Police search for missing man


SUNBURY — Sunbury Police are asking people to be on the lookout for a missing man in the Sunbury area.  Police tell us 64-year-old Ho Wat of Shamokin Dam was with his wife at A Community Clinic in Sunbury around 1:30p.m. when he walked out of the waiting room around 1:30p.m.  He is 5’4″ about 130 pounds.  He is wearing blue jeans, a red jacket, glasses and possibly a red hat. Police say Wat suffers from Alzheimer’s. Anyone with information is asked to call Sunbury Police or 911. (Sara Bartlett)   Follow

Charges against Erick Trometter going to court


SUNBURY – Sunbury Police Chief Brad Hare said a knife-wielding Erick Trometter would not retreat, and that is when he had to shoot the 23-year-old man.  That was part of testimony heard Wednesday during Trometter’s preliminary hearing.  District Judge Ben Apfelbaum sent all of Trometter’s charges to court. Trometter is charged for an incident July 8 when Hare approached him along Mile Post Road in Sunbury.  Hare says he was looking for Trometter, who, earlier that day, was accused in an incident of physically assaulting his grandmother. When Trometter would not give Hare his real name on numerous occasions, Hare says he Tased him.  Trometter refused to retreat, and Hare says he deployed the Taser…

Hit and run in Middleburg

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MIDDLEBURG — Middleburg Police are looking for a hit and run suspect. Police say a Middleburg woman was stopped at a red light on South Main Street and Market Street Friday evening, when an SUV failed to stop and struck the woman’s vehicle. The operator then fled the scene and was last seen traveling toward Penns Creek on Route 104. Police say the SUV could be tan in color, and should have some front end damage. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Middleburg Police at 570-837-0321. (Codi Jade) Follow

Snyder County pharmacy burglary


MT. PLEASANT MILLS — State police are investigating a pharmacy burglary in Snyder County. According to reports, state police in Selinsgrove were dispatched to the Shade Mountain Pharmacy for an alarm Saturday just before 4:00a.m. Troopers arrived to find a side window torn out and several medications stolen.   Police say among the stolen medications were Bupropion, Hydrocloride, Oxycontin and Alprazolam. The thieves fled the scene. The investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police in Selinsgrove at 570-374-8145. (Codi Jade) Follow

Jury selected for teen shot by Sunbury police


SUNBURY – A 12-person jury has been selected for the trial of Naheem Reams, who was shot by Sunbury police after allegedly trying to run over the officer.  The News Item reports the trial will begin on Thursday, December 18.   The 18-year-old is charged with felony aggravated assault, fleeing or eluding and driving under the influence of marijuana.  Police say Reams was shot by Sunbury Sergeant James Taylor once in the torso on June 5, 2013 after a high-speed chase in the city.  Reams allegedly tried to run down Taylor near Chestnut and Front Streets.  (Ali Stevens) Follow

Police capture runaway bull in Snyder County


MONROE TWP — A bull was on the loose Monday in Snyder County. Selinsgrove State Police say a large black bull was seen running on Route 11 in Monroe Township, just before the White Bridge in Northumberland around 1:30a.m. The bull was safely captured and now police are looking for the bull’s owner. They say it looks like the bull possibly escaped from a trailer. Anyone with information is asked to call Selinsgrove State Police at 570-374-8145. (Sara Bartlett) Follow

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


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


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…