KNOCK OUT GAME
Williamsport police report that they may be investigating an incidence of the Knock Out game. During a City Council Public Safety Committee meeting yesterday, Police Chief Greg Foresman told the committee that in the past couple of weeks, a man was struck over the back of the head by a person or persons somewhere in the city. It may be an instance of the Knock Out game which has started proliferating across the country in which pedestrians are struck in the head usually from the back in an effort to knock them unconscious. That person was treated, nothing was taken. Police are investigating it as an attempted robbery.
PERSON ARRESTED FOR SUNBURY MURDER
Police in Sunbury believe they have the person responsible for a grisly murder there a few weeks ago. 18 year old Miranda Barbour of Selinsgrove who is reportedly paid to accompany men has been arrested and charged with the stabbing death of Troy LaFerrara whose body was found in a Sunbury alley on November 11th. The young woman reportedly was contacted by LaFerrerra through Craigslist and agreed to meet with the man on November 11th. The two drove to Sunbury where for some reason, she allegedly stabbed the man 20 times and then dumped his body. She was arraigned on charges of criminal assault and other counts and jailed in Northumberland County without bail.
FIRE SPARKED BY WOODSTOVE
It’s believed that sparks from a woodstove caused a fire which pretty much destroyed a Mifflinburg area home early yesterday morning. The fire broke out around 1am at the house along Cedar Run Lane, bringing in firefighters from Mifflinburg, New Berlin, Winfield, Penns Creek, Middleburg and Lewisburg. The fire quickly raced through the home rented by an unidentified couple. They were able to get out okay and are homeless due to the blaze. A damage estimate has not yet been released. No one was injured
GRANT MONEY FOR COUNTY PROJECTS
Grant money is coming from the state to Lycoming County for various projects. It was announced yesterday that the Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved $4 million dollars in grants to various entities within the county. $3 million dollars will go to the Montgomery water and Sewer Authority for a water system improvement project. A $750,000 dollar Penn Works Grant will go to the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority for water system upgrades in Fairfield and Muncy Townships. The county itself will receive $250,000 dollars for a water quality data program for collection of water supply samples from 72 private wells.
POLICE CHIEF FOUND GUILTY
A Union County police chief could face jail time after being found guilty of theft by extortion yesterday in Union County Court. Police Chief Donald “Larry” Zerbe of the Hartleton Force was accused of giving persons caught speeding in the borough the choice of paying their fines or instead making a contribution to the borough playground fund. He was convicted on one of three felony counts yesterday. Zerbe has been suspended from his job. It’s not known if he will lose it. Zerbe professes that he acted within the law.
GAS HEATING PRICES DOWN
Good news for the pocketbook. The State’s Public Utility Commission says that about 2/3rds of Pennsylvanians who heat their homes with natural gas are heading into December paying the lowest prices in a decade for this time of year. 6 out of the 10 largest regulated utilities in the state including UGI which serves much of our area are charging the lowest prices since 2003. The surplus of natural gas due to drilling in the state is being credited with the lower prices.
MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTACKING WOMEN
A Penn Township man was recently arrested after attacking two women and stealing from them on a city street in Williamsport. 29 year old Joshua Copp allegedly punched the two women, one several times in the face around 2:10am on November 23rd at William and West Church Streets in the city, and then took a cellphone and a jacket. He was caught and subdued by two witnesses, taken into custody and charges with robbery, simple assault, theft and receiving stolen property. Both women, as well as Copp and one of the witnesses had to be treated at Williamsport Regional Medical Center for injuries. Copp has since been released after posting $75,000 dollars bail.
OLDER DRIVER SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK
It’s Older Driver Safety Awareness Week in Pennsylvania. PennDOT is reminding older drivers, their families and friends that there are several resources available to help keep drivers of all ages safe. Courses are being offered as a refresher for older drivers and several other tips are available as well by going online to www.JustDrivePA.com. Approximately 19 percent of PA’s 8.9 million licensed drivers are 65 and older. Last year there were more than 18,000 crashes involving a driver 65 and older resulting in 276 fatalities.
DOG LICENSES AVAILABLE
Dog Licenses for 2014 are now available in Lycoming County. All dogs 3 months and older are required to be licensed by January 1str. An annual license is $8.45 or $6.45 if the animal is spayed or neutered. Lifetime licenses are available for dogs that have permanent identification like a microchip or tattoo. Licenses can be obtained through the Lycoming County Treasurers Office at 570-327-2246, picked up at the Lycoming County Courthouse, or residences can go online to www.doglicenseonline.com/states/pa/lycomingcounty.