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Fire struck a barn in Union County early yesterday morning destroying it. The fire broke out around 12:30am at the barn along Polly Pine Road in Hartley Township at Millmont.  Several fire companies from Union County were called to the scene to fight the blaze which took several hours to put out.  It’s not believed anyone was injured, and the owner of the barn was not named. A damage estimate has not been released the cause of that Union County fire is under investigation.


Already accused of breaking into two businesses back in Mid-January, a man from Milwaukee Wisconsin and a woman from Jersey Shore have now been charged with breaking into a home in Linden as well.  43 year old Charles Buday and 30 year old Rachel Hamilton had already been accused of stealing items from Lewis Veterinary Clinic in Linden and the Gamble Farm Inn in Jersey Shore, and now face charges for breaking into a home along Antlers Lane owned by Deborah Steppe and taking several pieces of jewelry then trying to get money for them at a local pawn shop. They face charges of burglary as well as other counts.


Traffic heading southbound on Route 11 at the railroad underpass in Northumberland will encounter a change at the construction site there. On Saturday, the contractor for the work there switched traffic from the left lane to the right lane.  The work continues to reconstruct the road under the bridge as part of the Duke Street Reconstruction Project.  The Route 11 northbound detour remains in effect.  Duke Street will remain open to car traffic.  Duke Street will remain open to car traffic until the multi-year reconstruction project resumes this spring.


A couple along with their two grandsons are homeless following that Friday morning fire near Exchange in Montour County.  That fire broke out in the farmhouse owned by Michael and Patricia Hans along Foggy Mountain Road quickly spreading through the home.  Everyone was able to make it out okay, though a friend staying there had to jump from a porch roof.  One firefighter suffered a broken leg after falling on the ice while fighting that blaze. A damage estimate has not been released and the cause of that Montour County Fire is under investigation.


Charges of third degree homicide as well as other related counts have been filed against a Shenandoah man after a several month investigation into a crash which killed a woman, also from Shenandoah in Northumberland County.  Kaylee Pukiewicz was found dead inside a car along Snydertown Road near Sunbury on April 11th after it had crashed.  A search of the area turned up 37 year old Christopher Weston who had been driving.  It’s believed that he was driving under the influence of drugs.  And he is jailed awaiting arraignment on several counts.


An investigation is underway into the theft of thousands of dollars from a local business.   State police in Montoursville say that between October 10th of last year, and January 31st of this year, that someone somehow got the account information for the corporate Payroll office for the local McDonalds and used that information to make online transactions.  Total of loss is estimated at more than $48,000 dollars.  State police are looking for anyone with information into the thefts to give them a call at 570-368-5700.


An Old Lycoming Township man was jailed last week, accused of trying to make arrangements ot have sexual relations with a ten year old child.  61 year old Anthony Agnone reportedly made the arrangement with an uncover officer to commit the acts on Academy Street in the city last Tuesday.  He was charged by city police with criminal solicitation, sexual exploitation of children and related offenses. He was arraigned and jailed in lieu of $75,000 dollars bail.


As the city of Williamsport looks into what is best to do in order to attract workers, a  city council ad hoc residency committee has released results of an online survey filled out by more than 100 city workers, showing that the majority of those workers don’t want to be required to live within the city.  About 42% of city workers responded to the survey with a majority of those workers feeling they didn’t want residency requirements.  Recently the residency ordinance was revoked in order for the city to hire the former police chief.  Council has been exploring that issue.


A traffic slowdown is set to go into effect on Route 61, the Veterans Memorial Bridge between Sunbury and Shamokin Dam. Tomorrow between the hours of 8am and 2pm, the right lane on Route 61 Northbound on the bridge will be closed as a crew does survey work there.   The left lane will remain open and motorists are urged to be alert and drive with caution through that workzone.