MORE SNOW ON THE HORIZON

The recent snow from the weekend into yesterday morning dropped about 9 inches all together on the Susquehanna Valley. Though we had a decent day yesterday and today is expected to be calm, you are reminded this morning that there could be some patches of black ice on the roadways especially on back roads and in the higher elevations.  Take it easy as you head out this morning. Everything is on time. We could seem some more delays and traffic issues Thursday night into Friday morning with some more snow expected to move in.

CHARGES FILED IN POLICE STANDOFF

Two men were arraigned yesterday stemming from that police standoff in Newberry on Sunday.  Ataa Coleman and Jallil Ellman face charges of aggravated assault burglary and other counts.  They are accused of breaking into Coleman’s girlfriends Newberry Street apartment and assaulting a man there, Gage Wood who suffered a severe cut on his hand as well as other injuries.  When police arrived, Ellman came out, and Coleman stayed inside with Brook Deshong, refusing to come out for about two hours.  The two were finally jailed in probation violations, arraigned yesterday and re-committed in lieu of $200,000 and $175,000 dollars bail respectively.

UNITED WAY NEEDS YOUR HELP

With programs ranging anywhere from helping at risk programs, to making sure seniors are provided with proper nutrition and care, agencies supported by the Lycoming  County United Way anxiously await to see if they can continue to provide those services. The United Way ended up substantially behind where they should be in recent fundraising efforts.  Backyard Broadcasting, along with several media partners from across the county are looking to help tomorrow.  Listen between 7am and 7pm tomorrow as we speak with representatives from the United Way and their supported agencies about the importance of giving, and then give what you can online at www.lcuw.org, by calling 570-323-9448 or by texting the keyword liveunited to 50155.

TRIAL TO FINISH UP

A trial could wrap up in Lycoming County Court today with a Jersey Shore man accused of aggravated assault by vehicle stemming from an accident which happened on Little Pine Road near Waterville back in July of 2012.  Prosecutors are trying to prove it was Dustin Hoffman who was behind the wheel of a pickup truck which went off of the road, tossing both he and Joshua Laubscher from the truck.  Both were seriously injured.  Closing arguments are scheduled this morning.

ANOTHER CLINTON COUNTY ARMED ROBBERY

The fifth armed robbery in the Lock Haven area over the last month or so occurred on Sunday evening.  A man, holding a gun walked into the Fuel On Store in Castanea Township around 10:30 on Monday night and robbed the place of an undetermined amount of money.  He is described as being approximately 5 ft. 8 inches tall with a medium build and wearing dark colored clothing.  Police are trying to determine if any of the five recent robberies are related and are asking anyone with information to call them at 570-726-6000.

THREE CHARGED WITH ROBBERY

An armed robbery of two men at a Williamsport intersection on Monday evening led to the arrest of three city men.  The robbery occurred at High and Rose Streets around 9:50pm on Monday as two men were robbed at gunpoint and assaulted.  Police followed footprints to a Wildwood Boulevard home and were told to get a search warrant which they did.  Inside, they found Jeffery Randolph, Ty Kinney and Charlie Kaelin who all were arrested and charged with aggravated and simple assault, robbery and other counts and were jailed in lieu of 4200,000 dollars bail each. 

GOVERNOR WOULD SAY YES TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA

During a reception yesterday for parents of children who are suffering from debilitating seizures, Governor Tom Wolf vowed to sign a medical marijuana bill if it is passed in the state house and senate.  A pair of State Senators yesterday reported that they plan to broaden their legislation which was first introduced last year, but did not pass both the state house and senate, and did come with some opposition from then Governor Tom Corbett.  The bill would expand a list of 10 authorized medical conditions to give doctors more leeway to prescribe medical marijuana as they see fit. 

MAN CHARGED YESTERDAY WITH THURSDAY ROBBERY

A man who was arrested on Thursday for the robbery of a Newberry tobacco discount outlet was arraigned on those charges yesterday.  James Peterson Jr. was found sleeping on the couch of residents above the Puffs Discount Store on Arch Street in the city hours after the 4:15 robbery of the store.  He is said to have gotten away with more than $200 dollars of which he reportedly spent the money on heroin and crack cocaine.  He was jailed on a probation violation and charged yesterday with a number of counts, then recommitted in lieu of $50,000 dollars bail. 

YAW TO HELP FURTHER COAL RESOURCES

With coal still seen as a large source of energy in the state of Pennsylvania, a state senator from the area will have an important role in emphasizing the continued importance of coal and coal driven technologies.  23rd District State Senator Gene Yaw from Loyalsock Township will join 35th district Senator John Wozniak as a co-chair of the Senate Coal Caucus. The two will in instrumental in helping to further legislation which will help created a number of direct and indirect jobs, helping the coal industry remain a viable energy source for years to come.  Pennsylvania is one of the largest coal producing states in the nation.