Norry PD releases video of purse snatcher

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UPDATE: Northumberland police are out with a video image of a man who they say tried to steal a purse last weekend. The incident happened last Saturday night (10/4) in the 200 block of Fourth Street around 11pm. The man knocked down a woman on her porch and stole her purse. The victim’s boyfriend was able to make chase, retreive the purse but the suspect got away. The suspect is described as being in his early 20’s, with dark skin, dark hair, possibly Hispanic male, 5’8″ tall to 5’11” tall, weighing about 165 pounds. He was wearing a gray “ECHO” hoodie and black sweat pants. He also has tattoos on his right wrist. Anyone who…

Police: Suspect writing describes ambush

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BLOOMING GROVE, Pa (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police say they found writings left by ambush suspect Eric Frein that describes how he opened fire on a rural barracks and then made his escape. Lt. Col. George Bivens read from the journal he says was written by Frein. He says Frein wrote that he took two shots, watched his victim fall “still and quiet,” then shot a second trooper. He says Frein wrote he tried to make his getaway in a Jeep, but ran it into a swamp and took off on foot. He says Frein called the botched getaway a “disaster.” Bivens says the note provided a “cold-blooded and absolutely chilling account” and described Frein’s…

Shooting Update: Couple from Milton ID’d

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UPDATE: Buffalo Valley Regional Police tell us a male, and a female, thought to be from the Milton area, were the two people considered the victims of Monday night’s shooting. Details are few, but they say the two, did not report the incident, were found in Milton, and they were not injured. They told police they did not know who shot at them. Police do say it was not a random incident and the general public is not in danger. No information is available about the perpetrator of the shooting. LEWISBURG — Three shots were fired outside of a Lewisburg hotel Monday night.   Police are now searching in the Milton area, where they say…

Patrolmen avoid criminal charges in traffic incident

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MOUNT CARMEL TWP — There will be no criminal charges filed against four Mount Carmel Township police officers involved in a Labor Day incident. In addition, Northumberland County District Attorney Ann Targonski says there has been “speculation and inaccurate information circulated about the incident.” We reported September 12, Mount Carmel Township patrolman Patrick McAndrew, Michael Pitcavage, Matthew Filarski and David Stamets were suspended after riding in a vehicle, which was being chased by a Kulpmont police officer. It was initially reported to police that a firework was also thrown from the patrolman’s vehicle toward the vehicle of the Kulpmont police officer. However, Targonski says, “There is absolutely no evidence that anything was thrown at the officer…

Driver cited for Route 45 wreck

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MONTANDON – A Montandon man was cited for causing a crash on Route 45 Tuesday that shut down the highway for several hours.  State police say 60-year-old Wilbert Conrad fell asleep at the wheel and drove his SUV off the road and struck a fire hydrant and a utility pole.   The pole fell onto the highway near the railroad tracks and Route 45 was shut down in both directions for a large part of the day on Tuesday.  Conrad sustained a minor injury in the crash and was cited for careless driving.  (Ali Stevens) Follow

Police: Ambush suspect was military re-enactor

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BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) – Police say the suspect in last week’s fatal ambush outside a rural state police barracks belonged to a “military simulation unit” based in eastern Pennsylvania whose members play the role of soldiers from eastern Europe. Lt. Col. George Bivens says 31-year-old Eric Frein “appears to have assumed that role in real life.” Hundreds of law enforcement officials are looking for Frein. He is charged with killing one trooper and injuring another outside the Blooming Grove barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania late Friday. State police call Frein a survivalist who’s armed and very dangerous. Bivens also says Frein has shaved his head in a Mohawk style.   Follow

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…