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

Chris Christie bodyguard arrested


HAMBURG —  A bodyguard for Gov. Chris Christie is facing criminal charges for shoplifting — despite his efforts to avoid punishment through name dropping. According to the New York Daily News, New Jersey state trooper William Carvounis, who works on Christie’s security detail, was reportedly busted stealing $268 in merchandise from a hunting gear store.  He allegedly tried to slip out of the charges by telling police who his boss was. Carvounis reportedly stole the merchandise from a Hamburg, Pa store.  The stolen gear included handgun grips, a pistol magazine and a hat.  Police say when the 35-year-old was arrested, he repeatedly mentioned that he worked for Christie and asked for a break on the…

Mt. Pleasant Mills man jailed for assault


MIDDLEBURG – A Mount Pleasant Mills man is locked up in the Snyder County Prison charged with assaulting a woman at a home in Middleburg. Police say Kenneth Lowery is charged with aggravated and simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and other counts for the incident early this (Wednesday) morning.   Middleburg police were called to a home on Pine Street around 3:30 a.m. and arrived to find Lowery unconscious. Police say they learned he had assaulted a woman in the home and she hit him in the head, knocking him unconscious. Lowery was treated by a medic and was taken to the Middleburg Police Department for questioning. Police Lowery became aggressive and resisted arrest….

Man uses infant to resist arrest


LEWISBURG — A Union County man is in custody following a parole violation Monday.  According to State Police in Milton, 23-year-old Dawud Wright of WhiteDeerTownship was violating a protection from abuse order.  As police approached Wright, he allegedly used his infant daughter to prevent troopers from arresting him.   Police say Wright would not release his 2-month-old daughter from his arms.  After a standoff for several minutes, troopers were able to safely remove the infant from Wright’s arms and take him into custody.  No one was injured in the standoff.  (Codi Jade) Follow

DUI checkpoint nabs underage drinkers


  SELINSGROVE – Three people were nabbed for underage drinking and one man was arrested during a DUI checkpoint Friday night and early Saturday morning in Snyder County. State police say a 48-year-old man from Northumberland County was arrested for DUI during the checkpoint. Troopers will not disclose their names.   Also, a 19-year-old from Elysburg was charged with underage drinking along with a 19-year-old from Elmhurst, PA and a 20-year-old from Westminster, Maryland. Several traffic citations were also issued during the checkpoint, which was organized by state police from the Selinsgrove, Stonington, and Milton barracks. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Trespassing sends man to jail


  MILTON — A Milton man is in jail, facing criminal trespassing charges, for an incident Wednesday. Milton State Police say 31-year-old Joshua Buck entered a residence along Turbot Avenue in Delaware Township, Northumberland County around 5:20p.m.   Police say Buck was told numerous times he was not permitted to enter the home. Once inside, Buck refused to leave. He faces charges of criminal trespass and harassment. Buck is in Northumberland County Prison on $5,000 bail. (Sara Bartlett)   Follow

Milton man facing child porn charges

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  MILTON — A Milton man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on child porn charges. 21-year-old Brian Kelson is accused of having inappropriate pictures of children. Kelson was indicted on Thursday and faces at least 15 years in prison if found guilty.   Follow