OLD CITY DEVELOPMENT ON AGENDA

Williamsport City Council will meet tonight and hear from officials looking at improving parts of the Old City east of Market Street.  An overall development plan will be presented and it’s hoped that council will give their blessing.  Amongst the proposals in that plan is a study of whether or not to turn one way traffic into two way traffic on sections of East Fourth, and East Third as well as Basin Street. It’s believed that the change could help with access to Lycoming College from areas to the south and could also help with business, as well as recreation and entertainment in that section of Williamsport.

POSSIBLE SHOTS FIRED

Williamsport police were called out to the area of High and Cherry Streets in the city around 10:30 or so last night for a report of shots fired there.  At first it’s thought that it may have been fireworks, but reports are that shell casings were found in the area.  No one was believed to have been hit by gunfire, and it’s not known why the shots were fired in that area.  Police were on the scene into the nighttime hours, but no other details have been released, and the investigation continues into that incident. 

MEGA-MILLIONS WINNER IDENTIFIED

The Mystery is solved. The person who bought that $152 million dollar winning Mega Millions ticket at a truck stop near Milton has come forward.  Virginia Trucker Steven Peloquin stopped by the Penn 80/Flying J. Truck Stop off or Interstate 80 last week and bought the winning ticket in which he has decided to take the $91.8 million dollar cash option.  Peloquin says he purchased the ticket while on a work run through Pennsylvania and didn’t check the numbers for a few days after the July 21st drawing.  For selling the winning ticket, the truck stop will pick up a bonus of $100,000 dollars.

TIOGA COUNTY FIRE DESTROYS HOME

Fire early on Tuesday morning destroyed a Tioga County home.  Fire broke out in the house owned by Steve Ensminger along Ensminger Road in Sullivan Township near Mainesburg somewhere before 1am on Tuesday.  Firefighters from several companies races to the scene and were they for about four hours trying to put out the stubborn fire in the more than 100 year old home. No one was home when the fire broke out and no one was injured.  A damage estimate has not yet been released and the cause of that Tioga County fire is under investigation though it’s believed to be electrical in nature.

WANTED MAN IN SUNBURY ARRESTED

Police say a man wanted in Sunbury for pointing a gun at another man turned himself in yesterday and is now jailed on charges of aggravated assault as well as several other counts.  Police say 20 year old Luis Alamo, also known as Ghost turned himself in after being identified as the man who pointed what at the time it was thought was a revolver at another city man on South River Avenue on Tuesday evening. The gun turned out to be a BB gun, but a district judge ruled that the crime was violent enough for Alamo to be charged with bail set at $35,000 dollars. 

MAN ARRESTED IN CITY OF WILLIAMSPORT

Williamsport police have announced the arrest of a man wanted in Darby Pennsylvania on burglary charges.  Police were called to the 700 block of West Edwin Street around 3:30am yesterday for reports of a disturbance and ended up taking Nyema Jordan into custody on state police charges.  While there, Shawn Thomas was walking by who was recognized as being wanted on other charges.  It was then found he was wanted in Darby, and also that he was carrying a firearm without a license.  Thomas was taken before a district judge and arraigned on several counts, then jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $160,000 dollars bail all together.

LOCAL SALVATION ARMY WITH NEW LEADERSHIP

The Salvation Army of Williamsport has announced a change in leadership there.  Major’s Donald and Paula Spencer have taken over as the head of the local Salvation Army.  The two have been involved in the Christian based community organization for the past 23 years and say they have a passion for establishing music programs at the locations they serve.  They say they believe their skills are perfectly suited for the Williamsport branch. 

BUDGET IMPASSE, A MONTH OLD

More budget meetings in Harrisburg yesterday between Governor Wolf and Republican legislative leaders with some small progress but no major breakthroughs reported. The state budget which was passed by the Republican controlled legislature and vetoed by the governor is now exactly a month late. The governor still wants a severance tax on gas drillers as well as more funding for education amongst various other things.  Republicans are looking for the privatization of the liquor system, a cut in public sector pensions and do not want to see any tax increases. The governor has said that some state services could soon be impacted if the budget impasse continues.

LYCOMING COUNTY PLANNER NAMED TO STATE POST

A Lycoming County planner has now been appointed to an important state commission.  Planner Mark Murawski has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Transportation Advisory Committee.  The 30 member committee consults with and advised the State Transportation Commission and PennDOT to determined goals and allocations of resource4s to address all modes of transportation across the state of Pennsylvania.  Some of their recent work has involved installing cameras in work zones, determining overall transportation funding needs and defining a core transportation system.