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Day three of a Lycoming County murder trial centered around a police interrogation of the suspect Jordan Rawls who is standing trial in the shooting deaths of Kristine Kibler and her son Shane Wright at their Poplar Street home in October of 2016.  The video which was played for the jury showed police asking Rawls about his whereabouts before, during and after the shootings, and showing him video and images of him being with the two men who have already been implicated in the murders.  The prosecution will continue their case today in Lycoming County Court.


A home near Montandon was damaged by fire, fanned by the wind yesterday.  Firefighters from several companies Northumberland and Union Counties were called out just before 5:30 to the home along Ridgeview Colony Road to find flames inside the two story house.  It took about 35 minutes to bring that fire under control, but not before it damaged the back and second floor of the house.  No one was injured, and the homeowner was not named.    It’s believed the fire originated from a debris fire which got out of hand in the windy conditions there yesterday.


A family of five was displaced following a Loyalsock Township fire yesterday. Firefighters were called out around 8:15pm to a fire in the attic at a double home at 802-804 Faxon Parkway in the township.  When they arrived, they found flames and smoke coming from the attic on the 804 side and were able to make quick work of the fire with minimal damage.  No one was hurt and the family is expected to be back in the home by the weekend.  The  cause of that fire was not released.


Fire broke out on the back porch of a High Street home in the city of Williamsport yesterday.  The fire which started in the grass at rear of the 1207 High Street home quickly spread to the porch bringing in firefighters form the city. They were able to quicly extinguish that fire before it spread to the house after two contractors working next door quickly ran over before they arrived and poured two five gallon buckets of water on as they attempted to keep it from spreading.  It’s believed that the careless discarding of smoking materials started that city fire.


A Williamsport man was jailed on Tuesday night following two separate incidents.  The first early Tuesday morning, when Timothy Jacobs crashed a vehicle on the 6000 block of Route 15 in Clinton Townshipo early on Tuesday morning after assaulting his girlfriend.   He then fled.  He was later seen in a vehicle in Eldred Township by police around 3pm but took off from them.  He faces charges from the two separate incidents including DUI, assault, terroristic threats, fleeing and eluding, and other counts and is jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail.


During their meeting last night the Williamsport Area School Board approved a resolution which will help the district move ahead with securing financing not to exceed 9 million, 995,000 dollars which will allow the district to fund capital projects.  Amongst those projects is the Millionaire Drive project, which will include paving, sidewalks and lighting for the road up to the high school.  The project will be funded in part by a multi-modal grant of close to $1.2 million dollars with the district paying for the rest.


Legislation will soon be introduced in the State Senate which would exempt milk haulers from travel bans issued due to declaration of disaster emergencies which includes weather related travel bans.  23rd District State Senator Gene Yaw will team up with State Senator Judy Ward to introduce the legislation after hearing from dairy producers and processors who have had to dispose of milk due to the weather related travel bans, not allowing the milk to get to market.


Residents interested in legislative redistricting in the state of Pennsylvania will get a chance to let their views be known during a pair of sessions today in Williamsport.  The newly created PA Redistricting Reform Commission will meet today from 4 to 7pm at the FCFP building at 201 West Fourth Street in Williamsport.  Two public comment sessions will be held. The first from 4:10 to 5:30 and the second from 5:40 to 6:50.  You are encouraged the full meeting, but to comment, can register on site prior to the session.


Want to find out what the candidates who are running for the 12th Congressional District open seat in the May 21st special election have to say?  A meet the candidates reception will take place at the Country Cupboard Restaurant on Friday April 12th, from 7:30-9am.  Republican candidate Fred Keller and Democratic candidate Marc Friedenberg will be on hand to present their views on serving in congress.  You can register online to attend the session at