AAA says gasoline prices should fall in September through the end of the year as people drive less and because refineries can produce a less expensive winter-blend gasoline. AAA expects gas prices nationally could decline another 10–20 cents per gallon by the end of October, barring any major refinery or overseas problems.
Consumers this week were paying the lowest average prices since late February. At $3.43, yesterday the average was about 16 cents per gallon cheaper than a year ago and the lowest average for the same day since 2010. The national average has remained under $3.50 per gallon for 31 consecutive days.
In Williamsport gas is at 3.35
An atheist was escorted out of a Florida city public meeting for refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, prompting outcry from secular organizations.
John Thoreau remained seated for both the opening invocation and Pledge during a meeting of the Winter Garden City Commissioners last week.
Winter Garden City Mayor John Rees said Thoreau had to either stand for the pledge or leave the meeting. In response to the mayor’s action, The Freedom From Religion Foundation has stepped in, sending a letter of protest, asking the mayor to make public statements at the next meeting, repudiating their behavior and recognizing the rights of citizens to remain seated for prayers and pledges that falsely claim we are ‘one nation under God.’” According to the Thoreau, The Mayor demanded that he stand for the pledge out of respect for the country and for troops serving overseas.
A Lycoming County Prison work-release inmate attempted to flee his assigned work crew early yesterday afternoon in a heavy wooded area of Armstrong Township. Rick Digan was part of a crew assigned to a county recycling truck when he fled into the woods along Mosquito Valley Road. He was captured within 90 minutes.
The Lycoming County Heroin Task Force held a public meeting last night at the Wheeland Center. They talked about the growing heroin problem, both locally and elsewhere, and they noted the rising use of prescription drugs. Law enforcement officials advised people to contact police if they observe suspicious activity such as frequent gatherings of people at a residence at different hours of the day.
State Police in Northumberland County are investigating the attempted killing of a correctional officer at a state prison. WNEP says it happened Sunday morning. An inmate put the officer in a choke hold in the prison yard, and tried to slash the officer’s neck with a weapon. The officer was able to fight him off, and was taken to a hospital… the inmate was taken to another correctional facility.
A Schuykill County jury this week found a Mahanoy City man guilty of setting a woman’s house on fire and trying to kill her. The incident happened in December of last year. 29 year old Joseph Yeich was accused of repeatedly hitting Elrena Gibson, throwing bleach in her face, then torching a pile of laundry that was next to her. The woman managed to escape. Yeich was convicted of charges including aggravated assault, causing a catastrophe, arson, criminal mischief, and recklessly endangering another person.
It looks like helping the less fortunate in San Antonio, Texas will now become a crime.
They’re calling them “Quality Of Life Crimes”. Today the San Antonio City Public Safety Committee is discussing a measure which will allow city police to ticket motorists who give money to those ‘cardboard sign panhandlers’ along a highway or street. City officials say the idea is to get the panhandlers to get off the streets and go somewhere else. However, an expert on homeless issues say the city should be doing exactly the opposite, saying, it looks like the ordinance is really criminalizing homeless people.
A man who was shot by Sunbury police was in court yesterday. Erick Trometter was shot by Sunbury’s acting police chief in July. He’s since recovered and is being charged with assaulting his grandmother. She says he punched her leg and kicked her multiple times in the face. Police say her face was black and blue and swollen. Trometter was shot, as police were trying to apprehend him in that incident.
The Lycoming County Rotary Clubs Balloonfest,and Air Show is coming to the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville on September 13th. The event is in it’s 9th year and offers, Balloon rides, helicopter rides Food vendors, crafters, exhibits, kids puppet ministry, strolling entertainment and so much more. No Pets ~ No firearms and No alcohol is allowed, but make sure to bring your lawn chair.
A Lycoming County woman is speaking out after she said a man punched her son in the face.
WBRE TV says, It happened last Tuesday as 11-year-old Gage Smith was walking home from a school bus stop in Williamsport. His mother Jennifer said Gage helped break up a fight between two other kids, and an uncle of one of those boys followed Gage home and punched him in the face. The name of the suspect is unknown at this time, but an arrest is pending.