MAN BURNED WHEN GRILL EXPLODES

A man was taken to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center last night following an outdoor grill explosion at a Woodward Township residence.  The incident happened around 8pm, as the unidentified man, believed to be in his 40’s was lighting the grill at 55 Jane Street.  Volunteer firefighters and paramedics were dispatched to the residence and the man was treated and transported to the hospital His condition has not been released and no other details were available.

DRUG RAID RESULTS IN ARREST IN CITY

A man was arrested yesterday after a drug raid by the city police special response team in the city of Williamsport.  Yesterday morning, members of the SRT and the Lycoming County Narcotics Enforcement team went to a residence at 605 Cherry Street and were able to secure the residence, while detaining Orlando Wilford who was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin as well as related counts.  He was arraigned and jailed in Lycoming County Prison. It was not released as to how muchof the drug was found inside the residence. 

FIRE DESTROYS HOUSE NEAR MIFFLINBURG

A Mifflinburg Area home, still under renovation went up in flames yesterday morning. Firefighters from four Union County companies were called out around 11am to the 1020 Reber Road home owned by Herschel and Sabine Rohlfs.  It took about 15 minutes to bring the fire under control. The Rohlfs were not living in the home at the time, as it was under renovation for them to move in later this year.  No one was hurt and a damage estimate has not been released. The cause of that Union County fire has not yet been determined and a state police fire marshal is expected to be on the scene today to try and determine the cause. 

COMMISSONERS SAY SAVINGS CONTINUE

As jobs continue to shift in Lycoming County Government, Commissioners yesterday reported that they are seeing savings in their payroll.  Commissioners say that jobs have been added to the payroll, but three of those jobs are temporary and two took the place of a full-time position. They say the part time jobs are saving the county on payroll as well as health care costs and pension costs.  Commissioners believe the changes to the county payroll have saved the county about $700,000 dollars so far this year.  Also yesterday, Commissioners reported that the County Adult Probation Office will apply for a $1.17 million dollar grant from the state board of probation and patrole to help fund staff salaries. Officials don’t believe the county will receive the whole amount.

ASSAULT ON CITY BUS

An attack on a city bus this week landed a person in jail.  Williamsport City police say that 25 year old Kelly Amberlavage of Lycoming Creek Road allegedly attacked Donna Wilson on a a River Valley Transit Bus in the 400 block of Penn Street on Tuesday afternoon causing injuries Amberlavage was charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief and was jailed in Lycoming County Prison.

MAN CHARGED WITH JERSEY SHORE AREA ASSAULT

A Williamsport man is free on bail after an assault last week in the Jersey Shore Area.  Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police say 34 year old Kenny Vogel II allegedly assaulted Josh Stiffler at a residence on Losch Lane in Piatt Township last Saturday causing bleeding in the man’s eyes.  Vogel has been charged with simple assault, stalking and loitering and was originally jailed,, then released after posting $50,000 bail.  No word on Stiffler’s condition.

TRAFFIC SIGNAL UPGRADES

More than $31 million dollars will be coming from the state for 70 municipalities to support traffic signal upgrades increasing safety and mobility.  Amongst the grants is $643,542 dollars for complete modernization of two traffic signals along East Third Street including crosswalk improvement.  East Buffalo Township in Union County will receive $372,179 dollars to modernize and improve safety improvements at two intersections along Route 15. 

TUITION INCREASE, SMALLER THIS YEAR

Students at the 14 state owned universities will see a tuition increase for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year, but according to State System of Higher Education Officials, it will be the second smallest increase in more than a decade.  The Board of Governors yesterday vote for a $112 dollar a semester increase which is less than 3 percent.  The smaller tuition increase is attributed to a fourth consecutive year of increased state funding as well as healthcare and energy costs savings.  Area schools in the system are Lock Haven, Mansfield and Bloomsburg Universities. 

STREET WORK IN MONTOURSVILLE

Work is set to begin on two streets in Montoursville beginning on Monday of next week.  A mill and resurfacing project on South Arch Street from Broad Street to Jordan Avenue and on Jordan Avenue from South Arch Street east to the PennDOT District Office and back to Broad Street.  Curb, sidewalk and drainage work will be performed during the daylight hours with minimal impact to traffic.  Paving will be performed over a weekend with single lane closures under daylight flagging. Motorists are reminded to be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.