WORK SLATED TO BEGIN SOON
A report in this morning’s Williamsport Sun Gazette says that work is expected to begin a two year project for the East Third Street Gateway Revitalization project in the city of Williamsport in March. The work will take place on sections of East Third, East Fourth, Basin and Franklin Streets with some daylight detours in place and will finish up both years in time for the Little League World Series. Contracts are expected to be awarded later this month. And it’s hoped that the work will lead to more development in that area.
SUSPICIOUS PERSON ARRESTED
An arrest warrant was issued last week for a man from York County who it was believed was following school buses around in the Renovo area of Clinton County and when confronted about it by one witness, pulled a gun on that person. John Meyers was arrested in York County late last week and charged with possession of an illegal firearm as well as simple assault and harassment stemming from the Clinton County incident. He is being held in York County.
LANE RESTRICTIONS IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
There will be lane restrictions beginning tomorrow on a section of Route 54 in Northumberland County. A contractor working for PPL is replacing lines across the roadway between Boyd Station Road and Warner Road in Rush Township. Due to that work, traffic will be reduced to a single lane under daylight flagging. Delays are expected and motorists are asked to be alert and watch for stopped or slow moving vehicles.
CITY BUSINESSMAN ANNOUNCED CANDIDACY
With four seats up for grabs in the fall for Williamsport City Council, candidates are starting to announce their intention to seek nomination for the November election. Late last week, city businessman Adam Yoder announced that he plans on seeking Republican nomination for one of the council seats. Yoder, who has an engineering background says he plans on going door to door to find out what residents of the city want from their government and says he will also use social media as part of the process.
BEAVERTOWN THEFT SPREE
Police in Middleburg reported over the weekend that they are investigating a large theft spree which occurred in a 3 ½ to 4 hour period in Beavertown the morning after Christmas. Someone broke into both vehicles and garages in the Snyder county town, taking cash, credit cards, guns and even bicycles. They also used fire extinguishers to spray the inside of vehicles. Police say they continue their investigation and will update their progress during a news conference in Beavertown tomorrow. Anyone with information regarding that theft spree is to contact police in Middleburg.
MALL UP FOR SHERIFF’S SALE?
Though things are expected to be cleared up today, last week’s Lycoming County Sherriff’s sale list caused quite a splash when it was revealed that the Lycoming Mall property was on the list due to unpaid sewer bills to the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority. Authority officials say putting a property on the list is standard procedure when the bills are not paid for a certain period of time. They did not reveal how much the holding company for the mall owed. Officials with the mall say they have a check in the mail and that the overdue bills should be paid for by today.
FOOD BANK TO HELP OUT FEDERAL WORKERS
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank has stepped up to help federal workers affected by the current government shutdown. The Food Bank has announced that employees and their families missing paychecks due to the federal shutdown and are in need of food will be eligible for distribution which will take place tomorrow. The Local Food bank hub in Williamsport at 3301 Wahoo Drive will be open from 4 to 6:30. The food bank serves a 27 county area and it’s estimated that almost 25,00 federal workers live within that area.
INMATE CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
An inmate at the Bradford County Correctional facility faces charges of aggravated assault and related counts stemming from an assault there last week. State police in Towanda say that on January 6th around 11am, 23 year old Jesse Blake assaulted 50 year old Todd Eccleston at the prison with an unspecified weapon. No word on the extent of Eccleston’s injuries. Blake remains jailed at the facility.
ROLLING ROADBLOCKS TODAY
Another set of rolling roadblocks is planned on Interstate 180 in Muncy Creek Township near the Northumberland County Line. A PPl contractor continues work to replace utility lines and that work will take place between 9am and 3pm today. The rolling roadblocks will be used to slow traffic in both directions while the old lines are removed and new lines installed. There will be two of them today and motorists are reminded to be alert and watch for slow moving vehicles.