SHAMOKIN DAM — Three people have been charged with lying on separate applications to purchase a firearm at a borough gun shop in recent months.
Criminal complaints filed at District Judge John H. Reed's court in Selinsgrove outline the charges against each of the alleged offenders, John. J. Morgan, Brian K. Carter and Bridget A. O'Connell, all who have prior criminal convictions and are prohibited from purchasing a firearm.
O'Connell, 36, of Coal Township, did not disclose, as required under the law, that she had pleaded guilty to simple assault relating to domestic violence in 2016 when she attempted to purchase two Ruger pistols at Gator's Guns on Nov. 3, court records filed by Shamokin Dam police officer Leif Hassenplug said.
Carter, 48, of Selinsgrove, attempted to buy a 12-gauge shotgun from the shop on Jan. 20 and was denied because he failed to disclose his 2002 guilty pleas to felony criminal trespass as well as harassment and stalking, court records said.
Morgan, 56, of Sunbury, did not disclose that he pleaded guilty to corruption of minors in 1980 when he attempted to purchase a 9mm pistol from Gator's Gun on Feb. 8, according to court records.
Each is charged with illegally attempting to purchase a firearm, a felony, and misdemeanor written false statement to authorities.
— MARCIA MOORE
Berwick ambulance merges with Geisinger's
DANVILLE — The Pennsylvania Attorney General has approved the merger of Berwick Area Ambulance Association and Geisinger’s West Shore Advanced Life Support Services Inc.
The merger takes effect on July 1. West Shore Advanced Life Support Services Inc. includes Danville Ambulance Service and Holy Spirit EMS – a Geisinger affiliate.
Operations in Berwick and the areas served by BAAA’s satellite station will continue unchanged, and the team will continue its active relationships and linkages with regional hospitals, nursing homes, EMS, police, fire and all others involved in the health care. Geisinger will provide medical direction.
BAAA employs 64 people, all eligible employees will be offered employment in their existing roles as Geisinger employees. The association operates eight ambulances, three wheelchair vans, one utility vehicle and one special event trailer.
— JOE SYLVESTER
Community pool opening delayed
LEWISBURG — Repairs slowed by weather delays pushed back the opening of the Lewisburg Community Pool to 11 a.m. June 2.
The pool traditionally opens on Memorial Day weekend. Repairs continue to the bottom of the lap pool, baby pool and zero-entry area, according to Stacey Sommerfield, executive director of the Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority.
Sommerfield said staff has been hired and concessions purchased.
“We’re ready to open,” she said. “Mother nature just hasn’t cooperated with our best plans.”
Pool hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 8 p.m. weekdays. Swim lessons are offered all summer, with diving lessons also planned. Pool memberships are still available. Learn more at www.bvrec.org or call 570-524-4774.
— ERIC SCICCHITANO
Lewisburg downtown director honored
LEWISBURG — Lewisburg Downtown Partnership Executive Director Tere Rill received a Downtown Achievement Award after completing year-long training.
The Pennsylvania Downtown Center, a community revitalization organization, presented Rill with the award after she finished the PDC Academy training.
Rill said she wanted to go because Lewisburg has been a PDC Designated Main Street for approximately three years. "The LDP Board and I love Lewisburg. We want to do anything to help it grow," she said. "It is absolutely marvelous that this is out there for us."
— EMMA GINADER
Rash of thefts from buildings
MIFFLINBURG — Borough police are investigating a rash of thefts in the borough.
According to police, unlocked and unsecured sheds and garages have been entered in the daytime hours this past week by someone stealing power tools and equipment including two push mowers.
Police urge residents to lock doors and report any suspicious activities.
Anyone with information on the thefts are asked to call police at 570-966-1027. Business owners or residents willing to share outdoor video surveillance for police review are encouraged to call police and speak with officer Tracy Fetterman.
— ERIC SCICCHITANO
Reinforcements help with storm cleanup
NORTHUMBERLAND — Three hundred forty line workers from Missouri, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, New York and Illinois are aiding PPL's work to restore power across the state following Tuesday's severe thunderstorms.
PPL Regional Affairs Director Tracy Witter said the help is part of a mutual assistance agreement. They have joined forces with 1,200 PPL employees from various departments.
"We estimate that by 11 p.m. (Thursday night), the vast majority of customers will have their power restored" across the 29 counties served by PPL, Witter said.
Witter said PPL has restored power to 102,000 customers since the storm hit. Columbia County, one of the hardest-hit regions, still had 1,000 people without power at around 3 p.m. Thursday, Witter said. At 7 p.m., that number had been reduced to 113.
PPL customers who went without power for 24 hours or more as a result of emergency storms can be reimbursed for purchasing a maximum of three 10-pound bags of ice and three gallons of water per day at their expense from any local vendor. To receive the account credit, customers can mail receipts and their account numbers to PPL Electric Utilities, Attn: Ice and Water, 827 Hausman Road, Allentown, Pa., 18104.
Customers should also include their account number.
— The Daily Item
Food truck opens Sunday
SELINSGROVE — El Encanto food truck will open at its regular location this Sunday.
From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., El Encanto will serve its selection of Hispanic cuisine at 950 US-522 in Selinsgrove. Menu items include mashed green plantains with fried chicken, shrimp or pork, fries, plantain chips and empanadas.
El Encanto will then regularly open at 950 US-522 on Wednesday and Fridays, from 5 to 9 p.m., as well as Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information, call (570) 274-8749 or visit their Facebook page, @elencantofood.
— EMMA GINADER
Derby Vixens to donate
SUNBURY — The Susquehanna Valley Derby Vixens will lend a helping skate during their home opener at the Sunbury Ice Rink this Saturday.
The team plans to donate a portion of ticket sales to Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors Inc. because Saturday is Armed Forces Day. Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors helps wounded soldiers and their families.
The Vixens will face off against the Northern Allegheny Roller Derby team on Saturday. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and free for children younger than 12 with a paid admission.
— EMMA GINADER