CCOUNCIL TO POSSIBLY SET WHEELS IN MOTION

During their meeting tonight, Williamsport City Council is expected to take a second vote which could place a question on the fall ballot regarding the formation of a commission to study the way city government is run, and for that commission to make possible recommendations to city voters to change it.  If the motion is passed, voters in November will be asked if they support the study and will also be asked to elect seven people to serve on a charter commission that would study the city charter and recommend a form of government that could become effective as early as January of 2019. 

MOBILE METH LAB

During a traffic stop last evening, Mifflinburg police discovered an active meth lab inside the truck that they had stopped.  Police pulled over a truck driven by 18 year old Shania Haines of Mifflinburg in the 300 block of Chestnut Street around 8:30 last night.  Inside they discovered math making materials and an operating meth lab which they say was unstable.  The road was shut down for two blocks and a state police response team called in as well as other law enforcement agencies.  The lab was dismantled and Haines and a passenger, 22 year old Austin Liddington, also of Mifflinburg were charged, arraigned a jailed in lieu of $25,000 dollars bail each.

CRASH VICTIM IDENTIFIED

State police have identified the man who was injured in a Sunday morning crash near Barbours.  Police say 22 year old Joseph Bower of Muncy was injured when his car slammed into a utility pole on route 87, two miles south of Barbours on Sunday morning.  He was taken to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center and treated for unspecified injuries.  His condition was not released.

POLICE LOOKING FOR SERIAL RAPIST

State police are looking for the public’s help in identifying a man who may have been involved in several sexual assaults in both Northumberland and Columbia Counties over the past few years.  The latest assault occurred on April 23rd in Jackson Township, Northumberland County and police say they are looking for a white male with an average build approximately 35-45 years of age.  They believe he observes his victims then enters their home in the early morning hours sexually assaulting them there or taking them elsewhere.  Anyone with informant is asked to contact state police in Milton or Stonington or call 1-800-4 PA Tips.

WOMAN WHO CRASHED INTO BUILDING, UNDER THE INFLUENCE

A 25 year old Watsontown woman who slammed her car into the Williamsport Sun Gazette Building in the city of Williamsport last month has been reported as to having ingested heroin before the crash.  25 year old Johnna Finan drove her car into the west side of the building just before 5pm on May 11th and the paper reports that she admitted to ingesting the drug with her child in the car about 30 minutes before the crash.  Finan who has been jailed on a probation violation since then was recently charged with endangering another person, endangering the welfare of a child, driving under the influence, possession and careless driving and faces a preliminary hearing.

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER IN UNION COUNTY

A man faces up to 42 years in prison after being found guilty of third degree murder and tampering with evidence in Union County Court yesterday.  The trial for 39 year old Robert Lee wrapped up yesterday and it took jurors only an hour and 17 minutes to find the man guilty on the charges.  He was found not guilty of first degree murder in the stabbing of 42 year old Jama Britton of Lewisburg which happened outside of Lewisburg in July of last year.  The knife which Lee used was reported thrown in the river and never found, despite a search by scuba divers. 

YAW’S BILLS ADVANCE

23rd district State Senator Gene Yaw from Lycoming County saw two bills which he is co-sponsoring in the fight against opiate addiction advances.  The full state senate approved a bill which will set standards for addiction recovery houses and the State Senate Health Committee has endorsed a bill sponsored by yaw which would set opioid prescribing guidelines.  The bill regarding addiction recovery houses now goes to the state house and the other bill will go to the full senate for debate and a vote.

BUDGET TALKS CONTINUE

Talk continues in Harrisburg as the state moves towards a budget dealing of July 1st.  Yesterday Governor Wolf let his feelings be known on two key Republican plans looking to patch up the state’s finances which face large deficits.  Wolf says that ideas such as borrowing against future state revenues and legalizing gambling on slot machine style games in thousands of bars, truck stops and other locations concern him.  Wolf says the plan to raise an extra $250 million in cash from slot machine style gambling could cut into revenue the state gets from the PA lotter and licensed casinos.