MAN KILLED IN CITY CRASH, POSSIBLE MEDICAL EPISODE

It’s believed a Williamsport man suffered a medical episode behind the wheel of his vehicle just before it crashed in the city yesterday morning.  The crash happened in the 1500 block of West Third Street around 6:40am when a vehicle driven by 54 year old Jeffery Drummond went off of the road, struck a fire hydrant then through a parking lot at the Delta Galil business, plowing into some heavy brush and going over an embankment.  When emergency responders arrived, they found Drummond in cardiac arrest. He was pronounced dead a short time later at UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center.  No one else was involved in that city crash.

FIRE AT CITY HOME

Firefighters were called out overnight in the city of Williamsport.  Firefighters were called out around 12:10pm to a house in the 900 block of Park Avenue when a neighbor heard a smoke alarm going off.  When firefighters arrived, they called in a second alarm, and had the fire knocked down within ten minutes.  At first it was believed someone may have been trapped inside, but no one was home and a dog was rescued from the structure.  No one was injured.  The lone occupant of the home has not been named.  A damage estimate not released and the cause of that fire is under investigation.

CRASH VICTIM IDENTIFIED

The78 year old man who died in a crash in Muncy Township earlier this week has been identified by police.  78 year old Paul Bendorious of New York City has been identified as the man behind the wheel of a vehicle which ran a stop sign at Rabbittown Road and Route 220 on Monday around 3:20pm.  His vehicle struck one driven by Nicole Temple of Muncy.  A passenger in Temple’s vehicle 97 year old Hurley Gordner of Hughesville died from his injuries at UPMC Susquehanna in Williamsport.  Temple, another passenger, Felicia Bauman and a third woman, Lily Winder who was driving another vehicle which was involved were all treated for minor injuries.

HOME BURGLARIZED

State police in Lycoming County say they are investigating a burglary of an Eldred Township home which occurred back in September.  Police say that an unknown person or perons forced entry into the front door of a home along PineCrest Drive occupied by Melissa Wyland and Nikolas Pfleegor, ransacked the residence and took 6 rifles as well as $3500 dollars in cash and then fled the scene.  Anyone with informaiotn is asked to call State police in Montoursville at 570-368-5700.

VEHICLE BREAK-INS

State police in Milton are investigating the break in of several vehicles in McEwensville.  Police say that overnight from October 13th into the 14, someone went through several unlocked vehicles along Wagner Street , stealing items including a 9mm glock handgun, various denominations of money, an Ipod and beer belonging to five persons.  Police are asking anyone with information to give them a call at 570-524-2662.  They are also reminding area residents to lock their vehicles, especially overnight.

MAN CRASHES INTO HOME IN LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP

A crash in Loyalsock Township sent a man to the hospital and damaged a couple of vehicles as well as a home yesterday afternoon. The accident happened around 3;30pm as the unidentified male driver came off the East Third Street Ramp of I-180 went across all four lanes of traffic, went up an embankment through a fence, struck two parked vehicles and plowed into the front of a home at 2830 Old Montoursville Road.  His condition was not released.  No one else was injured and State police are investigating the crash.

MURDER TRIAL TO GO AN EXTRA DAY

A city man accused of the June 2017 murder of another man in Williamsport took the stand in his own defense yesterday.  Rashawn Williams told the court he grabbed a knife in order to get Scotty Cole away from him who had come to his home and wanted sex from him.  Other testimony pointed to Williams having PTSD from physical and sexual abuse he received when he was young.  Cole was stabbed 35 times in the incident.  The final day of the trial has now been pushed back to Monday. 

LAW ENFORCMENT HONORED

A State police officer working out of the Montoursville barracks has been honored as the police officer of the year.  The award which is given by the Travelers Protective Association of Lycoming County was presented yesterday to State Trooper Ernest Capobianco who led the pursuit of a murder suspect who shot a city police officer and then took off leading police on a chase  which ended at the Sheetz on Route 220 in Linden where he exchanged gunfire with officers before shooting himself.  Also yesterday, Lycoming County Commissioners recognized three sheriff’s deputies Chris Warden, Cody Barto and Nick Labe with the county’s lifesaving award for their actions during the same pursuit.

MUMMERS PARADE TOMORROW

It’s parade day in South Williamsport tomorrow.  The Annual Mummers Day Parade will kick off at Market Street and Central Avenue in the borough at 2pm, and follow a route West on Central, turning North onto Clark Street, then East onto West Southern Avenue and back to Market Street.  The ten division parade will feature a string band, marching bands, costumed marchers, floats and a number of other entries.  Motorists in the South Williamsport area are reminded that traffic will be heavy before and after the parade and are reminded to leave early for their destination.