Year in Review 2012: November news
Nov. 1 - A Berwick man and an Elysburg woman were charged with fleeing police and assaulting a police officer after authorities were led on a two-hour foot chase through Elysburg. The man, Justin Cressinger, 24, had seven outstanding warrants in Columbia County.
Nov. 2 - Brandon Chapman, 18, of Mount Carmel, led police on their second foot pursuit in 24 hours, sending authorities on a 25-minute pursuit through the borough.
Nov. 5 - Northumberland County Commissioners Vinny Clausi and Stephen Bridy said a conflict of interest could result in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit related to a rape case in Point Township in which the victim is the cousin of Point Township Police Chief Joshua Van Kirk, and was dating the arresting officer. The commissioners said District Attorney Tony Rosini did not adequately address the conflicts.
Nov. 7 - Six homes were damaged in a row-home fire in the morning hours on East Second Street, Mount Carmel. Officials said a lack of water pressure may have contributed to the damage, but the fire was caused by a flue pipe on a coal stove being too close to a wall.
Nov. 13 - Shamokin City Council approved the purchase of nearly $17,000 in leather furniture for a new community lounge in the basement of the Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library. The funding came from grant money.
Nov. 14 - Fugitive Ronald C. Bowman of Coal Township was taken into custody at his residence, after being on the run for six months in connection with an assault of another Coal Township resident in Zerbe Township.
Nov. 14 - Northumberland County put 19 properties back on the tax rolls at its latest judicial tax sale, which generated $50,000 to be split among the county and the municipalities and school districts where the properties are located. The highest price paid for a property was $8,038.60, by Twilight Beginnings, of Mount Carmel, for the old Washington School building in Shamokin.
Nov. 15 - Northumberland County announced plans to expand its house arrest program, allowing as many as 40 non-violent prisoners the opportunity to obtain jobs.
Nov. 19 - As a result of gas supplies being rerouted and refineries being shut down due to Superstorm Sandy, several area Sheetz stores, including the Elysburg location, were out of regular and mid-grade gasoline.
Nov. 20 - Northumberland County Commissioners voted on several cost-cutting measures to take effect in 2013, including the closing of senior action centers in Elysburg, Dewart and Riverside, and no longer using state constables to transport inmates to and from arraignments and hearings.
Nov. 20 - Shamokin resident Scott J. Binsack, who formerly served time in prison, was taken into custody in Bath, N.Y., after allegedly violating his parole. On the same day he was taken into custody, Binsack filed a federal lawsuit against several Shamokin City and state probation officials, claiming his constitutional rights were violated.
Nov. 25 - Northumberland County announced that in the wake of raises and county health care costs going up, it would need to raise property taxes 11 percent.
Nov. 27 - The season's first measurable snowfall hit the area, causing crashes on the Merriam and Natalie mountains that sent one person to the hospital.
Nov. 29 - A Northumberland County Judge dropped the most serious charges, aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol, in the case of Victor Swaboski III, of Mount Carmel, who awaits trial on charges he struck five teens with his vehicle in March.
Nov. 30 - Northumberland County Commissioner Richard Shoch blasted Commissioner Chairman Vinny Clausi, saying that because he ignored the problem, the county must now pay back at least $200,000 of a $350,000 state grant intended for low-income families.