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The Williamsport Water and Sanitary Authority has turned down a request from Lycoming County for a million dollars to go towards the levee recertification project.  The ten person board voted unanimously yesterday against that request.  County officials say it’s possible that the authority may be working on a long term strategy to take over storm water management in the city of Williamsport which would incorporate part of the levee operation into that responsibility.


Traffic was slow going heading south on Route 15 in South Williamsport yesterday after a tractor trailer could not make the turn from Market Street onto 15 south yesterday morning.  The crash happened around 9:15am as the truck carrying over 50,000 pounds of lumber and being driven by a New Jersey may overturned.  The driver was able to climb out of the vehicle without injury.  The road was down to one lane, with traffic actually detoured for awhile as crews worked on putting the vehicle back on it’s wheels. Traffic returned to normal around noon.


A Columbia County man was listed in critical condition yesterday at Geisinger Medical Center following a crash in Northumberland County which occurred on Tuesday afternoon. The crash occurred at Route 54 and Boyd Station Road in Rush Township as a vehicle driven by 53 year old Linda Duell of Catawissa turned in front of another driven by 29 year old Christina Rebuck of Shamokin.  It then struck a truck driven by Eugene Hoover of Danville.  21 year old Nathan Deull was taken to Geisigner.  One other person is in fair condition and one treated and released.


An Old Lycoming Township man faces charges of DUI and other counts stemming from a crash which occurred in the Township.  On February 23rd Thomas Anderson was involved in an accident in the 2500 block of Bottle Run Road in which two other vehicles were involved, with one of the drivers trapped for a short time.  Anderson then crashed into the side of his residence just down the road. He was found to have a blood alcohol level four times over the legal limit and has a prior DUI conviction out of Ohio while being wanted in Florida for a DUI offense. He was arraigned yesterday and jailed in lieu of $7500 bail.


Williamsport City Council will be busy at their meeting tonight.  They are expected to review a $5.2 million dollar contract for the East Third Street/Old City Gateway Project, take a look at spending borrowed bond money on an elevator upgrade at city hall, not expected to pass inspection, review an application for a $250,000 grant which would be used to replace and repair handicapped accessible equipment at the playground at Memorial Park, review upgrades at Bowman Field and discuss a request to apply for a grant for the Russell Inn Heritage Park at East Third and Mulberry Streets.


A motorcycle operator was flown to Geisinger Medical Center following a crash in Mifflinburg yesterday.  That crash occurred on Green Ridge Road.  A Life Flight helicopter was requested which landed at the Mifflinburg High School.  No word on the identity of the injured person and their condition has not been released.  It’s not known if anyone else was involved and no other information was available.


State police in Milton report that a Union County woman has been scammed out of $8500 dollars.  They say the incident happened late last month when the 76 year old New Columbia Woman was persuaded to send $3500 dollars in Amazon Gift Cards and transfer $5,000 dollars in cash convincing her she would receive $75,000 dollars through a FedEx delivery.  State police say they continue their investigation and are warning other residents to be vigilant of such scams.


This Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day.  23rd District State Senator Gene Yaw reports that Take Back sites will be set up throughout communities across his district allowing residents to return their unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal.  Drop off locations can be found by going to  In 2018 alone, Pennsylvnaia law enforcement collected 36,000 pounds of unsued or expired medication at 306 collection sites.


It’s construction season and there will be lane restrictions and traffic tie-ups on some roads in our area today.  The left passing lane of the Route 15 Southbound ramp to Interstate 180 will be closed today from 9am to 2pm with guide rail repair and centerline pavement patching happening there.  Work is taking place on the Lycoming Mall Road Bridge over I-180 today from 9am through 5pm with intermittent lane closures under flagging there and a diesel fuel spill cleanup continues on Route 15 northbound in at River Road in East Buffalo Township in Union County from 7am to 7pm with traffic reduced to a single lane and intermittent traffic stoppages there.