TWO KILLED ON I-80
State police have identified the two victims killed when they were struck by a vehicle on Interstate 80 in Clinton County early yesterday morning. The two, 29 year old David Flores of Baltimore Maryland, and Jesus Chazea, age and address unknown were walking in the westbound lanes of I-80 shortly before 3 am yesterday when they were struck by a vehicle driven by Carlos Freitas-Diaz of Arlington New Jersey. The two were pronounced dead at the scene. It’s believed that Freitas-Diaz was driving the speed limit at the time of the crash. State police in Lama say they continue their investigation.
MAN WANTED IN DELAWARE FOR KIDNAPPING NABBED HERE YESTERDAY
Old Lycoming Township police nabbed a Williamsport man yesterday wanted in New Castle Delaware on kidnapping and related charges. Police say they pulled over 52 year old Michael Blackman who has an Isabella Street address around 12:30 yesterday morning at Mill Lane and Green Avenue for a traffic offense. After checking, it was found that he was wanted in Delaware for the charges. The details have not been released. He was arraigned on a charge of being a fugitive from justice and jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $250,000 dollars bail.
COUNCIL APPROVED COMMISSION
Amongst their agenda last night, Williamsport City Council approved a Commission which will be charged with improving sections of the city east of Market Street to include the areas of Penn Street east to Catherine Street, and parts of Washington Boulevard south to the Susquehanna River. The East Third Street Gateway Revitalization Advisory Commission and subcommittee are made up of various business owners, officials and others who will regularly make recommendations to city officials. Immediate plans are to change zoning to accommodate more restaurants and retail and less warehousing and look at parking needs.
EFFORTS TO BATTLE PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE
In an effort to combat the rising incidences of prescription drug abuse, Lycoming County officials yesterday unveiled a prescription drug medication drop off program. Seven medication return boxes for expired or unused prescription medications will be placed at police stations in Williamsport, South Williamsport, Old Lycoming Township, Hughesville, Montoursville and the Tiadaghton Valley police department. Officials say that while there is no single solution to stop prescription abuse, that the boxes are piece of the puzzle.
FIRE IN MILL HALL LEAVES FAMILY HOMELESS
Fire struck in Mill Hall on Wednesday leaving a family homeless. The fire broke out shortly before 3pm at the Spotts road home of Mark and Monica Long. No one was home when the fire started and when firefighters arrived, it was making its way through the roof of the home. It took firefighters some time to bring it under control. A damage estimate has not been released; thought the home is pretty much a total loss. The cause remains under investigation with a state police fire marshal on the scene to investigate.
MAN TRIED TO SMUGGLE DRUGS INTO PRISON
A Philadelphia man who tried to smuggle drugs into the Lycoming County Prison following his arrest on drug charges in the city on Monday was arraigned yesterday. City police responded to a Lloyd Street home on Monday for a reported drug overdose and found Brian Jacobs Jr. trying to dispose of some cocaine. He was taken into custody and police found numerous bags of heroin and some cocaine of which the man tried to hide on and in various parts of his body. He was arraigned yesterday on charges of possession with intent to deliver and tampering with evidence and recommitted to county prison in lieu of $50,000 dollars bail.
MAN CHARGED WITH STEALING FROM WAL-MART
A Williamsport man has been charged with retail theft and corruption of minors stemming from seven different thefts from the Lewisburg area WalMart in February. 47 year old Keith Wilton is accused of taking items from the Wal Mart on the seven occasions between February 1st and February 21st. Several of those thefts involved Wilton walking out with televisions. On two of those days he was accompanied by a minor. He was arraigned on Tuesday and released after posting $5,000 dollars bail. He faces a preliminary hearing.
TOWANDA WOMAN CHARGED WITH STEALING FROM BANK
A Towanda woman has been arrested and charged with forgery, identity theft, theft by unlawful taking or disposition and receiving stolen property for stealing from customers of a Bradford County bank which she worked for. 32 year old Jessica Miller reportedly took the money from the bank accounts at the M&T Bank Branch in North Towanda Township where she worked from November of 2009 to July of 2013. In all, it’s believed more than $97,000 dollars. The bank has made restitution to the victims and has been named as a victim as well.
FORMER FIREFIGHTER CHARGED WITH STEALING FROM FIRE COMPANY
A former Sunbury firefighter is charged with the theft of money from his fire department while serving as its treasurer. 47 year old Rick Sinko reported began charging merchandise not authorized by the fire company from various supply stores in Sunbury in 2001, and also alleged wrote checks on the Rescue Hose Fire Company for his own use. In all, he’s accused of taking more than $2,000 dollars from the company. His brother is also accused of taking about a grand from the company as well. Sinko was arraigned this week and released on his own recognizance.