15 YEARS IN PRISON FOR HEROIN SUPPLIER

A man dubbed as a supplier of heroin in which a local ring was able tod distribute 28,000 doses of the drug in our area will be spending the next 15 years in federal prison.   Permeshwar Singh of Brooklyn New York was sentenced to federal prison in U.S Middle District Court in Williamsport yesterday.  Singh who had pleaded guilty to distribute the heroin argued in court that he was only a connection for the main supplier Larry Eason who along with others sold the drugs int eh Williamsport area.  In sentencing the man, the federal judge said that Singh was motivated by profit and greed as he supplied the drugs to Eason.

CITY CRASH SENDS MAN TO HOSPITAL

A Montgomery man was taken to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center yesterday afternoon after his work van struck another vehicle and flipped on it’s side on the I-180 on-ramp to the Carl E. Stotz Memorial Bridge in Williamsport.  The crash happened around 3:45 yesterday as 25 year old Andrew Watts collided with another vehicle driven by an unidentified driver.  Watts vehicle flipped on it’s side and he had to be transported to the hospital with unspecified injuries. His condition was not released. The other driver was not injured.  The ramp was shut down for a short period of time as crews cleaned up at the scene.

MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ABUSE

A Hepburn Township man was arraigned on several charges of sexual abuse this week.  22 year old Chase Schneck is accused of exchanging sexually explicit images on social media with a 13 year old,  Old Lycoming Township girl between April and June of this year.  Police have charged the man with 22 counts including 14 counts of possession of child pornography, three counts of sexual abuse of children, as well as other charges.  He was released after posting 4150,000 dollars bail.

MINOR FIRE AT CITY HOME

Firefighters were called out in the city of Williamsport yesterday morning for a fire which broke out in a bathroom ceiling. The alarm was called in around 6:20am as firefighters were sent to 1100 Franklin Street. When they arrived, they found smoke coming from the attic area and found a small fire above the bathroom there.  They had it extinguished failry quickly and the cause of that fire was ruled electrical in nature.  No one was injured and the family that liver there was not displaced.

STATE POLICE OFFICER HONORED

A State Police Corporal attached with the Montoursville Barracks was named yesterday as the Police Officer of the Year by the Traveler’s Protective Association of America Post W.  At a banquet honoring officers last night, Cpl. Jeffery Vilello was named.  He was honored for his 21 years of work in law enforcement as well as his recent work on some high profile area cases including the investigation and arrest of the so called Pillowcase bandit who not only robbed homes, but also sexually assaulted two females after supplying them with heroin.  Vilello has been a member of the state police for 13 years.

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT MAN INJURED IN CRASH

A South Williamsport man was taken to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center following a Wednesday night crash on Route 87 in Fairfield Township.  The crash occurred around 10:45 as 69 year old Robert Lavely lost control of his vehicle which went off the roadway, striking a mailbox and continued on until it overturned.  He was transported to the hospital with an unknown injury  His condition was not released.

MEETING SCHEDULED

PennDOT is ready to unveil its plan for the realignment of the Southern Section of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway.  PennDOT has had to change some of their plans for construction of the roadway after fly ash basins were discovered in the area of the proposed highway and Route 61 connector in a section of Northumberland County.  A meeting will be held to discuss the recommended  preferred alternative route on Wednesday November 15th from 6;20 to 9pm at the Selinsgrove Middle School in Selinsgrove.  Public input will be solicited at that meeting.

SUMMIT TOMORROW

A summit will take place tomorrow in the city of Williamsport to discuss ways to curb the use of opioids.  The Christian Care Community on Substance Abuse and the Williamsport Lycoming Crime Commission will hold a four hour summit from noon to four at the Michael Ross Room in the Trade and Transit II in downtown Williamsport from noon to four.  On hand will be medical professionals as well as several other speakers as part of a panel to share possible solutions to problems that the city of Williamsport as well as other area communities face with the opioid epidemic.

MUMMERS PARADE TOMORROW

It’s parade day in South Williamsport tomorrow. The Annual Mummers Day Parade will take place in the borough tomorrow and with the weather expected to be pretty close to perfect, thousands will be on hand. The Parade begins at two and contains 10 divisions this year including marching bands, floats, costumed marchers and other entries.  The route will go along Central Avenue from Market Street to Clark Street, then North on Clark to West Southern Avenue where it will head back to Market.  Motorists are advised that traffic will be heavy in the South Williamsport area leading up to and following the parade tomorrow.