Starting January 1st of 2017, the State of Pennsylvania will no longer issue vehicle registration stickers. Vehicle registrations will instead be renewed online. Vehicle owners will then have to print off and sign a paper copy of their registration. This paper copy will still need to be presented if pulled over by authorities and when you get your car inspected. Authorities will have access to the online database of registered vehicles to verify registration.
This move away from registration stickers was part of an act approved by the state legislature in 2013. By ceasing to send out registration stickers, the state is expecting to save over $1 Million.
Towanda Borough Police have identified the man who died as a result of a two-car crash on Route 220 in Towanda on Wednesday. 76-year-old Richard Wilcox of New Albany is said to have crossed into the oncoming lane of Route 220 between South Main Street and Patterson Boulevard. Wilcox’ vehicle crossed into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer carrying water. Wilcox was pronounced dead on scene. Authorities are still working to determine the cause of the accident.
The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced the election of a new President and Vice President to their board of officers. Aaron Amspacker has been elected as the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce’ new President. He is currently the CEO of The Grille, which is located in Sayre. Additionally, Meade Murtland has been elected as the chamber’s new Vice President. Murtland serves as a General Sales Manager in the Valley area. The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce promotes local businesses throughout our area.
The search for a missing Bradford County woman has expanded into Tioga County. The search for 31-year-old Michelle Inch has been ongoing for over a week. Inch was last seen on January 26th, and her car was found abandoned in Montoursville on the 28th.
Inch’s boyfriend, Michael Housewert, and another unidentified man are said to have broken into Inch’s parent’s home last Wednesday, tied them up, and set their house on fire. Inch’s parents managed to free themselves and escape safely. Authorities are using drones to canvas a three county area. If you have any information on Michelle Inch’s whereabouts, you are asked to contact your local authorities.
A man from Smithfield Township is behind bars on $100,000 bail after he has been accused of having sexual contact with a minor. 28-year-old Justin Sabin has been charged by Pennsylvania State Police after allegedly having sexual contact with a five-year-old female. He has since been arraigned and sent to the Bradford County Jail.
The death of an 8-week-old infant from Leroy Township has prompted state police in Towanda to conduct an investigation. The infant was taken to Troy Community Hospital on January 4th. He was later transferred to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville where he died on January 8th. Police have not released the cause of death at this time.
The Children’s Advocacy Center at the Children’s House in Towanda is the recent recipient of a grant from The Wal-Mart Foundation’s State Giving Program. The Wal-Mart Foundation chooses non-profit organizations from all over the United States for these grants. The grants range from $25,000 to $250,000. The Children’s House in Towanda seeks to help children who have been abused as well as their families with a wide range of services.
The Children’s House in Towanda has recently been accredited by the National Children’s Alliance. Accreditation is the National Children’s Alliance’ highest of ten honors it bestows upon child-focused organizations across the nation. The Children’s House in Towanda was bestowed this honor following an in-depth look at all of the services they offer. The Children’s House was started back in April of 1990, to give children a comfortable place to undergo forensic interviews. Since then, the organization has grown to offer many more services, all of which are free of charge.