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ARREST WARRANT ISSUED

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Harrisburg man accused of shooting and wounding another man in the city of Williamsport early on Saturday morning.  Williamsport Police believe that 21 year old Ejuan Cosby pulled a gun and fired several shots at the man outside the Mini-Mart at Sixth Avenue and High Street around 2:10am on Saturday.  The wounded man was treated for gunshot wounds to the leg and foot the released.  Cosby faces charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and other counts.  It’s believed a verbal confrontation between the two led to the shooting.

SLIPPERY SPOTS

Slippery conditions across the Susquehanna Valley this morning as we clean up from yesterday’s storm which dumped a couple of inches of snow, then sleet and freezing rain on top of it.  Most main roads are in decent shape, but side streets and back roads are snow covered and slushy.  You are reminded to take it easy as you head out this morning and leave early for your destination. Area schools are on two and three hour delays. Here is that list.

WORK BEGINS THIS WEEK ON IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

Preliminary work is slated to begin this week on an Intersection improvement project at Routes 220 and 405 in the Borough of Hughesville and in Wolf Township in Lycoming County.  PennDOT reports that the work will include structure demolition and tree removal. They say intermittent lane closures will take place during this phase of the project which is expected to last into Mid-March.  The two year project will realign the intersection of Route 220, Route 405 and RRace Street and include traffic signals, drainage, new pavement, pavement markings, utility relocations and new curbs and sidewalks.

SEARCH BACK ON IN SUNBURY

The search is back on for a new place for Sunbury police to work out of.  Back in 2017 it was determined that the police station in Sunbury was in need of major repairs and a committee was formed to find a new spot for the police department, but due to major legal bills incurred by the city, that search was put on hold.  New city administrator Jody Ocker has announced that she will head up the committee and it’s hoped that the city will have a building plan and financing all set up in the next six months for a new facility.

COMMISSIONERS TO DECIDE ON PUBLIC DEFENDER

Lycoming County Commissioners will meet tomorrow and decide whether or not to keep the current public defender on for some cases as the new public defender assimilates into the job.  William Miele who had been earning a salary of $105,000 as the county’s public defender, but working independently has announced that he will retire soon.  Nicole Spring has been hired on as the chief public defender at a salary of $98,305 dollars.  Commissioners will decide whether or not to pay Miele $100 an hour for work on certain cases.

WANTING TO BRING THE PARADE BACK

After a year’s hiatus, Recreation officials in the city of Williamsport say they are beginning plans now to bring back the City’s Christmas Parade.  They say the event right now is planned for November 22nd, and that last year’s cancellation met with disappointment from residents following it’s cancellation last year.  According to this morning’s Williamsport  Sun Gazette, City Recreation Director Jesse Novinger says the commission has started to develop a game plan and will oversee collection of a list of individuals including families with children and organizations who either to see or can help participate in and fund the parade.

DEMOCRATS CHOOSE CANDIDATES

The man who ran on the Democratic ticket against Tom Marino in November of last year, will get another chance to go to Washington in the wake of Marino’s resignation.  Marc Freidenberg who ran on the Democratic ticket for the 12th congressional district seat, but lost to the Republican Marino has been chosen by the state Democratic Committee to run in the May 21st special election.  Marino resigned last month due to health reasons.  A Republican candidate has not been chosen yet.  There have been several persons who have put their name in to the committee, the latest being 26 year old Milton resident Joe Moralez.

OVERHAUL PROMISED

With declining enrollment, rising costs and a smaller amount of support from the state, the State’s System of Higher Education is working on a transformation.  For the first time since 2001, enrollments at the state universities which includes Lock Haven, Mansfield and Bloomsburg has fallen below 100,000, and it’s believed the number of high school graduates in the state of Pennsylvania will keep falling.  Officials promised changes during a state house committee meeting yesterday.

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