Bloomsburg Woman Is Wanted In Clearfield County

Bloomsburg Woman Is Wanted In Clearfield County

Prosecutors in Western Pennsylvania are trying to track down a Bloomsburg woman. Authorities in Clearfield County say 38-year-old Sarah Karcher, of Dutch Hill Road in Bloomsburg, failed to show up at scheduled court appearance on July 11th in connection with drug charges filed in February by State Police. A warrant for her arrest has been issued. Karcher is a white woman; 5’06” tall; and has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Karcher is asked to contact Clearfield County Crime Stoppers at 800-376-4700. All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.

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Construction Project On I-80 Westbound Causing Big Back-Ups

Some major traffic back-ups have been reported along Interstate 80 westbound in Columbia and Montour Counties this week due to construction with lane restrictions between Danville and the Northumberland County line. The backlogs have been 8-10 miles long in some cases extending back to the Buckhorn Exit from Danville. The worst time seems to be late afternoon and early evening. Various sections of the left (passing) lane and shoulder on I-80 westbound are closed between Danville and the Northumberland County line this week for shoulder reconstruction.

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State To Distribute Potassium Iodide (KI) To Folks Near Nuke Plants

The Pennsylvania Department of Health will offer free potassium iodide, or KI, tablets tomorrow to folks who live or work within 10 miles of the state’s five nuclear power plants, including the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station near Berwick. KI helps protect the thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine. Folks living within 10 miles of the nuke plants should hold on to the pills in case of nuclear emergency and the pills are only meant to be taken when instructed to do so by state health officials or the governor. The distribution will happen from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. tomorrow at the following locations:

  • Salvation Army Community Corps Building, 320 W. 2nd St., Berwick

  • Luzerne County Community College – Public Safety Center, 1333 South Prospect St., Nanticoke

  • Butler Township Municipal Building, 411 West Butler Dr., Drums

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Northumberland County Man Drowns In Susquehanna

The man who drowned Sunday in the West Branch of the Susquehanna River north of Northumberland has been identified as 19-year-old Donte Glasper. The Northumberland County Coroner has ruled the cause of death as accidental drowning. The coroner says the victim had lived in Milton and Mount Carmel. Friends who were with Glasper saw him struggling after he went into the river Sunday afternoon in Point Township, but were unable to save him. His body was recovered about three hours after he was reported missing.


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Danville School Board Could Name New Super Next Month

The president of the Danville Area School Board says the board could vote on a permanent superintendent for the district coming up at its September meeting. Ricki Boyle was named Interim Superintendent after the departure of Dr. Jason Bendle back in March. Neither the board nor Bendle has ever explained why Bendle left the district a little more than a year into a 5-year contract. Bendle has since taken the superintendent’s job in the Shikellamy School District.

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Senator Casey Pushing For Greater Gun Control In Wake Of Recent Shootings

Pennsylvania's senior US Senator is among those speaking out in favor of legislation to address recent acts of gun violence. Following mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, along with last week's shootout in Philadelphia that left six police officers wounded, Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania said that reasonable steps need be taken to limit the types of firearms that are available to civilians. Casey is calling on leaders in the US Senate to act on legislation already approved in the House, including a bill to require universal background checks for anyone seeking to purchase a firearm, including at a gun show.

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New Second Change Game Unveiled By PA Lottery

Pennsylvania Lottery officials have rolled out a unique second-chance game to coincide with an annual holiday ritual. Lottery and Powerball officials announced the Pennsylvania Lottery's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Secrest Second-Chance Drawing this week. Participants may enter any winning or non-winning draw game tickets for a second chance at a trip to New York City for New Year's Eve and a chance at winning a million-dollar prize. The drawing runs through September 26th, with winners announced in October.

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Road Work On I-80 In Montour County Could Cause Delays

An nearly 11-mille long highway restoration project on Interstate 80 in Liberty and Valley townships, Montour County is getting underway this week. Various sections of the left (passing) lane and shoulder on I-80 westbound will be closed between Danville and the Northumberland County line for shoulder reconstruction. Traffic will be restored to two lanes by 9:00 o’clock Friday morning. The project also includes concrete patching, joint sealing, and diamond grinding on I-80 east and westbound. The contractor will work through the current construction season. There will be a winter shutdown. Work will resume in the spring and is expected to be completed next fall. HRI, Inc., is the prime contractor on the $4.6 million project.

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Stanky Headed For Polka Hall Of Fame

83-year-old John “Stanky” Stankovic and his polka band “Stanky and the Coal Miners” will mark their 45th consecutive year of playing at the Bloomsburg Fair this September. And, on August 31st Stankovic will be inducted into the International Polka Association’s Hall of Fame. Stankovic once had an international marathon weekend by playing in England on Friday, at the Bloomsburg Fair on Saturday and in Switzerland on Sunday.

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Gov. Wolf Signs Executive Order Focused On Ways To Reduce Gun Violence

Governor Tom Wolf has signed an executive order to address the problem of gun violence. Calling Pennsylvania's gun laws weak, Governor Wolf's order institutes reforms focused on safety and reducing danger to Pennsylvania citizens. Wolf named current PA Commission on Crime & Delinquency Chairman Charles Ramsey as special adviser to lead and coordinate reform efforts. The order also creates an office of gun violence prevention within the Commission, and a division attached to the Department of Health. The Governor also called on lawmakers to make the necessary legislative changes to protect Pennsylvanians.

