RENTAL PROPERTY SHUT DOWN
Following a police visit to a city rental property in Williamsport on Wednesday, the city has temporarily shut one side of the house down for what they call numerous sanitary, building codes and fire safety violations. Police were called to 405 High Street for a report of shots fired and found numerous people living there, as well as drugs. Codes were called in and numerous violations were found. A search warrant was also executed for other drugs. Three persons on the lease will have to find another place to live and the owner will have to make necessary repairs to the place in order to get it reopened. City officials say if the new rental ordinance had been already in place that the property could be shut down for up to six months.
WOMAN ARRESTED FOR FIGHTING WITH POLICE
During a police visit to a Williamsport house on Wednesday which was eventually closed due to codes violations, a woman at the house was arrested after assaulting a city officer. Officers were called out to 405 High Street around 9:15 on Wednesday morning for shots fired. At least four people were immediately handcuffed and taken in for custody. 28 year old Sadeeka Harris who was not handcuffed became unruly and was eventually placed under arrest, struggling with offices and kicking one of them in the stomach. She was charged with aggravated and simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief and jailed in lieu of $15,000 dollars bail.
HUGHESVILLE CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBED FOR 2ND TIME
A Hughesville convenience store has been robbed for the 2nd time in the last two months. On Wednesday night around 8:30 a masked gunman walked into the Uni-Mart at 1 North Main Street and demanded money. He was described as black, with a thin build, short, and possibly in his mid-20’s. The store clerk had to be treated at Muncy Valley Hospital for chest pains. It’s not known how much money the man got away with. The store was also robbed on October 12th. That person was arrested.
TWO FIRES UNDER INVESTIGATION
City fire investigators continue looking into two suspicious fires which occurred in the city yesterday morning. Around 12:40am firefighters had to douse a fire which started in an enclosure in the back of Riepstines Pub at 900 Arch Street and around 7:20 yesterday morning they were called to a fire on a back porch at 614 Thomas Avenue which caused minor damage. Both fires are under investigation. City codes officials condemned the Thomas Avenue home for what they called housekeeping issues, as well as the water being shut off, and smoke alarms missing from the property.
WOMAN JAILED AFTER STEALING FROM APARTMENTS FOR ELDERLY
A Williamsport woman is jailed in lieu of $100,000 dollars bail for stealing from units in a city apartment house for the elderly. 25 year old Kathleen Enders sneaked into the secure Williamsport Manor Apartment Complex at 450 Center Street on November 17th, walking in behind a resident. Once inside she began entering unlocked units taking various items including food and beverage, and in one case taking a resident’s prescription drugs. She was identified through video taken from cameras inside the apartment house, eventually arrested and arraigned on numerous counts.
FOUR TEENS INJURED IN CRASH
Four teens were injured in a crash in Moreland Township, Lycoming County on Wednesday afternoon. The crash occurred around 3:30 in the afternoon on Green Valley Road as vehicles driven by a 17 year old teen form Hughesville and another from Unityville collided. Both drivers were taken to Geisinger Medical Center and treated for moderate injuries. Their conditions were not reported. Two other teens in one of the cars were treated for minor injuries at Muncy Valley Hospital.
MAN STRUCK BY CAR
A Watsontown man was treated at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg for a moderate injury after being struck by a car in Northumberland County yesterday. The incident happened around 5:15 pm as Elizabeth Stahl of Watsontown was driving along Main Street in Delaware Township and attempted to swerve to avoid 78 year old William Wertman who was walking in the roadway. Wertman was struck by the vehicle’s side mirror and he was taken to the hospital, where his condition was not reported. Stahl was not hurt.
MAN DIES AFTER ELECTROCUTION
A Beavertown man who was electrocuted on Wednesday while working in Snyder County has died from his injuries. The incident happened around 6:30 on Wednesday as 31 year old Gerald Stoltzfus was working in a truck boom owned by Mid State Poured Walls in a large pasture along Dale Snook Road in West Beaver Township. The boom came in contact with a live wire and Stoltzfus was electrocuted and taken to Lewistown Hospital where he was pronounced dead in the emergency room.
UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN CONTINUES HUMMING ALONG
The Lycoming County United Way reports that they continue to make progress towards a fund raising goal of $1.725 million dollars for this year. The latest report from the organization shows that they have raised $821,338 dollars so far which is better than $250,000 dollars more than last year at this date. Workplace campaigns continue, and volunteers have been asked to diligently follow-up with all outstanding accounts. Officials say they are hoping for a strong finish. For information on this year’s campaign or to make a contribution you can contact the LCUW officer at 570-323-9448 or via the website, lcuw.org.