BRADFORD COUNTY MAN DIES IN FARM ACCIDENT

A Bradford County man, the fire chief of the Warren Township Fire Department is dead following a farm accident on his property. The Bradford County’s Coroner’s Department reports that 58 year old Vincent Neville was operating a tractor which he was using on Wednesday evening around 7:44pm, to bail a field on his property when for some reason he got off of the tractor.  When he tried to get back on, he was run over by the rear wheel of the tractor. He was pronounced dead at the scene from head injuries as well as blunt force chest trauma. 

TEN FACE CHARGES FOR MANFACTURING METH

Ten persons face charges in Snyder, Union and Northumberland Counties, part of a methamphetamine manufacturing ring there.  The joint investigation by the State Attorney General’s office and the Snyder County DA’s office began after a meth lab was discerned in February of 2016 at a Snyder County motel, as well as a residence where Charles “Chip” Hanson and others were found manufacturing meth with an 8 year old present. The subsequent investigation showed that Hanson was schooling the others in the manufacture of the drug, as well as the purchase of items to make the Meth. 

TRAFFIC BACKUP

Traffic was backed up for more than an hour yesterday at the intersection of Routes 220 and 287 outside of Jersey Shore.  A flatbed truck was transporting two 20,000 pound motors around 2:30 or so when for an unknown reason, one of the large motors came off of the truck and was deposited in the middle of the road.  Significant traffic delays were reported for over an hour there with traffic backed up in all directions.  A wrecker was called in to help remove the motor and get it back on the truck, and the road was reported clear shortly after 3:45 yesterday afternoon.

MAKING IT EASIER FOR BICYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS

Williamsport City Council last night approved three resolutions on first reading which could make the city more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.  The first measure had council amend the city vehicle code to accommodate bicyclists.  Then they amended an article in the zoning ordinance to add street design done in a way that may include depending on funding, elements for pedestrians and those on bikes. The third vote was a decision to design streets that include engineer consultation from urban bike design guides which would make the city more walkable and bike friendly.  A final vote still needs to be taken on those measures.

COMMISSIONERS APPROVE FUNDS FOR GOLF COURSE

As expected, Lycoming County Commissioners yesterday allocated a little more than $80,000 dollars for the White Deer Golf Course to purchase several pieces of equipment which the Management Company says is needed to operate and keep the course in order.  That combined with an allocation of about $270,000 dollars for a planned bunker replacement using up a recreation bond that commissioners had taken out in 2012 for use at the course.  IN addition yesterday, Commissioners approved a request to apply for a grant of a little more than $206,000 which will be used to replace sidewalks at the Basin Street/Via Bella Intersection to come in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

FORMER AREA INMATE CHARGED WITH MURDER

A former inmate of the Lewisburg Federal prison has been formally charged with murder in his former cell-mate’s death which occurred in October of 2015.  57 year old Jose Hernandez-Vasquez is accused of strangling 57 year old Gerardo Arche-Felix with a bed sheet in their cell.  The death was investigated by the FBI and Bureau of Prisons Special Investigative Service.  Hernandez-Vasquez will be prosecuted in federal court and is charged with first degree murder facing a death penalty or life sentence. He is currently incarcerated in a federal prison in Missouri.

MAN RETURNED TO FACE CHARGES IN SHOOTING

Officials in Tioga County report that a man who was nabbed in Texas last month has been returned to the area to face charges stemming from a shooting in Blossburg.  39 year old James Wesley Lunch IV of Cleveland Texas was in the Bear A Bar in Blossburg in the early morning hours of April 22nd and allegedly shot another man in the stomach injuring him and pointing the gun at yet another man.  He was found in Texas the next day by U.S. Marshals.  Lynch was returned here on Sunday of this past week, arraigned on charges of attempted homicide and other counts and jailed in Tioga County Prison. His preliminary hearing is on Wednesday of next week.

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE TOMORROW

The Memorial Day weekend is upon us and there are plenty of services, parades and other events to honor those who have served our country both deceased and living.  The events begin on Saturday in Williamsport at the Veterans Memorial Park at West Fourth Street and Wahoo Drive. The Lycoming Courtney Memorial Day service will be held at 11am with representatives from wars dating back to World War II on hand.  Army Major Max Furman, a chaplain serving with the National Guard will be the guest speaker.  World War II vet, 96 year old Ernie Eakin will sing the National Anthem. Several honor guards will be on hand, and wreaths will be laid at the various memorials there.

ONLINE TRAVEL HELP

Looking to travel over the Memorial Holiday weekend.  Penn Dot is urging residents to visit the Historic Holiday Traffic Page at www.511PA.com.  The page will have information allowing for residents to plan optimal travel times on major roadways across the state this weekend.  The site allows users to see how traffic speeds on the Friday before and on Memorial Day in 2015 and 2016 com0pare to traffic conditions during a typical non-Holiday week. 

EXTRA PATROLS SET FOR WEEKEND

With the Memorial Day Weekend upon us, local and state police report that they will have extra patrols out on the roadways looking for aggressive drivers, drivers who may be impaired and as part of the Click It or Ticket Campaign, drivers and passengers who are not properly buckling up.  Motorists are reminded to be patient as roadways will be busy.  In addition, both state police in our area as well as the Lycoming County DUI Task Force will both be conducting checkpoints and roving patrols this weekend.