FATAL CRASH IN BRADFORD COUNTY

A New Albany Pennsylvania man died in a one vehicle crash in Bradford County yesterday afternoon.  State police in Towanda say 57 year old Eric Hercenberg was driving on North Street Road in Terry Township around 4pm yesterday when he failed to negotiate a curve and the vehicle went off the roadway and struck a tree, then spinning and striking another tree.  Hercenberg who was not wearing a seatbelt was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. No one else was involved in that fatal Bradford County crash.

MAN WHO ROBBED TWO BANKS MAY HAVE TRIED TO ROB ANOTHER

Police believe that the man who robbed the Susquehanna Bank Branch in Old Lycoming Township on Wednesday afternoon is indeed responsible for the robbery of the First National Bank in Montoursville last Thursday.  The man described as being 5 ft. 6 to 5 ft. 8 inches tall, and heavier set used the same method to rob both banks at gunpoint and has been captured on surveillance video.  Police also believe the man attempted to rob another bank in Montoursville on Wednesday as well, but was scared away for whatever reason.  The investigations continue.

SECOND DRUG CONVICTION FOR CITY MAN

Jail time is building up against a convicted drug dealer in Lycoming County.  A jury found 30 year old Nafis Faison of Williamsport guilty of dealing heroin during a trial on Monday of this week.  The drug deals date back to 2009 with Faison accused of four separate heroin deals to police in July and August of that year.  .  Police had tried to take him into custody at that time but he got away and it took four years to apprehend him on a fugitive warrant.  In a separate trial last month, Faison was found guilty of other drug charges.  He faces sentencing next month and another possible trial for drug dealing in April.

MAN CHARGED WITH DRUG DEALING AND ASSAULT

A Williamsport man was arrested yesterday and charged not only with dealing drugs, but also for the assault on his girlfriend.  John Drummond Jr. is accused of selling cocaine three times to an informant from his apartment on Hepburn Stree4t between Mid-November and early January.  He was charged with three counts of possession with intent to deliver as well as three counts of possession and illegal use of a cellphone.  IN addition Drummond was charged with simple assault and harassment for allegedly punching this girlfriend in the 700 block of Arch Street on February 1st.  He was arraigned and jailed in lieu of $52,500 dollars bail.

INCENTIVES FOR AT RISK YOUTH

Lycoming County Commissioners yesterday said yes to applying for a grant from the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania which would fund positive behavior rewards for juveniles who are part of the county’s justice system as well as those at children and youth.  The $10,000 dollar grant would fund gift cards and movie passes.  Officials say the program would enhance and motivate at risk kids.  The program is based on a statewide juvenile justice system strategy.

LIQOUR PRIVITAZATION BILL PASSES HOUSE

Legislators in Harrisburg are taking another stab at privatizing the state-controlled wine and liquor store system. The State house yesterday voted 114-87 to send a plan to the senate which would not only get the state out of the liquor business, but would also liberalize beer sale laws.  Even if passed in the senate, the bill faces a veto by Governor Tom Wolf.  Under the proposal, all but 100 of the state’s 600 government owned and operated liquor stores would gradually close and the state would be allowed to sell up to 1,800 licenses’ for private retailers to sell wine or liquor, or both. 

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR

The Democrats now has a candidate for mayor in the city of Williamsport.  Emily Gale, currently a communications specialist for Child Guidance Services in the city has announced that she will run for the Democratic nomination for city mayor during the May 19th primary election.  Gale says her life experience and devotion to community service work gives her the kind of connection to potential voters that she believes is missing in city hall.  She says she would put service first and listen and learn. 

SUNBURY MAN ACCUSED OF RAPE

A Sunbury man who told police that a 19 year old female who lived in his home was his girlfriend has been charged with her rape.  The incident allegedly happened in Mid-January while the teen was living in the home of 48 year old James Hockenberry.  The girl told police that he forced himself on her and had sex with her despite her not wanting to do so.  Hockenberry has been charged with several counts and jailed in Snyder County prison following arraignment this week.

A STOLEN LOTTERY TICKET?

State police in Montoursville say they are investigating the possibility of a stolen lottery ticket.  Police say a known individual has reported to them that they purchased the winning lottery tickets from Unity Mart in Muncy back on February 14th. The ticket is reportedly worth 2 million dollars and the individual says that the winning ticket was stolen from a bad that was misplaced on February 20th.  Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to contact them at the Montoursville barracks at 570-368-5700.