MAN ARRESTED FOR MAKING METH
An Eastern Lycoming County meth lab was raided last week, and a man there arrested. Following an over two year investigation, police armed with a search warrant showed up at the Logue Hill Road home of Perry Phillips in Franklin Township on Thursday and arrested the man, charged him with 15 separate counts with making and selling methamphetamines. A search of the home turned up numerous meth making materials which were seized. Phillips was arraigned and jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $500,000 dollars bail.
WOMAN DIES IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY CRASH
A crash in Northumberland County yesterday took the life of a woman believed to be in her 20’s. State police say the woman who they have yet to identify was driving on State Route 225 near Dornsife when for an unknown reason she lost control of her vehicle which rolled several times and then struck a tree. The woman was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Two young children inside the vehicle were flown to Geisinger Medical Center. Their conditions were not released. Police say they continue their investigation and will release the name of the deceased pending notification of next of kin.
PIATT TOWNSHIP HOME BURGLARIZED
State police in Montoursville are investigating the burglary of a Piatt Township home. Police say that sometime during the day on Friday, someone gained entry into the Cement Hollow Road home of Clint Straub and stole various items from the structure. They then fled the scene with the items in an unknown direction. An estimate of loss has not been released. State police are asking anyone with information regarding the burglary to give them a call at 570-368-5700.
MAN WHO STRUCK TEEN SUSPECTED OF DUI
The investigation continues into a pedestrian accident which occurred in Loyalsock Township on Friday. State police say the driver of a vehicle which struck a 15 year old girl at Northway Road and Loyalsock Township around 5:20 in the afternoon is suspected of DUI. The man who has not been named was cooperative and allowed his blood to be drawn. The teen is recovering from her injuries at Geisinger Medical Center. Police say charges are pending against the driver.
FIRE DESTROYS SUNBURY HOMES
A fine in Sunbury yesterday destroyed a pair of connected homes and caused damage to neighboring structures. The 3 alarm fire struck at 1102-1104 Miller Street around 8:50am, with firefighters from all over Northumberland County taking about an hour to bring it under control. No one was home at the time and no one was injured. 8 persons are homeless following that fire, and six other neighboring structures suffered heat damage to the siding and windows while a newly built home next door was damaged as well. A damage estimate has not been released and a state police fire marshal has been called in to investigate the cause.
LYCOMING COUNTY LEADING THE WAY
Bear hunting season is underway in the state of Pennsylvania. PA Game Commission officials report that the first day of the season on Saturday saw a grand total of more than 1600 of the animals harvested across the state with Lycoming County leading the way with 143. Saturday was not without its issues, as a teen hunter in Northern Lycoming Country was injured in a fall. The teen was hunting with a group in the Cedar Run area when he slipped and fell 200 yards down a steep hillside landing on a ledge. It took rescuers some time to get up the steep terrain to get to him. He suffered head and leg injuries and was taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center where his condition has not been released.
FLOOD MAP CHANGES
Lycoming County is getting se to release preliminary updated flood maps which will help about 550 property owners with no longer have to paying, or at the very least reduce the prices of their flood insurance. The five year project commissioned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency will take approximately 10,600 acres out of the 100year floodplain, and bring about 1,400 acres into the floodplain. About 47,000 acres will see no change. The maps will become effective in November of 2015. The floodplain maps are available online at www.lyco.org.
TWO INJURED IN UNION COUNTY CRASH
Two were taken to Geisinger Medical Center with serious injuries following a one vehicle crash in Union County on Saturday night. The crash occurred around 10:30 on the White Deer Pike in White Deer Township as 20 year old Andrew Nickleson of Milton lost control of his vehicle which went off the roadway, and struck two trees. Nickleson had to be flown to Geisinger with a major injury, and his passenger, 23 year old Christopher Habegger of Montandon was transported to the medical center with a moderate injury. Their conditions have not been released.
WOMAN ACCUSED OF MEDICAID FRAUD
A former Williamsport woman could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 dollars after being indicted for committing federal health care fraud. Investigators say 48 year old Beverly Hannibal was indicted by a grand jury for illegally benefitting from $22,448 dollars in Medicaid fraud by allegedly submitting false applications identifying her nephew and later a friend as direct care workers providing personal assistance to her. The two never performed any work though Hannibal prepared timesheets and forged signatures.