CRANE COLLAPSE CLOSES ROADWAY

A crane collapse is causing traffic issues in Union County this morning. The crane accident happened last night at the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project at Winfield bringing down a bridge beam and blocking both lanes of Route 15 there.  Route 15 is closed in both directions between Route 304 in Winfield and Route 11 in Mornroe Township in Snyder County.  Detours using local roadways are in effect and motorists are being urged to take alternate routes.  It’s not known how long that roadway will be closed as crews clean up at the scene.

MORE FLOODING IN OUR AREA

More rain, more flooding across our area.  Streams, already high from several days of rain went up again yesterday as we experienced downpours across our region.  The most hard hit area yesterday was up in Bradford County as creeks went over their streams especially the Towanda Creek in the Monroeton Area.  A number of roads across our region remain closed and there are still some flood watches and warnings up in parts of the area.  More rain is expected tomorrow and Friday and area officials will keep a close watch on stream levels. 

STATE TO HELP OUT WORLD SERIES TRAVELERS

For the second year in a row, PennDOT has launched a webpage to provide real time-travel and alternate route information to assist motorists in travelling to the Little League World Series.  Motorists can go to www.511pa.com/LLWS.  The website will monitor traffic conditions on the primary travel routes to the games, travel times and for several routes. It’s hoped the website will help minimize congestion in and around the Williamsport area during the World Series. 

FIRE DISPLACES FAMILY OF SIX

Fire struck in Loyalsock Township late yesterday morning displacing a family of six.  Firefighters from Loyalsock and other area companies were called out around 11am yesterday morning for smoke reported coming from a home at 1800 Four Mile Drive.  When firefighters arrived, they found fire in the wall of the two story home and were able to quickly extinguish it keeping damage to the wall and the attic area.  Power was shut off, and the two adults and four children that live there have been displaced until repairs can be made.  No one was injured, and the cause though still under investigation is believe to be electrical.

GRAND SLAM PARADE TODAY

It’s parade day in the city of Williamsport.  The 14th Grand Slam Parade will take place today to usher in the Little League World Series.  The 10 division parade will kick off at 5:30 at West Fourth and Grier Streets and is expected to make it’s way into the downtown area around 6pm.  According to parade officials there are more marching bands than ever this year, and the parade will be led off by the 140 member White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps from Dansville New York,  Fourth Street will be shut down in the Downtown area around 2pm today.  A downtown festival will begin at 4pm and the parade will once again be telecast on WYOU TV-22.

GRAND JURY REPORT OUT ON CHURCH SEX ABUSE

A state grand jury has released a long awaited report yesterday details sex abuse by hundreds of Roman Catholic Priests across Pennsylvania.  The report says the priests and others involved with the church molested more than 1,000 children with the offenses stemming back to the 1940’s.  It goes on to say that senior church officials including one who is the Archbishop of Washington DC, covered up the crimes.  59 of those priests were part of the Scranton Diocese, which covers much of our area.  The report says that many of those priests will never be able to be prosecuted due to the cover up. 

MAN CHARGED WITH KILLING DEER

State police in Montoursville have charged a Trout Run man who is accused of killing deer on the grounds of an area preserve.  40 year old Cody Lee Short reported went onto the grounds of the Whitetail Lodge in Anthony Township in the Fall and Winter of 2017 and shot 12 deer there, cutting off the heads in order to show and resell the, while leaving the carcasses there.  Loss to the lodge is estimated at $138,000 dollars.  Short is charged with theft, as well as other counts. He was arraigned yesterday with bail set at $75,000 dollars.

BEACH BOYS TO PERFORM AT WORLD SERIES

Not only is there plenty of baseball scheduled for the Little League World Series this Sunday followed that evening by the MLB/Little League Classic at BB&T Ballpark, but music will also flow from Lamade Stadium coming up on Sunday as well.  It’s been announced at the Beach Boys will perform a free show following the 2pm game at Little League.  In addition on Sunday, major league players from the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets will be at the World Series before they head off to Bowman field for their scheduled 7pm game on Sunday.