- Shamokin fire victim's family claim fundraising fraud
CECIL, N.J. - The family of a teen who died in a Shamokin fire Dec. 10 claims a woman who asked for donations on gofundme.com hasn't given any of the money to the family.
Joseph "Wes" Vecchio said Victoria Fortune, of 1625 Pulaski Ave., Coal Township, st
- Fuel Gauge: Local gas prices fall almost six cents
Susquehanna Valley gas prices fell almost six cents to $3.60 a gallon this week, according to AAA East Central.
On the national front
Tuesday's national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $3.51 per gallon. The price is a nickel less expensive
- HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER: Southern Columbia defeats Shamokin Area
COAL TOWNSHIP - Southern Columbia's Bailey Bzdak and Mackenzie Clark each scored hat tricks in the Tigers' 8-3 win over Shamokin Area Wednesday night at Bernie Romanoski Field.
That's the short version of Southern Columbia's domination Wednesday in a Hea
- Former nurse charged with stealing meds
SHAMOKIN - A former nurse at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital has been charged with stealing prescription medication from patients during her shifts earlier in the year.
Nicole Pancher, 31, of 336 N. Hickory St., Mount Carmel, was charged with
- Selinsgrove rainout gives Speedweek title to Hodnett
SELINSGROVE - The Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek race scheduled for Selinsgrove Speedway Sunday night was rained out when a thunderstorm hit the speedway about 5 p.m., giving the Speedweek title to Greg Hodnett, 44, of Thomasville. Hodnett just took t
- Moths best at hearing
Don't say anything that you wouldn't want the greater wax moth to hear.
Researchers from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, reported that the moth has the world's most extreme hearing.
The researchers found that the moth can sense sound
- Multiple drug charges in incident at Glosser's
MOUNT CARMEL - Two of the three people charged with multiple drug offenses in connection with a Feb. 4 incident at Glosser Motor Inn in Paxinos waived their rights to preliminary hearings Wednesday
Allen Mikael Varilek, 21, of Slatington, and his girlfr
- Van fire leads to arrest in Dickson City
While police were cleaning up the scene of a van fire in Dickson City, a woman ignored police officers directing traffic and drove through the area, leading to a traffic stop that resulted in a suspected DUI arrest.
- Teen escapes serious injuries in Franklin Township accident
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP - A 17-year-old female driver escaped serious injuries Thursday morning when she lost control of the car she was driving in icy weather and snapped a telephone pole, according to Locust Township Police.
Patrolman Patrick McAndrew said t
- Former Chesterfield educator dies in Baltimore
Osborne A. Payne, a former Virginia State University student who became a trailblazing Baltimore businessman, died Nov. 25 of Alzheimer's disease at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Columbia. He was 87.
Payne, a longtime educator who once taught in Chesterfield
- Letter bans Kaleta from Northumberland County land
SHAMOKIN - An avid outdoorsman who was once president of a local conservation club received a letter from the county this week telling him he will be "prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law" if he's found using for personal recreation the land slate
- Man has to try twice to get arrested in Detroit
DETROIT - A man suspected of fatally shooting two men and seriously wounding two others had to turn himself in twice before Detroit police would arrest him, authorities said.
Detroit police said the 36-year-old man got into an argument at a party on Satu
- Police: Scranton man stabbed cats, slashed tires, flooded house
A Scranton man was stunned by police after he slashed the tires of his pregnant girlfriend's car, stabbed her mother's cats and flooded her mother's home, as well as threatened her friend with a knife, Scranton police said.
- Alleged shooter said husband was abusing her
A Equinunk woman who police said shot her husband in the chest Sunday told authorities he physically abused her, state police at Honesdale said.
- Rain is no hazard for mosquito
A single raindrop can weigh 50 times as much as a mosquito. So how can the insects fly through a downpour and come out alive?
A new study reports that the answer lies in the mosquito's low mass and its strong exoskeleton.
The researchers observed mosquit
- Men's offices 'dirtier'
Men's offices have more bacteria than women's offices. Not only that, offices in New York City house more bacteria than those in San Francisco.
These are among the findings of a new study in the journal PLoS One that looks at bacteria in more than 90 off
- Chimpanzees, like people, learn table manners
Depending on where a meal is served, a person might tuck in with a fork and knife, with chopsticks or with bare hands. Chimpanzees, it turns out, have a similar kind of cultural variation: Neighboring groups of the animals have unique nut-cracking styles
- SWB Yankees walk off with 3rd straight win
Cust dropped a single into right field to score Steve Pearce, who doubled, to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. But the Clippers took the lead in the top of the fourth off Yankees starter D.J. Mitchell. He then gave up three straight hits to begin the fifth as Columbus extended its lead to 3-1.
