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SPECIAL TIOGA BOROUGH MEETING GETS HEATED

The meeting at the Tioga Borough Council last night had hundreds in attendance for the consideration of the resignation of president Steve Hazlett and his wife, Councilwoman Marybess Hazlett, and Timothy Loehmann, the officer who shot and killed Tamir Rice as Cleveland police officer in 2014 who was approved for hire last week by a council who had no idea of his background.  According to the Sun Gazette, the meeting got contentious when there was a motion to add the resignations of solicitor Jeffery Loomis and code enforcer Andre Reed to the agenda.  Vice President Bob Wheeler disagreed with the process and argued with councilman Alan Brooks who ran Tuesday’s special meeting. Wheeler removed himself from the meeting to the applause of many in attendance, but there was still a quorum with the remaining council members voting 2-1, approving all the resignations at once.

MAN STEALS EMPLOYEE’S DIRECT DEPOSIT INFO

A Williamsport man is free on bail after he was accused of taking an employee’s direct deposit information and used it to pay for his personal spending. According to North Central PA dot com, Iverson Pierre was in a position to steal the information and police say he attempted to use the victim’s credit card, debit card, and personal checking account, but the transactions never went through.  State Troopers took Pierre into custody and charged him with third degree felony access to a device used to obtain property.

CHANGES PLANNED FOR RIVER VALLEY PLAZA

Some changes are being planned for the River Valley Plaza that hasn’t seen any major renovations since it was built in 1985.  According to the Sun Gazette, the owners of the property off of Basin Street and Via Bella are proposing, along with Pine Ridge Construction, to revitalize storefronts and redesign the Starbucks parking lot in order to have two drive-thru lanes which will improve traffic flow in the plaza. Construction is to start after land development plans are finalized through city and county government, likely next year. 

LYCOMING COUNTY FAIR STARTS TODAY

The 151st Lycoming County Fair opens today at 4pm at the Fairgrounds in Hughesville  and will run through Saturday, July 23rd.  There is entertainment all week with free Harness racing tonight in the grandstand and music on the Red Dog Mobile Storage Stage. According to the Fairs’s Facebook page, they are seeking acts for the talent show on Tuesday, July 19th, those interested can fill out an application at the office. Thursday, July 21st, all military personnel get free admission.  

WASD TEACHER ACCUSED OF TWO SEXUAL ASSAULT INCIDENTS

More charges have been filed against a Williamsport School math teacher accused of being sexually involved with two student victims.  According to the Sun Gazette, 42 year old Christopher Yoder of Williamsport faces one set of felony charges after a student alleged the abuse in the 2011-2012 school year.  A second set of six more felony charges is from an alleged incident with a student at the end of the 2019 -2020 school year. Yoder was released on 75 thousand dollars bail after an arraignment in front of District Judge William Solomon.

MAN INJURED IN SUNBURY ACCIDENT

A Sunbury man was injured after a one vehicle crash in Kelly Township, Union County.  According to Milton State police, 58 year old Sean Finnerty crashed into a utility pole along River Road after he was speeding and traveled off the shoulder.  Troopers say Finnerty, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was able to drive himself to Evangelical Community Hospital for treatment.

GOVERNOR WOLF WILL CONSIDER STATE ELECTION FUNDING BILL

A spokesperson for Governor Wolf said that when it gets to his desk, he will review a bill put forth by Pennsylvania lawmakers that could give counties up to 45 million dollars in grant funding for elections, but will ban private funding.  According to the Sun Gazette, Republicans have been seeking this legislation for a while, passing it in the Senate by a 46-4 vote, but in the House the vote came in at a more narrow margin, 103-96.  There are some strings attached to the bill, including beginning the  counting of ballots at 7am on Election Day, but to “continue without interruption” until all ballots are counted –PA election officials feel is difficult to interpret, possibly creating more burden on the process than less. Counties can apply for the grant money starting August 15th.

LYCOMING CO. LANDFILL HAS NEW SUMMER TRAFFIC PATTERNS

There will be a temporary change in traffic patterns at the Lycoming County Landfill in Montgomery while they accommodate changes at the facility for a new scale project starting Friday.  According to the Sun Gazette, inbound traffic is affected and those vehicles will be required to check in at the Recycling Scales until the project is complete in mid-August. According to Landfill authorities weekdays the outbound landfill scales will be used as normal and on Saturday the inbound and outbound traffic will use the recycling scales. There will be signs and traffic barriers in place during the changes this summer.

SPORTS

MLB
          Guardians 4        White Sox 1 Game 1
          White Sox 7       Guardians 0 Game 2
Pirates 3              Marlins 2
Reds 4                 Yankees 3
Blue Jays 4         Phillies 3
Ray 3                   Red Sox 2
Braves 4              Mets 1
Orioles 4             Cubs 2
Mariners and Nationals were postponed due to rain.

MLB Draft League
Frederick 7         Williamsport 3 @ Muncy Bank ballpark last night – (1-1)
MLB Draft League Tonight
Game 3 of 3 Frederick Keys in Williamsport 6:35 first pitch


NHL NEWS
Evgeni Malkin has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins on the eve of NHL free agency. 35 year old Malkin,  will earn $24.4 million over four years for an average annual value of $6.1 million.  Penguins general manager Ron Hextall said Tuesday that they are thrilled to watch Malkin continue his remarkable legacy in Pittsburgh.

NCAA NEWS
Hughesville graduate, Jayden Leighow,  was named the Lycoming college’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award yesterday.  According to the Sun Gazette, Leighow helped Lycoming College’s women’s soccer team win 10 games in back-to-back campaigns for the first time in program history.  Now the selection committee will determine the top three honorees from each division from the Top 30 and announce the nine finalists in the fall.

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