Mayor hopes to restore at least one police position

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SUNBURY — Tough budgets decisions were made at the Sunbury City Council meeting on Monday. So says Sunbury Mayor David Persing, “We needed to pass something on a first reading last night, so we did. Hopefully in the next 30 to 45 days, we will find a way to save one or two jobs that were eliminated.”   Sunbury City Council passed their tentative budget Monday, which includes a 2-mill tax increase and two police officers will be laid off. Persing said, “I’m going to do everything I can to try to at least save one of them. You are limited to taxes and that is what we are down to anymore. I’ve always fought…

Sunbury: Cutting the police force and raising taxes

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SUNBURY — Big budget cuts in Sunbury, two cops laid off and taxes going up.  Three big decisions announced at the Sunbury City Council meeting.  Sunbury City Council unanimously passed a budget Monday which includes a 2-mill tax increase.  Councilman John Shipman says it will increase the millage on the general revenue budget from 23 mils to 25 mils of property tax for every structure in the city.   In addition, two Sunbury police officers will be laid off.  They are Corey Zerbe and Gary Heckman. Sunbury Police Chief Brad Hare says he will work to prevent the layoffs, “I’m going to fight to get these guys back because we can’t afford to lose them. …

Shamokin man in prison after foot chase

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COAL TOWNSHIP – A Shamokin man is behind bars after leading police on a chase in Coal Township on Sunday.  The News Item reports 35-year-old Matthew Furr is accused of stealing a video game from Walmart Sunday afternoon.   Furr fled from security personnel at the store and ran into a wooded area near the store.  Police later located Furr along Route 61 near the former Ames plaza.  He had jumped in his car and driven to Shamokin.  He was taken into custody without incident and sent to the Northumberland County Prison on a probation detainer and is charged with retail theft.  (Ali Stevens) Follow

Three Sunbury residents charged with identity theft

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SUNBURY – Police have identified three Sunbury residents arrested this week for an identity theft scheme.  They are Leon and Calvin Harrington and Ashia Byrd-Harrington.  All three are being held in the Northumberland County Prison.   The Daily Item reports the three are suspects in a credit card and identity theft scheme that could involve hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Sunbury Police has asked the FBI for assistance, as the scheme crossed into New York City.  Investigators say the suspects were taking pre-paid credit cards, stealing personal information and creating new credit cards with the numbers on the pre-paid cards.   Some of the pre-paid cards were blank and using a computer and an activation…

Late police call angers Shikellamy crowd

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SUNBURY–Shikellamy school board members faced some harsh criticism from students and parents at their meeting last night. The district’s apparent lack of response to a pellet gun being sighted on school property on October 31 brought more than fifty people out to express their concern over school safety. Complaints ranged from a lack of discipline within the schools to the seeming absence of an emergency plan to deal with threats to the school buildings. Junior Noah Fenstermacher believes the district isn’t doing enough to ensure student safety. “I would like to be in a safer school where discipline is stricter, where we feel safer, where if there is a gun on the premises their initial…

Police: Frein used Internet while on run

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BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) – Police say they found a laptop computer and two storage drives in the abandoned airplane hangar where Pennsylvania ambush suspect Eric Frein was captured last week. Court documents released Tuesday say Frein told police he used the laptop and connected wirelessly to the Internet while evading authorities. Frein surrendered to U.S. marshals on Thursday following a 48-day manhunt. He was located in an open field near the former Birchwood-Pocono Airpark. Frein is charged with opening fire on the Blooming Grove state police barracks Sept. 12, killing one trooper and seriously wounding a second. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.   Follow

Man arrested after standoff with police

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MARION HEIGHTS – A man was taken into custody around midnight after a four-hour standoff with police in Marion Heights.  A domestic situation reportedly prompted the standoff in the 300 block of Warsaw Street.   A woman got out of the home when police arrived, but the man barricaded himself inside.  Police said there were firearms in the home, so a SWAT team was called in and the house was surrounded.  Gas grenades were fired into the home and the man ran out the back door and a stun gun was used to subdue him.  He was taken to a local hospital and has not been identified.  (Ali Stevens) Follow

Police targeting Routes 11/15

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SHAMOKIN DAM — Police are cracking down on aggressive-driving in the Shamokin Dam area this month. Shamokin Dam Police are teaming up with Pennsylvania State Police to enforce safe driving through November 22.   Police will be targeting Routes 11 and 15 and other roadways in Shamokin Dam. They are warning that any aggressive driver stopped by police will be given a ticket.   The project is aimed at reducing the number of aggressive-driving related crashes, injuries and deaths. During last year’s state-wide campaign, 53,587 related citations were written. The Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (Codi Jade)  …

Man jailed after police threat  

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SUNBURY — A Sunbury man — who was shot by police — is now facing charges for the attack that preceded the shooting.  Charges of felony aggravated assault, possessing instruments of crime, simple assault and endangering another person were filed against 23-year-old Erick Trometter Thursday. Trometter is charged for an incident July 8 when Sunbury Police chief Brad Hare approached him.  Hare saw Trometter walking on Mile Post Road, and approached him regarding an assault that Trometter was allegedly involved in earlier in the day.  According to court papers, Trometter continually refused to comply with Hare’s orders and became aggressive.  Hare then attempted to retrieve a knife that was seen in Trometter’s pocket. It was…

Milton armed robber still on the loose

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MILTON – Milton Police say they are still looking for a man who robbed a bank at gunpoint Thursday.  Police tell us they have been following up on several leads since the robbery at Northumberland County Schools Federal Credit Union around 2:20p.m.  In addition, they are working to get clearer and enhanced surveillance pictures of the suspect and the vehicle he drove. The armed robbery happened at the bank on Center Street and the man fled the scene on Broadway in a dark tan or gold colored four-door Pontiac Grand Am.  He got away with over $2,700.  He is described as white, 6-feet, weighing 200-pounds, wearing a dark colored sweatshirt, white mask and white sweatpants. …