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Calling for more spending, but no new tax increases, Governor Wolf issued his budget address for the 2019-2020 fiscal year in Pennsylvania yesterday.  Wolf wants to spend $34.1 billion dollars which is an increase of more than $925 million dollars over this year.  He called for more spending for public education, as well as an investment in the workforce saying he want to continue the strides the state has made in creating businesses and jobs.  Legislative leaders, especially on the Republican side said they will take a wait and see approach to Wolf’s spending proposal as hey begin to delve into the full budget over the next few months.


The Bradford County Coroner’s office has identified the victim of a Monday night crash in the borough of Sylvania.  The Coroner says that 26 year old Ceaira Kirkner was driving one of two vehicles which collided head on with one driven by 26 year old Samuel Lee Corey of Mansfield.  Kirkner was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.  Corey had to be extricated but refused treatment.  There were two small children in car seats in the read of Kirkner’s car.  No word on whether or not they were injured.  An autopsy will be performed today on the woman to determine the cause of death.


A teen was taken to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center for treatment following a motorcycle crash in Montoursville yesterday.  Police say Mikel Thomas was riding on Interstate 180 in the eastbound lanes around 11:30am when he went off the roadway and struck a snow pile with the bike overturning. His condition was not released.  No one else was involved in that crash.


Two are jailed following a search and drug bust in Watsontown this week.  Following an investigation police served a search warrant on a residence on Main Street in Watsontown on Monday turning up numerous drugs, currency, paraphernalia, and distribution scales containing narcotics residue.  They arrested 31 year old Rachel Anderson and 42 year old Tyrone Wade and charged them with several felony and misdemeanor counts.  Anderson is jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail and Wade in lieu of $100,000 bail.


A corrections officer at the Northumberland County Prison in Coal Township faces numerous drug counts following a K-9 search of his vehicle and locker at the prison. The search was prompted by the jail’s warden, with evidence suggesting inmates were using illegal drugs and officers went toe the jail with the dog finding unknown substances in the officer’s locker and vehicle.  The officer took off in his vehicle almos running over a deputy warden.  He has not been named.  The investigation continues.


Due to recent court decisions regarding mandatory minimum sentences, convicted child molester and former Penn State Assistant Football Coach Jerry Sandusky has been ordered back to court for resentencing.  Sandusky had been looking for a new trail, but the State Superior Court has turned down that request, but say that the man who is serving 30-60 years for his 2012 conviction will be resentenced.  No word on when that will take place.


A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in the city of Williamsport last night. That accident occurred around 7:40pm in the 500 block of West Third Street as the person was struck while crossing the street. It’s not known if they were transported to the hospital, and the victim has not been named, neither has the driver of the vehicle.   Williamsport police are investigating that city incident.


PennDOT and the Highway Safety Network honored officers from across our region for their work in Aggressive Driving Enforcement Efforts in 2018. The event was held on Monday and individual awards were presented to several officers including Lycoming County patrolman Robert Mausteller of the Old Lycoming Police, and officer Deb Wasiluski with the Williamsport Bureau of Police.  In addition, several local municipal police departments were honored including Old Lycoming and Williamsport Bureau of police, as well as Tiadaghton Valley Regional and Sunbury Police departments.