ANOTHER SHOOTING INCIDENT IN WILLIAMSPORT
Williamsport police say they are still looking for a person they believe fired a number of shots at a vehicle in the city on Tuesday night. The incident happened around 10:15 near the intersection of Memorial and Fifth Avenues in the city as shots were fired from a truck at a car with an unidentified driver. Upwards of ten shots were fired, with at least five bullets hitting the vehicle. The driver was not injured. Police were able to chase down the truck they believe was involved, and three persons bailed out at Newberry Estates. Two were taken into custody and released after questioning. It’s believed the third person is the shooter and police continue looking for that person.
HOUSING SYMPOSIUM HELD
A need to create housing for first time buyers, low income families and young professionals in search of starter homes was among the topics discussed at a Lycoming Count Housing Coalition symposium yesterday. The symposium brought together area officials as well as lending professionals, homeowners and landlords. Attendees heard of the need for affordable housing not only for those moving to the area, or looking for their first home, but also for former inmates who have served their time and want to re-enter society and are looking for a place to live.
CRAIGSLIT KILLERS TO BE SENTENCED TODAY
The so called Craigslist killers are expected in Northumberland County court for sentencing today. Miranda and Elyette Barbour of Selinsgrove pleaded guilty last month the murder of Troy Laferrerrea of Port Trevorton which occurred in Sunbury in November of last year. The two are expected to be sentenced to life in prison. It’s believed that Mrs. Barbour answered a Craigslist ad for companionship by LaFerrera and she picked him up with her husband hiding in the back of the car. The two then strangled and stabbed the man multiple times.
SLAIN STATE TROOPER TO BE LAID TO REST TODAY
A state trooper, gunned down in Northeastern Pennsylvania on Friday night will be laid to rest today. Corporal Brian Dickson who was attached to the Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County was gunned down as he was leaving the barracks at the end of his shift on Friday. Another officer was critically wounded. Dickson’s funeral will be held in Scranton under heavy security. The search continues for the suspected gunman Eric Frein of Canadensis who it’s still believed may be in the area of the shooting. More information was released about Frein yesterday who was said to have belonged to a military simulation group. He is considered armed and dangerous.
LOVE CENTER CLOSES
Some 550 households in Western Lycoming County and in Clinton County will have to look for other ways to obtain meals. The Love Center in Jersey Shore which provided food boxes to those households as well as serving more than 100 people a day for lunch will close its doors tomorrow. The Center was operated under the American Rescue workers and serves those in need through its soup kitchen. The center employs 3 staff members from the American Rescue Workers and also had a large number of volunteers.
WANTED MAN FOUND IN SOUTH AMERICA
A man who was wanted for the murder of his former son-in-law in Bloomsburg has been captured in South America. 72 year old Anthony Rocco Franklin was captured walking down a street in Buenos Aires Argentina on Monday. He is wanted in Columbia County for the shooting death of Frank Spencer of Millville who it’s believed he helped his daughter and Spencer’s ex-wife Maria Sanutti-Spencer kill shortly after the Spencer’s divorce became final in July of 2012. Mrs. Spencer was arrested last month. Franklin, a self-proclaimed hit man for the mob was being held without bail in Argentina and faces extradition back to Pennsylvania to face the murder charges.
MARINO’S PRESS SECRETARY PLEADS GUILTY
State Representative Tom Marino’s Press Secretary pleaded guilty in Washington DC yesterday to a misdemeanor weapons charge, stemming from the incident in July where he accidentally carried an unloaded gun and ammunition into a Congressional Office building in Washington. 26 year old Ryan Shucard entered the guilty plea to possession of an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail but the sentence was suspended on the condition he complete six months of unsupervised probation. He is currently on unpaid leave from his job. Marino, from Cogan Station is expected to make a determination on Shucard’s job by the end of this week.
ALLEGED DRUG DEALER ORDERED HELD OVER FOR COURT
A defense attorney for an accused drug dealer was shot down at every turn on Tuesday during his client’s preliminary hearing. Attorney Patrick O Connell tried to get charges against 20 year old Tyler Ferguson thrown out. Ferguson was charged with the sale of LSD to a confidential informant in Danville last month. O Connell told the court that since test results are not back yet on the seized substance that his client should go free. A district judge did not see it that way and ordered Ferguson held over for court. IN addition O Connell tried to get the man’s bail dropped and have him released on his own recognizance. He was shot down there too.
CHILD SAFETY SEAT CHECK
A part of Child Safety Seat Week in Pennsylvania, PennDOT will team up with other partners to present a free child safety seat inspection and used seat collection today from 5 to 7pm at the Old Lycoming Township Fire Hall. Parents and guardians of children 8 years of age and younger can have their seats inspected there by certified technicians. The inspections take about 20 to 30 minutes each and parents are asked to bring their child, the safety seat and vehicle manuals. In addition, used seats will be collected during today’s event.