Columbia County murder suspect captured

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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

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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

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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

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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