TWO RESCUED IN PA GRAND CANYON

It took about three hours on Wednesday night to pluck two teens out of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon in the Wellsboro area after they strayed off the turkey path there to look for their drone which went down in the gorge.  The teens from St. Mary’s were flying their drone and taking pictures around 6pm on Wednesday when it went down. They felt they could retrieve it but got in trouble when they went off the path into an area where they were stuck.  They were able to reach two teen girls they were with who called 911. Emergency crews performed what they say was a tricky operation to get the teens out, but they were recovered safe and sound following that operation.

FORMER PRISON GUARD SENTENCED

A Jersey Shore man, a former state prison correction’s officer will spend the next 10 to 24 months in county prison due to his guilty plea of the sexual assault of a prisoner.  44 year old Jeffery Geyer pleaded guilty back in February to charges of institutional sexual assault and official oppression for the incident which occurred while he was working at a state prison in 2014.  In addition to the prison sentence, Geyer will have to serve 100 hours of commuji9ty service and will have to register as a sex offender for 15 years. 

COUNCIL TAKES CARE OF BUSINESS

During their meeting last night Williamsport City Council took care of some administrative business including approving the salary of new police Chief David Young whose compensation totals out to $87,500 dollars annually.  The contract also includes paid vacation and sick days but does not have to include health care as Young already has that through his retirements from the state police.  Council also approved a $60,000 annual agreement for labor and employment legal services approved a program allowing city employees to put aside some of their salary in a manner similar to a private 401k retirement plan and approved several appointments to several commissions within the city.

TUITION UP AGAIN, SLIGHTLY

Though the Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors approved a tuition increase during their meeting yesterday, school officials say it is the lowest since the institution began its affiliation with Penn State University in 1989.  In state students will pay an extra $9 dollars per credit increasing the full time cost to $16,080 dollars in tuition and fees, a $270 increase over this past year.  Out of state students will see an increase in $14 per credit with full time students paying $22,890 dollars for the year, an increase of $420 dollars over 2015-2016.  In all, the college has reduced spending this year with the total budget set at $150.4 million dollars, a decrease from the $154.1 million dollar budget of this past year.

ARREST WARRANT ISSUED

Lock Haven Police have announced that they are looking for the person who they believe robbed the Puffs Tobacco discount store there on June 15th. Police have identified that person at Thomas Fields III.  He walked into the store, pulled a gun and robbed the place of an undetermined amount of cash.  Anyone with information into his whereabouts is asked to contract Lock Haven Police at 570-748-2936.

AGREEMENTS TO HOUSE PRISONERS

Due to the continued high numbers of Lycoming County Prison inmates, Lycoming county Commissioners yesterday decided to enter into a pair of agreements which will help the county house female inmates elsewhere if the need be.  The county has entered into an agreement with Mifflin County to house inmates there for $70 a day and Snyder County for $72 dollars per day.  The May figures for prison inmates, were down slightly from the month before for men and up slightly for women, but the numbers for both are up over May of last year. 

BI-PARTISAN FIGHT AGAINST OPIOID ADDICTION

Republicans and Democrats don’t always agree on much in the state house, but when it comes to the opioid crisis in the state of Pennsylvania, specifically the heroin crisis, the two sides have decided to join together in the fight.  Governor Wolf and legislators from both sides joined yesterday to announce a special legislative session in September dealing with the crisis.  Also new steps were revealed to help Pennsylvania deal with addiction and the problems surrounding it.

UNITED WAY ALLOCATIONS ANNOUCED    

The Lycoming County United Way has announced that they have completed its Citizens Review allocation process and this year, will hand out $1 million, 232 thousand, 363 dollars and 59 cents to be divided up amongst its 34 program partners.  The money comes for this past year’s fundraising campaign.  The money will help out with a multitude of human service needs with $270,000 going to Crisis Resolution/Hunger and Homelessness, $37,000 for children and youth, a little more than $310,000 for Special needs services, $120,500 for Strengthening families and $5,500 for senior support.  In addition, a little more than $33,000 dollars has been allocated for outreach programs.

PPL GRANTS COMING TO AREA 

PPL has announced that it has awarded more than $450,000 dollars in sustaining grants to 95 community organizations within its service area. That includes more than $94,000 for organizations which serve Central Pennsylvania.  In the Lycoming/Clinton County region, grants will be awarded to the Community Arts Center, the Community Theatre League, the Lycoming Clinton Counties Commission for Community Action, the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, and the Montgomery Lions Club for Revitalize Montgomery and the Lock Haven Area YMCA’s teen movement program.

HOMEMADE DAYS THIS WEEKEND

Arts, crafts, food and other fun are on tap this weekend at Brandon Park in Williamsport during the city’s annual Homemade Days.  The 2016 version has change a bit taking place on Saturday and Sunday this year instead of Friday and Saturday.  Tomorrow, the event will take place from 11am to 7pm and on Sunday from 9am to 4pm.  It’s hoped that the changes will allow more people such as those who typically work on Friday to attend and enjoy the festivities.  It’s also hoped that more vendors will be able to take part.  The event will also add live music this year as well.