MAN DIES IN INTERSTATE CRASH

A Missouri man died in a three truck crash on Interstate 80 in Columbia County yesterday. The crash occurred shortly before noon in the westbound lanes in Scott Township in an advanced warning zone to a construction project.  A truck driven by Joseph Eitel of Palmyra was stopped in traffic when the truck driven by 48 year old Lonnie Huffman of Missouri failed to stop and impacted with a truck driven by Bryan Douglas Jr. of Morganville New Jersey, pushing it into Eitel’s vehicle.  The cab of Huffman’s truck was sheared off, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.  Douglas suffered a moderate injury and was taken to a nearby hospital and Eitel was uninjured.

DEATH INVESTIGATION IN WATSONTOWN

Authorities in Northumberland County have a death investigation on their hands.  A woman was found dead inside a Grandview Drive home in Watsontown yesterday.  Her identity has not been released and there is no word yet on her cause of death.  Police are not saying whether or not they believe the death is suspicious and more information will be released as it becomes available.  That investigation continues.

COUNCIL SAYS YES TO PARKING ENFORCMENT CHANGE

Williamsport City Council voted 6-0 on first reading last night to amend a city ordinance to allow for the city’s parking authority to have a wider spectrum of enforcement. The city administration is looking to get the enforcement out of the hands of city police in areas outside of the Central Business District in order to give officers more time to work on the increasing crime and drug problem.  Some council members did voice their opposition to the propose map of which the authority would be able to enforce.  A second vote is expected in a couple of weeks.  \

WOMAN STEALS AND THEN TRIES TO SELL GUN

A Williamsport woman is jailed in lieu of $125,000 dollars bail after stealing a gun from her father and then trying to sell it on the street.  Olga Summers stole the gun from a Memorial Avenue home on July 14th and then offered it for sale to a man in the 300 block of Memorial Avenue.  Instead of purchasing the gun, the man flagged down a police officer. The woman did hand the gun over admitting that she was trying to get money to get back to Texas.  She was arraigned on charges of theft receiving stolen property, attempted illegal sale or transfer of a firearm and carrying a firearm without a license and committed to Lycoming County Prison.

MAN CHARGED WITH ARSON

A Williamsport man has been charged with arson, risking a catastrophe and criminal mischief after allegedly trying to set a fire next to a storage unit in South Williamsport.  22 year old Joshua Fox IA accused of piling up leaves and twigs against the unit on the afternoon of July 17th and then setting fire to them next to a storage unit at 30 W. First Avenue in South Williamsport. The unit was not damaged.  He was arraigned and committed to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $75,000 dollars bail.

MAN CHARGED WITH MAKING TERRORISTIC THREATS

An incident Sunday night in Watsontown caused police to draw their guns on a man.  Police say that Joshua Long of Turbotville was in a Watsontown bar on Sunday night allegedly threatening to shoot people, saying he had a weapon.  Upon being stopped, Long got out of the vehicle and began yelling at officers to shoot him.  Police found a folding razor knife in Long’s pants pocket, and a box full of 9 mm ammunition but it’s not believed they found a gun.  He has been charged with terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and prohibited acts and faces a preliminary hearing. 

BURGLARY INVESTIGATION

State police in Montoursville are investigating the burglary of a Piatt Township home.  Police say that sometime in the past month, someone entered the Spook Hollow Road residence of Robert Hill and once inside took cash and firearms. An estimate of loss has not been released.  Anyone with information regarding that burglary is asked to contact state police in Montoursville at 570-368-5700. 

PUBLIC EDUCATION FUNDING COMMISSION FORMED

A growing outcry to find different ways to fund public education in the state will be helped out by a new commission which has been formed in Harrisburg.  The 15 person Basic Education Funding Commission held its first meeting yesterday.  The commission has about a year to complete its work and recommend changes to the formula used to divide $5.5 billion dollars in annual state support amongst the state’s 500 districts and charter schools.  State officials say the key factor needs to be the number of students enrolled in each school and district.