MARSHALL SHOT, ORIGINALLY FROM OUR AREA

A U.S. Marshall who was shot and killed in Harrisburg yesterday morning had ties to our area.  45 year old Christopher Hill was part of a seven member group serving an arrest warrant on weapons charges in the city of Harrisburg yesterday when a man later identified as 31 year old Kevin Sturgis of Philadelphia came out firing a weapon, killing Hill, and inuring Kyle Pitts of the York Police department.  A third officer was struck but saved by his body armor.  Officers fired back at Sturgis and he was killed.  Hill who was an army veteran, and married father of two grew up in the Allenwood area and went to Warrior Run High School.

ACCUSED SHOOTER GOING TO TRIAL

A man accused of the shooting death of a Philadelphia man on the night of November 12th along Poco Farm Road just north of Williamsport was ordered held for trail following his preliminary hearing yesterday.  Joshua Cooley of Williamsport testified that he accompanied Zachary Williams and Maurice Dowling to an area along Poco Farm Road around 7pm that night under the pretense they were going to commit a burglary.  Cooley told the court that Williams then opened fire several times, striking Dowling.  The two then left the man there with Williams instructing Cooley to hide the weapon.  Williams remains jailed without bail on criminal homicide and other counts.  Cooley is jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail for his part in the incident. 

VICTIMS IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY CRASH IDENTIFIED

A mother from Schuylkill County and her 29  day old child were identified as the victims killed in a Northumberland County crash late Tuesday afternoon.  27 year old Keyla De Los Santos and her son Jonathon were inside a van which went across the center line on route 54 in Coal Township around 5;30 on Tuesday into the path of a tractor trailer. They were pronounced dead at the scene.  One other person in the van is in critical condition, and another in stable condition at Geisinger Medical Center. 

NAMING RIGHTS EXTENSION AWARDED

A unanimous yes from Williamsport City Council last night on the extension of naming rights for Bowman Field.  BB&T Bank will play $35,000 dollars a year for the two year extension allowing them to put up signs and to have the historic baseball field called BB&T Ballpark.  The vote was 7-0 and the extension coincides with the two years that the Williamsport Crosscutters have on their lease at the ballpark.  IN addition last night, council approved a contract with Larson Design Group to split the cost on a Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction plan.  The city’s cost wil be a little less than $13,400 dollars.

JERSEY SHORE WOMAN INJURED

State police in Montoursville have identified the woman who was flown to Geisinger Medical Center following a crash in Cummings Township earlier this week.  Police say 22 year old Taylor Wallen Of Jersey Shore was driving on Little Pine Creek Road on Monday around 3:30pm when she lost control of her vehicle on a curve, and it went down over an embankment striking a tree. She was flown to Geisinger with serious injuries. Her condition has not been released.

TRUCK CRASH CLOSES DOWN BUSY ROAD

A crash in Northumberland County yesterday caused officials to shut down a section of busy road overnight for clean up.  The accident happened just before 2:30pm yesterday afternoon as a tractor trailer carrying fuel rolled over on Route 11 in Point Township at the intersection with Ridge Road.  The tanker with the fuel inside separated from the truck and came to rest on railroad tracks there.  No word on an injury to the driver.  Route 11 was shut down overnight so crews could clean up at the scene of that crash. 

MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULT

A Renovo man is free on bail following an incident which occurred last week.  Old Lycoming Township police arrested 30 year old Jesse Shields who allegedly assaulted Selena Yingling at a Lycoming Creek Road residence on January 11th.  He was charged with strangulation, simple assault, and harassment as well as possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was initially jailed, but then released after posting $25,000 dollars bail. 

ICE JAM CLEARED

Residents along Penns Creek in the Millmont Area of Union County are free again.  Contractors were able to clear an ice jam on Penns Creek at the Millmont Bridge on Wednesday afternoon.  That jam has caused water back up on both Creek Road and Millmont Road, the only routes in and out of Millmont, stranding about 300 residents who were only able to use a small private road to get in and out.  Once the jam was cleared, PennDOT moved in and cleaned things up, allowing for the roads to reopen and traffic to move normally again there.

LAWSUIT MOVES FORWARD

A city police lieutenant has seen a civil lawsuit which he has filed against the city as well as current and former department leaders move forward.  A motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Lt. Steven Helm was denied yesterday in U.S Middle District Court.  Helm alleged in his suit that he has been denied a right to free speech, freedom of association and a violation of both department policy and labor relations laws, alleging a hostile work environment. The city is named in the suit, as is current police chief David Young and former chief and assistant chief Gregory Foresman and Timothy Miller.