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VEHICLE RUNS INTO STRUCTURE

A vehicle went into a structure in Duboistown last evening shutting down the street at a popular Christmas Display for a time.  The accident happened in the 6pm hour on Summer Street, better known as Candy Cane Lane. It’s believed that the vehicle lost it’s brakes as it was going up the hill, and started going backwards down the street crashing into the structure in the 200 block. It’s not believed that anyone was injured.  Emergency crews had to close down the street as they worked at the scene.  No word on the extent of damage.

11 DISPLACED FOLLOWING CITY FIRE

A three –alarm fire in the city of Williamsport yesterday left 11 people, including three children homeless. The fire broke out shortly past 1pm in a five unit apartment house in the 1500 block of Memorial Avenue.  A woman and her great grandson had to be rescued by neighbors on the second floor balcony of her apartment while the fire was spreading next door to that neighbor’s house. It took almost an hour to bring that fire under control.  Damage was extensive, though an estimate has not been released. No one was hurt, and the cause of that city fire is under investigation.

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY FIRE DESTROYS A HOUSE

Fire struck yesterday in Northumberland County leaving several people homeless and sending one person to the hospital.  Firefighters were called out around 3pm at the apartment house on South Oak Street in Mt. Carmel Township.  Two persons had to be rescued with one person taken to the hospital. Their condition not released.  The fire caused destroyed the building and caused smoke damage at a neighboring house next door.  A damage estimate has not been released and the cause of that Northumberland County fire is under investigation.

FOUR CHARGED IN SELINSGROVE DRUG BUST

Four persons were arrested in Selinsgrove on Friday after police served a search warrant on a home finding drugs there.  Police were tipped off to the drug activity at the North Market Street home and on Friday arrived with a warrant.  When they went to the door, one of the occupants shut and locked the door.  Police forced entry and four persons inside tried to flee but were all taken into custody.  There they found a large amount of marijuana packaged for sale, as well as methamphetamines.  Dustin Kline and Austin Fetterman of Selinsgrove, Uriah Fausey of Watsontown and Christopher Levan of Florida all face felony drug charges and are jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail each.

JURY BACK IN DELIBERATIONS TODAY

It’s back to the Clinton County Courthouse today for a 6 man, 6 woman jury charged with deciding the fate of Loyd Groves, a man accused in the 1991 cold case murder of Kathy Heckel.  It took about three hours for closing arguments on Friday and the jury was sent out to deliberate around 6pm.  They were excused for the weekend at 9pm but told to report back this morning at 8am.  Groves is charged with 1st and 3rd degree murder in the disappearance of Heckel whose body has never been found.

DUKE STREET REOPENED TO CARS

Duke Street in Northumberland is back open to car traffic for now.  Work has wrapped up for the winter on the Duke Street Reconstruction project there with the road reopened to car traffic until the multi-year reconstruction project starts back up next year.  A truck detour remains in place for trucks over 36 feet in length. Meanwhile work continues on the railroad underpass there and some work continues on front street though parking is now permitted on the right side of the street.  ]

TWO VEHICLES BROKEN INTO

Two trucks were broken into at a Clinton Township, Lycoming County property last month with more than $5,000 worth of items taken. The incident happened around 7am on the 21st of November as someone broke into the two vehicles parked in a lot in the 5600 block of Route 15.  The person or persons took various items including cooper wire, batteries and other items from the trucks. Anyone with information regarding that theft is asked to contact State Police in Montoursville at 570-368-5700.

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