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MAN WANTED FOR STABBING IN BERWICK

A man continues to recover from his injuries stemming from a stabbing in Berwick in Columbia County on Friday night, and police continue to look for his assailant.  Xavier Class and Bryan Arriaga-Soto got into a fight outside J.J. Bar on West Second Street in Berwick late on Friday night, when Soto pulled a knife and allegedly stabbed Class 8 times.  Class was still in critical condition, but his condition has improved.  Soto ran to a friend’s house, and washed up before going on the run.  He faces counts of attempted homicide and other charges when found.

MILL HALL MAN DIES AFTER BEING STRUCK BY VEHICLE

No charges will be filed against a truck driver who struck a Mill Hall man on Route 220 in Clinton County on Sunday night.  State police say that 26 year old Dylan Hess was in the roadway near Mill Hall just before 11pm when he was struck by a Mack Truck driven by 45 year old Christopher Long of Chandlersville Ohio.  Long stopped immediately following the accident.  Long was first taken to UPMC Lock Haven Hospital then flown onto a hospital in Allentown where he later succumbed form his injuries.

IMPAIRED DRIVING CAMPAIGN EVENT

PennDOT officials and other safety partners, as well as local law enforcement met in Lewisburg yesterday to highlight the importance of designated driving as part of the statewide Saint Patrick’s Day Impaired-driving campaign.  As part of the event, participants will distribute safe driving reminders on take-out items through Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day. The educational outreach looks to reduce impaired-driving crashes and fatalities.  Drivers can also download he free SaferRide app on their Android and Apple Devices from the Google Play or ITunes store.

PERSON STRUCK BY VEHICLE IN CITY

Williamsport police are investigating a pedestrian accident which occurred yesterday morning.   An unidentified person was crossing at West Third and Pine Streets yesterday just before 11am when they were struck by a vehicle there.  Crews were on the scene for a little over a half and hour and it’s believed that person was taken to the hospital for treatment, though their condition was not released. The driver of the vehicle was not identified and it’s not known if any charges have been filed.

REINSTATEMENT UPHELD

The State Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal, upholding a Commonwealth Court decision, allowing a fired Lock Haven University Professor to be reinstated.  Professor Charles Morgan had been fired in 2016 after it was found that he had committed a sexual assault on two children in Kentucky in 1989 when he was 19.  Morgan did not have to reveal that conviction when he was hired at the school in 2004, and the court agreed with an arbitrator that his youthful criminal acts had not followed him into middle age.  A civil rights lawsuit against the school and the state department of education filed by Morgan remains active.

NO TAX INCREASE PRELMINARY BUDGET PASSED

As it stands right now, it looks like property owners in the Jersey Shore School District will not have to pay higher taxes next year.  The School board there last night said yes to a preliminary budget for the 2019-2020 school year of almost $43 million dollars which does not contain a tax increase.  The district had been facing budgetary problems the past few years but district officials say this budget is balanced, though final numbers such as state allocations will not be known for a few months and there may have to be some adjustment.

LEGISLATION TO HELP FUND NUCLEAR POWER

As the deadline for the eventual shutdown of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant in Middletown nears, one state legislator wants to help it and other financially struggling power plants in the state survive.  Representative Thomas Mahaffie of Dauphin County has introduced legislation which would pump hundreds of millions of dollars into nuclear power plants, giving those plants preferential treatment, akin to a law passed in 2004, providing money for solar power, wind power and a few other niche energy sources.

MIRABITO ANNOUNCES BID FOR ANOTHER TERM

Lycoming County Democratic Commissioner Rick Mirabito has decided to seek a second term. Saying he wants to focus on the structural deficit the county faces, by eliminating county positions as they come open either through retirement or attrition, Mirabito has announced that he will run for the democratic nomination in the May 21st primary to run in the fall for his second term.  Before being elected in 2016, Mirabito was a two term State Representative.

PUTTING HIS MONEY WHERE HIS MOUTH IS

An NBA basketball player from Williamsport who has promise that his success will lead to philanthropy in his hometown has announced his next project.  Through a spokesperson yesterday, Indiana Pacers rookie Alize Johnson said he wants to seal a memorandum of understanding with the city of Williamsport to create two NBA quality courts, preferably at Memorial Park where he learned to play basketball.  Johnson to donate $150,000 dollars for the construction.

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