FOUR INJURED WHEN TWO CYCLES CRASH

Two persons were taken to Jersey Shore Hospital and two treated at the scene following a weekend crash involving two motorcycles on State Route 44 in Cummings Township. State police say David Lavan of Home Pennsylvania lost control of his cycle while travelling on the roadway around 10:50 on Sunday morning.  His cycle went out of control and went off the roadway into an embankment but not before being clipped by a cycle operated by Kenneth Grumbling of Blairsville.  Both Grumbling and a passenger were transported to the hospital for their injuries.  Lavan and his passenger were treated at the scene.

MORE IDEAS FLOATED TO IMPROVE A SECTION OF THE CITY

A second public meeting involving the Old City/East Third Street Gateway Commission was held in the city last night with various ideas floated around as to how to make the area east of Market Street more inviting.  Officials say that right now funding is limited and believe that the first priority should be an improved gateway area from Interstate 180 to Lycoming College.  Other ideas floated around included a traffic study east of Mulberry Street, better access for bicyclists and a bigger partnership involvement from Lycoming College.  Some 1500 respondents recently sent back a survey concerning that area of town.

2 NABBED AT SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT

State police from the Milton, Selinsgrove and Stonington Barracks teamed up for a sobriety checkpoint over the weekend from Friday night into early Saturday morning on State Route 15 in Kelly Township, Union County.  Police report that during the checkpoint they stopped approximately 166 vehicles, and found that 3 drivers had been drinking alcoholic beverages.  !driver was arrested for DUI under the influence of alcohol, and a 2nd driver under the influence of drugs.  4 were cited for various violations and another 6 received written warnings. 

REWARD MONEY OFFERED IN THEFT OF GUNS

An up to $10,000 dollars reward has been offered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives as well as the National Shooting Sports Foundation for information leading to the arrest of the persons who broke into Fulmer’s Sporting Goods along Route 6 in Wysox early on Sunday morning.  The 5:30 break-in netted the thieves 48 handguns.  Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-ATF-GUNS or email ATFTips@atf.gov. All calls will be kept confidential.

WOMAN CHARGED IN DEATH OF MOTHER

A Shamokin woman is in Snyder County Prison in lieu of $100,000 dollars bail after being charged with involuntary manslaughter and other counts in the February death of her mother.  Police say Mary Ellen Collins was in a Shamokin home with a non-operating furnace, frozen plumbing and no heating oil when she allowed her 66 year old mother Ellen Jackson of whom was in her care, lie next to a door for 7 hours without blankets on February 15th, and a day in which the high temperature reached 12 degrees.  It’s also believed the woman ignored pleas to get medical help for her mother who was found dead with a 90.9 degree body temperature.

USE OF STATE MONEY RECOMMENDED

It will be up to the Williamsport city administration and city council to say yes to a $3 million dollar grant from the office of the governor which will help with downtown development.  The city finance committee yesterday gave their positive recommendation for the money which will help with construction of the Liberty Arena, the Trade and Transit II project and other related work in the downtown area.  It’s hoped that most everything for the Destination 2014 project in the downtown will be done in 10 to 12 months.

BRIDGE RECONSTRUCTION MEETING IN UNION COUNTY

Union County residents can find out about the upcoming reconstruction of state highway bridges there during an open house today from 5 to 7pm, at the Municipal Court Building, Suite 3 at 343 Chestnut Street in Mifflinburg. Four bridges will be replaced in the county and representatives from construction companies performing the work will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about that upcoming work. 

TEEN HANGS HERSELF AT PRISON

It’s been reported that an 18 year old Snyder County teen, was part of a mental health evaluation program before she hanged herself at the Muncy Correctional Facility over the weekend.  Tesia Long was reportedly not deemed a threat to herself.  She was found hanging from bedsheets in her cell early on Sunday morning and pronounced dead from self-inflicted asphyxiation.  Long was serving a 9 to 40 year sentence for attempted homicide and arson after burning down her aunt and uncle’s house in Port Treverton while the two slept upstairs last year.