POSSIBLE NEED FOR MORE PROBATION OFFICERS

More officers with less funding. That may be the dilemma for the Lycoming County Probation office and commissioners.  Commissioners would like to institute a program which would help alleviate overcrowding at the prison by putting first time DUI offenders on an ankle monitoring system rather than sending them to prison, but that program would mean that probation officers would be needed to check on the offenders.  Commissioners heard yesterday that more officers would be needed to do so.  That would have to come out of county funds as federal and state funding for the office is decreasing. 

MORE SUSPECTED OVERDOSES

Police and emergency personnel responded to two more suspected heroin overdoses over the past few days in the Williamsport Area.  On Tuesday night, police were called to the McDonalds on East Third Street in Loyalsock Township for reports of a woman who overdosed in the bathroom there. She was revived and taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center where she was recovering.  On Wednesday emergency personnel and police were called out to the Sunoco-A-Plus on East Mountain Avenue in South Williamsport after a Milton man collapsed there.  He had to be revived and taken to the hospital.  Authorities say the heroin epidemic is not getting any better in our area and can be potential deadly to users.

911 RADIO SYSTEM GOES DOWN

Fiirefighters in Lycoming County were called out yesterday afternoon to man their stations when the county’s 911 radio system went down.  Around 2:40pm, a connection problem with the radio system and the towers was detected.  Even though those who were having emergencies were able to call into the 911 center, the county was not able to relay those calls over the radio system.  Firefighters were called to man their stations and other backups were put in place. The radio problem was fixed by around 6:40 last evening.  There were no major problems stemming from the outage.

ASSAULT TRIAL UNDERWAY

A trail got underway yesterday for a local man accused of the aggravated assault on another man in the city back in October of 2015.  35 year old Cody Moore is accused of severely beating 23 year old Cameron Kriner outside of the Cellblock Nightclub in the city in the early morning hours of October 25th, 2015.  Kriner testified yesterday that he was looking to help a woman he thought was in distress at the hands of Moore when Moore attacked him, punching him several times knocking him unconscious and causing injuries.  Moore faces several counts. That trial is expected to finish up today.

STRIKE POSSIBLE BY THE END OF OCTOBER

A strike which could halt classes for up to 100,000 state university students across Pennsylvania including at Lock Haven, Mansfield and Bloomsburg Universities could go into effect on October 30th if no deal is reached on a contract between the union representing the faculty and the PA State System of Higher Education.  Another bargaining session was held yesterday with a 12 percent pay raise offered to the faculty.  The union has rejected a request for 8 additional bargaining sessions and says that if no deal is in place that a strike will take place at the end of October. 

KITCHEN FIRE IN WILLIAMSPORT

Firefighters in the city of Williamsport were called out yesterday morning for reports of a kitchen fire in the city.  The fire was reported at 1017 High Street and the first units on the scene reported smoke showing from the structure.  Firefighters were able to make quick work of the fire, were on the scene for less than an hour, and no one was injured.  The home’s occupants were not identified, a damage estimate has not been released and the cause of that city fire is under investigation. 

RALLY PLANNED FOR CAPITOL NEXT WEEK

Bradford County Commissioners are being proactive in the fight to get residents there the gas drilling royalties they feel they deserve.  Commissioners yesterday invited area residents to attend a rally at the state capital building to support a bill in the state house which would make sure that gas companies do not short landowners on their royalty checks by charging production and other fees.  Lycoming County State Representative Garth Everett who is sponsoring the bill will speak at the rally on Tuesday September 27th at 11:30AM. The county says it is providing motor coaches to and from the rally free of charge for attendees which will department from the Bradford Town Centre in Towanda at 7am.

MIRABITO TO RECEIVE HONOR

Lycoming County Commissioner Rick Mirabito has been honored with the Pennsylvania Library’s elected official award for 2016.  Mirabito who is a board of trustee’s member of the James V. Brown Library in Williamsport will receive a plaque and written citation from the state on Monday October 3rd during the Lycoming County Library System event at the local library.  He was honored with his work to support public libraries and adult family literacy programs in the state house amongst other efforts.

TRAFFIC IMPACTS THIS WEEKEND

There will be some major traffic impacts in the city of Williamsport this weekend.  A single lane closure will take place beginning at 6pm this evening on Route 220  northbound/I-180 Eastbound at the Route northbound ramp bridge.  Then tomorrow morning at 6am and lasting until 6am on Monday morning, all lanes will be closed at 220 northbound/I-180 eastbound as a crane sets up to remove a damaged beam on the Route 15 northbound ramp bridge.  Traffic will be detoured using West Fourth Street and Route 15 southbound.   Motorists are reminded to take extra time for their travels there this weekend.