FIRE IN MONTOURSVILLE
An unknown number of tenants are temporarily homeless following a Montoursville fire. The fire was reported around 5:30 yesterday in the third floor apartment over the Original Italian Pizza at 313 Broad Street. Firefighters found fire in the ceiling of the apartment and were able to knock it down quickly. NO one was injured. There was water damage to a second floor apartment and to the restaurant below. A damage estimate has not been released and the cause of that Montoursville fire is under investigation.
COUNCIL APPROVES THE SEEKING OF GRANTS
With three members absent, the other four members of Williamsport City Council last night approved the submission of a grant for $441,000 dollars which will be used for repairs for cross pipes ass part of the levee recertification project. The grant will be submitted by the city’s consulting firm and will require a 15% match of close to $14,000 dollas which will be paid through a bond set aside for infrastructure improvements. Council also authorized the consulting firm to seek a $250,000 grant which would go towards replacing an accessible playground at Memorial Park.
TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONTGOMERY CRASH
A crash in Montgomery yesterday afternoon sent two women to Geisinger Medical Center with serious injuries. That crash occurred around 4pm in the 200 block of Montgomery Street as a car and garbage truck collided. The two women were riding in the car. Their names and conditions not released. Two children in the car were taken to a local hospital for evaluation. The garbage truck driver was not injured. The crash snapped off a utility pole knocking out power in that area for a time.
MAN SENTENCED FOR SHOOTING
A Williamsport man who entered a guilty plea to third degree murder as well as other counts stemming from a November 2017 shooting in Loyalsock Township will spend the next 18 ½ to 45 years in State Prison. Zachary Williams shot William Dowling several times during an argument at Poco Farm Road and Poco Farm Road Extension the later disposed of the gun which was recovered in the 500 block of Market Street. He was sentenced this week.
OLD LYCOMING POLICE WARNING OF POSSIBLE SCAM
Old Lycoming Township police are cautioning residents of a possible scam there this week. On Tuesday, a man who identified himself as Martin from Pro-Pave Incorporated of Virginia approached an elderly resident saying he would seal that person’s driveway. He did not provide contract or work order. A check with the company revealed there was no Martin working for them. He was last seen operating a Dark colored Toyota Pick up with Virginia plates. Old Lycoming Police are reminding residents to always get things in writing before any work begins.
SECOND PERSON CHARGED
A second person has been charged for the operation of a meth lab in Danville in which an explosion there this week destroyed the house as well an adjoining one. 40 year old Nikki Doebler faces several charges along with Richard McHugh for the operation of the Meth lab at the home, where fire broke out when a third person, 35 year old Michael Mowrer Jr. dropped a bottle which exploded catching him on fire as well as the home. Mowrer is listed in critical condition at the burn unit in Allentown and also faces charges upon recovery.
CHECKING ON THE BEST TIMES TO TRAVEL
It is the Holiday weekend. With many drivers expected to hit the road in Pennsylvania, PennDOT is encouraging motorists to use the Historic Holiday Traffic Page at www.511pa.com. The page can be used to see how traffic speeds on the Friday before and on Memorial Day in 2017 and 2018 compare ot traffic conditions during a typical non-holida week. users can choose their region and view the information to help determine the best times to travel during the holiday.
EXTRA PATROLS AT READY
There will be extra patrols out across the region during the Memorial Day Holiday weekend watching for motorists who are driving aggressively, not obeying traffic laws and not buckling up. In addition, both state and local police in our area have already announced that they will be conducting DUI checkpoints and roving patrols in areas which have seen high incidences of impaired driving. You are reminded to designate a driver, do not drink and drive and always buckle up.
MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCES
It is the Memorial Day weekend and across our area, various observances and ceremonies will be held to honor war dead and those who have served our country. The Lycoming County Veterans Annual Memorial Day Service is set to take place on Saturday at 11am at the Veterans Memorial Park at West Fourth Street and Wahoo Drive in Williamsport. The service will feature a partial unveiling of the latest monument honoring those who fought in wars from the Revolutionary war to the Spanish American War.