A WASHED OUT BRIDGE, THE CAUSE OF A GAS LINE RUPTURE
It was a washed out bridge that caused a gasoline pipeline under Wallis Run to rupture and spill 55,000 gallons of gas into the Loyalsock Creek on Friday. Sunoco Logistics say they have wrapped up an investigation as to what caused the pipeline rupture and say a bridge which washed out upstream in the tributary to the Loyalsock Creek made its way 100 yards downstream striking the pipeline which was 5 feet underneath the creek bed causing it to break. Sunoco logistics say they are finalizing final repair plans to the line, built in 1994 and say that they will bury the line about 25 feet under the stream bed this time around.
LYCOMING COUNTY MURDER TRIAL CONTINUES
A Lycoming County murder trial continued yesterday with more prosecution testimony. Terrance Perez faces charges of criminal homicide, aggravated assault and other counts stemming from the shooting of Jamil Bryant along Anthony Street in the city in May of 2015. A couple of prosecution witnesses yesterday testified to seeing Perez that day with a gun, one of them describing a the gun which police believed was used in Bryant’s shooting. Yet to testify is Cosme Berrones who last week entered a guilty plea to third degree murder and who has agreed to testify for the prosecution. Perez’s trial is expected to last into the beginning of next week.
ROAD REPAIR LAGGING BEHIND
During a public works committee meeting yesterday in the city of Williamsport, it was recommended that the city put UGI Inc. on notice that no more permits will be issued for the gas company to put in new lines until work is finished on base repairs to the streets where the lines have already been laid. City officials say that sub-contractors for the gas company are falling behind on roadway repairs and that there is very little time left before the winter weather sets in. The committee also gave a positive recommendation to have the city seek a $250,000 federal grant for renovation work at Brandon Park yesterday
SULLIVAN COUNTY CONTINUES TO ASSESS DAMAGE
Sullivan County officials say they continue to remove trees and other debris in an effort to get to more remote areas affected by Friday’s flash flooding when more than 5 inches of rain came down in a short time on Thursday night. So far they say that at least eight people have been displaced with three full time homes lost in the flooding in the Hillsgrove Area. A total of damage has not yet been tallied up. Several bridges are out and some roads are still impassable there. Flooding also hit in Elkland and Fox Townships.
DRUG DEALER PLEADS GUILTY
Sentencing will be set at a later date for a heroin dealer who has entered a guilty plea in federal court. Alonzo Owens was arrested in the city of Williamsport in December of 2014 after a raid at his Hepburn Street residence turned up more than 100 grams of heroin, as well as a gun and drug paraphernalia. He was also arrested in Carbon County the following month. He has pleaded guilty to several counts including possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and has been ordered to forfeit the gun as well as more than $7,000 in drug money which authorities found.
COMMISSIONERS GET FLOODING REPORT
A preliminary report was given to Lycoming County Commissioners on the flooding which occurred in the county early on Friday morning. Commissioners say they hope to give flood victims some help. There may be no help coming from the federal government though as the flooding was not widespread. Four homes in the county have been destroyed with four more suffering major damage. In addition, another 20 homes had minor damage and a dozen more were affected by flood waters as well. That report only includes year round residences, and not season homes.
SENATE SAYS YES TO DISTRIBUTORS SELLING SIX PACKS
It may soon be easier to pick up a six pack of beer in the state of Pennsylvania. The State Senate yesterday voted 48-0 to pass a law which would allow beer distributors to sell six packs. For a lone time, distributors were only allowed to sell cases, and then recently a law was passed allowing or the sale of 12 packs. The proposed legislation still has to pass a vote from the State House of Representatives before going to the governor for his signature.
HUGHESVILLE PRELIMINARY BUDGET
One area municipality has already released their preliminary budget. The borough of Hughesville expects to spend 440,000 dollars more in 2017 than in 2016, but does not expect to institute a tax increase. A budget of $961,708 dollars was released to borough council last night. The borough hopes for increased revenues in part due to an agreement to provide part-time police coverage to Picture Rocks as well as an expected $14,000 dollar increase from pension aid funds. They also say that lower gas prices this past year led to less spending than expected. Council is expected to adopt a final budget on December 12th.