A CRASH NEAR HUGHESVILLE PROVES FATAL

A Muncy Valley man died in a one vehicle crash yesterday afternoon near Hughesville. The crash occurred around 3:45 in the afternoon as 75 year old James Artley was driving in the 200 block of Beaver Lake Road in Penn Township.  Police say Artley failed to negotiate a left-hand curve and the vehicle travelled off the right berth, glancing off one tree and then striking a large tree head-on.  Artley sustained traumatic injuries due to the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.  No one else was involved in that fatal Lycoming County crash.

REAL ESTATE APPEALS DISCUSSED 

In a bit of a different way to raise money without having to raise taxes for the entire district, the Williamsport Area School Board last night discussed doing real estate assessment appeals for properties sold in the district over the past three years.  District officials say that since property reassessment hasn’t been done since 2004, that many homeowners do not have the most updated value of their properties which means they pay a lower tax than they should.  Officials say that the appeals would make those homeowners pay the correct amount of real estate tax.  The appeals would only be done in instances where the additional tax revenue would be in the $500 to $600 range. 

TIGHTER SECURITY AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS

Tighter security at police headquarters in the city of Williamsport was discussed with the city’s finance committee yesterday.  New police Chief David Young has identified ways to put technology in place which limits those who access the police department to police who are on duty.  Visitors would enter a secure lobby and not enter into the police department itself. In addition, Young told the Sun Gazette yesterday that visitors to city hall after five would still have to enter through the police department entrance but would have to identify themselves and maybe even sign a visitor’s log.   According to the Sun Gazette this morning, there has even been talk about building a joint public safety and service building with Lycoming County

WOMAN CHARGED WITH STEALING FROM ASSOCIATION

A Mifflinburg woman, a former officer with the Central Susquehanna Builders Association was arrested last week and charged with several counts for taking money from the Association over a five year period.  47 year old Reva Dunkle has admitted to paying herself extra rent money and paychecks after he now estranged husband fell ill.  It’s believed in all that she took more than $129,000 dollars from the association over that time.  She was employed by the association for 20 years and removed in August of last year.  Dunkle is free on $50,000 dollars unsecured bail. 

BLOCK GRANT FUNDING TOTALS

Lycoming County Commissioners say that there is a little more than $250,000 dollars available in Community Development Block Grant funding for various projects within the county this year.  Over the summer, projects will be proposed at a workshop in June.  Those projects will be summarized and presented to the Commissioners in Augusts and it’s hoped grants can be awarded in October of this year.  In addition funding for boroughs in the county has been announced.  Jersey Shore will receive close to $86,000, Montoursville close to $88,000 dollars and South Williamsport will receive more than $102,000 dollars.  The municipalities will present and approve their own projects.

SNYDER COUNTY CRASH INJURES WINFIELD MAN

A Winfield man was injured in a one car crash in Snyder County just before midnight on Monday.  State police in Selinsgrove say 32 year old Matthew Seaman was driving on Fisher Road in Monroe Township around 11:50pm when his vehicle veer off the right side of the road, striking a tree before coming to rest in a ditch.  Seaman was taken to Geisinger Medical Center with a serious injury.  His condition was not released.  No one else was involved in that Snyder County Crash.

MOTORCYCLE SAFETY

With, the temperatures warming up, motorists across our area and the state of Pennsylvania will have to share the road with motorcyclists.  To that effect, Governor Wolf has proclaimed the month of May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness month in Pennsylvania.  Penn Dot reminds motorists that staying aware while driving or riding; obeying speed limits and being responsible will help keep fatalities and injuries as lost as possible.  Ne motorcyclists are reminded that the state offers a 15 hour basic riders course and also offers a variety of training to help develop safe raiding skills.  There are a number of course offered free of charge and for more information or to schedule a course you can visit www.pamsp.com

FIRE AND AMBULANCE COMPANIES RECEIVE GRANTS

83rd District State Representative Jeff Wheeland reports that 11 fire companies and 6 more emergency ambulance services are sharing in $188,437 dollars in Pennsylvania Fire Company and Ambulance Service Grant program money.  All five ambulance services will get a little over $7200 dollars each while the fire company grants range from $10,000 for the Nisbet Volunteer Fire Company to up to $13,789 dollars for five companies.  The money is used for construction or renovation, as well as equipment, training and debt reduction.