CRAIGSLIST KILLERS PLEAD GUILTY

Heading off what most likely would have been a costly trial, a married couple from Selinsgrove, in Northumberland County Court yesterday for a status conference on their case unexpectedly pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder and other counts.  Elytte and Miranda Barbour entered the guilty pleas in the infamous Craigslist stabbing of Troy LaFerrera in Sunbury last November.  The two would have faced the death penalty if they went to trial and instead will most likely get life in prison when they are sentenced later.  Mrs. Barbour made headlines earlier this year when she said that she was part of at least 22 killings over the past several years. 

MOTORCYCLIST STRIKES DEER, SERIOUSLY INJURED

An unidentified motorcyclist was flown to Geisinger Medical Center last night after colliding with a deer along Route 220 in Woodward Township.  The man was riding around 8:30 when the deer came out in front of him in front of the Woodwart Township municipal building.  The man was reported as being seriously injured and was taken by ambulance to a landing area for the Medical helicopter.  His condition has not yet been released and the crash is under investigation.

MAN PISTOL WHIPPED, SHOT AT AND ROBBED

Williamsport police are investigating a strong armed robbery which occurred early this morning in the city.  Sketchy reports say a man was hit over the head by a pistol, shot at and robbed along Park Avenue in the vicinity of Center Street.  Police were looking for a red van with multiple persons inside which took off from the scene.  Multiple police units were out looking for that van, and the victim was treated and taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center.  No other information is available and it’s not known what the assailants may have gotten away with.   The investigation continues.

SUSPECTED DRUG DEALER ARRESTED/HEROIN SEIZED

The Williamsport Police Narcotics Unit took some more drugs off of the street on Monday.  Officers went to a Blaine Street residence to arrest 36 year old Anthony Heath after he made two sales of heroin to a confidential informant on Friday and again on Monday.  After executing a search warrant, they found 899 packets of heroin worth about $10,000 dollars inside the home as well as a stolen .44 magnum handgun. Heath was charged with a number of counts and jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $500,000 dollars bail.

FLOOD CERTIFICATION PRICETAG HIGH

It will cost almost $400,000 dollars for the city of Williamsport to have its flood levee system certified by the federal government.  Members of the City’s public safety committee discussed the findings during their meeting yesterday.  The city will have to have the work done, or half of its residents would have to pay flood insurance.  City officials say that they are trying to figure out how to pay for things.  Mayor Gabriel Campana has said that city council should have borrowed enough money to pay for the certification when it floated a $20 million dollar bond for capital improvements.

TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS APPROVE DEVELOPMENT

Loyalsock Township Supervisors had a busy agenda last night approving two gas and oil staging facilities along Lycoming Creel Road.  Keystone Clearwater Solutions LLC wants to park water trucks and store piping used at well pad sites at facilities at 2830 and 2907 Lycoming Creek Road. Supervisors will require the company to put the facilities behind 8 foot high fences and at least 20 feet from public roadways. It was also announced that a strip mall is being built along Liberty Lane in that area which will contain at least two restaurant chains as well as some other retail stores.

COLUMBIA COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE

A Columbia County man has been charged with rape following an incident which occurred on Monday evening.  State police say that a 26 year old woman reported to them that 30 year old Dustin Reed of Wilburton forced sexual intercourse upon her at a residence on East 3rd Street in Wilburton on Monday between 10 and midnight.  Police say they conducted several interviews and collected evidence then took Reed into custody charging him with rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.  He was arraigned and jailed in Columbia County prison in lieu of bail.

TRAFFIC SLOWDOWNS ON 220 NEAR HUGHESVILLE

Over the next two to three months, traffic on Route 220 between the I-180 underpass and the intersection of Route 405 in Hughesville can expect some heavy traffic delays.  PennDOT is in the midst of a $2.6 million dollar resurfacing project in Muncy Township which includes that section of 220 and motorists in that area are advised to seek alternate routes or plan extra time for their travels as that work continues. 

ROUTE 220 ACCESS MANAGEMENT MEETING TONIGHT

A meeting will be held tonight at the Woodward Township Fire Hall along Route 220 in Linden to allow residents to get a look at the latest developments with the Route 220 access management study between Williamsport and Jersey Shore.  The meeting will take place from 6 to 9pm and start with a presentation by PennDOT officials at 6:30 followed by smaller group discussion and an open house.  The public is encouraged to attend and offer their opinions during tonight’s meeting.