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COMMITTEE GETS THE SCOOPER ON OLD TOWNE CENTRE

Williamsport City Council’s Economic Revitalization Committee got to hear from a developer, looking to spend $39 million dollars on a complex which would include stores and apartments in the city’s Old Town Area.  The Williamsport Sun Gazette reports this morning that Daniel Klingerman is pitching a 155,000 square foot building at East Third and Mulberry Streets to be served by a 350 space parking garage.  The development would be called the Old Town Centre. Work is being done to acquire the land needed for that development.

HAIL FALLS IN THE AREA

Though tornado warnings were issued in parts of Lycoming County yesterday it looks like the county escaped any major damage during yesterday’s storms.  Large hail did fall in the Jersey Shore and Avis areas causing some damage to vehicles and homes, and large hail was also reported in sections of Northumberland and Snyder counties. It’s not believed that any tornadoes touched down. We do have a flash flood watch up for much of the area through about 9:15 this morning and more storms are expected later today.

INSTRUCTOR COULD LOSE JOB

A senior prank which occurred at the Shikellamy High School in Danville earlier this month could result in the firing of a district instructor.  The school’s principal, vice principal and the senior class advisor were all placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into students being allowed in the school to pull the prank involving live chickens, toilet paper and flipped desks.  Following a hearing, the principal and vice principal have been reinstated, but it’s possible the teacher may be fired.

MAN INJURED IN OLD LYCOMING TOWNSHIP CRASH

An Old Lycoming Township man was injured in a weekend crash in the Township.  That accident happened around 1:20am on Satuday as 31 year old Brad Heffner was driving on Fox Hollow Road at Gordy Lane. He lost control of his vehicle which overturned and then struck a tree.  Heffner was taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries, though his condition was not released. No one else was involved.

ONE WOMAN’S CONDITION UPGRADED

The condition of one of the two women seriously injured in a crash in Montgomery last has been upgraded.  20 year old Kerry Bauer was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 29 year old Alyssa Holmes of Watsontown on the afternoon of May 23rd when they were struck in the 200 block of Montgomery Street by a garbage truck operated by 33 year old Tyler Comstock of Watsontown.  Both women were taken to Geisinger Medical Center.  Bauer has been upgraded to fair condition,  Holmes remains in critical condition.  Comstock was not injured.

STORM DAMAGE IN BRADFORD COUNTY

Though our immediate area, was spared of any major damage during yesterday’s storms, it’s possible a tornado may have touched down in a section of Bradford County yesterday.  The storm hit the Rome Area uprooting trees and tossing at least one shed, which spread debris around.  National Weather service officials will head to the scene today to see if it was a tornado which touched down there.  More storms expected today.

SPECIAL ELECTION SET FOR STATE HOUSE SEAT

Now that Fred Keller is going to Washington as the 12th district U.S. Congressman, his seat for the 85th district as a State Representative representing portions of Union and Snyder counties is open.  It was announced yesterday that a special election will be held on Tuesday August 20th to fill Keller’s seat.  Candidates for the office will be selected by both the Republican and Democratic parties.  The winner will take office after the results are certified.

PURCHASE OF NEW VOTING MACHINES ON AGENDA

Lycoming County Commissioners discussed the purchase of new voting machines for the county and could vote tomorrow to do so.  A state mandate is requiring all counties in the state to purchase new voting machines which will leave a paper trail, for better election results.  The county is looking at purchasing 180 of the machines from a company called Clear Ballot for a little over a million dollars.  A vote would be contingent on a county solicitor’s review.  If the go ahead is given, the machines should be ready to go for the November General Election.

DUI CHECKPOINT RESULTS

State police in Milton have released results of a DUI checkpoint they conducted over the Memorial Day weekend.  Police did not say where the checkpoint was conducted, but they do say they arrested one driver for DUI.  Two were charged for having a small amount of marijuana and numerous traffic citations were issued as well.  Police say DUI enforcement will continue in Union, Montour and Snyder Counties which are covered by state police there.

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