MINIMAL FIRE DAMAGE, BUT A FAMILY DISPLACED

Fire struck a home in the city of Williamsport yesterday, though little service was required. The fire broke out apparently in a television in the first floor bedroom of the home at 1118 Isabella Street in the city around 2pm yesterday.  It only took firefighters a few minutes to put it out and most of the damage was confined to the bedroom.  A family of five who lived in the home have been temporarily displaced due to what officials are saying are codes violations. A damage estimate has not been released and it’s believed the fire is electrical in nature.

STORE ROBBED IN LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP

State police in Montoursville say they continue to look for the person who walked into a Loyalsock Township convenience market and gas station last evening and robbed it at gunpoint.  Police say a white male with a black t-shirt covering his face and appearing to have a black handgun walked into the A-Plus Sunoco at 1300 Washington Boulevard around 9:30 last night and robbed the clerk of an undetermined amount of money and then fled on foot.  A number of police units searched for the man into the evening with no luck. The investigation continues.

INTERSECTION WORK NEAR LEWISBURG

A traffic slowdown is expected in the Lewisburg area today and tomorrow. A contractor working on a project on Crossroads Drive in Kelly and White Deer Township in Union Counties will be working from 7am to 4pm the next two days at Crossroads Drive and JPM Road in Kelly Township.  The work will cause traffic to be restricted to one lane with flaggers providing traffic control.  Delays are expected there the next two days.  A detour remains in effect for all eastbound traffic and westbound through traffic using Churches Road, Colonel John Kelly Road and JPM Road.

TWO DRUG DEALERS ARRESTED

City police in Williamsport has announced that a pair of drug dealers have been taken off the streets.  20 year old Darrell Cosby is accused of possessing marijuana with intent to sell it back in May of this year, and then was arrested on July 16th and found with 11 bags of heroin. He is jailed in lieu of $160,000 dollars bail. Meanwhile a city confidential informant was involved in a drug deal with 22 year old Michael Wright Jr. at Wright’s West Fourth Street address on July 13th buying 10 bags of heroin.  Wright is jailed in lieu of $150,000 dollars bail.

BANK ROBBED IN ELKLAND

A bank was robbed in the Northern Tier on Saturday and police there say they continue their investigation though a person of interest is in custody.  On Saturday morning around 9:30 am, a black male dressed in black and wearing a black bandana walked into the Citizens and Northern Bank on East Main Street in Elkland and robbed a teller of an undisclosed amount of money then got away in a black jeep.  Police say they have issued a criminal complaint for a person of interest currently being held in New York State on other charges. 

WOMAN SHOT IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY

A 61 year old Northumberland County man is in prison, accused of shooting a woman at a home in Watsontown yesterday. The incident happened around 5:30 at the home along Stoney Butter Road in Watsontown.  State police in Milton say 61 year old Charles Bower pulled a gun and shot 56 year old Kim Allen in the right shoulder.  Allen was taken to Geisinger Medical Center where she is reportedly in critical condition.  It’s not immediately apparent what charges have been filed against Bower.  The investigation continues. 

HEATWAVE PRECAUTIONS

The heat is here.  Temperatures are expected to continue in the 90’s for the next few days, with the humidity making it feel like it’s over 100 during the peak time of day. Susquehanna Health and other health officials are reminded residents to drink plenty of water, especially if they are going to be outside for any long periods of time.  Also to make sure your pets have plenty of water, and shaded areas if they are outdoor pets.  Elderly persons are reminded to stay inside with the air conditioning on if possible, and you are reminded to check on neighbors who may not have air conditioning.

BOIL WATER ADVISORY CONTINUES 

The boil water advisory continues into today for some customers of the Williamsport Water Authority affected by Saturday’s water main break on Four Mile Drive in Loyalsock Township.  Water Authority officials had the break fixed on Saturday night but are mandated to take water samples to make sure the water is safe to drink, issuing a boil water advisory for the customers.  Officials said yesterday they have not received the results of those samples as of yet and have had to extend the advisory until they come in and the water is deemed safe to drink.  Customers will be contacted directly once that all clear is given.

NO SPECIAL BOARD MEETING TONIGHT

Though it was expected that the Montoursville Area School Board would hold a special meeting to award bids for the district’s building project at the high school tonight, district officials not say that will not happen.  The proposed meeting was discussed at the last board meeting but was never fully scheduled or advertised. It’s believe the board will now take up the subject at their next regularly scheduled meeting on August 11th which will most likely be held in the school auditorium.