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THE DEEP FREEZE IS ON THE WAY

It is going to get cold out.  Our snow will give way to a polar plunge with frigid temperatures coming from the north over the next few days.  Daytime highs could be in the single digits with overnight lows below zero. That coupled with winds of up to 25 mph will drop windchills to dangerously low levels. You are reminded if you have to go up to layer up and to cover up exposed skin.  Check on elderly neighbors to make sure they have adequate heat sources and to make sure your pets are kept inside to keep them from freezing.

WHEELAND WANTS TO GO TO WASHINGTON

A current Republican state representative has his eyes on Washington.  83rd District State Representative Jeff Wheeland of Williamsport has announced that he intends to participate in the Republican conferee process to run in the special election in May for 12th district congressman Tom Marino’s seat.  Wheeland noted his experience in county and state government as some of his qualifications for the job.  It is up to the State Republican committee to choose a candidate to run against one chosen by the Democratic State Committee.

STABBING IN CITY

A stabbing reported in the city of Williamsport on Sunday Night.  Police and emergency personnel were called to an apartment at 705 Hepburn Street around 8pm on Sunday and there found a man bleeding from a stab wound.  It’s not known if the man was treated at the hospital, but police say they believed he was stabbed by his girlfriend.  No charges were filed though as the victim became uncooperative with officers at the scene.  He was not identified.

TWO INJURED IN SEPARATE CRASHES

Two separate crashes in Loyalsock Township, sent a pair of people to the hospital yesterday. The first crash occurred around 11:45 and Sheridan Street and Lafayette Parkway as a car and pick up truck collided. The woman in the car was taken ot the hospital for treatment. Her name and condition not released.  It’s not known if the pick up truck driver suffered any injures.  The other crash happened later in the day along Four Mile Drive, as the driver of an SUV suffered what appeared to be a medical issued and sideswiped a vehicle then went off the roadway. That person was treated.  Their name and condition not released.

ANOTHER COMMISSIONER CANDIDATE

A Loyalsock Township resident has announced his intention to run for the Republican nomination for Lycoming County Commissioner.  30 year old Christopher Benson who works overseeing with Whole Foods Market, an Amazon-owned company says he wants to expand county revenue not through taxes but to explore tested alternative ways.  He says he would like to. improve roads and bridges and create programs to train the workforce amongst his vision for the county.

FUGITIVE FOUND IN SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT

A wanted man out of Centre County was taken into custody in South Williamsport yesterday morning.  The USMS Task Fugitive Task Force, Lycoming County Sheriff’s Department South Williamsport police and other law enforcement took Justin Jonson into custody in South Side.  Johnson was wanted in Centre County for a state parole violation and has other charged pending including burglary, a felon not to possess a firearm and receiving stolen property.  He will be recommitted to state prison.

OPENING DAY ON SATURDAY?

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is exploring a change in the way rifle deer season would be run.  The Commission will take a preliminary vote at their meeting today to change the opening of the season from the Monday after Thanksgiving to the Saturday after Thanksgiving instead.  It’s believe the change would help more hunters get out into the woods, as they would not have to take off work on the first day and increase interest.  If a yes vote is given today, a final vote would have to be taken in April.

WOMAN BILKED OUT OF A LOT OF MONEY

State police in Milton are investigating a dating site scam of which an Allenwood woman was bilked out of a large amount of money.  Police say between November 1st of last year and January 17th of this year, the 70 year old woman was speaking with an individual on a dating website and sent a large amount of money to that person.  She is believed to have been scammed out of some $163,000 dollars according to police. They say their investigation continues.

UGI WANTS TO RAISE RATES

Saying that they need the money for systems improvement, UGI Utilities has filed a request with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to increase it’s rates for residential, commercial and industrial customers effective March 29th.  If approved, residential rates would go up 8.5% which would mean an average of about $7 more a month.  Commercial customers would see an increase of 17.4%  and industrial rates would go up by 18%.

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