CITY POLICE CALLED OUT FOR SHOTS FIRED

A report of shots fired in the city of Williamsport last night.  Police were called to the vicinity of the 1000 block of West Fourth Street around Fifth Avenue after reports of about five shots fired in secession and two persons seen running from the scene around 8:30 last night.  Officers immediately set up a perimeter around the scene and it was determined that no one was hit by the gunfire.  One person was reportedly taken into custody in the area of Fifth Avenue and taken to police headquarters for custody.  Police reportedly searched another building after a person was reportedly seen running inside, but they did not find anything.  The investigation continues. 

COUNCL AUTHORIZES PUMP STATION STUDY

Williamsport City Council met last night and authorized a company they have been working with on the city levee recertification to do a study on the system’s pump stations. The city will spend no more than $27,879 dollars for the open ended one year contract with Amec from outside of Pittsburgh.  The company will gather information on any deficiencies which then will be used for a possible larger and more costly feasibility study.  The money will come from a $500,000 dollar loan that the city has obtained for use in the levee recertification.  In other business, council approved the purchase of new tractor for the public works department.

SUSPECTED BANK ROBBER CAUGHT

A man wanted for a Tioga County bank robbery on Tuesday was taken into custody and charged yesterday.  Police in Westfield say a man walked into the Northwest Savings Bank at 100 E. Main Street shortly before 3pm on Tuesday and though unarmed demanded and got away with an undisclosed amount of money.  Following up leads, police were led to a residence in Cowanesque where they found 29 year old Jared Pierce of Westfield and recovered a large portion of the missing money.  He was charged with several counts and jailed in Tioga County prison in lieu of $250,000 bail.

SEVERAL RE-MAPPING PLANS SUBMITTED

With the deadline looming, and four days to make a decision on top of it, State Supreme Court Justices now have several different congressional district maps to consider in the state’s Gerrymandering case.  Pennsylvania House Democrats and Senate Democrats each submitted their own maps to re-draw congressional districts in time for this year’s elections.  In addition, a group of Republican activists submitted their own map, and there could be two more submitted including one from Governor Tom Wolf.  The court will have to come up with a final map within four days in order to keep the Pennsylvania primary election on time. 

MAN CHARGED WITH OPERATING METH LAB

Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police have announced the arrest of a Jersey Shore man accused of operating a meth lab.  25 year old Alex Bower is free on $150,000 bail for operating the lab at a Porter Township home. He was arrested last month and charged with risking a catastrophe, operating a meth lab, illegal possession of liquefied ammonia gas and related charges. 

FORMER MALL STORE TO BECOME STORAGE FACILITY

The former Macy’s store at the Lycoming Mall has been sold, but it will not become a retail outlet.  During a Lycoming County Planning Commission meeting yesterday, attendees were told that M.C. Storage LLC of Wellington Florida has bought the building which is not owned by the company that owns the Lycoming Mall for $505,555 dollars and it will be called MC Storage, Lycoming LLC.  It’s believed the building will become a storage facility.

MT CARMEL NATIVE CREDITED WITH SAVING STUDENTS

A former Northumberland County man is credited with saving the lives of students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School  in Parkland Florida during a shooting incident which took 17 lives and injured several others.  Math Teacher Jim Gard is a Mt. Carmel native and graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in 1978.  He told reporters he was in class when the fire alarm went off, and while he and the students were evacuating, shots began going off, and he did what he could to get students back inside his room, locking the door, and not letting anyone in until police arrived and he could get ID from them.  Gard credits active shooter training which he went through just a few weeks ago with knowing what to do.

TREE TO COME DOWN

In an effort to stop the crows from roosting in a tree next to city hall in Downtown Williamsport, city officials have announced that they will cut down a 100 year old oak tree there.  Crows have been roosting there depositing droppings on the sidewalks below which could contribute to health hazards if brought into city hall or businesses by foot traffic outside.  The tree is expected to come down in the next couple of days. 

MEDICAL MARIJUANA SALES BEGIN

Medical Marijuana sales in Pennsylvania became a reality yesterday.  Certified patients are now allowed to obtain the medicine legally for the first time.  Six out of the ten dispensaries that have been approved so far in the state were allowed to open their doors for the first day of sales and it’s believed that another 81 more dispensaries will open their doors within the next few months.  It’s believed that nearly 4,000 patients have been approved to purchase the marijuana with more than 13,000 awaiting approval to participate in the program.