NEW QUARANTINE POLICIES IN PENNSYLVANIA
The Wolf administration announced new policies yesterday for easing restrictions on large gatherings and eliminating a quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers to Pennsylvania. According to state officials, outdoor venues are now allowed to host events up to 20% of their maximum capacity, no matter the size of the venue. Indoor occupancy will be 15% of maximum capacity. Both indoor and outdoor events will require masks and use social distancing guidelines. Governor Wolf has lifted the requirement for residents who are returning home from out of state to have a negative test within 72 hours of arriving. Officials considered the expanding percentage of residents who have been vaccinated and the rate of new infections in the decision to ease restrictions.
LOCK HAVEN WOMAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN DEATH OF NEPHEW
The Lock Haven woman charged in the death of her 9 year old nephew in her care, has plead not guilty of criminal homicide and other charges. According to the Sun Gazette, if 36 year old Jamie Lynne Jackson is convicted of the crimes she’s charged with, the Clinton County DA is intending to seek the death penalty against her after filing a formal notice of aggravating circumstances last month. In a preliminary hearing in January, police involved in the case said 9 year old Anson Landon Mitchell Stover was found in a second floor bathtub at Jackson’s home on Bald Eagle St. in Lock Haven, last November with injuries consistent with abuse. Jackson remains in the Clinton County Correctional Facility without bail.
A FEW POWER OUTAGES REMAIN TODAY
A handful of PPL customers are still experiencing power outages in north central Pennsylvania from windy conditions from overnight. Hundreds of customers have already had their power restored in Sunbury and Lewisburg from heavy wind damage there. According to the coverage map for the electric company restoration is estimated for this afternoon before 2pm, but could change depending on conditions. The national weather service says the wind advisory expired early this morning, and some areas may have seen wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour.
FREE RIDES TO VACCINATION APPOINTMENTS
River Valley transit has announced that they will provide transportation to any person in the community who has a scheduled appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination for free. Advance notice is required and a reservation to and from the appointment can be made by calling River Valley Transit weekdays between 8:30am and 5pm. Anyone who is in the transportation company’s service area may request a trip by noon the day prior to their appointment. Go online to www.rideRVT.com for more information.
DALMATIA WOMAN FATALLY HIT BY A TRAIN
A woman was struck by a train in Northumberland County yesterday around 2pm near Water Street in Lower Mahanoy Township. According to Pennsylvania State Police at Stonington, 21 year old Felicity Dawn Hocker, of Dalmatia, was struck by a train while on the tracks running parallel to Water Street. State troopers say she died at the scene. The Northumberland County Coroner said they aren’t releasing any more details at this time about the incident and are continuing the investigation in coordination with police.
LOCAL COVID UPDATE
The numbers of Pennsylvania residents with COVID is improving with the Pennsylvania of Health reporting the statewide percent positivity for the last week in February to be 6.3%. As of Midnight March 1st, Northumberland County has 41 new cases, Snyder has 37 Lycoming County had 16 cases, Clinton with 5, Tioga only 2 and Sullivan no new cases. In the commonwealth, there were 1,628 additional positive cases and 26 fatalities from the virus. The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per day is about 4,000 lower than it was at the most recent peak on December 25, 2020.
ARSON SUSPECT TO BE EXTRADITED BACK TO CONNECTICUT
A man who is wanted by police in Connecticut for arson was apprehended along Interstate 80 West in Northumberland County Saturday and taken into custody. According to North Central PA dot com, 37 year old Richard White, of Torrington, Conn was pulled over 8pm Saturday by state police who were aware he was a fugitive from justice for throwing homemade bombs at police in his state in several incidents. White is in Northumberland County Jail on fugitive from justice charges and will be extradited back to Connecticut.
BRUSH PILE OPEN WHILE ACCESS GATE IS DELAYED
The city brush pile in Williamsport is open while the public works committee waits for the components for an electronic gate that will allow eligible residents to access the area 24 hours a day with a key card. According to the Sun Gazette, officials say they are hopeful once the system is in place a news release will be published to inform residents to apply for their cards to gain access. At this time, the brush pile is open 7:15a to 3:15p Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday
HS Boys Varsity Basketball
Williamsport beat State College 58-45,
HS Girls Varsity Basketball
Central Mountain beat Williamsport 57-46
76ers beat the Pacers 130 to 114, Mavericks over Magic 130 to 124, Nuggets beat the Bulls 118 to 112, the Pelicans over Jazz 129 to 124, Nets beat the Spurs 124 to 113, Cavaliers over the Rockets 101 to 90, Trailblazers over the Hornets 123 to 111
Hurricanes beat the Panthers 3-2, Senators over Flames 5-1, Canucks over the Jets 4-nothing, Maple Leafs beat the Oilers 3- nothing, Golden Knights over Wild 5-4, Blues beat the Ducks 5-4, Sharks over Avalanche 6-2,
Islanders will play the Devils in NJ, and Rangers play the Sabres at the Garden, Flyers and Penguins are in Pittsburgh* tonight at 7 PM on NBCSportsNetwork
*After Gov. Tom Wolf announced revised policies on gatherings yesterday, the Penguins’ PPG Paints Arena, which has a capacity of about 20,000, will allow 2,800 fans in-house tonight.