Sunbury Police: Man tried to lure female into van

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SUNBURY — Sunbury Police are investigating what they call a “serious public safety issue,” after a man attempted to lure a female into a vehicle this morning in the city. Now, police say they are looking for the driver of a white van. The driver is described as a heavyset white male with glasses and balding. The van is small to medium size, with the name of a satellite TV company on the side. An investigation is continuing in the city and anyone with information is asked to call Sunbury Police 570-286-4587. (Sara Bartlett)   Follow

State Police: Trooper shot dead outside barracks

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BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) – State police say one trooper was fatally shot and another was injured when they were ambushed outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania. A search is underway for the suspect or suspects. State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan says the shooting occurred Friday night at the barracks in Pike County’s Blooming Grove during a shift change. He says one trooper was leaving the barracks and another was arriving when shots were fired. The troopers’ names haven’t been released. Noonan says the injured trooper was taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Scranton, where he is in stable condition. Noonan says the attack seemed to be directed at state police. He says…

Four police officers suspended in Mount Carmel Township

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MOUNT CARMEL TWP – Four police officers have been suspended in Mount Carmel Township for an incident on Labor Day. The News Item reports Patrolmen Patrick McAndrew, Michael Pitcavage and David Stamets were suspended last week. Patrolman Matthew Filarski will be suspended once his medical leave is up. The four officers were off-duty September 1, when they were allegedly chased by Kulpmont Patrolman David Tomtishen. A firework was allegedly tossed at Tomtishen’s cruiser as a joke, prompting the chase. State police are investigating. Stamets is accused of driving an unlicensed, unregistered vehicle with his fellow officers as passengers. The chase went through Marion Heights and Mount Carmel Township. (Ali Stevens)     Follow

Police chief resigns in Watsontown

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WATSONTOWN — Watsontown’s police chief has decided to retire. After serving with the Watsontown police department for 33-years, he submitted his retirement letter to borough council on Monday. Denise Derr’s last day on the job will be August 31st. Sergeant Rick Faux was appointed acting chief by Mayor David Hontz.   Derr was suspended by Mayor Hontz earlier this year. He then filed a lawsuit against the borough, the mayor and Public Works Director Scott Winters. It was not disclosed why Derr was suspended.   In his retirement letter, Derr said, “I would like to thank President Miller and the citizens of the borough of Watsontown for the privilege and honor of serving as a…

Meth lab discovered in Milton

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MILTON — Three men are in custody after police discovered a meth lab in Milton while serving outstanding warrants. Milton police tell us they went to 538 Broadway in Milton on Wednesday and discovered items used to make methamphetamine inside the home.   Angel Prokop, Ace Elmore and Clifton Elmore were taken into custody. Two of the suspect were arraigned and sent to the Northumberland County Prison. The third suspect will be arraigned today. A state police lab response team searched the home and confiscated numerous items. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Watsontown police identify dead woman

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WATSONTOWN — It was a Shamokin woman who was found dead inside a home in Watsontown on Thursday. On Monday, Watsontown police identified the woman as 45-year-old Helen Knarr from the Shamokin area.   An autopsy was conducted and the investigation continues, but at this time, police do not believe the death is suspicious. They are awaiting results from toxicology testing, which can take several weeks. Knarr was found dead on Thursday at 159 Grandview Drive in Watsontown. (Ali Stevens) Follow

DA says police officer was justified in shooting

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SUNBURY — A Sunbury police officer was justified in shooting a wanted man. Northumberland County District Attorney Ann Targonski says Officer Brad Hare had the right to use deadly force against 22-year-old Erick Trometter during an incident July 7. Hare approached Trometter after police were notified of someone who assaulted a 67-year-old Sunbury woman. As Hare began to question him, Trometter pulled out a knife and threatened the officer. Hare used his taser three times, which did not stop Trometter. Hare reportedly told Trometter he was going to use his gun, to which Trometter responded, “I don’t care, I am not going back to jail.” Hare then shot Trometter one time. Targonski says there were…

Former Sunbury police chief may get a new job

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SUNBURY – Sunbury’s former police chief is a finalist for another chief’s position in Pennsylvania.  According to Middletown’s local paper, Stephen Mazzeo is one of three finalists for the job of police chief in that Dauphin County borough.   Mazzeo was interviewed by Middletown Borough Council’s public safety committee, but refused to speak with the public after the interview.  He is being considered for the job left open when Middletown’s police chief resigned.   Mazzeo served as Sunbury’s police chief before he was demoted earlier this year.  Mayor David Persing cited personnel issues as the reason for his demotion.  Christopher Blase is currently the acting police chief in Sunbury until a new chief is selected. …

No one hurt after a standoff with police

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WATSONTOWN — No injuries were reported after a shot was fired inside a home in Watsontown during a standoff with police Thursday night. Watsontown Police say they were called to 702 Main Street for a report of a barricaded gunman threatening suicide. Two people were inside the home with the armed man. Officers from Milton, Buffalo Valley Regional and State Police assisted at the scene and the man refused to communicate. Police alerted neighbors of the situation, and traffic for two blocks of Main Street was shut down. At 11:42p.m., one shot was fired inside the house and then the man came out of the basement. He was taken into custody without incident and was…

Man critical after police shooting

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DANVILLE – The 22-year-old man shot by a Sunbury police officer Tuesday is in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center.  Hospital official Mike Ferlazzo confirmed Erick Trometter’s condition Wednesday morning.  Trometter, most recently of Herndon, was involved in a domestic altercation in Sunbury Tuesday morning. Stonington State Police say he was then seen walking on Mile Post Road near Shikellamy Avenue.  Acting Sunbury police chief Brad Hare responded to the scene and Trometter allegedly pulled out a knife.  Hare attempted to tase Trometter, but it was unsuccessful.  When Trometter refused to let go of the knife, Hare shot him one time. Trometter was taken by ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center.  Hare was not injured, but…