A HUNG JURY LEADS TO A MISTRIAL

The murder trial of a Williamsport man accused of shooting another man in the 700 block of West Fourth Street in the city back in September of 2015 ended up in a hung jury on Friday with the judge declaring a mistrial.  Dwayne Jaleel Hall was accused of the murder of Ihrameen Mills and after three days of testimony the jury in the case only could come up with a guilty verdict for possession of a firearm.  The three most serious charges including criminal homicide ended up in a hung jury.  He will be sentenced on the firearms charge in August and a new trial will have to be ordered on the other counts.

TWO RESCUED AFTER TUMGLING OVER EMBANKMENT

Emergency Rescue crews from Four area fire departments were called to the Rock Run Area near Ralston over the weekend after a couple from York Pennsylvania fell down a 20 foot embankment while hunting and fishing there with family members.  The incident happened around noon on Saturday as the 66 year old woman apparently slipped and fell over the edge of a cliff with her 70 year old husband trying to grab onto her and tumbling over the embankment himself. It took a couple of hours to retrieve the tw3o with both taken to an area hospital, and the man later flown to Geisinger.  Their conditions were not released. 

CSVT PROJECT WORK CONTINUES

The passing lanes on route 15 in Union Township, north of Granger Road will remain closed as work continues on the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway Project. Crews are building acceleration and deceleration lanes as part of construction of the Route 15 interchange on that highway project. Though no work will take place over the holiday weekend, the passing lanes will remain closed there.  More excavation, blasting, drainage, bridge and utility work is taking place along Route 147 as well and limited lane closures will take place there this week with flag persons controlling the flow of traffic.  Motorists are reminded to be alert and drive with caution in those work areas.

WOMAN BILKED OUT OF 4 GRAND

State police in Montoursville are investigating a case of fraud and theft by deception involving a Washington Township woman. The 76 year old woman was given a call last month by someone claiming to be her grandson’s lawyer saying that her favorite grandson has been in an accident and needed $2,000 dollars in Walmart Gift Cards to get out of jail.  The woman purchased the cards and gave the numbers to the person when they called back, then was instructed to purchase another $2,000 in gift cards to help repair the grandson’s car.  Police are asking anyone with any information regarding the incident or who may have received such a call to give them a call at 570-368-5700.

COUNTERFEIT BILLS PASSED

A local store is out close to a thousand dollars following an incident last month in which two black males passed counterfeit $100 bills in exchange for MasterCard Gift Cards.  The two, described at being 5 ft. 10 inches tall with a slim build and 6 feet tall with a goatee entered the Rite Aid Store on East Third Street in Loyalsock Township and separately bought the gift cards with the counterfeit bills on April 30th.  Police are asking anyone with information regarding that theft to give them a call at 570-368-5700. 

MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

An unidentified man was injured in a motorcycle crash in Mell Creek Township over the weekend. The crash happened around 1pm yesterday afternoon as the man said to be in his 50’s was riding along Route 864 east of Woodley Hollow Road when for an unknown reason he lost control of the cycle and crashed.  He was taken to an area hospital with unspecified injures.  His name and condition have not been released and no one else was involved in that Lycoming County crash.

WOMAN CHARGED WITH AGREEING TO SELL BABY

A Williamsport woman was jailed on Thursday on charges that she agreed to sell her newborn baby to another woman.  22 year old Keanaendigo James had reportedly entered into an agreeme4n to give her newborn baby to Charlene Davis for $1700 dollars back in August of last year.  The baby was born, and went home with her father two days later with Davis paying James but never receiving the baby.  James was picked up on Thursday and charged with a count of dealing in infant children and theft by deception and was jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail.

DUI CHECKPOINTS THIS WEEKEND

State police from both the Montoursville and Milton barracks say they will conduct DUI checkpoints and roving patrols during the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday weekend.  Police say the checkpoints will be conducted on roadways with high incidences of DUI crashes in Lycoming, Union, Northumberland and Montour Counties and say they will enforce the .08 percent blood alcohol limit.

PAVING PROJECT BEGINS

A paving project on I-180 in Muncy Creek Township is scheduled to begin today.  Work will take place between the bridges over Muncy Creek to the bridge over Main Street/Susquehanna Trail Road in Muncy Creek Township.  Bridge work will also take place on three bridges in that area.  There will be single lane closures on the highway and lane shifts on the ramps and bridges during the project.  The project also includes repair work on the northbound and southbound bridges spanning the West Fourth Street off-ramp on Route 220 near Linden. That work will take place on the weekends.  Work is expected to be completed in early November.