police say West Penn Township officer Melissa Ruch saw a vehicle on the side of the road Wednesday about 5pm and stopped to check it out. They say she started to approach the vehicle when a man came around the car, picked her up and threw her down an embankment.   By the time other officers arrived on the scene, the man was gone. Ruch was flown to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  State police are handling the investigation. They say they are looking for a Hispanic male about 6;3” tall, weighing about 250 pounds,…

Allenwood man charged for police pursuit

MIFFLINBURG – An Allenwood man faces more than a dozen charges, after leading police on a chase with a stolen vehicle.  Court documents show 18 charges were filed Wednesday against 32-year-old Cody Dyer for the incident on August 17.   Dyer is accused of leading police through Lycoming and Union Counties.  State police say he rammed a cruiser, forcing it into a ditch.  At one point, Dyer stopped and got out of the vehicle and threw chain saws and a tool box onto a rural road.  State police shot Dyer with a Taser, but Dyer was able to get back into the stolen vehicle and drive away.  He was taken into custody two days later…