WAHS JUNIOR ACCEPTED TO MOORE COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN’S SUMMER ART AND DESIGN INSTITUTE
Avery Sauers’ life has been anything but ordinary. Never taking the adversities life has dealt her as an excuse, she has cleared her own path to her ultimate passion: digital art. Born deaf, the 16-year-old Williamsport Area High School junior’s interest in digital art grew from her love of cartoons and video games — an interest cultivated and nurtured by her parents and teachers alike that is now driving her toward a career in animation or game design. The young artist recently was accepted into Moore College of Art and Design’s premiere Summer Art and Design Institute (SADI) in Philadelphia. The four-week, pre-college summer program will provide Sauers with the opportunity to explore popular tracks of study for credit, including animation, illustration, painting and game design. To help cover the cost of SADI’s tuition and fees, Sauers plans to hold two fundraising events at Eat-and-Run Catering, 1000 Commerce Park Drive. At her first event, Bold Beginnings, she’ll lead participants in painting a landscape beginning at 6:30 p.m. on March 31. The second event will run from 4-7 p.m. on April 10. That event will include an Italian dinner, basket raffle, an auction of her original paintings and a 50/50 drawing. Registration is required for both functions. For more information or to register, visit www.averysboldbeginnings.com.
VEHICLE ACCIDENT CLOSES EAST THIRD STREET
A driver, who was unnamed, was taken to UPMC Williamsport following a two-vehicle accident on East Third Street near the Interstate 180 overpass in Loyalsock Township yesterday around 2 p.m. This vehicle struck another, causing no injuries in the second vehicle. A portion of East Third Street was closed until 4:40 p.m.
APPROVAL FOR THE SPLASH PAD PROJECT
At the Williamsport City Council meeting last night, the council approved plans for the splash pad project for Shaw Place Park. Next, as reported by SUN Gazette, Jon Sanders, Williamsport City Engineer, needs to obtain cost estimates to design the water line and electrical installation. Thereby, comparing individual costs to the bundle package offered by the pad builder, VORTEX USA, for $300,000. Although the money to support this project comes from the American Rescue Plan, the projected installation would be fall with the first use in summer of 2023.
ANOTHER LAWSUIT FOR THE CITY
A second lawsuit has been filed, in Lycoming County Court, by a Williamsport police officer claiming he was passed over for promotions. As reported by SUN Gazette, Lt. Steven Helm has filed a second suit. This one, filed this week, is against Mayor Derek Slaughter and the City of Williamsport. According to reports, even though Helm has plans of retirement in April, this suit alleges Mayor Slaughter did not consider him for the newly created assistant chief position in May 2021. Helm had filed a similar suit in federal district court last April alleging he was not promoted to assistant chief in retaliation for exercising his First Amendment rights.
WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION CHARGE
According to a press release from the Pennsylvania State Police at Lamar, Troopers made a traffic stop on High Street in Flemington just after 2 a.m. Wednesday and found a vehicle filled with weapons and a suspected explosive device. The vehicle operator, James H. Schmidtberg, from Lock Haven, was arrested and charged with multiple counts of illegal possession of firearms and possession of a weapon of mass destruction. Schmidtberg was remanded to the Clinton County Correctional Facility awaiting a preliminary hearing on $250,000 bail.
NO CONTEST PLEA
William Allen Payne-Blakely, of Lorrain Ohio, pled No Contest this week to charges related to his August 2021 attempt to flee a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Clinton County. Payne-Blakely entered pleas to Felony 3 Fleeing and Eluding a Police Officer, Felony 3 Possession of a Firearm Without a License, and Misdemeanor DUI on Tuesday morning. The plea was entered two days before he was scheduled to go on trial for the incident before Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael F. Salisbury on March 3rd. District Attorney Dave Strouse and defense attorney Fred Lingle had already selected a jury on the case and were scheduled to begin the trial at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Following the entry of his plea, Payne-Blakely was immediately sentenced to State Prison for a maximum term of 10 years, and eligibility for parole after 5 years.
NOT GUILTY PLEA ENTERED VIA VIDEO
Accused triple homicide killer Matthew Reed has pleaded not guilty, and could face the death penalty. As reported by an online media outlet, Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Matalewicz says Reed filed his not guilty plea through his lawyers Thursday in Northumberland County Court – he appeared via video and he meets three of the 18 aggravating circumstances in which the state can seek the death penalty if convicted by a jury. The crimes were committed, according to the district attorney, while one of the victims was a prosecution witness to a murder or other felony he committed, and the victim was killed for the purpose of preventing testimony against him in any criminal proceedings. In addition, Reed is said to have committed a killing while in the perpetration of a felony and Reed also committed the offense knowingly creating a grave risk of death to another person, in addition to the victims of the offense. Reed stands accused of killing 58-year-old Susan Williams, 59-year-old James Dicken and 17-year-old John Paul Dicken, all of Snydertown, in June 2021.
AUCTION FOR CLOSED RESTAURANT
An equipment auction, offering the public yet another way to celebrate the now closed Country Cupboard Restaurant is scheduled to begin online on March 7th and run through the end of March. As reported by Northcentralpa.com, items up for auction include: tables, chairs, kitchen equipment, decor, leftover merchandise, and more. PCI Auction Group is the auction group running the online auction will begin on March 7 online, and will continue through the end of March. The decision to hold an auction arose, in part, from the “outpouring of support and requests for different assets from the community,” according to Jared Mizrahi, President of the PCI Auction Group. “The best way to honor all of those requests is letting all interested buyers bid.” Also, the sale of Country Cupboard assets—including items like furniture, fixtures, and equipment–will ensure company profits as the owners decide their plans for the space. Registration to bid is on www.pciauctions.com.