FIRE IN MUNCY CREEK TOWNSHIP

Firefighters are on the scene this morning of a reported structure fire in Muncy Creek Township. The first alarm was called in shortly past 5am for a house fire on Kepner Hill Road with flames showing. Several area companies were called and when the first firefighters arrived, they reported that the two story house was heavily involved in flames and a second alarm was quickly called in bringing in extra manpower from several other companies as well as tankers to shuttle water.  The occupants were able to make it out without injury. Firefighters are still on the scene, and the cause has not been determined. 

COUNCIL AGREES TO SEEK MONEY FOR SKYWALK

A pursuit of money to construct a proposed skywalk which would span West Third Street between the parking deck and the Trade and Transit Centre’s 1 and 2 was given approval by Williamsport City Council last night.  River Valley Transit will seek $3.8 million dollars in state grants and provide a local funding match.  $2 million dollars would be used for the skywalk project which would allow for easier access to both downtown buildings as well as give a nice view of the downtown area along West and East Third Streets.  There are no construction design plans yet. 

HUGHESVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH THEFTS

A Hughesville man faces a preliminary hearing today for the theft of about $30,000 dollars’ worth of merchandise from several Lycoming County homes in order to support his and another woman’s heroin habit.  29 year old Travis Eiswerth reported hatched a plan with the woman who worked for a local cleaning service to steal jewelry and other items from the homes she was working in and selling the items in order to purchase heroin, said to be a 50 bag a day habit for both.  Eiswerth reportedly told police that he would beat the woman who has not yet been identified if she didn’t take the items.  She has not been charge yet. Eiswerth is free on $50,000 bail and faces 18 separate counts.

WOMAN SENTENCED FOR SELLING HER ACCESS CARD ONLINE 

A local woman who used Facebook to put her food stamps up for sale for a discounted price in order to buy heroin pleaded guilty this week in Lycoming County Court and was immediately sentenced to 2 to 34 months less a day in county prison.  Tanya Keenan-Mack is accused of using a Williamsport sales site on Facebook to sell the $194 dollar access card for $100 in cash. The woman will also serve probation for a year, have to pay back the $194 dollars in restitution and serve 50 hours of community service.

COMMISSIONERS SAY YES TO FEDERAL MONEY

Lycoming County Commissioners during their meeting yesterday made sure that three county municipalities will receive federal funding for various projects.  Commissioners approved the sub recipient funding of more than $102,000 dollars for Washington Township for construction on Hill Road, $37,900 dollars to the Tiadaghton Valley Municipal Authority for construction of a pump station in Porter Township and close to $70,000 dollars for the borough of Jersey Shore for curb work there.  The grant funding goes towards projects that directly benefit those with low to moderate incomes.

WORKPLACE ACCIDENT IDENTIFIED

Authorities have identified the man who died at a Northumberland Workplace on Wednesday morning.  The Northumberland County Coroner identifies the man as 20 year old Anthony Parsons who most recently lived in Shamokin Dam. An autopsy confirms the man died from blunt force trauma to the chest due to entrapment in a spa metal mold which was accidentally dropped on the man.  The man received significant internal injuries and it’s believed he died within seconds of the 8am accident.

SELINSGROVE MAN PLEADS NO CONTEST IN KILLING OF WIFE

An elderly Selinsgrove man will spend 90 months to 40 years in state prison for the killing of his wife at their Selinsgrove home.  Kenneth Wochley pleaded no contest to a charge of third degree murder and was immediately sentenced yesterday.  His wife Ann Wochley was found beaten to death in their home on April 2nd of 2016.  Mr. Wochley was found unresponsive in a chair near the woman’s body.  The 76 year old Wochley would not even be eligible for parole until he serves at least seven and a half years of his sentence. No motive was given for the killing.

LABOR PEACE AT PENN COLLEGE 

Labor peace was assured for the next five years at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. The school and the members of the Penn College Education Association which includes full-time teaching faculty, librarians and counselors have agreed one new contract which will run from 2018 through 2023.  Annual salary increases will range from 1.55 pe4rcent to 2 percent at the end of the contract.  The College’s current health-care plan will remain in effect through the end of the contract. 

DRUG TAKE BACK DAY TOMORROW

National Drug Take back day is tomorrow and Pennsylvania State Police in Montoursville will participate.  Area residents can properly dispose of unused prescription medications between 10am and 2pm at then Montoursville State Police Barracks at 899 Cherry Street. The event is aimed at encouraging the public to dispose of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs that are prone to abuse and theft.  No liquids, needles or sharps will be accepted  In addition, there are permanent drop boxes at many police departments in the county as well as Weis Markets within Lycoming County as well.

EMERGENCY DRILL ON SUNDAY

A large amount of emergency vehicles will be seen at or near the UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center and along West Fourth Street in the city on Sunday between the hours of 8am and 1pm.  Residents are asked not to be alarmed as fire, EMS and police will be conducting a training exercise during those hours.  During that time, there will be a large presence of not only emergency vehicles, but personnel and other activity. There will also be a large number of role-playing victims during the event.