WOMAN AND HER FATHER ACCUSED OF KILLING

A father and daughter have been accused of conspiring to kill a Columbia County man at his home back in 2012.  Police yesterday took 49 year old Maria Sanutti-Spencer of Harrisburg into custody and charged her with homicide and other multiple felony counts. She is accused along with her father, 72 year old Anthony Franklin of conspiring to and then shooting Frank Spencer outside his Millville area home in July of 2012, just days after the Spencer’s divorce became final.  Police are still looking for Franklin.  The two are also accused of setting fire to a Danville area home in August of 2010 trying to kill Spencer’s girlfriend at the time. She was able to make it out of the burning home.

DANVILLE RESIDENTS ASKED TO CONSERVE

The water was flowing in Danville last night but that was not a good thing.  A large water main break occurred along Route 11 in Danville causing officials to shut down the roadway and institute a detour for a time.  Crews worked on trying to fix the break through the nighttime hours and the southbound lanes were closed this morning.  Officials in Danville are asking residents there to conserve water where they can until at least 2pm today.

PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULED

As work continues on an access management study on Route 220 between Williamsport and Jersey Shore, another public meeting has been set.  The public is invited out on Wednesday August 13th from 6 to 9pm at the Woodward Township Volunteer Fire Company along Route 220 in Linden.  A presentation will begin at 6:30 on the current plans highlighting updates.  A smaller group discussion and open house will then take place.  There will be displays which detail the project objectives, access management strategies, as well as answers to common questions and conceptual design alternatives. Penn Dot representatives will be on hand.

HARE NAMED TO POST

The city of Sunbury has a police chief.  Acting police Chief Brad Hare was named as the city’s permanent chief during the city council meeting last night.  Hare has been with the force for 13 years and recently was deemed justified in shooting a city man after he came at him with a knife while Hare tried to take him into custody.  That ruling came down on Friday, and Hare who was on administrative leave was immediately reinstated back on the force.  In naming him chief over three other candidates, Sunbury’s Mayor pointed towards Hare’s residency in the city as well as his participating in community activities.

HEARING HELD YESTERDAY

Some 100 or so people turned out to yesterday’s public meeting of the House Democratic Policy Committee in the city of Williamsport yesterday regarding gas drilling in state forests and parks.  The hearing was co-chaired by State Representative Rick Mirabito of Williamsport who has sponsored a bill which would call on the DCNR to take public input before allowing for natural gas drilling in the state parks and forest lands.  No DCNR or gas drilling officials were on hand.  There was plenty of testimony from advocates for Mirabito’s plan. 

MAN CHARGED IN FATAL SHOOTING

Charges of criminal homicide and other related counts were filed yesterday against a Williamsport man accused on the shooting death of a North Carolina man in the city of Williamsport back on June 1st.  Rashwan Williams was returned from North Carolina where he allegedly fled following the June 1st shooting of Aaron Lowry outside the Lamphouse Hookah Lounge along West Third Street in the city.  Williams reportedly pulled a handgun and shot the man following a domestic dispute with his girlfriend when Lowry stepped in to help.  He is jailed in Lycoming County Prison without bail.

STABBING REPORTED IN DANVILLE

A reported stabbing in Danville over the weekend.  A person was stabbed and taken to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment. Their name and condition have not been released.  Police report that arrest of Tammy Dinger, accused of that stabbing.  She is locked up in the Montour County Prison.  More details will be released as they become available. Police in Danville continue their investigation into that stabbing incident.

MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT SERIOUSLY INJURING A WOMAN

Charges of aggravated and simple assault as well as other counts have been filed against a Tioga County man following an assault at his home over the weekend.  Early on Sunday morning, Edward Ruditys III and Nancy Derfrank got into an argument at their Jemison Road home in Westfield.  The dispute turned physical and Ruditys reportedly beat Derfrank bad enough to cause her to suffered broken ribs and other internal injuries.   She was first taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro and transferred onto the critical care unit at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.  Her condition has not been released.  Ruditys is jailed in lieu of $50,000 dollars bail.