SIX HOMELESS FOLLOWING FIRE

An Amish family of six was rendered homeless yesterday following a fire at their Clinton Township home. Fire broke out shortly after 9am at the home along Davis Lane off of Armstrong Road.  A half dozen or so companies called in for the fire of which the one story house was fully involved when firefighters arrived.  They had trouble getting water to the site as they had to tank in water from the river and lay hose across a set of railroad tracks.  The fire was out in about an hour.  Firefighters say a propane fueled refrigerator malfunctioned, causing the fire.  No one was injured and damage is estimated in excess of $100,000 dollars.

TEACHER FOUND GUILTY

A teacher at the Central Mountain High School was found guilty yesterday in Clinton County Court of indecent assault. Scott Frazier of Mill Hall who was undergoing a second trial due to the first one ending in a mistrial was found guilty by a jury following about two hours of deliberation yesterday.  He is accused of inappropriately touching a male student at the High School as the two were working on a proje3ct in a classroom there in March of 2013.  Frazier will be sentenced in February.

CROSSCUTTERS SOLD

Though they are still waiting on final approval from Major League Baseball, an official announcement was made in Williamsport yesterday that the ownership of the Williamsport Crosscutters is changing hands.  The new ownership team, Cutting Edge Baseball, is headed up by principal owner Peter Fruend who has a minority stake in the New York Yankees as well as ownership of another minor league team.  The former owner was Geneva Cubs Baseball headed up by Paul Velte who brought the team to Williamsport in 1993.  The new ownership plans to run the team along the same model as it has been run with the exception of some changes including planned changes at Historic Bowman Field to make the game more exciting for fans.

ANOTHER HOME INVASION IN SUNBURY

City police in Sunbury say they are investigating a home invasion robbery which occurred in the city on Monday morning.  Around 7:30am more than one person broke through a door in a Race Street Apartment building. The suspects apparently heard the residents still inside, smashed a window and took off.  They got away without stealing anything.  It is the 3rd home invasion robbery in the city this month, plus police are also investigating an armed robbery of a business which also happened earlier this month.  All this while City Council considers laying off two patrolmen.

LARGE AMOUNT OF DRUGS SEIZED

In what police in Sunbury are calling the largest drug bust in the city’s history, Police officers and a drug-sniffing dog raided a home along North 12th Street yesterday around 2pm.  Inside they found nearly 500 baggies of heroin worth about $10,000 dollars.  A search warrant was issued following a previous purchase of the drug by an undercover officer.  Residents Anthony Jordan, Victoria Jordan, Naquan Jordan, and Jessic Jeirel all were arrested and charged with multiple drug counts and jailed in Northumberland County Prison.

PIATT TOWNSHIP HOME BURGLARIZED

State police in Montoursville are investigating the burglary of a Piatt Township home in Lycoming County.  Police say this past Saturday, sometime between 8am and 3:20 in the afternoon; someone entered the residence of Bryan Rice in the 9300 block of Route 220 and once inside stole cash and change from the home.  They then fled the scene on foot.  State police say they continue their investigation and are asking anyone with information to give them a call at 570-368-5700.

WHEELAND GETTING CLOSER TO OPENING OFFICE

According to 83rd District State Representative Elect Jeff Wheeland, it won’t be long until his Williamsport Area office is established. Wheeland says a site has been chosen at 349 Pine Street, Suite 1 in the city for a permanent district office which will be open on or before March 1st of next year.  Wheeland who will be sworn in in January has a temporary office up and running in Penn Hill Plaza, at 21 Kristi Road, Suite 1 in Hall Station, sharing space with Representative Garth Everett. Wheeland says the new location will feature excellent accessibility with a close proximity to other government offices. 

COUNCIL EXPECTED TO PASS BUDGET TONIGHT

Williamsport City Council has a busy agenda for tonight’s meeting.  Council is expected to approve a budget of $22 million dollars for 2015 which after a resolution which was passed last week, will contain a 1 mill tax increase.  It’s not known yet if Mayor Gabriel Campana will sign the budget as he had originally proposed a no tax increase budget.  IN addition, Council will hear more tonight about a proposed $10 million dollar Liberty Arena which is expected to replace the former Pickelner Arena along Elmira Street and well as other development in that area.