LOOKING FOR FUNDING HELP

Funding was on the minds of Williamsport City Council during their meeting last night.  Council quizzed two consultants hired by the city to look into funding sources for various projects. The consultants were told that the top funding priority right now is that of the flood levee study and recertification which currently is unfunded and could cost the city nearly a mill of tax.  The consultants told council that they have met with officials with the PA Emergency Management Agency about the levee study and associated costs. Several funding sources have been identified as possibilities to help with paying for the study.

LOCAL COMPANY CUTTING SOME JOBS

It looks like some jobs will be eliminated at a Williamsport snack chip manufacturer and distributor.  Officials with Frito-Lay along Reach Road in Williamsport have announced due to productivity efforts that the company will be eliminating 7% of the workforce there.  The actual number of those affected has not been released, and plant officials say they have been notified. The company is offering transition assistance.  The company is currently undertaking a series of initiatives to enhance its cost effectiveness, improve operations and provide a source of funding for brand-building and innovation initiatives.

CHARGES WILL STICK

A Natural gas and oil producer which was charged with illegally dumping solid waste within Lycoming County back in October and November of 2010 has been shot down in Lycoming County Court in their efforts in trying to get the charges dropped.  Charges were filed in 2013 against XTO Energy for the illegal dumping on the ground and into a tributary of Sugar Run within the county.  A Lycoming County judge this week ruled that the charges will stick despite the company’s efforts to try and prove that the state failed to present evidence. All charges will be held for court though other appeals and pretrial motions could be filed. 

6 TO 12 YEARS IN STATE PRISON

A Williamsport man will spend 6 to 12 years in prison for the possession with intent to deliver heroin as well as illegally possessing a firearm.  37 year old Anthony Heath Jr. was sentenced to state prison in Lycoming County Court stemming from sales of heroin to an informant and then a search of his Blaine Street hours back in August of 2014 which turned up close to 900 packets of heroin, close to $10,000 dollars’ worth as well as cocaine, $2,000 in cash and a handgun of which he was not allowed to possess due to a previous drug conviction.

BAIL REDUCTION DENIED 

A Northumberland County businessman will most likely remain in jail after seeing his request for bail modification turned down.  A Northumberland County judge ruled on Wednesday that Robert Snyder’s bail will remain at $300,000 dollars.  He is charged with attempted homicide and other counts which occurred during an argument with his wife at their Packer Island home that turned violent.  In making his ruling, the judge said he had doubts that Snyder who owns three businesses in Northumberland County would attend all hearings pertaining to his case. 

TWO CHARGED WITH ILLEGALLY KILLING BEAR

A pair of Bradford County residents have been arrested for shooting a large black bear there and leaving it by the side of the road.  Desiree Bailey and George Raymond from Sayre face several charges.  The bear, weighing in the vicinity of 500 lbs. was found along the side of the road near Sayre earlier this week.  Police say Bailey shot the bear, and Raymond then left it by the side of the road.  The two have been arrested and charged, then committed to Bradford County prison when they failed to produce bail. 

CHARGES FILED THIS WEEK

A woman who smashed her burning car into the offices of a local radio station back in March was charged this week in the case.  Police say 30 year old Crystal Glantz purposely set the back seat of her care on fire on the night of March 5th before slamming it into the front doors of the Clear Channel Broadcasting Building on the night of March 5th. When firefighters arrived, the fire quickly extinguished and Glantz was not hurt. The incident did about $12,000 damage to the car and another $6,000 to the building.  It’s believed Glantz had filed a civil suit against the company two years ago. She has been charged with arson, DUI and other counts and is jailed in lieu of $25,000 dollars bail.\

HOMELESS SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED

According to a survey done earlier this year, there may be fewer homeless persons in Lycoming County compared to late last year.  On January 28th members of the Lycoming County Housing Alliance fanned out across the county looking for unsheltered individuals.  They found 25 adults who did not have shelter but no children.  Those numbers are down from the fall of last year, when 47 homeless adults and 19 homeless children were found. The survey is done according to Housing and Urban Development guidelines.  CITYPak Backpacks were distributed filled with essentials for those in need.

NEW COLUMBIA HOME BURGLARIZED 

State police are looking for the person or persons who broke into a New Columbia home last week.  Around 7:30 on April 9th, someone smashed a window at a home along Millers Bottom Road in New Columbia and once inside took numerous articles of jewelry, a 46 inch big screen television, and an I-pad, then fled in an unknown direction.  State police in Milton say they continue their investigation into that burglary and are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to give them a call at 570-524-2662.

10 YEARS SINCE GRICAR DISSAPEARANCE

It’s been 10 years and 2 days now since the Union County disappearance of a Centre County District Attorney which still has authorities confounded.  Ray Gricar disappeared while in Lewisburg on April 15th of 2005.   His car was found at the Street of Shops there and his laptop computer was found days later in the Susquehanna River.  Gricar was ruled legally deceased in 2011 but a body has never been found.  State police took over the investigation into his disappearance last year.