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WANTED MAN FOUND IN HARRISBURG

A Harrisburg man, wanted in a city shooting last month was found in Harrisburg yesterday and returned here to face charges.  Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force team found Ejuan Cosby at a residence in the 1200 block of Walnut Street in Harrisburg yesterday and he was taken into custody without incident.  Cosby was wanted for the shooting of Alrashan Jones outside the Mini Mart at High Street and Sixth Avenue on February 15th striking Jones in the leg and foot.  He was returned to Williamsport, arraigned before District Judge Christian Frey and ordered held without bail.

HEARING RESCHEDULED

A hearing into the possible closing of an elementary school in the Jersey Shore School District which had to be postponed due to weather related issues has been rescheduled.  The District has advertised the public hearing on the closing of Avis Elementary School and related facilities for March 28th from 7pm to 9pm at the Jersey Shore Middle School.  District officials continue to wrestle with budget related issues there.  A hearing was held last month to discuss the possible closing of the Salladsburg Elementary School.

SCOREBOARD AND UPGRADES PUT ON HOLD AGAIN

It looks like a new video scoreboard and other upgrades for Bowman Field in the city of Williamsport will not happen in time for the 2019 Crosscutters Baseball season.  During a Bid opening yesterday at city hall for the new scoreboard, two of the companies vying for the contract filed complaints about the bidding process.  Daktronics was recommended to install the scoreboard at a bid of under $600,000 dollars but both Samsung and Visua Companies have filed he complaints.  City officials are also questioning the funding for not only the scoreboard but other upgrades at the city owned ball park. They say that the improvements most likely will not happen now until after the baseball season is over.

AVIS WOMAN ARRESTED IN DRUG INVESTIGATION

An Avis woman was arrested yesterday after a search of her home yielded a large amount of crystal methamphetamine as well as cash.  Following a traffic stop on Tuesday which yielded a substantial amount of the drug, a search warrant was obtained for the Avis home of 49 year old Bobbie Kichman.  The search turned up 25 grams of crystal meth valued at about $2,500 and another more than $1500 dollars in cash as well as various drug paraphernalia.  Kichman was charged with possession and related counts, arraigned and jailed in lieu of $50,000 straight bail.

SUNBURY MAN JAILED

A Sunbury man was jailed yesterday following an investigation into an incident of the sexual assault and possible child pornography at his home.  32 year old Christopher Suarez is accused of the sexual assault with a six year old child, filming it on a cellphone and then sharing it with others.  The investigation was instituted by police and the FBI and Suarez was arraigned yesterday on charges of felony aggravated assault and corruption of minors as well as other counts.  He was jailed in Northumberland County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.

GOOD JOBS FOR PA COMES TO WILLIAMSPORT

Members of the State House Majority Policy Committee will be in Williamsport tomorrow for a visit as part of the House Republican Caucus’s Good Jobs for PA legislative package.  The committee, chaired by Representative Donna Oberlander will visit the Pennsylvania College of Technology as well as Lycoming Engines in the city to discuss the success in linking future workers with viable career fields.  Lycoming Engines has partnered with the college to help build it’s workforce.  The visit will feature briefings and tours at both facilities.

GRANTS AWARDED

Thanks to Lycoming County’s hotel room tax, grants ranging from $75,000 dollars down to $750 dollars were awaded yesterday to 14 different county organizations by the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau.  In all, the grants which were awarded on a competitive basis totaled $135,000 dollars and the money will help promote tourism within the county. The Community Arts Center in the city received the $75,000 grant.  The others to receive money were Hiawatha Inc, World of Little League Museum, Lycoming County Fair Association, Muncy Historical Society, Rotary Balloon Fest and Air Show, Thomas Taber Museum, Williamsport Area School District, Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, Crystal Lake Camps, Repasz Band, Preservation Williamsport for Victorian Christmas and the West End Babe Ruth Baseball League.

TASK FORCE READY FOR ST. PATTY’S CELEBRATION

The Lycoming County DUI Task Force is readying for the upcoming Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration.  Officials with TEAM DUI report they will be out in full force conducting DUI enforcement beginning this week and running through Sunday March 17th, St. Partrick’s Day.  Area motorists are reminded to designate a sober driver before the party begins.  The .08 percent blood alcohol level will be strictly enforced.

LANE CLOSURES TODAY

Motorists on Routes 11 and 15 in Shamokin Dam and Monroe Township in Snyder County will encounter intermittent lane closures on that busy stretch of roadway today.  PennDOT reports that they will inspect drain pipes located along the roadway between the hours of 9am and 3pmm today.  Most work will be performed along the roadway shoulders with minimal impacts to traffic, however there will be some lane closures and motorists are asked ot be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.

 

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