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Emergency crews were called out in the city of Williamsport yesterday a vehicle into a structure. A car crashed into the Family Dollar Store in the 300 block of Memorial Avenue yesterday. No one was reported injured, but an unknown amount of structural damage was reported done to the building.  Crews were on the scene for a short time. No other details were available and city police are investigating the accident there.


Area veterans groups, businesses and citizens turned out in communities across our region yesterday for Memorial Days parades and services.  The ceremonies took place in cemeteries across the region, ranging from honoring those who fought in the Civil War and are buried in Wildwood Cemetery in the city of Williamsport to those who fought in later wars and are laid to rest across the area.  In addition, several parades took place including the veterans and civics groups.  The nice weather contributed to large turnouts across the region.


Though Pennsylvania law does not limit lawmakers to a certain amount in gifts they receive from lobbyists and others, it does require them to report those gifts.  A report out this past week shows that lawmaker accepted $83,000 dollars in free trips last year and also collected a variety of gifts, alcohol and free meals.  The travel included trips to Israel, Taiwan and destinations around the United States.  Many of the trips were to meetings organized by various groups pushing their idealogical agendas.


Fire struck in Snyder County yesterday leaving 2 persons homeless and killing five pets. The fire broke out around 2:30pm in the home along West Ridge Road in Middlecreek Township as a resident there was cooking on the stove.  When firefighters arrived, they found flames quickly spreading through the home and were not able to save it.  The occupant who was home was not injured.  A damage estimate has not been released following that Snyder County fire.


Two persons were reported trapped by swift currents in the Susquehanna River in Fairfield Township yesterday. The call came in with the two trapped in knee deep water there, and a rescue boat from the city of Williamsport was launched into the river from the boat launch along Mill Street in Montoursville. It’s believed the two were rescued without incident and there were no injures. No other information is available.


Two were sent to the hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries after fire broke out in a Milton home on Sunday night. Firefighters were called to the 500 block of Mahoning Street around 11pm on Sunday for reports of a fire in a second floor bedroom there. Crews reported a tough time getting to the fire due to cluttered conditions inside of the home.  A resident and a volunteer firefighter had to be treated at a nearby hospital. Their conditions were not released. A damage estimate has not been released, it’s not known how many are displaced and the cause is under investigation.


A crash on Sunday in Loyalsock Township sent a man to the hospital with unspecified injuries.  Police say the man who has not been identified, lost control of his vehicle on Interstate 180 near the Faxon exit with the car going through a section guidewire and then crossed both lanes on the opposite side crashing into a guardrail. He was briefly trapped, freed and then transported to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center where his condition was not released. The crash remains under investigation.


City police arrested a Williamsport man on Sunday after he became unruly and allegedly punched an officer.  Police were called to the home of 30 year old Kristopher Fike on Sunday who it was believed was huffing on solvents and started and disturbance.  When an officer tried to take him into custody Fike allegedly punched that officer.  He was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and other counts and was jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail.


A power outage in a section of Sunbury on Sunday night caused by a fire in an electrical device on a pole there. Firefighters were called to put the fire out as the device caught fire and then fell off of the pole in flames.  Firefighters were on the scene for about an hour there and reported no other damage other than to that device.  The power outage kept customers in the dark for about two hours before things were repaired and the power was turned back on.