JUST FOUR TEAMS LEFT IN CONTENTION

And then there were four.  Only four teams left in contention for a Little League World Series Championship.  In the International Bracket yesterday, the Mexican team from Mexicali, Baja California put up 6 runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings and cruised to an 11-0 win over the Latin American Rep from Venezuela and will play Tokyo Japan in Saturday’s International Championship game at noon.  Then last night, it took 8 innings and a 2 run walk off homer from Caleb Law for Pearland Texas to defeat Bonita California 9-7.  It will be Texas and the Redland Little League from Lewisberry Pennsylvania in Saturday’s U.S. Championship game at 3:30, the winners of those two games will play for the Little League Championship on Sunday at 3pm.

MAN ARRESTE FOR ASSAULT AT SCENE OF SHOOTING

More details have surfaced and another man arrested stemming from a shooting at Newberry Estates in the city which occurred on August 4th that took the life of on young man and injured another.  Williamsport City police have arrested 22 year old Thomas Carstetter who they say along with other unnamed persons jumped Dustin Paulhamus when he showed up at the apartment of Kirsten Sedlock to remove belongings.  Police say the assault was recorded on a cell phone camera.  Paulhamus eventually pulled a gun and shot 18 year old William Chaz Sawyer, killing him as well as another unnamed person who has since been released from the hospital.  Carstetter was charged and jailed without bail.  Paulhaums who still only faces a weapons charge is jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.

TWO INDICTED IN FEDERAL COURT

Two Williamsport men were indicted in federal court on drug and firearms charges yesterday.  24 year old Anthony Gaskin and 25 year old Ibrahim Stevens are accused of possessing crack cocaine and heroin at a city apartment last year.  A search of the apartment also turned up three unlicensed guns.  The two face several charges and if found guilty could spend up to 40 years in federal prison and be fined $5 million dollars.

IMPROVEMENTS OUTLINED

During their meeting last night, Williamsport City Council viewed an update on the Brodart Neighborhood Improvement project in which homes in the area of the former Brodart Building on Memorial Avenue, and where now, new housing has been built, are receiving money to spruce up their homes as well. Council heard that 14 improvement jobs are complete with another 30 to 35 homes being worked on as well.  Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been made available to help homeowners make those improvements.  In addition, street enhancement and other work continues in that neighborhood.   

WOMAN SENTENCED TO STATE PRISON

A former New Columbia Woman was sentenced in Lycoming County Court to state prison for her part in area robberies in which she drove her boyfriend to several area businesses last year to commit those armed robberies.  Georgia Sampsell was convicted of being behind the wheel when her boyfriend Richard Bennett robbed the Kwik Fill Gas station on Route 15 south of South Williamsport as well as the Subway along Route 15 in Clinton Township last December. She has been sentenced to 5 to 15 years in state prison and ordered to pay almost $1500 in restitution on charges of four counts’ of robbery.

VOTER REGISTRATION NOW ONLINE

It is now easier to register to vote in the state of Pennsylvania. Governor Tom Wolf announced yesterday that the state of Pennsylvania is not the 23rd state in the nation to provide online voter registration.  To register to vote online you can go to the website www.register.votespa.com and complete the form. Once completed the form is forwarded electronically to the person’s county voter registration office.  If the information matches the person’s PA ID, the signature on fie will become the signature used for voting. 

MAN NABBED BY MARSHALS IN LEWISBURG

A man wanted in Philadelphia for attempted murder was nabbed by U.S. Marshals in Lewisburg this week.  Khalif Levan was wanted for and August 12th shooting in Philly of another man and marshals received information that he was staying with a friend in Lewisburg, where they grabbed him yesterday without incident.  He was returned to Philadelphia and faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and other charges. Levan had previously served some time in Lycoming County Prison in 2013 for being caught carrying an unlicensed gun.

WILLIAMSPORT WELCOMES THE WORLD

There are no games at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport today, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of activity on the other side of the river. The city of Williamsport and the Williamsport Lycoming Chamber of Commerce is throwing a big street party today from 5 to 9pm with Williamsport Welcomes the World.  Dozens of vendors with many different types of food as well as crafts and other wares will be hon hand.  Former Major League reliever and Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter will be on hand from 6 to6 to sign autographs. There will also be plenty of entertainment.  West Fourth Street from Market to Hepburn Streets will close at 1:20 and reopen to traffic at 10 this evening.