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Here's what is happening in 'Pennsylvania's Heartland'...
on Wednesday, December 4th:
A suspended police chief in Hartleton has been found guilty of theft by extortion. A jury in Union County reached a verdict in the trial of Donald Zerbe today, but found Zerbe not guilty on other charges including conspiracy. Zerbe let drivers get out of speeding tickets and points on their license by making a $150 donation to the Hartleton Playground Fund. The jury began deliberations in the trial around 2 p.m. and came to a verdict a short time later. ‘The trial was expected to last three days, but only took two.
A Selinsgrove woman is in jail after being accused of a fatal stabbing in Sunbury. 18-year-old Miranda Barbour is facing charges for the death of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara of Port Trevorton. Barbour told police that she met LaFerrara on the website Craigslist. They arranged to meet in the parking lot of the Susquehanna Valley Mall November 11. LaFerrara told her to pull over at a specific spot and that is when LaFerrara began to touch Barbour inappropriately. LaFerrara’s body was found outside along Catawissa Avenue, close to a home he owned, the morning of November 12.
In a surprising turn of events, the 2014 Northumberland County budget has been approved. Commissioner chairman Vinny Clausi and vice-chair Stephen Bridy both voted in favor of the budget. Commissioner Richard Shoch voted no. This ends a stand-off over the budget. Clausi didn’t vote for the budget originally because he want to prompt Shoch to participate in negotigations. The budget will now be made available for public inspection for 20 days. The adoption of the final budget will be at an upcoming meeting.
Members of a committee credited with helping save the Port Matilda fire company from debt are stepping down over apparent disagreements with fire and governmental officials, according to the group’s leader. Committee Chairman Lee Pressler said he and his fellow members are resigning Tuesday at the Upper Bald Eagle/Halfmoon Council of Governments meeting, partly because of what he called increased demands on the group. Pressler helped form the independent committee in 2005 and signed a 10-year agreement that allowed it to control the fire department’s finances.
A Walker Township man was picked up on a bench warrant Monday after a report that he was bothering people at a store in the Nittany Mall. The warrant was out for Timothy Stover who didn’t show up in court in October for a preliminary hearing on a theft charge. Stover was charged with stealing a license plate from a car at Stocker Chevrolet, 701 Benner Pike in College Township, according to court records. Police said Stover had been using the nearby Office Depot parking lot to park his Suzuki Aerio and sleep in it, and a store manager called the police about Stover on Oct. 11.
Two people died in an early morning crash in Centre County. According to police, a vehicle was hit head on when it was attempting to pass another vehicle on Route 144. Police say heavy fog was a factor. Both operators were killed. The crash occured around 7:00a.m. Tuesday morning near Tucker Road in Potter Township. Route 144 was closed for over 2 hours as crews cleared the scene.
Two men were injured in an accident on Routes 11/15 Monday afternoon. According to police, 21-year-old Jason Wright of Liverpool was driving southbound when his vehicle drifted to the left and struck the center median. The crash occured around 4:30p.m. on South Susquehanna Trail, near Old Route 15. Wright and his passenger, 23-year-old Theodore Laverty III of Millerstown, suffered major injuries. Laverty was flown to Geisinger Medical Center where he was treated and released. Wright was treated and released at Sunbury Hospital.
Poised to set a referendum maximum amount at the Dec. 16 meeting, each State College Area school board member took an opportunity to voice his or her opinion of the potential number at the meeting Monday night. The majority of the board members said they would be comfortable setting the maximum at $85 million instead of $75 million, with some saying that number might come down before a final amount is chosen. The board previously set a project maximum of $115 million and would make up the difference with district funding for capital projects.
Tuesday, December 3rd:
A 25-year-old Coal Township man is listed in critical condition after he reportedly jumped from a moving vehicle in the midst of an argument Monday morning. Christopher Powell, 25, was airlifted to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. State police at Stonington said the argument occurred inside a car driven by Jessica Long, 23, of Coal Township.
Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania hunters tramped into the woods today for the first day of the state’s major deer hunting season, a two-week tradition that began with warmer than average temperatures under clear skies. Officials said about 750,000 people were expected to be hunting as the season began, or about three-fourths of licensed hunters. There were no immediate reports of accidents, although a 19-year-old man on his way to hunt died before sunrise when his vehicle struck two mules on a highway south of Lancaster. Hunters in most areas can take bucks and does, though antlered deer only can be targeted in some areas through Dec. 6. The season runs through Dec. 14 and is starting later than normal.
A Pennsylvania state lawmaker from Union and Snyder counties thinks taxpayers should be explicitly credited for the cost of publishing state-sponsored material and operating public websites. State Rep. Fred Keller has introduced a bill that would mark those materials and websites with the phrase, “prepared or compiled using taxpayer resources.” He says a mandate is needed because officials use state resources to “add to the power of incumbency at taxpayer expense.”
The trial began yesterday for a police chief who is charged with giving people pulled over on a traffic violation an option to either pay a fine or contribute to a playground fund. Authorities call that extortion.Hartleton Police Chief Donald Zerbe walked in to the Union County Courthouse, ready to face charges of theft by extortion and conspiracy. Authorities say the longtime police chief offered drivers a way out of paying speeding tickets by donating to the Hartleton Playground Fund instead. Prosecutors say 33 people were offered this deal over the past five years:
The Penn State Extension is offering some programs in the upcoming year to promote healthful living. Registered Dietician Lynn James says Dining With Diabetes is a four-session program that includes meal planning, testing blood sugar, tips for exercising and food demonstrations. “It is estimated that 872,000 Pennsylvanians, or 10%, have Type 2 Diabetes and 25% have not been diagnosed. It is growing unfortunately and we are seeing it in our youth too because of childhood obesity.
An event called Santa Fest in downtown Selinsgrove last year was such a big success, organizers decided to do it again this year. Santa Fest is Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight, with live music at various restaurants and hotels in Selinsgrove.
On perhaps the busiest online shopping day of the year, the Supreme Court refused to wade into a dispute over state sales taxes for purchases on websites like Amazon.com, an outcome likely to prompt more states to attempt to collect taxes on Internet sales. Monday's court action means "it might be the last Cyber Monday without sales tax.
News by: Jim Miller