SCHOOL THREAT AND LOCKDOWN

Apprehension at Montgomery schools yesterday following a reported threat found at the school.  Reports are that two threats against the school building were found on the wall around 9:30am.  The district schools immediately went into lockdown with numerous law enforcement and emergency responders called to the scene.  A search was done and all students were accounted for, then evacuated to a pre-chosen evacuation site.  The threat was reported made by a student there who was arrested and will face felony charges.  No one was hurt, and school is expected to resume as normal today in the Montgomery district.

SECOND PERSON DIES FOLLOWING CRASH

A second person has died, the result of an accident in Muncy Creek Township on Monday.  The crash occurred around 3;20pm when a vehicle driven by an as yet unidentified 78 year old man from New York ran a stop sign at Route 220 and Rabbittown Road and struck a van driven by 31 year old Nicole Temple of Muncy.  The 78 year old driver was pronounced dead at the scene.  A passenger in Temple’s vehicle, 97 year old Hurley Gordner has died from his injuries.  Temple and another passenger, 31 year old Felicia Bauman were treated at Muncy Valley Hospital, as was a third person in another vehicle which was involved,57 year old Lily Winder of Montgomery.

EXPANSION AT UPMC

UPMC Susquehanna has announced $113 million dollars worth of expansion in the city of Williamsport over the next couple of years.  The largest of those projects is the construction of a four story, 120,000 square foot expansion of the medical tower which will connect with the medical office building at 699 High Street. The expansion will allow the facility to make the transition to become a full trauma center by 2020 and cost $100 million dollars.  The other expansion will cost $13 million dollars and take place at the Cancer Treatment Center at Divine Providence Hospital which will increase and improve services there, turning it into one of 60 Hillman Cancer Centers within the UPMC system. 

25 YEAR TERM ORDERED

It’s 25 years in federal prison for a Philadelphia man who was selling drugs out of a High Street residence in the city of Williamsport.  25 year old Hakim Handy was sentenced in federal court in Williamsport yesterday.  Handy pleaded guilty in June to a count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.  Other counts were dismissed.  Handy was caught with more than 60 grams of cocaine and 146 bags of heroin and will have to serve 8 years probation once he gets out of prison. 

GUILTY OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER

Following five hours of deliberation, a man has been found guilty of the murder of his son-in-law in Columbia County.  76 year old Anthony Franklin was accused of conspiring with his daughter, Maria Sanutti-Spencer of terrorizing and killing her ex-husband Frank Spencer at his home near Millville in July of 2012.  Spencer had fled to Argentina where it took 16 months to extradite him back to our area.  Meanwhile his daughter had already been found guilty and is serving life in prison without parole.  Following a four day trial, it took a jury five hours to deliberate and find the man guilty of 1st degree murder and other counts.  Sentencing is expected within 90 days.

NEW POLICY FOR BRUSH FILE

A new policy has been instituted to allow access to the city of Williamsport’s Brush pile to city residents only.  City officials say the location to drop off excess brush next to the city public works building off of Third Street will now only be open from 7am to 3:30pm from Monday through Friday and to gain access residents must stop first at the city public works building an show proof of identification and city residency to the dispatcher.  The brush pile will no longer be open on Saturday’s until the situation is resolved.

COMMISSIONERS LOOKING FOR INPUT

Faced with an estimated $7.4 million dollar bill to upgrade and overhaul the Lycoming County Emergency Radio system, County Commissioners yesterday said they would like to seek public input as to how to pay for it.  Radio equipment in the system is expected to be obsolete by 2020 meaning that the county will have to upgrade.  Plus, commissioners say an upgrade would also mean better coverage in parts of the county that have dead zones.  Commissioners say one way to pay for it is to take out a bond which would be paid back in 20 years, but they are interested in hearing from county residents on the best ways to pay for the system.

TEMPORARY SLIDE REPAIR PROJECT BEGINS

PennDOT reports that they hope to have Route 87 just north of Dunwoody Road near Barbours reopened to one lane of traffic by Mid-November.  Mud and rock slide there occurred in Mid-September and an emergency temporary repair project has begun with work completed in November.  Currently a detour is in effect for through traffic using Interstate 180, Route 220 and Route 154.    A project to permanently repair the site is in design and will be bid on this month.