WOMAN DIES IN BRADORD COUNTY CRASH
A two vehicle crash in Bradford County cost a Little Meadows Pennsylvania woman her life yesterday. The crash occurred around 1:45 in the afternoon as a car driven by 37 year old Julie Neville entered onto Route 187 from Route 487 in Rome Township. The vehicle was struck by a truck driven by Steven Brunner of Endicott New York. Neville was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Two passengers in her vehicle ages 7 and 11 were both taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital with injuries suffered in the crash. Their conditions were not released. Brunner was not injured in that Bradford County crash.
Roads around are area are in pretty good shape following yesterday hit of winter weather. More sleet fell than anything else yesterday into last night, and turned to rain overnight. There could still be some slippery spots to the north of Williamsport and in the higher elevations and you are reminded to take it easy and leave early for your destination. Athens, Sayre and Hazleton School Disrricts are on two hour delays this morning.
MAN SENTENCED FOR CITY BEATING
A man found guilty of a vicious beating outside a Williamsport dance club which occurred in October of 2015 is going to state prison. 35 year old Cody Moore was found guilty of aggravated assault and other related counts stemming from the beating of Cameron Kriner outside of the Cell Block Nightclub in the early morning hours of October 25th of last year during a jury trial in September. He was sentenced yesterday to 6 to 17 years in State Prison with a three year probationary term added due to a probation violation.
POLICE APPROVE NEW CONTRACT
As long as City Council gives its approval during their December 15th meeting, it looks like Williamsport Police will have a four year contract with the city in place beginning on January 1st. Police Chief David Young has announced that the police union and the city have come to an agreement on the four year contract which will mean raises for officers over the course of the contract, but some concessions will be made by police in the form of scheduling. The contract has been voted on and ratified by the union. Chief Young will go before city council tonight during their budget session to justify his $9 million dollar budget request which includes increasing the complement of officers to 51 and adding a couple of more police vehicles.
CHARGES FILED AGIANST TEACHER
Charges have been filed against a suspended area teacher who is accused of having a sexual relationship with two underage girls from Loyalsock Township in the past six years. Kelli Vassallo who is suspended with pay from her sixth grade teaching job in the Williamsport district is accused of having sexual relations with a then 13 year old girl who was at one point on the basketball team Vassallo coached three years ago, and also with having relations with a 17 year old student six years ago. She has been arraigned on charges of aggravated sexual assault and other counts and has been released after posting $50,000 bail.
There may still be a few slippery spots to the north of Williamsport and in some of the higher elevations following snow, sleet and rain which fell yesterday into the overnight hours. Most are roads are in good shape this morning and you shouldn’t find too many problems as you head out, though you are reminded to take it easy and leave early for your destination. Athens, Sayre and Hazleton School Districts are on two hour delays this morning, everything else is on time.
LANE RESTRICTIONS ON 220 TODAY
Lane restrictions are expected today on a section of Route 220 southbound in Woodward Township. A contractor will close the right lane between 7am and 3pm today so fiber optic cable can be installed on utility poles along the roadway. Work first will be performed between School Street and Quenshunkney Road. When that work is completed, the contractor will work between Reynolds Road and Browns Lane. Motorists are asked to be alert and drive with caution through the work zone there today.
BUDGET VOTE POSTPONED
Saying they are still trying to fine tune a 2017 county budget and possibly find some more places to save money, Lycoming County Commissioners have postponed their budget vote from tomorrow to Thursday December 15th. The county faces a $9.6 million dollar deficit and commissioners say they would like to lower that deficit but each of them has different ideas how to do so.
BANK ROBBERY IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Police in Northumberland County are investigating a bank Robbery which occurred yesterday in Kulpmont. A man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses and carrying a gun walked into the BB&T Bank Branch in Kulpmont yesterday pointed it at a clerk and demanded money. He got away with about $6,000 dollars and fled. Police are asking anyone with information regarding that bank robbery to get in touch with them.
SHAMOKIN MAN TURNS SELF IN FOR ROBBEY
A Shamokin man was jailed yesterday morning accused of robbing a convenience market there on Monday night. Police say 32 year old Shaun Bannon walked into the Penn-Jersey Mart on North Shamokin Street around 7:45, grabbing money from the open cash register, and then reportedly using the money to buy heroin, pills, and other items. As well as paying off some debts. The owner of the store estimates he stole about $1500. Bannon told police he only took $440. He turned himself in late on Monday night, and was arraigned on several charges and jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail.