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    Doctor: Enterovirus comparable to the flu

    LEWISBURG — A respiratory virus that is usually not found in the United States has now spread to Pennsylvania. While it has struck fear in many state residents, Evangelical Community Hospital’s Pediatrician Faiz Rahman says Enterovirus is comparable to the flu.   “The strain that everybody is kind of scared of is the Enterovirus D68,” Rahman said. “To tell you the truth, I don’t think it is worse than the flu. It is one of those things, where most of the time it causes symptoms similar to the common cold, but some of the strains could cause you severe respiratory illness.”   Doctor Rahman says it can affect anyone, but it tends to be worse…

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    PA Superior Court upholds accident conviction

    UNDATED – Pennsylvania Superior Court has upheld the conviction of a Millersburg man accused in the death of a Dalmatia woman.  33-year-old Thomas Schorr was charged in the death of 19-year-old Bethany Harris after an incident April 12, 2010 in Lower Mahanoy Township, Northumberland County.  Schorr was driving erratically in a vehicle as Harris, a passenger, pleaded for him to slow down.  Harris jumped from the vehicle for her own safety.  She died from injuries sustained in the incident. Schorr was found guilty by Northumberland County Judge Charles Saylor, but appealed that conviction saying there was insufficient evidence.  Schorr says the incident did not involve an accident, therefore, it could not be known if his…

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    Police: Ambush suspect was military re-enactor

    BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) – Police say the suspect in last week’s fatal ambush outside a rural state police barracks belonged to a “military simulation unit” based in eastern Pennsylvania whose members play the role of soldiers from eastern Europe. Lt. Col. George Bivens says 31-year-old Eric Frein “appears to have assumed that role in real life.” Hundreds of law enforcement officials are looking for Frein. He is charged with killing one trooper and injuring another outside the Blooming Grove barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania late Friday. State police call Frein a survivalist who’s armed and very dangerous. Bivens also says Frein has shaved his head in a Mohawk style.  

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    Common Cause director to speak to local progressives

    NORTHUMBERLAND — As election season draws near, you may be asking yourself if your vote really counts. Barry Kauffman, Executive Director of Common Cause in Pennsylvania, says right now in the state, elected officials are more likely to cater to those who fund them.   “What we have done is created a situation where we have two constituencies,” Kauffman said. “One constituency is the ‘voting constituency,’ whereby public officials do have to cater and listen to their voters if they want to get reelected. But that has now been surpassed by the ‘funding constituency,’ whereby they really pay the most attention to those folks who want to fund their campaign.”   Kauffman says there is…

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    Sentencing Thursday for killer couple

    SUNBURY – The couple charged in the murder of a Port Trevorton man will get their ‘life terms’ Thursday in Northumberland County Court.  22-year-old Elytte Barbour and his wife 19-year-old Miranda Barbour will be sentenced by Judge Charles Saylor.  Last month, both pled guilty to stabbing 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara to death.  By pleading guilty, the two avoid the death penalty, and will receive mandatory life prison sentences. After meeting LaFerrara online, the Barbours admit to meeting him in person in the parking lot of the Susquehanna Valley Mall November 11.  Elytte admits to strangling LaFerrara, while Miranda stabbed him.  The couple then dropped his body in Sunbury before driving away. Due to national attention the…

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VIDEO HERE: Dutch Van Kirk laid to rest

NORTHUMBERLAND – A hometown hero was laid to rest Tuesday in Northumberland.  Ted ‘Dutch’ Van Kirk was remembered by family and friends during his funeral at St. John’s Lutheran Church.  Veteran Joe Diblin of Northumberland attended the services, “He had a full life and he is a great hero.  It is sad to lose him, but we are born, we live, we die.  No exceptions.  His, was a great life.” Van Kirk is a Northumberland native, and Northumberland is where he wanted to return says mayor Len Zboray, “We are very proud and glad that he wanted to come back home.” Van Kirk was the last surviving crew member of Enola Gay, who dropped an…

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VIDEO HERE: B-17 Flyover for Dutch Van Kirk

View raw video here of the B-17 flyover that honored Northumberland native Dutch Van Kirk Tuesday: Van Kirk, the last surviving member of the Enola Gay crew, which dropped an atomic bomb on Japan in 1945, died last week.  The WWII plane flew over his burial at the Riverview Cemetery in Northumberland.  It then landed at the Sunbury Airport where it is on display to the public until 6:00p.m.  We will have more from his funeral services later today. (Sara Bartlett)  

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VIDEO HERE: Northumberland County cracks down delinquent payments

SUNBURY – There are some agencies who work, closely, cooperatively, together in Northumberland County government, and they are working to bring in overdue money, fines and child support. Northumberland County Sheriff Robert Wolfe has a message for residents of the county who owe money, “We are coming. It is time to pay up. This is the type of thing where we are going to be out there and looking, and it is time to pay up.” Monday began another day that members of the sheriff’s department, adult probation department and prothonotary’s office conducted a sweep of residents who owe the court anywhere from $300-$87,000. They have the endorsement of the courts and commissioners. In Monday’s…