MAN DIES WHEN ATV COLLIDES WITH MOTORCYCLE

A Snyder County crash last evening took the life of 51 year old man and sent two others to the hospital. The accident happened on Heister Valley Road in Perry Township about a half mile west of Route 104 as an ATV operated by Todd Arbogast from Mt. Pleasant Mills collided with a motorcycle operated by 18 year old Brent Blair of Middleburg.  Police say Arbogast pulled the ATV out of a private drive into the path of Blair’s cycle.  Blair was lifeflighted to Geisinger Medical Center and a passenger on the ATV, 20 year old Patricia Arbogast also of Mt. Pleasant Mills was taken to Geisinger by ambulance.  Their conditions have not been released.

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP MAN CHARGED WITH DOWNLOADING CHILD PORN

A Fairfield Township man was jailed yesterday, charged with downloading and sharing pornographic images of children with two undercover officers, one of them with the state’s attorney general’s office.  35 year old Charles Rushoe faces 12 felony counts of sexual abuse of children and one count of unlawful use of a communication’s facility. The charges stem from an investigation which began five weeks ago. The man used his cellphone to send the images.  He was arraigned yesterday and jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $250,000 dollars bail.

COUNCIL TAKES STEP TOWARDS FINANCING

Williamsport City Council met last night and approved an initial step which will allow the city to begin seeking $2.5 million dollars in financing for various capital improvement projects.  The money has been offered to the city by M&T bank and city officials will now begin paperwork. The projects of which the city wants to spend the money on would include work at Bowman Field, street improvements in an around the Trade and Transit II building, now under construction, East Third Street Revitalization, work at city hall and the city’s levee recertification process.  Each project will be reviewed by various city committees before final approval is given for the financing.

MAYOR PROPOSES PAYING SKATEPARK INSURANCE

Williamsport’s Mayor has proposed helping out the city’s skate park.  Mayor Gabriel Campana has proposed spending the $3,000 dollars needed for insurance at the Lifland Skate Park which was recently closed down due to some safety concerns there.  City Codes officials closed the park, along West Fourth Street across from Memorial Park after a metal reinforcement bar was discovered sticking out of the concrete there.  At least one city councilman says he believes that it is not wise to spend city tax dollars on non-profit organizations saying it would open a can of worms down the line.

WOMAN SUFFERS MINOR INJURIES IN S. SIDE CRASH

A Rochester New York woman declined treatment for minor injuries following a crash with a tractor trailer at Market Stree4t and Route 554 in South Williamsport yesterday afternoon.  The crash occurred around 1:10pm as a car driven by 61 year old Anita Gellert collided with the truck loaded with tropical fruit juice. Both vehicles were southbound on Market Street when they collided at the curve.  The truck driver was uninjured. 

TIOGA COUNTY BUSINESS ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

State police in Tioga County are investigating the armed robbery of a business in Knoxville.  Last evening around 8:30, a man carrying a dark colored revolver walked into the Gold Mountain Deli along West Main Street and told the two female workers to open the cash register.  The man then grabbed the money from the register as well as a tip jar and fled the scene.  He is described as a white male, approximately 25-30 years old, 5 ft. 6 to 5 ft. 8 inches tall with a slimmer build, and dirty blonde, shaggy hair. The man was wearing a ski mask. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police in Mansfield at 570-662-2151.

WILLIAMSPORT POLICE WARNING OF SCAM

The Williamsport Bureau of Police has joined other police departments in warning residents of a phone scam making its way around the area.  Phone calls are being made by individuals identifying themselves to be from the IRS and that the victim owes back taxes.  They then advise the victim that the debt can be settled with a one-time payment.  The IRS, nor any other government entity does business that way and potential victims are reminded to be cautious when receiving such a phone call, and attempt to obtain any information such as the number the calls are originating from, the name of the caller, location and any other info and report it to police.

FORMER DOCTOR SENTENCED

A former Tioga County doctor will spend the next 20 months in federal prison following sentencing in U.S. Middle District Court in Williamsport.   Penn Live reports that 65 year old John Terry pleaded guilty to writing out prescriptions for thousands of oxycodone pills to Thomas Ray of Wellsboro who turned around and sold them and made up to $200,000 dollars.  Terry has since given up his medical license. Ray was sentenced to 71 months on prison for the drug sales.

LYCOMING COUNTY WAR DEAD TO BE HONORED

With the Memorial Day weekend upon us, several communities around our area are planning parades, and observances to honor those who have died in defending the country in many wars over the years.  One of the largest events will take place tomorrow with the annual Lycoming County Veterans Service at 2pm at the Veteran’s Memorial Park at Yahoo Drive and West Fourth Street in the West End of Williamsport.  There will be speakers, a procession including the presentation of colors, music and the laying of wreaths at the five war memorials there.