MAN INJURED IN CLINTON COUNTY MOTORCYCLE CRASH

A Clinton County motorcycle crash earlier this week sent a Mill Hall man to the hospital with major injuries. The crash happened around 3pm on Sunday at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Dewey Street in Mill Hall as 48 year old Kevin Spangler lost control of his cycle and he was thrown from it.  Spangler was first taken to Lock Haven Hospital and then transferred onto Geisinger Medical Center where his condition has not been released. No one else was involved in that Clinton County accident.

LYCOMING COUNTY MURDER TRIAL INTO DAY 3

Day two of the Lycoming County murder trial of Jason Gardner of Easton was held yesterday.  Gardner is accused with Mirad Shabazz also of Easton with gunning down Terrell Henderson-Littles in an alleyway in the city of Williamsport in January of 2013 as the two were allegedly trying to rob the man during a marijuana deal.  Yesterday’s testimony centered on a sawed off shotgun found in a snow pile near the murder scene a few days afterwards which is suspected to be the murder weapon. More testimony centered on the two asking for cleaning solution at a city home the day of the murder.  Shabazz has already pleaded guilty to third degree murder.  Day three of the trial will take place today.

EVERETT TO HOLD TOWN HALL MEETING

The next Town Hall meeting hosted by State Representative Garth Everett will take place tomorrow evening at the Ralston Volunteer Fire Company along State Route 14 in Trout Run from 7 to 8:30pm.  Residents are invited to attend and ask questions of Everett regarding issues related to state government.  Everett says he encourages people to bring their questions, comments and concerns.

SUNBURY POLICE LOOKING FOR MAN WHO TRIED TO LURE A GIRL INTO HIS VEHICLE

An incident in Sunbury yesterday morning has police there on alert.  Yesterday morning, a man in a small van pulled up to a female in the city and tried to lure her inside of the vehicle. The girl did not get in and was able to flee the scene.  The man is described as a white male, heavyset, balding and with glasses.  He was driving a van with the name of a satellite TV company on the side.  Police in Sunbury are asking anyone with information into the incident to give them a call at 570-286-4587.

MAN INJURED IN ACCIDENT AT BLOOMSBURG FAIRGROUNDS

An accident at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds could have been worse, though a man was flown to a nearby hospital.  An unidentified 23 year old man was inspecting the sky ride there from one of the gondolas as it was moving and his sweatshirt got caught in the overhead wheel.  The metal cord carrying the gondola then cut a deep gouge in the man’s neck and bruised his shoulder. The operator was able to shut off the ride and the man was taken down and flown to the hospital.  He is expected to survive.  Amusement officials say there is no problem with the ride itself and it will be operating when the fair opens this Saturday.

SUSPECT IDENTIFIED IN POLICE SHOOTING

A suspect was identified yesterday in the shooting death of one state police officer and the injuring of another in Northeastern Pennsylvania on Friday.  This week, police found a partially submerged vehicle in holding pond just a couple of miles from the shooting incident at the Blooming Grove State police barracks.  Inside the vehicle they found spent shell casings and other evidence possibly linking the owner, Eric Frein of Canadensis to the shooting.  Police say Frein is a heavily armed survivalist who has had a history of making threats towards law enforcement.  They are asking anyone who may come in contact with the man to not try to do anything themselves instead to call police right away.

COMMISSIONERS TO ANNOUCE GRANT RECIPIENTS

Lycoming County Commissioners tomorrow are expected to announce the recipients of a mini-grant program which will help out public parks across the county with a variety of projects.  The grant program money will come from gas drilling impact fees and the parks could receive up to $20,000 dollars.  The program was announced in July and county officials say that 24 parks applied for money with 21 receiving some kind of grant money.  Projects at the parks which will receive funding could range from work related to new benches, walking trail or others.

HOME RUN TEAM RAISES CLOSE TO $143,000

Thanks to Williamsport Crosscutters players slamming 43 home runs during their recently completed season, the Lycoming County United Way will benefit to the tune of more than $142,000 dollars.  The Home Run Team program which has been in place with the Williamsport team since 1994 is helped out by seven separate sponsors which donate money for every home run hit by Crosscutters players. The money will help out with community needs for 32 local human service agencies.

BILL COMES UNDER DEBATE

The State Senate Education Committee yesterday got together to debate a bill which would allow Pennsylvania Teachers and other school employees to carry guns at work.  The bill has been proposed to allow schools more options for protecting students, especially those in rural areas which rely on often-distant state troopers for police protection.  Opponents say the bill is a bad idea to place the responsibility to protect the students on those whose principal interest is educating children.  A vote was not taken.