TWO CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH BOATING DEATH

Charges have been filed against two who were operating a boat in the Susquehanna River last August in which a man jumped from and drowned.  41 year old Alicia Dietrick and 38 year old Anthony Stopper were said to be operating the boat from which 41 year old Shawn Lowmiller jumped into the Susquehanna River in the area of the Linden boat launch on the morning of August 20th and never resurfaced, drowning.  Lowmiller and several others on the boat were said to be drinking at the time.  The two have been charged with a felony failure of duties for an operater involved in a boating accident as well as reckless, negligent operation of a watercraft. 

YOUNG GIRL INJURED IN ATV CRASH

Emergency responders were called out yesterday around 1pm to the area of THE 1100 block of     McGill Hollow Road in Woodward Township for reports of an ATV crash.  An unidentified 11 year old girl was operating the ATV there when she crashed and was thrown from the vehicle.  She was treated and taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance. He was said to have suffered serious leg injuries. No one else was reported involved, and the girl’s condition has not been released.

DUI ENFORCEMENT FOR MARDI GRAS

Lycoming County’s Team DUI Enforcement team reported over the weekend that they will conduct DUI enforcements by multiple police agencies within Lycoming County over the next week or so.  The extra patrols will coincide with the Mardi Gras Celebrations.  All motorists are warned not to drink and drive and urged to utilize designated drivers or other means of transportation to arrive home safely.  The .08% blood alkanol law will be strictly enforced. 

ARMED ROBBERY INVESTIGATION

Police in Sunbury are investigating an armed robbery which took place at a convenience store there last night. The robbery happened around 9pm last evening as a white male around 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, with dark blue jeans, a maroon hoodie, gloves and a half a ski mask walked into the Turkey Hill Market on 4th street brandishing a knife and demanding money from the register. He then fled on foot with an undetermined amount of money. Sunbury police are investigating but say that the fact the robbery was not reported for about 10 minutes hampers that investigation a bit.

MILTON MAN BURNED

A 22 year old Milton man was seriously injured following an incident in Turbot Township near Milton yesterday.  The incident happened as 22 year old Logan Keiser was attempting to push a vehicle operated by 22 year old Ryland Hamm from a ditch along a roadway there.  Keiser slipped underneath the vehicle, and Hamm backed up over him, pulled forward, and then backed up and pulled forward again.  Keiser suffered not only injured, but also 2nd and 3rd degree burns. He was first taken to Evangelical Hospital in Lewisburg then onto the Lehigh Valley Burn Center in Allentown where he is in serious but stable condition.

CHILDREN FOUND, PARENTS CHARGED

A couple has been arrested and their children returned to the custody of their grandmother.  On February 6th, Jeremiah and Jennifer Week took their two minor children from the Old Lycoming Township home of their grandmother despite the woman having legal custody of the kids. The two were found with the children in the Binghamton Area with the children returned to the custody of the grandmother. The Weed’s face a charge of interfering with the custody of minors and are awaiting extradition back to Lycoming County to face the charged filed by Old Lycoming Township Police.

P;UBLIC MEETINGS ON STORM WASTEWATER

A pair of public meetings will be held in the city of Williamsport today on the need for the Williamsport Sanitary Authority to begin to replace an aging storm water system throughout the city and how that replacement will affect city residents with possible new fees.  Officials say the system is critical to protecting lives, property, commerce and the quality of waterways and say the system is under increasing stress due to age, development and expanding regulatory requirements.  The first meeting will be held at 2pm today in the Walnut Room at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center, the second at 7pm at the Williamsport Area Middle School Cafetorium. 

TWO ENERGY COMPANIES CHARGED

Charges have been filed against two energy companies which operated well pads in Pine Township in Lycoming County.  Anadarko E&P Onshore and Oil States Energy Services of Clearfield face charges of allowing wastewater to flow into two waterways there causing the death of aquatic life.  Back in Mid-February of last year, fracking wastewater was found released into Little Pine Creek as well as one of its tributaries Bonnell run.  The two companies have been sent a summons to face the charges before a district judge. 

FINAL WEEK TO REGISTER

If you are looking at making sure that your non-profit agency is a part of the First Community Foundation Partnership’s Raise the Region event, you have until this Friday February 24th to register.  Nonprofits in Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties are eligible for the 30 hour online fundraising event which will take place beginning on Wednesday March 8th and continuing to Thursday March 9th.  An application and a complete set of rules are available online at www.RaiseTheRegion.org