SUSQUEHANNA HEALTH AND UPMC ANNOUCED AFFLIATION

The Susquehanna Health System, based in Williamsport has made a significant move, announcing yesterday that the health system and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, better known as UPMC have entered into an agreement to pursue an affiliation to expand healthcare services and advance quality care for the people of North Central Pennsylvania. The health system will hold exclusive detailed discussions with UPMC about how the two health systems can work together.  Officials do say that during that time, nothing changes for patients and their families, employees and physicians at Susquehanna Health.  Similarly affiliations between UPMC and hospitals in Altoona and Erie have resulted in expansion of services at those two facilities.

LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE

A man who was found guilty last month of first degree murder, aggravated assault and other counts stemming from a shooting in June of 2014 in the city of Williamsport will be going away to jail for the rest of his life.  34 year old Rashawn Williams of Philadelphia was found guilty by jury in the shooting death of Aaron Lowry outside the Lamphouse Hookah Lounge in the early morning hours of June 1st 2014.  Yesterday, .county Judge Marc Lovecchio, citing William’s previous record sentenced the man to life in state prison without parole.  Williams previously was convicted aggravated assault in a 200 shooting in Philadelphia and of robbery in Montgomery County in 2009.

TRAFFIC DETOURED FOR OVER 8 HOURS

A crash on Route 220 near Jersey Shore yesterday afternoon shut down the northbound lanes there for around 8 hours.  A tractor trailer crashed into the railroad bridge in the northbound lanes just past State Route 287 in the northbound lanes just past 2pm.  The truck which was pulling an oversized load got wedged under the bridge causing officials to close the northbound lanes down and detour traffic over Route 44 South onto Route 654.  No one was seriously hurt and crews took several hours to clean things up.  The road was finally reopened around 10:30 last night.

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP CRASH SENDS MAN TO GEISINGER

A Millville man was taken to Geisinger Medical Center for unspecified injuries following a one vehicle crash in Franklin Township, Lycoming County on Wednesday night.  State police say that 73 year old Richard Mussleman was driving on State Route 442 around 8:30 on Wednesday when he suffered a diabetic emergency.  THE vehicle went off of the roadway and struck a tree then overturned.  Mussleman was extricated form the vehicle and treated at the scene then taken onto Geisinger where his condition has not been released.  No one else was involved in that Lycoming County crash.

CANTON MAN CHARGES WITH CHILD ABUSE

State police in Bradford County report that a Canton man has been charges with several counts stemming from the ongoing physical abuse of a seven year old child.  Police say 26 year old Brandon Walburn of Canton committed the abuse on the 7 year old boy in Ulster and Canton Township from November of last year through late last month.  He has been charged with aggravated assault, intimidation, retaliation or obstruction of child abuse cases, intimidation of witnesses, simple assault and corruption of minors. He has been committed to Bradford County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

MORE ALLEGATOINS IN SANDUSKY CASE

As a Centre County judge has allowed for a hearing later this month on former Penn State Assistant Football Coach Jerry Sandusky’s appeal on his child molestation conviction, word now comes out that former Penn State Head Coach Joe Paterno may have known about allegations against Sandusky as early as 1976.  A judge yesterday said that insurers in litigation with Penn State claim a boy told Paterno back then that Sandusky molested him.  There is not concrete evidence though to back that claim.   Sandusky is looking to appeal claiming that the prosecution lied and withheld evidence.

DRUG BUST IN SHAMOKIN

Police in Shamokin participated in a drug sting which resulted in the arrests of four all together and turned up more than 150 packets of heroin.  Policed received a tip that a Shamokin man was selling heroin and were led to a home on East Commerce Street on Tuesday night.  When they got inside, they found two men hiding and arrested them, then later arrested another man.  All three are jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail. A woman who lives at the house was also charged with lesser counts.  .

YAW ANNOUCED GRANTS

23rd district State Senator Gene Yaw yesterday announced that the state has issued some growing greener grants for some projects in our area.  Yaw says that $50,000 dollars will be coming to the Lycoming County Conservation District to implement agricultural storm water best management practices and another $33,500 dollars will be coming to the Union County Conservation District for the Buffalo Creek Stream Corridor and Wetland Improvement project.  The money which comes from the Department of Environmental Protection will be used for site improvements.

CONCERT IN JULY

As plans come together for the Williamsport Sesquicentennial Celebration, many of the event  taking place in the beginning of July, the committee has announced that the will return the free Major Artist Concert to Brandon Park on Saturday July 2nd, featuring former headliner with the Boston Pops, Michael Cavanaugh who will perform the music of Billy Joe and More. The free event will also feature professional entertainers from the Williamsport Area including Lonnie Gamble, Mallory Scoppa, Zavon Braggs, Morgan Myles, Shana Mahoney and Spencer Sweeting.  Additionally, the event will feature a broad cross-section of youth entertainers.