MAN WHO CRASHED INTO AREA BUSINESS IDENTIFIED

State police in Montoursville have identified the man who rammed the rear of a car in Hepburn Township then proceeded down the road and drove into an Old Lycoming Township business last week.  Police say that 56 year old David Smith was driving drunk around 7:15 last Monday evening when he struck a vehicle on Lycoming Creek Road and fled the scene, driving on down the road and crashing into the Allison Crane and Rigging Building at 2817 Lycoming Creek Road.;  He was treated at UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical center for his injuries.  Police say he will face DUI charges as well as other counts stemming from the incident.

TWO WOMEN CHARGED IN ASSAULT

Two women are charged with assault as well as related counts stemming from an incident in White Deer Township which occurr3ed last week.  State police say on Tuesday evening, Dewaud Wright inviteeed his former girlfriend 20 year old Loran Metzger of Watsontown to his residence along River Road in White Deer Township.  When Metzger got out of her car, she was punched by Kaloni Holt and the Elicia Bennett walked towards Metzger with a steel pipe threatening her with it.  Wright then pulled both Bennett and Holt off of Metzger.  Both face multiple counts

LARGE AMOUNT OF ITEMS STOLEN

State police in Milton are investigating the theft of several items from a Union County residence.  Police say that sometime between August 1st and September 11th of this year, someone entered a property along Old Turnpike Road in Hartley Township owned by Lance Shaffer of Millmont and took a car trailer, a 1964 Rambler, a John Boat and vehicle parts including a diesel motor.  Total of loss is more than $36,000 dollars.  Police say they continue their investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact state police in Milton.

FIRE IN DANVILLE

The second floor of a Danville house was heavily damaged by fire yesterday.  Fire broke out just before 6pm at the home on Grand Street owned by Danville’s Fire chief. Firefighters were able to make quick work of the blaze but now before it caused the damage on the second floor. No one was injured and it’s not believed anyone was living in the house at the time as remodeling work was being done at the home.  A damage estimate has not been released and the cause of that Danville fire is under investigation. 

NEW TERMINAL OPEN TODAY

A $16 million dollar project at the Williamsport Regional Airport opens up this morning as the first flight comes into the new terminal there.  The terminal has been under construction for the past year and has a larger more modern passenger boarding and unloading area, more food options and other state of the art amentities.  It’s hoped that the new terminal will allow the airport to accommodate more travel options, larger planes and more passenger traffic.  The final flight into the old terminal was last night

DEP GRANTS TO HELP WITH RECYCLING

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has awarded some $37 million dollars in Recycling development and Implementation Grants to nearly 200 county and municipal governments across the state.  Officials say the grants will help to bolster recycling in communities and reduce the amount of material going into the landfills.  Money will also be used to help with leaf collection.  Lycoming County will receive $349,666 dollars and Loyalsock Townshipo, $179,318 dollars.  The Clinton County Municipal Waste Authority will get a little less than $350,000 dollars and the city of Lock Haven, $15,300 dollars.

GRANT TO HELP WITH BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT

A $40,000 dollar grant for the SEDA-Council of Governments will allow for a study into high speed broadband internet in rural areas in a four county area in our region.  The money comes form the U.S. Appalachian Regional Commission and will fund a study to provide local governments with a set of short-term and longer-term strategies to address rural high speed Internet deficiencies.  Officials with SEDA-COG say the study will assess broadband needs especially focusing on businesses and evaluate current broadband infrastructure and services in Clinton, Lycoming, Northumberland and Union Counties.

NIGHT TIME DETOURS THIS WEEK

The night time work to repair a section of the Market Street Bridge on the Williamsport side is underway.  Between the hours of 9pm and 6am Route 15 northbound traffic will be prohibited from make the left hand turn onto the I-180 westbound ramp while repairs are being made to the parapet and fencing there.  A detour will be in effect using Market Street to West Fourth Street, to Hepburn Street and onto the I-180 westbound on ramp at Hepburn.  Also, a lane of I-180 westbound will be closed.  The work is expected to finish up on Thursday morning. 

ANOTHER INTERSECTION CLOSED THIS WEEK

As work continues on the Duke Street Reconstruction project in Northumberland, PennDOT reports that another busy intersection will be closed down there this week.  Duke Street from Front Street to Depot Alley will close with the detour route remaining the same. All work will be performed during daylight hours.  In addition, paving work continues on Front Street and work in the Water Street/Route 11 underpass continues as well.