Man arrested in connection with Robberies

Darren Miller, a Shamokin man and his mother, Lynn Sessions were taken into custoday yesterday with two other individuals in relation to four bank robberies in the Susquehanna Valley, according to a state police search warrant. The Daily Item reports that State Trooper Kevin Kearney of the Stonington station said in the warrant that a witness identified Miller as the robber who knocked off banks in Kulpmont, Trevorton, Middleburg and Pillow.

Credit Card Fraud

If you went to the Taco Bell on Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard between December 1st, 2016 and January 9th of this year, please check your credit card. Unfortunately, an employees at that Taco Bell copied customers’ credit card numbers and might have sold or used them. WNEP reports that if your account was compromised, please contact Wilkes-Barre Township Police

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The accused Fort Lauderdale airport shooter says he only has five to ten dollars in the bank. Esteban Santiago had his first court appearance Monday in which a public defender was appointed to him. The judge in the case has also ordered Santiago held without bond.

Authorities are naming the sheriff’s deputy who was killed during a manhunt for a man accused of murdering an Orlando police officer. Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Norman Lewis passed away yesterday, when his motorcycle was hit by a vehicle as he was helping to search for Markeith Loyd. Loyd is suspected of shooting Orlando Master Sergeant Debra Clayton earlier in the day.

President-elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner will serve as senior advisor to the President. Kushner is married to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and was a key player in the Trump campaign run for the presidency. Kushner will not take a salary while serving in Trump’s administration.

The Pentagon is investigating after a U.S. Navy destroyer fired warning shots at a group of Iranian vessels in the Strait of Hormuz [[ hoar -mooze ]] . Various reports indicate the Iranian vessels rapidly closed to within 900 yards of the U.S.S. Mahon. The Iranian vessels backed away after the warning shots were fired.

Ford is bringing back the Bronco. In an exclusive interview with the “Detroit Free Press” Ford CEO Mark Fields announced the iconic Ford Bronco SUV and Ford Ranger pickup will be revived. Fields said the revival is based on good old American nostalgia and low fuel prices.

New Bridges Opened

The Spruce Run Road bridges, were reopened to traffic this week. They cover Spruce Run in Buffalo and Kelly townships, and were replaced as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. According to The Daily Item, the new crossings are longer and wider, and have a 100 year lifespan.

Northumberland Budget approved

At yesterday’s meeting, the Northumberland County Commissioners approved an $81.2 million budget for next year without a tax increase. The Daily Item reports it was approved by a 2-0 vote. The new spending plan that consists of almost 68 million in normal operations and 14 million in extraordinary expenditures, including additional prison operating and construction costs for the new prison in Coal Township and the remainder of 911 project costs.

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One of the shining lights in the “Star Wars” universe is out. Actress Carrie Fisher has died at the age of 60, several days after suffering a massive heart attack on a flight from London to L.A. International airport Friday. Fisher had been at the UCLA Medical Center where she remained in intensive care until her death.

President Obama says the Japanese prime minister’s visit to Pearl Harbor is a reminder that even the deepest wounds of war can give way to friendship and lasting peace. Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe [[ AH-beh ]] spoke at the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, making Abe the first Japanese leader to visit the site. Obama said the memorial should remind us to resist the urge to “demonize those who are different.”

Donald Trump is appointing a former adviser to George W. Bush to be a key player in his administration’s war against cyber attacks. Thomas Bossert was named by President-elect Trump Tuesday to be his assistant for homeland security and terrorism.

Officials with the National Park Service say three people are dead after a plane crash in Tennessee. Officials confirmed Tuesday night that a single-engine plane was found in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and that there were no survivors. The identities of the victims have not yet been confirmed.

Days before thousands gather in Times Square to welcome 2017, New Yorkers will go there to say ‘good riddance’ to 2016. During Wednesday’s tenth annual ‘Good Riddance Day’ celebration, a shredding truck will be parked in Times Square. Participants can write down and then destroy their paper memories, or smash small symbolic items from the year about to end.

Child Support

Steven Schlief, 40, was taken into custody for failing to pay more than 100 grand in child support. Union County deputy sheriffs apprehended the Millmont man on Dec 6 at his home, near Laurelton. He is now in jail.

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Senator John McCain says “the facts are there” that Russia hacked into the U.S. presidential campaign. The Arizona Republican tells CBS’ “Face the Nation” that President-elect Donald Trump needs to “get the facts” on Russian behavior. Trump has rejected the notion. McCain and Democrat Chuck Schumer are calling for a bipartisan investigation into the matter. McCain says Russia routinely uses hacking as a tool to further President Vladimir Putin’s goals, blasting Putin as — quote — “a thug and a murderer and a killer and a KGB agent.”

Senator Rand Paul is holding his opinion Trump’s reported pick for secretary of state, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson. However, the Kentucky Republican says he has serious concerns Trump’s likely number-two pick of John Bolton for the State Department. He told ABC’s “This Week” that Bolton is a big cheerleader for regime change and has “a naive understanding of the world.” Paul says if the former U.S. ambassador to the UN is picked as undersecretary under Tillerson, he will vote against his confirmation, because, he says, Bolton should get “nowhere near” the State Department.

A petition for convicted intelligence leader Chelsea Manning has reached the required signatures to get a response from the White House. A petition on the White House’s website asking President Obama to commute Manning’s sentence reached 100-thousand signatures. The petition claims Manning, who is transgender, is facing mistreatment in prison, including stints in solitary confinement. Manning is serving a 35-year prison sentence for leaking thousands of classified files to WikiLeaks.

The snow may affected the landing of a Delta airlines plane that slid off a runway in Detroit. The incident occurred at about noon after Flight 724 from Buffalo landed safely at Detroit Metro Airport. No one was hurt, but passengers had to be taken off the plane through a rear exit door. It’s not clear if the snow was responsible. A winter storm sweeping the Midwest has already led to nearly 14-hundred flight cancellations today at Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports. That’s almost half of all arrivals and departures. Forecasters were calling for as much as a foot of snow in the Windy City.

Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The singer-songwriter didn’t show up at the ceremony in Stockholm on Saturday, but folk singer Patti Smith accepted the honor for him. There was an awkward moment when Smith forgot the words while performing Dylan’s ballad “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall.” She apologized, saying she was nervous and then finished, receiving applause.

Christmas Candlelight

The Weather wasn’t the best last night, but hundreds of folks gathered in the Weber Chapel on the Susquehanna University campus last night, for their 50th annual Christmas Candlelight Service. It was beautiful.

Gatlinburg fires

Search crews are still working to clear areas of the Tennessee resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge after wildfires scorched the area. At least three people were killed in what Governor Bill Haslam called the largest in a hundred years. Fourteen thousand people were evacuated from the region.