UNION COUNTY BURGLARY INVESTIGATION

A burglary of a Union County business has state police looking for clues.  The burglary happened around the beginning of the month at Certs Garage along Emery Road in West Buffalo Township. Someone entered the building by breaking out a window and once inside stole a cash box containing approximately $150 dollars. State police are asking anyone with information regarding the burglary to give them a call at 5780-524-2662.

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY FIRE LEAVES FAMILY HOMELESS

Several fire companies were called out to a Northumberland County blaze yesterday morning. The fire broke out shortly before 8 in a residence along Hughes Road in Delaware Township near Watsontown.  Firefighters from Northumberland and Lycoming Counties were called to the scene and were there for several hours before the fire was completely extinguished. The family who lived there has not been named but was able to make it out of the house without injury.   The home was destroyed and a damage estimate has not yet been released. The cause of that Northumberland County fire is under investigation.

RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN BEHIND

The Salvation Army of Williamsport is putting out the plea to donate to its Red Kettle Campaign.  Officials with the Salvation Army report that they have presently reached about 60% of their goal.  Shoppers are reminded that the red kettles are outside of many locations across the area and an urgent plea has been issued for individuals, corporations and groups to generously give to the campaign. Proceeds from the Red Kettle campaign help provide year round programs and services to local residents in need of food, utility assistance, disaster relief responses as well as numerous educational, music and youth and senior programs.

DRUG SWEEP IN BRADFORD COUNTY

11 Bradford County residents were arrested last week, charged with various drug offenses during a countywide sweep.  State police and sheriff’s deputies made the arrests in Towanda, Wysox, Athens, Gillett and Ulster on Wednesday of last week.  Everyone was taken into custody without incident with 6 arraigned and then jailed in lieu of bail, while the other five were released on their own recognizance. Those arrested ranged in age from 23 to 56 years old.

ROBBERY INVESTIGATION IN TIOGA COUNTY

A weekend robbery at a convenience market in Tioga County has State police there looking for clues.  On Saturday night shortly before 10pm two men described as being about 5 ft. 10 and another just a bit shorter, wearing dark clothing and ski masks walked into the Dandy Mini Mart along State Route 249 in Austinburg and demanded that the clerk place cash in a bag.  The two then got away in an unknown direction.  It’s not known if they displayed a weapons and the amount of cash they got away with is undisclosed.  An investigation is underway and anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570-662-2151.

HUGHESVILLE WOMAN DIES IN LYCOMING COUNTY CRASH

A crash in Lycoming County on Friday night cost a Hughesville woman her life.  41 year old Diane Sanner was driving on Interstate 180 just east of Cemetery Road in Fairfield Township shortly past 11pm when for an unknown reason, her vehicle went off the berm.   When she tried to correct it, the car went across both lanes, into the median and struck an embankment, then overturned several times.  Sanner was thrown from the vehicle and she was pronounced dead at the scene from her injuries.  No one else was involved in that Lycoming County crash.

BUDGET DECISION IN SUNBURY TONIGHT

The Sunbury police force will probably find out tonight whether or not they will be down two officers.  Sunbury City Council is expected to meet tonight to vote on the city budget which not only would increase property taxes buy two mills but could also mean laying off two officers there.  IN what looked as a forgone conclusion, could be changed with the announcement last week that two more option were offered to help with the budget.  Those options include only one officer being laid off, but taxes increasing by 3.5 mills, or both officers could be saved by increasing property taxes by 5.5 mills, laying off a part time employee and other cuts. 

PUBLIC HEARING TONIGHT

A public hearing is scheduled at Shikellamy High School in Sunbury this weekend as the board decides what action to take against a suspended principal at the school.  Ernest Jackson was suspended by the district superintendent for several infractions it’s said he committed at the school.  The hearing will begin at 5pm and Jackson will be represented by an attorney with testimony taken from several persons.  Five of the nine board members would have to vote one way or another in order for any action to be taken against the principal. 

NO MORE CELLPHONES AT COURT HOUSE

If you are doing any business at the Lycoming County Courthouse, leave the cellphone in the car or at home.   A decision was made late last week to prohibit anyone, except those se given exceptions from entering the courthouse with a cellphone and other electronic recording devices as of January 1st.  A formal resolution was adopted with security personnel being instructed not to allow entrance to the building by the general public who are carrying the devices.  The policy is being instituted in order to improve security in and around the courthouse for employees and the general public.