Local News 12/11/18

CLINTON COUNTY WOMAN FACES DRUG CHARGES

A Renovo woman is in Clinton County Correctional Facility facing multiple drug counts following a bust in Renovo on Friday.  Police there pulled over a vehicle driven by 55 year old Dawn Cole for traffic violations and found 70 grams of crack cocaine, 53 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a loaded handgun and cash.  The drugs reportedly had a street value of about $8,000 dollars. She has been charged with possession with intent to deliver as well as several other counts and was jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail.

NO TAX INCREASE IN JERSEY SHORE

Property owners in the borough of Jersey Shore will not see their municipal property taxes rise in 2019.  Borough Council in Jersey Shore passed a general fund budget last night which will sit at a little more than $1.6 million dollars for next year.  Despite a rise in police costs as well as in health care, borough officials say the budget is balanced an will hold the line on taxes with a rate of 7.966 mills.  The borough’s liquid fuels budget sits at a little more than $140,000 dollars and borough swimming pool costs are set at just over $65,000 for next year.

STOP THE BLEED KITS DONATED

In a continuing effort to assist in saving lives before medical personnel can arrive, UPMC Susquehanna has provided Stop The Bleed Kits to Williamsport Area School District schools.  In all 17 kits containing 8 individual kits have been provided and will be placed in each of the district’s schools.  The kits will enable faculty and staff members to become better equipped to handle major injuries in classrooms and other sections of the schools.  An additional 8 kits were donated for the schools through a contribution from several natural gas companies.

K-9 DOG RETIRES

With the announced retirement of South Williamsport’s police chief, Borough Council last night celebrated the retirement of another member of the force.  South Side K-9 dog Danny will no longer be on the job after 8 years of service to the borough. The 9 year old German Shepherd handled by officer Devin Thompson has been credited with helping seize some $300,000 dollars worth of narcotics as well as cash and weapons and also for assisting in numerous arrests and prosecutions during his time on the force.  He will continue to live with the Thompsons in retirement.

FIRE DETAILS RELEASED

Officials have identified the family displaced by a fire which occurred outside of Turbotville on Sunday.  Fire struck at the 2 ½ story home owned by Eric and Lisa Harrison along Old State Road in Lewis Township around 10:45 on Sunday morning, extensively damaging a 1 ½ story addition there.  Firefighters from White Deer Township, Milton, Turbot Township Washingtonville and Lewisburg responded to the scene and spent about 2 ½ hours there.  The Harrisons and their three children are said to be at least temporarily displaced from the home.  A faulty chimney flue is said to be the cause.  A damage estimate has not been released.

CITY OFFICIALS CONTINUE LOOKING INTO BUDGET CUTS

Officials in the city of Williamsport say they continue to look into any possible cuts into the city budget for 2019 which stands at $27.2 million dollars and contains a tax increase of .75 mills.  With the city’s reserve fund sitting at just $12,000 dollars Council is looking into cutting where they can and officials with the city say they will look at the possible reduction in funding for contracted services.  That includes consulting firms the city is using for various services.    The budget already contains the elimination of seven positions through retirement and attrition including four police officers.

DUI ENFORCEMENT THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS

The Lycoming County DUI Task Force and Team DUI says they are ready for the holiday season.  The Task Force will be conducting DUI enforcement now through the end of the year during a Holiday Impaired Driving Campaign.  Operation Safe Holiday will last through to the beginning of the new year and plcie will be actively seeking out impaired as well as aggressive drivers to make the highways safe for everyone.  All motor vehicle occupants are also reminded to buckle up.

COMMISSIONER NOT RUNNING AGAIN

Saying that the energy he expends as County Commissioner is taking away from other aspects of his life, a Northumberland County Commissioner has decided not to run for a third term. Rich Shoch announced yesterday that he has decided not to run for re-election.  Shoch says he is proud of the work he has done for the county during his two terms, especially over the last four years with Commissioner Sam Schiccatano, but says that another reason he is not running is the ongoing political nonsense within the county.

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