A BETTER SOLUTION

Williamsport Mayoral Candidate Bill Hall wants the city to do a better job of preventing flooding along Grafius Run which leads from Loyalsock Township down into the city.  During a news conference yesterday, the city council president says that he has a plan which would be a more permanent solution to make sure city residences along the stream would not get flooded out due to debris and high water from heavy rains and snow melt.  Mayor Gabe Campana countered by saying the city’s plan is sound, having just spent about $23,000 dollars on sensors and other efforts to curb the problem.

MAN GOING TO FEDERAL PRISON

Its 17 ½ years in federal prison for a man accused of distributing drugs in the Williamsport Area.  Arnell Monroe who was part of a so called dozen man Tat Gang which would go to Philadelphia to pick up heroin and cocaine and then bring it back her for distribution was sentenced in federal court in Williamsport yesterday.  The drug network would make up to 8 to 10,000 dollars a day. In sentencing Monroe, a federal judge pointed to his previous drug dealing convictions. The other 11 charged in the case are in various stages of their court cases.

THREE BUCKNELL STUDENTS EXPELLED

Three students at Bucknell University have been expelled from school for comments made on a student run radio station.  The comments which school officials say were reprehensible, inappropriate and inexcusable were made on Friday March 20th on the station.  School officials were notified by someone at a nearby prison who was listening to the broadcast.  The comments were reportedly racist and made by the normal Friday night on air person as well as two other students he invited onto the show. The students said the comments were part of a spoof which was never supposed to air.

BOY’S DEATH RULED AS HOMICIDE

A Point Township, Northumberland County man who has been held on weapons charges since the death of a 9 year old boy in his home back in October of last year, now faces six charges including involuntary manslaughter.  The Montour County Coroner’s office has ruled that 9 year old Korbin Rager died of oxycodone toxicity and had ruled the death as a homicide.  59 year old Victor Hare faces the six felony counts in the case. The boy and his brother were entrusted in Hare’s care. It’s believed that Hare drugged the boy and may have even indecently assaulted him before the boy died. 

CHARGES PENDING AGAINST JEWELRY THIEF

State police in Milton believe they know who the woman was who walked out of a Montour County home with about $11,300 dollars’ worth of jewelry last month.  Police say that the as yet unnamed 29 year old woman from Bloomsburg entered the residence of Edward and Joann Halladay along Caletown Hill Road in Valley Township sometime last month and stole the jewelry. They say that some of the pieces have been recovered at area pawn shops.  Charges are pending and the investigation into that burglary continues. 

LOOKING FOR SUPERVISORS

Susquehanna Township in Lycoming County is down a pair of supervisors, but hopefully not for long.  Lycoming County President Judge Nancy Butts has announced that she is seeking applicants to fill the two supervisor posts which were recently vacated when two of the three supervisors there resigned, leaving Republican Jim Surfield as the only sitting supervisor.  The township includes the town of Nisbet, and any interested applicants are asked to send their resume’s and letter of interest to the county by addressing it to Butts at the Lycoming County Courthouse, 48 West Third Street, Williamsport PA 17701.  The appointed supervisors would serve until the beginning of January.  Full term supervisors would be elected in November.

MARINO TO TALK WITH CONSTITUENTS

10th District U.S Representative Tom Marino will provide his constituents with the chance to voice their concerns share their stories and ask questions with and of the congressman over the next several weeks.  Marino will hold Coffee and Conversation events, the first two of which will happen at his Service Center at 1020 Commerce Park Drive Suite 1A in Williamsport tomorrow from 5:30 to 7pm and again on Monday of next week from 6 to 6:30pm.  Others will be held in Watsontown on April 7th and in Selinsgrove on April 11th

NEVER HEARD IT COMING

A Lock Haven man who was struck and killed by a train in Clinton County over the weekend probably never heard it coming.  Officials say that 29 year old Kyle Plants was walking along the railroad tracks form McElhattan to Lock Haven on Saturday afternoon when he was hit by the freight train and pronounced dead at the scene.  Officials say Plants was wearing earphones and probably listening to music and never heard the train coming. It’s not clear whether or not the train engineer saw Plants and blew the whistle or not.