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COUNCIL SAYS NO TO QUICK FIX

A handicapped accessible playground at Memorial Park in the city of Williamsport will not open for now.  During their meeting last night, Williamsport City Council said no to plans put forth by Mayor Campana for a quick fix for the playground in order to get it open by Memorial Day.  Council is looking for a grant to allow for a completely revised accessible playground.  The Mayor had put forth his own plan in order to get the playground open, but council turned it down citing a temporary fix as a waste of taxpayer dollars.

UPGRADES AT FIRE HEADQUARTERS APPROVED

Williamsport City Council met last night, taking care of some items on their agenda.  Included was the passing of a resolution allowing for the awarding of contracts worth $126,000 dollars to make upgrades at city fire headquarters on Walnut Street.  They also approved a resolution approving a transportation alternatives federal aid letter for more work on the Pathway to Health project.  That work would be on Campbell Street and Little League Boulevard to add decorative lighting, sidewalks and portals. It’s hoped another $100,000 available dollars can be received for the work.

EVACUATION AT BLOOMSBURG

A police incident in Bloomsburg this morning has resulted in the evacuation of an apartment complex there at Bloomsburg University.  The Evacuation is taking place at the Honeysuckle complex  It’s not known the exact reason for the evacuation. Police are on the scene.   Roads around the complex are shut down.  Bloomsburg University officails say the  Campus is open for those who have had to evacuate.

MAN DIES, MORE CHARGES COULD BE FILED

Murder charges could be filed in Northumberland County following the death of a man who was seriously injured following a fight in Sunbury late last month.  Brian Cox died at the hospital yesterday.  He was found bleeding from the head after being punched by Jay Boyer during a fight along South Third Street.  Boyer now faces further charges following Cox’ death.

SUPERVISORS DISCUSS LACK OF EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Muncy Township supervisors during the meeting this week discussed better ways of providing emotional support for emergency responders called to handle a tragedy. The talk at Wednesday’s meeting stemmed from the incident at the Economy Meat Locker Storage company last month where firefighters and other emergency responders had to recover the body of a woman that fell into an industrial machine.  The supervisors are concerned because there were no clergy or other emotional support professionals who were able to respond to the scene.

WOMAN JAILED AFTER DRUGS FOUND IN CAR

A Philadelphia woman was jailed earlier this week after a large stash of powder cocaine was found in her car during a traffic stop.  27 year old Linette Serrano was pulled over at the Hepburn Street Interchange of I-180 by city police on Tuesday night. A search of the car yielded 1.6 grams of the cocaine worth $12,000 dollars in the trunk of her car.  She was charges with possession with intent to deliver and related counts nad was jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $90,000 bail.

MAN ARRESTED FOR LEAVING SMALL CHILD IN CAR

A South Williamsport man was arrested in Hughesville on Monday night after leaving a small child in a car while going into an establishment there to play pool.  Hughesville police say 23 year old Abishek Patel allegedly left the 10 month old infant unattended in an unsecured vehicle for 20 minutes.  He was charged with recklessly endangering and endangering the welfare of a child and was arraigned and jailed in lieu of $35,000 bail.

THE SEARCH IS ON

The city of Sunbury is looking for another police chief.  A job posting was listed under the employment tab of the city’s website and city officials say they are looking for a minimum of 10 consecutive years of sesponsible full-time law experience with a minimum of five consecutive years of full-time senior command management experience.  Former police chief Tim Miller’s left last year.  Officer Brad Hare has been in charge since Miller left.    Application deadline is June 14th.

COMMISSIONERS MOVE EMPLOYEES

As expected, during their meeting yesterday, Lycoming County Commissioners approved the move of four fiscal services employees to the controller’s office.  Commissioners say the employees will work under the guise of the controller in order to make sure that certain duties they perform would fall under checks and balances as set down by the county code as legislated by the state.  Before fiscal services had already logged in payments for various services, grants and other payments which weren’t first approved by the controller’s office.

CLICK IT OR TICKET

The Click It or Ticket campaign through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gets underway on Monday and runs through June 2nd.  Pennsylvania State police and local police agencies reminded that most fatalities in vehicle crashes are attributed to unbelted motorists.  Tickets will be written out for motorists who are pulled over and found not to have their seatbelts on or have children properly buckeled in.  Additionally, free child safety seat checks will take place throught the campaign.

 

 

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