FIRE DESTROYS A NISBET HOME

A Christmas eve fire destroyed a Nisbet home.  Firefighters were initially dispatched around 5:30pm to the home at 2774 Route 654 for a vehicle on fire under a carport there. Before they arrived the fire had already spread to a boat and a porch and then spread to the home itself.  Firefighters from several area companies were called to fight the blaze.  No one was reported injured and a damage estimate has not yet been released.  A state police fire marshal was expected at the scene today though the cause is not believed to be suspicious.  Firefighters were called back to the scene yesterday morning for a flare-up there. 

Fire destroyed a house in Nisbet on Christma Even. Firefighters were called out around 5:30pm to the home at 2774 Route 654 for reports of a vehicle on fire in a carport which was attached to the house there.  That fire then spread to a boat and an enclosed porch and eventually into the house itself.  Firefighters from several companies were dispatched to the scene with the home fully involved in flames.  No one was injured and the home owner has not been identified. A damage estimate has not yet been released and the cause of that Nisbet fire remains under investigation with a state police fire marshal expected to be on the scene today.  The cause is not expected to be suspicious.

HOME INVASION ROBBERY UNDER INVESTIGATION

Police in Selinsgrove are investigating a home invasion robbery which occurred there on Sunday morning.  Around 11:30, two white males described as being between the ages of 21 and 35 forced their way into an apartment in the 100 block of South High Street, tied up the residents and assaulted one of them with a baseball bat causing serious injuries. They gained access to a locked gun safe and took a large amount of drugs and cash and then fled the scene.  Anyone with information regarding that robbery is asked to contact police in Selinsgrove at 570-374-8665. 

RAPE CHARGES FILED

Charges were filed against a Mifflinburg man last week after it was revealed he raped an adult female with intellectual disabilities over a 12 year period.  The woman had recently revealed to a caseworker that she was sexually assaulted by a neighbor.  The investigation led police to now 65 year old Stanley St.Clair Sr. who admitted to raping the woman approximately twice a month from 1997 to 2009.  St. Clair was charged with 50 counts of rape and associated charges, arraigned and released on $150,000 dollars unsecured bail. 

CITY TO MOVE AHEAD WITH COUNCIL’S APPROVAL

The city of Williamsport hopes to move forward with the sale of two unused firehouses it owns in the New Year.  It was reported in this morning’s Williamsport Sun Gazette that appraisals have been done on both the former Almond Street Fire House and the former Reighard Avenue Civil Defense building. According to the story, Mayor Campana looks to bring the proposal before council next month and it’s hoped tha an auction can be scheduled in March to sell the properties. The mayor says that all proceeds from the sales would then go to city’s general fund reserve which currently sits at only $101,000 dollars.

THREE INJURED IN FRIDAY CRASH IDENTIFIED

The three persons injured in a crash in Old Lycoming Township on Friday have been identified by police.  Police say that a pick up truck driven by 42 year old Scott Hopton of Cogan Station was headed south in the 3500 block of Lycoming Creek Road when he slammed into the rear of a stopped vehicle driven by 49 year old Stephanie Cardennis of Montoursville which was pushed into the other lane into the path of a vehicle driven by 82 year old Gertrude Paulhamus of Cogan Station. Hopton declined treatment. Cardennis and Paulhamus were taken to the hospital with Paulhamus treated and released and Cardennis admitted for non-life threatening injuries.

FIRE IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY

No one was injured when fire struck on Monday in the attached garage of a home in Lower Northumberland County. Firefighters were called out around 3pm to the home along Hunter’s Junction Road in Washington Township for reports of flames in the garage.  When they arrived, they found fire spreading into the home.  The garage was destroyed and the home damaged though it’s not been released as to the extent of damage there.  The cause of that Northumberland County fire is under investigation. 

DUBOISTOWN CRASH

The occupants of two vehicles escaped injury in a Christmas Day crash in Duboistown.  That accident occurred around 2:50pm at Euclid Avenue and Valley Street as the two vehicles collided with one going onto it’s roof.  The occupants of both vehicles were able to climb out without injury.  Traffic was rerouted around the scene as crews worked to clean up the mess there. 

LANDSLIDE CLOSES SECTION OF SULLIVAN COUNTY ROAD

A section of roadway in Sullivan County remains closed with detours in place due to a landslide there.  A portion of route 3014, the Estella Spur between Route 154 in Elkland Township and Route 87 in Forrks Township is closed both ways due to that landslide. A detour is in place using routes 154 and 87.  Local traffic will be able to access Route 414 on either side of the slide area.  It is not yet known when  that section of roadway will be reopened.