MORE CASH FOR WHITE DEER

Lycoming County Commissioners yesterday approved the transfer of $100,000 dollars to the White Deer Golf Course in order to help the golf course pay its bills and other expenses over the winter months. The money comes on top of the transfer of an additional $50,000 dollars on January 12th.  Commissioners say they are hoping that the golf course will pay the county back by the end of the year once the golf course begins making money from those using the course.  Commissioners did say they are happy with the progress that the new management company, Billy Casper Golf is making, and say that hose using the course will see a transformation there in the upcoming season.

COUNCIL LOOKS TO HELP WITH A NEW HIRING

Williamsport City Council last night passed on first reading a temporary change in the residency rules which will allow the city to hire a new Human Resource Director. The city is reportedly in negotiations to hire someone who currently lives outside of the city limits.  It’s hoped that person will make the move to Williamsport once hired.  In addition last night, council approved spending $5,000 dollars to hire an AmeriCops employee to work in the recreation department to help the current recreation director and they also approved the hiring of Joshua Bell as a city police patrolman.  Bell is a former city officer who had been working with the county’s narcotics enforcement unit.

DRUG ARREST IN CITY

The Lycoming County Narcotics Enforcement unit has announced the arrest of a city man for selling crack cocaine within the city on two separate occasions.  28 year old Abdul Shabazz was arrested on Tuesday for the sale of bags of the drug near Scott and Cemetery Streets on January 10th and then again this past Tuesday.  A search of his residence turned up 108 bags of crack cocaine as well. He faces charges of possession with intent to deliver and related counts.  He was arraigned and jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.

VARIANCE APPROVAL GRANTED

A local company is a step closer to renovating a former city business school into student housing. The Williamsport City Zoning Hearing Board yesterday granted a dimensional variance to Alpha Housing LLC., who wants to take the former Newport Business Institute on West Third Street and turn it into College Student housing. The variance will allow for the building at 841 West Third Street to transform into seven apartments with 33 bedrooms all together.  In order to renovate there, the company must adhere to the ordinance which requires 600 square feet of habitable space and 150 square feet of space per bed.

HIGHER NATURAL GAS RATES?

Natural gas rates may be going up.  UGI Penn Natural Gas has filed a request with the PUC to raise the rates effective on March 20h, with residential heating customers seeing an increase of 10.6 percent and commercial and industrial heating customers, a rate increase of more than 11.5%.  In all, UGI wants an overall increase of $21.7 million dollars per year.  The PUC will now examine the increase and could grant all, some or none. 

ROBBERY AT BUS STOP

State police in Montoursville are searching for a man who robbed another person at a Loyalsock Township bus stop on Wednesday.  Police say shortly before 9pm, a man arrived at the stop located just off of East Third Street at Tinsman Avenue and proceeded to take a black leather purse containing personal belongings form the victims.  The man then fled the scene on foot along Tinsman Avenue.  The victim was not named and was not hurt.  Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police in Montoursville at 570-368-5700.

MAN PLEADS GUILTY, AWAITS SENTENCING

A Washingtonville man awaits a sentencing date in Montour County Court after pleading guilty to aggravated assault.  25 year old Drew Fisher entered the guilty plea yesterday, admitting to trying to run down a constable who was trying to take him into custody.  Fisher reportedly aimed his vehicle directly at the constable. As part of the plea agreement other charges against Fisher have been dropped.  He remains jailed in Montour County prison awaiting sentencing.

D.A. RELEASES STATEMENT ON INVESTIGATION

Lycoming County’s District Attorney has released a statement regarding the investigation into a Hughesville area Lawyer and her daughter.  Law enforcement officials raided the office of Mary Kilgus last week after two former employees reported that she was misappropriating client’s funds, as well as allegations of theft and false billing.  Calling it a conflict of interest due to his interest in running for county judge of which Kilgus has also announced her candidacy for, DA Eric Linhardt says he has turned the full investigation into the allegations against Kilgus over to the State Attorney General’s office.

STORAGE UNITS ENTERED

An investigation is underway into the robbery of storage units in Loyalsock Township.  State police say that sometime Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, someone entered the storage facility at 1304 Commerce Park Drive in the Township by cutting open a fence. They then opened multiple storage units there.  Police are not saying what if anything has been taken and are asking anyone with information regarding the burglary to give them a call at 570-368-5700.