FATAL PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT
A fatal pedestrian accident claimed the life of a Wyalusing man. State police reported the fatal accident occurred as 80-year-old Donald Allis was crossing CC Allis Road in Orwell Township yesterday morning just ahead of 8:00 am. Allis was pronounced dead on the scene. The accident remains under investigation.
UPGRADES AND IMPROVEMENTS
A much needed face-lift is in store for Lose Park on 1121 Memorial Avenue in Williamsport. The park, at just under 2 acres, has been chosen by Williamsport City Officials to receive grants that will add improvements. The grants, in the form of sealed bids are to be accepted electronically until next Friday, Feb 17 at 2 pm on PennBid. According to Williamsport City Engineer, Jon Sander, the park is set to include improvements, such as accessibility upgrades to the playground, basketball and even an inclusive play area. As reported by the SUN Gazette, with a price tag of $395,000, the cost is covered through a grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and a Community Development Block Grant.
There were tense moments as a hiker slipped on ice and fell, while walking his two dogs, through a rugged terrain just off of Route 44 yesterday afternoon. According to Waterville officials, crews from the Waterville, Jersey Shore, Avis, Lock Haven and Haneyville Fire Companies and personnel from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources braved the icy conditions over two hours to retrieve the hiker from the mountain and to an ambulance. A landing zone was created at the Watson Township Building and Life Flight flew him to UPMC in Williamsport. There are no current reports of his condition.
EXTENSION IN TIME APPROVED
Heim Hill plans were discussed on Tuesday night at the Loyalsock Township Board of Supervisors meeting. According to SUN Gazette, the supervisors approved an extension of time in order to re-introduce a subdivision and land development plan for upwards of 48 houses. Harkness Real Estate Partners LLC outlined plans for Loyalsock Township that included a housing development, subdivision to include a retail store and apartments.
The charge was driving under the influence from the driver seat of a Renovo Ambulance. Renovo Fire Chief Jim Risley allegedly responded to an ambulance call into Cameron County on Jan 26, while under the influence. According to therecordonline.com, state police in Emporium observed the ambulance as the driver committed multiple traffic violations: “A traffic stop was initiated. Upon further investigation, it was found that the driver was suspected of driving under the influence. It was also learned that there was a patient in the rear portion of the ambulance being tended to by the second association member when police made their traffic stop. In addition to the DUI charge, Risley was also charged with careless driving and three counts of reckless endangerment.
COVID CASES IN LOCAL COUNTIES
The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Wednesday reported new cases of COVID-19. Clinton County reported 38 new cases. Centre County added 77 cases and Lycoming County listed 58 new cases. There were 67 in Northumberland County, 34 in Union, 23 in Snyder and 18 in Montour County. Tioga County added 28.
MOVING TO TRIAL IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Homicide case moves on to trial, where Judge Paige Rosini, a Northumberland County Judge, found there was enough evidence to send a Mount Carmel woman to trial. Lisa Karlaza was accused by police of stabbing her husband to death during a July 4th altercation. According to the Daily Item, in addition to homicide, Karlaza is faces aggravated assault; possessing an instrument of crime, making false reports and simple assault; and a summary count of harassment. Karlaza remains an inmate at Northumberland County Jail in Coal Township. She is being held without bail.
FIRE IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY BUSINESS
A two alarm blaze tore through a commercial building along Route 405 in West Chillisquaque Township yesterday afternoon. Multiple fire companies from Union and Northumberland Counties battled the blaze that was reported just after 1 pm at Italian Terrace Restaurant. According to Fire Chief James Blount of William Cameron Engine Co. in Lewisburg, the building sustained “significant damage, ” but there were no injuries were reported. State Police Fire Marshal Trooper James Nizinski responded and was on scene for hours, as that investigation continues.
VISITATION POLICY CHANGES FOR LOCAL HOSPITALS
An updated Geisinger adult inpatient visitation policy changed Wednesday in response to the slow decline of COVID-19 cases, where two designated visitors are now allowed for adult inpatients. While patients are allowed to designate two visitors, only one will be allowed per patient in the hospital room at a time. These guidelines protect the health and safety of patients and staff, Geisinger officials said. Visiting hours are between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. All patients and visitors must wear a mask when on Geisinger property, regardless of vaccination status.
AID FOR PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOLS
Gov. Tom Wolf hit the road Wednesday to begin selling his proposal for what would be the largest-ever increase in aid for Pennsylvania’s public schools, several times over, as school officials digested the news and Republicans who control the Legislature warned that it will never happen. The money — just over $1.5 billion in new dollars for instruction and operations — is almost a quarter of what the state sends now under a public school funding system that critics say has left the poorest public schools, including ones with large minority student bodies, underfunded for decades. Wolf took his case to teachers and district officials in a news conference at Erie’s Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary School, while education groups said they hoped that lawmakers would at least approve close to what the Democrat requested in his budget proposal Tuesday.