CAUSE OF GARAGE FIRE UNDETERMINED
A state police fire marshal was on the scene of an Armstrong Township fire which destroyed a two car garage attached to a home early yesterday morning. The fire broke out around 12:30am at the garage at the home of two unidentified women and a school age child at 633 Route 15. Firefighters from several companies took some time to douse the flames, but they were able to keep the fire from spreading to the attached home, though there was a lot of smoke damage to the home displacing the residents. A damage estimate has not been released and the fire marshal says that due to the extensive damage to the garage that he was unable to determine a cause. Firefighters finally left the scene around 5 hours after the fire was reported.
PORCH FIRE KNOCKED DOWN QUICKLY
Firefighters in the city of Williamsport were called out last evening for reports of a fire on a porch in the 1400 block of Market Street. The fire broke out just before 9pm and it only took firefighters about 10 minutes to have the fire knocked down. The fire did not spread into the home and a mother and son who live in the house are able to stay there. No one was injured, and it’s not believed that the fire is suspicious though the cause remains under investigation. Some volunteer firefighters form other companies were called to man police fire headquarters to stand by for any other emergencies
NO HOMICIDE CHARGES WILL BE FILED
The Lycoming County DA’s office has ruled that a Williamsport woman was justified when she shot her boyfriend as the two were fighting inside a moving car on Warrensville Road back in December of last year. 39 year old Sherry Scrantino pulled a gun and shot Ty Kimble as he was assaulting the woman inside a moving car after the two had been out drinking that evening. The DA’s office says that homicide charges will not be filed agreeing with Scarantino that she shot the man in self-defense that night. She will face a charge of carrying a gun without a license.
LASER LIGHT TARGETS MILITARY HELICOPTER
State police in Columbia County say they are investigating an allegation by the U.S. Military that someone shined a laser light on the crew of a Chinook Helicopter there last night. The incident happened around 6:30 as the U.S. Army flight crew was flying in the vicinity of Service Lane in Hemlock Township. They told police that someone illuminated and tracked the CH47 Helicopter with a green laser. Charges of Recklessly Endangering another person could be filed. State police say they continue their investigation.
EVERETT CALLING FOR INVESTIGATION
Saying that State Attorney General Kathleen Kane can’t do her job and is not doing the things an attorney general should do, due to the loss of her law license, Lycoming County State Representative Garth Everett has called on his colleagues to begin Judiciary Committee investigation which could lead to impeachment of the embattled Attorney General. Kane faces several charges that she leaked secret grand jury material to a newspaper and has had her law license suspended. A state senate report is due today which is exploring different potential means of removing Kane from office.
LYCOMING COUNTY LEADS IN BEAR KILL
It’s bear season and so far, Lycoming County is back on top in the number of bears harvested. Reporting after two days of the three day season which took place Saturday, Monday and yesterday, the Game Commission reports that Lycoming County lead so far in the number of bears killed with a total of 208. Clinton County was second with 190 and Tioga County totaled 103. Statewide after two days, 2,224 bears had been harvested with two hunters tied for the largest at 713 pounds, one of them taken in Blair County the other in Mifflin County.
NO TAX HIKE IN LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP
With a budget proposal that could end Loyalsock Township up in the black at the end of 2016, Township supervisors have approved and put on display a $3.5 million dollar budget which would not contain a tax increase. The budget will be on public display at the Township building for 20 days. Officials in the Township say that there has been reduced spending on health insurance due to a new provider and on paving in the township because of lower oil prices. Revenue is expected to be $200,000 dollars higher than expenditures.
A woman was threatened and robbed early yesterday morning in McEwensville. The incident happened at a home around 12:20am yesterday when a known 45 year old male from McEwensville brandished a razor blade and threatened to slit a 41 year old female from Milton’s throat if she did not allow him access to her oxycodone medication. The then fled the scene. The investigation continues.
TWO CHARGED WITH ILLEGALLY KILLING DEER
Charges have been filed against two young men from Danville who are accused of illegally killing 7 deer in less than a month’s time. It’s believed that 20 year old Isaac Troutman and 18 year old Kevin Smeltzer shot the deer with most of them found behind a home along Boyd Station Road in Danville on November 16th. The butchered the deer for meat. The two face a number of charges. Replacement costs for the deer are estimated at $4,000.