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  1. Local defendant among 22 nabbed in 'oxy' ringRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Jan 25 | The News Item

    The state attorney general's office says a man picked up by Mount Carmel police in August for forging a prescription was a participant in a criminal enterprise that obtained more than 59,000 oxycodone pills from pharmacies in 44 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. Fifteen charges were filed against Thomas Herbert Jones Jr., 48, of Philadelphia, for his connection in the drug ring, Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office reported.


  2. 'Bunker Hill trucker' no show for hearingRead the original story

    Wednesday Jan 21 | The News Item

    A Philadelphia tractor-trailer driver who got lost in Shamokin last month before tearing apart a home, failed to find his way Tuesday morning to the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III for his preliminary hearing on multiple charges. A bench warrant was issued by Gembic for Rasan L. Tyler-Davis, 28, who either got lost again or had no intention of attending the legal proceeding.


  3. Wolf asks state leaders from both parties to join inaugurationRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jan 20 | The News Item

    A Democrat takes over the governor's office today, and local Republican Sen. John Gordner will be among those on stage at the inauguration ceremony. Tom Wolf requested leadership from both parties in the House and Senate sit together in a show of bi-partisanship.


  4. Shamokin man remains upbeat despite holidays out of crashed houseRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 21, 2014 | The News Item

    News-Item File Photo David Rarick, left, and Tim Kiefaber remove a couch from Rarick's home the day a tractor-trailer ripped it apart earlier this month. Rarick first moved to his mother's home and, on Saturday, into a rental until his house is repaired - or razed.


  5. Truck driver charged for hitting Bunker Hill houseRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 17, 2014 | The News Item

    A Philadelphia truck driver who is accused of destroying a home at Rock and Kase streets, along with other property and vehicles, earlier this month was charged with several driving offenses Monday. Rasan L. Tyler-Davis, 28, was charged by Shamokin Police Chief Darwin Tobias III with two misdemeanor counts of accidents involving damage to attended vehicles or property and summary offenses of two counts of accidents involving damage to unattended property and one count each of duty to give information and render aid and failure to give immediate notice of an accident to the police department.


  6. Trucker gets stuck on Bunker Hill, takes out houseRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 5, 2014 | The News Item

    Eric Scicchitano/Staff Photo From left, firefighter Brian Balchunas, Deputy Fire Chief Jason Zimmerman, and Brian Pufnak discuss damage to 1119 N. Rock St. Obscured in the photo is firefighter Mark Frits. See page 11 for more photos.


  7. Cost issues drive police merger considerationsRead the original story

    Nov 29, 2014 | The News Item

    Municipalities report spending $1.3 billion on police services in fiscal 2012-13, according to a new legislative study that examines approaches to promoting mergers of police forces. The $1.3 billion sum doesn't include what Philadelphia and Pittsburgh spent, but it covers costs reported by nearly 1,000 municipal police departments, regional police forces and municipalities that contract with others for police services.


  8. Atlas fire interrupts power, holiday plansRead the original story

    Nov 28, 2014 | The News Item

    Thursday's fire disrupted Thanksgiving plans for many in Mount Carmel Township, where electric service was disrupted overnight and wasn't restored until dinnertime. The fire destroyed the vacant 100-102 W. Saylor St., and is considered suspicious.


  9. Shamokin, Mount Carmel churches among stops for blessed sister's relicRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 5, 2014 | The News Item

    A pilgrimage icon with an embedded first-class relic of a Ukrainian sister who was the founding member of a religious order will come to area churches and schools this month. The icon of Blessed Josaphata Hordashevska, foundress of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate , entered the United States at JFK Airport in New York Oct. 5 as part of a worldwide tour to countries where the SSMI sisters are serving.


  10. Philly woman faces court on charges she sold to copRead the original story

    Sep 11, 2014 | The News Item

    A Philadelphia woman charged last week with her boyfriend in an undercover heroin transaction had her case sent to the Court of Common Pleas Wednesday. Vilma Irizarry-Roque, 50, of 4274 Torresdale Ave., waived her right to a preliminary hearing and was ordered by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones to appear for plea court Oct. 27 at Northumberland County Courthouse.


  11. A Victory for your tasteRead the original story

    Sep 10, 2014 | The News Item

    Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet met on the school bus in fifth grade. They became fast friends.


  12. Noteworthy: Tuesday, September 9, 2014Read the original story

    Sep 9, 2014 | The News Item

    Matt Spade's film, "Strange Meats: The Soupie," will debut at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the auditorium of the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center, 2 E. Arch St. Spade, a Shamokin native now living in Philadelphia, makes films as a hobby, and decided to create one involving the unique coal region food that originated in Italy.


  13. Couple who sued over flood project add newspaper to claimRead the original story

    Sep 6, 2014 | The News Item

    A couple who filed suit in March against Mount Carmel Borough and a number of other entities after their home was seized and demolished for the Shamokin Creek Flood Control Project have added new claims and additional defendants, while a claim against one of the original defendants has been dismissed. Thomas M. and Eileen B. Bolick, of 1377 Second St. Pike, Richboro, and 205 S. Market St., Mount Carmel, claim their house at 224-226 N. Locust St., Mount Carmel, was improperly demolished and the property within was not accounted for, which violated their Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment rights.


  14. Philly pair nabbed in Strong heroin bustRead the original story

    Sep 4, 2014 | The News Item

    A Philadelphia couple who authorities suspect have been delivering heroin in the area for several months were taken into custody Tuesday following a drug transaction involving an undercover officer at Routes 54 and 61 in Strong. Wheeler D. Collins, 47, and his girlfriend, Vilma Irizarry-Roque, of 4274 Torresdale Ave., were apprehended during a traffic stop shortly before 4:30 p.m. at Routes 901 and 54 near the former Boylan's Garage after Wheeler allegedly delivered 20 bags of heroin to the undercover policeman for $200 approximately 10 minutes earlier in the parking lot at Turkey Hill Minit Market.


  15. Geisinger pediatrician new director of general pediatricsRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 19, 2014 | The News Item

    Dr. Janis Maksimak, M.D., has been appointed director of general pediatrics at Geisinger Medical Center , and will oversee the general pediatrics operations at GMC and Geisinger-Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove.


  16. Lieutenant governor candidate favors severance tax on Marcellus productionRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 29, 2014 | The News Item

    Levying a state severance tax on Marcellus gas production is a way to restore Pennsylvania's full potential, the Democratic candidate for the No.


  17. Men of the 48th earned their place in historyRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 20, 2014 | The News Item

    As the commanding officer of the 48th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Lt. Col. Henry Pleasants knew he could count on his regiment of coal miners from Schuylkill County.


  18. Shamokin's grand parade will have Miss Pa., Olympian, Mummers and moreRead the original story

    Jul 4, 2014 | The News Item

    With around four dozen groups and three mummers bands, the grand parade for Shamokin's 150th celebration will be quite spectacular.


  19. Transfig congregation got its start in Excelsior in 1884Read the original story

    Jul 4, 2014 | The News Item

    Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, a key institution in Shamokin for more than a century, was inadvertently missed in the church section in the Shamokin 150th anniversary sesquicentennial keepsake booklet produced by The News-Item and the 150th Anniversary Committee.


  20. Budget delivered, but Corbett thus far refuses to signRead the original story

    Jul 1, 2014 | The News Item

    The Republican-controlled Senate approved the bill first on a mainly party-line vote.


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