FORMER STUDENT TEACHER CHARGED

A Clinton County woman is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14 year old boy, a boy she had taught the year before as a student teacher in the Jersey Shore School District.  25 year old Alexandria Kaluzny of Salona was a student teacher in the district in the spring of 2017 while finishing up her degree and Mansfield University, meeting the boy there.  She allegedly began a sexual relationship with him that summer after she had finished her teaching there and it continued into this summer, also allegedly sending him explicit images on a cell phone.    She has been charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault and other counts, was arraigned yesterday and jailed in lieu of $25,000 dollars bail. 

GRANT APPLICATION APPROVED

The Lycoming County DA’s office is hoping for almost $256,000 dollars in grant money in order to cover the cost of two victim and witness coordinators for the next two years.  County Commissioners approved a grant application to the state’s Commission on Crime and Delinquency which would pay salaries and fringe benefits for the two positions.  Any other money needed for the positions would come through the district attorney’s special fund which would not mean any tax dollars for the county.  The grant breaks down to just below $64,000 dollars for each coordinator for each year. 

POLICE LOOKING FOR MAN WHO TOOK PICTURES OF CHILDREN

Police in Northumberland are investigating and incident in which a man was taking pictures of children at a school bus stop there yesterday morning.  Police say a black male with a beard, wearing a large silver ring and driving a white 15 passenger van with tinted windows began beeping his horn at children at the bus stop at Second and Queen Street around 7:45am, then taking pictures of them.  Several parents witnessed the act saying no one knew the man.  The van had Florida plates and police there say they continue their investigation. No children were harmed in the incident.

PAGE TO RETIRE

A long time Lycoming County District Judge has decided it’s time to hang it up.  Allen Page who is the magisterial District Judge for District Court 29-1-02 with his office at the Lycoming County courthouse has been covering the Eastern Portion of Williamsport since 1987 and has decided that he will retire effective December 31st of this year.  With his retirement at the end of the year, his position can be placed on the county’s election ballot next year.  Page who says he is in good health, has decided the time is right to step down but would be available to serve as a senior judge.

FLY PROBLEM ABATED FOR NOW

It looks like a five year problem in an area of Limestone Township in Lycoming County involving fly infestation has abated for now.  During their meeting yesterday, Lycoming County Commissioners announced that despite the wet summer, that the fly problem emanating from a chicken farm in the township has been reduced giving neighbors relief for the first time in five years.  The farmer who now operates the farm has been given credit for tackling the problem as well as neighbors who have been proactive in fighting the problem. 

COLLAPSED BUILDING WILL COME DOWN

A building which collapsed on Wednesday afternoon in Berwick, injuring seven and sending four of them to the hospital will come down today. The building along Second Street there came down on Wednesday afternoon sending up a plume of dust and smoke which could be seen across town.  A teen girl was injured seriously after she was struck by debris and is in the hospital recovering from her injuries.  Investigators have not said yet what caused that building collapse, but say it will have to come down as it still poses a threat.

FOUR ALUMNI HONORED

Four Williamsport Area High School Alumni are the latest to be honored with the District Education Foundation’s Distinguished Alumni Awards. During an Award Ceremony at the Trade and Transit II Centre in Downtown Williamsport yesterday, 1961 graduate Phillip Thomas, 1980 Graduate Harold Hurwitz, 1987 graduate Greg Walker and 1987 graduate Michael Stratton were all honored for their work within their various professions as well as with community organzations.  With the induction of the four into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, there are now 16 graduates form the High School who have now been honored since 2012.

CANDIDATE HOLDS TOWN HALL RIVERSIDE CHAT

A Riverside chat, featuring 83rd District Democratic candidate Airneezer Page will take place tomorrow night at Susquehanna State Park in the city of Williamsport.  The town hall meeting which will be held from 5 to 7pm at the pavilion at the State Park will allow voters and others the opportunity to ask the candidate questions an learn more about her plans for residents in the district..  The town hall meeting is free and open to the public.

PASSENGER SAFETY SEAT WEEK

National Child Passenger Safety Seat week begins on Sunday and runs through next Saturday.  Pennsylvania State police in Montoursville say they will be offering a number of dates and times to scheduled child safety seat checks.  Children under the age of 4 are required to be in a Child Safety seat and those under 2 should be in a rear facing seat.  The checks are scheduled to make sure the seats are properly installed and safe.  If you would like to schedule a time to have a safety seat or booster checked or installed, or have any questions regarding child safety seat practices or laws, you can call State Police at 570-368-5700.