PRISONER WANTED FOR ESCAPE BACK IN CUSTODY

A man wanted for escape in Tioga County has been found and taken back into custody.  State police had filed charges of escape and related counts and were on the lookout over the weekend for 26 year old Jesse Colegrove.  On Friday, Colegrove was let out of the Tioga County Prison on a furlough for an undisclosed reason, and did not return to the prison when he was supposed to around 2pm that day.  Over the weekend, state police in Mansfield searched for the man and he was taken into custody last evening around 6:45 and returned to the prison to face charges.  It was not released as to where police found the man, or if anyone else has been charged for aiding and abetting.

BUDGET VOTE IN SENATE TODAY

Some big votes in the state legislature expected today but they may all be for naught.  State Senators are expected to vote on a $30 billion dollar state budget plan which was put forth and passed by House Republicans over the weekend.  The budget does not contain a tax increase and differs from the plan put forth by Democratic Governor Tom Wolf.  If passed, Wolf is expected to veto it which means the state probably not have a budget in place by the deadline of midnight tonight.  In addition today, the state house is expected to vote on a pair of bills, one of which would change the state pension system and the other to privatize state liquor sales.

BRIDGE REHAB BEGINS IN UNION COUNTY

A Bridge Rehabilitation project which spans three Central Pennsylvania Counties will move into Union County beginning today.  A contractor will begin work on both the northbound and southbound bridges on Route 15 at the New Columbia today.  Work will include removing the existing overlay on the deck, repairing deteriorated concrete, removing and replacing existing seals and other work.  Traffic will be restricted to a single lane through the work area. Work is expected to be completed in Mid-October and motorists are reminded to slow down and drive with caution through the work zone.

SEVEN CHARGED FOLLOWING FIGHT

State police in Montoursville have announced that they have filed charges of disorderly conduct and/or harassment against 7 persons accused of getting into a fight outside a Loyalsock Township business on Sunday afternoon.  Basil Arties of Philadelphia, Anetta Day, Kayla Manson, and Priscilla Williams of Williamsport as well as three juveniles from Williamsport got into a fight in the parking lot of Rita’s Italian Ice on East Third Street around 4:25 on Sunday with the fight spilling out onto East Third Street.  Yesterday all seven were charged and ordered to appear before a district judge. It’s not believed that anyone was seriously hurt.

TWO WOMEN INJURED IN i-80 CRASH

A crash on Interstate 80 in Northumberland County over the weekend sent two women to Geisinger Medical Center.  State police say 26 year old Tinina Capperal of Scott Township was travelling westbound on Interstate 80 near the Route 405 overpass in Turbot Township when she lost control of her vehicle which bounced off of the guardrail a couple of times..  Both Capparell and her passenger, 60 year old Angie Antidormi of Carbondale were transported to Geisinger with moderate injuries. Their conditions were not released.  No one else was involved in that crash. 

JERSEY SHORE DISTRICT TAX HIKE

It’s a tax hike for property owners in the Jersey Shore School District. The School Board there voted 7-0 last night to approve a budget of a little over $39 million dollars for the upcoming school year, and despite the fact that the district will save money by eliminating two teacher positions, as well as cutting into some benefits, the district’s technology equipment budget and basic education funding, a tax increase of a little over 2.6% will occur.  Property owners in Lycoming County who are part of the district will see their tax rates go up about $1.64 for every $100 of assessed value of property. 

MAN ADMITS TO UNION COUNTY ROBBERY

A man, who is charged with a robbery spree that spanned 16 robberies across five states, has pleaded guilty to at least one in our area.  Police say 41 year old Francis Simmons of New Jersey has admitted to a robbery at the Silver Moon Antique and Consignment Barn in Lewisburg in 2013.  He has also admitted to robbing a bank in Tannersville Pennsylvania last year, and is charged with the robbery of 13 other banks as well, mostly in Pennsylvania.  

PROBATION AND RESTITUTION FOR NORTHUMBERLAND MAN

Its four years of probation as well as paying back restitution for a former manager at a Sunbury Auto Dealership accused of stealing from his employer.  An investigation got underway back in January against Steven Kremer of Northumberland who worked at Sunbury Motors Lincoln/Hyundai dealership and who is accused of keeping deposits for vehicles and vehicle sale funds over at least a three year period there.  It’s believed that Kremer stole around $28,000 dollars over that time.  While serving probation he has also been ordered to make $500 monthly payments to the company in order to pay back the money he stole.

AGGRESSIVE AND IMPAIRED DRIVING ENFORCEMENT

With the July 4th holiday on the way, Penn DOT, state police and local police departments across the Commonwealth have announced that they will focus on aggressive and impaired driving enforcement.  Motorists are reminded to avoid distractions, aggressive behaviors and impaired driving.  Last year, there were 326 alcohol related crashes across the state resulting in 11 fatalities from Friday June 27th to Sunday July 6th.  That marked an increase over the year before.  Troopers will focus enforcement efforts on speeders, aggressive drivers and those who drink and drive. You are reminded to not drink and drive, or designate a sober driver.