FIRE DAMAGES THREE BUSINESSES
Fire damaged three businesses in Avis yesterday afternoon. Firefighters from both Clinton and Lycoming County were called to the building housing Pine Mountain Excavating, Pine Mountain Primitives and Wilk Contracting Inc. along West Central Avenue around 1:45pm, and when they arrived, found smoke billowing from the building. It took several hours to put that fire out. One of the businesses looks to be a total loss with extensive damage to the other two. No one was hurt, a damage estimate was not released and the cause of that fire is under investigation with a state police marshal called in to look into the cause.
ACCIDENT VICTIM IDENTIFIED
State police have identified the man killed in an accident at Routes 220 and 287 in Piatt Township, Lycoming County on Friday night. Police say around 8:30, 80 year old Milton Boob was driving in the wrong direction in the northbound lane on Route 220, striking a vehicle driven by 28 year old Nathan Stewart head on. His car was then struck by another vehicle driven by 20 year old Kyle Mearkle. Boob was pronounced dead at the scene, his wife, 77 year old Esther Boob was flown to Geisinger Medical Center. The five occupants in the two other vehicles suffered varying injuries and were taken to area hospitals for treatment. Their conditions were not released.
SHOOTING IN TIOGA COUNTY
State police in Tioga County are investigating a shooting which occurred early yesterday morning. Around 5:40, troopers were dispatched to the Acorn Market at Routes 287 and 328 in Tioga Township for a report of a shooting victim. There they found 20 year old Antonio McBean of Rochester New York with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken to Arnot Ogden Medical Center for treatment. His condition has not been released. Police believe he was shot by a black male outside of Fred’s Gentleman’s Club in Tioga Township and say they continue their investigation. They are asking anyone with information into the incident to give them a call at 570-662-2151.
MAN STEALS POLICE CAR, LATER CAUGHT
A man is jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $500,000 dollars bail after stealing a police car on Friday. An Old Lycoming Township officer was called on Friday morning to the Weis Markets for reports of a suspicious person going through vehicles. That man took off in a Toyota truck which was later found to be stolen, leading the officer on a pursuit which ended on a dead end onto Carlton Terrace. The man, later identified as 51 year old Anthony Perez got out of the truck and when the officer gave chase, Perez doubled back, jumped into the police cruiser and took off. The cruiser was found moments later on Locust Street. Perez was eventually found at the Weightman Block along West Fourth Street, arraigned on a number of counts and jailed.
FIRE DAMAGES NEW BERLIN HOME
Fire broke out on Market Street in New Berlin yesterday morning. Firefighters from a number of companies were called to the home and found flames shooting through the roof of the house. It took some time to bring that fire under control. No one was reported injured and a damage estimate has not been released. The homeowners have not been named and the cause of that Union County fire is under investigation.
RAISE THE REGION
Raise the Region is back this week. The fundraising campaign consists of a 30 hour online effort which begins at 6pm on Wednesday evening and runs through to 11:59pm on Thursday night. The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania will spearhead the effort which will be fueled by $125,000 in matching funding from the Blaise Alexander Dealerships. More than 200 non-profits are registered this year. For more information visit www.raisetheregion.org.
I-180 LANE RESTRICTIONS CONTINUE
The lane restrictions on Interstate 180 in Lycoming and Northumberland Counties will continue this week. The work continues to get the highway ready for resurfacing between Exits 5 and 10, the Turbotville and Main Street Muncy Exits. Motorists will encounter lane restrictions in both directions using traffic cones from approximately 7am to 5pm each day this week weather permitting. The traffic patterns will change within the daytime hours to accommodate the varying work activities there. Motorists are advised to drive accordingly.