LYCOMING COUNTY COMMISSIONERS LEND A HAND TO A BOROUGH IN NEED
They attempted to complete the project without asking for additional help. However, the borough of Lairdsville asked the Lycoming County Commissioners for assistance with their new mandated sewage project. Following their $1.1 million stortfalls, which included COVID and the increasing price of steel, the assistance will go a long way. With the assistance of a $500,000 grant and upwards of $700,000 in loans (repayable over 15 years at 0% interest), the borough of Lairdsville was successful in finding ways to reach the goals of a state mandated sewage system without placing additional burdens on their taxpayers. The vote was yes from the Commissioners was unanimous to help with the project.
FEDERAL LAWSUIT IN U.S. MIDDLE DISTRICT COURT
A federal lawsuit in U.S. Middle District Court alleges, a Lycoming County woman suffered racial slurs by a co-worker. As a woman of Asian descent, Ruth Charles, a former clerk in the office of District Attorney Ryan Gardner, had filed for a civil action suit, even naming Gardner and Lycoming County. Charles claims she suffered from acts of discrimination, an unsafe workplace due to retaliation issues and more. According to SUN Gazette, Charles has requested Chief Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann to oversee proceedings in front of a jury.
FIRE SCARE FOR LOCAL MAN
A smoldering fire in his bathroom set off a smoke alarm around 12:15 am, yesterday. As reported by SUN Gazette, Myron Cowher called 911 and fire crews arrived at 2818 Route 14 to find a light smoke condition. Fire crews from Ralston, Hepburn and Old Lycoming Townships reported the fire under control within 15 minutes.
UPDATED COVID-19 NUMBERS FOR OUR AREA
The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Tuesday reported new COVID-19 cases statewide. In Clinton County 14 new cases were reported, Centre County saw an increase of 32, while Lycoming County increased by 56. Tioga County had 10 new cases, 27 in both Northumberland and Union counties, 15 in Snyder and six in Montour.
CONTRACT AWARDED DANVILLE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
A contract agreement was reached last night in the Danville Area School District. KCBA Architects, of Center Valley, was awarded the contract upwards of $4.7 million in renovations for Liberty Valley Intermediate School and Danville Primary School. According to the Danville Area School District Business Manager, Bobbi Ely, the school board, in September, had approved an $8.8 million bond. The work inside Liberty Valley will include heating, ventilation and air conditioning upgrades and improvements. According to the Daily Item, the sidewalks were also an issue, as well as the roof and moisture complaints with the flooring.
MEN PICKED UP BY FBI ON ORDER BY FEDERAL JUDGE
Three men were taken into custody by FBI agents last week, on the orders of a Federal Judge, based on charges of attempting to entice a minor into committing acts of sexual activity and prostitution. According to PennLive and online court documents, Erick D. Metzger, Frank A. Nork and Patrick Taylor are accused engaging in the crime in Union County on either Oct. 21 or Oct. 23. Magistrate Judge William Arbuckle ordered their detention with little to no further details available at this time.
SUNBURY WOMAN MISSING,, POLICE ARE ASKING FOR HELP
State police are actively investigating a Sunbury woman who has been missing since April 2020. Angel Donahue of South 4th Street, has been missing by relatives. State police are assisting in the investigation who said Donahue’s social media and bank accounts remain inactive since April 2020. According to a warrant, Donahue isn’t listed as being in an local hospitals. Troopers said Donahue is missing under suspicious circumstances, as reported by the Daily Item.
STATE PRISON FOR SUNBURY MAN
Drug and gun charges from an incident in Snyder County land a Sunbury man in state prison. Snyder County District Attorney announced yesterday Maurice Doster was sentenced four to 10 years in state prison and later convicted on drug charges and unlawful possession of a firearm by a former felon. According to an online news source, Doster is required to serve a minimum of four years before he is eligible for parole.
ATTEMPTED BREAK-INS IN MONTOURSVILLE
A man from South Williamsport attempted to break into a school and a local floral business. According to northcentralpa.com, Michael Campbell attempted entrance in the Montoursville Area High School by pounding on the front doors. When he was unsuccessful, he jumped a fence and did enter the complex via the football field. According to reports, he then allegedly attempted to get into Nevil’s Flowers at 748 Broad Street. He was apprehended without gaining entry and faces multiple misdemeanors. Originally arraigned in front of District Justice Aaron Biichle, Campbell posted $10,000 bail with a preliminary hearing set for Nov. 10 in front of District Justice Gary A. Whiteman.