Year in Review 2012: August news
Aug. 2 - Two tractor-trailer crashes, one that dumped corn and another that triggered an oil fire, in two days snarled traffic for several hours on the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Sunbury.
Aug. 2 - Jeep fans traveled from 18 states to Burnside, ready to take on the trails of the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area at the inaugural Coal Mountain Jamboree. The event was deemed a success, and is expected to happen again in 2013.
Aug. 4 - Shamokin police took Ronald Morgenstern into custody after he allegedly bit his roommate in the neck, then resisted arrest and spat in the face of Police Chief Edward Griffiths.
Aug. 5 - A 17-year-old girl from York County was injured when a tree fell on her family camper during a thunderstorm at the campground at Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg.
Aug. 6 - Two families camping at Knoebels Amusement Resort and at the neighboring Lake Glory campground, saw their camper and RV damaged in separate motor vehicle accidents as they were leaving the area.
Aug. 13 - Approximately 40 independent trash haulers attended the Shamokin City Council meeting, upset over a plan to go with a single-hauler trash disposal service for city residents. Council members said it was merely a discussion brought up and no plan was in place.
Aug. 13 - Mount Carmel resident Harrow Wolford, 43, had to be pulled from the burning wreckage following a crash of his van and a Schuylkill Transportation System bus in Brandonville, Schuylkill County.
Aug. 14 - While they could not make an official vote at their meeting, Line Mountain Area School Board members announced they intend to keep the Leck Kill Elementary School open for the 2012-2013 school year.
Aug. 16 - In what was being called a "new day and a new era for the Susquehanna River," the city of Sunbury dedicated the $11 million Riverfront Park complex to kick off the Sunbury River Festival. Two days later, a record number of participants and spectators watched the annual cardboard regatta race at the park.
Aug. 17 - A six-foot alligator was found living at a public reservoir at the Sunbury Municipal Authority's water filtration plant near the Hamilton underpass. Concerns about public safety prompted Sunbury police to shoot and kill the animal.
Aug. 20 - Shamokin Area School District officials announced that the start of the 2012-2013 school year could be delayed a day or two because of ongoing construction at the elementary school. Later that week, school officials announced they would delay the opening by two days, until Aug. 29.
Aug. 21 - After two continuances, former Mount Carmel Borough Police Officer Blaine Handerhan was sentenced to eight years in federal prison on charges of possession of child pornography.
Aug. 23 - The Line Mountain School Board voted that the 2012-13 school year will be the final year for the Leck Kill and Dalmatia elementary schools. Students would instead attend Trevorton Elementary School and the Line Mountain High School, where additions were planned.
Aug. 26 - Olympic medalists Kristy Kowal and Josh Davis held a swimming clinic at the Shamokin Area Middle-High School pool to raise money for the swimming program and teach lessons of life and swimming to more than three dozen students who attended.
Aug. 27 - The 2012-2013 school year got off to a somber start in the Mount Carmel Area School District as senior Gregory Leso passed away one day before the start of the school year.
Aug. 28 - Two residents of Mount Carmel, Jason Hunsinger, 33, and his girlfriend, Kim Metcalf, 30, were charged by police after the discovery of a portable meth lab in their South Beech Street home.
Aug. 28 - The state ruled in favor of a union grievance that could have reinstated former Northumberland County Assistant District Attorney John Muncer to his job.
Aug. 29 - Rescue workers scaled down 150 feet to rescue Alan Johnson Sr., 60 of Ashland, after the 100-ton truck he was operating plunged into the pit and he was trapped for approximately three hours.
Aug. 30 - Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley was cleared of any wrongdoing following an investigation by the state Attorney General's office into payment from the county's Children and Youth Services Department to Kelley's funeral home for the funeral expenses for a 16-year-old male who was in foster care when he died.