CRASH VICTIM IN CRITICAL CONDITION

Officials have identified the man who was injured when his truck went off of Route 15 over an embankment on the spur just before it merges with Route 220.  81 year old Raymond Nagel of Coudersport lost control of his rig which was carrying railroad ties around 11:15 on Tuesday night.  He had to be extricated from his rig and was first taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center then onto Geisinger Medical Center where he was reported in critical condition.  No one else was injured in that city crash which shut down the roadway for several hours.

STORE ROBBED IN AVIS

Police are looking for a man who robbed a convenience store in Avis on Monday evening.  A white male, 5 ft. 10 inches tall, wearing a black hooded jacket, black mask and white gloves walked into the Pantry Convenience store in Avis just before 10pm on Monday evening.  The man was carrying a knife and demanded the clerk turn over the money in the register. He got away with an undetermined amount and the clerk was not injured.  Police continue their investigation. 

MAN WAIVES HEARING

A 20 year old Williamsport man was returned to Lycoming County Prison without bail after waiving his preliminary hearing on charges of receiving stolen property, carrying a firearm without a license and tampering with evidence.  20 year old Shon Helm was found on December 13th carrying a gun which was stolen from John Blanksby’s home in the 600 block of Wildwood Boulevard earlier this day.  More items taken from the home were found at his Memorial Avenue residence.  He was already on supervised bail following felony charges and arraigned and placed in prison with no bail.  His alleged co-conspirator, Tyler Blanksby was taken into custody last week.

COUNCIL TO DISCUSS GRANTS

On Williamsport City Council’s agenda tonight is consideration of a grant which would help the Connect Williamsport project, specifically to widen a section of Pine Street between West Third and West Fourth Streets in order to return the street to two way traffic.  The city is looking at applying for a $729,000 dollar grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to put towards the estimated $1.2 million dollar project.  Council will also consider another possible grant application of more than $378,000 dollars from the Department of Community and Economic Development to put towards the project which would need a match of $92,000 dollars from the city plus a match of more than $61,000 from the Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority.

FEDERAL MONEY FOR FLOOD CLEAN-UP

More federal money is coming for flood clean up and recovery stemming from the flash flooding in October in our area.  A National Dislocated worker Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor totaling $238,049 dollars is going to the State Department of Labor to be used in Lycoming, Bradford, Centre and Sullivan Counties to assist with cleanup, demolition, repair, renovation and reconstruction of public structures, facilities and lands affected by the flooding, helping businesses affected by the flooding.

LOYALSOCK SUPER GETS RAISE

The Loyalsock School District Superintendent will be in his job for at least 5 more years.  The district and its head man Gerald McLaughlin have agreed on a five year contract which will raise McLaughlin’s pay by 9 percent this year and another 1 percent in year’s 2 through 5.  McLaughlin’s salary will go up from $128,000 to $137,000 dollars this year.  District officials say that the raise is in part due to McLaughlin not having to be on the district’s insurance plan as he pays for his own. 

DAUPHIN COUNTY BANK ROBBED AGAIN

For the second time in less than a month a Dauphin County bank was robbed, but this time, police believe they have the man who robbed it.  A man walked into the BB&T bank branch in Pillow yesterday and demanded money from the teller. A GPS unit was placed inside the money bag and police were able to take the suspect into custody along Route 225 in Trevorton following a brief chase. The man has not yet been identified and it’s not known how much money he got away with. The same bank was robbed back on December 27th and no one has been arrested as of yet for that robbery.

MAN ACCUSED OF RAPE OF CHILD

A Wyalusing man faces several counts stemming from the repeated sexual assault of a young girl over a three year period in Bradford County.  State police in Towanda say that a 12 year old girl reported that she was sexually assaulted at a residence in Wyalusing over a three year periods by a person known to her.  This week, police took 50 year old Anthony Johnson into custody and he is charges with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors and indecent assault. He was arraigned and released after posting $7500 dollars bail.