MAN STRUCK BY VEHICLE, KILLED
A Thursday night accident in Old Lycoming Township resulted in a the death of a man there. Around 9pm last night, an elderly man was struck by a pick up truck at Lycoming Creek Road and Roosevelt Avenue in the Township. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a member of the Lycoming County Coroner’s Staff. The driver of the truck was questioned by police. It’s not known if the man was walking along the road of if he was trying to cross. The identities of those involved have not yet been released and Old Lycoming Township police say they will release more details today following an investigation.
NO MAJOR FLOODING ISSUES
Rain fell overnight into this morning, causing some rise in small creeks and streams. No major flooding problems are expected though residents are reminded to keep an eye on those streams. There is a flood watch out for parts of Tioga County through the morning hours. The Susquehanna River is expected to rise as high as 18 feet in the Williamsport area due to the rain and melting snow, but there, no major flooding problems are expected.
COUPLE CHARGED WITH THE ABUSE OF 2 KIDS
Following an investigation which began in 2017, a Williamsport couple has been charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of children and a count each of unlawful restraint. 54 year old Donald Kiper Jr. and 41 year old Nicole Engler-Harper are accused of emotionally neglecting their children, ages 3 and 5 at the time in their Washington Boulevard home between April of 2015 and September of 2017, locking the boys in their rooms and committing other acts of child abuse. They were both arraigned yesterday morning and released on $25,000 bail each. Their parental rights were terminated last month.
HEALTH ISSUES MAY HAVE LED TO RESIGNATION
A spokesperson for former 12th district U.S. Representative Tom Marino has shed more light on the congressman’s resignation. It was revealed yesterday that Marino who has been in a battle with cancer for 20 years had emergency surgery several weeks ago to find the source of his kidney problems, right around the time he announced his resignation. The spokesperson said that Marino felt his focus on health issues would make it tough to serve the constituents in the 12th district. Marino is reportedly at his home in Cogan Station, looking for a job in the private sector.
GRANT TO HELP LOCAL ORGANIZATION
A local organization which operates a Community Center in the city of Williamsport will benefit from a $100,000 grant from the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. Firetree Place has received the grant which will be used to replace the heating and air conditioning system in the gymnasium at their facility at 600 Campbell Street. Firetree Place is is a licensed child-care community center that offers before and after school programs aimed at youth in the area. The project will go out to bid and it’s hoped the project can be completed by Mid-May.
CITYH RESIDENT ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY
Another city resident has announced that she will run for a seat on city council this year. Tiasha Machuga will seek the Democratic nomination to run in the fall for one of four city council seats which will be up for grabs. Machuga, a life-long city resident is the manager of Old School Pizza in the city and says she will run a door knocking and grass roots campaign saying the city needs fresh ideas and to stop putting serious problems on the back burner.
WORK IN NORTHUMBERLAND
There will be a traffic slowdown in the borough of Northumberland today. Excavation work is scheduled to take place on King Street between Water Street and the Joseph Preistley Bridge to Packer Island between the hours of 8am and 3pm today. There will be a lane restriction with flag persons on duty. Delays are expected. Motorists are asked to be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.