MAN INJURED AS CYCLE STRIKES DEER

A Montoursville man was taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries after crashing his motorcycle on Wednesday morning. The crash happened on Lycoming Mall Drive in Fairfield Township shortly before 8:30 as 31 year old Ryan McGraw was travelling Eastbound and struck a deer which entered the roadway.  The bike went down and spun around and McGraw was thrown from the motorcycle and found about 40-50 feet from where he impacted with the deer.  He was transported to Williamsport Regional Medical Center and his condition was not released. No one else was involved in that Lycoming County crash. 

AUTOPSY COMPLETED

The Lycoming County Coroner’s office reports they have completed an autopsy on that woman found stuffed in a trash can at the Michael Ross Apartments in the city of Williamsport on Tuesday morning.  The cause of death remains under investigation pending further studies.  Officials with the coroner’s office say she will remain a Jane Doe pending further studies to confirm her identification but it’s believe she is 22 year old Kristina Pope, the girlfriend of Hassan Gooden-Reid who is being held for her murder.  The coroner’s office says that further updates will be released by their office and the Williamsport Bureau of Police as results become available. 

FLOOD MITIGATION FUNDING APPROVED

As expected yesterday, Lycoming County Commissioners approved an application for a $1.9 million dollar grant from the Federal Emergency Management agency which will allow the county to buy up 11 properties in flood plains across Lycoming County.  The properties would then be demolished in the name of flood mitigation.  The money is expected to cover the entire cost of the work including the cost of the county’s agreement with a company that appraised the properties.  Those properties are in Muncy, as well as Lewis, Hepburn, Loyalsock, Old Lycoming, Lycoming and Muncy Creek Townships.

ABDUCTION CAUSES AMBER ALERT

An Amber alert has been issued for our area due to an abduction which occurred in the Wilkes Barre Area last night.  Police there say that around 11pm last night, 16 year old Jena Patterson, described as a black female with black hair and brown eye4s, 5 ft. 4 inches tall, weighing 120 lbs. was abducted from her residence by 21 year old Walter Lewis, a black male 5’5” tall, weighing 130lbs who had a black 9mm handgun. The two maybe driving in a red car though they left the scene on foot. Anyone with information regarding the two is asked to call 911.

WOMAN ACCUSED OF STEALING FROM EMPLOYER

Old Lycoming Township police have announced that they have charged a woman with stealing from her employer. Police say that Lucretia Baker of Old Lycoming Township has been charged with felony theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing $3,000 dollars while working for Cowden’s Family Market on Lycoming Creek Road between March and July 22nd of this year.  After being charged recently, the woman was released on $20,000 dollars bail. 

911 SERVICE CONSOLIDATION

Saying that it will save money and help with service, Commissioners in Columbia and Montour Counties have decided to consolidate their 911 centers into one.  The New center would be in Bloomsburg and it’s hoped that everything is ready to go by next year.  With emergencies dispatched out of one site instead of two, commissioners say it will save both counties money without sacrificing response time.  It’s not known if the individual counties will have to cut any jobs due to the 911 center consolidation. 

CRASH WITH INJURIES IN SULLIVAN COUNTY

A crash in Sullivan County last evening sent several people to the hospital.  The crash happened in Laporte at the intersection of Routes 220 and 154 around 6:10 last evening. Reports were of a motor vehicle accident with injuries and at least three ambulances were called to the scene.  It’s not known just how many were injured or the extent of those injuries.  Crews were on the scene for more than two hours following that Sullivan County crash and State Police in Laporte continue their investigation and will release details at a later time. 

ANOTHER GUN POINTING IN SUNBURY

Another gun pointing incident in Sunbury.  Sunbury police say that yesterday, a blonde female driving a black four door Mazda 3 with a black male passenger pointed a weapon at a city resident at South 10th and Wolverton Streets in the city.  No shots were fired and no one was injured.   Police say they continue to look for the woman and her passenger and are deeming it a serious situation.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumberland County 911.  It’ the second gun pointing incident in the city in the past three days with an arrest made in the other one.

WORK ON 220 AT JERSEY SHORE

Traffic may be a little slow going on Route 220 around the Main Street exit beginning on Monday of next week, though no long term problems are expected.  Crews will begin work on the foundation for a new sign structure along the route in the southbound lanes on Monday.  The work wills requir4e shoulder closures but there will be no lane closures.  Motorists are reminded to take their time in that area as work on the $277,000 dollars project is not expected to be completed until November.