MORE THAN $1.4 MILLION RAISED
$1,457,895 dollars raised over a span of 30 hours with the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania’s Raise the Region, amongst 314 non-profit agencies registered across the Susquehanna Valley. More than 9,000 total gifts were made during the online event with the Alexander Family Dealerships dividing up another $150,000 dollars, and thousands of dollars in prizes handed out. The FCFP has announced that they will validate the gifts and the prizes this morning and expect by noon today to have the leaderboard reposted to find out how much each non-profit earned over the 30 hours.
COUNCIL SAYS YES TO GRANT APPLICATION
Williamsport City Council took a step towards the repair of the more than 100 year old band shell at Brandon Park. Council last night approved seeking a $100,000 dollars Keystone Historic Preservation Construction Grant which would require matching funding. The band shell needs handicapped accessible improvements as well as other structural repairs, some of which can be done by city workers, the others by hired contractors. Officials are hoping to get the rest of the funding through various sources, including a possible grant from the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania.
THREE INJURED IN CITY CRASH
Three persons were taken to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center for treatment yesterday following a two vehcle crash in the city of Williamsport. The crash happened around 1pm at the corner of Park Avenue and Campbell Street as a car and Jeep Grand Cherokee collided. The female driver and male passenger in the car as well as the male driver in the Jeep were all transported to the hospital with unknown injuries. Their names and conditions have not been released. The crash was being investigated by Williamsport Police.
WOMAN CHARGED WITH ARSON
A Mansfield woman faces five counts of arson as well as other charges following a fire at her home last week. Mansfield Police say 48 year old Lisa Deacon set fire to her house on Main Street around 4Am on March 10th., cut herself with a kitchen knife than ran to a neighbor’s house wrapped in only a blanket to report the fire. She was the only one there at the time and the fire caused $5,000 dollars damage. The woman also exhibited other strange behavior when she was placed in the fire chief’s vehicle as crews worked at the scene. She was arraigned and jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail.
MARSHALS CATCH POLICE IMPERSONATOR
A man who was wanted for impersonating a police officer during a burglary in Berwick earlier this month was taken into custody in Danville Pennsylvania yesterday. U.S. Marshals report they took 46 year old Joshua Depew into custody at a Danville business. He is accused along with three others who have been already arrested with entering a Berwick home posing as police, binding the residents hands behind their back and stealing tools from the home. Depew was found with drugs, a shotgun, a police scanner and tactical vest with no armor. He will be turned over to Berwick police for prosecution.\
MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING ARMED ROBBERY
A Beavertown man was arrested, hours after he allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint inside his home. Police in Selinsgrove say that yesterday morning, 46 year old Bryan Murray entered a home on Orange Street, woke up a man there, pointed a gun at him, threatened his life and took his cellphone saying he would be back for hunting rifles then left the scene. He spotted near his home later in the day and taken into custody several blocks away, charged with robbery, aggravated assault and other counts and was jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.
SCHOOL SAFETY TASK FORCE FORMED
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and State Auditor General Eugene Depasquale announced yesterday that they will co-chair a school safety task force. They say the plan to collect concerns about safety and ideas about policy changes, see if additional funding will help and increase the effectiveness of student support, physical and mental health programs and informational sharing. They also say that task force will review state requirements for active shooter drills and other security measures. The task force which was formed in part in response to student walk-outs this week will hold regional meetings across the state.
LITTER PICK-UP SCHEDULED
You are reminded that starting next week, to watch out for PennDOT maintenance crews who will be along highways, picking up litter. The litter pick up will begin on Monday in Lycoming and Sullivan Counties and last until March 30th. Crews will be working along Interstate 180, Route 15 and Route 220. There will be no traffic impacts, but motorists are reminded to keep an eye out for the workers along the roadway.