AAA Gas Prices

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

Atheist kicked out of Commissioners meeting

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.

Inmate attempts to flee work release

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.

Lycoming County Heroin Task Force

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.

Correctional officer hurt in prison attack

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.

Man convicted for trying to kill woman

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.

Quality of Life crimes in San Antonio Texas

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.

Man shot by Sunbury Police is charged

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.

Lycoming County Balloon Festival and Air Show

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.

Boy assaulted at bus stop

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.