MAN FACES CHARGES IN LYCOMING COUNTY

Charges were filed against a Northumberland man accused of deceptive business practices, theft and other counts stemming a promise to do work for a Lycoming County couple, and then not following through.  Robert Kolovich who runs a company called Lifetime Choice Windows took more than $10,000 dollars from an Old Lycoming Township couple saying he would build a deck and do other work at their home, cashing the check and then never returning to do the work. He is accused of doing the same thing to several other customers across the region.  He was arraigned last week with bail set at $25,000 then returned to the Mifflin County Jail where he faces the same type of charges.

CONDITON OF GIRL STRUCK BY VEHICLE IMPROVING

Authorities have not named a 15 year old girl who was struck by a vehicle in Loyalsock Township early on Friday evening. The girl was crossing Northway Road at the entrance to the Loyalsock Township Middle/Sr. High School when she was hit by a car driven by an unidentified driver.  She was flown onto Geisinger Medical Center with critical injuries.  Her condition is said to be improving.  No other information was available and it’s not clear whether or not the driver faces any charges.

OPERATION SAFE HOLIDAY UNDERWAY

Operation Safe Holiday is underway.  PA state police have teamed with local police and Penn DOT to enforce seat belt usage as well as impaired driving.  The operation will take place through the upcoming weekend and will include checkpoints, roving patrols and regular traffic safety patrols.  Officials say the Thanksgiving holiday period continues to be the leading time period for traffic crashed with a total of 4,683 crashed investigated during last year’s holiday driving period with 48 fatalities.  Drivers are reminded to never drive impaired and always buckle up. 

HOME DAMAGED BY TRUCK

A home in Lamar, Clinton County was heavily damaged over the weekend.  State police in Lamar continue their investigation into how a milk truck went off of Route 64 in Lamar crashing into the house occupied by a pair of brothers.  The driver of the truck was not said to be seriously injured and no one inside was hurt.    A damage estimate was not released and the occupants continue to live in the home despite the damage there.  It’s believed icy roads may have been the cause of that Clinton County crash.

MAN ACCUSED OF STEALING FROM TWO HOMES

A man was jailed last week, charged with stealing from two separate homeowners where he was doing work.  22 year old Chicane Berkholz reportedly was working at the home of John and Debra Waltz along Bullet Hill Road between October 29th and November 3rd when he allegedly took several credit cards, using some of them to purchase more than $4,000 worth of items.  He then went to work at a Fairfield Township home and allegedly stole more than $7,000 worth of jewelry as well as $200 in cash.  He was arraigned last week and jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $50,000 dollars bail.

SATURDAY A BUSY ONE FOR EMERGENCY CREWS

Emergency crews were busy late Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening as freezing rain fell on the area.  Numerous crashes were reported all over Lycoming county with crews shutting off sections of Route 15 north of Williamsport, Route 973 in the Cogan Station area, Route 220 at Route 287 and other roadways as vehicles started sliding off roadways and crashing.  There were injuries, though none of them were reported as serious.  Fire and ambulance crews were also hampered by the icy roads which lasted into Saturday evening.

WILLIAMSPORT MAN JAILED

A Williamsport man remains jailed after being charged with forgery, theft, receiving stolen property and bad checks following separate incidents.  Police say 45 year old James Sheckles cashed a stolen check for $500 dollars back in September at a local bank and then attempted to cash a second check at the same bank in October for $150 dollars taken from another man.  He was arraigned and jailed in Lycoming County prison in lieu of $26,500 dollars bail.

BOMB THREAT IN BRADFORD COUNTY

State police in Bradford County say they are looking for information that anyone may have concerning a bomb threat which happened at a Wyalusing business on Friday afternoon.  Shortly after 2pm a man with a thick accent, possibly Middle Eastern called an employee of Tuscarora Wayne in Wyalusing reporting a bomb in the building. The building there was evacuated and a state police K-9 unit combed the premises but did not find anything.  The investigation continues and anyone with information is asked to contact state police in Towanda at 570-265-2186.