26-60 YEARS IN PRISON

A 21 year old man who was found guilty  of third degree murder and several other counts in the shooting death of a city woman found out his fate in Lycoming County Court yesterday.  Knowledge Frierson got into a fight with Keith Freeman outside Freeman’s Brandon Avenue home in October of 2015 with a shot being fired from Frierson’s gun and striking Carolyn Barr of Williamsport who died from that gunshot wound.  The two men then exchanged gunfire along the street following the shot which killed Barr.  Frierson who escaped first and third degree murder charges was sentenced yesterday to 26-60 years in state prison for that shooting. 

I-180 CRASH INJURES MAN

An unidentified man was taken to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center following a crash on I-180 in Loyalsock Township yesterday.  The crash happened around 1:20pm, when the man lost control of his vehicle on I-180 east, which struck a sign and then went down over an embankment at the Faxon Exit.  The man was treated for his injuries.  His condition was not released.  The Faxon off-ramp was closed until the vehicle could be towed from the scene.  No one else was involved.

COMMISSIONERS DISCUSS PREVENTION

Lycoming County Commissioners joined the conversation yesterday over how best to try and prevent violent acts such as what happened last week in Parkland Florida where 17 students and teachers died in a mass shooting at a high school.  The Commissioners present opened up conversation during their meeting with Commissioner Tony Mussare bringing up the idea of setting up a mechanism of warnings between local law enforcement, the courts, and other various agencies dealing with those deemed at risk.  Those present agreed that there is a lot of work to be done to prevent such episodes.

TEEN WHO MADE THREATS IN CUSTODY

A number of parents in the Danville School District decided to err on the side of caution and keep their kids home yesterday following the report of threats being made against the district by a student there.  Police say that the 17 year old student who made the threats on social media has been taken into custody and they reiterated their stance that there was no imminent danger to students or staff.  Despite robo calls and texts from the district trying to minimize that threat, many parents decided to keep their kids home.  There was extra security on hand yesterday to try and ease fears.  The teen who made the threat was placed in a juvenile facility in the Pocono area after being taken into custody on Monday evening.

INJURED PERSONS IDENTIFIED

Four persons were injured in that Sunday crash on Middle Road in Nippenose Township near Oval.  20 year old Travis Wagner was identified as the driver of the vehicle which went off the roadway, sturck a utility pole and rolled several times.  At least one the four persons inside was thrown from the vehicle.  Wagner was taken to Geisinger Medical Center.  It’s believed the other three in the car, identified as 19 year old Noah Brown, 19 year old Devin Grassmyer and 18 year old Tara Hall were transported to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center where their conditions were not reported.

ACTION COULD CAUSE DELAY

With the clock ticking towards the primary elections on May 15th, Election officials in Lycoming County yesterday say any more delays in the state’s redistricting battle could cause logistical problems.  Republican lawmakers are considering appealing to a federal court, the State Supreme Court’s re-mapping of congressional districts. Officials say there is a lot of work to put the right race on the right ballot and any more delays could cause problems towards doing that. 

BUSSES RUNNING IN CLINTON COUNTY

The busses are running in Clinton County. Bus Service with River Valley Transit including an express service between Williamsport and Lock Haven, and bus service including spots in Jersey Shore and Lock haven begin running this morning.  The service will be free until March 10th in order to introduce it.  A free Clinton County ride guide has been published and is available at several locations in downtown Lock Haven for residents to become familiar with the bus service and it’s routes.

GAME COMMISSION UNDER SCRUTINY

For the next year or so, the Pennsylvania Game Commission will be under the scrutiny of the State Auditor General’s office. It has been announced that a performance audit will take place for the first time in a decade.  The review will include revenue sources, how the commission is spending money and whether it’s following applicable laws and regulations.  Auditor General Eugene DePasquale also says that the audit will also delve into how the whitetail deer population is being managed and efforts to preserve and expand the ruffed grouse habitat.  .