Teen hit while riding a bike in Sunbury


SUNBURY – Sunbury police want to know who hit a teen riding their bike in the city on Wednesday evening. The teen boy was struck by a car on Packer Street at North Third Street around 7 p.m. It is not known if the teen was injured. The driver of the car fled the scene of the accident. The car is described as a silver Ford Focus hatchback with two other rear seat passengers. The car was last seen on North 3rd Street heading towards Reagan Street. The car may have minor passenger side front damage or a dented hood. Anyone with information is asked to call Sunbury Police at 570-286-4584. (Ali Stevens)  

Extra effort to crack down on aggressive driving


UNDATED – You may notice extra police vehicles on the road over the next several weeks.  Thanks to federal funding, law enforcement can crack down even harder on aggressive drivers. “It is federal funding that is channeled through the state and then PennDOT distributes the money to police departments to do efforts above and beyond their duties,” says PennDOT Safety Press Officer Dave Thompson. So what are police on the lookout for?  “Aggressive driving is two or more aggressive driving offenses at any given stop,” says Thompson.  “For example, speeding, going through a red light or stop sign or passing in a no passing zone.  Those are all aggressive driving behaviors.” State and local police…

Missing dogs returned to Orangeville man


BLOOMSBURG — We can stop hunting for two stolen hunting dogs.  The dogs that were taken from an Orangeville man Friday have been returned.  State police in Bloomsburg said a woman entered the Columbia County property Friday, placed the two female dogs in a dark colored sedan and fled.  The dogs were discovered at the Bloomsburg Veterinary Hospital Wednesday morning.   Both dogs were reportedly healthy.  No word on who took the dogs or why.  They were dropped off at the kennel facility outside the veterinary hospital sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.  The owner was contacted and picked up the dogs right away.  Anyone with information on who stole Missy and Susie is asked…

Milton police chief hired in Point Township

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POINT TOWNSHIP – The chief of police in Milton will soon be a member of the Point Township Police Department. After serving as chief of police in Milton for about 9 years, 47-year-old Craig Lutcher decided to retire from the Milton police force and will work as an officer for Point Township.   The retirement was approved by the Milton Borough Council on Wednesday. Point Township Supervisors approved Lutcher’s hiring on Tuesday evening. Milton Borough Council will now have to decide who will head their police department, which has eight officers. (Ali Stevens)

Watsontown police chief is suspended


WATSONTOWN — Veteran Watsontown Police Chief Dennis Derr has been suspended. The suspension was effective as of 7 a.m. Monday, but it is not clear yet why he was suspended. Mayor Dave Hontz, who supervises the police department, would not confirm that he requested the suspension, but did say Derr was on suspension. Councilman Harry Hefty, who lost his bid for mayor in a write-in campaign, said Hontz has the power to suspend the police chief, but has to present his reasoning at the next council meeting. That meeting is Monday at 7 p.m. Hontz would not comment further on the suspension. (Ali Stevens)    

Mrs. Barbour admits to more slayings


SUNBURY — A Port Trevorton man was not her first victim.  According to The Daily Item, that is what 19-year-old Miranda Barbour told a reporter Friday.  She said she killed people in Alaska, Texas, North Carolina and California.   Barbour was speaking from the Northumberland County Prison, where she is awaiting trial for the murder of Troy LaFerrara of Port Trevorton.  Barbour said this was the first time her husband, 22-year-old Elytte Barbour, participated in the slayings with her.  She admitted to killing at least 22 people, and said if she were released she would do it again.   Sunbury Police have been working with investigators throughout the country about possible connections to other killings. …

UPDATE: Missing person found in Northumberland County


SUNBURY – Police were looking for a missing Shamokin man–but he was found after several hours. The Northumberland County Behavior Health/Intellectual Disability Services office said they were working with Sunbury police to find the man. The 56-year-old was found after 6pm and he was said to be okay and uninjured. (Sara Bartlett)  

One in custody after gunshots in Sunbury


SUNBURY — Sunbury Police are investigating an incident that involved gunshots in the city Wednesday night.  Sunbury police chief Steve Mazzeo would not release details about the incident, but say there were gunshots fired and they do have a person in custody. That person will be arraigned sometime Thursday before District Judge Ben Apfelbaum.  There were no injuries reported in the incident.  We’ll have more information as it becomes available. (Sara Bartlett)

Man arrested for injecting drugs into teen

Watsontown Police

WATSONTOWN — Watsontown police arrested a man for injecting a teen with drugs on Christmas day.  According to reports, 21-year-old Chad L. Brouse, who currently has no address, was arrested for allegedly injecting a controlled substance into a 16-year-old boy.   Police say Brouse reportedly used a syringe and needle to inject the drug into the arm of the boy at a home in Watsontown Wednesday afternoon.  Police later recovered the bag which was used to package the controlled substance from the residence of the victim.   Brouse was arrested later that evening in nearby New Columbia. A search of Brouse at that time revealed a syringe and needle and other drug paraphernalia in his…

Shamokin passes budget; makes personnel cuts

Shamokin police

SHAMOKIN — Five employees in Shamokin have been furloughed following the budget passage in the city Monday night.  The News Item reports two full-time police officers, two part-time officers and a street department employee were all furloughed by a vote of 4-1. In addition to the cuts, the code office secretary and the deputy treasurer were moved from full-time to part-time positions.  The changes go into effect January 1.  Shamokin’s budget is $2.5 million. (Sara Bartlett)