- Smaller ship has troubles, but president's backing
MOBILE, Ala. - The Navy's newest ship is designed to battle Iranian attack boats, clear mines from the Strait of Hormuz, chase down Somali pirates and keep watch on China's warships. The ones built here even look menacing, like Darth Vader on the sea.
- Muncy nips Lourdes boys with NBA 3-pointer
DANVILLE - What started out as a blowout turned into a nailbiter Saturday when Lourdes Regional and Muncy met in the District 4 consolation game at the Whitey McCloskey Center on the campus of Danville High School.
It took a NBA 3-pointer by Doug Zehner
- Assistant AD charged with unlawful contact
WATSONTOWN - The assistant athletic director for the Warrior Run School District has been arrested on charges of having inappropriate contact with two juvenile females.
Matthew M. Godfrey, 27, of Watsontown, was arraigned Thursday before Magisterial Dist
- Just what we need: a leaping cockroach
Cockroach haters beware: Scientists have discovered a roach that jumps.
The newly discovered leaproach, which looks like a cockroach but acts like a grasshopper, is described in the journal Biology Letters.
The insect was found in the Silvermine Nature R
- 3 fires break out in county; at least 1 injured
Three fires broke out Saturday night in Schuylkill County. While two fires in Pottsville were quickly put out by fire personnel, at least one person was critically injured in a large blaze in New Philadelphia.
- Study: Bats can adjust range of sonar
Fruit bats make a clicking sound with their tongues to help them navigate their way to the fruits they feed on. The clicking produces a fan-shaped sonar beam that bounces off an object and returns an echo to the bat.
Now scientists are reporting that the
- Subsidy far too sweet
As the economy lurches toward another recession, employers are imploring Washington to adopt pro-growth policies that will foster private investment to put people back to work.
In Pennsylvania, we have experienced the economic downturn. Our unemployment
- 19 cited in Kulpmont underage drinking raid
KULPMONT - Nineteen individuals were cited for underage drinking following a raid on a party at a Kulpmont home on July 31.
The citations, filed by Kulpmont Police Patrolman Michael Pitcavage in the office of Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones of Moun
- Army suspends use of new T-11 parachutes after Bragg fatal accident
The Army has suspended the use of its new square parachutes because of problems uncovered after a Fort Bragg soldier died during a training jump last month.
The new T-11 parachutes were heralded as safer as they began to be phased into Army use. Tests sh
- Whale calls lead to island retreat
By studying whale calls, scientists have discovered that thousands of humpbacks may be wintering and breeding in the remote northwestern Hawaiian islands.
Although the main Hawaiian islands are the principal breeding ground for North Pacific humpbacks, s
- Mixing white lab coats with leather jackets
HACKENSACK, N.J. - From motorcycle showrooms to barbershops, Virgil Simons knows where men are most at ease.
So the former marketing executive, now a cancer survivor and activist, has taken his campaign to raise awareness about prostate cancer to both pl
- Top stories: No. 1 - Geisinger deal is seen as a saving grace for SACH
COAL TOWNSHIP - The top News-Item story for 2010 is the pending merger between two area hospitals, which was announced in late November.
Shamokin Area Community Hospital (SACH) and Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) will join forces over the next few months
- Top stories: No. 2 - Expensive trial, Harrell's antics drew considerable attention
SUNBURY - The outlandish antics of a double-murder defendant and the high price tag associated with his trial caught the attention of News-Item readers as well as staff who voted for the top ten stories of 2010.
And coverage of Michael Harrell's connecti
- A bird? A plane? Nope, flying snake
When paradise tree snakes, found in South and Southeast Asia, leap from trees, they don't tumble to the ground in disarray. They gracefully glide long distances through the air.
And a study in which scientists threw the snakes from a 50-foot tower and r
- Drug companies are hard at work seeking a cure for Alzheimer's
At a time when nearly 300,000 Pennsylvanians suffer from Alzheimer's disease and about a million other state residents serve as Alzheimer's caregivers, the nation's biopharmaceutical research companies are developing 98 medicines for the fatal brain co
- Election Day poem for voters and candidates to keep in mind
Once again we are serenade and heavily seduced,
That our time is appreciated and impatience reduced.
- Man who fled rape charges returned to Sullivan court
MONTICELLO, N.Y. - A man who fled charges of first-degree rape 40 years ago and was living under an assumed name in Shenandoah was arraigned Monday in Sullivan County Court.
