Closing arguments in Columbia County murder trial

Clos­ing argu­ments were pre­sented in a Colum­bia County mur­der trial yes­ter­day. The jury in the trial of Maria Sanutti-Spencer could begin delib­er­at­ing as early as this morn­ing. Sanutti-Spencer is accused along with her father Rocco Franklin of gun­ning down her hus­band Frank Spencer out­side his Mil­lville home in 2012. Sanutti-Spencer’s defense says she was nowhere near the scene when the shoot­ing hap­pened. The pros­e­cu­tion believes they have enough evi­dence to con­vict the woman. Franklin Spencer remains in Argentina await­ing extra­di­tion back to the United States to face the charges.

Loch Haven’s 2016 budget

Lock Haven city coun­cil last night was pre­sented with a 2016 bud­get which does not con­tain a tax increase. The city had raised taxes this year by 16% in order to cover a deficit. City offi­cials say that the increase has helped to allow for a $130,000 dol­lar reserve which will be car­ried over into next year’s $10.6 mil­lion dol­lar bud­get. If things go as planned, the city should have about $93,000 dol­lars to carry over into 2017. Among the expenses increas­ing in the 2016 bud­get is the cost of health care for city employees.

Governor Tom Wolf welcomes Syrian refugees

An ever increas­ing num­ber of state gov­er­nors are threat­en­ing to halt efforts to allow Syr­ian refugees into their states in the after­math of the attacks in Paris. Here in Penn­syl­va­nia, Gov. Tom Wolf says his admin­is­tra­tion will con­tinue work­ing with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to reset­tle Syr­ian refugees in Penn­syl­va­nia. Pennsylvania’s Depart­ment of Human Ser­vices says 14 Syr­ian refugees have already arrived in the state.

President Obama heads to G-20 Summit

Pres­i­dent Obama heads out Sat­ur­day for the G-20 sum­mit in Turkey. National Secu­rity Adviser Susan Rice said ISIS and Syria will be on the agenda, along with global eco­nomic issues and cli­mate change. Russ­ian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin is expected to attend. Rice said no for­mal meet­ing is sched­uled with Pres­i­dent Obama, but the two lead­ers will have ample oppor­tu­nity to chat on the side­lines of the sum­mit. Obama and Putin have never enjoyed a warm rela­tion­ship. Next week, Pres­i­dent Obama will travel to the Philip­pines and Malaysia for sum­mits on eco­nomic coop­er­a­tion and trade.

Boil Water Advisory

Cus­tomers of the Mont­gomery Water Author­ity are reminded to con­tinue to boil their water until fur­ther notice. Offi­cials with the Author­ity say an issue at the reser­voir serv­ing the borough’s water sup­ply caused a drop in pres­sure. That issue has since been fixed, but offi­cials say that cus­tomers will have to boil their water until offi­cials can make sure that every­thing is okay with water pres­sure. Fresh water is avail­able for pub­lic use at the bor­ough garage on Henry Hand Drive.

Lewisburg woman arrested for scalding 2 year old son

A 20 year old Lewis­burg woman was ordered to stand trial yes­ter­day in the scald­ing of her 2 year old son. Hayle Hans is accused of forc­ing her son into a bath­tub filled with extremely hot water which caused sec­ond degree burns to the child’s body. The inci­dent hap­pened on August 25th when Hans report­edly became upset that the child had an acci­dent while potty train­ing. She allegedly filled the tub with hot scald­ing water and placed the boy in it, leav­ing for a cou­ple of min­utes and return­ing to find the skin on the boy’s legs peel­ing. She then together with her boyfriend game the boy a cool­ing bath and applied oint­ment but he had to be taken in for med­ical treat­ment six days later. Bail was set at $10,000 dollars.

Murder trial begins in Columbia County

A mur­der trial has begun in Colum­bia County. 50 year old Maria Sanutti-Spencer is charged with gun­ning down her for­mer hus­band Frank Spencer out­side his Mil­lville home in 2012. The trial began yes­ter­day with the defense dis­obey­ing a pre­trial order. Sev­eral warn­ings along with two vis­i­tors were taken form the gallery for dis­rupt­ing pro­ceed­ings and the pos­si­bil­ity of a mis­trial. Spencer’s father is also charged in the mur­der but is in Argentina await­ing extra­di­tion. The trial is expected to take about two weeks.

Proposed budget deal in the works

Could a bud­get deal finally be in the works in the state of Penn­syl­va­nia? It looks like Gov­er­nor Wolf will get his increase in school fund­ing as well as an increase in the state sales tax, but will not get a new tax imposed on the gas drilling indus­try. The repub­li­can leg­is­la­tors are report­edly mak­ing head­way to impose changes in the way the state pen­sion plan is admin­is­tered to future state and school employ­ees, but their plans to pri­va­tize the state liquor indus­try is still up in the air. Offi­cials say other bud­get details still need to be worked out.

Lycoming County vote count underway

The offi­cial vote count is under­way in Lycoming County. Offi­cials with the county’s office of voter reg­is­tra­tion began the task of offi­cially count­ing the bal­lots from Tuesday’s elec­tion on Fri­day and say they should be fin­ished up by this com­ing Fri­day. All votes will be counted includ­ing write-in votes that were cast across the county. The dead­line for absen­tee bal­lots from the mil­i­tary and other over­seas vot­ers is tomor­row, and those votes will be counted as well. The offi­cial win­ners will be named at the end of this week.

Michigan school shooting thwarted

An appar­ent school-shooting plot in Michi­gan has been stopped. Three teenagers were arrested and charged with allegedly plan­ning to carry out mass shoot­ings at a high school and mid­dle school in Lin­den. Police received infor­ma­tion about the pos­si­ble plan on Octo­ber 28th. The FBI joined in the inves­ti­ga­tion. The three teens are fac­ing felony charges of con­spir­acy to com­mit first-degree mur­der and false report or threat of terrorism.