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Mobile App Needed To Park In One Part Of Bloomsburg

You’ll soon need to use an app on your smart phone to pay for parking on several blocks E. Second Street up by Bloomsburg University. The Bloomsburg Police Department says pending the adoption of an ordinance by Town Council on August 26th anyone wanting to park on the north side of East Second Street from Elm to Chestnut Streets will need to use a mobile application called “Pango” to pay to park. Bloomsburg University permits will no longer be valid in the area. Signs will be posted with information on how to pay for parking using the app. Hours of enforcement will be 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday with a five-hour limit at the space. The fee per hour will be $1. There will be no parking from 2:00 and 5:00 a.m. every day. A violation for an expired meter is a $10 fine and a violation for parking in a space for more than five hours is a $25 fine. Police expect to begin enforcing the parking regulations in on the north side of East 2nd from Elm to Chestnut on August 27th. More information is available at bloompd.com.

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Longer Detour For Residents Of Bald Top In Mahoning Twp., Montour County

Residents of Bald Top Road in Mahoning Township, Montour County have been taking a detour since heavy rains in May washed away a portion of the roadway and shut it down between Route 11 and Timberwood Drive. But, Monday morning the detour will be a little longer. Klein Road which has been used as the detour for Bald Top residents will be closed Monday morning between 9:00 a.m. and Noon so the Valley Township road crew can replace a storm pipe. That means folks wanting to get to and from Bald Top will need to go through Mooresburg instead of using Klein Road as the detour.

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Shamokin Man Accused Of Impersonating Federal Agent

A Shamokin man walked into a city council meeting there earlier this week, and began accusing city officials of burning his house down. Police say 56-year-old Michael Robinson also claimed to be federal agent acting on behalf of the U.S. Attorney General and two federal judges and was at the meeting to make arrests. As you may have guessed he’s not a federal agent. Detectives with the Northumberland County DA’s Office have charged Robinson with impersonating a public servant, disorderly conduct, and disrupting a meeting.

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Two Women Charged In Connection With Arson Fire In Mt. Carmel

Two women are charged with attempted murder and arson charges in connection a fire that destroyed one home and heavily damaged another home in Mt. Carmel earlier this week. Police say those two women, Misty Lynn Dunbar and Michelle Rhoads, both of Mount Carmel, set the fire on Walnut Street early Tuesday morning. Court documents say the women used a gas can from under the porch of the house to start the blaze. The fire spread to the home next door. A witness who had been with them at a local bar came to police with information that helped lead to the arrest. Arrest papers also say a neighbor's surveillance camera caught the women running from the scene.

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Catholic Diocese Of Harrisburg Pays Out More Than $12 Million In Compensation To Survivors Of Clergy Sex Abuse

The Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg says more than a hundred survivors of clergy sex abuse accepted payouts of just over $12 million with the average payout being $114,000. The Diocese of Harrisburg made the announcement on Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of the release of the landmark grand jury report into child sex crimes in the Catholic Church across Pennsylvania. In a written statement, diocesan officials noted that 112 survivors had participated in the compensation program; 106 had accepted offers. The diocese launched its compensation program in February. Those wishing to apply for compensation had to do so by mid-May. The Harrisburg Diocese includes parishes in 15 Central PA counties including Columbia, Montour, and Northumberland Counties.

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Nuke Plant Near Berwick To Test Emergency Sirens Today (8/15)

Don’t be alarmed if you hear sirens around the nuke pant near Berwick this morning. The Susquehanna Steam Electric Station near Berwick plans to test its emergency alert sirens today around 11:00 a.m. According to officials, the sirens within a 10-mile radius of the plant will sound for about three minutes. Emergency notification features on cell phones also may be activated during this test.

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White Haven Center Slated For Closure By State

The state Department of Human Services has announced it plans to close White Haven Center in Luzerne County. The center provides full-time care for more than 100 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A public hearing on the closure of White Haven Center will be held on September 12th in Hazleton. The state also announced intentions to close Polk Center in Venango County in Western Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth has steadily closed most state centers since the best practices in the 1960s turned toward community-based settings and away from institutions. Fifty years ago, the department served more than 13,000 people with intellectual disabilities in state-operated facilities, but today fewer than 720 receive care in such facilities.

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Suspect Arrested In Connection With Vandalism At Wilkes-Barre Planned Parenthood

Police have arrested a man in connection with vandalism and attempted arson at the Planned Parenthood office in Luzerne County. Police say the doors leading to the office on North Main Street in Wilkes barre had been smashed with a brick and someone splashed red paint on the floor with a message on the wall. Visible from the outside, it said "Blessed are those who mourn." Planned Parenthood, which is on the second floor of the office building, had not been breached, but authorities say operations had been disrupted on Tuesday. One suspect has been arrested. He's identified as Iain Carberry, who faces charges of burglary, criminal mischief, trespass, disorderly conduct and risking a catastrophe. Police say Carberry has admitted to the damage.

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New Top Cops In 2 Local Communities

There are new top cops in two communities in our area. Fred Dyroff is the incoming Police Chief in Mahoning Township, Montour County. He will work with outgoing Chief Sean McGinley next week before McGinley steps down to become Senior Director of Security Services at Geisinger. Dyroff was most recently police chief in Mifflinburg. Dyroff and McGinley both are former State Troopers. Meanwhile, William Gelgot has been sworn-in as Police Chief in Bloomsburg. He’s a former Sergeant with the Pine Grove Police Department and was station commander at Penn State Harrisburg.

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