A MAN HOSPITALIZED, HIS SON ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT
A Muncy area man is in Geisinger Medical Center in serious condition after suffering a beating allegedly at the hands of his son. Police say 26 year old Cody Lee Chestnut went to the Muncy Creek Township home of his father Donald on Wednesday and demanded money. When the father would not give him any, he allegedly assaulted the man they began strangling him. Donald Chestnut suffered broken bones in the face, broken ribs and an aortic tear in the attack and was only able to get away when he promised his son he wouldn’t report the incident. Cody Chestnut was arrested yesterday, charged with several counts and jailed without bail.
CARBON MONOXIDE THE CAUSE OF DEATH FOR A TEEN
State police in Selinsgrove have released a few more details concerning the death of a father and daughter at a home in Monroe Township, outside of Selinsgrove this week. Police say that 15 year old Jade Gillison died from Carbon Monoxide poisoning. They have not yet released the cause of death for her father, 41 year old Donavon Gillison and say their investigation continues. The two were found dead in their Fisher Road home on Tuesday afternoon. Police say that there is no danger to the community.
COMMISSIONERS APPROVE FIRE POLICE GRANT
During their meeting yesterday, Lycoming County Commissioners approved a county grant which will hopefully go towards increasing the number of volunteer fire police within the county. A $1,000 dollar grant for training and education will go to the Lycoming County Fi9re Police Association. Officials report dwindling numbers of county residents volunteering for the job in which volunteer’s direct traffic after an accident or during large events such as parades. It’s hoped the money which was once supplied by the Federal Emergency Manage3ment Agency can help with recruiting as well.
STRONG ARMED ROBBERY REPORTED IN CITY
Williamsport police were called out overnight to a reported strong armed robbery in the 700 block of West Fourth Street. Police were on the scene very quickly once the call came in. the suspect is described as a black male wearing a green shirt. No word on who the victim is of if anything was taken during that robbery. No other information has been released and it’s not known if anyone was taken into custody overnight.
NO VERDICT YET
Following six hours of deliberations, the jury in the Graham Spanier child endangerment case was sent to get some sleep and will return this morning to continue those deliberations. Spanier, a former Penn State University president is on trial for failing to report allegations that former Assistant Football coach Jerry Sandusky showered with and sexually assaulted a boy on the Penn State Campus in 2001. The defense did not call any witnesses as the case wrapped up yesterday in Dauphin County Court. Spanier faces counts of child endangerment and conspiracy.
A Mifflinburg man will have to wait another month before a court hearing on homicide charges of stabbing another man to death in Lewisburg. 32 year old Terrell Jordan was to have his preliminary hearing on April 13th, but that has not been postponed to May 11th. He is accused of stabbing and killing 28 year old Aaron Boone during a confrontation in the area of Seventh and Saint Louis Streets in Lewisburg on March 4th. Boone was stabbed several times and died at the hospital a short time later.
BIDS FOR THIRD CSVT CONTRACT OPENED
PennDOT continues to move forward on the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway Project. Yesterday, bids were opened for the 3rd contract for the project which will be for construction of the US. 15 interchange just south of Winfield in Monroe Township, Snyder County and Union Township in Union County. The contract includes 1.5 million cubic yards of earthwork, four bridges, approximately ¾’s of a mile of reconstruction of Route 15 and a temporary bridge over US 15 to accommodate earthmoving operations. The unofficial low bidder was New Enterprise Stone and Lime Company with a bid of $37.2 million dollars. Its hope work can begin in May with completion of that contract in 2019.
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY CLEAN-UP
While driving in Northumberland County next week, make sure you keep an eye out for PennDOT maintenance crews participating in litter cleanup along some main roads there. The cleanup will take place Monday through Thursday of next week on I-80 and 1-180 countywide and on Route 147 between Route 405 and I-80. Penn Dot reports that activities will be during daylight hours and motorists are asked to be alert and drive with caution when encountering PennDOT workers along the roadway. The work is weather permitting.