MOTORCYLE RIDER INJURED IN CRASH

A motorcycle and pickup truck collided in Piatt Township yesterday morning sending the cycle rider to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. The accident happened around 11:10 yesterday morning at the intersection of Routes 220 and 287.  The cycle, ridden by 45 year old Matthew Fishburn of Swansboro North Carolina collided with the truck driven by William Grugan of Williamsport.  Fishburn was transported to Williamsport Regional Medical Center.  His condition was not released. Grugan was not injured in that Lycoming County crash.

TWO MORE TEAMS FACE ELIMINATION TODAY

Two teams will face elimination with two more looking at their first loss in the Little League World Series today.  The two elimination games will be played first with Nuevo Leon Mexico playing Sydney Australia at 1 and Johnston Iowa vs. Goodlettsville Tennessee at 3.  The winner’s bracket games have Aguadulce Panama playing Seoul South Korea at 5 and Endwell New York taking on Bowling Green Kentucky at 7:30.  Yesterday, in a consolation game, Japan defeated Texas 6-1, and in elimination games, it was Mexico over Canada 7-1, Iowa edged Rhode Island 3-2, Australia downed Curacao 2-1 and Tennessee stopped California 4-2 in 7 innings.

GETTING CLOSER TO BEER AND WINE SALES

Another area grocery store is a step closer to selling wine and beer inside the establishment.  The Loyalsock Township Supervisors unanimously approved the transfer of a restaurant liquor license for Giant Markets at 1969 E. Third Street to sell beer and wine at a new café they are planning.  Giant wants to remodel its store to add a beer garden and eatery in which there will be seating for 30 patrons. The store would have a wide selection of prepared foods to eat in or take out and would also sell beer for consumption there as well as beer and wine to go.  Officials there say it will be a family friendly restaurant. 

COUPLE TEMPORARILY HOMELESS

Fire struck a Woodward Township home yesterday morning temporarily leaving its occupants homeless. The fire broke out around 10:10 am in the mobile home at Harvest Moon Park occupied by James Halschis and Justine Campbell.  It’s believed that something dropped onto the carpet of the structure setting it on fire, doing about $2,000 dollars in damage.  No one was injured in the fire, and the two will reportedly stay with relatives until repairs can be made and they can move back in.

BICYCLIST STRUCK

A person was flown to Geisinger Medical Center yesterday morning after a collision in the city of Williamsport. The injured person was riding a bicycle at Washington Boulevard and Railway Streets around 6:30am when they collided with a pickup truck.  The victim was first taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center then flown onto Geisinger via Life flight Helicopter.  Their name and condition have not been released. The driver of the truck has not been named.  Williamsport police are investigating.

COUNCIL’S FINDINGS

Williamsport City Council says they see no correlation between the city police stopping the release of their call log to the Williamsport Sun Gazette and recent troubles at the mayor’s home.  Council members were disturbed over allegation that city police may have stopped the call logs in February following calls to Mayor Campana’s residence which happened in July and October of last year, one of them for a domestic disturbance.  Following an investigation, council has determined that the call logs were stopped more so to protect confidential informants whose addresses may appear in the paper following calls to their homes.  Council says they will continue to keep a close eye on how the city is run during the mayor’s recent troubles. 

MAYOR HAS A VISION FOR SECTION OF CITY

Williamsport’s Mayor has put forth a vision for redevelopment in a long ignored portion of the city.  The Williamsport Sun Gazette reports that Mayor Campana wants to redesign the area of Park Avenue between Campbell and Hepburn Streets.  The mayor’s plans would be to remove blight, create job potential and increase the tax base by changing zoning to allow a mixture of residential improvements and minor commercial development.  The development would include usage of the former Trimtes Factory which the mayor believes could be used as an incubator space for science technology, engineering and mathematics helping to keep jobs in the area.

MAN WHO BROKE INTO AREA STORE, SENTENCED

Sentencing was held this week for a man who with his girlfriend broke into an area store twice on the same day.  35 year old David Strothers Jr. pleaded guilty to burglary and other counts stemming from the break-in at Cowden’s Family Market on Lycoming Creek Road back in August of last year.  Strothers and his girlfriend stole cash registers and other items from the store. Strothers was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in state prison and ordered to seek available drug and alcohol counseling. 

INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY

State police in Milton say they are investigating several claims of theft by deception regarding a former furniture store in Montour County.  The incidents which have happened between April and July of this year involve Rudy’s Mart along McCracken Road in Valley Township.  The alleged victims say they paid for furniture ranging from $228.00 in purchases up to more than $1200 dollars.  The checks were cashed but the furniture was never delivered.   Rudy’s Mart has since closed, and police are asking any other possible victims to come forward as they continue their investigation.