FINANCE COMMITTED RECOMMENDS AN OPT OUT

The city of Williamsport is another step closer to opting out for a mini-casino to be placed within city limits. The City’s finance committee yesterday voted to recommend that council pass a resolution which would deter a developer from placing a mini-casino in the city.  Mayor Campana has thrown his support behind the possibility of a mini0casino to build here.  Council will vote tomorrow night.   Montgomery and Jersey Shore Councils have voted this week to opt out as well.  Recent legislation passed in the state legislature would allow for ten of the mini casinos to be operated across Pennsylvania. 

SIDEWALK INSPECTIONS COMING

During a meeting of the Williamsport City Public Works Committee, it was revealed that a citywide sidewalk inspection will soon begin.  The Committee learned that notices will be placed on the front doors of properties which have broken or damaged sidewalks and that the property owners would have until August to replace those sidewalks at their expense.  Replacement could cost anywhere from $3,000 to $6,000 dollars.  The project to inspect and replace the broken sidewalks in the city could take up to seven years to complete according to City Codes Director Joe Gerardi.

WOMAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN CRASH

An Elkland woman suffered serious injuries in a Lycoming County crash on Sunday.  43 year old Lori Moore was driving southbound on Route 15 in Lewis Township near Trout Run around 1;45 on Sunday afternoon when for an unknown reason her vehicle went off the roadway struck a guiderail the went off the road and down an embankment.  Moore was ejected from the vehicle and was flown to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.  A 7 year old child passenger was also taken to Geisinger via ambulance with moderate injuries.  Neither of their conditions have been released. 

SNYDER COUNTY CRASH LANDS WOMAN IN CRITICAL CONDITION

A woman was in critical condition in Geisinger Medical Center after a crash in Snyder County yesterday.  28 year old Brittany Donnelly of Liverpool was driving south on Route 204 in Jackson Township around 2:30 yesterday afternoon when her pick up truck went off the roadway and struck a ditch then became airborne and struck a tree head on.  Donnelly was transported to Geisinger Medical Center with critical injuries.  No one else was involved in that Snyder county crash. 

BUEGET REFORM MEASURES PASSED

The state house of Representatives yesterday passed what they are calling sweeping Budget reforms and spending controls. According to the bill’s sponsors, the legislation will  require transparency through an official estimate of how much money the state will have, more information about the balances in taxpayer supported special funds, used to provide grants and subsidies and the creation of monetary reserves during revenue shortfalls.  Proponents of the legislation say it will mean that the state will have to spend within its means. 

HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE

The cause of a fire which  destroyed a home near Mill Hall in Clinton County on Monday night has been ruled as accidental.  The fire broke out in home of Larry and Penny Strouse of 1514 Lusk Run Road around 9:30 bringing in several fire companies from both Clinton and Lycoming Counties.  No one was injured, and a damage estimate has not been released..  It’s believed the fire started in the vicinity of a fireplace and a state police fire marshal was on the scene yesterday though he could not come up with an exact cause. 

TWO VEHICLE CRASH IN PENNSDALE

A woman escaped serious injury though she had to be extricated from her vehicle following a crash in Pennsdale last evening. A pick up t ruck and car struck head on at Route 220 and Village Road in Pennsdale last night and the woman inside the car was reportedly trapped inside. A life-flight helicopter was put on standby but not needed.  The woman was extricated from the vehicle and suffered only minor injuries. the driver of the pick up was was not injured.  Their names were not released.  The crsh remains under investigation.

LOCK HAVEN APPOINTS FIRST FEMALE POLICE CHIEF

The city of Lock Haven has appointed it’s first female police chief.  With the resignation of police chief Keith Kibler on December 23rd who has been elected to a district judge position in Lock Haven, city council have appointed Detective Sergeant Kristin Smith as acting chief.  Kibler had been the chief since January of 2014 and has been recognized as presiding over several improvements to the department since then.  Smith can serve as acting chief for up to 9 months during which the city wil have to come up with a permanent replacement for Kibler. 

DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.  The PA State Police is teaming up with 10,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide to participate in the Impaired Driving Campaign Nationwide though the end of the year.  Dedicated DUI patrols and checkpoints will be set up to identify and arrest impaired drivers with a a goal of ensuring everyone gets to their destination safely over the holiday season.