CRASH SENDS TWO TO HOSPITAL

A crash in the city of Williamsport yesterday sent two to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center after it’s believed they were under the influence of heroin.  A car driven by an unidentified Centre County man went off the roadway at West Fourth and Stevens Streets around 7:15 last evening. It struck a tree and went down a 40 foot embankment. He suffered an ankle injury. Both he and his female passenger were taken to the Medical Center.  The two are under supervision by the Centre County probation department and it’s not known if any charges have been filed as of yet.

MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE/TRIAL BEGINS

An area man was in Lycoming County Court yesterday accused of abusing his 7 week old son back in 2009.  Charles Ingram Sr. is accused of inflicting injuries on the child including bruises, broken boned and fractures while the boy was in his care.  His defense is trying to prove that the injuries may have been inflicted by a dog which sat on the child’s head or by a 6 month old cousin who was trying to kiss the infant.  The trial is expected to last into Wednesday, but could finish up later today.

ROUTE 87 PROJECT BEGINS

Sections of Route 287 in Cummings and Cogan House Townships will be down to one lane beginning tomorrow as work begins on a project there. A $1.6 million dollar project will begin tomorrow as the contractor removes trees to prepare worksites.  The project will include the installation of new box culverts at Funston Run and Lawshe Run as well as improvements at the intersection of Route 287 and Route 184.  There will be single lane closures controlled by flag persons over the next several weeks.  Detours will be implemented in June and again in July. The project is expected to be completed in Mid-September.

SEARCH CONTINUES FOR SHOOTER

Police continue looking for the man accused of pulling a gun in a Williamsport bar and shooting three people, killing one of them.  The last known address of 39 year old Derrick Boone is believed to be in Lewisburg.  Three witnesses to the shooting identified him as the man who pulled the gun inside the Fifth Avenue tavern and pulling the trigger, killing 29 year old Yusef Wilson and causing injuries to two others.  Charges of criminal homicide, aggravated assault and being a convicted felon not to possess a firearm, amongst others have already been filed.  He is considered armed and dangerous.\

PERSON STRUCK BY VEHICLE

Emergency personnel in South Williamsport were dispatched to West Bluebird Alley in the vicinity of Howard Street around 7:50 last night for reports of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. It’s believed the victim was taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center though their name and condition have not been released.  Crews were on the scene for over an hour.  The name of the driver has not been released either. No other information is currently available.

WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER DISTURBANCE IN ER

A disturbance in the Emergency Room at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center on Sunday resulted in the arrest of an Old Lycoming Township woman.  Destini Geralty-Neff is accused of pulling her IV line, and then flinging blood at a nurse there striking the nurse in the mouth, face and arms. Police say the woman was there to get pain medication and wasn’t happy with the medication she received.  She has been charged with aggravated assault and was jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $100,000 dollars bail.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BREAKING AND ENTERING

A Williamsport man has been jailed after being caught breaking and entering in Loyalsock Township.  State police report they were called to a Clayton Avenue residence in the Township for a report of a break-in in progress.  Upon arrival, police discovered Michael Grant of Williamsport inside an attached shed of the residence belonging to Anne Steinbacher of Muncy.  He was taken into custody and felony charges were filed.  Grant was arraigned and committed to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $15,000 dollars bail.

JERSEY SHORE BOARD VOTES TO RAISE TAXES

The Jersey Shore School Board last night voted as part of their preliminary budget last night to raise the tax rates for property owners in both Lycoming and Clinton Counties.  Officials say the figures are still very preliminary and are contingent upon a number of factors including money which will come from the state budget.  District officials say that Salaries, health insurance and retirement funding are the top three expenditures that the district faces in its 2015-2106 budget. They say the will look to cut where they can as long as it does not interfere with the education of students right up until they pass a final budget sometime around the end of June. 

GROUNDBREAKING HELD YESTERDAY

More jobs could be on the horizon for Weis Markets distribution center in the Milton Industrial Park thanks to an expansion which started yesterday with groundbreaking.  Dignitaries were on hand to help turn the dirt as the company began a 100,000 square foot expansion which will increase cold storage capacity, and improve energy efficiency.  The facility supplies the company’s 163 stores in five states and the expansion will allow more room to store n distribute fresh meat, as well as deli and dairy products.  It was not immediately known how many jobs the expansion may create.