ETHICS VIOLATIONS ALLEGED

A Jersey Shore councilwoman has been found by the state to have violated the Public Officials and employee ethics acts.  The Williamsport Sun Gazette reports that Deborah Colocino used her authority on the council top expedite payments to her husband who was applying landscaping services to the borough.  She reportedly signed off on payments of bills from her husband’s business.  She also was cited for failure to file a Statement o Financial Interest in 2009 which is required by all council members.  She has since agreed to pay $1200 dollars in a settlement to the borough and remains on council. 

COMMISSIONERS APPOINT ASSESSMENT APPEALS BOARD

Lycoming County Commissioners yesterday voted to appoint an independent three member board to hear all real estate assessment appeals.  The job used to be handled by commissioners but with the recent increase in real estate assessment hearings, the commissioners decided that an independent board would be more feasible so as not to tie up commissioner’s time.  Commissioners say the decision is also an effort to increase governmental transparency.  Also it was announced this week that a Marcellus Shale impact study which was to be released during the Commissioner’s meeting yesterday has been postponed to a later date.

FIREFIGHTERS CALLED TO COLLEGE

Firefighters were called to a building at the Pennsylvania College of Technology yesterday afternoon for a reported fire there.  Williamsport firefighters were called to the Physician’s Assistant Lab on the campus when a motor to a projector screen in a ceiling overheated in one of the classrooms.  The building was evacuated, and the incident was termed as minor.  Any smoke was cleared, there was no structural damage to the building and students were allowed back into class once the all clear was given.

FIRE DESTOYS A UNION COUNTY HOME

Fire struck at a Union County home on Wednesday night destroying it.  The fire started in an attached garage at the home of Kenneth Herrold at 773 Warren Road in Kelly Township around 8:35 on Wednesday evening and spread into the home itself destroying it.  Herrold was not home at the time that the blaze started and by the time firefighters arrived, the garage itself was already destroyed and the fire was spreading into the house.  One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion, no one else was injured. A damage estimate was not released and a state police fire marshal was called in to look into the cause.

HOME DAMAGED IN SUNBURY FIRE

Fire struck yesterday in Sunbury.  Fire broke out on the 2nd floor of a home on Line Street.  Extensive damage was reported. No one was reported injured, the homeowner has not been named and it’s not known how many persons were rendered homeless.  A damage estimate has not been released and though it’s not believed the fire started of suspicious circumstances, the cause of that Sunbury fire remains under investigation. 

MAN BUSTED IN WILLIAMSPORT

Williamsport police have arrested a man suspected of burglary.  On Wednesday, a city officer took Kyle Andrews into custody. Andrews is accused of entering a vacant home and cutting out all the electrical wire, then cashing it in as scrap. A search warrant of the man’s vehicle turned up empty bags suspected of having had heroin in them, as well as Hydrochloride pills.  Andrews was arraigned on several counts and committed to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of bail. 

ACCUSED MURDERER WILL NOT FIGHT EXTRADITION

A Brooklyn New York man who was captured in Northumberland County last week and who is wanted for murder back in New York City has decided not to fight extradition and will be returned to Brooklyn to face the murder charges.  20 year old Tyshawn Waddy was captured in Coal Township and is wanted in the June 29th shooting in which three persons were injured, one of them eventually dying.  He has had multiple arrest warrants issued for him.  He was considered extremely dangerous and a Northumberland County District Judge set his bail at $15 million dollars, the highest ever levied by that judge. 

SOMEONE IMPERSONATING A POLICE OFFICER IN BRADFORD COUNTY

State police in Bradford County are investigating reports of someone reported to be impersonating a police officer in the Canton area.  Police say on Wednesday, a white male dressed in jeans and a dress shirt and driving a white sedan attempted to make a traffic stop on a woman at the East Canton Crossroads between State Route 414 and Southside Road in Canton Township.  Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact state police in Towanda.

STATE POLICE ANNOUCE CHECKPOINT 

          As part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled over National campaign, state police in Montoursville have announced that they will conduct a sobriety checkpoint somewhere within Lycoming County this upcoming Holiday weekend.  Checkpoints are scheduled to arrest and prosecute drunk drivers to the fullest extent of the law and motorists are reminded to buckle up, drive safely and refrain from drinking and driving.  Motorists across our area should also expect other checkpoints and roving patrols throughout the holiday weekend.