WOMAN BURNED IN FIRE IN CRITICAL CONDITION

The 66 year old woman who was burned when fire broke out in her hospital room at the UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon is reported in critical condition at the Lehigh Valley Burn Center in Allentown.  Fire investigators continue to look into the cause of the fire which burned the woman, but say that they believe she may have been using a lighter and that an oxygen tank may have been involved as well. The woman has not been named.  Two staff members burned their hands and were treated at the hospital as they got the woman out of the room and with another staff member extinguished the flames keeping it from spreading.

MAN ARRESTED FOR CITY SHOOTING INCIDENT

A Williamsport man who has been jailed since June 15th on drug charges now faces a new set of charges after being identified as one of two men involved in a shooting incident which injured a juvenile in the city on June 10th. Steven Reid and Scott Bardo got into a verbal altercation outside Bardo’s Park Avenue home on the evening of June 10th with the two drawing guns and firing at each other.  Though neither of them was hit, a 12 year old boy was grazed in the leg.  Reid who is in Lycoming County Prison on drug charges now has been charged with aggravated assault and other counts and was recommitted in lieu of an extra %100,000 bail.  No charges have been filed against Bardo. 

MAN FOUND DEAD IN BRADFORD COUNTY

An autopsy has been scheduled for a man found dead in a Canton apartment yesterday morning.  The Bradford County Coroner’s office has identified the victim as 25 year old Justin Laudenslager from Gillett Pennsylvania.  He was found around 7:30 yesterday morning in an upstairs bedroom of the apartment on Fasset Street rented by Randy Foust and sit’s believed the man die of a drug related overdose.  No charges have been filed and the investigation continues.

DANVILLE DRUG RAID, ONE IN CUSTODY

A drug raid in Danville last evening resulted in one man being taken into custody.  The Sunbury Daily Item reports that  Officers with Danville police, the Montour County Sherriff’s Department and other law enforcement converged on the home on Ash Street early last evening and entered, eventually taking one man into custody. The home was searched s were nearby vehicles.  The man who was taken into custody was not identified and police would not say what they were looking for and what they may have found.  No other information was available and police were on the scene for about three hours there in Danville last night.

CHILD SEX AND PORN CHARGES FILED IN CLINTON COUNTY

A Clinton County man is behind bars on both child porn and child sex charges.  State troopers say Michael Grenninger of Castanea Township contacted who he tough was an 11 year old girl and offered her money for sex.  The girl was in fact a state police investigator and a search warrant was executed on Grenninger’s property turning up child Pornography.  Grenninger has been arraigned on several counts and jailed in Clinton County Correctional Facility. 

FUNDING PACKAGE AGREED UPON

A package which includes a severance tax on natural gas drilling, new or higher taxes on consumer’s utility bills and borrowing money from the state’s share of the Tobacco settlement was agreed upon by Senate Republicans yesterday in order to bridge a $2 billion dollar gap in revenues in the state budget.  A vote is expected in the senate on the plan which is expected to raise $100 million dollars from the gas tax; more than $400 million from the higher utility bill tax and take $1.3 billion from the tobacco settlement.  The plan if passed in the senate is expected to run into some opposition from the state house.

APPEAL DENIED

An appeal by a man, who was found guilty of the death of a 9 year old boy by feeding him drugs, has had his appeal denied in Northumberland County Court.  61 year old Victor Hare was convicted by a jury in April of giving 9 year old Corbin Rager a fatal dose of oxycodone while watching the child and hit bother at his Northumberland Area home.  In his appeal, Hare said that there were several errors in the trial which led to his conviction.  Northumberland County President Judge Charles Saylor turned down the appeal yesterday.  Hare who is serving 30 to 60 years has another 30 days to file another appeal.

FILLING THOSE POTHOLES

A concentrated effort to fill in potholes and smooth out rough spots in Williamsport’s City streets is underway by the Streets and Parks Department.  9 employees of the department fanned out across the city yesterday to fill in the holes on alleys and streets with patch and topcoat.  City officials say that so far; close to 200 tons of topcoat have been applied this summer.  A hotline has been set up for residents to call at 570-326-4684.  The Mayor’s office is also accepting calls.

FOUNDATION MAY LOOK FOR DIRECTOR

A fundraising arm of an area school district is looking at the possible hiring of a foundation director in order to further its activities.  Citing the extra time volunteers have been spending on fundraising efforts for educational and extra-curricular purposes in the Loyalsock School District, the Lander Foundation is in talks with the district’s school board and is looking at options involving the hiring of a director.  The specifics of exactly what the directors would do are still up for discussion.