Candidates for the state house of Representatives squared off during political forums at the Community Theatre League in Williamsport last night put on by the Williamsport Sun Gazette and Backyard Broadcasting.  The first featured 84th District Representative Garth Everett and his Democratic challenger Kristen Hayes.  The two spoke in various subjects including that of school funding.  Everett saying that he supported the increase in funding to $10.5 billion dollars this past year, as well as his efforts to eliminate the property tax which he says he will continue.  Hayes said that money which goes to various special interests funding in the state budget should be cut from the state budget, with that money being funneled into education.


The second of last night’s two forums featured 83rd district representative Rick Mirabito and his Republican challenger Jeff Wheeland. Things became a bit acrimonious at times as Mirabito continued his attack on Wheeland that as county commissioner, he helped to plunge the county into debt while Wheeland repeatedly defended his record as commissioner pointing to the county’s A plus bond rating and accusing Mirabito of not having county and municipal government experience.  The two squared off on several other subjects last night as well. 


Two separate forums last night at the Community Theatre League in Williamsport resulted in some spirited debate from the candidates running for two state house seats in Lycoming County.  83rd district state representative Rick Mirabito and his opponent Jeff Wheeland squared off on such subjects as Marcellus Shale funding for the state with Mirabito calling for both a severance tax and the gas drilling impact fees, at one point accusing Wheeland of not prioritizing the impact fee money into the pockets of county residents.  Wheeland countered by saying he would not be in favor of a severance tax at this time, and also defended the county’s spending of the impact fees pointing to commissioners spending eh money on projects that would help in the long term. 


The first forum last night features 84th district representative Garth Everett and his opponent Democrat Kristen Hayes. The two answers questions on varied subjects including Hayes contention that Everett voted for a transportation bill which she says would increase gas prices hurting families in rural Pennsylvania.  Everett defended the position saying that the state has finally addressed its crumbling infrastructure problem, saying the bill is not perfect but is the best way to go about fixing the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.  On the subject of funding coming from the Marcellus Shale Industry, both candidates actually agreed that enacting a severance tax though they were divided on how the money should be spent.


A packed house was on hand for the 2nd of two candidates forums featuring the candidates running for the state house seat in the 83rd district and the candidates did not disappoint.  Democratic State Representative Rick Mirabito defended a mailer put out by a special interest group accusing his opponent, current County Commissioner Jeff Wheeland of plunging the County into debt during his term.  Wheeland said the numbers were inflated and defended county decisions. Mirabito at one point launched an attack on Wheeland’s business dealings, with Wheeland deflecting the charges towards other company employees and officers.  The two also debated various issues facing state government.


In the second of two forums, 84th district representative Garth Everett and his opponent Kristen Hayes stuck more towards the issues though Hayes did launch an attack on Everett asking for some financial help for former representative Brett Feese who was convicted of political corruption and is serving time in state prison.  Everett defended himself saying he was helping out a longtime friend.  Through the rest of the forum Everett pointed towards his record in the state house working for the good of the district and the more rural parts of the state.  Hayes made her case that she wanted to be a public servant and return the seat to the people instead of serving special interests while in Harrisburg.


State police in Montoursville say they will charge an unidentified 17 year old as an adult following an assault earlier this month in Loyalsock Township.  Police were called out on the afternoon of October 21st to a Randall Circle apartment after a 17 year old female assaulted her grandmother, pushing her and throwing several large knives, one of which struck the grandmother in the stomach causing a cut to the woman.  The teen also struck her 6 year old cousin repeatedly with a close fist in the face and torso causing the child to lose a tooth.  Charges of aggravated assault and other counts have been filed.


Two were taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center yesterday afternoon after their vehicle rolled over on Route 15 about 2 miles south of Trout Run.  The accident happened around 4:15 pm as the two were travelling in the southbound lanes. The female driver and male passenger were transported to the Medical Center with moderate injuries suffered in the crash thought their names and conditions have not been released.  Southbound traffic was backed up for a considerable amount of time and distance following that crash.


A Lycoming County prison inmate arrested back in May for shoplifting was charged this week with the armed robbery of a Newberry convenience store.  24 year old Anthony Mixon-Love was arraigned on charges of robbery, terroristic threats and other counts stemming from the Mid-May robbery of the Uni-Mart on West Fourth Street in Newberry.  A candy wrapper the man put down on the counter during the robbery proved to be his downfall after his fingerprints were found on it.  He was recommitted to county prison in lieu of $200,000 dollars bail.


Police have announced the arrest of a man at a Williamsport residence where heroin and weapons were found earlier this week.  Kalonji Jones who is already out on bail after being charged last year with dealing heroin in the city of Williamsport was found inside the Fourth Avenue home where parole officers went looking for another man on Tuesday.  Also found there were 110 bags of heroin and four weapons, two of them stolen. Jones was charged with several offenses and committed to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $200,000 bail.


A man who was shot by a Sunbury City police officer was in court yesterday and ordered held over for charges that he assaulted his grandmother earlier that day.  Erik Trometter is accused of the assault of 67 year old Amanda Trometter on July 8th at her Sunbury home. Trometter was later found by Sunbury police Chief Brad Hare, and allegedly attempted to stab the officer before he was shot.  Even though he is facing the assault charges on his grandmother, city police did wonder yesterday why no charges have been filed yet in the alleged attack on the officer.