POLICE NAB SHOPLIFTER

A Danville man was arrested on Wednesday night after shoplifting a large amount of jewelry from the Kmart in Williamsport.  State police say 27 year old Johnny McDaniel III walked into the Kmart on East Third Street on Wednesday evening and grabbed an estimated $6,000 dollars’ worth of jewelry and other items and the fled. He was spotted on Interstate 180 near the Lycoming Mall shortly after 8pm, and pulled over.  At one point he tried getting away from police by rolling down and embankment but was caught and arranged on charges of shoplifting, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest and was jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $40,000 dollars bail.

CHIMNEY FIRE DAMAGES CITY HOME

Firefighters in the city of Williamsport were called out late yesterday morning for a reported chimney fire at a city residence. The fire broke out around 11:45 in a home at 885 Memorial Avenue.  It took only a short time to put the fire out, but the three residents there have been temporarily displaced due to no working heat source there.  Their identities were not release4d.  A damage estimate has not been given and no one was injured in that city fire.

MAN CHARGED WITH STEALING FROM EMPLOYER

A Williamsport man was arraigned earlier this week on 8 counts of theft for allegedly stealing from his employer.  City police have filed the charges against 38 year old Frederick Latcsh who they say stole cash from the register of the Uni-Mart at 1944 West Fourth Street in the city while he worked there between early June and late October of last year.  It’s believed that he took $2,500 dollars from the store.  Following arraignment he was released after posting $12,500 dollars bail.

STAINED GLASS WINDOW DAMAGED, MAN ARRESTED

A 23 year old man is in trouble with the law after trying to steal an item at the James V. Brown Library and then damaging a stained glass window after police arrived.  The incident happened around 4:30 on Wednesday afternoon when the man tried getting away with a Kindle that a child asked him to hold on to in the children’s wing at the library. The child’s grandmother chased him down and got it back, but when police arrived, the man struggled with officers, falling into the stained glass window there causing about $4,000 dollars in damage.  No word on what charges the man faces.

THEFT FROM AREA CAMP

State police in Milton say they are investigating a theft which occurred between October of last year and April of this year at the Central Oak Heights Rental Cabins/Cottage Community along Heritage Road just off of Route 15 in Union County.  Police say that someone took copper plumbing from several cabins and a cottage at the site getting away with in excess of $2,500 dollars’ worth.  An investigation is underway and anyone with information is asked to contact state police in Milton at 570-524-2662.

TEEN STRUCK BY HIT AND RUN VEHICLE

Police in Sunbury are looking for a hit and run driver who struck a teen who was riding his bike there on Wednesday evening.  The 17 year old was riding his bike at Packer and North Third Streets when he was struck by a vehicle described as a 2003 or 2004 sliver Ford Focus hatchback which was last seen in the 700 block of North Third Street heading towards Regan Street.  The boy, Brandon Reigle escaped with bruised ribs, and shoulder pain.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Sunbury city police.

VEHICLE STRIKES HORSE DRAWN WAGON

A Mt. Pleasant mills man was flown to Geisinger medical Center for injuries suffered when his vehicle struck a horse drawn manure wagon in Snyder County yesterday afternoon.  The accident happened on Aqueduct Road ne Port Trevorton as 50 year old Daniel Kantz crested a hill, and struck the stopped wagon being pulled by two horses, and operated by Clarence Martin of Selinsgrove.  Both horses were seriously injured and had to be euthanized at the scene.  Kantz condition has not been release, and Martin was not injured.  Both operators will be cited.

RIVERWALK ACCESS SHUT DOWN DURING WORK THERE

If you are looking at utilizing the riverwalk in the city of Williamsport for a holiday weekend stroll, you may have to find a different place to park. Work has begun on a permanent parking lot at the Hepburn Street River Walk Access area.  Workers will pave the lot and put in 91 parking spaces and install a safety fence as well as a new railroad crossing there.  Access to the river walk at that point will be thud down while construction takes place. 

PUBLIC ALLOWED TO WEIGH IN ONLINE

Want the state to know what you think as far as transportation priorities within the commonwealth?  You are invited to make your feelings known online until May 30th at www.PAOnTrack.com.  A survey will ask the public to identify top transportation priorities from freight connections to bike and pedestrian facilities.  Participants will then be asked to rate the appeal of how various investment scenarios such as preservation and technology enhancements affect those top priorities.  You also will be abl3e to identify project needs that address traffic congestion, bridges, transit and more.