FIRE QUICKLY EXTINGUISHED

Fi9refighters from two area companies made quick work of a basement fire in Upper Fairfield Township yesterday afternoon.  The fire broke out around 2:40pm as a resident of a Spike Lane Home was working in a dirt bike when gasoline spilled onto the basement floor and the fumes were ignited by the furnace’s pilot light.  Firefighters from Montoursville and Picture Rocks were called to the scene and were able to quickly extinguish the flash fire without much damage done to the home.  No one was hurt and no residents were displaced due to that fire. 

MAN SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON

Another man was sentenced in Federal Court in Williamsport for his part in a drug dealing operation which brought the drugs in from Philadelphia and New Jersey to our area and was then distributed between Bloomsburg and the Williamsport Area out of several hotel rooms.  Timothy B. Moses Jr. had pleaded guilty back in October of last year to the drug counts. He had been found in October of 2015 in a hotel room in the city of Williamsport with more than 1700 packets of heroin.  Moses was dealing the drugs while he was on parole for a shooting incident in Philadelphia.  He was sentenced yesterday to 71 months in federal prison. 

BRIDGE REPLACEMENT BEGINS THIS WEEK

Work is scheduled to begin this week on a bridge replacement project over Salt Run on Wallis Run Road in Cascade Township.  Crews will replace the bridge which was washed out during the October flooding last year.  A detour which has been in place using Rose Valley Road will remain in place until the work is finished. The $1 million dollar project is expected to be completed in Mid-July. 

COST CUTTING IN MONTOURSVILLE DISTRICT

The Montoursville Area School District has some cutting to do.  During their meeting last night, the school board there found that despite a proposed .46 mills tax increase, that the district still faces a deficit of about $1.7 million dollars for the 2017-2018 school year.  Part of the issue, is the continued increase in having to pay into the state employee pension system.  Board members did vote on retirement incentives for at least five district employees which will save the district about $50,000 dollars.  Officials say they are working on other cost cutting measures ahead of having to vote on a final budget in June.  They do say it will not cut into the quality of education for district students.

COUNTY PRISON TERM ORDERED

It’s 236 days to two years in prison for an area man who was part of the ambush and beating of a city man who then pulled his gun in self-defense, shooting two, and killing one man.  24 year old Thomas Kerstetter was sentenced this week for his part in the assault on Dustan Paulhamus at a Williamsport apartment in August of last year.  Paulhamus was recently found not guilty of manslaughter for pulling his gun and killing 18 year old William Chaz Sawyer who was filming the assault as well as shooting and wounding Tayler Cagle who took part in the incident.  Cagle is serving two years’ probation.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR STABBING 

The arrest of a South Williamsport woman, accused of stabbing her boyfriend last week has been announced.  Jenny Alkaysi was arrested in New Jersey, the day after the assault in which she allegedly stabbed Derek Vierra in the right thigh in their West Southern Avenue residence on the night of March 21st.  The woman then fled back to New Jersey and is being held there on charges of aggravated and simple assault as well as recklessly endangering and possessing an instrument of crime.  She is awaiting extradition back to the area to face those charges.  Vierra underwent surgery and has since been released from the hospital.

LANE CLOSURE TODAY

A lane closure will take place for about two hours today on the Veterans Memorial Bridge between Sunbury sand Shamokin Dam.  Crews will be on the bridge which takes Route 61 over the Susquehanna River to replace delineators beginning around 8:30 this morning and will close down the northbound passing lane.  Motorists are asked to be alert and drive with caution through that work zone there this morning. 

FINANCE COMMITTEE HAS QUESTIONS

Members of the Williamsport City Council’s Finance Committee want to get to the bottom of payments they say were made from the city to a local swim club without council’s knowledge or approval.  The committee discussed the payments which have recently come to light during their meeting yesterday.  It’s believed that some $4200 dollars in city funds have been paid to the WAVES Swim Club which uses the Memorial Pool in order to pay coaches and for rentals fees.  Committee members say they want to know who authorized the payments and why they were not consulted. 

POWER KNOCKED OUT IN SUNBURY

The investigation continues in Sunbury into a reported explosion and power outage which knocked out power to some 2,300 customers yesterday.  Firefighters were called to the now closed Bimbo factory in the city around 12:10 yesterday for a reported explosion.  They did not find any fire, but power was knocked out for about a half an hour for many of the customers with all power restored by about 3:30 yesterday afternoon.  It’s still not known where the explosion came from or what caused the power to go out there. 

 MAN INJURED IN SNYDER OCUNTY CRASH

A crash on Monday morning on Routes 11 and 15 in Hummels Wharf sent a Northumberland man to the hospital with serious injuries. That crash occurred around 7:25 as 87 year old Paul Dressler drove into oncoming traffic while travelling southbound, striking a box truck driven by 39 year old Jason Fisher of McClure.  Dressler was taken to Geisinger Medical Center. His condition was not released.  Fisher was not injured in the crash.