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Man guilty of 15 charges for assaulting 2 minors

Police, Fire & Court

A jury found a man from Jersey Shore guilty in Lycoming County Court Tuesday of over a dozen charges he received for molesting two female minors from between 2001 to 2008. Nathan Edward Shaffer, 32, formerly of 119 1/2 N. Broad St., was charged in 2014 with multiple counts of child rape, ...

Charges are filed against 11

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Eleven people have been charged with various criminal charges, according to court records. Those charged and the police departments involved were: • Stanley Erik Wheeler, 54, of 1195 Rose Valley Road, Cogan Station; aggravated assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants and related ...

East Lycoming adopts budget with 3.37-percent tax hike

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HUGHESVILLE — The East Lycoming School Board voted to adopt the 2017-18 proposed final general fund budget at its meeting Tuesday night. The $25,469,078 budget brings with it a 0.44-mill increase, which is 3.37 percent over last year’s millage and translates into homeowners paying $44 ...

Trump budget keeps pledges: Cuts for poor and more for military

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump fulfilled a major campaign promise Tuesday, proposing a $4.1 trillion budget plan that would upend Washington in a big way. But he drew rebukes, even from some Republican allies, for the plan’s jarring, politically unrealistic cuts to the social safety ...

Countywide police activities

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Following are complaints handled by police agencies in Lycoming County, as provided by the county Emergency Communications Center: MONDAY 12:52 a.m., disorderly conduct, 400 block of Lycoming Street, Williamsport. 8:21 a.m., disturbance, 300 block of Campbell Street, Williamsport. 8:41 ...

Tabled equipment purchases on agenda of commissioners

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A request for new equipment at the White Deer Golf Complex, which had been tabled at an earlier meeting, is on the agenda for approval at Thursday’s Lycoming County commissioners meeting. The commissioners will vote on approving the following purchases totaling $80,950: a Toro 300 gallon ...

Ballpark remains a work in progress

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BB&T Ballpark at Bowman Field can be summed up as a work in progress. The infield and outfield areas are bare, and seating areas remain under construction. The opening game for the Williamsport Crosscutters is just 27 days away, but officials like the way work is shaping up at the ...

Flooding is top concern for Jersey Shore, nearby townships

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Priorities ranging from flooding and bridge repairs to outdoor recreation and drug problems are included as part of a comprehensive plan for communities in western Lycoming County. Officials and residents from Jersey Shore as well as Porter, Piatt, Nippenose and Woodward townships attended a ...

Government fragmentation high priority

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MUNCY — Five priority issues including fragmentation of local government and lack of volunteerism and civic engagement are identified in the multi-municipal comprehensive plan for Montoursville and Muncy areas. Kurt Hausammann Jr., director, and Tom Krajewski, subdivision and land ...

Brownfield Coalition to meet, showcase grant benefits

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Lycoming County commissioners, the county’s environmental consulting firm and representatives from the city and Muncy Borough will hold an outreach meeting at 10:30 a.m. June 7 in the Community Room of the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave. The meeting will focus on the final environmental ...

Route 118 issue concern in Hughesville

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HUGHESVILLE — Meeting in their newly remodeling conference room Monday night, Hughesville Borough Council discussed some of the problems arising from Route 118 in the borough. One major concern expressed by some council members is that people travelling in the area of the construction are ...

WASD approves personnel changes

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The Williamsport Area School Board unanimously approved a number of personnel changes during its meeting on Tuesday. Fifteen teachers were OK’d to teach online high school summer school effective June 12 through Aug. 4 as needed at the rate of $180 per student enrolled. They are: Michael A. ...

City to wait for gas impact fees to pay for Grafius Run study

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The city doesn’t have enough money to pay for a flood-reduction project of Grafius Run without first receiving natural gas impact fees to pay the company to start the work by July 1. The study to be done by Rettew Associates is estimated to cost $64,000, according to discussion at the city ...

Bike path map going before City Council

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City Council’s public works committee liked what it saw in the form of a draft of the bicycle path map. The path predominately covers East and West Third streets, but also includes connections from Brandon Park into the downtown and links to the Susquehanna River Walk. Councilman Clifford ...

U.S. health care bill

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Once again I must take issue with a Sun-Gazette editorial in your Monday edition. The editorial stated the U.S. House of Representative’s bill on health care is an imperfect and unfinished bill. If so, why was it brought up to the floor for a vote? As House Republicans along with Trump ...

Overplayed

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President Trump doesn’t display white guilt, he doesn’t feel male guilt or American guilt, and he doesn’t refer to America’s history of slavery, Indian wars, or Jim Crow days. He never refers to America’s original sin of racism and he believes all lives matter. The progressive ...

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A man portraying a gunman holds a hostage at gunpoint as he leaves the building while being watched by a member of the Lycoming County Special Response Team during a drill by the hostage negotiation team at the former Bayard Plant in Old Lycoming Township in this Nov. 23, 2016, photo.

Trained officers ready for the worst

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A gunman opens fire in an area school. Within seconds, the Lycoming County 911 Center receives frantic calls and a specialized unit of police officers responds. The horrifying scenario is exactly the type of incident for which a group of police officers trains and prepares throughout the ...

Man pleads guilty to hit-and-run

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Richard Earl Piger III pleaded guilty Friday to charges filed against him after he hit a motorcyclist and left the scene on Oct. 19, 2016. Piger, 34, of 148 Alexis Drive in Loyalsock Township, pleaded guilty to an crash involving injury or death and reckless endangerment of another person for ...