POLICE ARREST NAKED MAN WHO VANDALIZED LOYALSOCK CHURCH
A local congregation had to have services in their gymnasium this weekend after a vandal who was later discovered naked walking along Northway road allegedly destroyed the sanctuary area of the Emmanuel Baptist Church Saturday in Loyalsock Township. According to Montoursville State Police, 32 year old Steve Smith-Williams was found walking naked around 6:30pm Saturday, was taken into custody by police and evaluated at a local hospital. It was then discovered that he was a suspect in the break-in to Emmanuel Baptist earlier in the afternoon. There was significant damage done to the interior of the sanctuary and sound system, and there were clothes left in the building. According to the Sun Gazette, investigators said Smith-Williams could have been under the influence of a controlled substance. He was arraigned and jailed for open lewdness and resisting arrest and is expected to be charged for the break-in this week.
FARMING ACCIDENT REQUIRES LIFE FLIGHT
A farming accident near Middleburg caused a man to be flown to the hospital Saturday afternoon. According to the Daily Item that an unidentified man was injured after his arm was stuck in a corn picker around 1pm. Police responded to the property at 2730 Middle Road in Center Township and said that the victim was stuck in the machine but conscious. Multiple emergency units also responded to the accident from Middleburg and Penns Creek, and Mifflingburg. The victim’s arm was intact after the accident but was lifeflighted to the hospital and is in unknown condition today.
WARD BOUNDARY CHANGES IN WILLIAMSPORT
There will be fewer polling places in the City of Williamsport starting in 2020. There will be a reduction of wards in the city which could also mean some voters will have a new place to vote. If your voting place has changed, you will receive a new voter registration card that will list your new ward number and the correct polling place. According to Lycoming County Voter Services, all voters in the city will use their new wards and polling places for the April 28th primary. The city’s new ward lines are available to see online at lyco.org/voting.
NO WHITE CHRISTMAS FOR CENTRAL PA
According to the National Weather Service we are looking at the next few days being mostly sunny without any threat of a white Christmas. According to the National weather service temperatures will be between 45 and 50 degrees with the overnight temperatures still being down around 32, and the weather is cooperating for those who are traveling, according to Triple A Travel this holiday season will break records that haven’t been broken in almost 20 years, with nearly 105 million people will be on the road and around seven million Americans expected to fly, the most since 2003.
GUN LOST ON STATE GAME LANDS
There was a gun lost by a hunter in the woods earlier this month. According to Montoursville State Police, an M&P compact Smith and Wesson 9mm was lost on State Game lands on December 12th of this year. The hunter reported the missing firearm around Old Post Office Road in McHenry Township. Anyone with information about the gun or its whereabouts, please contact state police with reference number 2019-1663-007.
WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT IN WATSONTOWN
A woman from Watsontown has been charged with making terroristic threats and assault after an incident last Saturday night. According to police 36-year-old Natalie Asher choked and threatened to stab a victim at a home on East Ninth Street in Watsontown. Police were called to the home and discovered a victim injured in the altercation. Asher was arrested and is now free on 25 thousand dollars bail.
EXPECT POLICE CHECKPOINTS IN UNION COUNTY
There will be more crack-downs on impaired driving as the holiday approaches. There was a press conference at the Union County Courthouse Friday announcing Operation Safe Holiday through January 1st. The Union County Sheriff’s Office, Buffalo Valley Regional Police, Shamokin Dam Police, Mifflinburg Police and others will be conducting sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and regular traffic safety patrols, focusing on impaired driving whether it be from alcohol or prescription drugs .
PA GOVERNOR SIGNS THREE BILLS INTO LAW
Governor Tom Wolf signed three more bills into law last week, one to create a “County Adult Probation and Parole Advisory Committee” that is intended to help counties reduce recidivism and save money, another increases the statute of limitations for victims to pursue compensation and a third, simplifies eligibility for the state boot camp that allows offenders to work toward ending their time on supervision. The House Committee on Appropriations estimates the third bill will reduce the state prison population by 600 inmates, saving $44.9 million over five years.
HANUKKAH IS THIS WEEK
The Jewish Festival of Lights started last night. Hanukah will continue 7 more nights until next Monday December 30th. It commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian Greek army. The President and First Lady shared a public message yesterday evening at sundown for the beginning of the holiday season.
NFL – Saturday, Patriots beat the Bills 24-17, 49ers over the Rams 34-31, Texans beat the Buccaneers 23-20. On Sunday Eagles beat the Cowboys 17 to 9, Jets over the Steelers 16-10, Giants beat the Redskins 41-35, Falcons beat the Jaguars 24-12, Ravens over the Browns 31-15, Saints beat the Titans 38-28, Colts or the Panthers 38-6, Dolphins edged the Bengals 38-35, Broncos over the Lions 27-17, Raiders beat the Chargers 24-17, Chiefs beat the Bears 26 to 3, Cardinals over the Seahawks 27 to 13
Raptors beat the Mavericks 110 to 107, Celtics beat the Hornets 119 to 93, Bucks beat the Pacers 117 to 89, Thunder beat the Clippers 118 to 112, and Nuggets beat the Lakers 128 to 104
Rangers over the Ducks 5 to 1, Coyotes beat the Red Wings 5 to 2, Flames over the Stars 5 to 1, and Golden Knights beat the Sharks 3 to 1
HS Weekend Wrestling
Mifflinburg beat Milton 45-36, Towanda beat Hughesville 42-34, Warrior Run over Central Columbia 45-36, Canton over Sayre 66 to 6, and Central Mountain went three and OH at the Heartland Duels Saturday defeating Williamsport 42-29, Shikellamy 51-20 and Shamokin 68-3, with Williamsport defeating Shamokin 60-15 and Shikellamy 39-34
Weekend HS Girls basketball
Montgomery bea Canton 49-26, North East Bradford over Muncy 52-49, Warrior Run over Montoursville 40-23, North-Penn Mansfield beat St. John Neumann 77-36, Jersey Shore over Saint Joe’s 56-43, Lewisburg beat Midd-West 39-27,
HS Boys Basketball
Sullivan County over Bucktail 86 to 43, Dubois over Central Mountain 54-35,
College Wrestling Clarion beat Lock Haven 20 to 16