Fatal crash closes span
July 18. State police at Stonington were at the scene of what a source said was a fatal head-on accident between a van and a sport utility vehicle at about 8 p.m. Tuesday on the Veterans Memorial Bridge between Sunbury and Shamokin Dam. Details about the accident or the injured were unavailable at midnight. The bridge was closed into the night.
Crash claims young dad, tot
July 19. Sunbury. A 22-year-old Northumberland resident and his 3-year-old son were killed Tuesday evening after their vehicle was struck head-on by an uninspected Jeep Liberty near the eastern ramp on Veterans Memorial Bridge.
Kirk Mahaffey and his son, Mayson, were traveling west onto the bridge when the sport-utility vehicle, driven by Brian Glass, 24, of Port Trevorton, swerved into the westbound lane and hit Mahaffey’s van, state police at Stonington said.
35 convictions close doors on drug business
July 21. Sunbury. A Northumberland man was found guilty of 35 drug charges Friday, and the Pennsylvania Deputy Attorney General said he was thankful that a criminal enterprise was now officially closed.
Neil Andrew Neidig, 52, of 572 Duke St., Northumberland, and 343 Ellison Ave., Lake Placid, Fla., stood before a Northumberland County jury and listened as they read off guilty verdict after guilty verdict. Neidig never flinched while the jury stared back at the now convicted drug dealer.
During the four-day trial, several witnesses testified against Neidig, including his daughter, Amy Nicole Neidig.
Neil Neidig asked to be removed from the courtroom while his daughter testified that her father taught her what Deputy Attorney General David Gorman called “the family business.”
Neidig was arrested on June 3, 2011, after police found $13,000, 13 pounds of marijuana and several switchblades in the vehicle he was driving.
PSU mothballs statue
Erickson: Sculpture a "source of division"
July 23. State College. Cloresa Turner drove to central Pennsylvania from Virginia to see the statue of veteran Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.
When she arrived in State College on Sunday and saw that it was gone from its place outside the university stadium, she clasped her hand over her mouth.
“He’s done so much for this university. It’s sad,” said Turner, of Martinsville, Va. “To wipe it all away is like he meant nothing.”
Construction vehicles and police arrived shortly after dawn Sunday, barricading the street and sidewalks near the statue, erecting a chain-link fence and then concealing the 7-foot-tall statue with a blue tarp. Workers used jackhammers to free the statue and a forklift to lower it onto a flatbed truck that rolled into a stadium garage bay as some of the 100 to 150 students and other onlookers chanted, “We are Penn State.”
The university announced Sunday that it was taking down the monument in the wake of an investigative report that found that the late coach and three other top Penn State administrators concealed sex abuse claims against Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted last month of sexually abusing 10 boys, sometimes on Penn State’s campus.