STUDENT FACES CHARGES
In a statement released by the Williamsport Area School District on Friday regarding an online threat at the Middle School on March 8th, school officials say the offending student will face criminal charges. The district reports that after a week long investigation by them and Williamsport police that the unidentified student has admitted to making the threat which caused issues during the school day there. Not only wil the juvenile face criminal charges, they will also be subject to school disciplinary action including an expulsion hearing. District officials say they will take any threats seriously and will enforce the necessary consequences.
AREA FIREFIGHTER INJURED
Several brush fires over the weekend, has area fire officials warning residents to keep a close eye on their outdoor burning. Conditions are ripe for brush fires which could spread quickly in windy conditions. A field fire yesterday in Hepburn Township resulted in a female firefighter being flown to Geisinger Medical Center after she was run over by a firefighting vehicle. The woman’s name and condition have not been released. One other person was treated for smoke inhalation during that fire which broke out along Spook Hollow Road. It took about 30 minutes to put that fire out.
DUKE STREET WORK CONTINUES
The work continues on Duke Street in Northumberland this week as crews upgrade drainage and install new curbs on Duke Street. The work will take place from 7am to 5pm and a car detour remains in effect. Northbound motorists will use 2nd Street to King Street to 7th Street to Duke Street and southbound motorists will use 6th Street to Queen Street to 3rd Street and back to Duket Street. In addition, there is a lane closure on Route 11 and parking in prohibited. Other work is also taking place and the truck detour remains in effect in Northumberland as well.
DUI CHECKPOINT IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
4 persons were charged with DUI over the weekend following a sobriety detail in Northumberland County. State police in Stonington set up a checkpoint on an unnamed roadway in the county Saturday night into Sunday and report they stopped 100 vehicles, arresting 4 drivers for DUI,. They also issued 6 traffic citations and 2 written warnings. Police there say that their continued goal is to reduce the number of alcohol and drug related fatal and serous crashes and keep DUI drivers off of Pennsylvania’s Roadways.
MAN NOW FACES A MURDER CHARGE
A man who held police at bay in Shamokin last month, at one point shooting at them before being shot by officers himself now faces a murder charge. 41 year old Jose Colon has admitted to assaulting and then shooting 23 year old Kassandra Ortiz with a shotgun on the night of February 26th following a dispute over drugs. He has been charged with a count of homicide as well as other counts stemming from that shooting, and faces several more counts in the police standoff which followed. He is being held in Northumberland County without bail.
YAW HOLDS TELEPHONE TOWN HALL MEETING
State Senator Gene Yaw will update 23rd district residents on the Governor’s budget proposal as well as other state related issues during a telephone town hall meeting this evening. The senator will hold the session from 6 to 7pm and the format will allow community residents to participate in a discussion on state issues without the need to travel. Participants will be able to ask questions. Residents can still sign up for the event in advance on Senator Yaw’s website at www.senatorgeneyaw.com. The event will also have a live audio stream page that can also be accessed on the senator’s website.
AGGRESSIVE DRIVING ENFORCEMENT
From now through April 29th, state and local police will team up for an aggressive driving enforcement effort. Police will be looking for drivers who are speeding, not following work-zone safety rules and those not keeping right and passing left amongst other aggressive driving moves. They say they will pull drivers over and issue citations. During last year’s effort across Pennsylvania, officers issued more than 44,000 citations as well as making 33 felony arrests, taking 94 fugitives into custody and making other arrests as well.
LITTER PICK UP THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH
Now through the end of the month, you may encounter PennDOT maintenance crews along Routes 180, 15 and 220 in Lycoming County and Route 220 in Sullivan County as they participate in a litter pick-up. PennDOT says there will be no traffic impacts during the clean up but motorists are asked to be alert and watch for workers near the roadway and drive accordingly.