CRASH CLOSES DOWN ROADWAY

A section of roadway in Union County was shut down for several hours yesterday morning following a crash which sent a West Milton man to the hospital with serious injuries. The crash occurred around 11:55 on Sunday night on West Brimmer Avenue in White Deer Township as Curtis Keefer lost control of his vehicle which struck and severed a utility pole, struck a tree, went down over an embankment and struck another tree.  He was extricated form the vehicle and sent to Geisinger Medical Center where his condition has not been released.  Crews worked for hours trying to fix the downed pole and power lines there.

HOTEL VAN STOLEN, CRASHED

A city hotel van was stolen yesterday and later crashed during a police pursuit.   Around noon yesterday, a van belonging to the Holiday Inn at 100 Pine Street was reported stolen.  It was later spotted by Pennsylvania College of Technology Police in the vicinity of Fifth and Memorial Avenues.  Police began a pursuit and about 10 minutes later the van struck and embankment and crashed in the 1600 block of Campbell Street.  The driver, a 16 year old teen who has not been identified was not hurt and he was arrested and taken into custody by juvenile authorities and committed to a juvenile detention center.  No one else was hurt, but the van was extensively damaged.

TRAFFIC PATTERNS ON ROUTE 15 PROJECT CHANGE AGAIN

Traffic patterns on the Route 15 Safety project on the Montgomery Pike in Lycoming County have changes again. A temporary change went into effect yesterday in which northbound traffic will be moved to the paved shoulder so the contractor can begin working ion the center lanes.  Motorists are asked to travel with caution through the work zone with the posted speed limit at 40 miles per hour. It’s hoped the project can be finished up before winter there. 

FIRST QUALITY EXPANSION POSSIBLE

With a decision hanging in the balance which could bring another 170 or so jobs to the Clinton County Area, Commissioners yesterday decided to put on their agenda for Thursday’s meeting a proposal to allow some tax abatement for First Quality Products.  The company has announced that they want to add another large tissue paper machine either in the Lock Haven Area where they have a plant or in South Carolina.  Company officials say the tax abatement plan would help as they plan on constructing another 900,000 square foot building in order to house the extremely large machine.

GROVE STREET COMMONS GROUNDBREAKING

Grove Street Commons is about 10 months away from completion.  Ground was broken yesterday for the 32 Unit Senior Citizen apartment complex in a vacant lot at Grove and Almond Streets in the city of Williamsport. The apartment house will also have two fully handicapped accessible apartments.  The $6.3 million dollar construction costs will be helped out by funding through the county’s natural gas impact fees, as well as some other funding which has been secured by both city and county officials.

BOY ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTS HIMSELF WITH FOUND HANDGUN

Williamsport police continue to investigate where a handgun came from in which an 8 year old child suffered a gunshot wound to his hand on Monday evening.  The incident happened around 7:45 last night at Locust and 2nd Streets in the city as the child apparently found the gun and was playing with it, when it went off, with the bullet striking him in the hand.  He was transported to Williamsport Regional Medical Center for treatment. His condition has not been released.  Police have found the gun and continue their investigation. 

HEARING IN WILLIAMSPORT TODAY

The State House Democratic Policy Committee will be in Williamsport today to participate in a hearing regarding job creation in the manufacturing sector in Pennsylvania.  State Representative Rick Mirabito of Williamsport will host the hearting which will take place from 1pm to 3:30pm at the Lycoming College Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall, at East Fourth and Basin Streets in Williamsport.  The public is invited to attend. 

CREDIT/DEBIT CARD STOLEN

A Muncy man had his credit/debit card stolen and used over the past month on several occasions.  State police in Montoursville say someone took the card owned by Richard Wysocki of Muncy and proceeded to use it between August 25th and September 12th to make multiple purchases totaling 40 transactions while the man was sleeping.  Police have not said whether or not they have a suspect and say their investigation into that incident continues.

POCO FARM ROAD CLOSED

Penn DOT reports they will shut down Poco Farm Road in Loyalsock Township beginning today for the installation of a pipeline there.  The closure will be for approximately 3 weeks and a detour will be in place using Four Mile Drive, Northway Road and Northway Road extension.  Detour signs are in place and motorists are advised to take extra time if they have to travel in that area over the next few weeks.