McClure man facing felony drug charges

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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

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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

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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

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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…

Mifflinburg road rage investigation underway

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MIFFLINBURG – Mifflinburg police are investigating a road rage incident that happened Monday afternoon.   Police say it began about 3:30pm on Colonel John Kelly Road, near Forest Hill Road. The victim of the incident said he was following another car that was being driven erratically. Then at a traffic signal in Mifflinburg, the driver of the suspect car got out of his vehicle and pointed a gun at the victim and told him to ‘back-up!’ The man holding the gun was described as middle-aged, wearing a short sleeve t-shirt and blue jeans.  He was said to be under 6 feet tall, 175 to 200 pounds. Police say his speech was slurred or he had a drawn-out accent. …

Troubles continue for Sunbury police force

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SUNBURY- – Personnel issues continue to plague the Sunbury police. At Monday’s city council meeting Mayor David Persing announced that an executive session was held to discuss an ongoing police personnel investigation.   Last month two officers were placed on unpaid suspension after being accused of improper behavior. Persing told us the current investigation is related to these incidents and that a public statement would be issued at the appropriate time. “Everything’s up front. We just have to remember it is personnel.”   Mayor Persing has declined to release the names of the officers saying it is not information he can make public. (Jennifer Wakeman) Follow

Mayor talks about police decisions

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SUNBURY — Mayor David Persing says the suspensions issued earlier this week for two police officers, accused of improper behavior, were based on facts presented to him.  Some people have questioned whether the punishments for the officers were harsh enough. Persing said, “You can’t make everybody happy.  I understand that.  You’ve got to make the decision on the documentation you have.  Not the documentation that somebody thinks they heard or saw or heard rumors of.  You just can’t do that.  You have got to deal with facts and that is what I have done.” When it comes to releasing the names of the officers, Persing said people don’t understand personnel issues and that they are bound by law…

Another Sunbury officer being investigated

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SUNBURY —  A second Sunbury police officer is being investigated for improper conduct. Sunbury Mayor David Persing tells us accusations have been made about an officer using city equipment during working hours improperly.  He says the investigation continues, but would not give any more details.   This comes after another officer was being investigated for allegedly harassing a female employee at the Northumberland County 911 Center.  Persing says since this is a personnel matter, it is not city policy to release the officers names.  He says more information on the investigations may be available by the end of the week.  (Ali Stevens) Follow

Sunbury officer accused of harassment

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SUNBURY — A Sunbury police officer has been accused of harassing a woman at the Northumberland County 911 Center.  Sunbury Mayor David Persing says the officer was accused of harassing a female employee at the center last week, while he was on duty.   Persing would not identify the officer, but says they are taking the matter very seriously.  He says the city police department is investigating the incident and they should know more by the end of the week.  The officer has been banned from entering the 911 center.  (Codi Jade) Follow