MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT IN SNYDER COUNTY

Police have arrested a Snyder County man accused of assault and making threats against three persons in MT Pleasant Mills late last week.  The incident happened early on Thursday morning as 42 year old Timothy Steffen allegedly assaulted a 41 year old woman at a residence in Mt. Pleasant Mills, and pointed a loaded rifle at her head, threatening to kill her. He also threatened a 15 year old boy and another 22 year old woman during the incident.  He later turned himself into police, and was charged with both aggravated and simple assault, harassment, terroristic threats and reckless endangerment. 

CRASH AND FIRE SENDS PERSON TO HOSPITAL

One person was taken to th4e hospital following a crash at Fox Hollow and Grimesville Roads in the city of Williamsport late on Saturday night.  What may have begun as a police pursuit ended in the vehicle crashing and reportedly catching fire around 11:15 on Saturday night?  The driver was reportedly trapped for a short time but was freed and taken into the hospital.  That driver’s name and condition were not released.  A lifeflight helicopter was put on standby. No other information was available. Crews were on the scene for about two hours following that crash. 

WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FORGING PRESCRIPTIONS

Sentencing is set for February 28th for a former nurse who entered guilty pleas on Friday to forging a doctor’s signature on prescriptions for painkillers.  Gina Campana was arrested in July of last year for writing and filling over 100 prescriptions during the time she worked for Dr. Herbert Ecker Jr’s’ office, beginning five months after she was hired in November of 2013.  She pleaded guilty to six counts and could face prison time. 

COUNCIL SAYS YES TO APPLYING FOR GRANTS

Williamsport City Council said yes during their meeting this past Thursday to applying for a couple of grants of which the money would be used to turn a section of Pine Street back into two way traffic.  Council said yes to looking into an Appalachian Regional Commission federal grant of $729,000 dollars and a grant of more than $378,000 dollars from the State Department of Community and Economic Development.  Matching money from the city and Water and Sanitary Authority would have to be approved for the 2nd grant.  If the grants are approved, its hoped construction can take place early next year.

TRUCK CRASH ON 80 SENDS DRIVER TO GEISINGER

A truck driver from New York State was taken to Geisinger Medical center following a crash on Interstate 80 in Northumberland County on Friday evening. The crash occurred around 11pm as the 22 year old trucker lost control of his rig in the eastbound lanes in Turbot Township. The truck overturned and slid on its side, blocking both lanes. The driver was ejected and taken to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries. His condition has not been released.  That section of roadway was shut down for several hours following that crash.

MAN CHARGED WITH MADING THREATS

State police have charged a Jersey Shore area man with terroristic threats as well as other counts following an incident over the weekend.  Police say that 29 year old Chad Bremigan harassed his wife over the phone threatening to kill the woman. He then went to a residence along Walnut Lane in Mifflin Township where he kicked her car and then began kicking the front door before his mother in law answered, and he then threatened to kill her and burn the house down.  He was arrested, arraigned and jailed in lieu of $15,000 dollars bail.

SECTION OF NEW HIGHWAY COULD BE MOVED

With construction of various aspects of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway underway, officials now say that a section of the highway on the southern portion may have to be realigned.  It was revealed on Friday that two coal by product pits buried in the land known as fly ash basins could cause a realignment of the 13 mile four lane limited access highway in Monroe Township in Snyder County.  Penn DOT officials say they will schedule meetings with residents whose land may be affected. It’s not known yet if that will affect completion of the highway scheduled for 2024. 

YAW APPOINTED TO APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

A state senator from our area will now have more of a say where state dollars are directed and how the money is spent.  One Friday, it was announced that 23rd District State Senator Gene Yaw of Loyalsock Township was appointed to the Senate Appropriations Committee which has control of the purse strings of state government.  . Yaw hopes that appointment, as well as his seat on the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, the Agricultural and Rural Affairs, Banking and Insurance and Judiciary and Senate Law Committees will allow him to better serve his constituency.