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Mom Robbed While Changing Child’s Diaper

MONROE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A woman was robbed at gunpoint while changing her baby’s diaper in Snyder County.
Officials say it happened Wednesday around noon in the parking lot of Kohl’s in Monroe Township, near Selinsgrove.
The woman tells police she was changing her 3-month-old child’s diaper when a man put a gun into her ribs and robbed her.
Police later arrested Dave Kochel, 61, of Palmyra. He is facing assault and robbery charges in Snyder County.

Fight Over Cellphone Leads to Assault Charges

MONROE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A man in Snyder County is charged with assault, accused of strangling his girlfriend.
Police in Selinsgrove say Christopher Tallon, 27, and Ashley Hoot, 31, got into an argument over the use of a cellphone. Tallon then punched the victim and put her in a choke hold.
She is expected to be OK.
Tallon now faces strangulation and assault charges in Snyder County.

Wild Wedding: Man Threatens to Kill and Rape Everyone at Reception After Altercation

PENN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A wedding guest spent a night in the Snyder County Jail after authorities say he threatened to kill his wife.
State police say a couple was celebrating their wedding reception last month in Penn Township when the confrontation happened.
According to troopers the dispute turned physical and the man was punched in the face.
As he was being escorted out troopers say the guest pulled out a knife and threatened to stab and rape everyone at the party.
He is facing a long list of charges.

Navy Vet Searching for Military Memento

SELINSGROVE, Pa. --  "It's part of me. I've had it forever and ever and ever."
Charles Backes is talking about the dog tag he was issued when he joined the United States Navy. He accidentally left it in the electrical department at the Lowes in Selinsgrove.
"It's something he treasures. He really values it. He's pretty bent out of a shape about it, to put it lightly," said Jordan Backes, Charles' daughter.
Charles was a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy. He served from 1967 to 1991. He was issued the dog tag in July of 1967 during boot camp.

Seasoning Shortage Over, Middleswarth Barbecue Chips Coming Back to Store Shelves

MIDDLEBURG, Pa. -- A potato chip maker in Snyder County found itself in a pickle after it ran out of its most popular chip.
Middleswarth Potato Chips says the seasoning for its barbecue chip was unavailable for nearly a month as its seasoning supplier could not make it, causing the company's barbecue chip supply to run out.
“We actually had to call some of our suppliers and our stores and vendors and letting them know there might be a chance we're going to run out of barbecue,” said manager Bret Middleswarth.

Wood-Mode Back in Operation

KREAMER, Pa. -- Wood-Mode is officially back in business. The custom cabinetry plant in Kreamer closed suddenly about four months ago and was recently sold to a businessman from Middleburg.
Wood-Mode restarted production Tuesday morning at its facility in Snyder County.
Wood-Mode is operating on a much smaller scale than when the plant closed in May.
Currently, there are around 70 people working there, but the new owner tells Newswatch 16 he is hiring more employees every week.

Snyder County Man Facing 84 Counts of Animal Cruelty

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A man from Snyder County is facing 84 counts of animal abuse charges.
State police were called to John Stahl’s home in Washington Township to conduct a welfare check on his animals.
Investigators found a lack of food and water for the animals during a heat wave in July where temperatures in the barn were estimated to be 106 degrees.
Two of the cows at the home died, and a dog had to have its leg amputated.
An animal rescue group took some of the animals which included cows, pigs, and dogs.

Charges in Snyder County Burglary Spree

BEAVERTOWN, Pa. -- Two men and a juvenile are now charged in a burglary spree in Snyder County last year.
Wayne Conroy Jr., 21, of Montandon, and Tyler Bickhart, 19, of Winfield, are accused of stealing cash, credit cards, guns, and bicycles from garages and vehicles.
The break-ins and thefts happened in Beavertown on December 26, 2018.
Conroy and Bickhart are free on bail. The boy's case will be handled by the Snyder County Juvenile Court.

Republican David Rowe Wins Special Election for Pennsylvania’s 85th District

Republican David Rowe has been elected to fill a seat in 85th District of the state House of Representatives, according to unofficial results.
Voters in parts of Union and Snyder counties headed to the polls Tuesday to elect a new state representative to fill the remainder of Republican Fred Keller's term after Keller was elected to the U.S. Congress.
The unusual late-summer election pitted Democrat Jenn Rager-Kay against Republican David Rowe.
With 100% of precincts reporting, the unofficial results have Rowe with 6,489 votes to Democrat Jenn Rager-Kay's 3,874 votes.

Voters Head to Polls for Special Election

EAST BUFFALO TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- It’s Election Day in some parts of our area. People in parts of Union and Snyder counties are going to the polls to elect a new state representative.
There was a steady stream of people walking in and out of the East Buffalo Township building. They were going to vote for a new state representative.
"Every vote is important, and we’ve seen that in the last elections. We think the candidate we voted for today would make a substantial difference in state legislature," Steve O'Connor said.


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