A Sunbury man has been charged with homicide by vehicle in connection with a deadly hit and run crash earlier this year in Northumberland Borough. Police say 82-year-old Wayne Wetzel didn’t stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Orange and Second Streets in Northumberland and hit 71-year-old Ronald Clark with his SUV on August 17th. Clark died from his injuries about a week later. Wetzel's children called police and Wetzel admitted to hitting Clark and driving away.
An all-day policy meeting is scheduled to be held Monday at Southern Columbia Area School District to address bullying. The meeting will be held in the district office beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday. It is open to the public, and parents concerned about bullying are encouraged to attend to assist in reviewing policies aimed at addressing the problem. The meeting follows last month’s suicide of 14-year-old Southern student Natalie Bodner. Some parents and students in the district have said her death was the result of bullying, but authorities have said they don’t have any evidence of that.
A retired Roman Catholic bishop from Northeastern Pennsylvania who has come under harsh criticism for his handling of clergy sex abuse has defied his successor by attending this week’s national meeting of U.S. bishops. Former Bishop James Timlin was seen Monday at the meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. After a grand jury faulted Timlin for his handling of clergy sex abuse, Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera barred him from representing the diocese in public. A Diocesan spokesman says Bambera asked Timlin not to attend, but added that membership in the bishops group and attendance at conferences is beyond Bambera’s control.
The recent elections resulted in more Democrats being elected to the state House and Senate and the higher numbers may breathe new life into legislative proposals favored by Democrats. Two Democratic priorities are an increase in the minimum wage and a severance tax on Marcellus Shale drilling. Representative Patty Kim says a wage increase is likely, if both parties can come to terms on how much. With Republicans still firmly in control of both chambers, the severance tax less likely, especially, as one lawmaker pointed out, some Republicans who favored the tax were among those defeated for reelection.
PennDOT says the Interstate 80 eastbound rest area in Mifflin Township, Columbia County, is once again open. The rest area was closed last week so the facility’s roof could be replaced.
Danville's sophomore quarterback K.J. Riley needs 111 yards in the District final to become the school's single season record holder. Saturday night at Ironmen Stadium, Riley and his teammates play Montoursville in the District 4 AAA final.
Two area high school soccer teams are headed to the Class A state finals. In the state semifinals yesterday, the Southern Columbia girls got by East Juniata 2 to 1; and the Millville boys beat Faith Christian 3-0. Both teams will play in the state championship games Friday in Hershey.
The Danville and Southern Columbia football teams will play District 4 championship games this weekend. On Friday night, unbeaten Southern Columbia is at home against Mount Carmel in the AA final. On Saturday night, Danville is at home against Montoursville for the AAA championship.