TRUCK DRIVER ACCUSED OF MURDER DENIED BAIL
The man who was extradited from Connecticut for the crimes surrounding the alleged murder of model Rebbeca Landrith earlier this month was denied bail by a Union County District Judge yesterday at his preliminary hearing. According to the Sun Gazette, police say during the investigation, 28 year old Tracy Rollins denied knowing Landrith at first but then said he traveled with a woman named Leslie from Connecticut to Maine and then through the Midwest before returning to our area where a PennDOT worker found Landrith’s body by the side of I-80 between Milton and Allenwood. Evidence of gunshots and other evidence supporting that Landrith was traveling with Robbins were found in his truck before he was arrested.
MEAT PLANT MUST STOP DUMPING WASTE
A Loganton Meat processing plant has been given a cease and desist letter from the DEP saying they must stop spreading what they call food processing residuals on snow covered fields in the area. According to North Central PA dot com Operations will slow, not stop, at Nicholas Meat LLC on Spruce Run Road in Greene Township today by 3:30- pm. The DEP issued the order after an inspection at the facility on February 8th. The plant increased production recently and can generate150,000 gallons of residual waste a day. The letter is also in response to community complaints, as well as to protect the environment from run-of . In a statement officials from Nicholas Meat say they will have to shut down until weather conditions permit them to reopen the plant.
VACCINES SHORTAGE BRINGS DISCUSSION ABOUT SOLUTIONS
There are still shortages of the Coronavirus vaccine in our area and local lawmakers are discussing the solutions to getting more Lycoming County residents vaccinated. According to the Sun Gazette, County commissioners are talking about planning mass vaccination sites to be established in the near future, but Rep. Joe Hamm of Montoursville criticized the Wolf administration for failing to come up with a plan to vaccinate more Pennsylvanians. In a recent study, Pennsylvania ranked 46th among all states in the U.S. at administering the vaccine. Last week, several state Democratic senators said they will introduce legislation to create a registry system so that state residents can get the shots they are seeking.
FLOODPLAIN CERTS AVAILABLE AT A DISCOUNT
Lewisburg homeowners who live in the 100-year floodplain can get discounted elevation certificates that can reduce their flood insurance costs. The FEMA elevation certificates cost $700 for these homeowners which is a discounted group price that SEDA –COG recently negotiated with Orangeville Surveying Consultants Inc. Residents must own and occupy their homes. SEDA-COG’s Flood Resiliency Program offers services related to flood resiliency and mitigation assistance both within and outside of its 11-county region. Information is available online https://seda-cog.org/departments/flood-resiliency/.
JUDGES RECUSED FROM LOCAL ABUSE CASE
The couple facing trial for abusing their 8 children over decades will not face any Common Pleas judge in Lycoming County after all have been recused in the case of Matthew and Christine Zeigler, by President Judge Nancy L. Butts last month. According to the Sun Gazette, Judge Butts ruled in the case that the defendant’s co-defendant has ties to the Lycoming County legal system as a local attorney. According to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts the case will be assigned to judges from other areas of the state.
HIGH SPEED CHASE ENDS IN CENTRE COUNTY
An Ohio man is in the Union County jail after a high speed pursuit began Sunday between him and state police which took them to Centre County. According to the Daily Item, 47 year old Josh Leach, of Smithfield Ohio, is accused of speeding beyond 100 mph on Interstate 80 then after hitting spike strips crossed into the oncoming lane, and drove for 4 miles at a high rate of speed swerving at oncoming motorists. He was arraigned Sunday on several felonies including flight to avoid apprehension, fleeing or eluding police and aggravated assault and other misdemeanors. Leach is being held on 100 thousand dollars bail.
LOCAL COVID UPDATE
Lycoming County has 43 new cases of the coronavirus reported as of midnight yesterday, Northumberland has 14, Tioga County has 5. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health there were 2,830 additional positive cases of COVID-confirmed with 97 fatalities within the same time. Statewide, there are now over 1,900 people hospitalized with COVID, of that number 240 are on ventilators.
EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE ARRIVING FOR LYCO
Lycoming County is set to give out millions of dollars to help people impacted by the pandemic. According ot the Sun Gazette, County Commissioner, Scott Metzger says there will be an allocation of $7.45 million when residents here in Lycoming County need it the most. The funds are a result of legislation passed by the state that has freed up options for eligible recipients through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Landlords can contact STEP Incorporated and ask to be placed on a waiting list until officials receive more information from the state.
HS Boys Basketball
South Williamsport beat Sullivan County 56-27, Montgomery beat Benton 67-37, Montoursville over Jersey Shore 64-54, Canton beat Williamson 80 to 60, Loyalsock beat Saint John Neumann 84-81, Shikellamy beat Lewisburg 68-54, Wyalusing over Towanda 79-41, Athens beat Sayre 57-47
HS Girls Basketball
Liberty beat Canton 40 to 39, Athens over Wyalusing 47-27
76ers beat the Raptors 109 to 102, Cavaliers beat the Hawks 112 to 111, Pistons beat Magic 105 to 93 Pistons, Nets beat the Kings 127 to 118, Warriors over the Knicks 114 to 106, Mavericks beat the Celtics 110 to 107, Bucks over Timberwolves 139 to 112, Nuggets beat the Trailblazers 111 to 106, Clippers beat the Wizards 135 to 116
Penguins beat the Capitals 3-2, Sabres beat the Devils 4-1, Blackhawks beat the Blue Jackets 6-5, Senators beat the Canadiens 5-4, Predators over Red Wings 2-nothing, Oilers beat the Canucks 4-3, Stars and Panthers were postponed
NY Rangers come to Philadelphia at 7 PM on NBC Sports Network
Tiger Woods suffered a single car rollover crash on a steep roadway in California yesterday. Today, Woods is now recovering from surgery to repair significant injuries to his right lower leg. He needed to be extricated from his damaged SUV at the site of the crash about 30 miles south of Los Angeles.