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22 ARRESTED IN LARGE DRUG BUST OPERATION

Operation Save Milton took place last Thursday as some 160 law enforcement personnel spread out across Northumberland and Dauphin counties to arrest 22 persons involved in a drug distribution ring said to have brought in a million dollars worth of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl over the past few years.  A spike in drug overdoses cause the federal investigation in which it was found large amounts of drugs were coming into the Milton area as well as to Dauphin County from Puerto Rico and California.   Indictments were handed down and the operation began early on Thursday morning and wrapped up later in the day.  A large amount of drugs were seized as well and the defendants will be prosecuted in Federal Court.

FIRE DESTROYS A LOYALSOCK TOWNSIHP HOME

Fire destroyed a Loyalsock Township home early yesterday morning, leaving a woman homeless.  The fire broke out in the home occupied by Jean Soars at 1205 Hillsdale Avenue at Poco Farm Estates arouind 3:20am.  She was able to make it out without injury, but when firefighters arrived, they found the blaze quickly spreading through the home.  A second alarm was called in and the fire was not brought under control until around 5:30 in the morning.  A damage estimate has not yet been released, and a state police fire marshal will look into the cause. Firefighters were called back twice for flare-ups at the home.

KING STREET DELAYS

More delays in Northumberland.  UGI crews will be doing core drilling today on King Street between Water Street and the Joseph Priestly Bridge.  The work will take place from 8:30am to 2:30pm and there will be lane restrictions with flag persons controlling traffic there.  Delays are expected and motorists are reminded to be alert and drive with caution through the workzone.

THREE HOSPITALIZED FOLLOWING CRASH

Three were taken to the hospital following a crash in Loyalsock Township on Friday evening.  The crash occurred around 7;30 in the 1500 block of Northway Road Extension in Loyalsock Township as a vehicle driven by 31 year old Andrew Watson of Williamsport went off the road, back on, across the center line and struck a vehicle head on driven by an unidentified 17 year old teen boy.  Watson suffered head injuries. The other driver and his passenger, a 17 year old female were also taken the hospital.  Their conditions not released.  State police say speed and alcohol were  factor.

GREENE COUNTY MAN DIES IN FRIDAY MORNING CRASH

A fatal crash in Lycoming County on Friday morning.  It’s not clear what time the crash happened on Little Pine Road about five miles north of Waterville, as a vehicle was found off the road into a tree there around 6:30am.  Inside, emergency crews found 47 year old Brian Roberts of Carmichaels Pennsylvania in Greene County dead of blunt force trauma.  No one else was involved in that crash and it’s not known what caused the man to go off of the road.

WOMAN TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL FOLLOWING MONTGOMERY FIRE

An unidentified woman had to be rescued out of her burning apartment in Montgomery last evening.  Firefighters were called to the apartment at the Robert Montgomery Homes at 38 Bower Street, finding a mattress burning and a woman inside the apartment. She was taken out and transported to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center for treatment of smoke inhalation.  Firefighters made quick work of the fire, with damage kept to the one apartment.  The cause is under investigation.

LITTER PICK UP ON 220

PennDOT reports that they will have maintenance crews out on a busy section of roadway this week in Lycoming County picking up litter.  The operation will take place along Route 220 between Jersey Shore and Williamsport during the daylight hours. While there will be no traffic impacts, motorists are reminded to be alert and watch for workers along the roadway.

HOME BURGLARIZED

A burglary in Northumberland County has state police in Milton investigating.  Sometime between March 6th and the 13th someone removed $1600 dollars in cash from the Turbot Avenue in Delaware Township of Joseph Terpollilli.  State police say their investigation continues and they are asking anyone with information to giver them a call.

TWO ARRESTED FOR TRYING TO SELL HEROIN

Two Williamsport men were arrested late last month after setting up a buy of heroin with an undercover officer with the County Narcotics Enforcement Unit.  On February 22nd, the officer set up a buy with 23 year old Shyheem Gadson and 26 year old Timothy Kelly. The officer was then forced to drive the two around town as they tried to get him to use the drug in front of them. Gadson resisted arrest and injured an officer. Gadson is jailed in lieu of $200,000 bail and Kelly in lieu of #125,000 bail.

STATE SENATOR YAW TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION

State Senator Gene Yaw from Loyalsock Township is getting set to introduce legislation which will separate the state High School Sports playoffs between public schools and private parochial and charter schools.  Yaw says the legislation would address the competitive imbalance and unfairness which results from the ability of non-boundary schools to enroll students from anywhere in the state as well as from out of state.  A similar proposal is also pending in the State House of Representatives.

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