ARMED ROBBERY IN BLOOMSBURG

An armed robbery occurred in Bloomsburg last night.  Around 7pm, two men forced entry through an unlocked door at a Penn Street residence, with handguns drawn. They then proceeded to rob the residents there of an undisclosed amount of money.  No one was injured in the incident and police in Bloomsburg saying they are investigating the home invasion robbery and are asking anyone with information to give them a call at 570-784-4155. 

VICTIM IN FATAL CLINTON COUNTY CRASH IDENTIFIED

The victim in a fatal Clinton County crash has been identified by police.  State police in Lamar say that 69 year old Margaret Schmidt of Philadelphia was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 72 year old Elwood Holmes of Philadelphia which crashed on Interstate 80 in Greene Township on Friday afternoon.   The crash happened around 1pm as Holmes was headed westbound, attempted to pass a truck and for an unknown reason jerked the car to the left. When he tried to correct, the car then went into a roll killing Schmidt.  Holmes and another passenger, 64 year old Eva Lipp also of Philadelphia were both taken to Geisinger Medical Center where their conditions have not been released.

ROAD PROJECT BEGINS TODAY

Work begins today on a section of Route 973 as well as Bloomingrove Road in Hepburn and Eldred Townships.  A contractor will begin work on embankment, paving and pipe work as well as guide rail repairs. The ;project will include debris removal and concrete repairs on the Route 973 bridge spanning Mill Creek in Hepburn Township.  There will be single lane closures during daylight hours with flaggers providing traffic control and the work is expected to be completed in late December.

SHOOTING INCIDENT IN BRADFORD COUNTY

Gunshots rang out early on Thursday morning in a Braford County Community and State police in Towanda say they are looking for the person responsible.  Four shots were fired into a parked truck owned by a Milan man in the 200 block of Water Street in Smithfield Township in the early morning hours on Thursday causing damage to the truck. No one was injured, and State police there are asking anyone with information regarding that shooting incident to give them a call at 570-265-2161. 

SUNBURY OFFICER SUSPENDED

Sunbury officials say they have enlisted an outside entity to investigate possible wrongdoings by a city officer there. The officer who has not been named, but who is said to be the city’s only female officer could possibly have done something wrong with city equipment, though police are not releasing any specific details. They say they are cooperating fully with the organization which is conducting the investigation.  Meanwhile the officer is suspended with pay until the case is resolved. 

CHANGES TO STRUCTURE OF WILLIAMSPORT DEPARTMENT

Changes to the Williamsport Bureau of Police Department coming in 2017. The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reported yesterday that City Police chief David Young has changed the structure of the Department, instituting a military style structure in which he has eliminated the positions of Assistant chief and Deputy Police chief.  Young says that he hopes the new chain of command will supplement the number of officer’s available to patrol the city stree4ts and neighborhood and remove a prior top-heavy administrative chain of command.  In addition, Young says he will look for funding in the 2017 budget for a complement of 51 officers, and says that a contract between the city and police union is getting closer to getting done.

BUDGET SESSION TONIGHT

Williamsport City Council will sit down with the mayor and city department heads tonight and Wednesday at 7pm to discuss the 2017 budget of which the mayor is looking for a .25 mills tax increase for city property owners.  Council will grill department heads on their budget requests.  In all, Mayor Campana’s budget proposal is for $25.4 million dollars with about $500,000 dollars more in spending requested by city department heads. 

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING FROM WORK

State police in Towanda have arrested a woman from Monroeton, accused of stealing from her workplace over a three month or so period.  Police say 25 year old Shawna Bennett was working at the Dollar General in Montroeton and from August through November of this year, she would take money out of the register and allow customers to take merchandise without paying for it.  It’s believed that the store is out about $3,300 dollars due to her actions.  She is being charged through a District Judge.

DOG LICENSES AVAILABLE

The Lycoming County Treasurer’s office reports that 2017 dog licenses are now available.  Officials say that licensing your dog is a quick and easy process and assures a safe return if your dog should become lost.  All dogs 3 months or older must be licensed by January 1st of each year.  If dogs are found not licensed owners could face a maximum fine of $300 per dog.  The license are available through the Lycoming County Treasurers office at 33 West Third Street or online at www.lyco.org .The cost is $8.50 or $6.50 if the dog is spayed or neutered, seniors and person with disabilities can purchase the licenses at a reduced price.