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Shamokin woman allegedly assaults judge following crash

SHAMOKIN — A 46-year-old Shamokin woman is facing assault and possible DUI charges for allegedly punching a magisterial judge in the face following an accident in downtown Shamokin Saturday night.

Patrolman Raymond Siko said he was stopped around 10:04 p.m. by a motorist participating in the Shamokin cruise event and was told there was an accident in the area of Ninth and Independence streets.

Upon arriving at the scene, Siko said a large group of people had formed and he identified Magisterial Judge John Gembic III speaking with a female identified as Kim Dornsife. Dornsife had allegedly backed out of a parking spot into Gembic’s Ford pickup truck, causing front-end damage to his vehicle.

Siko said he heard Gembic telling Dornsife if she hadn’t backed into him, she “would have probably killed someone that was standing in the street.”

While speaking with Gembic, Siko said he noticed blood on his teeth and was told by Gembic that following the accident, Dornsife punched him in the face with a closed fist. Dornsife didn’t recall the incident when questioned by police, according to Siko.

Dornsife appeared to be under the influence and was taken to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital for a blood draw.

Siko said Dornsife faces assault charges and he is waiting for the results of the blood test to come back to file all charges together.

Gembic recalled the events on Sunday, saying he had seen a car backing up while there were people in the road, so he stopped his vehicle and put it in park. He said Dornsife continued backing up, hitting his truck.

Gembic said Dornsife got out of her vehicle, yelling and asking why he hit her.

“I suspected she wasn’t acting like a reasonably prudent person so, as she was yelling, I removed the keys from her vehicle and walked to the other side of the car. I wasn’t going to let her drive and kill somebody,” he said.

It was after removing the keys that he said Dornsife punched him, but he would do the same thing again if he had to.

“I’d rather take a punch in the mouth any day to save somebody’s life,” Gembic said.


Brian Knarr Jr. watches a lit firework Sunday night on North Rock Street across from The News-Item office. Legal fireworks are now on sale, with proceeds from this location benefiting the Shamokin Fourth of July fireworks display.

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Coroner seeks identity of man killed by train

LOWER AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP — Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley is seeking the identity of a man hit and killed by a train in Lower Augusta Township Sunday afternoon.

Kelley believes the unidentified white male was in his 40s or 50s and had a tattoo on his upper back that read “White Boy.”

The incident occurred in the area before Brush Valley Road shortly after 3 p.m., according to Kelley. The man was pronounced dead of multiple blunt force trauma.

State police at Stonington and the state police Forensic Services Unit responded, in addition to Kelley and Chief Deputy Coroner James R. Gotlob.

Kelley said the incident is under investigation, but there was one witness in addition to the train conductor.

A call to the investigating state trooper for comment was not returned Sunday night.

Anyone with information regarding the individual is asked to call Kelley via the Northumberland County County Communication Center at 570-988-4539.


Penn State Harrisburg's Bret Williams anticipates a pitch during a regular season baseball game this past spring.