AMISH WEDDDING GUESTS ESCAPE BURNING VAN ON I-180
Over 50 Amish passengers and the driver of a travel bus all escaped serious injuries after the vehicle they were using caught fire Thursday morning off of I-180 in Muncy Township. According to the Gazette, the group was heading to a wedding in New York State at about 4am and the driver exited at the Lycoming Mall Road to check a problem since he smelled smoke. After the occupants of the vehicle got off the bus, it was discovered that the brakes we on fire which spread to other parts of the bus. Muncy Fire authorities arrived to the whole bus on fire and took about 30 minutes to extinguish it. Passengers were sheltered temporarily by first responders from UPMC Williamsport, but then the group was able to continue to their destination when another bus arrived.
BALLOTS MISSING DATES ON OUTSIDE ENVELOPE TO BE COUNTED
A judge in Harrisburg ruled Tuesday that mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania without accurate handwritten dates on their exterior envelopes must still be counted if they are received in time. According to PennLive, U.S. District Judge Susan Paradise Baxter a Pres. Trump appointee, sided with the American Civil Liberties Union, which argued that refusing to count such ballots violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964, that says immaterial errors or omissions should not be used to prevent voting. The GOP has repeatedly fought in court to get such ballots thrown out.
NEW TRAFFIC LIGHT FUNCTIONAL
There is a newly installed traffic signal at Fairfield Road and Brushy Ridge which has been fully activated this week after being in flashing mode only. Penn DOT recommends motorists drive with caution in the area while drivers get accustomed to the newly installed signal. The traffic signal work at this intersection is part of a multi-year project that will reconstruct Fairfield Road from the intersection with Lycoming Mall Drive up to the Interstate 180 eastbound off ramp and will replace the structure carrying Lycoming Mall Drive over Bennetts Run.
DEER SEASON STARTS SATURDAY
Statewide firearms bear season that started on November 18th, ended Friday. According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the state’s north central region usually leads the state in bear harvests. In 2022 the county with the highest number of bear taken was Tioga County with 187 and Lycoming coming in next at 152 with a limit of one bear per hunter during a licensed year. Pennsylvania’s statewide firearms deer season starts tomorrow. Go to pgc.pa.gov for information.
FATHER DOESN’T SEEK MEDICAL CARE AFTER JUVENILE SON IS SHOT
A father from Hepburn Township is facing child endangerment charges after one of his two juvenile sons shot the other in the buttocks October 14th and the man didn’t seek medical care for him. According to the Sun Gazette, Lycoming Regional Police say when the 7 year old boy fired the non life-threatening shot and struck the 11 year old, 35 year old Mark Anthony Dunlap Sr., refused him care and ordered the boys not to tell authorities about what really happened. After the injured boy was absent from school for a few days, kept from returning to the care of their mother, then discovered to have a bleeding wound by the school nurse, the boys told police the truth. The 11 year old was treated November 5th at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for the gunshot wound that still had bullet fragments in it. Dunlap admitted his role in the felony and was arraigned. He posted 10 thousand dollars bail.
INJURY ACCIDENT NEAR ELYSBURG
There was an accident near Elysburg Tuesday that sent two people to the hospital. According to the Press-Enterprise, the two drivers were injured when they collided on Route 487 between Elysburg and Paxinos, which closed the roadway for about an hour. The wreck was reported near Industrial Park Road and there were reports of a dog that got loose from one of the vehicles around 1:30pm, but fire personnel caught the dog and kept him safe. Ralpho Township police are investigating the crash.
MUNCY HIGH SCHOOL HOLDING COMMUNITY CLOSET DAY
Community Closet Day is coming to Muncy December 2nd and Muncy High School Students are asking for help with their annual service project this year. According to North Central PA dot com, the high school’s FBLA club works to support underprivileged community members by providing access to free, quality clothing through organized community donations. The event is free and open to the public who can bring new or lightly used clothing in clean condition to the Ward L. Myers Elementary School gymnasium at125 New Street in Muncy December 2nd from 9am til noon.
SUNBURY CITY BAND TO PLAY FREE CONCERT
The annual holiday concert performed by the Sunbury City Band is coming up December 3rd. The free concert will be at Zion Lutheran Church on the corner of Market and Fifth streets in Sunbury and will feature traditional holiday and Christmas tunes presented through sacred, classical, popular and jazz genres. The Sunbury City band will also perform today at the Sunbury Litefest .
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