POLICE OFFICERS HONORED, WARNING GIVEN

During last night’s Williamsport City Council meeting, 8 city officers who participated in a car chase and shootout which occurred just a little over a year ago, were honored.  The officers, part of the city’s night shift helped to chase down a suspect who had shot one of them, and then eventually shot himself in a parking lot in Woodward Township following the pursuit.  During that ceremony, Williamsport Mayor Gabriel Campana was chastised by a police agent for his announced plans to possibly eliminate police positions in order to head of a possible tax increase. 

FIRE STRIKES IN WATSON TOWNSHIP

A mother and two children are temporarily homeless following a fire which damaged their Watson Township, Lycoming County home yesterday.  The fire broke out around 8:30 in the kitchen of the home in the 5600 block of Route 44.  A passerby, an off duty firefighter and a former fire chief were able to use a garden hose to keep the fire from spreading and firefighters were able to extinguish the fire fairly quickly after that.  No one was home at the time and no one was injured.  A damage estimate was not released and the cause is under investigation.

WOMAN DISPLACED FOLLOWING HUGHESVILLE FIRE

Fire caused about $2,000 dollars in damage to a unit at the Warrior Run Apartments in Hughesville yesterday. That fire was called in around 12:10pm with firefighters finding a fire in the bathroom on the second floor of a unit.  Firefighters were able to quickly put out that fire and no one was injured.  A woman tenant there is temporarily displaced and the cause of that fire has been ruled as accidental though no details were given. 

TWO CHARGES WITH BREAK-INS

Two men currently serving prison terms will now face charges for up to six burglaries in Woodward, Anthony, Cascade, Gamble and Pine Townships in Lycoming County.  State police say they issued warrants for the arrests of 29 year old Ronald Shoop Jr. who is currently at the state prison in Rockview and 31 year old Wilbur Kramer Jr., currently serving time at the Clinton County Prison.  Police say that between October 12th and 31st of 2016 the two broke into the six residences taking multiple items including firearms during the burglaries.  They each face multiple counts with a preliminary arraignment and hearing for both scheduled in the near future.

MAN FACES SEVERAL COUNTS

A State parolee from Philadelphia faces 37 separate drug and weapons counts following a drug investigation by police.  Zachary Prior is accused of selling heroin and crack cocaine out of residences in Old Lycoming Township and South Williamsport between October 12th and this past Monday.  A search of the Old Lycoming Township residences on Tuesday morning turned up drugs as well as a stolen firearm with a filed off serial number.   He has been arraigned and jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $350,000 bail.

MAN JAILED FOR ASSAULT

A Muncy man was jailed last week, charged with the assault of a woman  at his North Market Street home.  Police report that on November 10th, 47 year old Arthur Reed repeatedly punched and kicked Natalie Trimble-Warzel in the back of the head during a domestic disturbance.  He also threatened to burn down the woman’s home and slit the throats of her family members during the attack.  She was treated at the hospital for her injuries. He faces charges of aggravated and simple assault, making terroristic threats, and harassment and was jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.

MORE CHARGES FILED AGAINST MONTOURSVILLE MAN

A Montoursville man, jailed earlier this month for the theft of three specialty bikes from a South Williamsport bicycle shop now faces more charges.  28 year old Graham Duvall has been charged by Old Lycoming Police with the break-in of three businesses in 2000 block of Lycoming Creek Road in  the township between November 2nd and 4th. He is accused of taking cash from the businesses ranging from $10 to $336 dollars, and faces charges of burglary, felony trespassing and related counts.  He was arraigned and recommitted to county prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

HOLIDAY TRAVEL IN WINTER WEATHER

Looking at getting out of dodge for Thanksgiving today?  Your travels may be hampered a bit with snow squalls in the forecast.  The snow squalls could pop up anytime this afternoon into this evening causing zero visibility on the highways and making things slippery very quickly.  Penn DOT and state police are reminding travelers to slow down and leave plenty of distance between you and other vehicles while the snow is falling an always to wear your seatbelts.  Motorists are also reminded not to stop in the roadway during the snow squalls, but to find a safe spot to pull off and stop if need be.  You can monitor weather forecasts and travel information at 511pa.com.

PROTEST HELD

About two dozen protestors stood outside the Lycoming County Courthouse for a time yesterday stating their dissatisfaction over a verdict handed down in Lycoming County Court which amounted to a slap on the wrist for a woman accused of leaving a four year old child in a hot car with that child eventually dying.  The protestors said they were seeking justice for 4 year old Samaria Motyka who died inside that car in the summer of 2016.  Following a trial, Brittany Borgess of South Williamsport was only found guilty of leaving a child alone in a car and was given a $25 fine.  The protestors say they would like to see the laws changed to bring justice for the victims.