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BILLS TO JUMP START THE ECONOMY

Looking to get the Pennsylvania Economy jump started, State House Speaker Mike Turzai was joined by 8 other Republican Lawmakers in Harrisburg yesterday as they introduced a package of bills designed to target job growth and infrastructure.  The 8 bills focus on attracting manufacturers using methane production, providing tax credits and speeding up the permitting process for businesses.   It’s hoped the legislation will help bring more family sustaining  jobs to the Commonwealth.

MAN ARRESTED AT THEATRE

Williamsport police had to take down a man who resisted arrest over the weekend at the theatres in the city of Williamsport after causing a disturbance inside.  Police were called to the AMC theatres at 300 West Fourth Street on Friday evening after 34 year old Raymond Brooks refused to leave when asked after causing issues at the ticket window.  Once outside, Brooks resisted arrest and had to be taken down and tased by officers. He is charged with four separate counts and was jailed in lieu of $35,000 bail.

RAIL IMPROVEMENTS COMING

More than $730,000 dollars is coming to Lycoming County for a pair of rail freight improvement projects.  The money comes for the state as part of 27 rail freight projects all together which will create and sustain 255 jobs statewide.  John Savoy and Son in Montoursville will receive a little less than $205,000 dollars to construct an new rail siding and unloading dock to enable new rail service and Lycoming Valley Railroad Company will use more than $531,000 dollars to rehabilitate approximately 3.5 miles of track by replacing tires and surfacing track.

RAPE CHARGES FILED AFTER A DECADE

A Brooklyn New York man faces charges of rape and related counts stemming from an incident on the Bucknell University Campus in Lewisburg more than ten years ago.  Bucknell police have filed charges against Joseph McClain III, now 34 who they say raped a woman in a frat house on campus during a party in October of 2008.  They say the woman did not want to press charges then, but has decided to do so before the 12 year statute of limitations runs out.  DNA evidence points to McClain as her assailant.

WOMAN INJURED IN WOODWARD TOWNSHIP CRASH

A crash in Woodward Township yesterday morning has sent a Linden woman to the hospital with a head injury.  The crash occurred as 25 year old Ashley Koppenhaver was driving on Quenenshunkeny Road around 7:40am when she lost control of her vehicle which rolled onto a pairt of utility trailer frames. She was taken to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center where her condition has not been released.

MAN IN CRITICAL CONDITON FOLLOWING FIGHT

A fight in Sunbury early yesterday morning resulted in a man being taken to Geisinger Medical Center and another jailed. An altercation allegedly started inside the Eagles Social Club along South Third Street between Jay Boyer of Middleburg and Brian Cox, whose address was not released.  When the two went outside, Boyer allegedly punched Cox, knocking him to the ground and severely injuring the man.  Cox is in critical condition. Boyer has been arraigned on aggravated assault and other charges and jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail.

REPUBLICAN COMMISSIONER CANDIDATES DEBATE

Residents of Lycoming County can hear from the 9 candidates running for nomination in May to run in the fall for County Commissioner during a forum which will be held in Williamsport tonight.  The formal debate, put on by the Lycoming County Republican Committee will take place at Lycoming College’s Clarke Chapel tonight beginning at 7pm.  All 9 candidates have signified their intent to participate.

MAN SENTENCED FOR INVESTMENT FRAUD

It’s 17 years in federal prison for a Bellefonte man who entered a guilty plea in October of last year to defrauding elderly clients out of close to $1.5 million dollars.  Federal investigators charges 49 year old James Hocker with telling his clients, including his mother he would get them 25 to 30 percent extra on their funds, but he ended up not investing the money, instead using if for his own use. He was sentenced in federal court in Williamsport yesterday and ordered to pay restitution as well.

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