ABUDUCTION AND SEXUAL ASSAULT REPORTED

An abduction and sexual assault reported in Northumberland County.  State police in Stonington report that early on Sunday morning a man entered a home near Herndon through an unlocked door, and abducted the woman occupant there, taking her to another location and then sexually assaulting her.  Police have not released a description of the man and have not released any other details. They are reminding residents to keep their doors lock in order to help deter such crimes and they are asking anyone with information into this incident to give them a call at the Stonington barracks.

MORE DETAILS RELEASED

State police in Milton have released updated details regarding a crash on Interstate 80 in Montour County early on Sunday morning which killed one person and seriously injured 3 others. The crash happened following a police pursuit which began in Columbia County which was discontinues by police.  A car driven by 25 year old Keniel Pusey of Wilkes Barre was still travelling at a high rate of speed westbound in Valley Township when it went out of control, off the road, struck a tree and overturned several times. Pusey was pronou8cned dead at the scene.  Two passengers are in critical condition. They are 24 year old Duran Cruz Wilkes Barre, and 30 year old Ashley Cruz of Bloomsburg.  25 year old Robert Thompson of Pittston is in serious condition. 

WIDENING PROJECT CONTINUES

Work continues this week on a road widening project on Route 147 north of Ridge road in Northumberland County.  The work is part of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project and contractors have shifted traffic to the northbound side of the road while they upgrade the southbound shoulder. The work will last through Friday and will require lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.  Motorists should also expect delays and plan their travels accordingly. 

THREE INJURED IN MONTOUR COUNTY CRASH

A Montour County crash on Saturday sent three persons to the hospital with unspecified injuries. the crash occurred on Liberty Valley Road around 3;30 on Saturday afternoon as 32 year old Amanda Spencer of Milton allowed her vehicle to go off the side of the road, and when she tried to correct, the car went across both lanes, striking an embankment and then a utility pole. Spencer, Michelle Mazol of Berwick and Michael Raup of Allenwood all were treated at the hospital, their conditions were not released.  Another passenger was uninjured.

POSSIBLE TAX INCREASE IN SOUTH SIDE DISTRICT

The South Williamsport Area School Board received a budget update during their meeting last night hearing that district property owners may have to undergo a tax increase next year.  The 2017-2018 school year budget currently sits at a little more than %19.5 million dollars with a tax increase of .56 mills possible for property owners. That would mean another $56 dollars on a tax bill for owners of home valued at $100,000 dollars.  District officials say the budget numbers could still change between now and June 19th when a final budget is voted on. 

SHOOTING VICTIM IDENTIFIED

Police in Tioga County are still looking for a Texas man who they say pulled the trigger on a gun with the bullet striking a Bloosburg man in the abdomen over the weekend.  Police say that around 12:20 on Saturday morning, 39 year old James Lynch IV of Cleveland Texas was asked to leave the Bear A Bar in Blossburg, but returned with a gun, firing a short which struck 22 year old Derek Reico.  Reico was treated at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, his condition not released.  Lynch also allegedly aimed the gun at another man’s head then fled 

DUI TASK FORCE READY FOR PROM SEASON

 The Lycoming County DUI Task Force is gearing up for prom season.  The Task Force will be out during the upcoming prom dates for local schools. Underage drinking and driving will be targeted enforcement. No person under the age of 21 shall have any alcohol I their system.  If they are caught drinking and driving the .02% blood law and other related offenses will be enforced. 

JURY SELECTED FOR UNION COUNTY MURDER TRIAL

A jury of six men and six women has been selected to hear a June murder trial of a Steelton man accused of stabbing a Lewisburg man in Union County in July of last year.  39 year old Robert Lee is accused of the stabbing of Jamal Britton of Lewisburg at Century Village, a housing complex in East Buffalo Township during an argument there.  Lee is climaxing self-defense.  Though the trial which is expected to take five days is not to begin until June 19th, Prosecutors say they have jury selection only four times a year, allowing for a more controlled situation selecting several juries in one day.

BRIDGE REPLACEMENT UNDERWAY

Work is finally underway on a bridge replacement project in Gamble Township along Wallis Run Road.  The project includes replacement of the bridge which was washed out in the October flooding as well as remediation of a slide area on Wallis Run Road just north of the bridge. Work also includes roadway reconstruction, stream channel restoration, as well as other work.  The detour which is currently in place will remain in effect during the project with work expected to be completed in early November.