THREE INJURED IN CRASH

State police have identified the persons involved in a crash on Route 654 in Susquehanna Township last Thursday. The crash occurred around 3;30 in the afternoon as a vehicle driven by Shawn Alexander of Williamsport came out of a private drive, turning into the path of a vehicle driven by David Johnson of Williamsport.  Both drivers were taken to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center for treatment of unspecified injuries as was a passenger in the Alexander vehicle, Jamal Shaw of Williamsport.  Their conditions were not released.

OTHER DRIVER IN FATAL CRASH FACES CHARGES

DUI charges could be filed pending blood test results for a man who was behind the wheel of a vehicle which rear-ended another, killing the female driver in Clinton Township last Thursday morning.  State police report that 24 year old Alec Barnes crashed into an SUV driven by Patricia Shultz who was pronounced dead at the scene from her injuries following that crash around 12:30 on Thursday morning on Route 405.  No word on whether or not Barnes was injured, but he was taken to Muncy Hospital for a blood draw under the suspicion of DUI.

MORE LANE CLOSURES

More lane closures this week on Route 147 north of Ridge Road in Northumberland County.  The work continues on the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project and contractors and widening and reconstruction the roadway as part of the northern section of the thruway. Work is expected to continue around the clock thru the weekend into the middle of next week.  There will be lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.  After next week the road will be opened in both directions without restrictions. 

TEEN ARRESTED FOR DRUGS

Williamsport police arrested a teen last Wednesday on charges of possession with intent to deliver as well as related offenses. 18 year old Malik Washington of Williamsport was found with 134 bags of heroin in the 800 block of Elmira Street last Wednesday and taken into custody.  He was arraigned and the jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $250,000 dollars bail. 

CITY ASSAULT

An assault in the city of Williamsport last week sent a man to jail on charges of simple assault and harassment.  Williamsport police were called to an apartment in the 1st block of West Fourth Street where they found that Damiern Tyner had allegedly punches Emily Ransom, and then grabbed a knife and threatened to kill her during a domestic disturbance.  Tyner was taken into custody, arraigned and then jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 dollars bail.  Ransom had to be treated at a local hospital for her injuries.

MIFFLINBURG MAN ARRESTED

Mifflinburg police report the arrest of a man accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend at her place of work over the weekend.  Police were called out shortly before 6 to the Valero Gas Station on East Chestnut Street.  There they found that Christopher Ott had showed up, upset that the woman had reported an assault from the night before and was filing for a PFA.  Ott allegedly struck the woman in the face, head and neck area, and then tried to drag her into a back room there.  He was unsuccessful and fled, and police spotted him entering a portable toilet nearby.  The man locked himself in but was taken into custody, charged with several counts and jailed in Union County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

CSVT SOUTHERN SECTION WORK BEGINS

Work on the southern section of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway includes construction of acceleration and deceleration lanes on route 15 near Grangers Road at the planned Winfield Interchange.  The passing lanes of Route 15 are closed in both directors this week.  A detour is scheduled to begin on a section of County Line Road located west of Route 15 on Wednesday.  The trout Route uses Park Roade, Grangers Road and route 15.  .

SUNBURY FIRE

Fire struck in Sunbury on Saturday night.  The fire was reported in a home in the 100 block of South Awl Street with firefighters from Sunbury, Northumberland, Upper Augusta Township, Shamokin Dam, Middleburg and Lewisburg responding. No word on the amount of damage to that home and the names of those who lived there has not been released.  The cause of that Sunbury fire is under investigation. 

CREDIT CARD SKIMMER FOUND

State police in Montoursville over the weekend reported that they have found a credit card skimmer on a gas pump at a local convenience store.  The skimmer was found in a pump at the Dandi Mart along State Route 287 in Salladasburg on May 25th around 1pm during routine maintenance.  It’s not known how long the skimmer was in the pump and State Police are asking anyone with information pertaining to the incident to contact them at 570-368-5700. 

BUDGET TALKS INTENSIFY

The State of Pennsylvania faces a deficit of anywhere from $1.5 to $3 billion dollars depending on who you listen to.  State lawmakers and the Wolf Administration will have a busy week as they try to hammer out a final budget before the deadline on Friday night.  Revenues are the sticking point as Republicans want to do the budget without a tax increase.  Debate is over whether or not to increase gambling in the state which would include slot machine type gambling in bars and other establishment as well as other legalized gambling.  Senate Republicans meanwhile would like to borrow from the state tobacco settlement fund.  That is an idea that both Representatives from Lycoming County oppose.