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MAN VIOLATES PFA

An arrest in the city of Williamsport on Monday as a man allegedly violated his protection from abuse order, showing up at a city home and terrorizing a woman there.  Police say that 43 year old Samuel Treese Jr, went to the Almond Street home of Jamie Lucasi in an intoxicated state and pulled her hair, pushed up against the wall and briefly prevented her from leaving the residence. He then allegedly verbally threatened her. He faces several counts and was jailed in lieu of $60,000 bail.

DEMOCRATS IN LYCOMING COUNTY CALL FOR CHANGE

Calling for change, several Democrats took to the stage during this weekend’s Lycoming County Democratic Committee Spring Banquet.  U.S. Congressional 12th district candidate Marc Friedenberg set the tone by calling out his Republican opponent Fred Keller as doing nothing in Harrisburg as a state representative and being in favor of getting rid of social security and medicare. Other speakers included the two democratic candidates for County Commissioner, as well as for a number of local offices including mayor and city council in the city of Williamsport.

I-180 WORK CONTINUES

Once again this week, the I-180 westbound off and on ramps at the Route 405, the Muncy/Hughesville Interchange will see should closures as part of an 8.6 mile resurfacing project between Fairfield Township and Muncy Creek Township.  A subcontractor continues to construct a new highway lighting system for the interchange which the work taking place daily between 7am and 5pm.  Motorists should be alert and dive with caution through the workzone.  Work is expected to be finished in the fall of this year.

ANOTHER SCAM WARNING

Pennsylvania State police over the weekend once again put out the warning about a particular phone scam which has been making it’s rounds.  In the scam, elderly residents are contacted saying that a grand child is in trouble with the law and they are needed to pay for legal expenses.  The most recent example given was a couple which was defrauded out of $48,000 dollars in a week’s time.  Police say anyone receiving calls similar to the scam are o try and verify the origin prior to taking any action and to report it to police if they believe they are being scammed.

MARIJUANA LISTENING TOUR MAKES AREA STOPS

Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman made stops in Clinton and Union Counties over the weekend as part of his listening tour centering on the legalization of recreation marijuana.  Some 100 persons showed up at Lock Haven University on Saturday afternoon, many in favor of legalizing the drug. Concerns brought up included state taxation, as well as the idea that marijuana serves as a gateway drug to other stronger drugs.  Fetterman’s tour will be in Williamsport on Wednesday at the Klump Academic Center at Penn College in Williamsport at 6pm.  The session is open to the public.

10 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON

Sentencing in Federal Court was held on Friday for a man who is a convicted felon and who sold a gun to someone else in the city back in 2014.  Joseph Colman Jr. was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. He had pleaded guilty back in December of last year to illegally possessing a firearm.  Coleman awaits sentencing in a double murder at a Newberry home, and also was found guilty in the robbery and murder of another man in the city of Williamsport as well.

CLEAN ENERGY GRANT

$300,000 dollars will be coming from the state in order to support a Clean Energy vehicle project in Lycoming County.  The money comes from DEP and will go to the Williamsport Bureau of Transportation for 10 compressed natural gas powered buses that combined with 13 of the same busses will mean that they have not converted over 80% of their fleet to clean energy.  .

FIELD SPRUCED UP THANKS TO CROSSCUTTERS

Thanks to Minor League Baseball and the Williamsport Crosscutters, the Carl E. Stotz Original Little League Field in the city of Williamsport is receiving a facelift.  Over the weekend, about 25 tons of dirt were delivered for the project which will edge the field, put in a new home plate and pitching rubber, as well as other work there. The field is where the Little League World Series was played for the first 12 years of it’s existence and now houses the Original League.  The work is being funded by Minor League Baseball’s Project Refresh program.

LANE RESTRICTIONS ON ROUTES 180AND 15

Motorists are once again reminded to watch out this week for a moving PennDOT project on Interstate 180 westbound and eastbound and on Route 15 north and southbound in Lycoming County.  Crews are installing guide rail mou8nted delineators through the week and there will be alternating lane restrictions.  Motorists are asked to be alert, drive with caution and watch for slow moving vehicles during the daytime hours.

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