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STANDOFF IN CITY

A man is jailed without bail following an armed standoff with police which occurred in the city of Williamsport on Saturday.  Around 7:15 police were called to the Light Street home of Evan Chapman who reportedly got into a domestic dispute and had weapon. When police arrived, Chapman threatened to shoot officers causing them to take cover.  A SWAT team as well as special response teams and a hostage negotiating team arrived, and streets were shut down around the house.  Chapman finally was taken into custody around 12 hours later.  No one was seriously injured. He has been charged with several counts and is jailed without bail. 

WOMAN DIES IN WILLIAMSPORT FIRE

A woman is dead following a fire which occurred in the city of Williamsport last night. The fire broke out around 9:30 on a home at 700 Poplar Street and quickly spread.  A second and then third alarm was called in bringing in several firefighters to fight the blaze.  It was brought under control in about 40 minutes.   The coroner’s office was called in and it’s believed the body of a woman was found in the house.  She has not been identified, and a damage estimate has not been released. The cause of that city fire is under investigation.

ENDOMENT FUND FOR YMCA

The Williamsport Branch of the River Valley YMCA has teamed up with First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania to create a new organizational endowment fund.  According to a news release from the RCFP, The YMCA has created the fund as a permanent funding source in which a portion of the fund’s investment income will be granted back in support of the Y’s annual operational costs which the fund’s principal is protected for future charitable interest.  The First Community Foundation Partnership of  of Pennsylvania will act as the stewards of that fund.

FORMER ASSISTANT CHIEF LAWSUIT UPHELD

A Former assistant police chief in Williamsport, now the police hcief in Sunbury has seen a lawsuit which he has field against several defendants upheld in Federal Court.  Timothy Miller has filed suit against former city councilman and Mayoral candidate Bill Hall, former city officer Steven Helm and city councilperson Liz Miele alleging seven counts including defamations and whistleblower law claims.  The defendants had looked to have the lawsuit dismissed, but miller will be able to go ahead with the suit. 

FAMILY OF FOUR HOMELESS

A family of four is temporarily homeless following a fire which occurred on Friday near Jersey Shore.  Firefighters were called out to the home at 78 Nippenose Lane on Friday afternoon and when they arrived found flames coming from a room in the home and spreading towards the roof.  A second alarm was called in bringing in personnel from several companies to fight th flames. It’s believed that fire damage was pretty much kept to one room, but  damage is estimated at around $100,000 dollars.  The family has not been identified,.  No one was injured and the cause is under investigation. 

A fire victim in the city of Williamsport has not yet been identified.  Fire broke out at a home at 700 Poplar Street at the intersection of Trenton Avenue in the city around 9:30 last night.  A woman was reportedly trapped inside and died in that fire.  The three alarm fire took about 40 minutes to bring under control..  A damage estimate has not been released and the cause of that city fire remains under investigation. 

MORE SCVT WORK

The Intermittent daytime stoppages on Route 15 in the Winfield Area will continue this week as  contractors working on the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway Project continue blasting work there.  The stoppages could take place for up to five minutes at a time and Motorists are advised to be alert for shoes stoppages and slowed traffic.  In addition, Route 15 Southbound will he restricted to a single lane during daytime hours as other work continues there. 

BRADFORD COUNTY MAN ACCUSED OF INDECENT ASSAULT

State police in Towanda have arrested a Bradford County man and have charged him with indecent aggravated assault and other counts stemming from incidents which occurred between last Christmas and this past June.  27 year old Arthur Everly Jr.of Townada was charged last week with the offenses.  His victim has not been identified by po0lice.  Everly was arraigned and then jailed in Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 dollars bail.