BRADFORD COUNTY FARMER KILLED

Reports of a Bradford County farmer killed in his farm yesterday after being gored by a bull.  The accident happened yesterday afternoon on a farm in Granville Summit just South of Troy when 54 year old Henry Saxton was struck from behind by the bull and pinned between a steel gate and wooden beam.  Saxton was pronounced dead at the scene by the Bradford County Coroner’s office.  No one else was involved in the incident.  It’s not known what caused the bull to charge the man. 

FIRE AT MEDICAL CENTER

Firefighters were called out yesterday to the UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center after fire broke out in a patient room there.  The fire broke out on the sixth floor of the East Wing in a chair of a patent who was sitting in it at the time.  The woman suffered serious burns and was eventually flown to Lehigh Valley Burn Center in Allentown where her name and condition have not been released.  Two staff members who tried to help the woman suffered minor burns and were treated and released. The fire was put out before firefighters arrived, and patents in that wing were moved to other parts of the hospital.  Fire damage was kept to the room and the cause has not been revealed. 

MAN PLEADS NO CONTEST TO CHILD RAPE

A jail term of 20 to 60 years has been recommended by the Northumberland County District Attorney’s office for a man who pleaded no contest to more than 250 counts of child rape in Northumberland County Court on Monday.  39 year old Dennis Kibler Jr. was accused of 258 counts for incidents which took place over a three year period with four girls ranging from three years of age to 15 years of age.  His plea means that he is not accepting guilt but admits that there is overwhelming evidence against him.  His wife Cynthia is charged with 17 counts stemming from her begin award of the rapes and being present while some of them happened. 

FIRE STRIKES MONTGOMERY BUSINESS

Firefighters were called out to a business in Montgomery yesterday afternoon. Fire broke out about 1pm at Construction Specialties along Miller Avenue in Montgomery.  When firefighters arrived, they found flames in the ceiling of the building and were able to make quick work of the fire.  No one was reported injured, and a damage estimate was not released.  It is now known what caused that fire.

CRASH INJURES TWO 

A crash in the city of Williamsport yesterday morning sent two to the hospital.  The accident happened around 7:50am in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 180 at the Hepburn Street exit as a vehicle driven by 40 year old Diane Freynik of Williamsport crashed into the rear of a pickup truck operated by 90 year old John Hertel of Williamsport.   Both drivers were taken to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center for treatment.  Their conditions were not released.  That crash tied up traffic on I-180 for about an hour yesterday. 

LOCK HAVEN MAN SENTENCED TO STATE PRISON

 A Lock Haven man who concealer the death of his roommate for almost a year and a half was sentenced to state prison on Monday. Rodney Heaton who pleaded guilty to using Teresa Hill’s access and bank cards dozens of times between August 1st of 2015 and December 22nd of 2016 was sentenced to 57 to 132 months in state prison.  Hill died in her Lock Haven apartment in August of 2015 and Heaton rolled the woman’s body up in a carpet and placed it on the back porch where it stayed for close to a year and a half.  In the meantime he used the cards totaling more than $12,000 dollars in purchases.  He will also have to pay fines and restitution. 

COMMISSIONES SAY YES TO IN PRISON TREATMENT

Lycoming County Commissioners yesterday approved in-hour drug treatment at the county prison.  The program which is run by West Branch Drug and Alcohol uses counselors from Crossroads Counseling and consists of education, as well as group and individual sessions.  $50,000 dollars has been allocated for the program, much of the money coming from fees collected form offenders with drug related charges.  Iota’s hoped the program will curb the incidences of repeat offenders. With the vote, the in house program will be able to operate through the end of the year.