SUSPECT IN BEATING DEATH PLEADS GUILTY
A Watsontown man pled guilty Friday to the beating death of another man, but family members are awaiting trial in the case. According to the Daily Item, Thomas Allen Huffman of Watsontown was accused in the beating death of Richard Leroy Jameson II and then burying him on their property in 2020. Huffman is facing upwards of 40 years in state prison with his sentencing scheduled for June. In addition to Huffman, his wife Dorothy has been charged and awaits further court proceedings and couple’s nephew, Kayden Koser, is also to be sentenced on May 26.
NORRY DA WILL NOT BE ON MAY PRIMARY BALLOT
A judge ruled on Friday afternoon that Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Matulewicz will not be appearing on the May primary ballot. After almost four hours and 9 witness’s testimony in Northumberland County Court, Columbia County Senior Judge Thomas James explained that Matulewicz on March 7th missed the 4:30 deadline to file petitions to get on the May primary election ballot. Matulewicz, a Republican, was seeking his third four-year term as district attorney. He must now run as a write-in candidate in the May primary.
CONTROLLED LIVE BURN DRILLS IN WILLIAMSPORT
For the first time in several years, Old Lycoming Township held a controlled live burn exercise at a training class Saturday in a building scheduled for demolition off of Lycoming Creek Road in Williamsport. According to the Sun Gazette, almost 40 firefighters participated in drills during the training day behind the former Shirn’s Dealership. Seven state-certified fire instructors led the Structural Burn Session class that included drills for search and rescue and interior-attack operations. Firefighters from Montoursville, South Williamsport, Trout Run, Nisbet, DuBoistown and Old Lycoming and Loyalsock Townships participated in the class.
PA MENTORED TROUT DAY SUCCESSFUL
Mentored Youth Trout Day was last Saturday. Licensed adult mentors and youth anglers ages 15 and under spent the day on hundreds of waters in all 67 counties of the Commonwealth. Trout stocking events continue this week in Lycoming County in Hoagland Run, Lycoming Creek, Mill Creek in Warrensville, Pine Creek, Pleasant Stream and Rock Run. For a detailed list, go to fishandboat.com. Opening day for Trout Season is this Saturday, April 1 at 8 am.
THIRD DEGREE MURDER CHARGES QUESTIONED
A Lycoming County judge questioned third degree murder charges last week against a young mother who on March 7th gave birth to a newborn that later died at UPMC Williamsport. According to the Sun Gazette, 21 year old Chermari Truax, who has been incarcerated since the day after giving birth is accused of allegedly not seeking medical attention for the newborn who was breathing when she brought it to the emergency room. According to Penn Live, Chief Deputy Coroner Kathryn Keissling told the court there is no autopsy report on the infant at this time. Judge Christian Frey allowed supervised bail for Truax, who has no criminal record, at 95 thousand dollars.
SUNBURY FIRE DISPLACES THREE FAMILIES
A two alarm fire in Sunbury Sunday sent two people to the hospital and displaced about a dozen residents. According to Northumberland County Communications, a fire call occurred at about 11:30-am Sunday to the 11hundred block of Miller Street, and a second call went out a few minutes later. Crews who first arrived said flames were coming out of the roof and the fire damaged two neighboring homes. According to the Sunbury fire officials the invstigation continues today, but it’s not being considered a suspicious fire. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Holly Kenworthy and the other families affected by the blaze.
WEEKEND BIKE RACE COULD AFFECT TRAFFIC IN WHITE DEER
Motorists who travel in Union County are advised a bicycle race next weekend may impact travel in White Deer and Kelly Townships. According to the Daily Item, on Saturday April 1 residents will see bicycle traffic from 8am until 4pm Roadways along Pleasant View Road, Cross Roads Drive, Sunrise Road, Fort Titzell Road, and New Columbia Road. Residents along the race course were to be notified by race organizers, the Bucknell Cycling Team. You can check conditions statewide 24/7 at 511pa.com.
SHREDDING EVENT FOR EARTH DAY
In observance of Earth Day, Geisinger will host free community shred events across northeastern and central Pennsylvania throughout the month of April with the ones closest to us, at the Jersey Shore Geisinger April 11th 7-11am and April 17th at Geisinger Muncy from 7 to 11am with two other events the next weekends in Bloomsburg and Danville. Employees and members of the public are invited to bring any personal or professional confidential documents — such as bank statements, credit card bills and tax forms — to be securely shredded on-site and recycled. Each person is limited to three boxes.
PIAA 1A State Championship
The Union High School girls basketball team beat Lourdes Regional, 46-29, on Friday afternoon at the GIANT Center in Hershey to win their first State title.
NCAA Men’s Basketball Elite Eight
UConn 82 Gonzaga 54 West region
Florida Atlantic 79 Kansas State 76 East
Miami 88 Texas 81 MidWest
San Diego State 57 Creighton 56 South region
That sets up the Final 4 next Saturday, April 1
Florida Atlantic vs San Diego State at 6pm on CBS & Miami vs UConn 8:45 on CBS
Hornets 110 Mavericks 104
Bulls 118 Lakers 108
Grizzlies 123 Hawks 119
Celtics 137 Spurs 93
Cavaliers 108 Rockets 91
Magic 119 Nets 106
Raptors 114 Wizards 104
Thunder 118 Trailblazers 112
Timberwolves 99 Warriors 96
Avalanche 4 Coyotes 3
Bruins 4 Hurricanes 3
Canucks 4 Blackhawks 2
Maple Leafs 3 Predators 2
Kings 7 Blues 6
Flyers defeated the Red Wings on Saturday 3-0 and Pens beat the Capitals 4-3