A Montoursville company is suing the City of Williamsport for failure to pay for services. Duraclean Restoration Services has filed suit for the $15,000 it says the city owes them after they were called in to clean blood from city streets last summer. Duraclean was hired at the time to remove blood from a homicide and another incident. In their defense city officials say they were quoted a very different price for the services at that time.

Last night Williamsport City Council approved a combined $750,000 dollars in natural gas impact fee funds earmarked for various projects. Those projects include: streetscape and lighting improvements around the neighborhood of the former Brodart Warehouse where a new housing project is to be built. Also, money has been allocated to towards the completion of improvement work on Reach Road as well as access roads in the city’s Industrial Park area of the West end. In addition the council also accepted a $500,000 dollar matching grant from the state for improvements to the Memorial Avenue area.

A 12 year boy was taken to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center after suffering moderate injuries after being struck by a car while crossing the street near Loyalsock High School. The incident occurred following school when state police say the boy, who has not been named, was running along the sidewalk just east of the high school around 3pm yesterday when he ran into the path of a vehicle driven by Michelle O’ Malley of Montoursville. After being struck he was treated at the scene before being transported via ambulance to the medical center. O’Malley and her three children passengers were not injured. The condition of the boy is unknown at this time.

Last night over 100 people turned out at the Woodward Township Fire Hall in Linden to hear from PennDOT officials about plans to make the Route 220 corridor between the Fourth Street interchange and Route 287 safer. Among the plans proposed by PennDOT includes prohibiting crossing movements from the sides, reducing the number of median openings, enhancing the local road network by providing safe locations to turn around as well as removing and, or, reducing access points along the corridor. Much of the proposed changes were debated by residents and others who drive in the area. The roadway services around 22,000 vehicles a day.

Simple assault, burglary, felony trespassing and terroristic threats are among the charges a Woodward Township man faces about being arraigned yesterday from an incident earlier this month. 56 year old William Miller allegedly punched Robert Nicholas after forcibly entering Nicholas’ Woodward Township home on April 2nd, following an argument. Miller turned himself in yesterday was arraigned and released after posting $25,000 bail.

A baseball bat attack puts a Williamsport man behind bars. 38 year old Kedar Best was jailed yesterday afternoon at his home for allegedly attacking his brother-in-law on November 17th. At that time, Best is alleged to have beat Ronald Edwards with an aluminum bat after Best showed up to sleep at Edwards and Best’s sister’s home on First Street in the city. The beating followed an argument between the two men. During the attack, Best, who kicked in Edwards bedroom door, broke the man’s knee, shoulder and fractured two ribs. Best faces charges of aggravated and simple assault along with other counts. He is jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail.

A car crash finds a Sunbury man in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center Tuesday. State police say 72 year old Stanley Newberry of Sunbury was driving on Mile Hill Road around 6pm Tuesday when his vehicle left the roadway, traveled down an embankment before striking a tree. Newberry had to be extracted from the vehicle and then taken to Geisinger Medical Center with severe injuries. State police say their crash investigation continues.

A lockdown was lifted at Northumberland County Prison Tuesday following an attack on three corrections officers which took place on Friday. It’s believed a state inmate being housed at the lock up while awaiting a hearing fashioned a homemade weapon, attacking two officers who received medical attention and a third who received minor injuries as he stepped in to help. City police were called in to subdue the inmate. An investigation continues.

A failed four hour negotiation session last night puts Danville Area School District teachers on the picket lines this morning. Under PA Department of Education rules the strike will run five school days. The first day will be today, the second next Tuesday as the Easter break will be in place. Tuition reimbursements for teachers as well as salaries and benefits are the main sticking points in negotiations. It’s believed that graduation will have to be pushed back from its scheduled date.

 

In sports, high school baseball action today includes Williamsport at Danville, South Williamsport at Jersey Shore, Muncy at Montgomery, Montoursville at Bloomsburg, Hughesville at Selinsgrove, Warrior Run at Mount Carmel, Bucktail at Benton, and Canton at Troy.

High School softball today features South Williamsport at Central Columbia, Montoursville at Southern Columbia, Jersey Shore at Danville, Hughesville and Lewisburg, Muncy at Bloomsburg, Milton at Shamokin, Williamsport at DuBois, and Canton at Troy.

High School Track and Field finds Hughesville and Montoursville at Mount Carmel.

In College Baseball and Softball Penn College travels to PSU Beaver. College Softball action also includes Lycoming at Alvernia.

Major League Baseball action the diamond today has the Phillies hosting Atlanta, the Yankees traveling to Tampa to take on the Rays, and the Pirates host the streaking Brewers. Other games include the Dodgers at San Fran, Colorado at San Diego, St. Louis at Washington, Cleveland at Detroit, Toronto at Minnesota for 2, Seattle at Texas, Boston at Chicago White Sox, and Kansas City at Houston.

NHL Playoffs continue tonight with the Flyers traveling to New York to take on the Rangers, Minnesota at Colorado, Los Angeles at San Jose, and Chicago at St. Louis.