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GUNSHOT VICTIM RECOVERS

An unidentified city man was dropped off at the UPMC Susquehanna ER around 10 pm Thursday night with injuries he allegedly received in a shooting, according to police.  Investigators have not released any details about the incident, but are checking a few blocks southwest of the hospital for ballistics evidence.  The victim, who is in his 20s, underwent emergency surgery and is recovering from gunshot wounds.  Police say they impounded a car that pulled up to the hospital after the victim arrived because it may be involved in the case.

BIG BROTHER VOLUNTEER CHARGED WITH SEX CRIMES

A Loyalsock Township man has been charged with repeatedly molesting a teenage boy he was matched with through the Big Brother/Big Sister program.  Thirty year-old Logan Lewis of Williamsport was charged with a total of 13 felony and misdemeanor sex abuse counts after police allege he showed pornography and committed inappropriate acts with the local teenager. Geisinger’s Child Advocacy Center in Sunbury was involved in the investigation.  Lewis was arraigned and taken to the Lycoming County Prison under $100 thousand dollars bail.

COMMISSIONERS CONSIDER LOAN FOR WATER LINE

Lycoming County commissioners may loan money to the West Branch Regional Authority to speed up completion of the water line infrastructure at the former West Pharmaceuticals plant in Montgomery.  There is a potential buyer for the property and the authority is waiting on grant funding to finish the water lines.  The commissioners are planning to talk more in-depth about the loan during next week’s meeting Tuesday April 30th at 10am.

PUBLIC OPINION SOUGHT ON MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman is coming to Clinton County this weekend to gather input from Pennsylvanians about the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana in the state.  Fetterman will hold the public event Saturday at 11am at the Sloan Theater, 401 North Fairview St. on the campus of Lock Haven University..  The Lt. Governor’s listening tour will take him to all 67 counties in PA as he invites residents to share their views and concerns about legalization.  The public is invited.  The listening tour will also stop Wednesday, May 1st at Penn College’s Klump Academic Center at 6pm.

FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH

Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle accident that happened on Green Ridge Road in West Buffalo Township around 9pm last night.  State troopers say 21 year-old Hunter Karchner from Mifflinburg was on a motorcycle and collided with a vehicle driven by 33 year-old Shane Murray.  No word if Murray sustained any injuries in the crash.  The accident is still under investigation.

GAS TAXES FOR POLICE SALARIES, NOT BRIDGE REPAIR

According to PA’s Auditor General, Eugene DePasquale, there have been over 4 billion dollars in transfers of gas tax money from the state’s road and bridge work fund to cover the cost of state police patrols since the 2012-13 fiscal year.  DePasquale says his new audit of PennDOT shows that the state could addressed a growing list of rough highways and almost 3 thousand structurally deficient bridges with those funds instead of paying state police.  Under the State Constitution, proceeds from the Motor License Fund are to be used solely for maintenance and repair of highways and bridges.  PennDOT has scheduled contracts through the end of 2019 to address over 15-hundred poor-condition bridges.

MULTIPLE VEHICLE CRASH IN RIVERSIDE

The intersection of Boyd Station Rd. and Route 54 in Riverside was closed for about an hour Tuesday afternoon after a 3 vehicle crash caused multiple injuries.  State police say 53 year old Linda Duell was driving toward Elysburg and attempted to turn when she was hit by 28 year-old Christina Rebuck.  Duell and Rebuck were treated and released from Geisinger, but two passengers, 34 year-old Arvin Shicora Jr and 21 year-old Nathan Duell are still hospitalized.  Passengers in the third  vehicle, including a 2 year old child were not injured.

DUI CONVICTION FOR MAN WHO HIT A BUILDING

A 53 year old Old Lycoming Township man was charged with DUI and other charges resulting from an October 2018 incident where he first rear-ended a van along the 3700 block of Lycoming Creek Road and then plowed into the front of the Allison Crane and Rigging building at 2817 Lycoming Creek Road.  Police say David Smith had a blood-alcohol content of 0.22 and was driving with a suspended license from a previous DUI conviction when he was injured in the crash.    Smith was released on 15-hundred dollars bail.

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