MAN DEAD IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY CRASH

A Shamokin man was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash on Route 54 near Elysburg in Ralpho Township, Northumberland County yesterday.  Police say 32 year old Joseph Payne tried to pass another vehicle while travelling westbound on 54 at Sleepy Hollow Road around 8:20 yesterday morning when his vehicle went out of control crossing the center line and striking an SUV driven by 38 year old Daniel Kelly of Pottsville head on.  Payne was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force trauma injuries.  Kelly was taken to Geisinger Medical Center, treated and released.  The roadway was closed for about two hours following that crash.

I-80 SHUT DOWN FOR HOURS FOLLOWING FATAL CRASH

A crash involving multiple vehicles closed down a lane of I-80 eastbound in Union County more than 10 hours yesterday.  The crash occurred at Mile Marker 206.  It’s two tractor trailers collided and overturned. And at least one person was reported trapped.  Reports are that one person died in that crash thought a police report has not been released as of yet.  The crash was near a construction zone on Interstate 80 and the lane closure combined with the construction zone lane closure caused severe traffic slowdowns there throughout the day.  The road was finally reopened around 10pm last night.  Crews will be back on the scene for more clean up today.

COMMISSIONER LOOKS TO SUSPEND USE OF HOTEL TAX

Following comment by several residents pertaining to hotel tax money in Lycoming County and its use by the Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, Commissioner Rick Mirabito presented three motions yesterday which would suspend the use of that money pending an investigation into its use.  The motions did not receive seconds from either of the other two commissioners who say they would want to hear from the chamber first about the allegations against it.  Mirabito has repeatedly questioned the use of the hotel tax and says he will present those motions again at tomorrow’s meeting. 

EAST LYCOMING BUDGET PASSED

The East Lycoming School District Board last night said yes to a 2017-2018 budget of close to $28.5 million dollars. The budget which does not refle4ct any changes since it was made public last month will contain a .44 mills tax increase meaning an extra $4 dollars for owners of properties worth $100,000 dollars.  District officials say they may be able to reopen the budget depending on what kind of money will come from the state when a state budget is passed.  It’s hoped that budget will be passed by the deadline at the end of the week.

GAMBLING EXPANSION HOLDES UP BUDGET

Revenues continue to be the sticking point as state budget talks continue in Harrisburg.  The state faces a large deficit and a plan to expand gambling has already passed in the state house, but is still running into opposition from the state’s casinos.  The sticking point is a measure to allow machine style video gambling terminals in bars, truck stops and other liquor license holders across the state which officials say could raise hundreds of millions of dollars for the state.  There are four days left in the fiscal year with a budget deadline of Friday night.  Negotiations continue.

DANVILLE MAN CHARGED

A Danville man is behind bars, charged with the rape of a young girl as well as other counts of abuse which occurred over a six month period.  WNEP TV-16 reports the investigation began last Friday when a flip-phone was found at a Montour County business which had images of young girl, nude and more images of the girl with 74 year old Richard McGee, the owner of the phone.  A subsequent investigation turned up allegations that McGee raped the girl at least 20 times over a 6 month period at his home at a senior apartment complex in Danville.  He is in Montour County jail on charges of rape, child pornography and other counts.  Investigators believe there could be more victims.

WELLSBORO AREA MAN MISSING

State police are looking for a Wellsboro Area man who went missing yesterday.  65 year old Charles Holzwarth was las seen at his residence at 1 Goldfinch Lane in Charleston Township around 12:30 yesterday morning by his wife prior to her leaving the residence.  Police say the man had breathing difficulty and has been entered as a missing person due to his disability. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police in Mansfield at 570-662-2151. 

HEARING HELD ON WHEELAND BILL

The State House Finance Committee held an information hearing yesterday on legislation sponsored by Lycoming County Representative Jeff Wheeland which would repeal the 40% wholesale tax on electronic cigarettes and vapor products and replace it with a 5 cent per milliliter tax instead.  Wheeland said he was grateful for the hearing and hopes his legislation can move forward in order to save businesses and jobs in the budding vape industry in the state of Pennsylvania.

ANTERLESS LICENCES TO BE READY SOON 

Never too early to think about the upcoming hunting season.  Northcentral PA.com reports that the Lycoming County Treasurer’s Office has annocued that Antlerless Deer License sales will begin on Monday July 10h for PA residents.  Applications for the licenses must be mailed directly to the county treasures’ office, not the PA Game Commission. Any applications received before the 109th of July will be rejected. Hunters who wish to apply for the antlerless licenses will need to have a current hunting license for the 2017-2018 hunting season and the cost is $6.90 for residents and $26.90 for non-residents.