ILLEGAL PURCHASE OF FIREARMS ALLEGED AGAINST TWO

Police in Muncy Township have filed charges against two men who lied on their ATF applications in order to try and purchase firearms from an outdoor business outside of the Lycoming Mall back in March of this year.  Both Robert West of Jersey Shore and Charles Brown Jr. of Monroeton lied on a section of the application asking if they had any previous convictions, both saying no when in fact they had each been convicted of crimes.  The two were trying to purchase the gun on March 2nd. They were arraigned his week on two separate counts and released after posting $40,000 dollars bail.

DANVILLE WOMAN DIES IN CRASH

A section of busy roadway in Danville reopened last night, seven hours after a fatal crash there.  Shortly before 1:45pm yesterday, a vehicle driven by 84 year old Mary Gray of Danville drove out onto State Route 54 from Jerseytown Road in Valley Township, into the path of a logging truck operated by Steven Shoemaker of Millmont. The truck struck the vehicle and then dragged it into a guide rail.  Gray was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash and Shoemaker was not injured.  The roadway reopened around 8:30 last night. 

DECISION EXPECTED THIS WEEK IN POLICE SHOOTING

A decision is expected to be delivered by tomorrow as to whether or not a Sunbury police officer was justified in shooting a suspect earlier this month.  Acting police Chief Brad Hare found 22 year old Erik Trometter neat the city on July 8th. He had been wanted in the assault on his grandmother. Trometter reported drew a knife and threatened Hare who used a taser twice on the man without results before shooting him.  Trometter remains in Geisinger Medical Center in fair condition.  Hare is on administrative leave pending the results of that investigation which is being conducted by State Police at Stonington.

COMMITTEE MEETING ON GAS DRILLING IN STATE PARKS

The Pennsylvania State House Democratic Policy Committee will be in the city of Williamsport on Monday to hear public testimony over whether or not state forests and parks should be leased for natural gas drilling.  The hearing will be co-chaired by State Representative Rick Mirabito who is co-sponsoring a bill which would require the state’s DCNR to provide notice and seek public input before authorizing any major unconventional gas development project on state park or forest lands.  The hearing will be held from 2 to 4pm Monday at the Mary Lindsey Welsh Honors hall on the campus of Lycoming College at East Fourth and Basin Streets.

LEWISBURG WOMAN INJURED IN UNION COUNTY CRASH

A Union County crash yesterday sent a Lewisburg woman to Geisinger Medical Center with moderate injuries.  20 year old Trisha Hauck lost control of her vehicle on a curve on Colonel John Kelly Road in Buffalo Township around 9:45am yesterday. The vehicle went off the roadway and impacted head on with a tree.  Hauck was taken to Geisinger and her condition has not been released. No one else was involved and state police in Milton are investigating.

THIRD PERSON CHARGED IN ATM BREAK-IN

Police have charged a third person in connection with the December attempted break in of an ATM machine in South Williamsport which destroyed the machine to the tune of $40,000 dollars ;damage.  Jordan Smith and Neiko Pratt attempted to use a torch to break open the machine at the Wyrope Federal Credit Union on December 4th, looking to get the money out of it.  They were scared off when an alarm was set off by the heat from the torch.  This week, 20 year old Meade Lewis of Port Matilda was charged with conspiring and planning the break in with the other two.  He was charged with three counts and released after posting $50,000 bail.

COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

Williamsport City Council meets tonight and on their agenda is a possible change in a city law which would allow the Williamsport Parking Authority to take over enforcement of parking problems in two sections of the city previously enforced by city police.  The area sweeps east and west of the Central Business district covering about 10 additional miles. Restrictions include would be where parking is prohibited, as well as two-hour spaces, handicapped-only, bus stops and tow away zones.  Council will also look at a request regarding the Bases Loaded project at Market Square in the city which was previously announced.

SPEED LIMIT TO RISE

A section of Route 80 spanning through both Clinton and Clearfield Counties will see an increase in the speed limit to 70mph.  The change will take effect on the 88 mile stretch of Route 80 the week of August 11th.  Officials say the increase will benefit truckers the most as they can move their product more efficiently.  Also the change will allow engineers to study the varying effect of the increased speed limits on crash history and work zones.