MORE SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES FILED

A third person has stepped forward, saying he was sexually molested by a Jersey Shore man back in 2003.  The man, who has not been named, said he was 9 back in 2003 when Nathan Shaffer sexually abused him in Mifflin Township.  Shaffer already faces charges for the alleged sexual abuse of two young girls in Mifflin Township between 2001 and 2008.  He was arraigned on the latest charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, sexual assault and indecent assault and recommitted to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $100,000 dollars bail.

TWO INJURED WHEN MOTORCYCLES COLLIDE

Two were taken to Williamsport regional medical Center after colliding into each other on their motorcycles in Lycoming County yesterday. The accident happened around 3:45 yesterday on Route 44 just south of Jersey Shore, as 60 year old Wayne and 49 year old Cindy Herb of Dalmatia were riding separate cycles, when one suddenly turned in front of the other.  The two collided and were thrown from the bikes.  Both were taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center for treatment of their injuries, and their conditions have not been released.  No one else was involved in that crash.

MAN OVERDOSES WITH CHILDREN PRESENT

A Williamsport man was arraigned yesterday on charges of endangering the welfare of children, corrupting the morals of minors and possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from an incident at a city home back in May.  23 year old Gary Colatosti was picked up earlier this week on a bench warrant and then returned to a district judge’s office to face the charges stemming from a drug overdose he had with children present at a West Fourth Street home on May 10th in which a 10 year old girl had to call 911.  Not only was the 10 year old in the house, but Colatosti’s 2 month old child was strapped into a car seat as well.  He had to be treated for a suspected heroin overdose. He was arraigned and recommitted to county prison in lieu of $15,000 dollars bail.

FUNERAL SERVICES SET FOR WAR HERO

Funeral services are set for Tuesday of next week in Northumberland for Theodore “Dutch” Van Buskirk.  Van Buskirk, the only remaining member of the crew of the Enola Gay which dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima Japan during World War II died this week.  He was 93 years old.  Included in his graveside services on Tuesday morning, will be a Boeing B-17 Fortress Fly over honoring his World War II service.  Van Buskirk was born and raised in Northumberland.  Public services for the man will be held at 10am Tuesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Queen Street. The flyover will be during private graveside services but the plane will be on display at the Sunbury airfield until 6pm on Tuesday.

DCNR SETS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

The State’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced that once a Development Management Agreement has been negotiated with two companies seeking to drill for gas in the Loyalsock State Forest that they will open up a 15 day public comment period.  The announcement has pleased State Representative Rick MIrabito, who says thought that there should be a 30 day period as well as at least one public hearing.  Environmentalists have come out against the gas drilling saying they want to preserve the state forest lands which include the Rock Run area for generations to come.

SUIT FILED AGAINST STATE OVER FITNESS REGULATIONS

Officials with the state police are defending allegations by the U.S. Department of Justice that their fitness standards for new recruits are fair. The Department of Justice has filed suit against the state saying the fitness test for new recruits discriminates against women, thus the lower number of females who are graduating from the state police academy and becoming state officers.  State police officials say that the requirements make sense because most new troopers perform the same job and that lowering standards would endanger safety and insult those who have already met them.

PENDING LEGISLATION TO LOWER LOTTERY ALLOCATIONS

State lottery officials say pending legislation could mean a bigger haul for senior citizens in the state.  The state lottery is expected to ante up 30 percent of sales next year for senior citizens according to state law.  Last year, the lottery took in $3.8 billion dollars in sales and more than a billion of it will go to senior citizens which is 28.5%. The pending legislation will put that percentage back to 25% of sales, which officials say will mean even more for senior citizens as they will be able to up their payouts meaning more sales of lottery tickets in the state.  The legislation has already been passed in the house and will not go to the senate.

RESURFACING ON ROUTE 15 IN TIOGA COUNTY

Work will begin next week on a 6 mile section of Route 15 in Tioga County.  A 5.5 million dollar resurfacing project is set to begin on August 6th in Bloss and Liberty Townships.  The four lane highway will be milled and resurfaced from just north of Sebring to just north of Blossburg on both the north and southbound sides.  Some other repairs will also take place.  There will be single lane closures in each direction slowing down traffic there. It’s hoped that completion of the project will occur by late October of this year.