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A crash in Clinton County yesterday resulted in the death of a Sunbury woman.  That crash occurred in the eastbound lanes of I-80 in Porter Township shortly before 11am when 49 year old Melanie Haloub lost control of her vehicle which rolled, went airborne and then came to rest at the bottom the median.  She was flown onto Geisinger Medical Center and pronounced dead from her injuries around 5:15 yesterday afternoon.  No one else was involved in that Clinton County crash.

The Lycoming County Board of elections has set dates pertaining the the circulation of petitions and casting of lots for the May 21st primary this year.  Candidates for public office can obtain the petitions at the Office of Voter Services starting on Monday February 11th. The firs tday to circulate petitions is Tuesday February 19th.  The last day is Tuesday March 12th and everything must be filed in the office by 5pm of that day.  The casting of lots will occur on Wednesday March 20th.  For more information go online to


Five persons were jailed on Thursday following an incident in Muncy.  Police there say Johnathon Taylor, Joseph Bower, Schuyler Sites, Justin Kowalchin and Sabrina Hively held Carla Ferrieria against her will in a West Water Street Apartment for more than an hour with weapons present trying to convince her to break off a relationship with one man to stay in one with Taylor.  She eventually got away.  The five face five counts each and were jailed in lieu of $35,000 bail.


The Williamsport Sun Gazette reports that the Jersey Shore Area School District is currently advertising hearings for next month which will center on the closing of either or both the Salladsburg and Avis Elementary Schools. The District tried to the schools last year to save money, but that was shot down.  The hearings would just be the first step, and if the district decided to close the schools, they would have to wait until the 2020-2021 school year due to the time frame needed to get everything done.


84th district State Representative Garth Everett announced yesterday that he has been assigned to serve on two committee in Harrisburg for the current legislative session.  Everett, from Muncy will chair the State Government Committee, saying he is committed to doing all he can to make state government as transparent and efficient as possible.  He also will continue to serve on the Game and Fisheries Committee saying he is proud to be a consistent advocate for the many conservationists, fishing and boating enthusiasts, and land owners in his district.


A Philadelphia man who tried to hide 1.3 grams of cocaine under his tongue while being taken into custody for possessing drug paraphernalia was jailed on more serious charges.  City police arrested 40 year old Damien Washington last Wednesday at Cherry Street and Park Avenue.  He was found concealing the drugs and has been charged with possession with intent to deliver and tampering with evidence and was jailed in lieu of $175,000 bail.


One of two defendants in a child abuse case in Bradford County has entered a guilty plea.  23 year old Jakayo Frye pleaded gujilty last week to unlawful restraint, endangering the welfare of children. And recklessly endangering another person.  Frye and Shayann Hills were watching a 7 and 9 year old in Rome Pennsylvania last year and allegedly beat the children, tied them up and wouldn’t let them eat sleep or use the bathroom over a period of six days.  Frye will be sentenced in March. Hills awaits trial.


Water problems in Northern Lycoming County.  Residents in the village of Ralston are finding low water pressure following the malfunction of a water pump owned by the Ralston Area Joint Authority causing them to boil their water for usage.  The pump was fixed, but it’s also believed that there is a water main break which has not yet been found.  A water tank was dropped off at the fire hall by the Lycoming County Emergency Management Agency.  It’s not known when the water will be back on to the 113 customers affected there.