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

Aggressive Driving Enforcement begins this week

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MONTOURSVILLE — Local police agencies are on the lookout for aggressive drivers. A targeted enforcement initiative aims to reduce aggressive-driving related crashes. Distracted driving, work zone safety violations, following too closely and speeding are some of the behaviors being targeted. Motorists stopped for any of these unsafe behaviors will receive a ticket.   Police from Union, Snyder, Northumberland, Montour and Columbia counties are participating in the initiative beginning March 23. (Jennifer Wakeman) Follow

Cash, medication, checks stolen in Winfield


WINFIELD — Prescription drugs were part of the loot in a recent theft.  According to state police in Milton, someone entered a home on Route 304 in Winfield on March 10 between 9:45 and 11:45a.m.  The thief removed two bank bags filled with cash, two checkbooks, two boxes of blank checks, three bottles of prescription medication and a cell phone.   The actor then fled in an unknown direction.  Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact state police in Milton.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Mount Carmel fire ruled accidental

Volunteers battle a blaze in Mount Carmel.  Photo courtesy of Firewire Northumberland County.

MOUNT CARMEL – Monday’s fire at a Mount Carmel row home has been ruled accidental.  According to Lieutenant Chris Buhay of the Mount Carmel Police Department, an investigation determined the fire was accidental and electrical in nature.   State Police Fire Marshall Kirk Renn, Mount Carmel Township Police Chief Brian Hollenbush, Borough Fire Chief Daniel Cimino and Buhay began an investigation shortly after the fire was extinguished Monday and finished up Tuesday.  They believe the fire originated in the wall of 215 South Walnut Street.  The home was occupied by Anthony and Karen Mcginley.   The fire spread to several neighboring homes.  Route 61 was closed in the area for over six hours.  Borough Fire…

Sunbury police investigation includes phones


SUNBURY — Sunbury police are still under investigation by the mayor. The probe continues after suspension of two Sunbury police officers last month. Sunbury Mayor David Persing says the investigation is ongoing, and includes looking at the cellular telephones of police officers involved.  Persing remains firm that this is a personnel matter, which can’t be discussed publicly.   Persing suspended the two officers without pay for separate incidents.  One officer was accused of using inappropriate language while on duty to a female county employee.  He was suspended for a week without pay. The other officer was accused of using police equipment to meet a woman during work hours, who was outside of city limits.  He was…