The Taney Little Leaguers from Philadelphia fell short of their quest last night to make it to Saturday’s U.S. Championship game at the Little League World Series.  The Pennsylvania and Mid Atlantic Representative fell to the team from Chicago Illinois last night by a score of 6-5.  Chicago will get a chance at revenge against the team from Las Vegas Nevada tomorrow afternoon at 3pm for the right to move onto Sunday’s championship game.  Earlier in the day Tokyo Japan jumped on the team from Guadalupe Mexico 12-1 in five innings and will get a rematch against Seoul South Korea tomorrow at 12:30pm for the International Championship.


Williamsport Welcomes the World. The annual street festival held in the city of Williamsport in conjunction with the Little League World Series will take place in the downtown area today from 5 till 10pm.  There will be plenty of food vendors, entertainment and other family friendly activities happening along West Fourth and Pine Streets between Market and William Streets.  Former Major Leaguer Roberto Alomar will be in town to sign autographs and meet baseball fans.  In addition, the Williamsport Parking Authority has announced that parking at all meters on the streets and in the city parking garages will be free from 2pm on today.


A Trout Run area man was charged earlier this week with terroristic threats, recklessly endangering, simple assault and harassment following a gun pointing incident at his McIntyre Township home.  State police say Cody Thomas came home to his Upper Bodines Road home around 6:30 on Tuesday and got into an argument with a woman known as Keawin.  At some point Thomas apparently got a gun and aimed it at the woman asking if she had ever been shot. He was arraigned on the charges and the committed to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $7500 dollars bail.


A Williamsport man was arrested this week charged with the scalding of a 16 month old Jersey Shore boy which occurred back in June.  Police say Nathan Carr was staying with the boy’s mother in Jersey Shore and watching the child back on June 13th when it was found that the boy had some extensive burns and peeling to the boy’s face, head and right arm.  Carr told police that he had the boy outside for four hours that day and it must have been sunburn.  The boy was eventually taken to the Lehigh Valley Burn Center in Allentown where he was admitted for three weeks.  Carr has been charged with aggravated assault and other counts and was jailed in lieu of $500,000 dollars bail.


Speaking this week about the city police force, Williamsport Mayor Gabriel Campana floated an idea to have the city pay for police recruit’s tuition while at the police academy.  The mayor says the money could come from taxpayer money reserved for police salaries.  At least two city councilpersons who were present are all for the proposal and have suggested that the city do even more.  Officials say it would be a stop towards getting more qualified officers and increasing the number of applicants on the civil service list.


Lycoming County Commissioners yesterday said yes to $20,000 dollars in Marcellus Shale drilling impact fee funding to fix a road along Pine Creek in Watson Township.  The commissioners say the money will be used to ensure safer conditions along West Side Road in which the rock wall that supports part of the road in Watson Township is on the verge of collapse, and a rusty storm water runoff pipe that extends from the road needs replaced.  Total cost of the project will be $30,000 dollars.


A former Middleburg businessman saw his effort to get out of jail early shot down by the PA State Superior Court.  The court on Wednesday upheld the 12 ½ to 78 year prison sentence of Kurt Keiper who was convicted of bilking customers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.  He was sentenced in November of 2012 for stealing from customers in the U.S. and Canada who paid him money for vehicles he never delivered.  He has also been ordered to pay over $500,000 dollars in restitution.


Though the Williamsport area pretty much escaped the storms which rolled through our region yesterday, not everybody got away unscathed.  In Northumberland County employees at the courthouse in Sunbury were sent home at 3:30 yesterday afternoon after the building lost power at approximately 3:10pm and the sewage system backed up into the basement.  It’s not clear the extent of damage and workers are expected back in today.  Nearly 600 customers in Sunbury were without power for a few hours yesterday due to the storm.


A Williamsport woman was charged last week with hindering apprehension of a fugitive from justice stemming from an incident which occurred in early June.  Amy Morgret was pulled over along with Scott Rubendell in a car in the 700 block of High Street back on June 15th.  Rubendell had been wanted on several warrants including burglary in Montoursville.  It was found that Morgret was hiding Rubendell at her city home.  She was charged and released after posting $10,000 dollars bail.  Rubendell remains jailed in lieu of $160,000 dollars bail.