COUNCIL APPROVES DEMOLITION
More progress moving forward in the city of Williamsport. Williamsport City Council last night awarded a contract to a Clark Summit PA demolition company to do remediation and then tear down the former Brodart Warehouse facility along Memorial Avenue in the city’s West End. The contract is for a little more than $825,000 and will be paid for through an Industrial Site Reuse Program grant as well as other funding. The site will then be prepared and readied for a housing project which will include 40 apartments and 32 townhouses. The work is expected to begin soon and should last into September, and which time the land will be ready for construction.
OFFICE BUILDING PLANS APPROVED
A project on the campus of the Williamsport Regional Medical Center was given approval last night by Williamsport City Council. Council said yes to Susquehanna Health to consolidate a lot and subdivide the property along High Street in order to build a four story Medical office building. The $33 million dollar Susquehanna Health Innovation Center will house physician’s officers, a residency program, provide an outpatient pharmacy and be part of the Commonwealth Medical College. Land development approval was also given. It’s hoped that construction can begin this summer and finish up in 12 to 14 months.
FREE PARKING FOR POLICE?
As the city of Williamsport and the police union continue to work on a contract, Mayor Campana is looking to give a little to get a little. The Mayor has offered the city’s police officers a free parking pass in hopes the police union will make concessions on health care and benefits packages. The issue was discussed Wednesday during the Williamsport Parking Authority meeting and the authority will have to approve it. The authority is getting set to take a hit of about 300 parking spaces when the Mid-Town Parking deck is torn down so construction can begin on a new one.
COUPLE ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING AND ROBBING MAN
A Williamsport couple was jailed this week, accused of assaulting and robbing the woman’s boss. Police say that on May 8th, Tiffany Patterson approached Harman Patel in the parking lot at Bings Motel along Lycoming Creek Road in Old Lycoming Township and asked him for money. When he refused, he was attacked by Douglas Paulhamus and robbed of $150 dollars. Patterson works at the motel. The two were arraigned Wednesday on charges of simple assault, theft, receiving stolen property and harassment and jailed in lieu of $100,000 dollars bail apiece.
HARTLETON POLICE CHIEF CHARGED
The police chief in a Union County Community is in trouble with the law himself. Hartleton Police Chief Donald Zerbe is accused of extortion and was charged yesterday for allegedly funneling traffic citation money to a playground fund. Zerbe faces three third degree felony counts, two of theft and one of conspiracy. He also faces two second-degree misdemeanor counts. He would pull people over and allegedly tell them that they could pay their fine or donated money to the community playground.
HEARING WAIVED, MAN FACES CHARGES OF STEALING FROM CUSTOMERS
A Mifflinburg man waived his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday and will face further court action for stealing from his customers. 57 year old Ted Creswell is accused of deceptive business practices and well as other counts stemming from incidents in which he took money from clients, promising to invest it in a storage facility partnership in West Buffalo Township. In all it’s believed that Cresswell used $241,000 dollars for his own personal debt and expenses. He is scheduled for an August 5th arraignment.
SNIDER MOVED AGAIN
He is the prisoner that nobody seems to want. Accused killer Joel Snider, has been moved from the prison in Union County to Snyder County then onto Clinton County over the past 2 and a half years since he was arrested for the New Berlin shooting death of Union County yoga master Sudharman. Clinton County officials are the latest to say they don’t want Snider in the their facility due to safety concerns not only for him but for other inmates as well. He has not been moved to the State Correctional Institute in Coal Township to await trail.
TRASH 2 TREASURE
It’s Trash 2 Treasure tomorrow. The Lycoming County United Way has once again teamed up with the PA College of Technology and Lycoming College for Central PA’s largest yard sale which will take place in the field house on the campus of the Pennsylvania College of Technology. The sale will take place from 8am to 12:30pm; however early bird customers can enter the sale at 7am for first choice for just $5 dollars per person of which the money will go to the United Way. Many of the items come from students at both schools who would rather donate them, then take them home as they move out of their dorms and apartments. A huge selection of gently used items will be up for sale.
PROMOTIONAL SCHEDULED RELEASED
The Williamsport Crosscutters are getting geared up for another season at Historic Bowman Field. Opening night and single game tickets will go on sale on Monday May 20th at the Cutters Box Office. The Cutters open up at home on Tuesday June 18th against the State College Spikes. In addition the Cutters have announced their promotional schedule for the season. The promotions will include appearances by Duck Dynasty’s Mountain Man, including a Redneck Night and Big Beard Contest on July 27th, as well as a bobble head giveaway honoring former Major League player Tom O Malley of Montoursville on June 28th, an appearance by the Phillie Phanatic on July 1st and a wide variety of promotions throughout the season.