MORE WORK TO BE DONE

PennDOT and other officials came together with residents, business owners and other interested persons last night to discuss various changes and updates to the Route 220 Access Management Study.  Updates to the study include several access points to the highway in Woodward and Piatt Townships as well as an acceleration lane which would help reduce traffic conflicts at intersections as well U-turs and jug handles to accommodate larger vehicles and eliminate left turns from side streets. Some residents and business owners are still not happy with the changes calling instead for traffic lights and other changes.  Another meeting is expected to be held in November.

MAN CHARGED WITH DEFRAUDING MEDICAID 

A Williamsport man faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000 dollars if found guilty of Medicaid fraud.  57 year old Ronald McAdams has been indicted with felony health care fraud based on submitting false claims to the Medicaid waiver program. The indictment alleged that he billed for and received reimbursement of about $9,900 dollars’ worth for attendant care services which were never performed.  He is being prosecuted in U.S. Middle District Court in Williamsport.

AREA MAN IN CRITICAL CONDITION

The operator of a motorcycle which crashed in Woodward Township on Tuesday evening after striking a deer is listed in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center.  42 year old Steve Reeser who is also an assistant fire chief with the Woodward Township Volunteer Department was operating his cycle on Route 220 in the vicinity of the Woodward Township municipal hall around 8:30 when a deer ran onto the road and into the side of the cycle causing the unit to flip over and Reeser to be thrown from it.  He was life flighted to the Danville trauma unit following the crash.

RESTAURANT OWNERS FILE SUIT

The owners of an area restaurant which was destroyed by fire back in February have filed a federal lawsuit against a Missouri based kitchen equipment manufacturer.  Bradley’s Fern Park located along the Susquehanna Trail near Muncy burned down in a fire on February 18th of this year, and it’s alleged that equipment provided by True Food Service Equipment was faulty leading to the fire at the restaurant and bar. The case has been assigned to U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew Brann who is bases in District Court in Williamsport.

MAN’S DEATH DRUG RELATED

Mixed substance toxicity has been ruled as the cause of death for an area man who died at a Fairfield Township home back in May.  It was ruled that 32 year old Jason Houser of Montoursville died after using heroin which was mixed with a combination of alcohol and possibly other illegal drugs.  He was found dead at the Fairfield Township home of Kevin Taylor on May 27th.  The two along with other friends traveled into Williamsport to purchase heroin following a Memorial Day picnic at Taylor’s home, then used the drug.  Houser was found dead the next day.  Taylor was recently arraigned on possession charges and released on bail.

MAN FACES THEFT CHARGES

An Eldred Township faces charges of theft and receiving stolen property as well as access device fraud stemming from incidents which occurred earlier this year. Police say 29 year old Adam Schick used three credit cards belonging to Alberts Spray Solutions in Fairfield Township to rack up more than $14,000 dollars in charges to purchase diesel fuel or gasoline.  Schick allegedly started using the cards to do so after being terminated from his job at the firm.  He was arraigned on Tuesday night and initially committed to Lycoming County Prison.  He is now free on bail.

WATSONTOWN POLICE CHIEF STEPS DOWN     

The borough of Watsontown could be looking for a new police chief.  Chief Dennis Deer handed in his resignation on Monday night.  Derr has been chief there for 9 years and has been on the Watsontown Police force for 33 years all together.  He says he has been contemplating retirement for as long as a year.  Derr also spent 16 years on the Drug Task Force.  His resignation is effective on Sunday, and Police Sgt. Rick Faux has been appointed acting chief there in Watsontown.

DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

State and municipal police are joining with Penn DOT in a national enforcement initiative to reduce alcohol and drug related crashes through the Labor Day Holiday. The drive sober or get pulled over initiative is an effort to reduce alcohol related crashes and officers will conduct checkpoints and roving patrols statewide as part of the crackdown.  Motorists are reminded that the blood alcohol limit is .08% and that the limit will be strictly enforced.