LEWISBURG — The North Central Highway Safety Network announced deputy sheriffs and municipal police officers from Snyder and Union counties will conduct impaired driving checkpoints this weekend on Route 45.

The Union County checkpoint will be operated by Union and Snyder deputy sheriffs, Buffalo Valley Regional Police officers, Union County Probation officers and members of the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Law enforcement officers will also enforce seatbelt laws. Motorists are asked to report suspected drunk drivers to police by calling 911. Report suspected underage drinking activities by calling 1-888-UNDER-21.

The checkpoints are part of the North Central PA Regional Sobriety Checkpoint and Expanded DUI/Underage Drinking Enforcement Program funded by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

— ERIC SCICCHITANO

 

Judge: Reporters don't have to testify in 'Rocco' case

BLOOMSBURG — A State College judge ruled that three newspaper reporters, including one from The Daily Item, do not have testify in the October murder trial of accused killer Anthony "Rocco" Franklin.

Senior Judge David Grine quashed subpoenas filed by the state to force The Daily Item's Francis Scarcella and two Press Enterprise reporters to testify. The prosecution wanted the reporters to testify after Franklin made phone calls to the newspapers, which later published articles based on those interviews.

The Commonwealth subpoenaed those reporters to testify to the accuracy of those articles, based on interviews with Franklin while he was incarcerated in Argentina.

Franklin, 75, accused of conspiring to kill his ex-son-in-law Frank Spencer in July 2012, is scheduled for trial in October.

New York Attorney William Hurst represented The Daily Item while Philadelphia attorney Michael Berry represented The Press Enterprise.

Both attorneys argued that nine other witnesses, the entire Spencer family and Franklin's own grand jury testimony offered alternative sources of the same information being sought through the subpoenas. Reporters are viewed as neutral by the public, and the more a reporter is called to court to testify on behalf of the Commonwealth, Hurst said, "The less it will be viewed as neutral by the public."

— THE DAILY ITEM

 

Chaperone hurt in bus crash released from GMC

DANVILLE — The chaperone on the Ohio senior class trip bus that crashed in Montour County on Monday morning is no longer a patient at Geisinger Medical Center, a spokesman said.

Sixteen of the 32 people on the bus were injured, but all injuries were minor except for those suffered by the chaperone, who was upgraded from serious to fair condition by the end of the day. Geisinger spokesman Joseph Stender said on Thursday the woman was no longer listed as a patient.

The New York City-bound charter bus sheared off a pole and plunged down a 40-foot embankment along Interstate 80 at 5:45 a.m. The students and chaperones spent the day at Geisinger, until family members could drive from Ohio to pick them up.

Stender told the Geisinger Authority on Wednesday that Geisinger not only provided medical care for the students who were injured, but also fed them breakfast, lunch and dinner and provided them with iPads. Geisinger also provided chaplain services to the students and brought in therapy dogs. 

"They took their senior class picture in the healing garden," Stender said, adding, "They went to Geisinger for their senior class trip."

— JOE SYLVESTER

 

 

Rising junior wins national language scholarship

SELINSGROVE — Hannah Kelly-Quigley, a rising junior neuroscience major at Susquehanna University, has been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship to study for eight weeks this summer in Xi’an, China.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

Kelly-Quigley, from Morristown, N.J., said she has always been fascinated with Chinese culture — an interest encouraged and cultivated by her adoptive parents.

“When Mandarin was offered at my high school, I jumped at the chance to take it,” she said. “As I learned more about the language, my initial curiosity that stemmed from being adopted faded, and I came to appreciate the language itself.”

Kelly-Quigley hopes to teach English in China for a year following graduation and eventually combine her love of language and her neuroscience major to work in the medical field.

— THE DAILY ITEM

 

Sunbury pool set to open June 8

SUNBURY — The Sunbury Community Pool will open at 12 noon June 8, according to the city of Sunbury.

Daily admission is $5 for ages 6 years and up. Pool memberships are individual membership for $60 and family membership of 3 to 5 members who live at the same address for $150. Each additional member in the same household is an additional $30. Individual membership for those 65 years or older is $25.

— JUSTIN STRAWSER