RESIDENTS RESCUED FROM ROOF OF BURNING APARTMENT HOUSE
Five are homeless following an Old Lycoming Township fire at a two unit apartment house there. The fire broke out around 6:30pm in a second floor kitchen at the building at 2307 Lycoming Creek Road. A neighbor was credited with pulling a special needs woman to safety onto a second floor roof where her father had already crawled out. All three were rescued by the Williamsport tower bucket truck. The downstairs tenants were able to make it out safely with their two children. Damage was estimated at $50,000 dollars. It’s believed that food left cooking on the stove was the cause of that Old Lycoming Township Fire.
WOMAN STRUCK AND KILLED WHILE RIDING BIKE
An Orangeville woman was killed yesterday after she was struck while riding her bike in Columbia County. The accident happened yesterday morning shortly past 8am as 60 year old Caroline Shauger was riding her bike on Winding Road in Fishing Creek Township. She was struck from behind by a pickup truck driven by 85 year old Drue Spaide of Orangeville. The woman was thrown from the bicycle and pronounced dead at the scene from her injuries. Spaide was uninjured. No charges have been filed in that fatal Columbia County accident.
WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DRUGS
A Dover Delaware woman who was to begin a 90 day sentence in the Lycoming County pre-release center for possession of heroin stemming from an incident in the city of Williamsport last year, instead is in Lycoming County prison facing charges of possession with intent to deliver following an incident last month. Police say Sharay Childs gave informant 68 grams of the drug, worth $3,400 dollars in Philadelphia with the two expecting to return to the area for another exchange. The informant instead turned the drugs into police. Childs was arraigned yesterday and jailed in lieu of $100,000 dollars bail.
5-10 IN STATE PRISON
A Philadelphia man was sentenced in Lycoming County Court yesterday to 5 to 10 years in state prison for possession with intent to deliver heroin as well as other counts. 26 year old Timothy Eiland was stopped in December of 2012 as police were looking for a bank robber and was found with more than $7,200 in cash. A search of the car turned up more than 1200 bags of heroin as well as another 110 grams of the drug, plus crack cocaine and a gun which Eiland was not allowed to possess. This sentence is on top of another 14 to 28 months in state prison which Eiland has to serve for possession with intent to deliver cocaine.
TWO TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING CITY CRASH
A crash on Interstate 180 in the city of Williamsport yesterday which tied up traffic for a time sent two to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The crash occurred in the westbound lanes in the construction zone just before the Maynard Street exit as a jeep and a car collided around 8am. Both the driver of the jeep and a female passenger were treated for their injuries. Three juveniles in the jeep were not injured. It was not reported if the driver of the car was injured or not.
POLICE LOOKING FOR MAN ACCUSED OF TRYING TO LURE CHILDREN
Police in Northumberland County report three attempted child abductions there since Friday. The two latest happened within 3 ½ hours of each other on Tuesday. The first around 3pm in Northumberland as a man in a blue van followed a 12 year old boy home. Then around 6:15pm, a man attempted to lure a boy into a blue van in Sunbury. The man is described as white with a tan or Hispanic, bald with a dark beard. His van had a PA registration. Police believe they may know who the man is and the investigation continues.
ANOTHER BREAK-IN AT SEARS
State police in Montoursville report a second break in at the Sears store in the Lycoming Mall. Saturday night, someone made entry into the Sears store and stole a set of tires. Early on Monday morning, around 2am, someone forced entry into the store and took jewelery and cologne then fled the scene. Anyone with information regarding either incident is asked to contact State Police in Montoursville at 570-368-5700.
NEW INTERLOCK LAW SIGNED INTO LAW
Governor Wolf yesterday signed the new ignition interlock law into effect. The law which was recently passed in both the state house and senate will require anyone who has been convicted of DUI with a blood alcohol level of .10 or more to install the ignition interlock device in their vehicle for a period of a year. The law will take effect in 15 months. Proponents of the law believe that between 2003 and 2015, ignition interlocks have prevented fore than 78,000 instances of drunk driving in Pennsylvania and say the new law is designed to save even more lives.
TRAFFIC PATTERNS CHANGE ON BRIDGE
Penn DOT reports that traffic control on the Route 44 Bridge between Watsontown and Dewart will change today as phase two of the bridge rehabilitation begins there. There will be one lane of traffic in both directions. Crews will partially demolish the existing structure, and then place new beams, a deck, guiderail and new blacktop. Work is expected to be completed in early October. Motorists are reminded to drive with caution through the work zone.
RAMP CLOSED ON VETS BRIDGE
Motorists in the Sunbury area are being advised that due to the bridge rehabilitation project on the Veterans Memorial Bridge on Route 61 between Shamokin Dam and Sunbury that the Route 61 southbound ramp forms the bridge to Route 147 in Sunbury will be closed today. The ramp will be closed between the hours of 9am and 7pm and a detour will be in effect using Route 61 south to Second Street, north to Walnut Street and west back to Route 147. Motorists are reminded to adjust their travel schedules accordingly.