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  • An Atlas home fully involved in flames when crews arrived on the scene.  Photo courtesy of Northumberland County Firewire

    Fire destroys former home of embezzler

    ATLAS — A fire Thursday leveled the former home of a convicted thief. The Northumberland County home was owned by Thea Tafner, who was charged with embezzlement in 2011.According to The News Item, that home, on West Saylor Street in Atlas, and a vacant lot next to it, were sold last Thursday at a county judicial sale. Tafner plead guilty to embezzling $3.7 million in Medicare payments during her time as ambulance director at the American Hose Company in Mount Carmel. Tafner served 26 months in federal prison and was ordered to pay back $1.8 million.   She just got out of prison in August. Tafner, who was the Line Mountain elementary school principal at…

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    Middleburg group hosting live nativity

    MIDDLEBURG — It’s the holiday season, and a local group wants to remind everyone what the holiday is all about. For the past 13 years, Carl Hertzler and his family have hosted a live nativity on their farm in Middleburg.   “You walk through 10 separate scenes in the barn — some on the top floor, some on the bottom floor. Then come out into a large room where you can stand, have some cookies and enjoy some Christmas music,” Hertzler said. Several local churches help to supply refreshments and serve as the actors. Terry Polen plays Isaiah — your tour guide. “It starts with the wise men, then the angel and we go to…

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    Selinsgrove man found with a pound of marijuana

    SELINSGROVE — A Selinsgrove man is facing drug charges after police stopped him and found a pound of marijuana in his possession. State police say 40-year-old Ross Loyd was stopped on Interstate 180 near Montoursville on Monday night.   Troopers say Loyd had a pound of marijuana with him in the vehicle. Also charged was 27-year-old Shakeema Cockfield of Williamsport. Charges were filed in district court in Lycoming County. (Ali Stevens)

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    A snowy Turkey Trot in Mifflinburg

    MIFFLINBURG — Despite several inches of snow on the ground, the annual Mifflinburg Turkey Trot went on as scheduled, with more than 300 runners participating. The idea is to try to beat the “turkey” running the 5K race. This year’s “turkey” was Jason Rippon, a Mifflinburg native and owner of several area McDonald’s restaurants.   WKOK’s Ali Stevens asked Rippon if he was excited to be running as a turkey. Rippon said, “Are you kidding me? I’m ecstatic. And, I hear there is a big meal afterwards. Lots of people have been inviting me over for dinner. Everyone wants to have me for dinner. I don’t understand.”   Tara Michaels is race organizer and was…


    NFF Family: Valley woman wants a great holiday

    MONTANDON — A 35-year-old Montandon woman is determined to make this a “great” Christmas season for her two children, despite the fact that she lost her job six months ago and is just scraping by to make ends meet.   She is the head of a family which will receive assistance from the Salvation Army and the Needy Family Fund. You are asked to consider a contribution to help this and other families.   The woman–Tina–who requested that her last name not be used–said she has tried to make up for losing her clerical job in South Williamsport by doing hourly work at odd hours at two convenience stores. Tina and her children will receive…

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Video Here: Three-alarm fire in Sunbury

SUNBURY — Five adults and three children were displaced by a fire in Sunbury Monday morning. The three-alarm fire destroyed two homes. The double home, at 1102 and 1104 Miller Street, went up in flames just before 9:00a.m. says Sunbury battalion chief Brad Wertz.   Wertz says, “Not sure what started it, it is undetermined as of now. The fire marshal has been called. All occupants were out of the building.  From what I was told, occupants were at work and the kids were not home.”   It is not known yet who owns the building, or who the occupants were. The Red Cross is assisting the families with clothing, food and shelter. Several surrounding…


VIDEO HERE: President of Sunbury Motor Company honored for volunteerism

SUNBURY—The president of Sunbury Motor Company was recognized last night for his dedication to the community. The Spreading Antlers Children’s Foundation presented its inaugural Community Contributor Award to Robert Mertz, Jr. at the Sunbury Elks Lodge. Mertz was honored for his volunteerism and philanthropy by friends, family and elected officials. Linda Schlegel-Culver thanked Mertz for his lifetime of service to the community. “All the good things that you have done in Sunbury have been so appreciated and we wouldn’t be what we are without you.” Sunbury Mayor David Persing declared November 20, 2014 Robert M. Mertz, Jr. Day in the City of Sunbury and encouraged citizens to emulate Mertz’s service and passion for his community….


VIDEO HERE: Stove fire damages home

SUNBURY — Upper Augusta Fire Chief Bill Brown says a quick response by firefighters saved a home from being destroyed by fire this morning on the Island between Sunbury and Northumberland. Brown described what he found when he arrived, “When I got here we had fire in the kitchen area of the home. From what we are seeing, it looks like it probably started as a stove fire and extended into the kitchen area.” The fire started around 8:20 a.m. at a home at 230 Pontius Avenue off Island Boulevard. Brown says the family wasn’t home at the time of the fire and a dog escaped unharmed. Firefighters cut through the roof with a saw…