Caddy owner sought
Coroner, forensics unit come to Milton
Nov. 5. Milton. Milton and state police were searching Sunday for the owner of two Cadillac cars in connection with a death investigation on Park Lane.
Emergency dispatchers identified the man as Mark Boyles, of 8 Park Lane.
Officers released little information about the investigation, which began about 1:30 p.m. and continued well into the night. A state police forensics unit was on the scene as was Northumberland County Coroner James F. Kelley.
Embattled officer fired
Wade Lytle allegedly violated ethics code
Nov. 6. Northumberland. A Point Township police officer lost his job Monday night when the township supervisors voted 4-1 to terminate his contract, citing — without going into specifics — “violations of multiple policies,” including ethics.
The officer in question, Wade Lytle, had become romantically involved with the alleged victim of a sexual assault, the cousin of Point Township Police Chief Josh Vankirk. Lytle was subsequently placed on paid administrative leave after he told Vankirk that he had become involved with the woman, who reported the alleged crime to her cousin.
The disclosure triggered a cascade of concerns about potential conflicts of interest, including the fact that the alleged victim was a relative of the police chief, who had passed the case on to Lytle.
Vankirk subsequently met with the township supervisors and recommended the board fire Lytle because he put the municipality at risk of potential lawsuits and jeopardized the criminal case against Benjamin Scheller, 34, of 129 Reagan St., Sunbury.
U.S. re-elects Obama
Despite weak economy, Dem powers to victory
Nov. 7. Washington. President Barack Obama won re-election Tuesday night despite a fierce challenge from Republican Mitt Romney, prevailing in the face of a weak economy and high unemployment that encumbered his first term and crimped the middle-class dreams of millions.
“This happened because of you. Thank you” Obama tweeted to supporters as he secured four more years in the White House.
The president sealed his victory in Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire and Colorado, four of the nine battleground states where the two rivals and their allies spent nearly $1 billion on dueling television commercials.
Ultimately, the result of the brawl of an election campaign appeared likely to be the political status quo. Democrats won two more years of control of the Senate, and Republicans were on track to do likewise in the House.
Romney was in Massachusetts, his long and grueling bid for the presidency at an unsuccessful end.
The two rivals were close in the popular vote.
Romney had 48 million votes, or 49 percent. Obama had 47.9 million, also 49 percent, with 65 percent of precincts tallied.
But Obama’s laser-like focus on battleground states gave him the majority in the electoral vote, where it mattered most. He had 281, or 11 more than needed for victory. Romney had 203.
Yet to be settled were battlegrounds in Florida, Virginia and Nevada.