FIRE DAMAGES UPPER FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP HOME

Firefighters from Montoursville, Eldred, Loyalsock and Muncy Townships as well as Williamsport, Montgomery and the Muncy area all were called out yesterday afternoon to a house fire in Upper Fairfield Township.  The fire broke out in a home at 88 Kehrer Hill Road around 3pm in the basement of a home there.  By the time firefighters arrived, it had spread into the first floor. They were able to get it under control in about 25 minutes, but the home was extensively damaged. The couple who lived there were not home at the time and there were no injuries.  They have not been named, a damage estimate has not been released and a state police fire marshal was expected to be on the scene to look into the cause.

MURDER TRIAL CONTINUES

More testimony yesterday in the Lycoming County murder trial of Raymaar Alford.  Alford is accused along with Qu Mar Moore of gunning down Kevin Connaly in Flanigan Park in the city in July of 2012.  The second day of testimony saw one witness change her story on the stand from what she earlier gave to police about the day of the shooting.  Another witness testified that he was threatened by two people if he testified for the prosecution in the case.  The shooting stemmed from an argument that Alford and Moore had with Connally and his brother.  More testimony will take place today in Lycoming County Court.

MAN TAKEN TO GEISINGER FOLLOWING CYCLE CRASH

A Montoursville man was taken to Geisinger Medical Center on Monday following the crash of his motorcycle into another vehicle in Fairfield Township.  The crash occurred on Cemetery Road around 2:45 on Monday afternoon   52 year old Jeffery Diehl was riding the bike which crashed into the back of a vehicle operated by Charles Shaffer of Muncy as Shaffer was stopped looking to make a turn.  Diehl was transported to Geisinger Medical Center where his condition has not been released.  Shaffer and his two passengers were uninjured

MAN HELD ON RAPE CHARGES

A Williamsport man was ordered bound over for court on all charges against him following his preliminary hearing yesterday.  22 year old Demetrius Williams is accused of the February rape of a 13 year old girl at a city home.  Williams allegedly had the girl smoke marijuana with him and then raped her, despite her pleas not to. The girl, now 14 testified against Williams yesterday, as did a city police officer.  Williams is charged with rape, and several other counts including witness intimidation following online threats to pay someone to hurt the girl.  He is in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $350,000 dollars bail.

FORMER MILLVILLE OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY

A former Millville police chief has seen his police career come to an end after pleading guilty to harassment charges in Columbia County Court yesterday.  Ted Stout has been accused of assaulting this former girlfriend, who also was a police officer.  He was in court yesterday and entered the guilty plea.  He voluntarily retired as police chief last year.  He was sentenced to a year of probation as part of his guilty plea.

CHARGES PENDING 

State police in Milton say that charges are pending against a 41 year old male who led them on a police pursuit on Monday in Northumberland County. The incident happened around 11am as police were called to a Turbotville home for reports of a suicidal male.  The man who has not been identified took off in his vehicle, leading police on a pursuit which went through parts of Montour and back into Northumberland Counties before he was final stopped in Turbotville. He surrendered to police without incident and was taken into custody. The investigation continues.

MAN STEALS MONEY AND GUNS

A Towanda man has been jailed for the theft of money and guns from a home in Bradford County.  23 year old Caleb Chilson is accused of taking $1300 dollars from a gun safe located inside his father’s residence in Monroe Township. He also took 7 rifles from the same gun safe and then sold them to 3 separate local gun shops.  Chilson has been charged with theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception and was jailed in Bradford County Prison in lieu of $80,000 dollars bail.

TWO NEW POLLING PLACES

The Lycoming County Board of Elections has announced the move of two polling places within the county starting with next month’s primary elections.  The Watson Township polling place will be in the newly constructed Watson Township municipal building at 4635 North Route 44 Highway.  A new polling place for residents in the 2nd voting ward in Williamsport will be in the Lycoming College Recreation Center, 508 Mulberry Street in Williamsport.  The former polling place as at the St. John Neumann Regional Academy.