TRUCK GOES INTO WATER

Emergency workers and a dive crew from Harrisburg were busy yesterday afternoon in Snyder County trying to retrieve a truck which rolled into the Susquehanna River.  The truck’s owner who was not named was trying to load a boat onto a trailer at the Shady Nook Boat Launch which is located in Snyder County, though the section of river he was in is in Northumberland County.  The man said the truck’s brakes failed and it rolled into the river. He was able to jump out of the way without injury. It took several hours to retrieve that truck from the river.

FIRE HITS SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT HOME

Fire struck in South Williamsport yesterday afternoon leaving four persons homeless. Fire broke out in the bedroom of a home on Tallman Avenue just off of Route 15 around 3:15 yesterday bringing in firefighters from South Williamsport, Loyalsock Township, Duboistown and Nisbet.  When they arrived, they found flames shooting form the bedroom window.  It took about 15 minutes to knock down the flames and the four persons inside the home were able to make it out without injury. A damage estimate has not been released and a state police fire marshal is expected to be on the scene today to look into the cause of that South Williamsport fire. 

ANOTHER CANDIDATE FOR COUNCIL

Another Williamsport woman has decided to run for city council.  34 year old Mathilda Noviello has announced her intention to run for the Democratic nomination to run in the fall for one of three city council seats up for grabs.  Noviello says that she pledges to serve everyday working people and their families and says she will run a grass roots campaign.  Noviello says that she wasn’t to reduce the burden taxpayer’s bear and find solutions to get more people involved and aware of local government activities. 

BARN DESTROYED BY FIRE IN MONTOUR COUNTY

Firefighters from Montour, Lycoming and Union Counties were called out last evening to a barn fire in Anthony Township, Montour County. The fire broke out in the 25 by 45 foot barn on a farm property along Yeagle Road around 8 last night and when the first firefighters arrived on the scene the structure was fully involved in flames.  It took about 40 minutes or so to put the fire out, but not before the barn was destroyed.  It’s believed there were some ATV’s inside.  No was injured, the owner was not named, a damage estimate not released and the cause of that fire is under investigation.

STORM WATER COLLECTION DISCUSSED

Williamsport city residents and business owners were invited out to a pair of public meetings yesterday to find out just what the Williamsport Sanitary Authority has in store for future storm water collection improvements.  Authority officials say aging infrastructure as well as other issues is pointing towards reconstruction and replacement of the current system which is in place to alleviate flooding in the city during heavy rains.  City residents and businesses are finding out that they will have to help pay for the system improvements, possibly as much as $70 extra dollars a year for property owners and up to $65 a quarter for non-residential customers.

FIRE STRIKES IN UPPER FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP

Firefighters were called out yesterday afternoon in Upper Fairfield Township when a controlled burn which was started earlier in the day, smoldered and then got out of control, spreading across brush and burning two buildings.  Someone had tried to set fire to some pallets around 1pm on the Maggs Property along Tallman Hollow Road and then left when the fire did not ignite.  The fire smoldered and then ignited setting brush on fire around 3:30. That fire then spread to both a large storage trailer and another outbuilding on the property. One firefighter was treated for exhaustion at the scene. The structures were vacant, and a damage estimate has not been released.

CABINS BURGLARIZED

State police in Montoursville say they are investigating the burglary of season cabins in Commings Township.  They say that last month over a two day period someone burglarized season cabins on Roberts Lane in Cummings Township owned by a Williamsport business and a Jersey Shore resident.  It’s not known what if anything was taken and police are asking anyone with information regarding those burglaries to call them at 570-368-5700.

TRESPASSING INVESTIGATED

State Police in Montoursville are investigating a criminal trespass on a property in Upper Fairfield Township which occurred last month.  Police say on January 27th the occupant of a property along Mountain Road spotted a strange truck parked outside and then spotted a man gaining entrance into a storage shed on the property.  When he came outside to investigate the man fled on foot, got into the truck with at least one other person and took off. He followed the truck for a short distance which was described as a dark colored Ford Pick-up either an f-250 or F-350 with out of state plates.  Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 570-368-5700.