November 2013 news
Nov. 1 - The Northumberland County Courthouse was evacuated at 1 p.m. and closed for the rest of the day after a "credible bomb threat" was received. A search turned up no explosives.
Nov. 5 - In county elections, voters elected James F. Kelley as coroner, Chris Grayson as controller, Justin Dunkelberger as prothonotary and Mary L. Zimmerman as register/recorder of deeds. In a close race, Dan McGaw was ahead of William Milbrand by nine votes for mayor of Shamokin.
Nov. 6 - The God's Chuckwagon Mobile Soup Kitchen dedicated a converted school bus to serve as its new base of operations, traveling to Mount Carmel and Shamokin to feed more than 200 people each week.
Nov. 8 - A Centre County visiting judge granted a temporary injunction that restored salary cuts to four row officers that had their pay cut by the Northumberland County Commissioners, beginning in 2014.
Nov. 8 - Following an official count, the absentee ballots determined Shamokin City Councilman Bill Milbrandto be the new mayor of Shamokin, beating challenger Dan McGaw by one vote.
Nov. 12 - Sunbury Police were probing a suspicious death after a male, believed to be in his 40s, was found dead in a backyard of a Catawissa Avenue home. An autopsy showed that Troy LaFerrara, of Port Trevorton, was killed by multiple stab wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.
Nov. 12 - Shamokin City Council voted 3-2 against the first reading of a loan proposal for $2.8 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to renovate the American Legion Building. Opponents of the plan said the city's financial status was too tenuous to take on such a loan.
Nov. 13 - Police officers from around the area came to Shamokin to memorialize Shamokin Police Cpl. David Witmer on the 30th anniversary of his death. He was killed in the line of duty during a shootout in Trevorton.
Nov. 14 - After a three month legal battle, a debris pile and property owned by fire victim David Dubbs, of Kulpmont, was transferred to the Borough of Kulpmont, in exchange for dropping 93 citations and over $85,000 in fines.
Nov. 15 - State officials said that after Northumberland County Judge Robert Sacavage resigned at the beginning of the year, his seat is the 19th in the state that needs a replacement, and may not be filled until the 2015 election, due to fiscal concerns.
Nov. 15 - A coal stove was believed to be the cause of a fire that destroyed the former Faith Reformed Chapel, Ranshaw. The building had been converted into a residence.
Nov. 16 - A Philadelphia man wanted for threatening the lives of his ex-girlfriend and her children was taken into custody by city police Saturday after arriving in Shamokin by bus.
Nov. 19 - For the second time that year, Northumberland County commissioners failed to pass a proposed 2014 budget,.
Nov. 20 - Line Mountain seventh-grader Audriana Beattie took the stand in a preliminary injunction hearing in U.S. District Court on her petition to join the Line Mountain Middle School wrestling team. In her testimony, Beattie said she does get emotional after losing a match, but "everyone does," and "It doesn't matter that I'm a girl, because I'm just as good as they are."
Nov. 20 - After police conducted a search of a Dewart Street apartment, authorities arrested Nathan Morell on charges of possessing 798 packets of heroin and other drugs, one of the largest in the area.
Nov. 22 - A Lycoming County judge ruled Northumberland County Commissioner Stephen Bridy is entitled to information involving what the City of Shamokin has paid to provide health insurance to its employees, including elected officials.
Nov. 24 - Erika Smith, 34, of Elysburg, the stepdaughter of Ralpho Township Police Chief Stuart Appel, passed away following an alleged heroin overdose at a Catawissa home three days earlier. Police charged the two individuals who were with her with drug-related charges as the death investigation continues.
Nov. 25 - After almost 18 months of negotiations, the Mount Carmel Area School District and its teachers came together on a three-year contract, with raises that will cost the district close to $700,000 over the life of the agreement.
Nov. 26 - After Gov. Tom Corbett signed a $2.3 transportation funding bill, those involved with the Central Susquehanna Thruway project said construction on the highway that will alleviate the congested Routes 11 and 15 strip north of Selinsgrove will be completed in a decade with the first contracts being awarded in less that two years.
Nov. 27 - In adopting their tentative budget, Shamokin City officials said they must erase a $600,000 deficit before a final 2014 budget can be passed.
Nov. 29 - One bid was received, but officials said negotiations will continue to sell the former Saint Catherine Medical Center in Fountain Springs.