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WILLIAMSPORT MAN DIES IN CRASH

A Williamsport man has been identified as the victim of a fatal crash in Upper Fairfield Township in Lycoming County early yesterday morning.  State police say 35 year old Bryan Waugh was driving on Kaiser Hollow Road around 3:45 when he overcompensated on a right hand curve with the vehicle going off the roadway in the other lane and down and embankment striking a tree.  Waugh was pronounced dead at the scene.  No one else was involved in that crash.

SHAMOKIN CRASH TAKES TWO LIVES

A man and his great-granddaughter are dead following a crash in Shamokin yesterday.  The crash occurred on West Montgomery Street around 8am as 68 year old Allen Travitz Sr. was driving down a hill, when his vehicle slammed into a concrete wall.  Travitz and his 3 year old great granddaughter Mackenzie Mae Garber were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.  Police are trying to figure out whether or not Travitz suffered a medical emergency causing him not to use his brakes or if the vehicle malfunctioned.

$40,000 IN DAMAGE IN MUNCY FIRE

Fire caused $40,000 dollars in damage to a Muncy home early yesterday morning. The fire broke out on the porch of the 418 S. Washington Street home of Rose Mary Rohrbach and her son Johnathon and extended into the kitchen, then into an upstairs bedroom.  The two were able to make it out of the home.  Firefighters were on the scene for a little over two hours there yesterday morning.  It’s believed a build up of lint in the dryer vent caused that Muncy fire.

BILLS PASSED TO HELP FARMERS

In an effort to help the agriculture industry in the state of Pennsylvania, the State Senate has passed a package of bills designed to help current and future generations of Pennsylvania Farmers.  In a news conference yesterday, Senate Republicans said the Farming First package is designed to support Pennsylvania’s farm families and maintain agriculture’s status as the state’s top industry.  Those bills include a tax credit program, the creation of a PA Dairy Future Commission, as well as other bills to help out the farming industry.

COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

Williamsport City Council will tackle items on their agenda during hteir meeting tonight.  Amongst those items is a plan to make several structural improvements to city fire headquarters on Walnut Street.  About $126,000 dollars in work is planned including adding garage and exterior doors and putting in a natural gas generator secondary unit ther.  In addition council will review a phase of the Pathway to Health work on Campbell Street and Little League Boulevard, and also could decie to allow for the city to receive legal help on a zoning ordinance change to allow 5G cellular technology.

THREE MILE ISLAND TO OFFICIALLY SHUT DOWN

It was announced yesterday that Three Mile Island, the nuclear power plant in Middletown Pennsylvania which was the site of the worst nuclear accident in the U.S. in 1979 will not see a financial bailout from the state.  A planned shutdown of the plant will now begin on June 1st.  The plant will go offline on September 30th about 15 years before it’s license to operate runs out. The power it supplies will be replaced by gas and coal fired power plants that run below capacity.

DRIVER IN MIFFLINBURG CRASH IDENTIFIED

The driver of a vehicle which slammed into a Mifflinburg business on Tuesday afternoon has been identified by police.  Grant Mercer of Northumberland struck a vehicle in the road at Route 104 and Chestnut Street in Mifflinburg on Tuesday afternoon and then went off the roadway, striking vehicles on the lot at Mifflinburg Auto sales, continuing into the building itself putting a large hole in the wall.  Mercer was treated for minor injuries.  The building suffered extensive damage and the other vehicles, moderate damage. The crash investigation continues.

1-180 LANE RESTRICTIONS TODAY AND TOMORROW

Watch for lane restrictions on I-180 between the Lycoming Mall and Pennsdale Interchanges today and tomorrow.  A contractor will be placing work zone signs on that stretch of roadway for work that will begin next week.  Lane restrictions today will be in the Westbound lane starting east of the Pennsdale Interchange, and tomorrow in the eastbound lanes starting west of the Lycoming Mall interchange. Motorists are reminded to be alert and drive with caution in the workzone.

MILLION DOLLAR TICKET IN OUR AREA

It looks like our area has another Millionaire.  The Pennsylvania Lottery announced yesterday that a twenty dollar Max-A-Million Scratch Off winning ticket with one of the five top prizes of a million dollars was recently purchased at Jiffy Market and Deli at 115 N. Pennsylvania Avenue in Jersey Shore.  The store will receive a $5,000 bonus for purchasing the winning ticket.  No word on who may have bought that winning ticket.

 

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