FEDERAL HEROIN TRIAL CONTINUES

A federal trial in Williamsport for a suspected heroin dealer continues into today.  Antoine Davis faces several charges stemming from his arrest in the summer of 2015 after a search at a home in Loyalsock Township turned up 116 grams of the drug with a street value of more than $58,000 dollars as well as crack cocaine, cocaine and marijuana as well as an estimated $1500 in suspected drug money.  Several prosecution witnesses have testified against Davis including a co-conspirator who has already entered a guilty plea in the case.  The jury has been ordered to return to the federal court house at 9:30 this morning with that trial expected to wrap up.

MAN SEVERELY BURNED

A Montoursville Area man was flown to the Lehigh Valley Burn Center in Allentown after a camper he was working on caught fire at a Fairview Court residence yesterday morning. The man who was not named was apparently using a cutting torch to cut apart the camper for scrap around 9am when the fire sparked.  It’s believed that gasoline fumes caused the fire to spark and the man suffered severe burns during the fire.  His name and condition have not yet been released. The Montoursville Fire Department was called in to put out the flames there yesterday morning. 

CAR THIEF JAILED

A man was jailed on Tuesday night after stealing a vehicle from a gas station in Lewisburg in which a 10 year old girl was inside.  Police say around 9pm on Tuesday, an unidentified man was gassing up his vehicle at the Fuel On Station along Route 15 in Lewisburg, and went inside to pay leaving his ten year old niece in the car, when a man jumped in and took off the wrong way.  The girl started screaming and the man eventually pulled into the CVS store parking lot and took off on foot.  He was apprehended a few hours later when during a traffic stop officers noticed the passenger in the vehicle matching the description of the car thief.  Christopher Ott is charged with theft, kidnapping and robbery and is jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail.

WATER AND SEWER RATES TO RISE

The Williamsport Water and Sanitary Authority yesterday approved a rate hike for its customers.  Quarterly bills will go up beginning on January 1st of next year and the rate increase will amount to about $7 dollars per quarter or $39 dollars more per year for the average household.  Authority officials say the rate hike is needed in part to help pay for ongoing improvements to water mains and upgrades to the sanitary system as well as a decline in metered water consumption.  Amongst those improvements are the ongoing main replacements at Four Mile Drive and along West Fourth Street and Trenton Avenues in the city as well as South Williamsport.

NEW MAYOR AND COUNCILPERSON APPOINTED

The borough of Jersey Shore has a new mayor and councilperson.  Borough Council yesterday voted 6-0 in both instances to appoint Denny Thompson as mayor and Denise Hurlbutt to council.  Thompson who works with the Jersey Shore School District takes over for Mayor Dennis Buttorf who moved outside of the borough and had to resign. His term of office will end next year.  Hurlbutt replaces Reverend John Piscarcik who took a position elsewhere and her term of office will also end next year. 

WOLF URGES QUICK WORK

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf addressed the state general assembly yesterday outlining legislative priorities for the rest of 2016.  Amongst the legislation Wolf would like to see passed are bills which are not being considered to fight the opioid epidemic in the state.  Wolf is urging the state house and senate to work together to quickly pass the legislation which includes bills to require prescribers to check the state’s prescription drug monitoring data base every time they prescribe opioids and to limit prescriptions to emergency room patients to seven days amongst others.  Several of the bills are being sponsored by local state senator Gene Yaw.

UNION COUNTY OFFICE TEMPORARILY MOVED

Employees at the Union County Register and Recorder’s office at the Courthouse in Lewisburg are working out of a different office for the time being.  County officials had to temporarily relocate the office into a space across the hall, due to employees there feeling ill and coming down with symptoms described as similar to a sinus infection including watery eyes, irate throat and stuffy nose.  Testing was performed on Tuesday for air quality in the office and results could be released as early as today.  For the time being the office will remain in its temporary space.  No other county employees reported any symptoms.

THREE JAILED FOLLOWING ATTEMPTED ROBBERY

An investigation into an attempted robbery in Mansfield over the weekend, in part through social media resulted in the arrest of three of four men involved.  A Mansfield University student reported that a car pulled up to him around 12:30 on Saturday morning with the occupant’s threatning to shoot him if he did not give up money and the contents of his pockets. The man was able to walk away and called 911 on his cellphones with the car taking off.  The car was later found as were three of the four students inside who have been charged and jailed in Tioga County prison.  Police are looking for the 4th person.

PAINTING CITY HALL PINK

Williamsport City Hall will be bathed in Pink once again this October.  Mayor Gabriel Campana and other guests will light Williamsport City Hall in pink lights on Monday October 3rd at 6:30pm in observance of National Breast Cancer Month.  The pink lights will be in honor of breast cancer survivors, those who are currently fighting the disease and those who have lost their lives to breast cancer.