Russell Benjamin Pearce, 73, pleaded not guilty to the Dec. 11, 1970, indictment
- Man who fled rape charges returned to Sullivan court
MONTICELLO, N.Y. - A man who fled charges of first-degree rape 40 years ago and was living under an assumed name in Shenandoah, was arraigned Monday in Sullivan County Court.
Russell Benjamin Pearce, 73, pleaded not guilty to the Dec. 11, 1970, indictmen
- Study: Cats should get ID collars
Less than 2 percent of cats in animal shelters make it back to their owners, whereas about 15 to 19 percent of dogs are returned. One reason: More dogs wear collars.
Putting collars on some of the country's 88 million cats may help change this situation,
- Bike to keep off extra pounds
Bicycling for exercise may help women control their weight during their 30s and 40s, a new study says.
Brisk walking has the same effect for slim, overweight and obese women, researchers found, but slow walking does not.
The findings are based on the sec
- Juvenile unit sees detention as 'last resort'
WILKES-BARRE - In the heart of a courthouse tarnished by a far-reaching kids-for-cash scandal, Luzerne County's chief public defender on Tuesday touted a planned juvenile unit that officials believe will serve as a model for all of Pennsylvania.
In a jo
- Allen's rule stands up to study on bird bills
In the 1800s, an American zoologist named Joel Allen posited that animals in cold climates evolved to have shorter appendages (limbs, ears, and tails) than those in hot climates, in order to minimize surface area and thereby minimize heat loss.
- Bigger animals, slower reflexes
It takes an elephant much longer to notice a fly and flick it away than it takes a shrew, and the reason is not that the elephant's great brain is too busy with philosophy, or that it simply does not concern itself with flies.
It's a matter of round-trip
- Outage affects 300 in Towanda, North Towanda area
Approximately 300 customers in the Towanda and North Towanda area were without power after a problem developed at approximately 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning on Church Hill Road in North Towanda Township, a Penelec official said.
A total of 270 of the cust
- Scholarship winners receive animals to raise in Chenango Co.
The annual 4-H Livestock Scholarship Program was established to help promote and encourage Chenango County youth to become involved in raising and marketing meat and fiber-producing animals.
- Fire on East Market Street displaces 14 people, including teenager who jumps to safety
A two-alarm fire ripped through a three-story Green Ridge apartment building and spread to a second multi-unit home Tuesday, displacing 14 people, including a teenage boy who was injured when he jumped two stories to escape the flames.
The cause of the f
- Some slopes kinder to land
Ski resorts are not as fun for the environment as they are for skiers. The damage to forested hills caused by the construction of ski slopes is obvious. Trees are cut down, ground is cleared, and the resulting slopes are maintained as the foundation for
- Family displaced, firefighters injured in Beach Lake fire
Flames heavily damaged a house in Wayne County's Berlin Twp. early Monday, displacing the homeowners and sending three firefighters to the hospital, an official said.
It took about 60 firefighters from five companies close to an hour to bring the fire in
- More kids using marijuana
DETROIT - Smoking marijuana is becoming even more popular among U.S. teens, and they have cut down on smoking cigarettes, binge drinking and using methamphetamine, according to a federal survey released Monday.
More teens also are getting high on prescri
- Scientists say they've built a better bicycle
It is not easy to reinvent the wheel, but researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are giving it their best shot.
The Senseable City Laboratory at MIT has designed a wheel that captures the kinetic energy released when a rider brakes and
- Red Raiders bounce Bucktail
FARWELL - With 44 kids between the two teams, Bucktail and Lourdes Regional didn't have a whole lot of options to work with.
The Red Raiders stuck mainly to the ground, while the Bucks dabbled in schemes through the air and on the field.
In the end, the
- Independent insurance agents view on health care reform
Health care reform, now increasingly being referred to as "health insurance reform", is in the forefront of all political debates, water cooler discussions, as well as family and friend conversations.
The Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia, one of
WILKES-BARRE - The Luzerne County Correctional Facility Board on Thursday officially ended no-bid purchasing for inmate commissary goods by accepting bids for 122 commissary items.
After he began working for the county in February, Prison Warden Joseph
- Maintaining cemeteries presents a challenge
PLYMOUTH - The smell of freshly cut grass permeates the Shawnee Cemetery, where graves buried for years beneath dense underbrush were recently resurrected.
Members of the newly formed nonprofit Shawnee Cemetery Preservation Association have been sweatin
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