ARSONIST IN SUNBURY
Someone set at least four fires in the city of Sunbury yesterday morning and police there say they are working to find that person or persons. Four fires were set within a short time yesterday morning with the first begin set on a porch on North Seventh Street around 4:15am. The others were set on North Seventh, Regan and Packer Streets. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fires without any major damage and there were no injuries. Surveillance video has a man of medium build setting at least one of the fires. Police continue their investigation and are asking anyone with information to call them.
MAN DIES AT MINI-INDY
Williamsport police will continue their investigation into a fatal accident which occurred on Saturday afternoon at the Susquehanna 500 Mini-Indy Race in Brandon Park in the city. Around 3pm on Saturday afternoon 52 year old James Wither of Duboistown was driving in a heat in one of the vehicles when it went out of control, off the course and crashed into a light pole. Wither was taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead from a massive head injury. He was wearing a helmet. No one else was involved. Racing at the American Red Cross Fundraiser was cancelled for the rest of the weekend following the accident.
BLOOMSBURG FAIR UNDERWAY
Crowds at the Bloomsburg Fair were reported large over the weekend with some 65,000 people through the gates on Saturday. The fair continues throughout the week with excellent weather forecast. The entertainment in front of the grandstand tonight features the Newsboys and Britt Nicole. There is plenty of free entertainment at the fair as well. Catch WILQ/WZXR/Oldies 93 next to the free stage all week long between 5 and 9pm.
POLICE STILL SEARCH FOR ALLEGED COP KILLER
Hundreds of police officers continue to comb the woods in Northeastern Pennsylvania, searching for Eric Frein of Canadensis who is accused of firing on a pair of state police officers a week ago Friday killing one of them. Police say they have found an AK-47 rifle which they believe belonged to Frein and have focused their search on the Monroe/Pike County border. Residents in the area were under a shelter in place order over the weekend. That has since been lifted though they have been told to exercise caution as they go about their daily activities. Some schools remain closed in that area, amidst fears that Frein maybe nearby.
GUILTY VERDICT IN LYCOMING COUNTY MURDER TRIAL
Guilty of 2nd degree murder. That was the verdict handed down on Friday in Lycoming County Court for an Easton man accused with another man of gunning down a young man in the city of Williamsport in January of 2013. Jason Gardner stood trial last week. He is accused of the murder of Terrell-Henderson Littles during a drug deal gone wrong along with Mirad Shabazz who had already pleaded to 3rd degree murder. A jury deliberated for about four hours before coming back with the guilty verdict. Gardner was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole.
TWO INJURED AFTER CRASHING CYCLES
An accident near Rauchtown yesterday sent two to the hospital, one with serious injuries. The crash happened around 2pm as 2 yet unidentified motorcyclists were riding together on Rockey Road when one of them veered out of the lane and clipped a hay wagon. The bike then crashed with the front portion coming off, and causing the other cycle to crash. The first rider was flown to Geisinger Medical Center while the other was taken by ambulance to Jersey Shore Hospital. Neither person’s condition has been released following that crash and state police continue their investigation.
SECTION OF NORTHWAY ROAD EXTENSION CLOSED
A section of Northway Road Extension in Loyalsock Township will be closed for most of the today as Penn DOT crews replace a pipe there. The work will take plac3e between 7:30am and 3pm today between Livermore Road and Smokey Corners Road. A detour will be in place using Poco Farm Road, Grampian Boulevard and Bloomingrove Road. Motorists are reminded of the work taking place and are asked to adjust their travel schedules accordingly. The work is only expected to last one day.
GUNS STOLEN, INVESTIGATION CONTINUES
State police in Columbia County are investigating the theft of two weapons from a home in Briar Creek Township. Police say that sometime over the past couple of weeks, someone entered the home of Frank Barren along Rittenhouse Mill Road and took a pair of weapons described as a stainless steel Wather .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun and a black Sig-sauer 9mm handgun. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police in Bloomsburg at 570-378-4261. In addition, gun dealers in the area are being asked to be on the alert in case someone tries selling the guns to them.