OFFICER FILED GRIEVANCE

A city police officer who is on the suspended list and following an investigation was moved to the suspended without pay list has filed a grievance with the city.  Johnathon Deprenda is accused of the homicide by vehicle death of 42 year old James Robinson of Williamsport in January as he was driving at speeds of up to 100 mph on East Third Street to assist another officer this past January.  Deprenda had been suspended with pay pending an internal investigation.   Up until last week when his status changed, he was paid close to $38,000 dollars.  The city has now recommended that Deprenda be fired. 

WOMAN INJURED IN CRASH

An unidentified woman was taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center for treatment following a crash in Loyalsock Township yesterday afternoon.  The crash occurred around 4:20pm at Washington Boulevard and River Avenue as the car she was riding in and a pick-up truck collided at the intersection.  It took a period of time to extricate the woman and she was transferred to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Her condition has not been released. The drivers of the two vehicles were not identified and it’s not believed that they were injured.  State police were investigating that crash.

ANOTHER MEETING SCHEDULED

Questions are expected to continue at a public meeting scheduled for Tuesday October 7th as residents of Upper Fairfield Township get their say and get to have questions answered concerning a proposed Natural gas fueling terminal.  Compass Natural Gas Partners LLC wants to build the facility in the township and has applied for a zoning application.  Residents in the area of Route 87 turned out on Tuesday night at a meeting to ask questions, many of them concerning safety, location and traffic.  The company wants to build on a 6.4 acre site which they say will feature a fence, a security date, thermal imaging and will be staffed 24 hours a day. 

GAS COMPANY IN TIOGA COUNTY CHARGED

A gas company in Tioga County has been charged by the state attorney general’s office with polluting and disturbing waterways.  Phoenix Resources is accused of allowing drilling flowback fluid to enter three waterways from a gas well site in Duncan Township, Tioga County.  The violations happened between May of 2012 and April of 2014 and the investigation has been ongoing.  Investigators say they have observed multiple species of stressed and or dead vegetation.  A preliminary hearing will be held on October 21st.

NEW BOSS FOR MUNCY SCHOOL DISTRICT

The Muncy School district has decided on a new superintendent.  Current Superintendent Dr. Portia Brandt announced her retirement earlier this year effective on December 31st.  Last night the board named Craig Skaluba as the district’s new leader.  His official start date has yet to be determined.  Skaluba was most recently the superintendent in the Sullivan County School District and has served at various capacities within that district for 17 years.

A HUNTING AND TRAPPING BAN

Hunting and trapping banned in seven townships in Monroe and Pike Counties until accused cop killer Eric Frien is found.  Pipe bombs and other weapons have been found in the search area, and state game officials say the ban is for the hunter’s safety.  Hunters will be fined if found in those wooded areas during the ban.  Meanwhile, two state police officers were injured and flown to a hospital after falling from tree stand during search for Frien.  That occurred yesterday.  Little other information has been released. The two are expected to be okay. 

TWO TAKE MONEY FROM WAL-MART

State police in Milton are investigating a theft from the Wal-Mart near Lewisburg which occurred over the weekend.  On Saturday evening a pair of black males in their 60’s opened up a register with a key they had reportedly brought with them and then proceeded to take $1,960 dollars in cash from that register.  They then left the store and proceeded to drive away in a 2012 Gray Cadillac DTS Sedan.  Anyone with information into the incident is asked to contact state police in Milton at 570-524-2662.

LEWISBURG MAN SERIOUSLY BURNED

A Lewisburg man was reported in critical condition at the Lehigh Valley Burn Center in Allentown stemming from an incident which occurred at his home on Saturday night.  Tom Tyson apparently fell into a burning 3 foot by 3 foot fire pit at his Cherry Street home around 10:30 on Saturday night.  He was pulled out of the pit by 17 year old Jay Warner of Lewisburg and 17 year old Steven Hollenbach III of Mifflinburg who were passing by at the time. The two were able to pull Tyson from the pit and get the fire out.  He was flown onto the hospital.  The two teens were not hurt in the incident.

RAMP CLOSING TODAY

Traffic which normally uses the Interstate 180 exit ramp at Turbotville will be detoured for several hours this afternoon.  A contractor will be paving the eastbound lane of the interstate facilitating the ramp closing.  A detour will be in effect this afternoon using the Susquehanna Trail form the exit at McEwensville, exit 1 to Route 54.  It’s not known exactly how long the ramp will be shut down or exactly what time that detour will start.  Motorists are asked to drive accordingly and adjust their travel times.