WEEKEND FIRE LEAVES WHITE DEER COUPLE HOMELESS

A fire in White Deer Township over the weekend started in a shed then quickly spread to a garage and then house of Donald and Cathy Diffenbach. The flames quickly engulfed the structures. A State Police Fire Marshal said that the damage is so extensive he cannot determine what started the fire. Several other recent fires in the area are currently under investigation. The couple was not home at the time. A previous house owned by the couple burned down on the same property in 1992. 

TIOGA COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH SELLING AND GROWING MARIJUANA

Federal and State Law Enforcement authorities arressted a Tioga County man, Andrew Hurd, for allegedly growing and selling marijuana at his residence in Westfield. Last Wednesday police seized at least 688 marijuana plants while recovering two rifles and revolvers, as well as , over $6200 at Hurd's home. Charges filed include distribution and possession of marijuana and using a firearm while comitting a drug crime. If found guilty, Hurd faces in eexcess of ten years in prison. 

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT WOMAN CHARGED

Sufficient evidence has been found against Michelle Stryker of South Williamsport on charges stemming from an alleged stabbing of a man during a domestic dispute at her home on July 16th. A District Judge ruled Stryker will face two counts of aggravated assault among the charges filed against her. Stryker is currently free on bail.

WILLIAMSPORT MAN ATTACKS WOMAN WITH CRUTCH

Simple assault and harassment charges have been filed against John Drummond, 31, of Williamsport. On Saturday evening Drummond is accussed of striking Sonya Smith several times in the head with a crutch during a disturbance at his home. According to city police, Smith was covered with blood splatter when offices arrived. She was treated for her injuries at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center following arraignment. Drummond was committed to Lycoming County Prison, but later released on $7500 bail. 

ASSAULT IN BRADFORD COUNTY

An apparent domestic dispute escalated into assault following a verbal altercation in Bradford County on Saturday night when the suspect, an unidentified 26 Year Old male, shoved, choked and struck his female victim multiple times. Later the suspect re-entered the home-breaking several items and attempting to take the victim’s purse-at that time he struck the victim again. After being locked out, the suspect attempted breaking into the resident, causing the victim to flee. The incident is still under investigation.

BUILDING COLLAPSE IN TOWANDA CLOSES PART OF ROUTE 6

A part of Route 6 is closed after part of a building fell into the road in Bradford County. Police said bricks fell off Henry Dunn Inc., an insurance and realty group, on Main Street in Towanda Sunday morning. According to PennDOT, Route 6 between Court Street and Pine Street in Towanda will be closed until repairs can be made to the building. Officials said a detour is in place to help drivers get around the closed street in Bradford County.

LOYALSOCK VOTES IN FAVOR OF OIL AND GAS STAGING FACILITIES

Loyalsock Township supervisors voted 5-0 to approve two conditional use oil and gas staging facilities at 2830 Lycoming Creek Road and 2907 Lycoming Creek Road. Supervisors also unanimously approved phase two of Greenview Commons housing project on Warrensville Road in the township, ground was broken on the project in March of this year.