NO TAX INCREASE PLANNED

Residents of the city of Williamsport received good news from the Campana Administration yesterday as the Mayor  released a city budget for 2018 that holds the line on taxes.  The proposed budget is for $23.6 million dollars and is close to $749,000 dollars higher than the 2017 spending plan, but the mayor says a cost-cutting effort by the administration should allow the city to hold the line on taxes.  38.5 percent of the budget goes to the city police department and another 27.7 percent to the Bureau of Fire.  Council work sessions are scheduled for next Monday and Wednesday with a first reading scheduled for December 7th and possible adoption on December 14th.

ROBBERY IN MILTON

Milton police are investigating the robbery of a gas station which occurred there last evening.  Shortly past 6:30 a man walked into the Fuel On Station at 543 North Front Street and demanded cash.  He then got away with an undetermined amount.  It’s not known if the man was armed.  He is described as a tall light skinned male wearing a dark colored hoodie under a sheer black leather jacket, blue jeans, blue knit gloves and blue Adidas sneakers with white stripes.  Anyone with information is asked to call police at 570-742-8758. 

INFLECTION ENERGY RELEASES STATEMENT

The company whose well pad was involved in a spill of treated and filtered brine water has filed their own report on Monday’s spill in Eldred Township.  Inflection Energy says it was a contractor hired to collect the frack water that allowed the spill of more than 60,000 gallons.  The company says only a small portion of it went into a small stream there off of Yeagle Road and that they began remediation efforts immediately.  They say they continue to clean up the soil and that the Department Environmental Protection and the PA Fish and Boat Commission were notified immediately.  The clean- up efforts continue and no major environmental impacts have been detected so far.

THREE INJURED IN OLD LYCOMING CRASH

Three persons, two women and a child were taken to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries suffered in a two vehicle crash in Old Lycoming Township yesterday afternoon. The crash happened in the 1900 block of Lycoming Creek Road around 12;330 as a mini-van  and pick up truk collided.  All three of the injured were in the van and were transported to the hospital by ambulance.  Their conditions were not released.  The names of  those involved were not available.

WILLIAMSPORT MAN JAJILED FOR DRUG DEALING

A Williamsport man was jailed, charged with selling drugs in the city at his home between October 18th and November 7th.  The Lycoming County Narcotics Enforcement Unit reports that 38 year old Kasan Sanders on four occasions sold 10 to 20 bags of heroin on each occasion to a confidential informant from his High Street home.  He has been charged with multiple drug offenses and has been jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.

WOMAN ASSAULTED

An unidentified woman was treated at UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center last Thursday for serious injured suffered in an assault which happened at a city residence.  Police found the injured woman in the 1200 block of Isabella Court shortly after 2am last Thursday.  The victim told them she was assaulted ia residence in the 600 block of 10th Avenue by 29 year old Dominic Boccio of South Williamsport.  Following an investigation, Boccio was found and arraigned on charges of aggravated and simple assault and jailed in lieu of $75,000 dollars bail. 

ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING

State police in Tioga County are investigating what they are terming as n accidental shooting which occurred on Monday of this week.  Police say around 3pm that day, 51 year old Robin Burch was driving out of a driveway along Barney Hill Road in Nelson Township when she was struck by a bullet in her foot.  No other information is available. No word on the woman’s condition and anyone with information is asked to contact State Police in Mansfield at 570-662-2151.

OFFICIAL TOUR PANDA POWER PLANT

State officials from the Wolf Administration made a stop in our region yesterday to tour a power plant currently under construction.  DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell and DEP North-central Regional Director Marcus Kohl visited the construction site of the Panda Hummel Station Power Project in Shamokin Dam yesterday.  The two touted the the state’s ever increasing reliance on abundant natural gas reserves which will help to power the plant when it’s completed with the electricity provided by the plant, going to a million homes, while decreasing pollutants. 

PARADE POSTPONED

No parade this Saturday, but never fear, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in Downtown Williamsport a little later this year.  Williamsport Mayor Gabriel Campana yesterday announced the postponement of the 68th Annual Billtown Christmas Parade.  Due to the threat of inclement weather on Saturday, The parade has been moved to Friday evening December 8th at 6pm.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will then arrived on the green in the city and make their way to their house there across from the Cinema Center.  The parade route will remain the same.