HOME INVASION ROBBERY

Two persons were robbed at gunpoint in a Williamsport apartment last night.  Around 8:30pm two men reportedly forced their way into an apartment in the 800 block of West Fourth Street, at least one of them apparently brandishing a gun.  It’s believed one of the occupants was punched in the face with the other forced to the floor. The two got away with various unidentified items from the apartment.  No other information is available and Williamsport police continue their investigation into that city home invasion.

ARMED ROBBERY IN LINDEN

A convenience store in Woodward Township, Lycoming County was robbed early yesterday morning.  State police in Montoursville say a man between 5 ft. 5 and 5 ft. 6 inches tall, weighing around 150lbs walked into the Sheetz Store along Route 220 in Linden around 1:340 yesterday morning and demanded money from the clerk.  He got away on foot and thought police are calling it an armed robbery, they are not saying what kind of weapon the man had or whether or not he was wearing any type of mask. No one was injured and anyone with information is asked to contact state police in Montoursville at 570-368-5700.

SENIOR EXPO AND CRIME PREVENTION SEMINAR

Lycoming County Seniors can attend a Senior Expo and Crime Prevention Seminar today from 9am to 1pm at the Messiah Senior Center, 324 s. Howard Street in South Williamsport. The expo is sponsored by State Representative Rick Mirabito and will include representatives from state, county and local agencies as well as other vendors. It will also include a presentation on crime prevention at 11am from a senior special agent from the Attorney General’s office. 

INVESTIGATION CONINUES

Fire investigators in the city of Williamsport are still trying to determine exactly what caused a fire which did about $70,000 dollars in damage to a Newberry home. The fire at the 609 Howard Street home of Brenda McAllister broke out around 4:30 on Tuesday afternoon on the front porch and made its way up the front of the house and inside the living room area.  Firefighters had the bulk of it knocked down within 15 minutes.  Investigators believe the fire started in a trash can on the front porch.  The three occupants of the home are receiving emergency assistance from the American Red Cross.\

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF STORE ROBBERY

Guilty of robbery, conspiracy, theft, receiving stolen property, simple assault and recklessly endangering.  That was the verdict handed down by a Lycoming County judge yesterday following the trial of a man accused of robbing a convenience store in South Williamsport in October of 2009.  24 year old Benjamin Villanueva was found guilty of all charges for the robbery at the APlus Sunoco on East Mountain Avenue in South Williamsport. He and another man donned masks and robbed the place.  Sentencing will be at a later date.  Villanueva is already serving state prison time for other incidents.  His co-defendant will be tried at a later date.

REWARD OFFERED BY FAMILY

It’s been reported that the family of slain teen TyFeak Gordon has offered a $50,000 dollars for information and prosecution of the person or persons who gunned the 16 year old down.  Gordon was found lying along Dove Court in the Newberry section of the city around 12:30 on Tuesday morning.  Williamsport police continue to follow up leads as their investigation continues. A motive for the shooting has not been released.  An autopsy was performed on the teen yesterday. No results have been released.

LYCOMING COUNTY MAN CLEARED

A Montgomery man was cleared of seven separate charges following a Northumberland County trial this week.  23 year old James Ryder was accused of breaking into the Northumberland home on New Year’s morning of his ex-girlfriend and attempting to assault one of the occupants with a knife.  Ryder’s defense claimed that he was set up by his ex-girlfriend and the tenant Daniel Bilby who lured him there, handcuffed him and then assaulted him causing a blown out eye socket, fractured cheekbone and other injuries.  Thanks to the introduction of some 70 text messages between Ryder and the ex-girlfriend that day, the man was cleared of all charges.

COUNCIL TO DISCUSS LEASE AGREEMENTS

During their meeting tonight, Williamsport City Council will discuss a 29 year agreement to lease out the 2nd floor of the soon to be constructed Trade and Transit Centre II in the city’s downtown.  The Uptown Music Collective and the city are working on an agreement in which the music school will pay the city about $25,000 dollars per year for the duration of the lease and take over the whole second floor of the proposed development.  IN addition tonight, council will also discuss another year extension for the Williamsport Crosscutters to use Bowman Field for their 2015 season.  The agreement has the same terms as the previous agreement.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS DUE

With the general election on the way, officials with the Lycoming County voter registration office have announced that the deadline to get an absentee ballot into the county is Tuesday October 28th by 5pm.  Applications for the ballots and be printed from the officer of voter services website at www.lyco.org or they can be picked up in person at the office of voter services in the Executive Plaza in Williamsport, or you can contact voter services at 570-327-2267 to request one to be mailed to your address.