CRASH KILLS ONE
A Lycoming County crash last night reportedly killed one person. The crash was reported around 8pm on State Route 118 in Jordan Township near Unityville. A vehicle went out of control and over a fifty foot embankment. One person was reportedly ejected and died at the scene. The man was not identified though he was believed to be in his mid-40. It’s not known at this time if anyone else was involved and the investigation continues into that fatal crash.
BUDGET PROPOSAL PRESENTED
Though spending will be up in the city of Williamsport, city property owners would not see a tax increase under the proposed budget for 2015. As expected, Mayor Gabriel Campana presented a budget plan to city council during their meeting last night which calls for $21.4 million dollars in spending next year, a $553,449 dollar increase over this year. Higher spending is proposed on pensions, as well as a mandated flood levee certification. Staffing will be maintained in city departments. Council will get to look over the budget over the Thanksgiving Holiday with work sessions scheduled for December 1st and 3rd.
SPENDING REVIEW UNDERWAY
A review is underway by the city of Williamsport’s Finance Committee into possible overages in the programming budget of the Recreation Department. Council members Jonathon Williamson, Randall Allison and Liz Miele say they are acting on an outside source’s inquiry into the departments spending for special events programming. The Department reportedly spent more than $22,000 dollars on special events, which is $8,753 dollars more than they are budgeted for. Recreation Department officials say the overage can be explained.
MAN SENTENCED TO STATE PRISON
A Williamsport man who was found guilty of two counts of robbery, simple assault and criminal mischief for an incident which happened last year, will have plenty of time to think about what he did. 33 year old Brian Yaggie was recently sentenced to five to 11 years in state prison. The sentencing took place in Lycoming County Court. He was arrested in May of 2013 after assaulting two teens and demanding money from them. Yaggie was allegedly hanging out by the dike on the South Williamsport side of the river in an intoxicated state and committed the crimes as the teens were finishing up a swim in the river.
TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN i-80 CRASH
Two were seriously injured in a crash on Interstate 80 in Columbia County yesterday. The crash occurred around 2;25 in the afternoon as a vehicle pulling a trailer and driven by 62 year old Arlene Bobo of Newport Vermont went out of control in Mifflin Township causing the trailer and vehicle to overturn numerous times and strike a guardrail. Bobo and her passenger, 31 year old Jeremy Bobo of Anaheim California both suffered moderated injuries and were taken to Geisinger Medical Center where their conditions were not released.
PAY RAISES READY FOR STATE OFFICAILS
Pay raises are ready to go for top elected and appointed officials in Pennsylvania State Government. A 1.6% automatic annual cost of living adjustment will go into effect on January 1st for the governor and members of his cabinet as well as those appointed to various boards and commissions, appellate judges and other elected statewid3e row offices including legislators. Governor Corbett and his cabinet members have been returning their yearly raises. New governor elect Tom Wolf has already said he will not accept his salary, as well as other perks.
LET THE CHRISTMAS SEASON BEGIN
Ready or not, Santa is coming. The city of Williamsport will hold its 65th annual Billtown Christmas Parade this weekend. The parade is scheduled to begin at 5pm tomorrow at Elmira and West Third Streets, continues down West Third to Pine Street, up Pine to Fourth and back down Fourth to Elmira. There will be music, floats, colorful marchers and yes, the man himself, Santa Claus Other activities will also be taking place in the city tomorrow to usher in the Holiday season including the annual Victorian Christmas from noon to 5pm,, and a Market Place at the Holiday Inn. Tonight at 6, it’s the Festival of Lights getting underway in Brandon Park.