BUSY TRAVEL DAY, HAMPERED BY SNOW

Probably the biggest travel day of the year and it looks like it will be a tricky one.  The roadways are normally very busy on this day as residents begin their travels home for Thanksgiving, and those travels could be hampered by up to four inches or so of snow which is expected to start later this morning.  You are reminded to drive slowly and carefully and leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles.  Also make sure you leave plenty of room for road crews to do their jobs today as the snow makes its way through the area.  Though many schools are already closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday, there are others shutting down for the day.  Here is that list.

FIRE IN SUNBURY

Sunbury firefighters were called out late last night to a blaze at a double block home in the city. The fire was reported around 11:40pm at the house at 246-248 North Front Street.  Flames were reported shooting from the house when firefighters arrived. It’s not believed that anyone was injured, and everyone made it out okay.  Firefighters were on the scene till well past midnight fighting that blaze.  Substantial damage was reported, and it’s believed a family of five on one side and a 90 year old who lived on the other are homeless.  A damage estimate has not been released and the cause of that Sunbury fire is under investigation.

NO TAX INCREASE IN LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP

One area township is looking at ending up next year with a surplus.  Loyalsock Township supervisors were presented a no tax increase budget for 2015. The spending plan has about $4.3 million dollars in expenditures and $5.4 million dollars in revenue resulting in an end of year balance of about $1.1 million dollars.  The budget includes a number of recreation projects and will be on display to the public until December 22nd when adoption is scheduled to take place.

WATSON TOWNSHIP HOME BURGLARIZED 

State police in Montoursville are investigating the burglary of a Watson Township home.  Police say that sometime from Monday morning into Tuesday afternoon, someone gained entrance into the Dennison Road home of Patricia Martin and by removing an air conditioning unit.  They then proceeded to take various jewelry and sliver coins totaling nearly $5,205 dollars.  Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police in Montoursville at 577-368-5700.

TWO JAILED FOR HOME INVASION

Two Tioga Pennsylvania men have been jailed charged with the weekend robbery of a home in Tioga County.  State police say Patrick Duvall and Alex Wilson broke into a residence along Fawn Lane in Lawrence Township early on Saturday morning and ordered two people inside, Matthew and Joshua Dean to lay face down at gunpoint. The two then demanded to know where the drugs were located inside of the residence.  After they did not locate any, they began beating the victims, pistol whipping one of the men. They got away with a cellphone and wallet and were later arrested and charged with 8 counts each.  They are jailed in lieu of $100,000 dollars bail. 

ACCIDENTAL DEATH IN TIOGA COUNTY

State police in Tioga County say they are investigating what they are terming an accidental death.  Last Friday police were contacted by family members of 44 year old Michael Loomis of Millerton saying they had not heard from the man.  When they arrived at the scene in Jackson Township, they found that Loomis was deceased, appearing to have succumbed to the elements as well as ongoing health issues.  Police say no foul play is suspected.  It’s not known if an autopsy was scheduled. 

BUDGET CUTS AND HIGHER TAXES IN SUNBURY

It looks like the city of Sunbury could be down two patrolmen and property owners there are looking at a two mill tax increase if the city budget goes through this year.  A proposed budget was released last night which would mean the layoffs of two officers and taxes increasing from, .23 to .25 mills.  The budget would be balanced with the changes.  A few weeks ago, city officials started with a $400,000 deficit on their hands.

BUSY ROADWAYS OVER HOLIDAY

Highways are expected to be busy through the holiday weekend not only with travelers heading to and from Thanksgiving, but also many who will be shopping as well as social gatherings and a big weekend for area bars and taverns.  State and local police will team with PennDOT for the click it or ticket initiative, issuing extra tickets for those who are not properly buckled up. In addition there will be extra patrols looking for aggressive and impaired drivers.  State police in Montoursville say they will conduct a sobriety checkpoint somewhere within Lycoming County between tonight and Sunday. You are reminded to never drink and drive and always buckle up.