MAN FACES ASSAULT CHARGES

An ongoing dispute between Anthony Township neighbors in Lycoming County has resulted in aggravated assault charges filed against one of them.  State police in Montoursville say that earlier this month, Harry Miller assaulted Steve Williams outside his Eck Road home, jumping on the man from behind and causing a back injury of which Williams had to be treated.  The incident resulted out of a dispute over noise that one of the men had caused while working in a race car in his garage.  It’s alleged that Williams had knocked out Miller in the past but it wasn’t reported.  State police continue their investigation.

MAN INJURED IN CRASH

A crash yesterday in Hepburn Township sent a man to the hospital with unspecified injuries and closed down a section of road for the better part of an hour.  Police say that Trevor Case of Mainesburg in Tioga County was driving on State Route 973 East around 5:30 yesterday when he slammed into the back of a manure spreader operated by Adam Confer of Cogan Station.  Case’s car overturned as did the piece of farm equipment.  Case was taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center for treatment.  Confer was not injured.  Crews closed down the road until things could be cleaned up there.

INSTANCES OF DRUG ADDICTED BABIES ON THE RISE

Another byproduct of the Opioid and drug problem in the state of Pennsylvania.  A new state analysis of Pennsylvania Hospital data shows the rate of infants born with drug abuse problems rose 250% between the years 2000 and 2015.  Nearly 2 percent of 2,700 newborn hospitalizations last year were due to substance-related issues.  The report says that newborns hospitalized with substance abuse issues in 2015 were addicted to opioids 82 percent of the time. 

COMMISSIONERS CONSIDER SEVERAL ITEMS

Lycoming County Commissioners yesterday considered had a number of items on their agenda of which votes will be taken during their public meeting tomorrow.  Commissioners are considering an agreement with Tioga County to house prisoners at the prison there in case of overcrowding at the county prison for $60 per day.  They also will consider an application for a recycling performance grant at the landfill of more than $16,000 and they take a vote on purchasing $14,000 dollars’ worth of turbine blowers for the White Deer Golf Course which will more efficiently take care of leaf removal on the course.

CITY MAN CHARGED WITH BREAK-IN

A Williamsport man was charged on Saturday with the July break-in at a neighbor’s apartment.  Williamsport police arrested 42 year old Daryl Franklin of West Third Street.  They say Franklin broke into the apartment occupied by Anthony Mason back on July 18th and once inside took a television as well as a gaming system.  Franklin faces charges of burglary as well as other related counts and was arraigned and jailed on Saturday in lieu of $75,000 dollars bail.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BREAK-IN IN OLD LYCOMING TOWNSHIP

Old Lycoming Township police have announced the arrest of a Township man accused of breaking into his neighbor’s home, taking about $5,000 in cash and a gun ow which he later allegedly sold to a known drug dealer for cocaine prescription pills and cash.  49 year old Frank Girardi Jr. faces counts of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, trespassing and possession of a firearm without a license. It’s believed he broke into William Brezina’s home between January 28th and February 6th of this year, and took the items.  He was implicated by a confidential informant, taken into custody yesterday, arraigned and jailed in lieu of $175,000 bail.

PUBLIC MEETING SET

An Energy company wants to build a natural gas power plant in Renovo in Clinton County and residents there can find out more during a meeting scheduled for next week.  The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has schemed a public information meeting on Wednesday October 5th from 6:30 to 8pm at the Western Clinton County Recreation Authority Building on St. Clair Avenue in Renovo regarding all environmental approvals proposed by Renovo Energy Center LLC.  During the meeting the department will explain the review process for all the required permits.  The 950 megawatt power plant would provide power to both Pennsylvania and New York State.

BRADFORD COUNT LANDOWNERS RALLY

Bradford County landowners who say they have been ripped off on their gas drilling royalties by Chesapeake Energy had their voices heard in Harrisburg yesterday.  At a rally at the capitol for House Bill 1391 which would make sure that landowners would be given their standard royalty payments of 12.5% without fees being taken out for such things as post production costs, some 100 property owners from Bradford County made the trip to state their case.  State Representative Garth Everett is sponsoring the bill which will soon go before the state house for a vote.

COMMITTEE SAYS YES TO WHEELAND BILL

By a bipartisan vote of 18-4, the State House Finance Committee yesterday approved legislation authored by Representative Jeff Wheeland of Williamsport which would change a 40 percent wholesale tax on electronic cigarettes and vapor products and replace it with a 5 cent per milliliter retail tax on the vapor liquid only  Wheeland says the legislation would help stave off a massive loss of jobs in the vapor industry, saying that many vapor business owners have already closed their doors because of the tax.  The bill now goes to the full house for its consideration.