ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

Williamsport police continue their investigation into an accidental shooting which injured an 8 year old boy in the city on Monday evening.  Police say they are trying to find out how and why a duffel bag with the handgun involved in the shooting came to be discarded in a vacant lot near Locust and 2nd streets.  The 8 year old was playing with some friends when they found the gun which they thought was as BB gun. The gun went off striking the child in the hand and he had to be treated at Williamsport Regional Medical Center.  Police say they know who the gun belongs to and that person is from out of the area.

2ND PERSON SENTENCED IN FATAL SHOOTING

The second person involved in a fatal Williamsport shooting which occurred back in January of 2013 was sentenced in Lycoming County Court yesterday.  Mirad Shabazz was sentenced to 15-40 years in state prison stemming from his guilty plea to third degree murder, flight to avoid apprehension and conspiracy to commit robbery.  He and Jason Gardner had planned on robbing Terrell Henderson-Littles back on January 9th of last year during a drug deal, and then shot the man. Gardner is serving life in prison without parole after being found guilty of 2nd degree murder. 

FINAL TOWN HALL MEETING TONIGHT

Tonight will be the final town hall meeting held by 84th district Representative Garth Everett.  The meeting will be held at the Muncy Area Volunteer Fire Company in Clarkstown along State Route 442.  Everett says he will make a presentation based on various issues faced by state residents and then listen to attendee’s comments and take questions.  The meeting will begin at 7pm and end at 8:30 this evening and the public is invited. 

HEARING HELD IN WILLIAMSPORT YESTERDAY

The House Democratic Policy Committee landed in Williamsport yesterday to hear how and why manufacturing jobs seem to be at a standstill.  The hearing which was hosted by 83rd district State Representative Rick Mirabito yesterday focused on the creation of manufacturing jobs. The representatives heard from a variety of persons from manufacturing associations, career and technical educators, students and union leaders.  Amongst the problems it seems is a lack of awareness about job opportunities in the state’s manufacturing sector.

BEECH CREEK WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED

A crash in Clinton County on Monday evening sent a Beech Creek woman to the hospital with major injuries. The crash occurred on State Route 150 near Lock Haven around 8:15 on Monday as 49 year old Gail Hanlon of Beech Creek lost control of her SUV which went into a ditch, hit a culvert and then went airborne and struck a rock wall. Hanlon was thrown from the vehicle and had to be flown to Geisinger Medical Center where she was reported in serious condition. No one else was involved in that Clinton County crash.

FUGITIVE FOUND IN NORTH CAROLINA

A man who was wanted in South Williamsport for the rape of a child and who had already skipped bail twice was found by U.S. Marshals in North Carolina yesterday.  28 year old Chad Wilcox was arrested in March of 2012 on several charges and had twice been recaptured after violations of bail.  His trial was scheduled for last month, and again, Wilcox skipped bail and left town. He was found yesterday by U.S. Marshals and other law enforcement in Benson North Carolina. He is also wanted for questioning concerning a homicide which occurred in Philly last month while he was on the run.

CORBETT SIGNS BILL

A new bill which it’s hoped will help save more from fatal drug overdoses was signed into law by Governor Corbett yesterday.  Senate bill 1164 will allow persons to report a drug overdose without fear of prosecution, allowing for immediate help for that person. In addition, the bill would also allow for the use of Naloxone, a drug which reverses the effect of heroin and opioids such as Hydrocodone which are common drugs that users overdose on.  The bill will allow for physicians to prescribe naloxone to friends and relatives of addicts. 

MILLVILLE STUDENTS FINALLY BACK TO SCHOOL

After a month off, the students in the Millville Area School district in Columbia County will finally attend class.  Teachers there went on strike last month at the beginning of the school year due to the lack of a contract with the district. The teachers were looking for higher pay and better health care options.  The state said they were allowed to strike until October 1st before having to go back to work.  Students in the district will now only have major holidays off leading up to the end of the school year in June with no extra days. 

SUNBURY MAN ASSAULTED

A Sunbury man was assaulted on Sunday morning in Northumberland County.  State police say that 43 year old Ralph Treaster was assaulted by an unknown man wielding a Maglite-style flashlight in the area of Beck Road in Rockefeller Township around 3:15 yesterday morning.  The suspect also threatened Treaster with a pistol.  Treaster suffered a minor injury in the assault.  State police at the Stonington barracks are asking anyone with information to give them a call.