SENATE ADVANCES BUDGET BILL

The Pennsylvania State budget is back in the hands of the state house of representatives again after the State Senate passed a plan calling for some changes by a 47-3 vote.  Changes include adding a $1.5 billion dollar increase to the budget plan with more money for state pension obligations as well as social services and another $200 million dollars for education.  It remains to be seen if the house will rubber stamp the senate plan and if they do, whether or not the governor will sign it.  There are still questions remaining as to how to raise the money needed to pay for the budget. 

BRADFORD COUNTY TRAFFIC DEATH

A traffic death has been reported in Bradford County.  State police there say that 20 year old Michael Bird Jr. of Sayre was driving on State Route 187 in Wysox Township on Tuesday when his vehicle exited the roadway and struck a guardrail then traveled down an embankment, coming to rest in a creek bed.  Byrd was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police say they were notified of the crash scene by a psasserby and have not yet determined the time of the crash.  It’s not believed anyone else was involved and an investigation into that fatal Bradford County crash continues.

MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO HEROIN DISTRIBUTION

A Philadelphia man faces a minimum of five years in federal prison after pleading guilty in Middle District Court in Williamsport to the distribution of more than 5,000 bags of heroin.  26 year old Stacy Morgan was indicted in March with two others following a New Year’s day stop of a vehicle in which heron was found hidden in the console.  Morgan had originally pleaded not guilty back in March but change that plea.  In addition to the heroin in the car, more was found in a hotel room he was sharing with his co-conspirators Darius Woodlyn of Philadelphia and Hadiya Bell-Evans of Williamsport who still face trial.

MAN TREATED FOLLOWING CITY CRASH

A crash in the city of Williamsport on Tuesday evening sent a city man to the hospital for treatment. That crash occurred at East Fourth and Mulberry Streets around 8:10 on Tuesday evening as vehicles driven by Nathan Fulkerson of Williamsport and Mary Barner of Montgomery collided.  Fulkerson was transported to Williamsport Regional Medical Center for treatment. His condition was not reported.  Barner declined treatment at the scene following that city crash.

PATROLS RAMPED UP FOR HOLIDAY WEEKEND

The Fourth of July Holiday weekend is just about upon us and State and Local police as well as the Fish and Boat Commission say they are ready.  Extra patrols will be out on the roadways looking for aggressive drivers, those how are not buckling up and those who are drinking and driving.  In addition the Lycoming County DUI Task Force has announced that they could conduct some checkpoints and have roving patrols through the holiday weekend. The fish and boat commission will step up enforcement along the Susquehanna River looking for boaters who may be drinking and driving and handing out citations as well.

GROUP TO RALLY IN HARRISBURG 

Another cut in funding has a local group angry and they plan on doing something about it.  Local volunteers with AIDS Resources Inc. based in Williamsport say they will head to Harrisburg to the Health and Welfare Building on Thursday July 7th to protest a cut in funding from the PA Department of Health. The organization is taking a $630,000 dollar hit and the protest will feature volunteers presenting petitions to immediately investigate the decision and keep the monies with Aids Resource.

TRAFFIC DELAYS THIS MORNING

This morning for about an hour and a half, the northbound driving lane of Route 220 in Porter Township will be closed from the Clinton County line to the Piatt Township line as pavement is inspected there.  The inspection will take place between 8am and 9:30am. In addition, there will be a pavement inspection on Route 15 in Monroe Township in Snyder County with the southbound driving lane closed down from about 9:45am to 11:30am from the Union County line to Grangers Road.

SUPER LOAD MOVE TONIGHT

Traffic could be tied up on several roadways during the nighttime hours tonight in Snyder and Northumberland Counties.  What is classified as a super load will be moved beginning at 10pm tonight from the Susquehanna Rail Works in Lower Augusta Township in Northumberland County to the power plant at Hummels Station in Monroe Township, Snyder County.  The piece of equipment is 204 feet long, 16 feet wide and 18 feet high and weighs more than 700,000 pounds. The route will take it along Route 147 from Boyles Run Road to second Street in Sudbury, across the Veterans Memorial Bridge to Routes 11 and 15 in Shamokin Dam finally crossing the North Old Trail Road.