WOMAN STRUCK BY VEHICLE, DIES

A Montandon woman died after being struck by a vehicle in Montandon yesterday afternoon.  State police report that around 3pm., 62 year old Sharlyn Moist was walking her dog along State Route 45 near 4th street in Montandon when she stepped off the north berm and was struck in the westbound lane by a truck driven by 48 year old Gale Leitzel also of Montandon.  Moist was flown to Geisinger Medical Center where she died a short time later from her injuries.  Leitzel was not injured.  State police say they continue their investigation into that Northumberland County accident. 

TWO TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP CRASH

Two were taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center following a crash in Loyalsock Township yesterday afternoon.  Around 3pm, a vehicle driven by an 18 year old female from Montoursville went off the roadway and crashed into a tree in front of the Hesbron Park United Methodist Church on Heshbon Road.  Both the driver and the passenger, a male were taken to the Regional Medical Center. Their names and conditions were not released.  State police in Montoursville were investigating that crash and had no other details available.

WOMAN JAILED, AMBULANCE CRASHES

A Jersey Shore woman was jailed early on Thursday morning after a Wednesday night incident in which she allegedly got drunk, stole a truck and crashed it.  20 year old Ashlee Blum allegedly took the truck form Thompson’s Packing Company around 11pm in the 400 block of Alleghany Street. It was found five blocks away, crashed into garage and tree and Blum was taken into custody, but then started struggling, kicking an officer in the head.  She was taken into custody and taken by ambulance to Williamsport Regional Medical Center but the ambulance then crashed into a vehicle on Route 220 in Woodward Township. No one was injured.  A second ambulance took Blum to the hospital and she was arraigned after being released and jailed in lieu of $25,000 dollars bail.

FUNDING APPROVED

Lycoming County Commissioners yesterday approved Marcellus Shale impact fee funding for two county water projects.  $25,000 dollars will go to the Hughesville Borough Water Authority for replacement of a leading water valve at Routes 220 and 405 and $100,000 dollars to the Tiadaghton Valley Municipal Authority to help with removal of the former wastewater treatment plan in Jersey Shore.  In addition, commissioners approved $300,000 dollars in funding for STEP Inc’s homes in need program which will allow for home repairs in the Brodart Neighborhood improvement project.

MONTANDON WOMAN MISSING

State police in Milton say they are looking for a woman who disappeared from her Montandon home 7 days ago. Police say around 2:30 in the afternoon on July 24th, 34year old Tara Englehardt walked away from her Vindale Avenue home and has not been heard from since.  Anyone with information regarding the woman’s whereabouts is asked to contact state police in Milton at 570-524-2662.

CRACKING DOWN ON BACK CHILD SUPPORT

Officials in Northumberland County say they are looking to crack down on residents who owe overdue child support.  Following the case of a man who owes $33,000 dollars and who avoided jail by showing that he had a job and would have his wages garnished, officials in Northumberland County said they would look into cracking down on some 552 parents who owe more than $3.6 million dollars in back support across the county.  123 persons face bench warrants for failing to pay a total of $1.2 million dollars.  Northumberland County Commissioners call those numbers unacceptable.

MAJOR ELECTRIC LINE PLANNED

PPL announced plans yesterday to build a 725 mile system of electric transmission lines which would bring energy from the Marcellus Shale natural gas fields to customers on the Eastern Seaboard.  The lines would begin in western Pennsylvania, make their way up through the northern tier, through Central PA and then to points east and south in New York, New Jersey and Maryland.  The 500 kilovolt line would cost in excess of $4 billion dollars and could take more than a decade to build.

FIRE AT MIDDLESWARTH PLANT

Fire struck a popular potato chip company in Snyder County yesterday. Firefighters were called out yesterday morning to the MIddleswarth Chip Company in Middleburg for a reported fryer fire.  Firefighters from seven neighboring companies were called in and were able to quickly extinguish the fire and keep it to the fryer itself.  Investigators report minimal damage, and no one was injured.  It’s not known at this time what caused that fire, and employees were allowed back in the building with the business back up and running.

MORE TRAFFIC BACK UPS EXPECTED

Major traffic backups are expected again today on a busy stretch of roadway in Northumberland County.  Motorists in the Danville-Riverside area are advised that traffic will most likely be backed up in both directions of a 2.2 mile micro-surfacing project on Route 54 from Riverside to Boyd Station.  Traffic yesterday was backed up into the borough of Danville and motorists are asked to avoid that area if possible.  If unable to do so, motorists should be on the lookout for stopped traffic and expect delays. Work could last through tomorrow.