NO MORE DETAILS RELEASED

An autopsy performed on 16 year old Ty’Feak Gordon, gunned down in a Williamsport alley early on Tuesday morning confirms that the teen died of a single gunshot wound to the head.  Williamsport police are not releasing any other details concerning their investigation only to say they are pursuing a few leads in the case.  Gordon’s body was found along Dove Court in the Newberry section of the city around 12:30am.  The boy’s family is pleading for anyone who knows anything concerning his murder to call city police.

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF DRUG DEALING NEAR SCHOOL 

A Williamsport man will be sentenced in December after being found guilty of dealing drugs in the city.  What’s worse is that he will probably have to face extra time in jail after the deal went down near a city school.  63 year old Robert Goff was recently tried before a jury and found guilty of the delivery of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communications facility. He was charged in March of 2012 after a city police informant conducted a buy of crack cocaine near Curtin Middle School at Eldred and Packer Streets. He was later found with the drug money rolled up in a sock. 

CITY YOUNG MAN TO SPEND AT LEAST 3 YEARS IN STATE PRISON

A Williamsport man will spend the next 40 to 80 months in state prison after being found guilty of delivering heroin and oxycodone as well as possession of an instrument of crime, being a person not to possess firearms, as well as DUI and fleeing and eluding.  19 year old Jeromy Drummond was sentenced in Lycoming County court this week to state prison. He will also have to pay a $1,000 dollar fine and serve 100 hours of community service for his crimes.

COUNCIL SAYS YES TO LEASE

By a 7-0 vote last night, Williamsport City Council said yes to a lease agreement which will bring the Uptown Music Collective operations back into the downtown area.  A 29 year lease agreement was approved which will allow the music school to take over the 2nd floor of the soon to be constructed Trade and Transit Centre II project on West Third Street.  The non-profit school will pay River Valley Transit an average of $25,000 dollars a year to rent out the space for its lessons and other operation.  Construction on the $9.4 million dollar project is slated to get underway soon and it’s hoped that the music school can move in and be operational there by December 1st of next year.

WOODWARD TOWNSHIP HOME BURGLARIZED

State police in Montoursville say they are investigating the burglary of a Woodward Township home which occurred this past week. Sometime Sunday night into Monday morning, someone gained entry into a home in the 5000 block of Route 220 in Linden occupied by Richard and Christine Brooks-Taitt and once inside stole an unidentified amount of cash. They then fled the scene.  Anyone with information regarding the burglary is asked to contact State Police in Montoursville at 570-368-5700. 

$2700 WORTH OF JEWELERY AND COINS TAKEN

Some $2700 dollars’ worth of jewelery and silver coins has been taken from a Jersey Shore area home and police continue their investigation. The incident happened sometime between August 1st and October 18th of this year as someone gained entrance into the Shed Road, Limestone Township home of Wanda Winner and took various jewelry and silver coins.  State police in Montoursville are asking anyone with any information into that burglary to give them a call at 570-368-5700.

SETTLEMENT REACHED IN TEEN’S DEATH

A Union County couple has reached an out of court settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit of their 16 year old son.   A ruling has been made for the insurance carrier of 16 year old Justin Miller and his family to pay Deborah and Jonathon Tillett a $150,000 dollars settlement.  16 year old Justin Tillett was a passenger in Miller’s car which was headed to school in New Berlin on September 14th of 2012 and went off the roadway at a high rate of speed throwing Tillett from the vehicle.  The teen died the next day.  Miller was originally charged with felony homicide by vehicle, but instead faced charges in juvenile court stemming from the crash.

SLOW GOING ON FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

Officials with this year’s Lycoming County United Way fundraising campaign are hoping to pick up the pace.  So far at the midway point of this year’s campaign, a little less than $227,000 dollars has been raised which equals about 13% of the campaign goal  Officials are reminding donors that 21% of the county’s population is somehow impacted by the human service agencies and programs which are in part funded by United Way money.  It’s hoped that workplace campaigns can begin to pick up across the county. They are running about 10 to 15% behind where they normally are at this time of year.  For information on this year’s campaign or to make a contribution, contact the United Way office at 570-323-9448 or via the website at www.lcuw.org.

MONEY FOR STORMWATER PROJECT

Minimizing future possible flooding along a stream that runs from Loyalsock Township into the city of Williamsport is the goal of a project which will be helped out by some state funding.  $53,010 dollars will come to the Lycoming County Conservation District which will use the cash for a project to stabilize stream banks and reduce stormwater contact with manure and runoff into Grafius Run. The work will take place at the headwaters of the run near a Loyalsock Township farm property.  Total cost of the work is estimated at about $90,000 dollars.