NEW CITY POLICE OFFICER SWORN IN

Williamsport City Council said yes to hire on a new city police officer during their meeting last night.  Nikita Bonnell took the oath of office as the city’s 52nd police officer, one below the city’s budgeted 53 officers.  She is also the fourth woman officer now on the force.  Bonnell, who is finishing up training at the police academy, will begin work the week of August 1st.  She will cost the city about $20,000 dollars this year.  The salary for a first year patrol office is a little over $46,000 dollars. 

TWO IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING SUNBURY SHOOTING INCIDENT

Two were captured and two other suspects remain at large following a shooting incident in Sunbury last night.  Shots were fired in the 700 block of North Seventh Street after police were called there for a report of shots fired.  Officers from Sunbury, as well as from 8 other communities in both Northumberland and Montour Cou8nties and also from the state police in Stonington began combing street sin Sunbury looking for what police say were four suspects.  Police used cell phone tracking technology and by midnight were able to take two into custody, one a probation violation and the other charged with multiple felonies stemming from a previous incident.  No names were released and the investigation continues. It’s not believed anyone was injured in that shooting incident.

MAN IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING WILLIAMSPORT ROBBERY

Williamsport police had a person in custody shortly after a robbery outside a city store last night.  The robbery was reported outside the Family Dollar store in the 300 block of Memorial Avenue around 9 last evening.  The suspect who was described as a light black skinned male, possibly wearing Hawaiian printed shorts was found a short time later in the vicinity of West Edwin and Locust Streets.  It’s not believed anyone was hurt in the robbery and it hasn’t been reported as to what was taken in that robbery. No other details are available and Williamsport police continue their investigation.

CHILD SUFFERS INJURY IN CITY CRASH

A toddler suffered head injuries and was treated at Williamsport Regional Medical Center yesterday following a crash in Loyalsock Township. The crash occurred around 11:15am at East Third Street and Shiffler Avenue when the female driver of a vehicle became distracted while driving and her car slammed into a utility pole.  The child who was riding in a safety seat which was not properly installed was transported by ambulance to the hospital. A condition was not released. The name of the driver has not been released and state police are investigating the crash.

BURGLARY INVESTIGATION

State police in Montoursville say they are investigating a burglary which happened in Loyalsock Township earlier this month.  Police say that sometime on July 15th between 1:15 and 4pm in the afternoon, someone forced entry through the back door of a home in the 1200 block of Shiffler Avenue and once inside they made their way into a couple of bedrooms there.  They then made off with numerous items of jewelry as well as $150 dollars in cash.  A nearby resident observed what appeared to be a white male wearing a ball cap and carrying a white plastic grocery bag walk towards the back of the residence around the time of the burglary.  State police are asking anyone with information to give them a call at 570-368-500.

911 CENTERS TO MERGE

Approval has been given for two 911 call centers in the region to merge.  The Columbia and Montour County 911 Centers will share facilities by early next year. The move was made to combine the two centers in order to save money as Columba County would have had to spend about $800,000 to upgrade their center and Montour County was looking at a cost of about $2 million dollars. The facilities will be shared inside the current Columbia County Center in Bloomsburg and the counties have received nearly a million dollars in state grant money to combine the two. 

HEATING UP, TAKE PRECAUTIONS

It’s going to get warm over the next several of days. Temperatures in the 90’s combined with higher humidity are expected the next few days and residents are being urged to take precautions during the heatwave.  Those precautions include staying in the air conditioning if possible or maybe even heading to the4 air conditioned move theatre or the mall.  You are also reminded to check on neighbors who may not have air conditioning and keep your pets in shaded areas and make sure they have plenty of water.  Also make sure you drink plenty of fluids and if you have to work outside take plenty of breaks in a cool area.

HEARINGS SCHEDULED ON OPIOID EPIDEMIC 

Though they won’s spend much time in Harrisburg, various members of the state legislature, both republicans and democrats will travel the state in an attempt to tackle the state’s opioid crisis.  Members of both the house and senate will travel across the state to gather testimony from law enforcement, medical professionals; treatment centers employers, educators, advocates and every day Pennsylvanians about the state's drug epidemic and how it is impacting communities.  A hearing is tentatively scheduled for Lycoming County on Tuesday Augusts 30th.  The hearings are being held in order to generate policy proposals aimed at improving the quality of life in Pennsylvania.

FINAL TWO DAYS

The Lycoming County Fair wraps up its final two days today and tomorrow at the fairgrounds in Hughesville.  Events today include the 4-H youth and pony show at 9am with the Open Beef Show at 10 and the Youth Livestock sale at 6pm.  Free entertainment includes Dan and Galla, Derek Andrew, Katie Rubino and Angela Hesse as well as Keeghan Nolan and Meadow Barret.  The Dale Wheeland Memorial Tractor Pull begins in front of the grandstand at 6pm.  Join WILQ/WZXR, Oldiez 93 on the Midway today from 5 till 9.