A MORNING FIRE IN WILLIAMSPORT
Firefighters in the city of Williamsport were sent out just past 4am this morning for a fire in the 600 block of Rose Street. Fire was reported on the 1st floor of the building with people still reportedly inside. Firefighters reported smoke coming from the front of the house when they arrived, and they were able to knock the fire down quickly. One injury was reported, though the extent of that injury is not known. It’s not known at this time what started that city fire. Upwards of 7 or 8 are displaced and the Red Cross has been called in.
MAN INJURED IN CRASH
A crash on Route 220 in the Newberry section of the city last evening sent a man to the hospital with unknown injuries. The crash happened near the Route 220 overpass over Arch Street as the unidentified driver lost control of his vehicle which crashed into the guardrails. He was transported to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center for treatment. His condition not released. No one else was involved in that city crash.
LARGE CROWD AT LISTENING SESSION
A large crowd turned out last night a the Pennsylvania College of Technology to attend Lt. Governor John Fetterman’s listening session regarding the possible legalization of marijuana. Both sides of the coin were presented as several people got a chance to speak for or against the issue. Those in favor of legalization pointed towards medical benefits, economic benefits for government resulting from legalizing it, with one speaker talking about how marijuana has helped her kick the heroin habit. Those against pointed to potential mental and health problems down the road as well as the contention that pot is a gateway drug to other stronger drugs.
State police in Montoursville have charged a Loyalsock Township man with possession with intent to deliver drugs as well as child endangerment after they multiple bags of a suspected unidentified drug at his Four Mile Drive home. The incident happened on Tuesday when police went to the home of 28 year old Rafeek Kellam. Two children were in the home at the time. He was arraigned and jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.
A Williamsport man has been jailed and charged with possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine as well as related counts. 43 year old Christopher White was charged by state police for trying to sell the drug out of his East Third Street Apartment between January 15th and April 22nd of this year. He has been arraigned and jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail.
The state of Pennsylvania continues to show an improved fiscal report. Republican lawmakers released a report yesterday saying that thanks to the Republican led legislature holding the line on spending over multiple budget cycles, it has led to historic revenue returns. The House Appropriations Committee says revenue collections for the moth of April were more than $4.4 billion dollars which is $465 million dollars more then the Department of Revenue’s official estimate. They say that for the 2018-2019 fiscal year so far, that collections are more than $828 million dollars ahead of estimates.
WOMAN CHARGED AFTER FIRING BB GUN AT KIDS
A cafeteria worker in the Shamokin School District is now charged with simple assault, reckless endangerment and other counts after firing a bb gun at kids on a playground in Shamokin. 30 year old Marie McWilliams is accused of firing the BB gun at the children on the playground in Coal Township on Tuesday evening and then making threats that she would get the ones she missed at school the next day. McWilliams told police she got angry because the kids were cursing at her. McWilliams is jailed in Northumberland County Prison.
MAN ARRESTED AFTER POLICE PURSUIT
A Mifflin County man wanted on multiple arrest warrants was arrested following a high speed chase which began in Shamokin Dam and ended in Sunbury on Tuesday. Shamokin Dam police tried to pull over 39 year old Antonio Rivera of Lewistown for an inspection violation and he took off leading police into Sunbury where he fled on foot and was apprehended in a creek. Heroin and other drugs were found in the vehicle. He faces a number of counts and is jailed in Northumberland County Prison. A passenger with warrants out for his arrest was also jailed.
CITY WOMAN CHARGED WITH SELLING DRUGS IN CLINTON COUNTY
A Williamsport woman is jailed in Clinton County after being arrested for selling drugs there on Tuesday. 29 year old Layla Perez-Williams is said to have made a series of crack cocaine sales in Avis and Pine Creek Townships over a four month period, often with her 14 year old child accompanying her. She was arrested by the Clinton County Drug task force, faces a number of counts and is jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail.