The News-Item’s cheers and jeers from the past week of news.

• Cheers to the 160 members of law enforcement spread out across Milton on Thursday, who swept up 17 of the 22 individuals indicted this week on federal drug charges stemming from two operations that were trafficking narcotics from Puerto Rico to Milton and several other locations across the country.

• Cheers, to the students from Northumberland and Snyder counties took advantage of an opportunity to showcase their artistic talents at the ninth annual Student Art Open House on Thursday at Sunbury’s historic Maclay-Wolverton House. The Line Mountain School District was well represented at the event, as students from the elementary through high school levels had 35 unique pieces of artwork on display.

• Cheers, to Elysburg native Amanda (Swartz) Sbriscia, a daughter of Paul and Paula Swartz, who is running on April 15 as part of the Boston Athletic Association’s official charity program, raising money for the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), which coordinates the efforts of child protection, law enforcement, prosecutors, advocates, medical and mental health experts under one roof. Sbriscia’s goal is to raise $7,500 for CAC by race day.

• Jeers, to former Northumberland County Prothonotary Justin R. Dunkelberger, who previously was charged with stealing more than $12,000 from a memorial scholarship fund, election code violations and driving under the influence of alcohol, now is accused of unlawfully removing $30,000 in funds from his former county office through a fictitious account.

Dunkelberger is accused of unlawfully writing two Northumberland County Prothonotary checks totaling $30,000, which he deposited into a Bank of America account that he created under the company name IMR KEY MARK LLC. Dunkelberger then used the funds for his personal use.

• Cheers, to the cast of Mount Carmel Area High School’s production of “Footloose.” After losing a talented group of actors to graduation, this year’s musical was led by a motivated group of upperclassman who rose to the occasion by taking on feature roles of the musical based on the 1980s flick starring Kevin Bacon.

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Editor: I find it in bad form to jeer Justin Dunkleberger. Those are criminal charges. Mere allegations. Now you make it sound like he’s guilty. In this country there is a presumption of innocence. Get it right.

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