UNION COUNTY CRASH COSTS A WEIKERT MAN HIS LIFE

A Weikert man died in a one vehicle crash yesterday morning in Union County.  The crash happened around 10:30am on Weikert Road at the entrance to the Union County Sportsman’s Club in Hartley Township at 86 year old Harry Snook lost control of his vehicle which crossed over the other lane and left the roadway, travelling a short distance and striking a tree and a culvert.  Snook was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.  No one else was involved in that fatal Union County accident.

MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE

A Loyalsock Township man has been charged with multiple counts in the sexual assault of a woman at his home.  David Bean, who is already in Lycoming County prison for the burglary of a woman’s home in the township and a struggle with state police officers, is accused of the multiple sexual assaults of a woman who was under the influence of drugs at the time, and at times was even unconscious. Investigators found multiple videos of the assaults on Bean’s phone. The assaults happened over the winter of 2012 to 2013.  Bean is charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault and other counts and was recommitted to prison without bail.

WATER AUTHORITY GETS CONSTRUCTION LOAN

A project which will help with increased water flow specifically in the South Williamsport and Duboistown Areas is being helped out by a low interest loan form the state.  The Williamsport Municipal Water Authority was notified yesterday of the $9 million dollars loan from the State Infrastructure Investment Authority which will be used towards the cost of constructing a pump station, a 500,000 gallon water storage tank and about five miles of water distribution lines as well as other service equipment. The project will eliminate low pressure and related drinking water contamination problems.  A second project would replace a water main in Loyalsock Township.  The Authority is expected to vote today whether or not to accept the loan.

TWO CRASHES RESULT IN CLEAN UP

Two crashes within a mile of each other yesterday morning in Northumberland County happened within ten minutes causing a mess along Interstate 80. The first happened around 6:10am as a mobile home came off a trailer coming off the on-ramp onto I-80 east form Route 147. The structure rolled onto the interstate causing clean up there.  Then around 6:20am, a tractor trailer carrying scrap metal overturned as it was getting onto Interstate 80 west from I-180.  Crews were busy cleaning up most of the morning.  No one was injured in either crash.

ORDINANCE WOULD FREE UP POLICE FROM PARKING DUTIES

A proposed ordinance which would free up city police from issuing parking tickets in parts of the city outside the Central Business District has been given a positive recommendation by the city’s public safety committee.  The proposal would turn over enforcement to the Williamsport Parking Authority outside the Central Business District between Market and Penn Streets to the east and from locust to Rose Streets to the West.  Police officials say it would free officers up to handle more important issues.  Council will get a look at the ordinance on first reading during their meeting tomorrow night.

WOMAN SEEKING DAMAGES

A Shamokin woman whose husband hanged himself inside the Northumberland County prison last month is seeking $750,000 dollars in damages and the firing of all jail employees who worked the night of the man’s death, as well as a complete overhaul of policies and procedures for suicidal inmates.  Hope Lewis has given Northumberland County 30 days to meet her demands, if not she will file a federal lawsuit against the county.  Her husband, Cyrus hanged himself inside of the prison on June 16th.  Mrs. Lewis claims that prison officials knew the man was suicidal and that they should have paid closer attention to him.

BURGLARY IN NEW COLUMBIA

State police in Milton are investigating the burglaries of a new Columbia residence. On June 27th, someone entered the residence of Eugenia Ficks along River Road in New Columbia and removed a game system, a laptop computer, jewelry, money and clothing worth a total of $1800 dollars all together.  Anyone with information into the burglary is asked to contact State Police in Milton at 570-524-2662.

IMMIGRANT CHILDREN BEING HOUSES IN PA.

The flow of illegal immigrant children into the United States which has been a bone of contention has not reached the state of Pennsylvania.  State officials received word yesterday that 500 of the thousands of children who have been streaming into the U.S. from Central America are being housed in Pennsylvania.  120 of the children are staying at two temporary centers, one in Bethlehem and the other in Reading.  386 others have been placed in the care of relatives or religious groups that have agreed to house them. 

MOSQUITO SPRAYING TONIGHT

Let the spraying begin.  The State Department of Environmental Protection is scheduled to apply treatments to control the adult mosquito population in Loyalsock, Lycoming and Old Lycoming Townships tonight.  The treatments will be administered by ATV and trucks in open spaces in residential, recreational and industrial locations.  Two mosquito samples have tested positive for the West Nile Virus in Lycoming County so far this year, both in the Lycoming Township area.