MARINO TO RESIGN
12th district Congressman Tom Marino of Cogan Station has decided to resign. In a statement released yesterday, Marino announced the resignation, saying he was going to work in the private sector, saying that he can use both his legal and business experience to create jobs around the country. The congressman was just elected to his fourth term in Washington. His last day will be next Wednesday. A special election will have to take place within 60 days.
STORM WARNING IN EFFECT
A winter storm warning is officially in effect across our entire area with snow on the way. A foot or more could fall depending on temperature. Some places could also see freezing rain, causing ice to form. Penn DOT is at ready and will have trucks out around the clock trying to keep the roadways clear. PPL also says they have mobilized in case of power outages due to the heavy snow and ice. We will have weather updates throughout the weekend, as well as cancellations, postponements and any other weather related information.
GROVES SENTENCED IN CLINTON COUNTY
It’s ten to 20 years in state prison for Loyd Groves who was found guilty of third degree murder in Clinton County Court last month for the 1991 killing of Kathy Heckel of Lock Haven. Groves was sentenced by visiting judge Kenneth Brown of Lycoming County yesterday in Clinton County court. The sentence is the maximum one for third degree murder under 1991 sentencing guidelines. Groves has not accepted responsibility for the woman’s murder.
TWO ARRESTED FOR BURGLARIES
A Jersey Shore woman and a Wisconsin man have been arrested for the burglaries of two businesses this past week in Woodward Township in Lycoming County. State police say that 43 year old Charles Buday of Milwaukee Wisconsin broke into the Lewis Veterinary Clinic on January 15th and took a black filing cabinet. 30 year old Rachel Hamilton has also been charged with participating in the burglary. Buday was also caught on video for breaking into a business along Antler’s Lane on the 14th.
PLEA AGREEMENT IN DOUBLE HOMICIDE
A plea agreement earlier this week by one of three men involved in a double homicide in the city of Williamsport in October of 2016. PennLive.com has reported that on Monday 32 year old Casey Wilson pleaded guilty to 2 counts of third degree murder bringing 25-50 year sentences. He has also agreed to testify against his co-defendants, Joseph Coleman Jr. and Jordan Rawls. The three allegedly shot and killed 25 year old Shane Wright and his mother 50 year old Kristine Kibler during a robbery attempt at their Newberry home.
DRUG ARREST IN CITY
A Williamsport man was arrested and charged with several counts on Monday following a police search of his Memorial Avenue home. Police say they found 18 bags of heroin and 7 grams of cocaine as well as an illegal firearm at 49 year old Arthur Smith’s home. He is charged with possession with intent to deliver as well as a convicted felon not to possess a firearm and is jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail.
FUNDING FOR 6 COUNTY DISTRICTS
6 Lycoming County School Districts will receive funding to expand computer science classes and teacher training thanks to state grant money. 23rd district State Senator Gene Yaw says Governor Wolf’s new PAsmart Initiative will provide $20 million dollars statewide to bring high-quality computer science and STEM education as well as professional development for teachers. East Lycoming, Jersey Shore, Loyalsock Montoursville, Muncy and South Williamsport districts will receive $35,000.
KILGUS TO RUN FOR JUDGE
A Lycoming County Attorney will take a shot at becoming a Judge on the County Court of Common Pleas. Mary Kilgus has announced that she will run for the seat being vacated by Judge Richard Gray. Kilgus points to her experience as a Lycoming County prosecutor from 2006-2012 as a big part of her qualifications. Since then Kilgus has had her own private practice.
WORK ON BRIDGE
There could be a slow down on the Route 15 river bridge between Williamsport and South Williamsport today. Flood debris removal is planned between the hours of 9am and 3pm today which means that flag persons will be on the bridge directing traffic. There could be delays and motorists should be alert and drive with caution through that workzone.