A CHAMPION WILL BE CROWNED

4 teams left with a shot at a Little League World Series Championship.  2 elimination games were played yesterday at Lamade Stadium, one each in the International and U.S. brackets.  In the International game, the team from Seoul South Korea got dominant pitching and took advantage of the long ball with 3 home runs in defeating the team from Nuevo Leon Mexico 7-0.  Then in the U.S. bracket game, Goodlettsville Tennessee came back from a 4-2 deficit with five runs in the top of the 4th inning to defeat Bowling Green Kentucky 8-4.  Korea moves onto Saturday’s International Championship game to take on Aguadulce Panama while Tennessee will play the team from Endwell New York in the U.S. Championship game on Saturday at 3:30.

2 INJURED IN 4 VEHICLE CRASH

A crash yesterday afternoon on Route 15 just south of the Little League Headquarters complex in Armstrong Township sent two persons to Williamsport Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The crash occurred around 1:50pm and involved 4 vehicles.  The two were transported to the hospital where their named and conditions were not released.  Traffic was at a standstill in the northbound lane for about 30 minutes as crews worked at the scene.  Officials have not identified any of those involved.

TIOGA COUNTY STORE ROBBED

State police in Tioga County are investigating the robbery of a convenience store in Delmar Township.  Around 8:30 on Wednesday night, a white male, approximately 5 ft. 6 inches tall, weighing 120lbs walked into the Acorn Market along Route 287. He was wearing baggy blue jeans, a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and a white bandana, covering his face. He demanded that the clerk empty the drawer into a bag and then got away on foot with an unknown amount of money. No one was hurt and it’s not known if a weapon was shown during that Tioga County robbery.

TRAILER OVERTURNS, BOAT DESTROYED

A man from Carbon County lost a boat in an accident along State Route 220 in Woodward Township last night.  Police say that Brian Rockwell of Carbon County had stopped at the Harvest Moon Restaurant to eat around 8:30 last night when he went to make a turn into the northbound lanes in the crossover.  The straps on a trailer securing his 20 foot Wellscraft Motroboat failed, causing the boat to overturn.  No one was hurt in that accident and it’s believed that the $7,000 boat was a total loss. 

COMMISSIONERS APPROVED REFINANCING

During their meeting yesterday, Lycoming County Commissioners gave their approval for the refinancing of a $14.7 million dollar bond taken out in 2011 by the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority. The refinance is expected to save about a million dollars all together and could hold off future rate hikes for the authority for Montoursville residents.  In addition, it’s hoped the money saved will go toward capital projects for Montoursville. In addition, commissioners said yes to spend a little over $20,500 dollars for the purchase of computer equipment for the White Deer Golf Course which will include a new phone system and wireless network there.

WILLIAMSPORT WELCOMES THE WORLD

Some 20,000 people are expected in the Downtown area in Williamsport this evening for the 7th annual Williamsport Welcomes the World Street festival. Festivities will kick off around 5pm and last until 9 but the streets in the Central Business district from Market Street to Government place will close at 1:30pm.  There will be live music, art, kid’s activities and food vendors as well as former major League Catcher and future Hall of Famer Ivan “Pudge” Rodriquez signing autographs from 6 to 7pm.

MAN ARRESTED ON SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES

A Northumberland County man was arraigned on more than a dozen rape and sexual assault charges on Wednesday.  State police in Milton filed the charges against 38 year old Dennis Kibler Jr. of Lewis Township who they say is accused of raping a child over a three year period from the time she was three years old to the age of 6.   It’s alleged the Kibler perfumed sexual acts on the girl multiple times between July of 2013 to August of 2016.  He has been jailed in Snyder County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail to await a preliminary hearing which is scheduled next Wednesday.

GROUNDBREAKING FOR PIPELINE

Groundbreaking was held on Wednesday for the $160 million dollar Sunbury Pipeline.  The 35 mile long pipeline is set to bring natural gas infrastructure by January of next year.  The 20 inches in diameter pipeline interconnectors the $710 million dollar power plant now under construction in Shamokin Dam which is slated to produce enough power for a million homes and be operating by the close of 2017.  The pipeline will span five counties. 

BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY MONTH

With National Back to School Safety month on the way, PennDOT is reminding motorists that students will be walking, biking or riding the bus to get to school.  PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid distractions, obey the speed limit in school zones and be on the lookout for students at this time of year and always. In addition, they are calling on parents and caregivers to talk to children about traffic and school bus safety, and are also reminding motorists to about the school bus stopping law.  Drivers convicted of violating that law could face a fine of $250, five points on their driving record and a 60 days license suspension. For more information, got to www.penndot.gov/safety.