ADDITIONAL CHARGES FILED

Additional charges have been filed against a man accused of selling heroin in the city of Williamsport.  It’s possible that heroin may have been laced with fentanyl and could be connected to a string of overdoses over a couple of day’s period of time at the end of June.  Wayne Davidson was arrested on June 29th after selling heroin to a confidential informant twice in a two day period at the end of June.  Authori9ties have not yet made a connection between Davidsons and the laces heroin and that investigation continues   a search of his home turned up a gun he reportedly stole from a man in Riverside PA.   Davidson has been jailed in lieu of $550,000 dollars bail.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY 

Old Lycoming Township police have announced the arrest of a Township man accused of robbing another man at gunpoint at a township residence last week.  Police believe that Marcus Miller and another as yet unidentified man robbed a man who showed up at Miller’s Mill Lane residence on Wednesday night to deliver marijuana there.  Miller and the other man pulled guns and took the man’s marijuana as well as money and then let him go.  Police took Miller into custody at his residence yesterday finding marijuana and a couple of weapons inside the residence.  He has been charged with several counts and jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.

COMMISSIONERS POSTPONE VOTE

During their meeting yesterday, Lycoming County Commissioner decided to delay a vote on an in-prison drug treatment program which they discussed earlier this week.  Citing limited funding for such programs, Commissioners say they want to study the plan to use $50,000 dollars to employ the West Branch Drug and Alcohol Commission for treatment sessions in the prison.   The idea behind having the in-prison treatment is getting inmates into treatment faster with the possibility of county taxpayers saving more money down the line with a decreased number of repeat offenders.

OIL SPILL IN SOUTH SIDE

Emergency crews and DEP personnel were called out yesterday morning for a reported oil spill in South Williamspor.t the spill was reported in a creek feeding the Susquehanna River near the Maynard Street Bridge yesterday morning shortly before 9. A boat was launched into the river to check and see how much of the oil made its way into the Susquehanna and a pipe which feeds water into the river was closed off.  DEP was called in for clean-up. No word on where the oil came from or how much was spilled. That investigation continues 

PLANE CRASH VICTIM IDENTIFIED

The operator of a small plane which crashed near Towanda on Wednesday has been identified as Scott Wilcox of Sugary Run. Wilcox was operating the small two passenger plane near the Towanda Airport around 11:30 on Wednesday when it went down in a wooded area, catching fire and killing the man.  He is described as an air force veteran and business owner in the Towanda Area.  An autopsy has been scheduled, and the plan crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

ANNUAL SALE NETS MORE THAN A HALF MILLION DOLLARS

Northumberland County held its annual judicial sale yesterday generating more than $522,000 dollars with the sale of 72 properties. The sale is held each year for properties where the owners have not paid their property taxes in the past two years and that have been through an upset sale with no buyers.  Northumberland County officials say the sales will allow for the taxes to be paid and for the properties to be put back on the county and municipal tax rolls. 

STABBING SUSPECT FOUND

Police in Berwick have confirmed that they have found and arrested a man involved in a stabbing there earlier this week.  John Gurns was found at an outdoor pavilion in Berwick yesterday and taken into custody.  He was accused of stabbing another man with a hunting knife at the man’s residence earlier this week.  No word on that man’s identity or condition. Gurns is jailed in Columbia County Prison.

MAN CONVICTED OF CHILD PORN SENTENCED

A Hughesville man will spend 2 to 4 years in State prison for possessing child pornography.  39 year old Eric Green was found guilty on 989 separate counts following a one day trial in March.  Green was found to be sharing the child porn online in December of 2014 during a state police investigation and a search warrant at his Hughesville apartment turned up nearly 100 pornographic images.  Gere was also charged with several counts of sexual abuse of children and criminal use of a communications facility.

COUNCIL TAKES CARE OF BUSINESS

Williamsport City Council took care of some business during their meeting last night.  Council approved a total of $3,000 in grant funding for seven organizations as part of the James David Robinson Cultural Grant program, Approved the naming of an unnamed city alley between Brandon and Glenwood Avenues as Andy’s Alley and city councilperson Randall Allison made a request of the city’s finance director to look into the possibility of grants or other funding streams which could help with regular maintenance of the city’s historic cemetery in the city’s East End.

COUNTY FAIR IN FINAL TWO DAYS

The Lycoming County Fair gets set to wrap up it’s 147th run in Hugheszville over the next two day.s   Events today include the Lycoming County 4-H Youth Horse and Pony Show at 9:30am, the Open Beef Show at 10am and the Youth Livestock sale at 6pm.  Entertainment on the Red Dog Mobile Storage Stage today includes Dan and Galla, Katie Ruibino, Casey Chapman, Keeghan Nolan and the Less Boys. On the Blaize Alexander Family of Dealerships Stage it’s Katie Rubino and Keeghan Nolan.  The Dale Wheeland Memorial Tractor Pull begins at 6pm. Join WILQ/WZXR/Oldiez 93 on the midway tonight and tomorrow from 5 till 9pm.