THE SERIES GETS UNDERWAY

Following parades featuring players, and then ushers, and a first pitch ceremony featuring Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, the games were on.  The Little League World Series opened up yesterday afternoon at Volunteer Stadium with the first game between the teams from Puerto Rico and Seoul South Korea.  10 innings and four hours later, South Korea was a 4 to 2 winner.  In the first U.S. game, Staten Island New York went out and picked up a 5-2 win over Des Moines Iowa, the other International game saw Mexico score 2 in the bottom of the 6th inning to defeat Australia 3-2 and last night, it was Houston Texas over Coventry Rhode Island 3-1.  Today, it’s Spain vs. Japan at 2, Michigan vs. Idaho at 4, Panama against British Columbia at 6 and Georgia vs. Hawaii at 8pm.

COMMISSIONERS DECLARE DISASTER

Amongst their agenda yesterday, Lycoming County Commissioners for the second time in a few weeks declared a disaster emergency in the county due to this past week’s flooding.  The declaration will set up the county for the possible receipt of disaster relief funding ahead of what is expected to be a statewide disaster declaration due to widespread flooding.  Properties in the county have suffered more from groundwater flooding issues than stream flooding, but it’s hoped that funding will come from the state to help with the costs of cleaning up and repairing infrastructure.

MAN CHARGED WITH STRANGULATION

Old Lycoming Township police have announced the arrest of a Township man for a July assault.  The assault happened on July 27th at the Chatham Park Drive apartment of Henry Johnson Jr. and Crystal Smith when Johnson allegedly punched the woman several times then put his hands around her neck applying pressure, causing her to be treated at a local hospital for her injuries.  Johnson was charged with strangulation, simple assault and related offenses and was jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail.

HEARING CONCERNING SCHOOL SAFETY

State, law enforcement and school officials met in Williamsport yesterday to testify and discuss safety in schools before the State Senate’s Republican Majority Policy Committee.  Those attending the hearing and roundtable discussion heard that $70 million dollars is being made available in the fiscal year for the state’s 500 school districts to  enhance security.  The discussion included talk about school shootings, with participants agreeing that no size fits all when it comes to solutions to solve school safety issues.

ROAD MAY REOPEN TOMORROW

It may just be one more day of traffic headaches along the Route 15 corridor between Winfield and Shamokin Dam.  PennDOT reports that crews are working around the clock to clean up the scene of a crane collapse which dropped bridge beams onto the roadway and closed the road in both directions at the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway construction site in Winfield .  Long detours remain in effect and traffic tie ups will continue today, but it’s hoped that the clean up and inspection activities can be wrapped up with the road reopening there tomorrow.  Until then motorists are reminded that they will be sitting in heavy traffic and to plan their travels accordingly.

FLOODING KEEPS ROADS CLOSED

Several roads remain closed in Bradford, Columbia and Sullivan Counties due to this week’s flooding.  PennDOT reports that some of them have suffered flood damage which will mean some long term closures for those roadways as repairs are done.  One long term closure in Lycoming County is Lower Barbours Road between Route 87 and Dunwoody Road in Plunketts Creek Township which was closed following flooding last week which undermined part of the roadway there. 

SHAMOKIN PAIR HELD OVER FOR COURT

A pair of Shamokin residents will be prosecuted in Northumberland County Court.  A preliminary hearing yesterday turned up enough evidence against Ernest Segura and Monique Thomas to hold them several charges stemming from an incident in which they took explicit photos of a 14 year old girl, with Segura then sexually assaulting that girl at their residence last month.  Segura is scheduled for formal arraignment on August 27th.  Thomas arraignment has not yet been scheduled. 

DUI ENFORCEMENT PLANNED

Area police are joining with the National mobilization for DUI Enforcement titled Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over from Now through September 3rd.  Over that time, the Lycoming County DUI Task Force plans on being out and performing multiple stationery DUI checkpoints and roving patrols over the time period into the Labor Day weekend.  Drivers are urged not to drink and drive. The .08 blood alcohol limit will be strictly enforced.