1 DEAD IN CITY CRASH
A crash in the West End of Williamsport has resulted in a death. The crash happened around 2:23 yesterday afternoon as a pick up truck and car collided at West Fourth Street Towncrest Avenue near High Steel Structures in the Newberry section of the city. The car was struck on the driver’s side and that driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pick up truck was uninjured. Police have not released the names of the person’s involved and the crash investigation continues.
TWO MORE PROPOSED BUDGETS PASS
Two more Lycoming County School boards passed proposed budgets for the 2019-2020 school years during their meetings yesterday. The Montoursville Area School Board passed a budget of $30 million dollars which will contain a .30 mill tax increase. That is smaller than the .46 mill increase which was originally proposed. The Loyalsock Area School Board meanwhile passed a budget of 23 million 775 thousand dollars. Originally, a tax increase of .25 mills was proposed, but the district will be able to keep the property tax rate the same. Both districts will use money from their fund balances to balance out the budget.
PUBLIC MEETING TO BE SCHEDULED SOON
With the 30 day period underway to accept public input, the State’s Department of Environmental protection is getting close to deciding whether or not to issue permits to a company looking at putting in a proposed chemical storage tank facility in Montgomery. A story in this morning’s Williamsport Sun Gazette says that according to the borough solicitor, council there has no say in whether or not Coastal Chemical Company can locate six storage tanks along Miller Avenue in the borough. A meeting for public comment is slated to be scheduled soon.
POLICE LOOKING FOR MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULT
State police in Snyder County are looking for a Sunbury man accused of the assault of two women at a Monroe Township home. Police believe 40 year old Christopher Hare entered a Park Road home around 2:30am on Sunday morning and assaulted two women there, strangling one of them The two were transported to a hospital for treatment. Hare fled the scene before police arrived, and an arrest warrant has been issued. Anyone with information into the man’s whereabouts is asked to contact State Police in Selinsgrove 570-374-8145.
SENTENCING HELD FOR SUBJECT OF POLICE STANDOFF
A Williamsport man was sentenced this week to four to 8 years in state prison for an incident which happened in December of 2017. Police were called on the morning of December 16th to a home on Light Street for a domestic disturbance where Evan Chapman had assaulted a woman and then pointed a gun at police. A standoff ensued and he was finally taken into custody about 12 hours later. He was found guilty on charges of strangulation and terroristic threats.
HELP FOR DISPLACED EMPLOYEES
Help continues to come forward for the more than 900 people who lost their jobs this week with the closing of the Wood-Mode Plant in Snyder County. Tonight, Sunbury Attorney Joel Weist and Lewisburg investment advisor John Machak will meet with the former emoployees at the Shikellamy High School Gymnasium in Sunbury. Weist is donating legal advice and Machak says he can provide financial counseling. Next week, members of the Governor’s rapid response team will meet with the former employees at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove.
FRACKING FORUM NEXT WEEK
A forum will take place next week at Lycoming College which will focus on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing happening across the state as part of the gas boom. The forum sponsored by the Delaware Riverkeeper in conjunction with the college’s Clean Water Institute and the Responsible drilling alliance will be free and open to the public and focus on economic costs and health effects of gas drilling. It will be held next Wednesday at 6:30 in Room G-11 at the Heim Science Building at the College.