Mifflinburg police credit a citizen for an arrest


  MIFFLINBURG — Mifflinburg police credit a local citizen with foiling the getaway after a bank robbery this week. A local man, whose identity hasn’t been disclosed, was at the bank near Mifflinburg, when a man emerged from the bank carrying a shotgun.   The witness then called 9-1-1 and followed the getaway car a short time, when Mifflinburg police chief Doug Bickhart and officer Michele Foose intercepted the robber, boxed him in, and then took him into custody until state police arrived.  “Everything went well,” according to chief Bickhart.  He said when everyone works together you can have a good outcome.   Chief Bickhart also said a recent change in police procedures helped lead…

Sunbury cops recognized for extraordinary act


SUNBURY – Sunbury City Council has honored Corporals Travis Bremigen and Brad Slack for going beyond the call of duty. Sunbury police chief Brad Hare presented a “Letter of Commendation” for their act of assistance May 14 when they helped first responders with a woman in labor. Bremigen helped deliver the baby while Slack helped a frightened little girl in the home.   Hare was proud to recognize the officers, “It’s a way we like to address certain situations when it comes to certain incidents.  It’s a little thank you and congratulations on what they did.”  Hare continued, “It’s not every day that we deliver babies.  All my officers, they all do a fantastic job…

Former officer charged with traffic offenses


  KULPMONT – A former Mount Carmel Township police officer has been fined for an incident involving a fire cracker – and failing to obey police.  After a trial, 30-year-old Dave Stamets of Kulpmont was found guilty of multiple traffic offenses.   Northumberland County District Attorney Ann Targonski says Stamets was involved in a late night incident September 1 in which a firecracker was thrown from a vehicle.  According to police, Stamets reportedly failed to pull over for police, and they say he was driving an unregistered vehicle. They also say he failed to stop at a stop sign while traveling through Marion Heights.   Troopers say Stamets then drove his vehicle into a wooded…

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…

Sunbury police investigate many burglaries


SUNBURY – Sunbury police are busy investigating several incidents in the city including burglaries.  Sunbury police were called to 358 ½ Market Street for a burglary April 15.  Police learned someone had entered the apartment through a window and items were stolen.   Police were called to 228 Market Street for an attempted burglary at a business on April 20.  Someone tried to enter the business by smashing the front window.  Sunbury police are investigating after a handgun was taken from a vehicle parked in a parking lot in the 1100 block of North Fourth Street.  The vehicle was parked around 2 p.m. Tuesday in the plaza parking lot.  The gun was stolen sometime between…

Mayor promises to get to the truth

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SUNBURY – The investigation into allegations against the Sunbury police department is leaving no stone unturned. Mayor David Persing said the city has subpoenaed cellphone records for city-owned phones. According to Persing, the subpoena is required by Verizon in order to release the information, “It’s the procedure question that we had to get a subpoena to go to Verizon to get the information that we’re looking for, so that whole thing was nothing more than just the proper legal procedure.” Persing says he is committed to get to the truth of the accusations made about improper conduct on the part of a Sunbury officer, “The investigation is all said and done other than this last…

Shikellamy locked down for drug search


SUNBURY — Shikellamy High School and Middle School were locked down Wednesday for a drug search.  According to Sunbury Police, seven K-9 units searched lockers in the school.   The lockdown was in place for about an hour so K-9’s could search lockers without student or staff interference.  The Sunbury Police Department and school administration is pleased to report no illegal contraband was found inside the school.   Chief Brad Hare says drugs in schools is a nationwide problem and they want to be proactive.  This was the first locker search done at the school in over five years, but it will not be the last.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Regional police called to Sunbury burglary


SUNBURY – Several regional police departments responded to a burglary early this morning in Sunbury.  Sunbury police say a window was smashed at a home at 310 North Eighth Street around 2:10 a.m.  Sunbury police were assisted by state police and Northumberland, Point Township and Selinsgrove police. Sunbury police were called to the area after a burglar alarm sounded.  The window frame was also broken. The suspects appeared to have entered the residence through the window, but it is not known if anything was taken.  (Ali Stevens) Follow

Sunbury Police are looking for armed man


SUNBURY – Sunbury police are looking for two men involved in an altercation in Sunbury on Sunday, and one man was armed with a handgun.  Police tell us the two men were in a parking lot in the 100 block of South Third Street around 3:30 a.m.   At some point during the altercation, one man went to his vehicle and returned with a handgun.  A bystander left the area and called police to the scene.  Sunbury police arrived and checked the area, but the two men had fled the scene.  One man was said to be Hispanic and the other was African-American.  Anyone who many have witnessed the incident or who may know the…

McClure man facing felony drug charges


MCCLURE – A McClure man is facing a number of drug related charges after he was stopped by Middleburg Police.  47-year-old Gearhard Muhlbauer was stopped by police last Friday for a traffic violation on East Walker Street.  Police say Muhlbauer had a suspended driver’s license and was suspected of being under the influence of drugs.   Police were given consent to search the vehicle and a significant amount of suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia were recovered.  Muhlbauer was charged with felony drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of instruments of a crime.  (Ali Stevens) Follow