MILTON MAN CHARGED

Milton police have arrested a man who led them on a pursuit through town on Friday night.  Police say they attempted to pullover a vehicle driven by 52 year old Peter Holmes of Milton on Race Street I the borough on Friday, but Holmes took off from them, leading them on a pursuit the wrong way onto one way streets, running stop signs along the way.  His vehicle finally crashed on Elm Street and Holmes then tried to take off on foot, but was apprehended in an alley near South Front Street.  He was charged with fleeing and eluding police as well as other counts.  No word on whether or not he was jailed.

FEDERAL HOLIDAY TODAY

It is a federal holiday today.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day is celebrated to honor the work of the slain civil rights leader and will be observed today in the city of Williamsport with a Peace Walk a rally and a day of service. The Walk is scheduled to leave from the Bardo Gymnasium on the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus at 9am.  It will go through several neighborhoods then return to the college where a rally will take place. Several participants will then make their way to several community service providers participate in service projecrs.  By the way, there is no regular male today. Government offices are closed as are many schools and financial institutions.

BERWICK MAN JAILED AFTER POLICE PURSUIT

A Berwick man was jailed early yesterday morning following a Columbia County police pursuit.  Police in Bloomsburg say they tried to stop Franklin Snyder just after midnight yesterday when he took off, leading them on a pursuit.  The pursuit continues for about ten miles before Snyder’s vehicle slid off the road and hit a parked vehicle in Briar Creek.  He then resisted arrested and had to be shot with a stun gun and was pepper sprayed.  Police then found drugs in the vehicle. Snyder was charged with fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest, DUI, drug possession and other counts and was jailed in Columbia County Prison.

SLIPPERY ROADS OVER THE WEEKEND

Roadways were slippery over the weekend, especially late Friday night into early Saturday morning as rain turned into sleet, freezing rain and then snow.  A layer of ice formed on many roadways before snow fell on top of it, causing several accidents in our area.  No major injuries were reported, but emergency crews were kept busy from Friday night into Saturday morning. Slippery conditions continue in our area especially in the higher elevations and on back roads. You are reminded to take it easy as you head out this morning and leave plenty of time for your travels.

FIRE DESTROYS DANVILLE AREA HOME

Two are homeless following a weekend fire outside Danville. The fire broke out around 6:45 in a home on Charlene Drive in Valley Township owned by Dr. Ronald Avenia.  Firefighters from several companies arrived at the scene to find the house in flames, and were not able to save it.  One firefighters was treated for heat exhaustion but there were no other injuries. A damage estimate has not been released thought it’s believed the home is a total loss.  A state police fire marshal was expected on the scene over the weekend to look into the cause. 

RIVER CONCERNS

Warm temperatures and rain caused the ice to break up on area streams and on the Susquehanna River causing the water to rise there.  Susquehanna State park was closed down due to high water caused by the ice jams on the Susquehanna River.  Roads were closed along the river in parts of our area as the water came up, but no major flooding problems were reported.  The ice has broken up and is making it’s way down the  main branch of the Susquehanna. There were flooding issues in Galeton in Potter County over the weekend. 

CSVT WORK CONTINUES

Work will continue on the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project, weather permitting this week.  Excavation work  including night work is taking place in the area of the Winfield Interchange in Union County .  Daylight lane restrictions will take place in the southbound lanes of Route 15 as weather permits for the work at the bridge abutment there.  In Northumberland County Route 147 traffic is using a temporary crossover to the new northbound bridge over Chillisqauqe Creek as the contractor demolishes the existing bridge over the creek. 

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT

A Williamsport man was arrested at his home last week after he allegedly assaulted his wife during a disturbance  there.  Police were called to the Reed Street home of Marc Folmar and Tammy Gair for a disturbance on Tuesday night.  When police arrive, they found that Folmar had allegedly committed the assault on the woman and he was charged with strangulation, simple assault and harassment, was arraigned and then jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bail.