Woman steals 52 grand to pay personel bills

Jolene Edwards, 38, of Lock Haven is accused of embezzling more than 52 thousand dollars to pay her own bills. The theft occured when she was a manager at Jersey Shore State Bank between 2012 and 2015. According to WNEP, she used the money to repay personal loans and bills instead of depositing the money into a customer’s account.

Union County YMCA

The Union County YMCA is coming into view, with Weis Markets donation of the former Walmart building along Route 15 in Kelly Township. According to The Daily Item, Weis agreed to a “cost-neutral lease” with the Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA. Norm Jones, YMCA board president and project planning chairman, said the building has 96 thousand square feet. $3.4 million was raised through approximately 36 large donations in the last six months. A $3 million state grant application is pending, and the project was approved for $4 million in federal tax credits.

Paid Holidays

This will be a bit different for some folks. East Buffalo Township Supervisors are giving nine non-union employees the choice of which paid holiday they will lose this calendar year.
They voted last month to drop the paid holiday traditionally given to employees on the first day of rifle hunting for deer. According to the Salamanca Press, Chairman Michael Daniloff and Supervisor Matthew Schumacher are fo trimming paid holidays from 11 to 10 days.

Fire at Apartments

Yesterday afternoon, a fire broke out at the University Ridge Apartments. According to WNEP TV, more than a hundred college students were forced out of their homes. Buildings 9 and 10 were the area of the apartments where the Fire broke out. The apartment complex is where upperclassmen can rent off campus housing, for students studying at East Stroudsburg University, 112 students were forced out due to smoke, water, and fire damage.

Maryrose AM Stories

The Senate debate over the future of the Supreme Court is looming. President Trump has nominated federal judge Neil Gorsuch to the high court. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the Colorado judge highly qualified and said he deserves a fair hearing. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Gorsuch will be thoroughly vetted in a rigorous and fair process. The President has urged Republican leaders to consider changing Senate rules so Gorsuch could be confirmed by a simple majority vote.

Rex Tillerson is the new Secretary of State after his swearing in at the White House yesterday. President Trump said the former ExxonMobil CEO understands that the State Department’s job is to help make the country safer and to make Americans more prosperous.

The White House is warning Iran to watch itself. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn condemned the weekend missile launch by Iran. In a White House briefing, Flynn called it further evidence of Iran’s “destabilizing behavior” in the volatile Middle East. He said the Trump administration is “officially putting Iran on notice.”

Oklahoma Congressman Steve Russell is calling for some exceptions to President Trump’s executive order on immigration. Russell says children in need of life-saving medical care should be exempt from the immigration and refugee ban. He also wants an exemption for people who have worked for the U.S. government or military. Trump’s order temporarily bans people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

We’ll find out the weather report today as Punxsutawney Phil makes his annual appearance today on Groundhog Day. If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, it’s six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t then spring is right around the corner.

Code Officer Retires

This is really cool to see! Sunbury Code Enforcement officer Joe Swope retired just over a week ago, after spending 17 years in the department. Swope, who is 67, said he loved his job and was really honored when Mayor David Persing presented him with an engraved Pulsar watch. Swope said he will continue to help the department on a part time basis.

Hospitals Penalized

Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital and Geisinger Wyoming Valley near Wilkes-Barre are among over 750 hospitals nationwide that is being penalized by the federal government with reduced Medicare payments. The Daily Item reports that this is a result of high rates is because of patient injuries, even including the spread of antiobiotic resistant germs in penalties. Unfortunatley, these hospitals will lose 1 percent of all Medicare payments for a year, beginning in October.

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

AM Maryrose Stories

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.