Reports say Paulsen going to George Mason

UNDATED – Multiple reports say that Bucknell head basketball coach Dave Paulsen has taken a job as the head basketball coach George Mason University. It was announced earlier that George Mason’s coach Paul Hewitt would not be returning for the 2015-2016 season. More information as it becomes available.

Men charged for drugs at daycare

SHAMOKIN — Three men are facing drug charges, following an overdose at a Shamokin daycare Saturday.  According to District Attorney Ann Targonski, 37-year-old Christian Kehler of Shamokin, 28-year-old Ryan Varano of Shamokin and 49-year-old Frederick Russo of Kulpmont were said to be selling and using heroin in a Shamokin daycare while it was closed.   The three men were charged with felony criminal conspiracy and possession with intent to deliver, as well as a misdemeanor of possession of an illegal substance.  Shamokin police were called to the Jesus’ Lil Helpers Daycare on South Fifth Street Saturday night to investigate an overdose.   The officers arrived to find Kehler laying unconscious.  He was taken by ambulance.  …

Judge again rules Joe Paterno can’t sue

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania judge has ruled again that the family of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno can’t sue the NCAA and the university for breach of contract for their actions in response to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. Judge John Leete ruled Monday that an amended lawsuit filed by Paterno’s family repeated the breach-of-contract claim that he had previously dismissed. The estate says the NCAA and university violated his rights through their investigations and a subsequent consent decree that made harsh judgments about his actions. Leete is turning down the Paternos’ request to let them make public more of the material they’re getting from the NCAA. He’s also…

Hare facing manslaughter and sex charge

MILTON – Felony involuntary manslaughter and misdemeanor indecent assault 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…

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)