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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.