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FORMER NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY OFFICIAL CHARGED

A former elected official in Northumberland County now faces charges for stealing from the county while in office.  Former Prothonotary Justin Dunkleberger who already faced charges from stealing from a Memorial Fund that he was administrator of, now is accused of having his office issue checks totaling $30,000 dollars to a fake company that he created over a year’s time from September of 2015 to 2016. He has been charged with four felony counts of theft as well as other charges and is free on $30,000 bail.

CHARGE FILED IN JERSEY SHORE INCIDENT

Tiadaghton Valley Regional police have charged a Jersey Shore man with aggravated and simple assault as well as harassment following that incident in Jersey Shore on Sunday in which a man suffered stab wounds to the wrist.  Police say that Matthew Bathurst and his girlfriend got involved in an argument between Zenon Herritt and his girlfriend on Sunday afternoon at an apartment house they lived in on Allegheny Street with Bathurst pulling a knife, cutting Herritt’s wrist and causing a wound which had to be treated at the hospital.  Bathurst is jailed in lieu of $50,000 dollars bail.  Herritt’s condition was not reported.

GEISINGER AND HIGHMARK TEAM UP

Geisinger and Highmark Incorporated have announced that they are teaming up for a $100 million dollar non-profit health care organization they say will work with independent physicians and community based hospitals to maintain care for patients in our region.  Officials with both organizations say the organization will use existing Geisinger Locations in Clinton, Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga Counties including new facilities planned for Muncy and Lock Haven.  It’s hoped that the venture can lower the cost of care and bring services together in the Northcentral PA Region.

RAISE THE REGION TO BEGIN

It’ s time for Raise the Region in Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties. The 30 hour online fundraising effort through the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania will kick off tonight with an event at the Alexander Family Dealership in Selinsgrove and last 30 hours until midnight tomorrow night.  More than 280 non-profits have signed up, and will solicit donations from area residents which will be helped out with $150,000 in stretch funds from the Blaise Alexander Dealerships as well as other prizes and incentives from area businesses and organizations.  We will have plenty more on Raise the Region over the next two days.

POSSIBLE ASSAULT

A possible assault with a knife was reported in the borough of Montoursville last night.  Montoursville police along with state police officers responded late last night to the 1000 block of Chestnut Street for that reported assault.  No other details are available. It’s not known if anyone was hurt and there is no word on if any arrests were made.  The investigation continues.

TANKER TRUCK OVERTURNS

Two Route 147 ramps were closed in the Milton Area for the bulk of the day yesterday following a gasoline tanker crash there.  The accident happened on the On-Ramp to Route 147 from Broadway around 4:40am yesterday morning as the tanker overturned.  It’s believed the driver who was not named suffered a minor injury.  Emergency Crews were dispatched to the scene and officials shut down that ramp as well as the ramp from Route 147 South to Mahoning Street while crews removed the wreckage and cleaned up at the scene.  Those ramps were closed for several hours following that crash.

CONSTABLE TO RUN FOR COMMISSIONER

Another Lycoming County resident has thrown his hat into the ring for a chance at running for Lycoming County Commissioner.  26 year old Chad Riley, a constable from Cogan House Township has announced that he will run for the Republican nomination in the May 21st primary for a chance at running for one of three commissioners spots in the fall.  Riley has expressed his dissatisfaction at the county’s deficit and says he wants to hold county departments accountable through decreased spending.  He has also expressed concerns over the ongoing taxpayer funding of the county owned White Deer Golf Course.

DRUGS FOUND, ONE ARRESTED, ANOTHER AT LARGE

Sunbury police have arrested a woman and are looking for her boyfriend after finding drugs in a home there.  Police were called by probation officers in Sunbury to the home on South 10th Street after Methamphetamine and Fenantyl were found in the home as they were checking on parolee April Baker.  Baker’s boyfriend, Joshua Shlieg took off and is still at large.  Baker was charged with possession with intent to manufacture meth and other related charges and was jailed in lieu of $200,000 bail. Two children were also found inside the home.

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