WILLIAMSPORT WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER A HIT AND RUN
A Williamsport woman was arrested February 24th for resisting arrest and other charges after police had to forcibly remove her from her vehicle following her involvement in a hit and run. According to the Sun Gazette, court records say 32 year old Sarah Valencia was seen by police at the accident scene in a nearby alley after she rammed her car into a parked pickup truck on the 900 block of High Street. Valencia then attempted to evade police in her car, but was stopped on High Street and kicked an officer while being taken into custody. She has been arraigned and released on 75 thousand dollars bail.
MAN CHARGED WITH MISDEMEANOR STRANGULATION
A Thompsontown man has been charged after strangling his step-daughter’s ex-boyfriend on February 24th. According to North Central PA dot com, 34 year old John Steward Leach was arguing with the victim and allegedly closed his hands around the man’s throat causing the victim to turn purple. Williamsport police were called to the scene and interviewed the victim and a witness after 7pm. Police said Leach has been charged with second degree misdemeanor strangulation and has been jailed with no bail listed and has a preliminary hearing April 27th.
BILL PROPOSED TO BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS IN PA
Two Philadelphia area lawmakers are proposing a bill that will ban assault weapons in the state. According to WHTM, the bill would outlaw over 150 models of guns, and the sale of gun magazines with the capacity of more than 10 rounds. In addition there would be a voluntary buy back program for guns under the legislation. State Senators Santasiero of Bucks County and John Kane of Chester and Delaware counties say military weapons have no place in a civilian society, and that their bill would mirror the legislation enacted in Connecticut after Sandy Hook.
GRANT WILL IMPROVE OLD LYCO FIRE DEPARTMENT BUILDING
A million dollar state grant has been given to Old Lycoming Township Fire Company for upgrades and renovations that should begin after plans are complete this summer. According to WNEP, Chief Joseph Hopple says updates to the 33 year old building are coming, including an addition of more than 3000 square feet which will include an upgraded kitchen, space for volunteers to stay overnight, a decontamination shower and more. According to the Sun Gazette, the grant was made possible through gaming money, secured by Representative Joe Hamm Hopple says the facility will be brought up to the 21st century.
WOMAN KILLED BY NEIGHBORS DOGS
A Perry County woman was mauled to death by two Great Danes at her neighbors home where she was caring for their pets while they were out of town. According to Penn Live, 38 year old Kristen Potter of New Bloomfield entered the home to feed the animals at the 700 block of Clouser Hollow Road in Centre Township about 5pm and was attacked. According to the Perry County Coroner, Potter dies of multiple traumatic injuries suffered in the dog mauling. The two dogs involved in the accident were euthanized by a local veterinarian. There was a third dog remains at the home with the family because he was not involved in the attack.
EVANGELICAL ON DIVERT STATUS
Evangelical Community Hospital released a statement yesterday that their emergency department is on “divert” status as necessary. According to the President and CEO Kendra Aucker, there is an increase in patients due to a variety of health conditions as they aggressively attempt to recruit new staff. Aucker says the walk-in patients at Evan should be prepared to have longer wait times, and ambulances will be sent elsewhere for the time being.
PENNDOT WILL REPLACE SOME BRIDGES OVER 220
A bridge replacement project started this week and crews are set to replace both structures carrying traffic on Route 220 over the Fourth Street off ramp rehabilitating both structures over Antlers Lane and the Lycoming Valley Railroad. The northbound structures are first on the list and beginning in May, motorists using both directions will be traveling on the southbound side of the highway. A daily moveable barrier system will separate north and southbound traffic and will allow for two lanes of traffic during heavy traffic during commute times. Structure repair on the southbound side is set to begin in 2024.
HARVEST MOON LANES FOR SALE
Fish Real Estate has listed Harvest Moon Lanes property in Linden for sale for 1.5 million dollars, after the family there decided to retire after 49 years, with hopes that the new owner will keep the bowling alley business open. According to the Sun Gazette, the Harvest Moon Lanes on Route 220 has 16 lanes and a bar at the property which is part of 19 thousand square feet on 2 and a half acres of land. It was originally purchased in 1974 by Vance and Evelyn Miller of Williamsport and has been in business, run by the Miller family in the winter and fall months, since.
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