MUNCY PARENTS ON ALERT

Parents in the Muncy school district are keeping a wary eye out after an incident in the borough on Tuesday afternoon.  Police there say a man in a black work style van attempted to pick up two 10 year old boys as they were walking home from school on Tuesday around 3:15pm.  When the boys split up, the man drove around the block and approached one of the boys a second time offering him a ride.  The incident happened about a block away from the Ward Myers Elementary school.  Anyone with information is asked to contact 911 or to call Muncy police.

MAN FOUND GUILTY

A Jersey Shore man was found guilty in Lycoming County Court yesterday of aggravated assault by vehicle and other drunken driving charges following a two day trial.  Dustin Hoffman was found to be behind the wheel of a truck which went off of Little Pine Creek Road near Waterville on July 25th of 2012. The truck struck some trees and ejected both Hoffman and a passenger Joshua Laubscher.   Both were seriously injured with Laubscher suffering brain injuries.  The defense tried to point towards Laubsher driving the truck that night.  Sentencing is set for March 25th.

UNITED WAY NEEDS YOUR HELP

You will see it and hear it all day, but it is important enough for Lycoming County’s media outlets to come together today to help the Lycoming County United Way.  Billboards, Newspaper articles, TV ads, and a major campaign on local radio today will try to raise $200,000 dollars in order for the United Way to fund programs working with thousands of people every day.  You will hear from United Way officials as well as representatives from those programs who will let you know why it is important to give.  You will then be able to make a pledge online at www.lcuw.org, or by phone at 570-323-9448 or by texting live united to 50155.

YAW SPONSORED BILLS PASS IN SENATE

A pair of bills sponsored by 23rd district State Senator Gene Yaw was passed in the Senate yesterday.  The legislation is designed to protect landowners with natural gas production on their properties.  One bill would expedite the payment of royalties from the gas companies to leaseholders while the other would prohibit those companies from retaliating against property owners who question their royalty checks.  Yaw says both bills were in response to late royalty payments as well as travel burdens for landowners who wish to inspect records.

MAN STRUCK BY VEHICLE IN WORK ZONE

A Tamaqua Pennsylvania man, working in a work zone in Northumberland County was taken to Geisinger Medical Center yesterday with a broken leg after being stuck by a vehicle in that work zone.  Police say James Fredericks of Tamaqua was collecting cones in a work zone on Irish Valley Road in Shamokin Township around 4:45 yesterday when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Ann Benedict of Shamokin.  He was transported to the Medical Center. His condition has not been released.  The driver told police she was temporarily blinded by the sun, causing her to strike Fredericka.

FIRE IN SNYDER COUNTY

Fire struck in Snyder County destroying a home there and leaving an elderly man homeless.  Fire broke out around 12:50pm at the home of 85 year old Sterrill Knepp along Middle Road in Beavertown. Firefighters from four different companies were called in to fight the blaze in the two story home, but the fire quickly spread and destroyed that house.  Knepp who was on the phone with his son at the time the fire broke out was able to make it out without injury. A damage estimate has not been released and the cause of that Snyder County fire is under investigation.

WOLF SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER

Following through on a campaign promise, New Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order restoring a ban on ne gas drilling leases on public lands.  The order will supersede one signed by former Governor Tom Corbett in May.  Corbett’s order authorized state officials to negotiate new leases for gas extraction in state forests and other public lands. Wolf had said he would restore that ban on the drilling if elected.  His action has been praised by environmentalist groups across Pennsylvania.