Another man charged in Kelly Township crime spree


LEWISBURG – A second man has been charged in connection with a crime spree this summer in Kelly Township, Union County.  Court records say 22-year-old Wayde Kerstetter of Lewisburg has been charged with felony burglary, arson, theft and criminal mischief and was sent to the Union County Prison after an arraignment on Tuesday. Kerstetter and co-defendant 19-year-old Johannes Stahl of Allenwood are accused of attempting to steal a car, lighting another car on fire and setting fire to a riding mower inside a garage.  Police say the two also burglarized a home, stabbed holes in two swimming pools, and stole electronics and cash from several vehicles. The incidents took place on July 7 at 2…

Police chase involving drugs in Mount Carmel


  MOUNT CARMEL – An 18-year-old Elysburg man is in custody Saturday morning after he was involved in a police chase that started in Mount Carmel and ended in Elysburg. Mount Carmel Police say the driver was stopped for a traffic violation where they found drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.   When police tried to search the vehicle, first an officer tried to put one hand in the vehicle, but the driver rolled up the windows and locked the doors. The officer’s hand got caught in the window and the driver tried to pull away. The officer was able to get his hand out of the window as the vehicle pulled away.   The pursuit…

Sunbury fugitive captured in New York


SUNBURY – Another criminal featured on Northumberland County billboards has been captured.  The Cost Collections Task Force reported on Facebook that last evening, Clayton Sheldon of Sunbury was taken into custody in New York.   Sheldon failed to appear for a revocation hearing on charges of assault and resisting arrest.  He also has three prior PFA’s to three different victims dating back to 2008.  The task force says they received a private message on the Northumberland County Sheriff’s office Facebook page giving Sheldon’s address and his mother’s name, where he was hiding in New York.  The task force has put wanted individuals on various billboards in the county and so far, two suspects have been…

Northumberland County prison guard–busted


SUNBURY – A Northumberland County corrections officer was arrested today for providing inmates with tobacco. Court documents say Joseph Marinelli, IV distributed tobacco and possibly “Spice” to inmates of the Northumberland County prison in late 2014. Marinelli is the latest person to be charged in an on-going investigation by Northumberland County Detective Degg Stark. Marinelli is charged with obstructing administration of law by delivering prohibited substances to county inmates. If found guilty, he faces two years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Last month, two former staff members, Troy Taffner and Susan Studenski were also charged with providing tobacco to inmates at the Northumberland County prison. (Jennifer Wakeman) Follow

VIDEO HERE: Witnesses help locate stabbing suspect


SUNBURY — Multiple police departments joined forces Sunday morning to apprehend a stabbing suspect. Tyrone Lee of Plymouth, Luzerne County allegedly stabbed two Sunbury men after an altercation outside the FuBar on North 3rd Street. Witnesses say Lee stabbed James Herb and Benjamin Herrold during a fight and threatened others with a knife before fleeing the scene. As police searched the area, another witness told officers he saw Lee running toward Woodlawn Avenue. Police apprehended Lee a few minutes later. Both victims required emergency surgery at Geisinger. Herrold stab wound entered his liver causing significant damage. James Herb was stabbed five times on his abdomen, chest and upper arm. At this hour, Herb is in…

Two friends arrested for DUI in the same night


MILTON – A New Columbia woman, who went to pick up her friend who was arrested for DUI, was also charged with driving under the influence.  State police say the woman went to pick up her friend at the state police barracks in Milton on Thursday night, after the friend was charged with DUI.   When she arrived, troopers say she was also intoxicated and she was placed under arrest.  Neither woman has been identified.  Charges against both women will be filed in district court.  (Ali Stevens) Follow

Columbia County murder suspect captured


BLOOMSBURG — A man wanted for murder in Columbia County has been captured in Argentina. State police say 72-year-old Anthony Rocco Franklin was arrested Monday in Buenos Aries for the death of 46-year-old Frank Spencer on July 1, 2012.   Franklin and his daughter, Maria Sanutti-Spencer are accused of killing Maria’s ex-husband, Frank Spencer, who was shot with a rifle and a revolver at the door of his residence. Franklin is also accused of breaking into Spencer’s Columbia County home in 2009 and stealing documents and then setting fire to the home a few months later, destroying it.   Franklin is also charged with setting fire to the home of Spencer’s girlfriend seven months later…

Columbia County woman charged with murder


BLOOMSBURG – A Columbia County woman has been charged with shooting and killing her ex-husband on July 3, 2012.  State police say Maria Spencer shot and killed 46-year-old Frank Spencer at his home on Fairview Drive in Hemlock Township.  Charges are also filed against Maria Spencer’s father, 72-year-old Anthony Franklin, who is wanted for his role in the murder.  A warrant has been issued for his arrest since his whereabouts are unknown.   Spencer was arrested today and will be arraigned.  At one point he had filed a protection-from-abuse order against his ex-wife, saying she threatened him.  In 2010, both Frank Spencer and his girlfriend’s homes were destroyed by fire seven months apart.  The fire…

Marino staffer arrested on felony gun charge


WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Congressman Tom Marino’s (R-10, Cogan Station) press secretary has been arrested. Ryan Shucard was arrested this morning after carrying a handgun and magazine into the Cannon House Office building. According to Capitol Police, Shucard is facing felony charges for carrying a gun without a license. Marino’s chief of staff Bill Tighe said that Shucard, who has worked for the congressman since May, has been placed on unpaid leave. (AP/Sara Bartlett) Follow

One arrest after a DUI checkpoint


UNDATED – One arrest was reported after a state police DUI checkpoint in Snyder County on Thursday.  Troopers say a 23-year-old man from Bedford County was stopped and it was discovered he was driving a stolen motorcycle.   The man, who was not identified, was sent to the Snyder County Prison and charges are pending.  Several motorists were also cited for expired registrations, expired inspections and suspended driver’s licenses during the DUI checkpoint.  (Ali Stevens) Follow