COAL TOWNSHIP — Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley reported that Joshua Spurgeon, 27, of Coal Township, died on Oct. 1 after hanging himself inside a holding cell at the Coal Township Police Station.

Officers and paramedics from AREA Services administered CPR, but Spurgeon was later pronounced dead in the emergency room at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, Kelley said.

An autopsy was conducted Oct. 3 by Dr. Rameen Starling-Roney, a forensic pathologist, at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Kelley said.

Kelley said the death is not considered suspicious and a review of the surveillance video showed that Coal Township officers were not in the wrong. He was alone in the cell, police said.

Kelley's investigation is closed, but a probe by the state police at Stonington is still pending.




Dog owners sued by bicyclists

The owners of a dog that allegedly bit three bicyclists are being sued by one of the victims.

Lance E. Robson, of Eagles Mere, filed a civil suit against dog owners Robert and Lacey Boyer and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Flora, of 325 PPL Road. The Floras are Boyer's stepparents, according to the action.

According to the civil suit, Robson was riding a bike Jan. 16 when he was bit in the leg as he passed the Boyer home. He required at least 28 stitches, contracted an infection and required a substantial time to heal, the suit states.

According to the suit, the dog also bit Mike Scheunemann Sept. 17, 2016, as he rode in the area of the Boyer home. Both men underwent a painful series of rabies shots, the suit states.

Robson contends his medical bills total more than $40,000 and he claims three counts of negligence against the defendants.




Board approves hiring, sub list

The Danville Area School Board this week approved hiring of Miranda Brady as pre-kindergarten education assistant for Head Start at a rate of $10.85 an hour, effective Sept. 27.

The board also accepted the resignation Deborah Park as a high school forensics coach, effective immediately. She will coach a few students on a volunteer basis.

Acting on interim-Superintendent David Price's recommendation, the school directors also the 2017-2018 substitute list, pending all required documentation, for teachers, teacher aides, secretaries and related staff.




Transitions adds family systems coordinator

Transitions crisis and resource center is adding a new team member.

Rose Weir was announced as the new Family Systems Coordinator on Wednesday.

Transitions Chief Executive Officer Susan K. Mathias said they are proud to have Weir on their team.

She said Weir will be responsible for handling the provision of counseling to victims and survivors of crimes like human trafficking, sexual assault and domestic violence.

Additionally, Weir will supervise the new Rapid Re-Housing Program as well as the growth of the no-cost Trauma-Focused Counseling Program.

Mathias said Weir's career has been built around helping others. Weir worked as the administrator for the Snyder County Children and Youth Services for 12 years. Mathias said Weir also had other staff and supervisory positions there.

Weir also has worked as an adjunct professor at Susquehanna University for 13 years and works as a statewide trainer for topics like Child Protective Services for the University of Pittsburgh, said Mathias.

Weir earned a masters in education from Bucknell University and a masters in social work/LSW from Temple University.

Mathias said, "She brings a wealth of experience and education to this expanded role ensuring that victims, siblings and non-offending parents receive the care and support they need."




Combat veteran joins race for 11th

Republican Andrew Lewis, a U.S. Army Combat Veteran and Dauphin County business leader, announced his run for Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District on Thursday. He is the fourth announced Republican vying for the seat vacated by current incumbent Lou Barletta, also a Republican.

"Washington politicians have lost their way," Lewis said in a prepared statement, "and both parties are to blame for a bigger government that promises everything but delivers nothing. 2016 was an election of great promise, but the insiders and forces of the status quo have fought to prevent the changes the American people voted to enact. I'm not willing to give up the fight. I'll go to Washington to stand up to the politicians and work every day to get the power and wealth out of the capital — and return control to the people, where it belongs.”

He joins Berwick Borough Councilman Andrew Shecktor, state House Rep. Stephen Bloom and former state Revenue Secretary Daniel Meuser for the Republican nomination.

Lewis and his family live in Lower Paxton Township.

— Rick Dandes



Career Day speakers needed

Guest speakers are sought to share information and answer questions from eighth-graders at Selinsgrove Area Middle School's upcoming Career Day program.

The program will be held Dec. 21, with a Jan. 19 makeup day planned in the event of inclement weather.

Students are typically interested in the following occupational information: school subjects related to the job, education and training, detailed work activities, job satisfaction, earnings, skills, work conditions, job market outlook, related occupations, self-employment opportunities, fun facts or stories related to a job.

To volunteer, email school counselor Scott Smolleck at and indicate current occupation, job title and time preference — either 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., or noon to 2:15 p.m.

— Eric Scicchitano



Roadwork at North Fourth and Reagan next week

PennDOT will be working on the intersection at North Fourth and Reagan streets on Monday and Tuesday, weather permitting, according to Sunbury officials.

The work will start at 8 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. on both days.

PennDOT will be milling the intersection on Monday and paving on Tuesday.

City officials urge drivers to use caution in this area.



Fired Sunbury officer's criminal motion hearing next week

SUNBURY — Fired Sunbury police officer Jamie Quinn, accused of tampering with evidence and theft of services, is scheduled for a criminal motion hearing and status conference at 11 a.m. Monday in front of Senior Judge Harold Woefel Jr. in jury room one in the Northumberland County Courthouse.

Defense attorney Tim Bowers, of Sunbury, is arguing the charges be dismissed because there isn't enough evidence to support the case and that Quinn's statements made to her former employers are private and should be suppressed.

State police allege that Quinn, who was charged in June and fired on Aug. 28, gave her police department-issued phone to a juvenile without department permission and a sexually explicit image was found on it. Quinn allegedly instructed the child to delete the photograph and not to tell anyone, police said.

Quinn's appeal of her firing is still pending.


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