FIRE IN MUNCY LEAVES 7 HOMELESS

Damage is still being totaled up following a fire which struck in Muncy yesterday morning. Firefighters were called out around 9:45 to the home at North Washington and Water Street. When they arrived, they found flames shooting from the upper floors and a second alarm was quickly called in bringing in firefighters from neighboring communities.   Two adults and five children inside at the time made it out of the home without injury.  Damage was extensive, though an estimate has not been released. The Homeowner was not named and the cause of that Muncy fire is under investigation.

COUNCIL PASSES BUDGET WITH TAX INCREASE

It’s not known whether or not Williamsport Mayor Gabriel Campana will sign a new budget into law in the city of Williamsport.  Williamsport City Council last night said yes to the $22 million dollar budget for 2015 with a 1 mill tax increase for city property owners which council added to the budget last week.  Council voted by 6-0- with one member absent. The tax hike will bring in an estimated $873,000 dollars in revenue, with about $600,000 of the increase going towards public safety.  At least 75% of the budget will go towards personnel and related costs.

MAN WILL SPEND LIFE IN PRISON

A Philadelphia man, convicted in early November of 1st degree murder and related counts in the shooting death of his friend, will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.  Tyrell Boyd was sentenced in Lycoming County Court yesterday to the life sentence.  He was found guilty of the shooting of Ansari Wilson in a Williamsport home which occurred back in July of 2013.  The shooting reportedly was over guns which Wilson had in his possession.  Boyd will serve his sentence in a state prison.

DANVILLE AREA BUSINESS ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

State police in Milton are investigating the broad daylight robbery of a Danville area business.  Yesterday shortly before 1:30, a white male entered Burkholder’s Country Market along Continental Drive in Derry Township and robbed the cashier at gunpoint.  The man then fled the scene on foot and was seen heading towards State Route 254.  He is described as being between 5 ft. 9 and 6 foot tall with a slim to moderate build and no facial hair.  He was wearing a dark colored knit cap, blue jeans and a green jacket. He got away with an undisclosed amount of money and anyone with information is asked to contact State Police in Milton at 570-524-2662.

MAN CHARGED WITH LOCK HAVEN SHOOTING

An arrest has been made concerning a Lock Haven shooting which occurred a little less than a week ago.  Charles Shaffer Jr. was charged yesterday with attempted homicide.  Police say he shot Casey Farley in stomach at a home on West Main Street last Friday night. The two were supposedly arguing over some prescription drugs.  Shaffer was arraigned yesterday and jailed in Clinton County Correctional facility in lieu of $250,000 dollars bail. Farley continues to recover from his injuries.

CHARGES FILED AGAINST TRUCK DRIVER

Shamokin Police have filed charges against a truck driver who caused extensive damage to a home there earlier this month.  The tractor trailer driver from Philadelphia who has not been named was driving through a residential area on narrow streets when he hit a fence, a stop sign and a parked car with people inside and then slammed into the house at Rock and Kase Streets and then took off. He faces several counts.  Luckily no one was hurt.

MAN TRIES TO LURE CHILDREN

State police in Selinsgrove are looking for a male motorist in a red sport-utility vehicle with tinted windows who allegedly tried luring some children into his vehicle. The man pulled up to the bus stop at East Street and Mill Road in the borough on Tuesday morning and offer3ed students waiting for the bus there candy. None accepted the offer, and the man pulled away. The incident was not reported until the end of the school day on Tuesday.  Anyone with information is asked to call State Police at 570-374-8145.

HOTEL TAX AMENDMENT APPROVED

Lycoming County Commissioners yesterday approved a new policy concerning the county’s collection of the hotel tax.  The amendment to the tax ordinance will allow the county to strengthen their audit of any hotel to make sure their records are accurate and that the tourist promotion agency is receiving the correct amount of money form the hotels.  Commissioners say they enacted the changes in order to strengthen deficiencies in the past ordinance.  If a hotel does not comply, civil action may be brought against them.

UNITED WAY EXTENDS CAMPAIGN

The Lycoming County United Way is still looking for any help they can receive.  In a release yesterday the United Way reports that they are only halfway to their $1.75 million dollar goal to help fund 32 program partners which provided services last year to more than 25,000 county residents.  The campaign was expected to end here at the end of the year, but has not been extended into January.  Slow developing workplace campaigns are of primary concern to United Way officials. It’s hoped many of those campaigns will be reporting over the next couple of weeks.