MORE WINTER DRIVING

You may find some slick conditions once again as you head out this morning.  On and off snow showers have been falling since late yesterday afternoon, making for slick roadways.  Be careful and drive slowly as you head out today.  Make sure you leave early for your destination.  We have a few school delays this morning.  Here is that list. 

MAN ARRESTED FOR MORE THAN 23 YEAR OLD MURDER

A man from Beaver County was returned to Clinton County yesterday to face 1st and 3rd degree murder charges stemming from the disappearance of a woman more than 23 years ago there.  Katherine Heckel disappeared after leaving her job at the former International Paper Company in Lock Haven on July 15th, 1991 and was never heard from again.  Since then state troopers and other investigators have been following up leads, and recently the evidence went to a grand jury which indicted 65 year old Loyd Groves in the woman’s murder.  He is in Clinton County Correctional facility without bail. The woman’s body has never been found.

MAN DIES IN COLUMBIA COUNTY CRASH

A crash on Route 11 near Bloomsburg yesterday morning resulted in the death of a Bloomsburg man.  Michael Moscovage died when his pickup truck was slammed into by a bread truck on Route 11 in Scott Township just outside of Bloomsburg yesterday morning around 6:30.  The accident shut down that busy roadway for several hours.  The other driver, Joshua Sietsma of Dalton was thrown from the truck and taken to a nearby hospital.  His condition has not been released.\

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT MAN CHARGED WITH BURGLARY 

A South Williamsport man was charged this week with the burglary of a South Side business.  33 year old Jeremy Knott is accused of allegedly breaking into TLS Designs at 708 W. Southern Avenue overnight on January 12th and stealing a business check which he later cashed at a local bank for $795 dollars.  After being caught by police Knott told police he had battles with alcohol and cocaine addiction. He was arraigned on charges of burglary, felony trespassing, forgery, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief.  Knott was already on parole for a drug violation and was committed to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $75,000 dollar bail. 

AT LEAST TWO INJURED IN ROUTE 15 CRASH

A reported multi-vehicle crash on Route 15 in Clinton Township shut down the northbound section of the highway between Pinchtown Road and Route 54 for about four hours last night.  It’s believed an SUV and tractor trailer collided head on around 5:10 last evening.  Two persons including a 6 year old child were taken to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. Their names and conditions were not released.  The lanes were not reopened until just before 10 last evening. 

UNITED WAY STILL LOOKING FOR HELP

Following a day long fundraising effort amongst local media including us here at Backyard Broadcasting, the Lycoming County United Way reports that they have raised a little over $11,700 dollars.  Though we are short of the $200,000 dollars goal, County residents are reminded that they can continue to give, by going online at www.lcuw.org, by calling 570-323-9448 or by stopping by the United Way office at 1 W. Third Street, Suite 208.  You can still text your donations as well by texting LiveUnited to 50155. 

TWO MEN WANTED IN WAL-MART THEFT

State police in Milton are investigating a theft which occurred on Wednesday afternoon at the Wal Mart in Lewisburg.  Around 2:55pm, two males entered the Wal Mart there with one of them loading a shopping cart with gallon jugs of diesel engine motor oil worth about $140 dollars. He then pushed the cart out of the store without paying.  They fled the scene in a white older model Four Door Ford Explorer.  Anyone with information into that robbery is asked to contact State Police in Milton at 570-524-2662.

MUSSARE TO RUN FOR 2ND TERM

A Lycoming County Commissioner has announced that he will seek another term.  Tony Mussare of South Williamsport who was first elected as a Republican Commissioner in 2011 says he will run on the Republican ticket for nomination in the May primary to serve a second term at his post.  Mussare says if elected, he will prioritize reining in costs to prevent another real estate tax increase as well as seek solutions to crippling flood insurance premiums.  Democratic Commissioner Ernie Larson has already announced that he will not seek another term.  Jeff Rauff, appointed commissioner in the wake of Jeff Wheeland’s election to the state house has already announced he will be on the ballot in May.

COMMISSIONERS SAY YES TO GRANTS

Lycoming County Commissioners yesterday approved a couple of grant which will go to help youth in the county.  During their meeting, Commissioners said yes to a $35,000 dollars grant for the Community Alliance for Progressive Positive Action which will be used to help fund the organization’s youth intervention and development program.  In addition, commissioners approved $11,895 dollars for juvenile behavioral programs administered by NHL Human services.  In other business commissioners approved real estate tax exemptions on several properties.