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With the East Third Street Gateway Project underway and the Levee recertification in Lycoming County on the horizon, the Williamsport Municpal Water and Sanitary Authority has restructured it’s engineering department.  Following a review of staffing and production needs by the current administrative and consulting engineer, HRG it was determined that the Authority needs a full-time director of engineering.  While the search is on, HRG will continue as the program manager.  Officials with the Authority say the restructuring is needed as well due to the storm water management transfer from the city.


Lycoming County Commissioners are expected to vote later this week to eliminate a staff position within the county in which the most recent person in that position was paid a yearly salary of $40,000 dollars.  Due to changes that the way the county collection’s office does business, Commissioners will vote whether or not to eliminate the enforcement officer position which could bring with it a salary anywhere from $35,000 to $50,000 yearly.  Due to a court decision, the position which would handle cost and fines payments and bench warrants for those who are unpaid has been rendered just about useless.


Two persons were taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for serious injuries following a crash on Route 54 in Elysburg in Northumberland County yesterday. The crash happened just before 9am as Rose Springer of Bloomsburg went to make a turn off of Route 54 when she was run into by a vehicle driven by Erin Fitzpatrick of Elysburg.  Both were transported to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment. Their conditions not released. Route 54 was shut down for several hours following that crash.


One person was taken to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center for treatment following a three car crash in the city of Williamsport yesterday afternoon.  That crash occurred around 5:40pm at the corner of West Fourth and Market Streets.  Police say that a driver in his early 20’s form the Linden Area suffered a medical condition at the intersection and ran into one vehicle.  His vehicle was then spun around, striking a stopped vehicle.  The driver’s in the other vehicles were not injured.   No word on the condition of the person taken to the hospital.


A disturbance on Monday at a store in the city of Williamsport resulted in a teen being jailed on several counts.  Police say 18 year old Janell Wallace was in the Family Dollar Store at 1221 West Fourth Street around 3:10 on Monday when she  allegedly threw items on the floor and yelled at employees.  When police arrived, she allegedly kicked one officer in the leg and another in the stomach.  She was charged with assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and other counts and was jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.


A South Williamsport man has been charged with terroristic threats and simple assault following an incident earlier this month.  State police on March 6th were investigating an incident at the Sheetz Market on Westminister Drive in Loyalsock Township and determined that a vehicle operated by 55 year old Michael Shields of South Williamsport was used in the commission of a crime.  When police went to his home, in the 300 block of Hastings Street that night, Shields caused a disturbance and then came out holding a firearm.  No one was hurt and he was taken into custody.


State police in Bradford County say they are looking for a missing man from Troy.  Police say that on Sunday, 77 year old Ronald Young was reported missing from his Troy home.  They say he is known to frequently walk in wooded areas around Troy.  He is approximately 4 ft 7 inches tall, has hazel eyes, brown and balding hair with a small goatee and glasses.  Anyone with information regarding Young is encouraged ot contact state police in Towanda at 570-265-2186 or the Troy police department at 570-297-2423.


Local fire companies in Lycoming and Union Counties in 84th District State Representative Garth Everett’s District will receive grants from the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.  The grants are funded through state gaming proceeds and applications are still open until the end of May.  The grants help fund the purchase of essential equipment or assist with debt reduction.  The amount of the grants range from almost $1800 dollars up to a high of more than $14,800 dollars.


The Great American Clean up will take place along highways across the state of Pennsylvania and PennDOT and the DEP are seeking volunteers to help.  The clean up campaign runs through May 31st and volunteer organizations, friends and co-workers come together every year for trash clean up projects.  PennDOT has offered a comprehensive webpage that includes all volunteer opportunities available from the Great American Cleanup of PA and Adopt-A-Highway to Safety training, litter brigades and more.  Find it at under Roadside Beautification.