FIVE YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON

A 25 year old Philadelphia man was sentenced in federal court in Williamsport his week for dealing drugs in our area.  Lamont Johnson will spend five years in federal prison for being part of a ring in which some 400 to 700 grams of heroin were distributed in Williamsport and Lycoming County.  It’s estimated that the amount of heroin comes out to anywhere from 16,000 to 28,000 doses.  Authorities say that some of the heroin was exchanged for firearms.  Johnson is also still awaiting trial on homicide charges stemming from the death of a person in Philadelphia back in 2014. 

TEEN FLOWN TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING ATV CRASH

An ATV crash in Hepburn Township man resulted in a 15 year old teen being flown to Geisinger Medical Center with serious injuries.  The crash occurred at Bloomingrove Road and Academy Road around 3:45 yesterday as the boy was riding there on his ATV, losing control and either striking a utility pole or guide rail going to the pole. He was thrown from the vehicle and landed in the middle of the road and found by his father. A lifeflight helicopter was called in and he was flown onto Danville with head injuries.  His name and condition have not been released.  The crash investigation continues.

YAW ON TV TONIGHT

State Senator Gene Yaw is set to appear on the Pennsylvania Cable Network’s call-in program this evening to discuss important environmental and public health issues impacting Pennsylvania.  Yaw chairs the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, and has influence over such regulations in the state legislature.  The show begins at 7pm and viewers can participate by calling 1-877-726-5001.

LOOKS LIKE A TAX INCREASE IN EAST LYCOMING DISTRICT

East Lycoming School District Directors last night gave approval to the preliminary draft of the proposed final 2018-2019 school district budget.  That budget totals out to $25.63 million dollars which is $158,000 more than this past year’s budget.  The budget does contain a .44 mills tax increase which will mean an extra $44 dollars on the tax bill of a property worth $100,000 dollars.  District officials attributed the budget increase to higher salaries and wages, as well as higher health benefits, more funding for retirement and debt service.  They say they will continue to work on the numbers before the final budget is passed in late May.

ROAD WORK LEADS TO TRAFFIC HEADACHES

Motorists in the city of Williamsport, especially in the vicinity of the UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center are encountering an interesting drive.   Paving work has begun on High Street between Hepburn Street and Old Lycoming Township.  In addition, gas lines are being replaced on Rural Avenue from First Street to the west, and other road work is also taking place in that area.  Flaggers are controlling traffic.  City officials say they are working with the contractors on traffic patterns, but are cautioning those traveling east to west and west to east in the city to use Park Avenue and Rose Street.

THREE HOMELESS FOLLOWING FIRE

The cause of a fire which struck a Watsontown Area home on Monday night is still under investigation.  That fire broke out around 10am in the home along Route 44 just north of Watsontown, going to a second alarm and bringing in firefighters from several area companies.  The home is occupied by Mark and Sunny Phillips and Mark’s brother Dave and all three were able to make it out of the burning home, though Mrs. Phillips had to be helped through a basement window by her husband and a firefighter. No major injuries were reported.  A family dog had to be taken to an animal hospital. A damage estimate has not been released.

MORE DETAILS IN POLICE PURSUIT

More details have been released regarding a police pursuit which began in South Williamsport in the early morning hours of April 7th and ended in Jersey Shore.  South Williamsport police spotted a sports car driven by Chadwick Smith of Lock Haven who was wanted on an arrest warrant for missing a hearing the day before around 3:30am in the 700 block of Hastings Street.  When they tried to pull him over, he led police on a pursuit onto Interstate 180 then Route 220 South towards Jersey Shore.  Spike strips were put out at Route 287 and Smith crashed his car near the Main Street exit.  He was hospitalized and arraigned this past Friday on several counts, and released after posting $10,000 bail.

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SNYDER COUNTY CRASH

A crash in Snyder County on Sunday night sent a Mifflin County man to Geisinger Medical Center with serious injuries.  The crash occurred on Back Mountain Road in Beaver Township when 26 year old William Peters struck a deer, with his car going out of control, into a field and overturning twice. He was taken to Geisinger and reported in serious condition.  No one else was involved in that Snyder County crash.

HEALING GARDEN APPROVED

The family of a Loyalsock Township Cancer victim wants to erect a healing garden in her memory in the township, and yesterday, supervisors there agreed.  Yesterday, supervisors approved the garden which will be constructed on about a third of an acre in James Short Park in the Township and will be paid for by donations.  The garden will be in honor of 9 year old Callie Cavanaugh who recently lost her battle with cancer.  Her family hopes the garden will be a place for residents to reflect and meditate.  So far about $18,000 dollars has been raised, and construction is expected to begin in June.