The FCC is due to vote today on net neutrality regulations, which makes Internet service providers treat all traffic on their networks the same way, and would prevent them from intentionally slowing some traffic as a way to boost revenue. Critics its a government power grab and that rules will remove the incentive to improve Internet networks.
For the second time in a week, a Lycoming County bank was robbed, and it’s believed the same man was responsible. Yesterday afternoon, a man walked into the Susquehanna Bank Branch along Lycoming Creek Road in Old Lycoming Township, pulled a gun and demanded money from two tellers. It’s believed he is the same man who robbed the First National Bank on Broad Street in Montoursville last Thursday afternoon.
President Obama vetoed a bill approving the the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The bill aimed to bypass the President’s authority and authorize construction of the pipeline. GOP House Speaker John Boehner called Keystone an important jobs bill and said the veto is a “national embarrassment.” He accused the President of being “too invested in left-fringe politics” and said he is not putting the “national interest first.”
The jury found the man accused of killing “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, guilty of capital murder. Closing arguments wrapped up yesterday in a Texas courtroom, and the jury reached their verdict last night. Eddie Ray Routh shot and killed Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield at a gun range in 2013. Defense lawyers argued Routh, a former U.S. Marine, should be found not guilty by reason of insanity. Rowth will face life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Sunbury officials decided to suspend two city police officers without pay following an investigation into alleged wrong doings by the officers. One of the officers is said to have used inappropriate language at the Northumberland County 911 Center and will get a week suspension while the other officer admitted to meeting a female while on duty in a city police cruiser and he has gotten 3 weeks without pay. Officials have not named the officers citing personnel reasons, and say that the suspensions will have no bearing on police services within the city.
The trial of the ex-Marine charged with killing “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle resumed today. Eddie Ray Routh’s attorneys say the former Marine suffers from psychosis, paranoia and schizophrenia. They say he was legally insane when he shot Kyle and Chad Littlefield two years ago. Prosecutors argue Routh is a “troubled man” who struggles with a “personality disorder,” not insanity.
An accident in Columbia County yesterday sent a man to Geisinger Medical Center with critical injuries. Police there say the man who has not been named pulled over on Columbia Boulevard near Berwick with car trouble, and got outside and under the hood. The car apparently was still in drive, and somehow began moving, dragging the man with it and going down over a hill. He is in critical condition and police there continue their investigation into that accident.
No injuries were reported in an early morning house fire in Columbia County. Firefighters rushed to a home near Millville around 8 am Sunday.
A husband and wife were able to get out okay. The fire chief believes the cause of the fire was an electrical problem. The Red Cross is helping the couple.
Sunbury’s mayor has confirmed that two city police officers there are under investigation. One of them for harassing a female employee at the 911 center in Northumberland County a couple of weeks ago, and the other for allegedly leaving city limits in a police cruiser to meet with a female while on duty. Mayor David Persing has not released the names of either officer and says that other officers may be under investigation for wrongdoings as well. He says firings could result from the investigation’s findings. The city’s police force has 12 members.
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