September 2013 news
Sept. 1 - Stella Adams, 80, of Danville, was killed in a two-vehicle crash near the intersection of Airport Road and Route 54, in Elysburg.
Sept. 3 - The start of the school day at Shamokin Area Middle-High School was delayed for approximately 90 minutes when students had to go through metal detectors at the school.
Sept. 4 - Despite objections by the public and officeholders, Northumberland County announced a sweeping reduction in wages for elected officials, between $25,000 to $30,000 for each office, in addition to requiring them to pay 50 percent of the county's contribution toward health benefits.
Sept. 6 - Despite efforts by firefighters, flames destroyed the home of Coal Township Rescue Squad chief Jim Hoffman and his wife, Cheryl, in the 1300 block of West Independence Street.
Sept. 7 - As mandated by the state to help pay for its new sewage plant, Zerbe Township supervisors raised the rates 36 percent beginning in January 2014, up from $88 to $120 a quarter.
Sept. 9 - Police began to search for a Coal Township man who fled Magisterial District Judge John Gembic's office after learning there was a warrant issued for his arrest on theft-related offenses.
Sept. 10 - Following a two-hour preliminary hearing, a Sunbury magisterial district court judge ruled that Naheem J. Reams would be held for court on charges of aggravated assault charges for allegedly attempting to run over a Sunbury police officer during a high speed chase on June 5.
Sept. 16 - Although he had the judge's sympathy, the appeal of 29 dangerous structure citations against David Dubbs, 60, of Kulpmont, was denied, keeping the $23,608 in fines for a pile of rubble where his fire-destroyed home once stood at 916 Chestnut St., Kulpmont.
Sept. 17 - Raymond G. Splane, the chairman of the Shamokin Housing Authority Advisory Board, was charged by Shamokin Police with disorderly conduct and harassment after residents of two housing complexes owned by the authority complained that Splane was harassing them, peering into windows and arguing with residents and visitors.
Sept. 18 - Members of the Mount Carmel Area Education Association picketed the contract negotiation meeting between them and the school board, and planned to do so the next night at the school board meeting. The "informational picket" was designed to show that teachers had been working since June 2010 under an expired contract.
Sept. 19 - Sixteen individuals, including a ringleader already in federal custody, were arrested and charged with drug offenses as part of a drug ring that funneled approximately $2 million in cocaine and heroin into the area in the past year.
Sept. 24 - Ariel Parker, 26, of Coal Township, suffered serious injuries when he crashed his motorcycle through a wooden fence at the intersection of State and Jackson streets, and then was ejected from the bike.
Sept. 25 - Charges were pending against a Shamokin woman after she crashed into a lamppost, trash can, two park benches and a tree on one of the medians on Market Street. Police reported the driver was holding a can of duster spray in her hand and was allegedly huffing while driving.
Sept. 26 - A family of four was left homeless after a fire destroyed their home along Otto Station Road between Herndon and Dornsife. Members of the Rice family were not home at the time the blaze started, but two of their three dogs were found dead in the home.
Sept. 28 - A Mini-THON event at Mount Carmel Area Junior-Senior High School raised more than $12,000 for the Four Diamonds Fund, which provides financial, medical and pediatric cancer research support.