A CHILLY WEEKEND STRAIGHT AHEAD

It’s cold and it’s going to get colder.  Though temps may get up in the 20’s today, the rest of the weekend we will see the temperatures not get out of the teens during the day and down into the single digits at nighttime, with many areas getting below zero.  You are reminded to not leave pets out too long, as well as to check out elderly neighbors to make sure they are staying warm.  There could also be a little snow tonight which could make things slippery for a while.  Take it easy on snow covered roadways, and leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles.  Also leave extra time to get to your destination.

BRADFORD COUNTY CRASH VICTIM IDENTIFIED

A 76 year old Dushore man has been identified as the man who died in a Bradford County crash the other day.  The Bradford County Coroner’s office identifies the crash victim as Richard Wilcox who lives in the Terrace Apartments in Dushore.  His vehicle collided with a tanker truck on Route 220 in Towanda on Wednesday with Wilcox vehicle bursting into flames.  The cause of death has been ruled as multiple blunt force traumatic injuries. The driver of the tanker truck was not injured and has not been identified.

SENTENCING FOR MONTOURSVILLE MAN

A Montoursville man will spend the next 20 to 40 years in state prison following his sentencing in Lycoming County Court yesterday.  49 year old Rodney Hawk entered a guilty plea to four counts of sex with a minor just before his trial was to begin last September.  The man admitted to multiple transgressions with the girl who was between 17 and 18 at the time.  Though Hawk was not labeled a sexually violent predator, he will have to register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life once he gets out of prison.  His sentence will begin immediately. 

MAN ACCUSED OF MAKING THREATS AT PRISON

A Williamsport man, already serving time for a charge of carrying a firearm without a license in the city of Williamsport in July of last year, now faces more charges for making threats towards corrections officers at the Lycoming County Prison.  23 year old Shawn Thomas allegedly told the two officers on January 12th and 13th that he was going to put them and their families to sleep forever, telling one officer he was going to put a bullet in his head.  He was recently arraigned on counts of terroristic threats and harassment and recommitted to county prison in lieu of $20,000 dollars bail.

CHARGES FILED FOR THEFT

A Limestone Township, Lycoming County man has been charged with two counts each of deceptive business practices and theft by deception for stealing from the Insurance Company he worked for.  Ronald Enders who has retired from his insurance business is accused of deceiving Selective Insurance out of more than $200,000 dollars by illegally combing or linking together homeowner and auto business policies for clients who were not related in order to offer them a lower premium.  Enders is said to have already paid back most of the money though it’s believed he still owes about $46,000 dollars.  He was recently arraigned and then released after posting $75,000 bail.

YAW FLOATS BILL FOR FENCES FOR OVERPASSES

In the wake of an Ohio woman being severely injured by a large rock thrown from an overpass over Interstate 80 in Union county, State Senator Gene Yaw from Loyalsock Township says he is crafting legislation which would require PennDOT to include protective fencing in the construction of the new bridges and erect protective fencing on any existing bridge at such time that a major renovation is required and if the bridge is located over an Interstate.  Yaw is currently circulating that bill for co-sponsorship.   

COMMISSOINERS APPROVE CONTRACTS

During their meeting yesterday, Lycoming County Commissioners approved a contract which will take care of maintenance for the county’s accounting software.  The county will pay a little more than $88,000 dollars for the service which includes updates and fairly immediate response.  .  Commissioners also approved a 10 year agreement with the company Green Machine to provide on an as needed basis, maintenance of the county’s single-stream recycling equipment at the landfill, and approved the use of more than $68,000 dollars to purchase two new county vehicles to replace two which have over 100,000 miles each.

FORMER PSU PRESIDENT FILES LAWSUITS 

The fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State continues.  On Wednesday, former Penn State president Graham Spanier who had to step down in the wake of the scandal filed two lawsuits in Centre County Court.  Spanier alleged that the university reneged on an agreement that was struck between the school and Spanier when he stepped down in 2011, and filed another against the independent investigator Louis Freeh who Spanier says defamed him through is report.  A state appeals court recently dismissed several of the more serious criminal charges against Spanier pertaining to his response to complaints about Sandusky and Spanier’s related grand jury testimony.