GARAGE FIRE SPREADS TO JERSEY SHORE HOME
Smoke could be seen from across the valley Tuesday evening in Crawford Township when a garage fire spread into the home of a Jersey Shore couple on Fox Road. According to the Sun Gazette, a fire was reported at the home of Kenneth Heck around 5:30pm and due to lack of fire hydrants in the area and no access to private ponds at the time, firefighters had to set up a fill stations at Ravensburg State Park just outside of Rauchtown and haul water to fight the blaze. Almost a dozen companies from Lycoming and Clinton Counties responded and controlled the fire in about an hour. The home sustained water smoke and fire damage and the Red Cross is assisting the family. No injuries were reported.
DUI SUSPECT WHO DESTROYED RESTAURANT PLEADS GUILTY
The woman accused of DUI who crashed and flipped her car into the Golden Chopsticks restaurant in Shamokin Dam in March of 2022, plead guilty this week in Snyder County Court to felony endangering the welfare of children, aggravated assault with DUI and risking a catastrophe. According to court records, 44 year old Theresa Risso drove with a blood alcohol level more than 4 times the legal limit with her one year old daughter improperly restrained in a vehicle at a high speed, which resulted in the car flipping over a concrete barrier crashing into and demolishing the restaurant. Risso will be sentenced at a later date. She is free on 200 thousand dollars bail.
SHOOTING BY TROOPERS JUSTIFIED
A determination has been made in whether a shooting was justified by state troopers last November when a man who killed three seemed to go on a rampage that started in a home near Unityville. According to PennLive, the Lycoming County District Attorney, Ryan C. Gardner, says when State Troopers from Bloomsburg shot Brian A. Taylor after he had shot his wife Linda and two others, it stopped his “homicidal mayhem”. Gardner made the decision after reviewing mobile video recordings and investigative reports.
CUTTERS TO SALUTE THE MILITARY AGAIN THIS SEASON
The Williamsport Crosscutters have announced that they, along with partner EQT, will continue the special Military Salute to active and retired military members at all Williamsport Crosscutter home games this season. According to Crosscutters Vice President of Marketing Gabe Sinicropi, nominated members of the armed forces will be highlighted in a pregame ceremony. To nominate someone, go online to crosscutters dot com and fill out a short form. Those armed forces members who are chosen will receive 4 tickets to the game, given a cutters gift card and will throw in the ceremonial first pitch. Online nominations will stay open till all the spots have been filled. EQT Corporation is a leading independent natural gas producer with an evolutionary focus on the future.
PATIENT THREATENED HOSPITAL STAFF OVER CELL PHONE
A patient at UPMC Williamsport was charged with terroristic threats after he was prohibited from using his cell phone and threatened to come back to the facility with a weapon when he was discharged to kill everyone there. According to the Sun Gazette, hospital police say Joshua Roy-Morrison of Shamokin became angry about 6pm Saturday in the hospital emergency room special unit where he could not use his phone, when witnesses say he made the threats about bringing back an AR-15 rifle. Roy-Morrison was arraigned in Lycoming County Court and jailed in lieu of 20 thousand dollars bail.
GRANDCHILD SCAM TRICKS ELDERLY WOMAN
An elderly woman from Paxinos was scammed out of about 96 thousand dollars when someone calling saying they were her granddaughter had legal trouble and needed the money for fines after a drug conviction. Police say over thirty days the 81 year old woman continued to send money to the scammer, ignoring warnings from the police as well as warnings from the money transfer service that recognized the scam activity. The Northumberland County District Attorney’s office says that any resident who gets a call like this need only call the grandchild or a family member directly, or check with the grandchild’s friends or colleagues to confirm.
WESTERN PA COAL PLANT TO CLOSE
A coal plant 50 miles east of Pittsburgh that has been in operation since 1969, will close this July. According to the Center Square dot com, the Homer City Power plant will be decommissioned after a study determined it has been running at half capacity since 2015 and only at 20 percent since 2022. According to WTAE, more than 100 people will be laid off and even though environmental groups are happy about the move, local leaders are concerned about the loss of jobs and what the plant closing will do to the local economy. The plant itself has struggled through financial hardship and ownership changes in the last few years.
PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT FOR TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
It’s time for PennDOT to update their 12 year program and the department is seeking input from the public during a public forum coming up the evening of April 12th. The comment period has been available since March 1st and will continue through April 30th and is provided for public feedback and opinion via email about the needs and priorities for transportation projects. Register and submit questions in advance by going online to “talk pa transportation.com”, and attend the online forum next Wednesday from 6:30 to 8pm on PA cast or through PennDOT social media channels.
One HS Baseball score after a rainy Wednesday
Midd-West 8 Central Columbia 5
Penn State gets a running back as Williamsport native Trey Potts transfers out of Minnesota to join the Nittany Lions. In high school, Potts totaled 59 touchdowns on the ground for the Millionaires and has two years of eligibility remaining.
Guardians 6 A’s 4
Yankees 4 Phillies 2
Rays 7 Nationals 2
Braves 5 Cardinals 2
Pirates 4 Red Sox 1
Brewers 7 Mets 6
Rangers 5 Orioles 2
Marlins 5 Twins 2
Astros 8 Tigers 2
White Sox 7 Giants 3
Angels 4 Mariners 3
Blue Jays 3 Royals 0
Cubs and Reds were postponed due to weather
Nets 123 Pistons 108
Knicks 138 Pacers 129
Hawks 134 Wizards 116
Celtics 97 Raptors 93
Bucks 105 Bulls 92
Pelicans 138 Grizzlies 131
Mavericks 123 Kings 119
Clippers 125 Lakers 118
Rangers 6 Lightning 3
Flames 3 Jets 1
Oilers 3 Ducks 1
The Masters Tournament at Augusta National begins today. Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, and Tom Watson will serve as honorary starters this morning at 7:40am. Tiger Woods, a five time Masters champion, is set to play. He’ll tee off at 10:18 this morning and 1:24pm tomorrow.