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Two were injured in a violent crash in Old Lycoming Township yesterday afternoon. The crash occurred around 3:15pm as a vehicle driven by 34 year old Tyler Hanley of Linden went out of control in the 2600 block of Bottle Run Road colliding with a truck driven by 47 year old Cliff Bower of Williamsport with Hanley’s car flipping over.  Hanley was trapped for about 20 minutes before being freed and taken to Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center for serious injuries. His condition not released. Bower was treated and released.  The road was closed for about three hours during the crash investigation.


Saying it will facilitate a smooth transition in the Lycoming County Planning Department, County Commissioners yesterday approved the hiring on a part-time basis of current planning commission director Kurt Hausammann who is retiring effective on May 3rd.  Commissioners say he will be paid $50 an hour not to exceed 1,000 hours of work. They say his expertise will be used to continue working in special projects and to help train a new director who has not been chosen as of yet.


The Williamsport City Zoning Hearing Board yesterday gave unanimous approval for a parking plan which will help create retail shops in the former Weldon’s Factory and Trebecca buildings at 600 Cemetery Street adjacent to the Pajama Factory in the city.  Don and Carol Slout have purchased the building and are said to want to create the retail shops, a plan which is similar to the Street of Shops in Lewisburg.  The approval was given based on the number of parking spaces at the adjoining Pajama Factory


A crash involving three vehicles occurred on Lycoming Creek Road in Loyalsock Township yesterday morning.  That crash occurred in the 2400 block of Lycoming Creek Road just before 7:15 and involved two vehicles and a school bus.  The two vehicles were heavily damaged with one running into the back of the school bus.  There were no serious injuries, and no students on the bus were injured.  Emergency crews were on the scene there for about an hour before things were cleared up and the roadway cleared.


Sentencing was held this week for a man who walked into the Nittany Minit Mart on East Third Street in Loyalsock Township and robbed the place back in 2017.  38 year old Jeffery Wiestling whose address is listed as the State Correctional Institution in Huntingdon was sentenced to 7 ½ to 15 years in State Prison.  He walked into the Minit Mart around 11pm on March 3rd of 2017, jumped over the counter, threatened the clerk and took money.  DNA evidence helped lead police to the man.


An update on the woman who was assaulted in Selinsgrove last week.  The 46 year old woman from New Jersey who was found with serious injuries after begin assaulted near the Susquehanna University Campus on April 8th has been released from Geisinger Medical Center and has returned to New Jersey.  Police say she is still suffering from trauma induced memory loss and cannot recall what happened after she arrived in Selinsgrove the day before, got a flat tire and began walking.  They say their investigation continues and are asking anyone with information to give them a call.


The Lycoming County Democratic Committee has announced attendees and speakers for their annual Spring Banquet at the Holiday Inn in Williamsport on Saturday April 27th.  State Senator Sharif Street of Philadelphia who is the vice chair of the State Democratic Committee will be the keynote speaker.  Democratic Candidate for the 12th congressional district in the May 21st special election, Marc Friedenberg will also be on hand to give an update on his campaign. In addition, several democratic candidates running for local offices will also be on hand.


Work will begin Monday to repair and replace the stone wall along the River in the city of Sunbury.  Sunbury Municipal Authority officials say a recent inspection of the wall built in 1936 and last repaired in 2008 is deteriorating and is no longer able to help protect the community.  The project is expected to cost in the $625-$650,000 range.  A $500,000 dollar grant has been secured and the rest of the money will come from the authority.  The project is expected to last at least a month.