The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

News

July 13, 2013

Shot teenager awaiting word about charges

SUNBURY — The Shamokin teen shot by a Sunbury policeman after a high-speed chase more than a month ago remains detained at a Centre County youth center waiting to hear whether he will be charged with allegedly trying to drive over the officer.

Naheem Reams, 17, was taken into custody more than two weeks ago by the Northumberland County Juvenile Probation Department and appeared before a Northumberland County judge on an unrelated charge in juvenile court. Reams — the first person shot by city police since September 1986 — was sent to Central Counties Youth Center in Bellefonte, where he will remain until police determine whether charges will be filed.

State police at Milton are investigating the June 5 incident in which Reams allegedly led city police on a two-mile chase at speeds exceeding 80 mph.

Three city officers pursued Reams, and one shot the teen in the abdomen after saying Reams tried to run him over on South Front Street. That officer is on paid administrative leave until the probe has been completed.

“The criminal investigation is in the hands of the state police and we are awaiting the results,” Sunbury police Chief Steve Mazzeo said. “We still have an officer on administrative leave pending the decision of the district attorney.”

Having an officer on paid leave for this amount of time is normal during these types of incidents, Mazzeo said.

“This is standard operating procedure,” he said. “We did our own internal investigation as well, but at this point it’s a personnel issue and we don’t release that information.”

The incident began on North Fifth Street around 1 a.m. when police approached a car while clearing the street for a street sweeper.

Reams drove off in a “reckless manner” for no apparent reason, police said.

Police were unaware at the time that Reams had been sought by Northumberland County Juvenile Probation.

Less than 10 minutes after the chase began, Reams was struck by a single bullet on South Front Street.

Two officers have since returned to duty.

Several hours after the incident, Northumberland County 911 received a “credible” threat from a man who claimed he was coming to Sunbury to “shoot seven cops” because his cousin (Reams) was shot.

Mazzeo said the call was traced to a known member of a Bloods gang in Brooklyn, N.Y., and that the threat was taken seriously.

 

1
Text Only
News
  • State: Discard raw milk from Greenfield Dairy

    MIDDLEBURG — Consumers should discard raw milk purchased recently from the Greenfield Dairy of Middleburg, which also has temporarily suspended production after Listeria monocytogenes was discovered in the product following routine testing, the state Department of Agriculture announced today.

    April 18, 2014

  • Penn State police: Three posed nude at Nittany shrine

    STATE COLLEGE — Penn State police say three male students who reportedly posed nude for a photo at the university’s Nittany Lion Shrine face school discipline.

    April 18, 2014

  • State unemployment rate drops to 6 percent in March

    HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s jobless rate has continued its steady decline. The state Department of Labor and Industry says unemployment fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 6 percent in March.

    April 18, 2014

  • Report: Pennsylvania forests impacted by drilling

    PITTSBURGH — A small portion of Pennsylvania state forest land has been impacted by shale gas drilling, but many questions remain about how to manage the politically sensitive issue that is opposed by many residents, according to a new report.

    April 18, 2014

  • TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Route 45 east of Montandon

    MONTANDON — A paving project is slowing traffic today on Route 45 east of Montandon.

    April 18, 2014

  • Accident victims remain in critical condition this morning

    DANVILLE - Victims from serious traffic accidents the past two days remain in critical condition this morning at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

    April 18, 2014

  • Porn prank riles Bucknell University president

    LEWISBURG — A fake email that contained a link to a pornographic website was sent to Bucknell students, faculty and staff on Tuesday night.

    April 18, 2014

  • 28-mile cross walk steps off in Northumberland

    SUNBURY — Two “cross walks” this morning, including a 28-mile trek from Northumberland to Beaver Springs, are among the highlights of Easter activities and services in the Valley.

    April 18, 2014

  • rsstrike18a.jpg Picketing begins at four Danville schools

    DANVILLE — It started like any other school day during the year, with teachers up early and arriving at school at 7:30 in the morning.

     

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Line Mountain board, teachers to talk Tuesday

    MANDATA — Line Mountain school board President Troy Laudenslager is far more optimistic this week than he has been as the board and the Line Mountain Education Association head into their first contract negotiation session in three months.

    April 18, 2014

The Daily Marquee
Poll

How do you eat your chocolate Easter bunny?

Feet first
Tail first
Ears first
     View Results
Photo Galleries
The Valley

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.