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Three are dead following a Central PA Shooting incident overnight.  The shootings happened in State College The incident started at the bar at P.J. Harrington’s Bar at the Ramada Inn Hotel in State College, when the as yet unidentified gunman walked in and shot three people, killing a woman and causing severe injuries to a female and male.  The man then drove away in his car crashing it and entering a home on Tussey Drive, shooting and killing the male resident there.  He then turned the gun on himself.  An investigation is underway.


Yesterday’s rain flooded some roadways in our area causing closings.  Route 220 between Wolf Township in Lycoming County and Davidson Township in Sullivan County was shut down for a few hours yesterday.  In Northumberland County, Route 61 remains closed at the Hamilton Underpass.  Route 35 between Housels Run Road and Route 405 in West Chillisquaque Township is closed and Shakespeare Road between Route 45 and Hobbes Road in East Chillisquaque Township is also closed. It’s hoped the roads will be reopened this morning.


With candidates beginning to announce their intentions to run in the May 21st primary election in order to gain nomination for many county and local offices, Voters in the U.S. 12th congressional district which includes most of our area will have an extra incentive to go.  Governor Wolf yesterday announced that the special election to replace Congressman Tom Marino whose resignation was effective on Wednesday will take place to coincide with the May 21st primary election.  It will be up to the Democratic and Republican committees to choose the candidates.


Despite some questions over whether or not it’s feasible to provide participants in drug treatment court as well as an upcoming veterans court program with bicycles for transportation, Lycoming County Commissioners yesterday voted yes on two grant applications totaling about $30,000 dollars to help run those two courts.  Some of the money will go towards the bikes as well as bus passes which will provide the transportation to and from the programs as well as for other necessities.  It was explained to commissioners that that was the way the grants were set up.


A step in what could be the eventual legalization of marijuana in the state of Pennsylvania has been taken by the Wolf Administration.  It was announced yesterday that Lt. Governor John Fetterman will holde a series of town hall-style sessions which will be for the purpose of discussing the subject.  The Lt. Governor will hold listening sessions in each of PA’s 67 counties over the next several months and otherwide accept comments submitting online or through other means.


A man arrested in Berwick is believed to be the person who robbed a bank there last week.  Dennis Maisey faces charges of robbery, theft, terroristic threats and other related counts and is jailed in Columbia County Prison.  He is accused of robbing a KB Dollar Store in Berwick last month and last week is suspected of walking into the Fulton Bank along South Poplar Street, saying he had a bomb and then getting away with an unreported amount of cash.


Landowners in the Northern Tier who have been fighting to get what they say they have been promised for leasing their land to natural gas companies got a little piece of mind last night as they vented to State Attorney General Josh Shapiro during a listening session in Towanda.  Shapiro asked the landowners for their patience and says he is hopeful they will get their money back from the companies involved.  The major problem is deductions that the companies took out of their checks.  Legislators are fighting to make sure that money is returned.


An assistant district attorney in Lycoming County now wants to head up that department.  Nicole Ippolito has announced that she will run for the District Attorney’s post in the county in the upcoming May primary.  Ippolito has worked as an assistant district attorney since 2013 and before that was in the courts in both Lycoming County and in New Jersey in various capacities.  She points to her record as being tough on crime especially to drug dealers.