TRIAL BEGINS FOR WOMAN ACCUSED OF HELPING MURDERER

A trial for a woman accused of aiding her boyfriend who had just committed a murder got started yesterday in Lycoming County Court.  30 year old Erica Lambert of Williamsport faces two felony charges of hindering apprehension and one charge of false reports for driving Rashawn Williams to North Carolina on June 1st of 2014 after he had shot Aaron Lowry of North Carolina outside a city business in the 400 block of West Third Street early that morning.  Testimony was heard by yesterday by officers that the woman had talked with at the time regarding the incident.  Lambert claims that she did not know that Williams shot a man that morning.  The trial will continue today.

SPRINKLER SYSTEM ACTIVIATES, SOAKING APARTMENTS

Three tenants at the Center City at Fourth and Pine Streets in Downtown Williamsport are displaced after the sprinkler system went off there yesterday dousing their apartments.  Firefighters were called just after 5pm yesterday when the sprinkler system was activated in a fifth-floor apartment sending water to all floors below.  Three ceilings collapsed in apartments in the building and the displaced tenants were able to be relocated to other apartments in the building that were vacant.  It’s believed that the system was activated due to heat coming from an over. The tenants will be able to move back in to their apartments once repairs are made.

MAN PLEADS NO CONTEST IN KILLING OF WIFE

A Milton area man will be sentenced on October 24th after pleading no contest to killing his wife at their home over four years ago.  Robert Thomas who was arrested in May of 2014 for the April 2012 shooting death of his wife Patricia at their Turbot Township home entered the plea yesterday in Northumberland County Court.  He had originally reported that someone had broken into the home and shot his wife. He faces a maximum of 24 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

FIRE AT A MUNCY BUSINESS

Firefighters from four companies were called out to a business in Muncy yesterday when a large industrial dryer caught fire there. The fire was reported around 5pm at Keystone Filler and Manufacturing Company at 214 Railroad Street.   Firefighters from Muncy Area, Hughesville, Picture Rocks and Montoursville were called to the scene and took about 30 minutes to put out the fire which was confined to the dryer.  No one was injured, and a damage estimate has not been released. It’s not known at this time how the fire will affect the business and the cause of that Muncy fire is under investigation.

MAN ACCUSED OF SELLING DRUGS LEADING TO FATAL OVERDOSE

 A Williamsport man was jailed on Wednesday night charged with selling a deadly dose of heroin, cocaine and fentanyl which killed a young man in the city back in July.  Police say that 21 year old Arnold Cavanaugh who went by the street name of Flamesz/AJ sold two doses of fentanyl to 19 year old Chase McKissick at his Catherine Street home in the early evening hours of July 2nd.  McKissick later snorted and smoked the bags of drugs and was found unresponsive early the next morning, taken to the hospital and put on life support where he was pronounced dead on July 5th.  Cavanaugh faces counts of drug delivery causing death as well as other charges and is locked up in lieu of $350,000 bail.

COUNCIL APPROVES FUND TRANSFERS

During their meeting last night, Williamsport City Council approved two transfer ordinances in gene3ral fund and state natural gas impact fee money which will help out a pair of city departments. The general fund money will help make up deficits for the city’s recreation department including a shortfall in the special events budget, and the gas impact fee money will help the city fire department with purchase of an air compressor to help firefighters fill oxygen tanks used while fighting interior fires.

FEDERAL DRUG TRIAL TO WRAP UP

Closing remarks by both the prosecution and the defense in a federal drug dealing trial will happen in a federal courtroom in Williamsport today.  Antoine Davis is on trial for selling heroin in and around the city of Williamsport with a search of the house he was staying in in Loyalsock Township turning up about $58,000 dollars’ worth of the drug as well as other drugs, and suspected drug money.  Testimony yesterday centered on suspected drug slang which was on texts on cellphones that Davis had in his possession.  A jury will most likely begin deliberations later today.  .

POLICE LOOKING FOR MAN WHO EXPOSED HIMSELF

State police in Montoursville are looking for a man they believed exposed himself to a 16 year old girl in Loyalsock Township this week.  Police say on Wednesday around 3pm., a white male in his late 20’s or early 30’s operating a white pickup truck exposed himself to the 16 year old girl while she was walking at the intersection of Richards Avenue and Loyalsock Avenue in the Township.  Anyone with information regarding that person should call state police at 570-368-5700.

WORK TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK 

Sections of Routes 220, 15, 147, 80 and 180 as well as other select roads in our region will undergo some work beginning on Monday October 3rd as PennDOT puts down reflective pavement makers.  The $118,000 dollar project will take place in Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Northumberland, Tioga and Union Counties and the project is scheduled to be complet3ed by early November.    As the work progresses, the roads that are being worked on will be down to one lane.  Motorists are asked to be alert and drive carefully through the work zones.