SOUTH WILIAMSPORT WOMAN DIES IN CRASH

A South Williamsport woman died in a two vehicle crash in Muncy Creek Township yesterday.  The accident happened on State Route 405 at the intersection with Neidig’s Drive as a vehicle driven by 24 year old Kyla Toboz pulled directly into the path of a pick-up truck operated by 62 year old Bonnie Gray of Hughesville around 3:15 yesterday afternoon.  Toboz was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash form her injuries.  Gray suffered a minor injury and was treated at Muncy Valley Hospital. No one else was involved in that crash in Muncy Creek Township.

LIFE IN PRISON FOR CRAIGSLIST KILLERS

It’s life in prison without the possibility of parole for a husband and wife from Selinsgrove who pleaded guilty to the killing of a Port Treverton man.  22 year old Elytte and 19 year old Miranda Barbour pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder last month in Northumberland County Court in the death of Troy Laferrerra whose body was found strangled and stabbed in Sunbury in November of last year.  Laferrera’s sister spoke during yesterday’s sentencing hearing calling the two mentally flawed and rotten to the core.  The two entered the guilty plea taking the death penalty off of the table.

LYCOMING COUNTY MURDER TRIAL TO WRAP UP

A murder trial is expected to wrap up with the case going to the jury today in Lycoming County court.  A number of experts were called by the prosecution to the stand yesterday in the trial of Jason Gardner of Easton who is accused along with Mirad Shabazz also of Easton of gunning down Terrell Henderson-Littles in a Williamsport alleyway during a drug deal in which the two decided to rob Littles back in January of 2013.  Gardner took the stand yesterday providing his own account of the events saying it was Shabazz who shot the man. Closing remarks are set for 8:30 this morning.

DRUG CHARGES FILED

A Williamsport man was arrested yesterday morning after police raided his residence, finding heroin and cash.  McKinley Kidd III had been the subject of an investigation over the past several weeks in which confidential informants were participating in controlled buys of heroin from the man.  Officers went to Kidd’s Park Avenue residence yesterday morning armed with a search warrant and found some 50 bags of heroin as well as several hundred dollars in cash.  Kidd was arraigned on six counts of possession with intent to deliver, six counts of possession of heroin and five counts of criminal use of a cell phone and jailed in lieu of $200,000 dollars bail.

MINI-GRANTS AWARDED TO COUNTY PARKS

Projects as varied as a dog park in Loyalsock Township, pond restoration at Indian Park in Montoursville, and new bleachers and Bodine Park in Hughesville were among those that were helped out by more than $265,000 dollars awarded in gas drilling impact fee funding yesterday by Lycoming County Commissioners.  IN all 21 county parks were awarded up to $20,000 dollars each from a mini-gran program, established through a legacy fund in the county.  The announcements were4 made during yesterday’s commissioner’s meeting.

SEARCH CONTINUES FOR COP KILLER

The search continues in Northeastern Pennsylvania for Eric Frein who is accused of firing on two state police officers a week ago, killing one of them.  Police swarmed Frein’s neighborhood in Monroe County after receiving what they said was credible information that Frein was in Canadensis where he is from, but had no luck in finding the man.  Schools remain closed in Pike and Monroe Counties, and law enforcement continues on heightened alert.  Meanwhile, State police Corporal Brian Dickson was laid to rest yesterday in a funeral attended by about 1,000 law enforcement officers from across the region.

DRUG SWEEP IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY

Officers from the Northumberland-Montour County Drug Task Force, the PA State police the State Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics and local law enforcement swept across Northumberland County yesterday taking 39 people into custody in two separate drug sweeps.  19 alleged heroin dealers including an out of state supplier were arrested in one of the sweeps yesterday and another 23 face drug and related charges in a separate sweep. 3 of those who face charges were not picked up, the other 39 were arraigned in Shamokin, Mt. Carmel and Danville. The drug sweeps are part of a comprehensive investigation that has been taking place for some time.

FOUR HOMES BURN IN SHAMOKIN

A group of four attached row houses in Shamokin went up in flames yesterday afternoon leaving seven homeless.  The fire broke out along North First Street early yesterday afternoon quickly spreading into the four row houses in the 500 block.  Some 75 firefighters from 11 companies battled the fire into the afternoon with one firefighter overcome by smoke but no one else was injured.  The fire was said to have started in the read of one of the houses.  A damage estimate has not been released and the cause is under investigation.

LOVE CENTER OPEN TILL THE END OF THE MONTH

The American Rescue Workers say that they will keep the Love Center in Jersey Shore open now until the end of the month instead of closing it at the end of this week as they had originally announced.  The soup kitchen and food pantry supplies food to about 550 households per month.  Rescue Workers officials say mounting costs caused them to announced the closing.  Churches in the Jersey Shore Area are working together to try and fill the void.