DOWNPOURS CAUSE SOME MINOR PROBLEMS

Up to two inches and in some cases more of rain fell in a short time in our area yesterday afternoon causing some issues.  Minor flooding was reported in low lying and poor drainage areas following the downpours which occurred around mild-afternoon yesterday.  Trees were reported down in parts of our area with some power lines affected and some minor power outages.  Emergency crews were kept busy for a short time as those rain storms moved through the area. Some flooding warnings were posted though no major problems were reported.

STATE HOUSE SAYS YES TO BUDGET PLAN

The state house of Representatives voted 132-68 yesterday on a state budget plan of which the state would spend $31.55 billion dollars in the next fiscal year.  Amongst the funding increases are Pre-K and basic education money which is being increased by $250 million dollars.  The state’s share of school funding all together including school employee pension payments totals approximately $11.5 million dollars.  The house was also able to pass it without having to raise sales taxes or income taxes.  The budget will now to the state senate for their consideration. Democratic Governor Tom Wolf has come out saying he doesn’t believe that the budget is balanced and does not include enough revenue.  The budget deadline is midnight tomorrow night.

MAN FIGHTS WITH POLICE

A Forksville man was taken into custody yesterday afternoon following an altercation with state police.  Police say around 3:30 they were called to a residence along Millview Mountain Road in Elkland Township for reports that 19 year old Dominick Hawley was making terroristic threats and committing criminal mischief at the residence of Thomas Boyd.  When troopers arrived, Hawley became combative and began fighting with two troopers there.  They were able to subdue the man and take him into custody. He was charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault and other counts and jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail. 

TWO CHARGED WITH GUN SHOP THEFTS

Two New York State men face charges for two recent gun shop thefts in Bradford and Tioga Counties.  31 year old Ben McCormick and 36 year old James Thorne face charges of conspiracy, theft of firearms, possession of stolen firearms and possession of a firearm by a felon following their indictment by a grand jury in U.S. Middle District Court in Williamsport yesterday. The two are charged with stealing nearly 100 handguns and rifles from three area businesses.  Two of the burglaries were at GNR Sporting Goods in Mansfield on June 17th and Fulmers Sporting Goods near Towanda a few days later.  No indication whether or not they have been implicated in the theft of guns at Sauers trading Post in South Williamsport on June 20th.

MAN ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL IN MURDER OF WIFE

A Selinsgrove man was ordered to stand trial in the death of his wife which occurred at their home in April.  The body of 75 year old Ann Wochley was found inside the home in Selinsgrove on April 2nd.  Her husband Kenneth was found unconscious in a nearby chair.  At Wochley’s preliminary hearing yesterday a police officer testified that he found a bloody hammer inside the home and that the woman’s injuries appeared to be caused by that hammer.  It’s believed that Wochly killed his wife and then took a mixture of pills and tried to kill himself.  He remains in state prison without bail.

EAST LYCOMING DISTRICT OKAYS TAX HIKE

Another area school district has approved a tax increase for the upcoming year.  The East Lycoming School Board last night gave final approval to a budget of more than $24.7 million dollars for the upcoming school year.  That budget will contain a .30 mills tax increase which will mean an extra $30 dollars in the tax bills of owners of properties worth $100,000 dollars.  The largest chunk of this year’s budget covers salary and wages, the state school retirement system and special an alternative education which totals out to a little over $14 million dollars.

YAW CRAFTS BILLS IN FIGHT AGAINST OPIOID ABUSE

23rd district state senator Gene Yaw continues his fight against the opioid epidemic and has announced he has crafted more legislation regarding that fight.  Yaw says that his legislation would limit the amount of opioids that children may be prescribed limiting the prescription to seven day duration unless there is a medical emergency that puts the child’s health or safety at risk.  Another bill sponsored by Yaw would require perception bottles containing opioids to have label affixed concerning the addictive nature of the drug.

MIFFLINBURG BUSINESSMANE SENTENCED IN LYCOMING COUNTY

A Mifflinburg businessman will spend the next 1 to 7 years in state prison stemming from a Snyder County scam.  60 year old Ted Cresswell entered a plea of no-contest to felony deceptive or fraudulent business practices in December.  He is accused of bilking about 2 dozen people out of more than $2 million dollars invested in a proposed townhouse development in Snyder County which never was built.  Creswell has asked for extra time to try and pay the money back, but has not done so.  He was sentenced yesterday by Lycoming County judge Dudley Anderson.

FIRE DESTOYS NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY RESIDENCE

Fire struck in Northumberland County yesterday morning destroying a mobile home there.  The fire broke out in the structure at 1409 Independence Street in Coal Township occupied by Bobby Caulder who had just left when he turned around and discovered flames coming from the structure. The fast moving fire quickly destroyed the home and was so hot it melted siding on an adjacent garage.  It’s not known yet what caused that fire.