MAN DRIVES THROUGH HIS GARAGE, TAKEN TO HOSPITAL
A one vehicle accident, which involved a vehicle running into the residence on the 2300 block of Grand Street just before 8 p.m. Monday. According to SUN Gazette, Williamsport Police, while continuing to investigate, suspect the elderly driver drove into this driveway and then continued through his garage door. Once he crashed through the garage door, his vehicle ruptured the water line and damaged a washer/dryer and hot water heater. This got the attention of neighbors, who called for an ambulance. The driver was assisted onto a stretcher and taken to UPMC Williamsport by ambulance.
TAX INCREASE IN THE BOROUGH
When the real estate taxes for 2022 were discussed at the latest Montoursville Borough Council meeting, council determined they were receiving a pattern of less state aid, combined with an increase in their expenditures. In order to assist in the remedy for their situation, the council proposed a .5 mil tax increase. According to Borough Council Secretary and Treasury, Ginny Gardner, the costs inspiring the increase in taxes for residents included; pension plans and wages. The $2,456,199 balanced general fund budget is expected to pass the council next month. According to SUN Gazette, in 2018, the last time taxes were raised, taxes went up 4 mils. The next borough council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the John Dorin Municipal Building.
CHARGES FILED IN HOMICIDE CASE
It was another twist to an already disturbing story. Chief Christopher Kriner of the Old Lycoming Township Police Department has released another press release. He is working, with the Lycoming County District Attorney’s office on the homicide case involving the bodies of the young girls that were found over the weekend. Yesterday, around 4 p.m. Michele Butler was taken into custody and charged with two counts of felony endangering the welfare of children and one count of obstruction. She was arraigned and committed to an out of county correctional facility. Michele Butler is the mother of Echo Butler, who is accused of concealing information related to the deaths of two of Snyder’s children. Michele Butler’s preliminary hearing is before Judge Solomon Nov. 17.
100 YEARS OLD TOMORROW
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, has stood 100 years, guarded day and night, and will be honored tomorrow, Veterans Day. The American Legion Post 201 in Sunbury with assistance from the North Shore Railroad, will be holding a ceremony along the Third St rail line. There, a train’s horn will sound 21 times, followed by a two minute moment of silence. According to an online media source, the ceremony will conclude with a final blast of the train’s horn, recognizing a Veteran’s Day symbol and honoring the dead.
LEAVES REMOVAL IN THE CITY
Williamsport Mayor Derek Slaughter has reported that the city has three trucks currently picking up leaves through the city. He reminds residents the leaf pick up will continue as conditions permit throughout the season and beyond. As leaves fall on wet roadways, intersections are slick and can be hazardous. Please slow down and use caution at these times. Leaf pick up has begun in other communities throughout the area.
FIREARMS BILLS PASS THROUGH STATE SENATE
Pennsylvania’s state Senate on Tuesday approved two veto-bound firearms bills, including one to allow people to carry a loaded gun openly or concealed, without a permit, and another to punish municipalities that impose firearms ordinances that are stricter than state law. Despite a certain veto from Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, floor debate lasted nearly three hours, as Democrats warned that the result of such legislation becoming law would be more death and more violence amid already-spiking gun violence and the spread of illegal guns. Republicans brushed aside the arguments, saying cities elsewhere with strict gun laws still have problems with gun violence and that law-abiding gun owners should not need the government’s permission to carry a firearm.