MAN MISSING IN FOREST

Searchers from the Department of Forestry, area fire departments and others will be back out in the woods today in the Antrim and Morris Areas looking for a man who presumably disappeared while hiking there on Friday.  It’s believed that 92 year old Fred Atwood of Mechanicsburg parked his car in that area, to go for a hike and disappeared. He was reported missing on Sunday and searchers have been out in the woods every day since but have found no trace of the man.  Anyone with information into his possible whereabouts is asked to contact the DCNR Bureau of Forestry at 570-724-2868.

FIRE DAMAGES JERSEY SHORE BUILDING

Damage to the structure is estimated at $50,000 dollars following a fire in Jersey Shore yesterday.   Firefighters were called out shortly before noon to the building housing the Kasabella’s hair styling business, as well as apartments at 371 Allegheny Street.  It quickly went to a second alarm bringing in firefighters from a number of Lycoming County Communities. It’s believed the fire started in the kitchen in a 2nd floor apartment there.  Most of the fire damage was contained to that apartment, but a 3rd floor apartment sustained smoke and head damage and the 1st floor business, smoke and water damage.  No one was hurt, though a dog perished. Five persons are homeless. The cause is under investigation.

GRANTS AWARDED ALONG THE SUSQUEHANNA

In an effort to further foster recreation along the Susquehanna River, the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership has announced the award of $50,000 dollars in mini-grants,  much of that for signage to further educate users on history and recreational opportunities along the river.  Included in those grants was $5,000 dollars for the Muncy Borough to identify up to 25 locations for interpretive signage throughout the historic district, as well as $3500 dollars to Sunbury for riverfront signage, and more than 2,300 dollars for the Watsontown Canal Boat Pavilion and canal path signage there.

TWO TREATED FOLLOWING SMALL FIRE

A small fire broke out in a home in Collomsville last evening and two persons were sent to Jersey Shore Hospital for treatment.  Fire broke out on a stove in the kitchen of the home in the 900 block of Wells Road last evening.  A man who was house sitting there was able to put out the fire with a small extinguisher but had to be taken to Jersey Shore Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.  His girlfriend then injured her ankle going to her car and had to be transported to the hospital by ambulance for treatment.  Firefighters were able to clear smoke from the home and there was minimal damage.

STABBING IN JERSEY SHORE

One woman was treated at Williamsport Regional Medical Center for stab wounds last night and her sister arrested following an incident in Jersey Shore.  Police say the two who have not been identified got into a dispute at a Meadow Alley home around 8:45 last night, when the younger sister got out a knife and stabbed her older sister.  The woman’s condition has not been released. The younger sister faces assault related charges following that Jersey Shore incident.

CITY FIRE STARTED ON STOVE

Williamsport fire investigators say an unattended pan of French fries left on a stove was the cause of a fire which damaged a home in the city of Williamsport on Sunday night. The fire broke out in a home occupied by Mercedes Werkheiser and her three children around 10:30 on Sunday evening.  Everyone was able to make it out of the house okay and firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the flames, though the blaze did cause about $30,000 dollars in damage to the home.   The family is temporarily homeless as a result of that city fire.

 DEATH INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

Authorities in Northumberland County say they may not be able to pinpoint the exact cause of death of a 9 year old boy for several weeks.  Toxicology tests have been sent out to determine why 9 year old Korbin Rager died. He was found in the Point Township, Northumberland County home of 58 year old Victor Hare who had been entrusted with his care.  Hare told police the boy had taken oxycodone pills and had a history of abusing drugs and alcohol.  Hare is being held on child endangerment charges, and police say they are treating the death as a homicide investigation.

FRAUD INVESTIGATION

State police in Montoursville are investigating an incident of fraud.  Last week, a Loyalsock Township business received a call from a person saying that they were with PPL and that their power bill was several thousands of dollars behind.  They were directed to immediately purchase a Green Dot Money Pak, a prepaid credit card and provide the serial numbers in order to avoid termination of service.  The employee did so only to find that the bill was not overdue and the phone call was not from PPL.  The phone number 866-978-6658 has been linked to similar scams. 

MUNCY MAN CHARGED WITH THEFT

A Muncy man awaits his preliminary hearing and remains jailed on charges of burglary, receiving stolen property, access device fraud and theft.  It’s alleged that 38 year old John Gentry Jr. stole a CB radio and a company gas card out a vehicle belonging to Water Works Transportation of Muncy last month.  He then used the gas card at two different locations to the tune of more than $300 dollars.  Gentry was arraigned and jailed in lieu of $20,000 dollars bail.