MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUG DEALING

A drug bust in the city of Williamsport earlier this month has resulted in a man being jailed in Lycoming County Prison.  Several weeks ago, city officers received a tip that 30 year old Jerry Jennings, also known as J-Rock was trafficking drugs in the 600 block of Ames Place.  While on patrol on September 9th, officers noticed a woman sitting outside in a vehicle where suspected trafficking had occurred and went to the resident finding Jennings inside.  Following a patdown of the man, offices found a wad of cash.  A subsequent search turned up more than 87 grams of crack cocaine, packaging materials and more than $2700 dollars in cash. Jennings is charged with possession with intent to deliver and related counts.

TWO INJURED IN CLINTON TOWNSHIP CRASH

Two persons were transported to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center following a crash early on Tuesday morning in Clinton Township.  State police say a vehicle driven by 55 year old Ralph Williams of Williamsport was travelling on Route 15 north of Allenwood Camp Lane around 3am on Tuesday when the vehicle went across the other lane of travel, up an embankment and struck a utility pole.  Williams and a passenger, 70 year old Mary Gallashaw of Williamsport were both taken to the hospital.  Their conditions were not released following that crash.

7 INJURED IN BUILDING COLLAPSE

A building collapse in Berwick in Columbia County yesterday afternoon sent seven persons to the hospital for treatment.  The collapse happened in the building on Second Street around 3pm as the roof caved in causing pars of the building to collapse onto the sidewalk and on the street.  There was no one inside, but there were people on the sidewalk and others sitting in their vehicles outside who were injured, none of them believed to be too serious.   Investigators will look into what caused that building to collapse.  A vape shop at the corner of the building has been closed since the weekend with water damage.

PARK AVENUE REVITALIZATION

Residents in the area of Park Avenue, and the UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center are invited to give their input on the Park Avenue Neighborhood Revitalization Plan.  The event will take place at the corner of High and Walnut Streets, and city officials say they will set up stations for participants to voice their priorities for the project including any business development, rehabilitation of homes, as well as recreation and other opportunities that could be brought into or enhance the area.  The event will begin at 5pm and it’s hoped that all residents in the area will  turn out to give their input.

TEEN TO FACE CHARGES IN JUVENILE COURT

State police in Montoursville have confirmed that it was a 14 year old boy who is being charged with making threats at the Loyalsock Township High School. The boy who is not named made verbal threats and then continued to make those threats against the school on line.  He has been taken into custody without incident, charged with making terroristic threats and harassment and will be petitioned into juvenile court to face the charges.  He was expelled from school last week. 

MOSQUITO SPRAYING TONIGHT

More Mosquito spraying will take place in Lycoming County today. The DEP’s West Nile Program and Lycoming County Mosquito-borne Disease Program will conduct a mosquito control operation to reduce high populations of mosquitoes tonight. The spraying will be done with Truck-mounted Ultra Low Volume Spray which is safe for humans and pets and area being sprayed will include recreational and residential areas of Loyalsock Township and the city of Williamsport.  The work will begin late in the evening in listed areas that have been experiencing high populations of nuisance mosquitoes and those capable of transmitting West Nile Virus.

PRISON NOT UP AND RUNNING YET

Though they expected it to be up and running by now, officials in Northumberland County are still awaiting the opening of the newly built county prison facility in Coal Township.  A security issue and other last minute preparations are being blamed for the delay in transferring some 200 county prisoners to the facility who are spread out across the state with nearly 160 of them housed in a special wing at the State Correctional Institution in Coal Township.  Officials say they hope the transfer of prisoners to the facility can happen soon.

ELIZABETH SMART SPEAKS IN OUR AREA

A packed capacity crowd turned out at Lock Haven University last night to hear from Elizabeth Smart.  The 30 year old Smart who is touting her book, where there is hope and healing spoke to the crowd about her 9 month ordeal in 2002 when she was abducted from her Salt Lake City Home at the age of 14 by a man and his wife and held captive for those 9 months.  Smart’s message was to not give up on hope no matter the circumstances.  She actually spoke on the day that one of her captors was released from jail.