NO TORNADO HERE, BUT TO THE NORTH AND EAST, A DIFFERENT STORY

Tornado warnings were issued last night for Lycoming and Tioga Counties, but the worst of the weather was to the northeast of us.  A strong storm caused some major damage in Franklin Township in Bradford County, taking off roofs and causing other damage there.  The worst of the damage is along route 514 near Troy with houses destroyed and power lines downed.  A possible tornado touched down in the Wilkes Barre Area in Wilkes Barre Township near the arena there.  The Arena Hub shopping plaza containing several stores was severely damaged by high winds there with a possible gas leak following.  Crews continue working at the scene there this morning. Only minor injuries were reported. 

BUILDING TO BE SPARED?

It looks like the former Children’s Discovery Workshop and YMCA dormitories in the city of Williamsport will be spared from the wrecking ball after all.  It was reported earlier this week, that the developer in the area Dan Klingerman and his partner, Herman Logue, the deed holder to the building were set to appeal city council’s decision blocking demolition of the building.  They have now decided not to appeal that decision and instead will await to see if someone wants to come in and develop the building which was constructed in 1922.  Estimates are, ,that it would take $5 million dollars just to bring the building up to code.  It’s hoped the use of tax credits and state and federal underwriting can help someone develop the building. 

FORMER BLOOMSBURG MAYOR PLEADS NO CONTEST

Authorities in Columbia County have resolved the case of the former Bloomsburg Mayor, accused of patronizing prostitution.  36 year old Eric Bower pleaded no contest yesterday to the charges. Bower was charged in April after showing up at a woman’s home with money and to solicit sex from a state police informant. He has been sentenced to a year’s probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine, court costs, undergo counseling and turn in his firearm.

WOMAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT

State police have charged a woman for a disturbance which occurred at her Poco Farm Road home on Tuesday.  Police say 49 year old Stacy Kennedy was highly intoxicated when she punched and kicked her mother, Nancy Strothers at Kennedy’s Poco Farm Road Home on Tuesday morning.  The woman then got in her car, and Kennedy allegedly used a piece of wood trim to strike her mother multiple times. Kennedy also smashed out a window of the car and she was taken into custody, charged with simple assault, criminal mischief and harassment and was jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail.

MAN ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTS OFFICER

A Williamsport man was jailed following an incident in which he assaulted a city police officer on Monday afternoon.  City police say that 32 year old Alex Cajka allegedly punched patrolwoman Nikita Bonnell several times in the face in the 100 block of Emery Street during the incident. He was then taken to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center for evaluation and spit in a security guard’s face there.  He was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment and was jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

TRACTOR TRAILER CRASH SNARLS UP TRAFFIC

A tractor trailer rollover on Interstate 80 in Montour County yesterday caused traffic back-ups for miles there.  The crash happened around 2;30 in the eastbound lanes near the Montour County/Columbia County line when the truck crashed and rolled over there.  Emergency personnel closed down the eastbound lanes with a detour in effect.  The roadway was shut down for about three hours until crews could remove the truck.  It’s not known if the truck driver suffered an injury in that Montour County crash. 

PENN STATE FRAT MEMBER PLEADS GUILTY

One of several former Penn State fraternity brothers charged in the February 2017 death of a pledge has entered a guilty plea in the case.  Ryan Burke from Scranton has pleaded guilty to hazing and furnishing alcohol charges in connection with the death of Timothy Piazza. The death happened during hazing ceremonies at the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity on the Penn State campus leading to the closing of the fraternity.  Burke faces sentencing later this summer.  Numerous other fraternity brothers are charged and are awaiting trial.

NEW REDISTRICTING LEGISLATION

Fallout from the redistricting mess in the state of Pennsylvania has caused the PA State Senate to take action. According to 23rd district State Senator Gene Yaw the senate yesterday passed sweeping legislation which will change the way legislative and congressional districts are created in the state as well as how appellate court judges are elected.  The bill would create an independent redistricting commission who would be responsible for drawing up boundaries.  Elected officials, Lobbyists, candidates for public office and legislative staff would be prohibited from serving on the commission.  The Bill has been sent to the state house for it’s consideration.

FLAGS ACROSS AMERICA MARCH TODAY

It is Flag Day which means the Flags Across America March in the city of Williamsport. The 35th annual  march will form at Nichols Place beginning at 5pm and then step off at 6:30 heading up Fourth Street to Park Street and onto the campus of the Pennsylvania College of Technology at the circle in front of the large American Flag where there will be musical selections, members of the armed forces and others dressed up in patriotic garb participating in various activities.  Scouting groups, organizations, families and individual marchers are all ilnvited to take part.

FIRE IN SNYDER COUNTY

A damage estimate has not yet been released regarding a Snyder County fire which destroyed a home in Beavertown on Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters were called out around 3:15pm on Tuesday to a home along Reservoir Road.  When they arrived they found a fast spreading fire which damaged everything inside the home and caused a partial collapse of the hallway roof.  Two cats were rescued.  Three people are homeless. No one was injured.  It’s believed the fire started in a bedroom in the house, but the cause remains under investigation.