DEATH PENALTY POSSIBLE IN KILLING OF CHILD IN HER CUSTODY
The Clinton County DA is seeking the death penalty against the woman who was the guardian of 9 year old Anson Stover who was found unresponsive in a second floor bathtub of her home with signs of abuse last November. DA David Strouse filed a Notice of Aggravating Circumstances in the case against Jamie Lynne Jackson, indicating his intent to seek capital punishment. According to the Sun Gazette, Stover says there are three circumstances that support the charge of Criminal Homicide against Jackson. Her formal arraignment is on Monday
SPEED RESTRICTIONS LIFTED ON INTERSTATES
PennDOT has lifted the temporary restrictions on certain vehicles from traveling on I-80 and I-180 in north central Pennsylvania. Certain vehicles were temporarily restricted yesterday with Tier one guidelines on the interstates – but as of last night, speed reduction of 45 mph has been lifted and speeds are restored to their posted limits. While PennDOT still recommends staying home if travel is not necessary, motorists can check color-coded winter conditions on PA roadways at 511PA.com.
VICTIM OF ABUSE SUBMITS VIDEO OF INCIDENT TO INVESTIGATORS
A Williamsport woman who was the victim of abuse by a housemate last December and who had been granted a protection from abuse order, submitted a video of the alleged abuse that the attacker had recorded himself and shared with the victim, to the District Attorney’s office. According to the Sun Gazette, the recording made by 43 year old Steven Williams, shows him committing assault, false imprisonment, unlawful restraint and more with which a district judge charged him. No bail has been set for Williams who a judge determined was a danger to the community. His formal arraignment is March 8th.
FIRE DISPLACES FAMILY OF FOUR
There was a fire reported about 11am Thursday morning along Rauchtown Road that displaced a family of four. According to the Sun Gazette, several fire crews including those from Lycoming and Clinton Counties, Nippenose Valley and Antes Fort fought the fire that broke out on the second floor of a home north of Pine Mountain Road in Crawford Township, where there were original reports of a person trapped, but crews determined there was no one in the home. The fire was contained by 11:30am and the Red Cross is assisting the family.
COVID VACCINATIONS RESCHEDULED AGAIN
Geisinger medical center continues to reach out to some patients to reschedule their COVID-19 vaccination appointments today as supply and distribution of the doses are hindered because of the recent weather. According to a press release from Geisinger Medical Center, some first dose vaccines scheduled for today will be rescheduled in March, but some second dose appointments in Lewistown and Jersey Shore will be honored. If you are expecting to go in for a vaccination, administrators from the hospital system say you should check your myGeisinger accounts for updates or go online-geisinger.org/COVIDvax.
PENNDOT SAYS AVOID HIGH ELEVATION ROADWAYS HERE
The severe winter weather across our region is affecting some areas of higher elevations and PennDOT has advised commercial vehicles and large trucks to avoid certain roadways in north central Pennsylvania. Large trucks should avoid Route 54, Natalie Mountain, between Route 487 in Ralpho Township and Route 61 in Mount Carmel Township, in Northumberland County. As well as Route 44 between Route 554 in Elimsport in Washington Township and Route 654 in Limestone Township in Lycoming County. PennDOT says they will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until precipitation stops and roads are clear.
OFFICERS SEEK WILLIAMSPORT SHOOTING SUSPECT
K-9 officers lost the trail of a suspect who was being sought for the shooting injury of a man at home in the 1500 block of Louisa Street last night. According to the Sun Gazette, Williamsport City Police said a man kicked in the door to the home around 9pm and shot the victim in the leg. The suspect fled the scene and a K-9 officer followed his trail to a site near Mount Carmel Street. The victim was taken to UMPC for treatment. Old Lycoming Township and State Police assisted at the scene.
ROBBERY SUSPECT CAUGHT
A Williamsport man accused of robbing the Smokers Express store on Allegheny Street on Thursday morning and fleeing the scene, has been incarcerated after being found by police hiding under a table in a neighborhood yard. According to the Sun Gazette, 44 year old Jess Lee Rauch fled the store on foot after the robbery was reported and witnesses say someone who looked like the suspect got into a Jeep parked nearby and drove away starting a police pursuit. After parking again and allegedly throwing stolen cash from the vehicle, Rauch was arrested withing 15 minutes of the incident. He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.
LOCAL COVID UPDATE
Lycoming County reported 19 new cases of the coronavirus as of yesterday, Northumberland County has 18, Snyder has 10 new cases, , Tioga reports 7 and Clinton County has 11. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, as of midnight yesterday there were 3,345 additional positive cases of COVID-19 statewide and 94 new fatalities reported. In Pennsylvania over 2,100 people are hospitalized with the virus and of those, 255 are on ventilators.
Iowa beat the PSU Lady Lions 96-78
Raptors beat the Bucks 110 to 96, the Nets beat the Lakers 109-98, Heat over Kings 118 to 110
The Bulls are in Philadelphia to play the 76ers and the Hawks play the Celtics in Boston – both those games 7:30pm
Rangers beat the Flyers 3-2, Penguins beat the Islanders 4-1, Devils beat the Bruins 3-2, Blue Jackets beat Predators 3-nothing, Maple Leafs over the Senators 7-3, Capitals beat the Sabres 3-1, Blues beat the Sharks 3-2 in OT, Kings beat the Coyotes 3-2, Wild over the Ducks 3-1, Lightning and Stars were postponed
The Flyers play in Boston Sunday at 2 PM on NBC
In the NFL
Tthe Eagles have traded Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts for a third round pick in this year‘s draft and a conditional second round pick in 2022