A man has been sentenced in connection with a fire at a bar in Northumberland County nearly six years ago. Anthony Sanutti Jr. has been sentenced to two-and-a-half to 23 months in Northumberland County Prison for previously pleading guilty to insurance fraud. Authorities say Sanutti was involved in the fire at the Brass Key Tavern on Reagan Street in Sunbury back in January of 2013. Sanutti is the son of Anthony Rocco Franklin who was recently found guilty of murdering his ex-son-in-law, Frank Spencer, in Columbia County.
Nearly two dozen Southern Columbia Area School District residents turned out for a meeting Monday to discuss ways to counteract bullying and revise the district’s anti-bullying policy. Some parents and students in the district blamed bullying and lack of action by the district for the suicide death of 14-year-old Southern student of Natalie Bodnar, last month. Authorities investigating the death previously stated there was no evidence of bullying. Board Member Kaye Keller told the News-Item that Monday’s meeting was positive. The new anti-bullying policy will be available on the school district’s website by December 4th.
Bloomsburg Memorial Elementary School crossing guard Amelia Blackledge is in the running for the title of America’s Favorite Crossing Guard. The contest is being promoted by Safe Kids Worldwide which is a nonprofit organization working to help families and communities keep kids safe from injuries. The winning crossing guard will receive up $500 in prizes and his or her school will receive $10,000 dollars. Voting for America’s Favorite Crossing Guard will continue through November 30th at www.safekids.org/crossing-guard.
Pennsylvania's Attorney General says last summer's grand jury report into sexual abuse and cover-up in the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania continues to be felt here and elsewhere. During an address before the Pennsylvania Press Club, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro said taking on the Catholic Church is one example of his office's willingness to go after large institutions in an effort to protect Pennsylvanians. Shapiro says the effects of the report are unmistakable. Shapiro says he will continue to work with state lawmakers to ensure that all four recommendations contained in the report are carried out, including giving victims the chance to sue, even if the abuse happened decades ago.
Pennsylvania is seeing a higher than usual number of Hepatitis A cases this year. While Pennsylvania has seen between 40 and 60 cases of Hepatitis A a year over the past several years, so far this year 81 cases of the contagious liver infection have been reported in PA. Secretary of Health Dr. Levine says this year's cases seem to be among the homeless, men who have sex with men and I-V drug users. While there's no treatment or cure for Hepatitis A, Dr. Levine says there is an effective vaccine.
It will be a match of unbeaten high school football teams when Southern Columbia plays York Catholic Saturday afternoon in a Class AA state quarterfinal. Saturday's game kicks off at 1 O'clock. Coverage on the WHLM STATIONS begins with the pregame show at 12:30.
Matt Gillette has finished first three straight times in the Run for the Diamonds. The native of Orefield, Pennsylvania will be back to try to make it four in a row when the 9 mile road race takes place Thanksgiving morning in Berwick. You can hear live coverage of the 109th Run for the Diamonds on the whlm stations Thursday morning starting with the broadcast following the 10AM news.
Because of yesterday's snowstorm, the Mount Camel at Southern Columbia District 4 Class AA championship football game has been postponed until tomorrow night at 7. Coverage on the whlm stations will begin at 6:30 with the pregame show. The AAA final will also be played tomorrow night with Danville at home against Montoursville.