Senator Harry Reid to retire

Sen­ate Minor­ity Leader Harry Reid says he will retire from the Sen­ate at the end of his term next year. The long­time Nevada Demo­c­rat announced the deci­sion in a YouTube video mes­sage. Appear­ing with bruises on his face from a recent at-home exer­cis­ing acci­dent, 75 year old Reid said the injury has caused him and his fam­ily to have a “lit­tle down-time,” giv­ing him time to think about it.

Two year old shoots himself with handgun

A 2 year old boy was taken to the hos­pi­tal after shoot­ing him­self with a hand­gun. The inci­dent hap­pened at a home along Broad Street in Mon­toursville as the boy’s mother and her boyfriend were in another sec­tion of the house. The child was watch­ing tele­vi­sion down­stairs when he went upstairs into a bed­room, grabbed a loaded .45 cal­iber hand­gun and started play­ing with it. The gun went off shoot­ing him in the leg. He is expected to recover.

Road Construction

Start­ing on Mon­day, The Route 15 reconstruction/resurfacing project will begin between Third Street in Williamsport and the Foy Avenue Inter­change in Old Lycoming Town­ship. Traf­fic will be reduced to a sin­gle lane in both north and south­bound direc­tions. The right travel lanes will be closed and the left pass­ing lanes will remain open. Begin­ning on Tues­day, the south­bound on-ramp from Foy Avenue will be closed and will remain closed until June 1st. A detour will be in effect. Work on the entire project is expected to be com­pleted in October.

Garbage collectors charged with theft by deception

Williamsport Police said they will be charg­ing an alleged garbage con­trac­tor with theft by decep­tion. They say they have been tak­ing com­plaints from res­i­dents who say they are pay­ing to have garbage picked up and then the con­trac­tor is not return­ing for pick up after the pay­ment is made. They say they also have com­plaints of ille­gal dump­ing. Police say they have iden­ti­fied one of those alleged garbage con­trac­tors and are remind­ing res­i­dents to hire com­pe­tent garbage service.

Court hearing set for Obama’s Immigration action

A court hear­ing has been set for April 17 on whether a tem­po­rary hold on Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s immi­gra­tion exec­u­tive action should be lifted. The President’s exec­u­tive actions, which would per­mit as many as 5 mil­lion peo­ple who are in the U.S. ille­gally to remain here, were put on hold by a pre­lim­i­nary injunc­tion issued last month by a US Dis­trict court judge in Texas. The injunc­tion was issued at the request of a coali­tion of 26 states allege­ing the President’s action was unconstitutional.

PA man gets caught skipping jury duty

A Penn­syl­va­nia man who skipped out on jury duty 11 times in the last two years has been arrested inside a cour­t­house while seek­ing relief from a child sup­port rul­ing. The Judge told 32-year-old Owen Fazen­baker III on Mon­day that he found it “ironic” that Fazen­baker could find his way to court for that but not for jury duty. Fazen­baker promised to serve on future juries if the judge would not impose a $500 fine and 10 days in jail for each time he has missed jury duty. The (Som­er­set) Daily Amer­i­can reports that the judge said the Stoys­town man could avoid a seven-day jail term if he pays a $500 fine.

Debate over bad roads

Williamsport City Coun­cil­man Bill Hall who is cur­rently run­ning against mayor Cam­pana in the may­oral race, held a news con­fer­ence call­ing Cam­pana on the car­pet for his street repair record say­ing that tax­pay­ers should expect to get their money’s worth and that city streets are in bad con­di­tion. The Mayor coun­tered by say­ing that the city has gone through a cou­ple of bad win­ters, He said we will pave and repair at least 25 streets using $4 mil­lion of fund­ing sources. Demo­c­ra­tic can­di­date Emily Gale said she would like to do more research to find fund­ing sources to repair city streets.

Bloomsburg University Player kicked off team for tweet

A Blooms­burg Uni­ver­sity player has been kicked off the team after a vul­gar tweet aimed at Lit­tle League base­ball star Mo’ne Davis. It hap­pened Fri­day night when junior Joey Cas­sel­berry started Tweet­ing after find­ing out the Dis­ney Chan­nel plans to make a movie about the Lit­tle Lea­guer from Philly. At 13 years old, Mo’ne Davis became an overnight sen­sa­tion after she became the first girl to win a game and pitch a shutout in the Lit­tle League World Series. Mo’ne Davis, told Sports­Cen­ter today that she wrote an email to the school ask­ing offi­cials to rein­state Cas­sel­berry. Every­one makes mis­takes, Davis said. Every­one deserves a sec­ond chance.

Ted Cruz announces bid for Presidency

Ted Cruz is run­ning for pres­i­dent. The Texas Repub­li­can sen­a­tor sent a tweet after mid­night say­ing, “I’m run­ning for pres­i­dent and I hope to earn your sup­port!” Cruz mak­ing it off­i­cal dur­ing an announce­ment this morn­ing at Lib­erty Uni­ver­sity in Lynch­burg, Vir­ginia. Cruz promises to repeal the fed­eral health care law, Oba­macare, abol­ish the Inter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice and scrap the Edu­ca­tion Department.

Voters want fresh faces

Most vot­ers want the Demo­c­ra­tic Party to look for a fresh face to run for pres­i­dent in 2016. A new sur­vey from Ras­mussen found over half of likely U.S. vot­ers want some­one to run for pres­i­dent who hasn’t run before. As for Hillary Clin­ton, almost half of the likely vot­ers sur­veyed viewed the Demo­c­ra­tic pres­i­den­tial prospect unfa­vor­ably. How­ever, 57-percent of Democ­rats will not com­mit to some­one who has run before.