ARREST MADE IN CITY STABBING

A Williamsport man was arrested last night and charged with criminal homicide and other counts stemming from an early morning incident in which a man was stabbed and later died.  Police responded yesterday morning around 1:10 for a disturbance in the 300 block of Locust Street in the city and found 36 year old Scott Cole bleeding from lacerations as well as puncture wounds to his upper torso, back and head area. He was taken to UPM Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center and was pronounced dead a short time later.  25 year old Rashawn Williams was taken into custody and following an investigation was charged with Cole’s death.  He has been jailed in Lycoming County Prison without bail.  Cole was said to have been stabbed more than 20 times in the attack. 

CRASH VICTIM IDENTIFIED

The Lycoming County Coroner’s office has identified the victim of yesterday morning’s crash on Route 405 in Clinton Township- as 39 year old Patricia Shultz of Muncy.  Shuts was driving near the Upper End of Saegers Station Road round 12:20am when her vehicle was rear-ended by an SUV.  One of the vehicles then landed on a gas main causing gas to escape. It took some time to shut the gas off, and Shultz was pronounce d dead around 4 hours later from upper body injuries, though an autopsy will be performed on the woman.  The other driver has not been identified and there is currently no word as to the extent of that person’s injuries.  State police continue their crash investigation.

CLINTON COUNTY  FATAL ATV CRASH

A Clinton Co8nty man is dead following an ATV crash there late on Wednesday evening.  The as yet unidentified 21 year old man from Lamar was riding at a high rate of speed on Rainsares Road in Greene Township, when he failed to negotiate a curve and the ATV went off the roadway, struck an embankment and then a tree. He was thrown from the vehicle and pronounces dead at the scene from his injuries.  No one else was involved and State Police in Lamar continue their investigation into that fatal crash.

COUNCIL SAYS YES TO BALLOT REFERENDUM

Williamsport City Council last night went ahead and voted 6-1 to add a question to the ballot in November for city voters to decide whether or not they would like to see a seven person committee to study the way city government is run and make recommendations for possible changes.  Council voted for the ballot question on second reading.  The 7 person commission is approved would be an unpaid commission and would have 9 months to study and recommend which way the city should go as far as the way the government should be run. Currently the city is run on a strong mayor form of government with the mayor having say over hiring and firing of the head of city departments, as well as veto power on some council decisions. 

SUNBURY SHOOTING

A shooting in Sunbury last night sends one man to the hospital for treatment and another to jail.  The shooting happened in a house in the 1000 block of Walnut Street around 7:30.  The victim was taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for treatment of a gunshot wound to the hand.  Police took a suspect into custody and he is being detained pending an investigation.  The two have not been named and no other information is available regarding that Sunbury shooting.

SCAM ALERT

State police in Mansfield report that citizens in that area are receiving phone calls from an unknown male telling them that he has abducted a loved one and will harm them unless that person wires money.  A child can then be heard screaming and crying in the background.  Police are informing residents to not send any money as it is a scam.  The phone numbers that appear on the receiving person’s caller ID are not legitimate numbers if anyone receives one of those calls they are urged to hang up on the caller.  Anyone with information regarding the source of the calls is asked to contact State Police at 570-662-2151.

UNITED WAY TO ALLOCATE FUNDS

The Lycoming County United Way has announced that they have finished their review process and are ready to distribute funds to its program partners for the fiscal year.  After the fundraising campaign and then a review of requests by some 60-75 volunteers the United Way will allocate $1, 117,527 dollars to be divided in various amounts.  More than $233,000 will go to agencies providing crisis resolution/as well as dealing with hunger and homelessness.  Children and youth agencies will pick up $35,000 dollars, Special services $267,000 dollars and more than $115,000 will go towards agencies helping to strengthen families. 

MERGER APPROVED

The Jersey Shore Hospital is set to officially become part of the Geisinger Health System next month.  By a 17-0 vote by Jersey Shore Hospital Board members yesterday, the merger between Geisinger and the area hospital was approved and the transactions expected to officially close early next month with a celebration scheduled for July 10th.  The hospital will keep its independent license, but Geisinger will assume all assets and liabilities.  The merger will mean a new name and the implementation of new programs.