MAN RETURNED TO FACE CHARGES

A Williamsport man found earlier this week in Philadelphia by U.S. Marshals has been returned here to face attempted homicide charges. 31 year old William Blackwell was arraigned yesterday on several counts stemming from a shooting incident on a city street on October 29th.  Blackwell allegedly cut off a car driven by Antwan McClain in the area of Grier Street and Park Avenue around 10:30am that morning and fired several shots with one striking McClain in the shoulder.  McClain drove to the hospital for treatments and Blackwell has been at large until this week.  Since he is already on parole, he has been jailed without bail.

KANE SURVIVES SENATE VOTE

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane survived a vote in the state senate yesterday to remove her from office, but will now face an investigation by state house members.  The Senate voted 29-19 to remove the attorney general from her job but was four votes short of the 2/3rds needed.  The vote was to remove her due to her not having a law license.  Meanwhile, a house resolution authored by Lycoming County Representative Garth Everett calling for an investigation by the house judiciary committee into Kane’s conduct and the allegations against her has passed by a vote of 170-12 in the State house.  The investigation would be the start of impeachment proceedings.

DEADLY CRASH IN TOWANDA

Police have not yet released the name of the victim killed in a crash yesterday near Towanda in Bradford County.  The crash occurred around 7:30am on route 220 between South Main Street and Patterson Boulevard in Towanda as a tanker truck collided with a car. The car burst into flames and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.  No word on if there were any injuries to the tanker truck driver.  Police continue their investigation into that fatal crash and will release more details as they become available. 

TEEN TREATED FOLLOWING CRASH

A 17 year old Hughesville teen was treated at Muncy Valley Hospital for facial injuries following a rollover crash just north of Hughesville yesterday morning.  The teen who has not been identified was driving on Beaver Lake road about 2 miles north of Hughesville around 8am yesterday when he lost co0ntrol of his SUV and it overturned.  He was treated and his condition was not released.  No one else was involved in that crash which is being investigated by state police.

BOWMAN FIELD COMMISSION SAYS YES TO RENOVATIONS

It’s pretty much a waiting game now.  The Bowman Field Commission on Tuesday passed a resolution to support projects to renovate the 90 year old Ballfield which sits in Williamsport’s Memorial Park.  The renovations would include a two-tiered deck along the right-field side of the ballpark for the 2017 season.  The city has an application before the state Office of Budget for a $1.5 million dollar state Redevelopment Capital Assistance grant to help pay for the renovations.  Officials wait to see if a state budget is passed in hopes the grant will be approved. 

SERIES OF BURGLARIES BEING INVESTIGATED

Pennsylvania State police in Montoursville say they are investigating a series of burglaries which have occurred at the Susquehanna Cove Association/Montgomery Boat Club in Clinton Township. The burglaries have happened to multiple properties there since the end of last year, with several items take.  State police are asking property owners three to check here property and contact State police at 570-368-5700 if anything is missing.  Police say they continue their investigation.

AREA LAWMAKERS NOT HAPPY WITH BUDGET PROPOSAL

Area Republican lawmakers are chiming in on Governor Wolf’s Budget address from yesterday.  State Senator Gene Yaw of Loyalsock Township says that for the second straight year, the governor has proposed a budget with massive tax increases, unsustainable spending and no reform of major cost drivers.  Yaw says the address has made him angry. Representative Garth Everett also of Lycoming County calls the proposal unacceptable and unreasonable.  Everett says raising taxes on state residents is not the way to fix the state’s fiscal woes. 

REGISTRATION TO CHANGE

State Transportation officials are hoping that by January 1st of 2017 those registration stickers will be eliminated on vehicles in the state.  State officials and law enforcement received a demonstration of the automated license plate reader technology yesterday which will allow a single law enforcement officer to quickly, accurately and reliably check the status of thousands of license plates on a dingle shift using informant from PennDOT”s Registration database to determine if there are expired registrations or lack of insurance for the vehicle.  Officials say it will also make it easier for drivers to renew their registrations.

LANE RESTRICTIONS ON I-80 IN MONTOUR COUNTY

There could be some slow going on Interstate 80 in Montour County beginning today.  Daylight lane closures will begin today in the eastbound lanes of 80 between the Limestoneville and Danville exits.  The closures will vary in length and alternated between the driving and passing lanes. A contractor will take core samples prior to a highway reconstruction project scheduled to resume this spring on the interstate.  No work will be performed tomorrow, though work will resume next week and should be completed by next Friday, weather permitting.