A FATAL BRADFORD COUNTY CRASH

A Gillett man died over the weekend following a crash in Bradford County.  State police in Towanda say that 21 year old Derek Pierce was driving on Route 14 in South Creek Township shortly before 5am on Saturday morning when he lost control of his vehicle which went off the roadway, struck an embankment then struck a couple of trees.  Pierce suffered major injuries in the crash and was taken to Guthrie Hospital at Troy where he was pronounced dead from those injuries. No one else was involved in that Bradford County crash.

TRUCK ROLLOVER IN EASTERN LYCOMING COUNTY

A Watsontown man escaped serious injury when his dump truck overturned on Route 118 just east of Lairdsville yesterday afternoon. The crash happened around 4:45 pm as Chet Whitmer of Watsontown was driving eastbound on 119 near Beaver Run Road when for an unknown reason the truck went out of control and overturned.  Whitmer was able to climb out of the truck on his own and suffered a minor elbow injury.  The road was shut down for about two hours yesterday as heavy equipment was called in to right the truck and remove it from the scene.  No one else was involved in that crash.

MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN HIT AND RUN

A Loyhalsock Township man entered a guilty plea last week for his involvement in a hit and run accident which seriously injured a motorcycle operator in South Williamsport in October of last year.  34 year old Richard Piger pleaded guilty to a crash involving injury or death and recklessly endangering another person.  He struck Steven Kopera at route 15 and Market Street the night of October 18th then took off, turning himself in the next day.  He could face a sentence of up to 9 years, but as part of the plea agreement is looking or a county sentence and the possibility of home monitoring.

A MILLION DOLLAR GRANT TO HELP OUT FUTURE TEACHERS

Some Lycoming College students looking at teaching in the Science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields when they graduate could see reduced costs their final two years of college thanks to a grant from the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program, administered by the National Science Foundation.  Lycoming has received a $1 million dollar grant for students who are planning on teaching high school in those fields. Four to five students a year could benefit if they agree to eventually teach at least two years in an approved school district chosen because it has a higher population of low-income families.  The Williamsport Area School District will also be involved in the program.

MAN ACCUSED IN SEXUAL ASSUALT OF TEEN

Police in Union County are looking for a man accused of the sexual assault of a teen girl which occurred more than 3 years ago.  Police say that they learned of allegations against 27 year old Peter Psarakis Jr. following a ChildLine referral from the Union County District Attorney’s office in February.  The girl who was 14 at the time accused Psarakis of assaulting her at a Gregg Township home.  An investigation has not turned up the man who was last known living in Massachusetts. He faces eight counts including aggravated indecent assault and corruption of minors.  Charges were filed on Thursday.

FRANKLIN TO FACE TRIAL

A 75 year old man who for a couple of years avoided extradition in Argentina will take his chances in a trial.  75 year old Anthony “Rocco” Franklin is accused along with his daughter of the execution style shooting death of his son-in-law Frank Spencer in 2012 outside Spencer’s Millville home.  Franklin was to have his preliminary hearing yesterday but waived that hearing which means he will stand trial.  Franklin’s daughter, Maria Sanutti-Spencer was convicted during a Columbia county Trial last year. 

SUNBURY MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE

A Sunbury man was charged with the rape of another man over the weekend.  The Sunbury Daily Items reports that 38 year old Oscar Tiebout went to a city residence to purchase drugs on Saturday afternoon and after touring the home, began to rape the man in a bedroom there, eventually leaving the home.  Tiebout says the sex was consensual.  He is charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault as well as a misdemeanor count. Tiebout was jailed on a probation violation.

PHONE SCAM

State police in Milton say they are receiving phone calls from individuals saying they received a pho0ne message form the IRS about taxes being owed.  Police are reminding residents that anyone calling and claiming to be from the IRS and asking for personal information in order to collect money from them are participating in a scam. They say the Internal Revenue Service will not make calls to collect back taxes.  Residents are reminded to provide no personal information over the phone.

TASK FORCE WITH DUI CHECKPOINTS

State police in our area have already announced that they will participate in DUI Checkpoints and roving patrols over the Memorial Day Holiday weekend; The Lycoming County DUI Task Force consisting of police from Williamsport and other area municipalities has announced that they also will be conducting DUI Checkpoints and Roving patrols into the holiday weekend.  Everyone is encouraged to designate to celebrate. Do not drink and drive, and in addition, do not drink while boating.   Police say the .08% blood alcohol limit will be strictly enforced during the weekend enforcement.