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“Cross Walk” Marks Good Friday

In Snyder County, members of one church observed good Friday by taking part in a 30 mile cross walk.

These men were hard to miss as they carried a large wooden cross on their backs along Route 522 near Kreamer. They are from Christ Church of Beaver Springs, and participated in a 30 mile cross walk from Northumberland to Beaver Springs. The walk re-enacts the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

“Give them a physical reminder of the fact that he was a real person. I mean, he walked a real wooden cross, and he was put on a cross with real nails, it was real blood and he offers real forgiveness,” Mike Sellers said.

This is the second time members of Christ Church of Beaver Springs are doing a cross walk on Good Friday. Around 30 men took turns carrying the cross for up to one mile at a time.

Community Mural Going Up At Warrior Run School

LEWIS TOWNSHIP — A huge mural is going up at a school in Northumberland County.

We found teachers and students installing the mural Thursday morning outside the auditorium at Warrior Run Middle School near Turbotville.

The community helped paint the mural which features historical scenes from Watsontown, Turbotville and surrounding areas.

Folks in this part of Northumberland County can leave their mark on the mural this Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Warrior Run Middle School.

Organizers expect to finish it sometime next month.

Diagnosing AVM

There’s a 15 year old in Northumberland County living a normal teenage life right now despite a brush with death just six months ago.

A sudden terrible headache turned into a nightmare for him, and his family.

Marcos Velazquez, or Mikey as his family calls him, remembers a Sunday afternoon last November at his home in Shamokin.  It was a lazy day. Mom and dad were watching a movie and he was in his room.

“About a half hour later, it felt like screws were going into the side of my head,” Mikey recalled.

Mom Jessica Lopez went to get him a pain reliever, but dad Marcos, or Mike, instantly knew something was up.

“I had a chill run down my spine when he told me his head was about to explode.”

Soon after, Mikey vomited repeatedly and his parents took him to an ER close by.  Staff there took one look at a CAT scan and got him on a helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center near Danville.

Driver Hurt, Horses Dead After Snyder County Crash

UNION TOWNSHIP — A driver was hurt after colliding with a horse-drawn farm vehicle in Snyder County.

It happened on Aqueduct Road in Union Township near Port Trevorton.

Troopers said Daniel Kantz, 50, of Mount Pleasant Mills hit the horse-drawn machinery, and the horses smashed into the top of his car.

Kantz was flown to Geisinger Medical Center near Danville. His condition has not been released.

Both horses had to be destroyed.

Teen on Bike Struck by Hit and Run Driver

SUNBURY — Police in Northumberland County are looking for the driver who hit a teenager on a bicycle then drove away.

Authorities said it happened near the intersection of Packer and North Third Street in Sunbury around 7 p.m.

Officers did not give the current condition of the teen hit.

Sunbury Police said they are looking for a 2003 or 2004 Silver Ford Focus Hatchback with damage on the hood and along the passenger side.  Officers believe a woman was driving the car.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 570-286-4584.

Superintendent Suspended for Suspected Data Breach

MIDDLEBURG — A school administrator in Snyder County has been suspended without pay.

The Midd-West School Board says it has suspended its Interim Superintendent Daphne Snook because she is part of a criminal investigation.

Snyder County’s District Attorney tells Newswatch 16 he was told of a data breach and he referred it to the Middleburg Police Department.

No charges have been filed.

Man Arrested, Accused of Leading State Police on a Chase

State police in Snyder County said they arrested a man who they believe led authorities on a high-speed chase earlier in April.

Troopers took Charles Horrax, 44, of Bloomsburg into custody Wednesday, just after he was released from the mental health ward of a hospital.

Authorities said Horrax led them on a chase after a traffic stop on Route 522 in Snyder county on April 3.

According to troopers, during the chase Horrax pulled over in a Weis Market Grocery Store parking lot, held two knives to his own throat and refused to drop them or get out of the vehicle. He then took off again.

State police gave up the chase because, they said, they were worried about other people getting hurt by the speeding vehicles.