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TRANSIT FUNDING IN HOLD

The Williamsport Sun Gazette reported yesterday that things could get a little tight for River Valley Transit and bus service in our area over the next year or so.  The story reports that the transit company as well as transit companies across the state face possible budget shortages due to frozen funds that come from the state due to pending litigation by associations and organizations affiliated with truck drivers and driver. River Valley Transit could be out $300,000 dollars which will affect is Capital programs budget.

WILD WEATHER DOWNS TREES AND CAUSES PROBLEMS

Wild weather overnight caused downed trees and power lines, with scattered power outages and other issues.  Storms moved through the region in the early morning, hours.  Lycoming County was spared from major damage, but in Sullivan County, WNEP-TV 16 is reporting plenty of downed trees, damage to homes and other issues which may have been due to a possible tornado.  There are some school delays due to the weather issues. Millville schools are close.  Milton, Benton, and Midd-West Schools are on two hour delays.

BRIDGE MAINTENANCE THIS WEEK IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY

Bridge maintenance activities will take place in Northumberland County this week over the next couple of days.  Today, crews will work ont eh Route 147 packer Island and Thomas Edison bridges between the city of Sunbury and the borough of Northumberland. There will be a shoulder closure from approximately 8am to 2pm.  Work tomorrow will take place on the Veterans Memorial Bridge between Sunbury and Shamokin Dam and on Wednesday on the Route 642 bridges connecting Milton and West Milton.  Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the workzone.

BOMB THREAT AT AREA SCHOOL

Students at the Ashkar Elementary School in Hughesville had their day altered on Friday due to a written bomb threat found at the school.  Students were moved to the Hughesville High School and parent informed after the threat was found and police were called in with bomb sniffing dogs to search the premises. Nothing was found and District officials say they are investigating to see who issued that threat.  School will be back in session as normal today.

ONE COUNT THROWN OUT

A felony count of attempted rape was dropped against a former Montgomery Police officer accused of sexual assault.  On Friday after reviewing testimony by the victim as well as case law following the Tuesday preliminary hearing of officer Larry Wilcox, District Judge Christian Frey dropped the charge, but still left a charge of felony attempted sexual assault and indecent assault stick.  Wilcox is accused of driving the victim home from a bar in his police cruiser on July 6th of last year, going inside with her and allegedly sexually assaulting her.

FIRE DESTROYS A MOTOR HOME, HOUSE SPARED

Fire struck near Mifflinburg in Union County yesterday morning destroying a motor home in a driveway there and threatning the home next to it. Firefighters from several companies were called out around 7:30 yesterday morning to the fir along Red Ridge Road in White Springs.  When they arrived, they found the motorhome totally involved in flames, but were able to keep it from spreading.  The owner was not identified, no damage estimate was released and the cause is under investigation.

MILL HALL WOMAN INJURED IN CRASH

A Mill Hall woman was taken to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries suffered in a Friday morning crash in Woodward Township. The crash occurred around 7:39amas 36 year old Kathryn Kleckner was driving northbound on Route 220 just west of South Glosser Road.  Her vehicle drifted off the roadway striking a large plastic container and then across the road striking an embankment, it then went airborne, coming to rest in a cornfield. Her condition was not reported and no one else was involved.

ROAD RAGE ARREST

State police arrested a Milton man last week following a reported road rage incident in Union :County.  Police say 34 year old Brett Seibert allegedly pointed a gun at three persons in a car, including a child on Route 15 in the Winfield Area on Wednesday of last week around 7:30pm.  He was later found and will face charges in district court. No one was hurt in the incident.

RESURFACING WORK CONTINUES

Work continues this week on the I-180 resurfacing project between Cemetery Road in Fairfield Township to the Muncy Creek Bridge in Muncy Creek Township.  Shoulder closures will take place today on the I-180 westbound off and on ramps at the Route 405 interchange.  The shoulder closures will be implemented from approximately 7am to 5pm daily so a subcontractor can construct a new highway lighting system at the interchange.  Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the workzone there.

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