COUPLE FACES FIREARMS CHARGES
A Lycoming Township couple have been charged with firearms violations after illegally obtaining a handgun at a Williamsport dealer. Old Lycoming Township Police went to the Dewey Avenue Extension residence of Timothy Kuhns II and Amanda Kuhns yesterday for reports of Kuhn’s possessing a firearm he was not allowed to have due to being on probation. There they found a 9mm handgun which Amanda Kuhns had completed the background check on but lied about purchasing it for her husband. Each have been charged with three counts with Mr. Kuhns jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail and Mrs. Kuhns released after posting $25,000 bail.
TWO ARRESTED FOR ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD
A Williamsport couple faces charges of corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children after being arrested for purchasing and smoking marijuana with a 10 year old child present. Between May of last year and January of this year, 36 year old April Seagraves and 39 year old Michael Fitzwater are accused of purchasing the drug at different spots in Williamsport and Lycoming County on at least four occasions with the ten year old female in the back seat and Ms. Seagraves is accused of smoking the drug in front of the child. Bail was set at $25,000 for both.
CITY COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT
Talk at tonight’s Williamsport City Council meeting will center on a proposed $1.2 million dollar project at BB&T Ballpark at Bowman Field. A new scoreboard is planned as well as other upgrades including for the offices there. The city has said they will match a $600,000 dollar grant , but council members are wondering where the money is coming from. A bidding process for the scoreboard had already been held up once, and a second bidding process has found that the low bidder has filed bankruptcy. It’s hoped that all the upgrades would be ready for the Crosscutters season which begins in June.
Muncy Township supervisors at their meeting yesterday learned that a construction project on an assisted living apartment complex in the Township has been delayed due to winter weather and other factors. It was hoped that tenants could begin to move into the Muncy Green Apartments along Brady Drive but construction there has been delayed. According to the story in this morning’s Williamsport Sun Gazette, a grant, received to help with construction is in danger with a mandate that tenants move in by spring. A three phase plan is now in place. It’s hoped the first tenants can be moved in next month.
WATER LINE REPLACEMENT PLANNED
A busy intersection in the Newberry section of Williamsport will soon be impacted due to a water line replacement. The City Council public works committee found out at their meeting yesterday from the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority that there is a broken water pipe at the intersection of West Fourth and Arch Streets, necessitating a replacement there. Water Authority officials told the committee that an alert will be put out ahead of time giving a heads up to motorists who use that intersection.
WOLF PLAN TO FUND STATE POLICE
Part of the budget talk in Harrisburg this session will center on Governor Wolf’s proposal to impose an annual fee for all state residents to fund the state police. Wolf’s plan would require municipalities with fewer than 2,000 people to pay $8 per person and those with more than 20,000 residents would pay $166 per person. The governor says the fees are needed due to the increased demands for state police protection as municipalities continue to eliminate police forces. The plan is expected to get heavy opposition in the state legislature.
SAFETY PROGRAMS GET UNDERWAY
The State of Pennsylvania is getting ready for motorcycle season. PennDOT reports that now through October they are offering a line of PA Motorcycle Safety program clinics focusing on developing operator proficiency free-of-charge to prospective, experienced and new Pennsylvania riders who have a motorcycle learners permit or motorcycle license. Registration for the training season opens tomorrow. A Facebook live Q&A session will take place today from 1 to 1:30pm on the Live Free Ride Alive Facebook page. For more information or to enroll in a clinic go to www.pamsp.com.
MONTOUR COUNTY PROJECTS MOVE FORWARD
Things are moving forward in Montour County for renovations to both the County Jail and the Courthouse. According to the Daily Item Newspaper, Montour County Commissioners on Tuesday accepted a loan proposal from Mifflinburg Bank and Trust which could be worth up to $2.5 million dollars. County officials have also agreed to sell two buildings on Woodbine Lane in Danville along with some land as they work to consolidate the county’s offices in the courthouse and the former Danville Elementary School.