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FATAL NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY CRASH

A crash in Northumberland County yesterday morning cost a man his life. The crash occurred just before 9am on State Route 225 in Little Mahonoy Township as the as yet unidentified 20 year old driver went off the roadway and struck a utility pole with the car then rolling across the other lane and coming to rest on the southbound side of the road. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene and the crash investigation continues.

TORNADO CONFIRMED IN SULLIVAN COUNTY

Clean-up continues across our area following storms which struck across our region early on Monday morning.  Another tornado has been confirmed, this one in Sullivan County which the National Weather Service says touched down with winds of up to 110mph in Worlds End State Park in Sullivan County and continued into Dushore where it damaged 7 or 8 homes as well as a church.  In all, three tornadoes have been now confirmed in our region.  Crews continue to try and restore power in Millville where that school district has once again cancelled classes today.

EVERETT HOLDS TELE-TOWN HALL MEETING

Constituents of 84th district State Representative Garth Everett who represents sections of Lycoming and Union County can participate in a Telephone Town Hall meeting with the legislator later today.  The discussion will begin at 5:30 and Everett will give updaes on state legislative issues including the state budget,.  Residents can submit questions while on the line.  If no initial call is received at 5:30, you can dial 1-877-229-8493 and when prompted, use code 13279.

FORMER YMCA BUILDING SPARED

The Williamsport Sun Gazette reports in their morning edition that the former Williamsport YMCA building at West Fourth and Elmira Streets as been bought.  The report says a Scranton developer is buying the building and will turn it into market-rate apartments.  The building had been in danger of the wrecking ball after it was found that millions of dollars of work would have to be done just to bring it up to codes.  Next stop for the current developer is to meet with city codes and to begin the process of getting city permission and permits to renovate the building which was built in the 1920’s.

FIRE UPDATE

Six are displaced following that Monday fire at a three story apartment building the city of Williamsport. The fire which broke out arounde 5:30 at 672 Sixth Avenue caused about $20,000 dollars in damage to the three unit building owned by David Sweely of Williamsport.  No one was injured and it’s not known how long the tenants will be out of the three unit building.  It’s believed the fire started accidentally in a utility room on the third floor of the building, though fire officials have not said what the exact cause was.

BRIDGE MAINTENANCE IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY

More bridge maintenance in Northumberland County today could impact traffic there.  PennDOT reports that crews will be on the Route 643 bridges between Milton and West Milton today between the hours of 8am and 2pm.  Traffic will be restricted to a single lane with flaggers controlling traffic there and motorists are reminded to be be alert and drive with caution in the workzone.

CONTRACT AWARDED FOR LANDFILL FIELD

Lycoming County Commissioners yesterday approved a contract for a company to develop a new field at the Lycoming County Landfill.  R&L Development Company was awarded the contract for a little over $5.3 million dollars which is about $4 million dollars below the other bid that the county received.  It’s estimated that construction on the new field at the landfill at the southern end of the county will begin in June.

MAN WHO SHOT AT FIREFLIED SENTENCED

A Clinton County man who caused a disturbance in a neighborhood near Mill Hall last June while high in batch salts has been sentenced to prison.  Jesse Shields of Mill Hall, fired shots at what the thought were alien lasers but turned out to be fireflies ran into a nearby home and allegedly asked the owner to take a shower so he could get the goo off of him that was burning his skin. He was sentenced on Monday to 3 to 6 years in prison after pleading guilty to criminal trespass and firearms without a license.

YAW LEGISLATION WOULD CREATE WINE AND SPIRITS FRANCHISE SYSTEM

Legislation which would create a franchise store system for the sale of wine and spirits in the State of Pennsylvania has been introduced in the State Senate.  23rd District State Senator Gene Yaw of Loyalsock is the sponsor and says the goal of the bill is to expand consumer convenience, improve the long-term financial position of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and generate significant new revenues for the Commonwealth. Yaw says the legislation will maintain the over 600 PLCB retail outlets, retain existing jobs and allow the PLCB to continue to control the wholesale distribution of spirits and wine.

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