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    Fugitive captured while using brother’s identity

    SUNBURY — Tattoos ruined the plot of an identity thief in Northumberland County.  According to Northumberland County District Attorney Ann Targonski, a man pretended to be his fugitive brother when stopped by police in March.   Targonski says Brian Dietrick was the subject of several outstanding warrants, so he identified himself as his brother, Lewis Dietrick who is the subject of less serious outstanding warrants.  Brian allegedly chose to be arrested as Lewis to avoid more serious consequences.   Dietrick continued to present himself as his brother to prison and court officials.  He was first detained in Schuylkill County, but was transferred to Northumberland County on a warrant issued by the probation department.  His deception…


    Shikellamy to appoint new administrator

    SUNBURY – Shikellamy school board directors announced today they anticipate appointing Brett Misavage as acting assistant superintendent at the next regular board meeting. Misavage is currently the principal at Chief Shikellamy Elementary School. His appointment is effective June 8. (Jennifer Wakeman)

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    Large turnout for Apple funeral

    SUNBURY — Hundreds of people came out to pay their respects to a local business and community leader Friday.  John Apple was honored at the Zion Lutheran Church.   Pastor Richard Fangmann gave the eulogy, “Betty and the kids and grandkids — he loved you and was very proud and committed to you.  He worked within you to teach you what was important in life.  He also extended that sense of family to the church, to the company, to the community in which he lived.  He was a part of it.  He shared his talent, his concern and his gifts with all of us.”   Fangmann went on to say, “Even when things got tough…

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    Lane closures on I-80 next week

      MONTOURSVILLE – Lane closures will be in place on Interstate 80 next week at the Mifflinville River Bridge project in Columbia County.  The westbound left lane and the eastbound right lane will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.   New highway signs will be installed.  Motorists should stay alert and drive with caution through the work zone and delays are expected.  (Ali Stevens)

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    Two friends arrested for DUI in the same night

    MILTON – A New Columbia woman, who went to pick up her friend who was arrested for DUI, was also charged with driving under the influence.  State police say the woman went to pick up her friend at the state police barracks in Milton on Thursday night, after the friend was charged with DUI.   When she arrived, troopers say she was also intoxicated and she was placed under arrest.  Neither woman has been identified.  Charges against both women will be filed in district court.  (Ali Stevens)

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VIDEO HERE: Hearing for accused murderer

SUNBURY — After a preliminary hearing Friday, all charges against a Selinsgrove man charged with murder have been sent to court. Edgar Gearhart is accused of fatally stabbing his mother’s boyfriend, Robert Blake of Sunbury. Testifying at today’s hearing was Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley, who was called to Sunbury Community Hospital March 18, where Blake was pronounced dead from a stab wound to the thigh.  Kelley testified Blake’s femoral artery was severed, causing his death.   Police say Gearhart stabbed Blake in the thigh after an argument early that morning in an alley near Fifth Street.  Sunbury Police Detective Jamie Quinn also testified at the hearing, saying that Edgar Gearhart stabbed his mother Amy…


VIDEO HERE: Seussical the Musical is coming to Sunbury

SUNBURY – All of your favorite Dr. Seuss books are part of the upcoming production, Seussical the Musical, this weekend and next weekend at Shikellamy High School.  Ellen Boyer is the director and is excited about the number of students involved in the production. She explained, “We just realized we have eight sets of siblings working on the show.  We have a lot of new faces on the Shikellamy stage and we range all the way down to 5th graders so it’s going to be an exciting event.” Boyer said, “This is a great show for the entire family.  Bring the little kids and bring Grandma and Grandpa.  It’s just a wonderful evening.  The show…


VIDEO HERE: Symposium hosts retired admiral

HUMMELS WHARF — “We cannot lose our youth, we cannot lose our future leadership, and we, as a nation, cannot lose our character.”  Those are the words of retired Rear Admiral Thomas Lynch of the U.S. Navy.  He was the featured speaker at the Fourth Annual Financial Symposium Wednesday.   “We have 35-million Americans aged 17-24 in our country,” Lynch said.  “Of those, 23 percent would qualify for the United States military.  That means we have 23 percent of those 35-million who are college graduates, drug-free, felon-free, and physically fit.  To me, that is a sad testament to where we are today in our society.”   Lynch says the current statistics support the notion that…