FIRE DESTROYS A DOUBLE HOME IN JERSEY SHORE AREA

Fire struck a double town house in Piatt Township yesterday afternoon destroying it.  Fire broke out in the home along Diesel Drive just off of Route 220 around 3:30 yesterday quickly engulfing the structure.  One side of the house was occupied and the tenants were not home at the time of the fire. They have not been identified.  Two cats may have been lost in the blaze.  Volunteer firefighters from a half dozen communities were called to the 2 alarm blaze but were not able to keep flames from consuming the entire structure.  A damage estimate has not been released and a state police fire marshal will look into the cause of that Piatt Township fire. 

CDBG FUNDS APPROVED

Two Lycoming County projects will receive more than $200,000 dollars in Community Development Block Grant Funding pending public comment next month.  Based on available funding from the federal government, Lycoming County Commissioners yesterday voted to award $130,801 dollars to Franklin Township to go towards it’s $2 million dollar Lairdsville Sanitary Sewer project, and $2,000 dollars to STEP Incorporated Homes In Need Program targeting owner occupied homes in Muncy.  The two were selected from six groups which originally requested funding.

DANGEROUS TREES

Some 40 residents within the city of Williamsport will soon be receiving warning letters telling them to remove potentially hazardous trees from their properties.  City officials say the trees are potentially dangerous to those walking underneath, driving underneath or to the properties that they are on or next to. .  Many of them were damaged in that strong squall which moved through the city on May 1st. City officials say there is a program available that can help the property owners remove the trees at about half the price they would otherwise pay. 

HIT AND RUN IN CITY

Williamsport police are looking for a vehicle which rear-ended another on a downtown street yesterday causing damage to a traffic light and street light. The crash happened at the intersection of West Fourth and William Streets.  A care was struck in the rear and propelled off of the road and into the light standards knocking them down.  The other vehicle then left the scene.  No one was reported hurt in the crash.  Police have not released a description of the hit and run vehicle.

MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ASSAULT ON PREGNANT WIFE

A Columbia County man pleaded guilty yesterday to the assault on his wife and unborn child which occurred back in March of last year.  Adam Kaiser pleaded guilty of assault with a deadly weapon in a Columbia County courtroom yesterday stemming from the incident where he attacked his then 8 months pregnant wife, throwing her to the floor, stomping on her back and allegedly saying he was going to cut the baby out of her during the incident at their Briar Creek Township home.  No word on when sentencing will take place.  Kaiser faces jail time. 

MAN CHARGED WITH BURGLARY

A Williamsport man was recently charged with burglary, felony trespassing and theft for allegedly breaking into a storage unit at Oak Harbor Storage along Lycoming Creek Road.  The incident happened in early September and 28 year old William Watson Jr. is accused of stealing stereo and television equipment.  He was arraigned on the charges and released after posting $15,000 dollars bail. 

NORTHUMBERLAND COMMISSIONERS SUING

It’s going to court.  A dispute between Northumberland County Commissioners and Coal Township officials will most likely be settled in court. The dispute is over permitting fees for construction of the new county prison at a site in Coal Township in which the township charged almost $250,000 dollars. Commissioners gave the township until Wednesday night to prove that price gouging was not taking place.  The Township has not given a satisfactory answer so commissioners say they are going to sue.

THREE MORE LOOKING TO BE ON COMMISSION

Three more city residents have announced their candidacy for a spot on the City of Williamsport’s Charger Commission.  City residents David Stone, Tony Nardi and Patrick Marty made it known yesterday that they will each run for a seat on the seven person commission which would be charged with studying the way city government is run and to make recommendations on any changes.  The three join others who have also announced their candidacy and will on the ballot during the November 7th General Election.  Commissioners will be appointed if city residents decide that they want to go ahead with the study. 

WOLF IN NORTHERN TIER

Governor Wolf made an appearance in the Northern Tier of PA yesterday stopping by to tour the Warren Miller Elementary School in Mansfield, part of the Southern Tioga School District.  Wolf spoke to faculty and students about the state budget issues in which the state house and senate cannot come to an agreement on a revenue package to fund $2.1 billion dollars of the state’s $32 billion dollars budget.  Wof told the students that he believes the two legislative bodies are closer to an agreement, saying that there are all kinds of room for debate and disagreement, but saying that you can’t do irresponsible things.