MORE CHARGES FOR ALLEGED BLOW MOLD THIEF
As the scope of the thefts into blow mold Christmas decoration thefts in our area becomes more clear through police investigation, one of two who were charged in November for receiving stolen property has been handed more charges for the thefts. According to the Sun Gazette, police say Christopher Fraunfelter of South Williamsport is connected to thefts at six properties in South Williamsport and Duboistown and waived his preliminary hearing earlier this week. Farunfelter is free on 15 thousand dollars bail.
ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT IN CUSTODY
A suspect has been taken into custody for the armed robbery that occurred in Hughesville last November 18th at the Citgo gas station on North Main Street. According to State Police, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Connor J. Winter after a thorough investigation, and he was arrested yesterday. Winter was arrainged in Lycoming County court and has been committed to Lycoming County Prison on 99 thousand dollars bail.
CAMERAS FOR THE STORM DRAIN SYSTEM IN LOYALSOCK
In relation to being in compliance with a municipal separate sewer storm system mandate from the DEP, Loyalsock Township Supervisors approved a purchase for a camera system to view the storm sewers from the inside. According to the Sun Gazette, Loyalsock Town manager Bill Burdette says the robotic camera purchase thanks to the MS4 mandate, will ultimately help reduce pollution in storm water runoff through the system of conveyances like the storm drains, pipes and ditches that collect it. The cost of the camera system is 107 thousand dollars.
TEACHER’S UNION ASKS FOR BETTER SALARIES
The Pennsylvania State Education Association is asking lawmakers in PA to boost starting salaries for classroom professionals and support personnel in order to combat labor shortages and improve the candidate pool for the jobs for which they are trying to hire. According to the Daily Item, the PSEA seeks a statutory minimum salary of $60,000 for certified teachers and $20 hourly for support staff like bus drivers and cafeteria workers. The minimum salary for teachers allowed by state law is $18,500 and is unchanged since 1989, but on average in the Commonwealth salaries for teachers are at about 46 thousand dollars.
DUI FOR BEAVERTOWN MAN WHO CRASHED INTO HOUSE
A Beavertown man who crashed his car into a home in January and just missed the resident who was sitting inside in his living room by inches, is facing charges in Snyder County Court. According to North Central PA dot com, 20 year old Kobe Douglas Strawser said slippery conditions caused him to crash into the home in West Beaver Township. Police say Strawser was impaired when he lost control of his Buick Regal while going an estimated 100 miles per hour, striking the carport of Robert Smith’s home and a car parked at at 22276 Route 522. Streawser was charged with DUI, reckless endangerment and other offenses. His preliminary hearing is March 28th.
PA MAN ARRESTED FOR HAVING EXPLOSIVE DEVICE AT AIRPORT
A man from Pennsylvania is in custody after police stopped him trying to get on a flight at the Lehigh Valley Airport headed for Orlando Florida with a explosive device hidden in his suitcase Monday. According to NPR, an alarm was triggered when Marc Muffley tried to check the bag with a device inside that an FBI safety bomb technician said contained parts that were consistent with an explosive item. TSA agents attempted to detain Muffley at the airport, but were unsuccessful. They later arrested him at his Lansford, PA home and was arraigned in court yesterday.
STARBUCKS REBUILD COMING NEXT YEAR
2024 should see a brand new Starbucks rebuilt in the River Valley Plaza after discussions about the plans for it happened this week with the Williamsport City Council Economic Revitalization Committee. According to the Sun Gazette, the developer of the River Valley Plaza, Rick Mahonski has already secured some funding for the plaza through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program and is working with Starbucks to coordinate their rebuild project of the new store that is expected to be a regional draw. The consulting Firm Penn Strategies says the Williamsport Starbucks is considered the second busiest in the state after the one in State College.
SPRING BREAK TRAFFIC TODAY IN BELLEFONTE
Penn DOT is reminding motorists of the extra traffic and messy weather that could complicate Friday afternoon in Bellefonte, as Penn State dismisses the students from campus for Spring Break. According to North Central PA dot com, 99 Northbound sees heavy congestion as drivers head to I-80. Changeable message signs will be activated in the area and drivers may see PA state and PennDOT on hand. Motorists are encouraged to use 511PA dot com before you leave to check road conditions in Pennsylvania.
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Class A Consolation
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