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LOOKING TO HELP OUT STATE RESIDENTS WITH RETIREMENT

Wanting to help out some 2.1 million Pennsylvanian’s who do not have a retirement plan, State Treasurer Joe Torsella  has organized a task force looking into the creation of a state run savings program administered by the treasury department.  Torsella says that six other states have authored similar programs with success. He sayst that key legislations are working on writing legislation which would help with the creation of that program in a state where the population is getting older with many approaching retirement age.

VICTIM OF DITCH ACCIDENT IDENTIFIED

A 65 year old Bastress Township man has been identified as the man who died Friday when a ditch he was digging on his property collapsed with him inside.  State police say David Baier was working in a six foot deep trench trying to find a water problem at his Mountain Springs Lane home around 10:30am when a good portion of the wall collapsed in on him, covering the man.  It took several emergency personnel about three hours to recover the man who showed no signs of life and he was pronounced dead of asphyxiation.

1-180 PROJECT CONTINUES

Shoulder closures continue this week on the I-180 westbound off and on ramps at the Muncy/Hughesville Route 405 Interchange as the resurfacing project continues on 180 between Cemetery Road in Fairfield Township and the Muncy Creek Bridge in Muncy Creek Township.  The closures will be implemented between 7am and 5pm daily as a subcontractor constructs a new highway lighting system. Motorists are reminded to be alert and drive with caution through the workzone.

FINAL DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE

It’s the final day to get registered to vote for the May 21st primary. If you are looking at changing affiliations, or have moved and have not registered in your new place of residence yet, you can go online at VotesPA.com or stop by your county voter registration office by five today to register to vote.  In Lycoming County there are several candidates running for nomination for various county and municipal offices, as well as the special election that day for the 12th congressional district between Republican Fred Keller and Democrat Mark Friedenberg.

SELINSGROVE MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE

Selinsgrove police have charged a man there with rape and sexual assault stemming from an incident at a borough hotel there last week.  Police were asked to look for a woman last Wednesday, last ween at the Freeburg Hotel there and later found the woman in a parking lot along Spruce Street.  She reported that she had been raped by a man at the hotel and police later arrested 50 year old Rickey Lee Spriggle.  He was charged with multiple counts and jailed in Snyder County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CRASH DURING POLICE PURSUIT

A police pursuit in Lock Haven yesterday morning resulted in a South Carolina man being flown to Geisinger Medical Center with serious injuries.  Around 2am police observed a vehicle driven by 22 year old Jacob Boyles of Estill South Carolina committing traffic violations and began pursuing the man who took off on North Fourth Street, running several stop signs and eventually crashing into a metal park Bench at Water Street.  He was lifeflighted to Geisinger where his condition was not released.  The investigation continues.

WORK ON 1-180 AND ROUTE 15

Traffic on Routes 180 and 15 in Lycoming County will see some alternating lane restrictions this week , as PennDOT crews install ground mounted and guide rail deliniators along both the east and westbound lanes of 180 and the north and southbound lanes of Route 15.  PennDOT says the project is a moving operation with alternating lane restrictions and motorists should be alert and drive with caution in the workzone there.

MUNCY BOROUGH TO CRACK DOWN

With 40% of the borough of Muncy in the so called floodplain, Borough Council last week voted to tighten up on it’s codes enforcement.  Officials say that residents there have to keep their properties in compliance with national standards or face the possibility of the borough losing it’s national flood insurance which could put those properties in default of their mortgages.  Included in the enforcement will be inspections to make sure that residents are not doing any work on their homes without getting permits first, one of the stipulations in the National Flood Insurance program.

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