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Williamsport’s Mayor has announced plans for a $39 million dollar building project which would take place in the area of East Third and Mulberry Streets.  According to the story in the Williamsport Sun Gazette this morning, Mayor Gabriel Campana says that he is working with a developer wanting to bring in a mixed use of retail, as well as condominiums.  In addition, Campana says plans are for a 300 space parking garage in the Market Street area.  Plans are very preliminary and would have to go through a number of approvals before construction could even take place.


One person was extricated from a vehicle which crashed overnight in Upper Fairfield Township.  Montoursville Emergency personnel were called out around 3:45 this morning for reports of a vehicle over an embankment along Kaiser Hollow Road.  When they arrived, they found one person inside the vehicle and took about a half an hour extricating that person.  It’s believed that person did not survive, though no other details have actually been released. The crash remains under investigation.


It’s back to jail for one of the young men charged and jailed several years ago for a rock throwing incident which severely injured an Ohio woman traveling on Interstate 80 with her family.  22 year old Tyler Porter who was convicted with three others of the incident that injured Sharon Budd, and who was out on probation had it revoked in March after guns, ammunition and a samurai sword were found at his residence. He was also found to be violating his curfew.  He is back in state prison in Coal Township with sentencing to take place in the next 15 days.


It looks like a tax increase is in the cards for Williamsport Area School District property owners next year. The Williamsport Area School Board gave preliminary approval to a budget for the 2019-2020 school year last night which would contain a .45 mills tax increase.  Expenditures are set at more than $92.7 million dollars and the tax increase would bring in more than $702,000 dollars extra.  School district officials say they have been busy trying to pare down an estimated $1.8 million dollar deficit. A final budget vote is set for June 18th.


Lycoming County Commissioners tomorrow could take action on the move of four fiscal service staff members to the controllers office.  The Commissioners discussed the plan yesterday which they say would change the way the employees perform their jobs which is more in line with the county code as set up by the state of Pennsylvania.  The fiscal staff members would keep their titles and their pay grades but would have to report to the controller instead of the way their jobs are done now.


Firefighters in Muncy were called out early this morning for a porch fire which spread inside the home.  The fire was reported in the 2am hour in the 400 block of South Washington Street, and when firefighters arrived, they found that the fire had spread inside the structure.  It’s possible there may have been one injury, though the extent of that injury is not known. Firefighters were on the scene for about two hours. A damage estimate is not released, and it’s not known if the occupants are displaced.  A cause has not been given as of yet.


Work will continue this morning to clean up a rock slide on a busy Northumberland County roadway.  The slide occurred overnight Monday into Tuesday on Route 147 just south of the city of Sunbury and crews were on the scene for about 12 hours yesterday trying to clean things up.  The road was reopened last night, but will be closed again at 9am this morning so crews can continue to clean things up there.  A detour will be in effect using Brush Valley Road, Route 890 and Route 61.  It’s not known how long that road will be closed today.


A Mifflinburg car dealership suffered extensive damage to it’s building as  well as having several vehicles on the lot damaged when another vehicle plowed into it last evening.  The incident happened at Mifflinburg Auto Sales at Route 104 and Chestnut Street, when a jeep went out of control, onto the lot, struck several vehicles and then slammed into the business putting a large hole in the wall,  The driver suffered minor injuries. No one was injured inside and the crash remains under investigation.


Shamokin police are investigating the burglary and vandalism at a former church building there set to go up for auction soon.  The incident occurred at the Former Trinity Evangelical Congregational church over the weekend, as at least two people broke into the structure, stole items, defecated in the kitchen and threw an American Flag on the floor.  Taken were a cross, brass collection plates an copper pipes.  The church has been closed for four years and it’s the second case of vandalism there in the past couple of years.  No arrests have been made.