LARGE SHED DESTROYED BY FIRE

Firefighters from Woodward Township, Jersey Shore, Old Lycoming Township and Duboistown were called out early yesterday afternoon to a fire in a large shed in Woodward Township. The fire broke out in the shed on a property along McGill Hollow Road owned by Frank Welch and destroyed the structure.  It also scorched the outside of a two car garage about 10 feet away.  It’s believed sparks from a controlled burn may have started that fire.  No one was injured and a damage estimate has not been released. A state police fire marshal will try to determine the exact cause.  It’s the third fire on Welch’s property in the past 25 years.

TRADE AND TRANSIT II GROUNDBREAKING

It’s full speed ahead for the Trade and Transit II project in the city of Williamsport.  Dignitaries, private investors and others gathered on the site along West Third Street yesterday to break ground for the project which has been years in the making.  When finished in 10 to 12 months the Centre will have a lobby on the lower floor for patrons or bus riders of River Valley Transit, and a small convenience store. The second floor will be the new home of the Uptown Music Collective and a community room will be on the top level.  The construction is part of about $25 million dollars in investments in the downtown area.

TRAFFIC STOP TURNS INTO DRUG BUST

A Williamsport man is in Lycoming County prison after being found with nearly a pound of marijuana in his car following a traffic stop yesterday.  Police officers from Montoursville working with the County District Attorney’s Narcotics Enforcement unit pulled over a vehicle when the driver tossed a cigarette out the window.  According to officers they smelled an odor of burning marijuana and asked to search a backpack in the back of the vehicle finding the pot.  The driver, 25 year old Dominque Thomas admitted that the pot was his.  He was arraigned on a couple of counts and jailed in lieu of $95,000 dollars bail.

OFFICIAL VOTE COUNT BEGINS TODAY

Lycoming County voter registration workers will get to work today at 9am on the official vote count from this past weekend’s primary elections.  Officials say that normally the count takes three to four days but due to the large number of write-in votes for the Montoursville School Board that the count could take a bit longer.  They are asking for patience, especially from Montoursville residents interested in the vote count.  Write-ins dominated in three Montoursville school district precincts.  Residents there are upset at the school board for voting on what they see is an expensive high school construction project.

SUNBURY MAN INJURED IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY CRASH

A Snubury man was taken to Geisinger Medical Center following a crash in Northumberland County on Wednesday afternoon.  The crash occurred shortly past 1pm on State Route 405 in West Chillisqauque Township as 68 year old Maurice Wilkinson had a medical emergency while driving. The vehicle went off the roadway, struck a traffic sign and then went down an embankment and struck a trailer.  Wilkinson’s condition has not been released following that Northumberland County crash.

STICKER SWITCH SCAM

State police in Milton say they plan on pressing charges over the next few weeks for those person’s responsible for a sticker switch scheme at the Wal-Mart in Kelly Township in Union County.  At least 11 times in the past two months, barcode stickers of c heaper items have been put on more expensive items with the thieves then paying less and getting away with more. The incidents have occurred between February 24th and April 27th.  Police say they have identified the suspects and they are being interviewed. 

CHECKPOINTS PLANNED

With the holiday weekend upon us, Pennsylvania State Police are reminding motorists to drive responsibly. State police in Montoursville say they will conduct a sobriety checkpoint somewhere within Lycoming County over the weekend. The checkpoints are scheduled to arrest and prosecute drunk drivers to the fullest extent of the law.  Motorists are reminded to buckle up, drive safely and refrain from drinking and driving.  State police in Milton have announced that they will also conduct a sobriety checkpoint this weekend somewhere within Union, Northumberland or Montour Counties.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND OBSERVANCE

A number of observations to honor U.S. Soldiers who have died in wars stretching the revolutionary war to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan will be held as part of Memorial Day ceremonies in our area this weekend.  The weekend will start off with a countywide Memorial Day weekend service at 2pm tomorrow at the Veterans Memorial Park at West Fourth Street and Wahoo Drive.  A new initiative will be unveiled to create a paved walkway to honor veterans as well as new planned monuments there.  Brick paves will go on sale, also a way to honor or memorialize a veteran.

HERITAGE PLAN MEETING

Plans have been made for an open house for Lycoming County residents to get a look at the county’s Heritage plan.  The plan will identify historic resources in the county.  A historic resource can be any building, site, structure or district over 50 years old which is associated with a distinct architectural style, event, architect and/or person or is an important local connection to the past.   The first open house will be held on Monday June 15th from 4 to 7pm at the James V. Brown Library in Williamsport.  Public input will be invited.