A SNOW DAY

Up and em, and we have snow spreading across the area.  Up to six inches of snow before it’s all over across the area into tonight.  Roads are snow covered and slippery this morning and you are reminded of winter weather driving precautions.  Leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles and make sure you leave lots of room for state and municipal vehicles to plow and clear off roadways.  Leave early for your destination this morning.  Most area schools decided to close for the day.

POLICE STANDOFF IN WILLIAMSPORT

Two men await arraignment on various counts after an altercation at a Newberry apartment house early on Sunday morning turned into a home invasion and then a police standoff.  Number police officers were called to the house on Newberry Street just off of Arch Street yesterday around 11am. One of two men inside, Jallil Ellman of Williamsport surrendered but another man identified as Ataa Coleman also of Williamsport stayed inside, holding an unidentified woman there. The standoff ended around 1pm when officers threatened they would storm the house.  Coleman came out and was taken into custody.  The investigation continues.

CARJACKING IN UNION COUNTY

State police in Milton are looking for a man who carjacked a woman in the parking lot of the Sunoco Station in Kelly Township, Union County last evening.  The incident happened around 8:15 last night, as 60 year old Corrine Rank of Milton was sitting in her Ford SUV in the parking lot.  A white male said to be in his mid 20’s to early 30’s, approximately 5 ft. 7 inches, 150-160 lbs. with a short blonde haircut reached into the vehicle and pulled her out, He then got in a drove west along Crossroads Drive.  The woman sustained minor injuries and police are asking anyone with information into the incident to give them a call.

MAN WILL NO FACE DEATH PENALTY

A Williamsport man, awaiting child rape charges in Lycoming County appeared in court in Allentown on Friday as it was determined he will not face the death penalty for the killing of a man there back in September of last year.  Chad Wilcox is accused of meeting 36 year old Manuel Hakimian of Norristown on Craigslist, killing the man and then using his bank and credit cards in at least five states before being caught in North Carolina.

MAN JAILED FOR ASSAULT

A Fairfield Township man was jailed last week, charged with simple assault and harassment after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend at their home.  34 year old Scott Frantz allegedly put Kimberly Steele into a chokehold and slammed her twice to the ground during the domestic dispute in the early morning hours of January 18th.  The assault allegedly happened in front of the couple’s 3 year old son.  Frantz was arraigned and jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $10,000 dollars bail.

 FIRE DESTROYS TWO NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY HOMES

Fire struck in Northumberland County early this morning. The fire broke out in one house along West Spruce Street near Shamokin and quickly spread into the neighboring structure. The occupants in both houses were able to make it out without injury and firefighters battled flames for some time.   The houses are said to be destroyed, though a damage estimate has not yet been released.  The cause of that Northumberland County fire remains under investigation.

MAN CHARGED WITH BURGLARY

A Loyalsock Township man was arraigned Friday on charges of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and trespassing stemming from the burglary of a home back in May of last year.  25 year old Jeremiah Meckly was recently implicated into the burglary of the home of David Shollenberger of Eldred Township. The man reportedly was looking for money to buy heroin but instead found a handgun he believes he sold to support his habit.  Following arraignment he was released after posting $25,000 dollars bail