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Plea made to increase state tourism funds

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With a state budget deadline looming, officials of many agencies heavily dependent on funding are hopeful they won’t see their dollars cut. Then there’s Carrie Lepore, deputy secretary for marketing, tourism and film at the state Department of Community and Economic ...

11 sentenced in Tioga County Court

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WELLSBORO – Eleven individuals recently were sentenced in Tioga County Court. Sentenced to Tioga County Prison were: • Donald Carr, 42, of Elkland, 24 to 60 months, a $100 fine for failure to register as a sex offender. • Sara C. McNamara, 31, of Wellsboro, 72 hours to 6 months and a ...

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SLIDESHOW: Cutters and fans kick off home opener

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The Williamsport Crosscutters home opener brought out local fans, city leaders and local politicians to swing in a new season at the newly renovated BB&T Ballpark at Bowman Field Tuesday evening. The park’s new look features new bullpens and dugouts, which have handicapped lifts ...

Wolf takes dim view of GOP’s budget-balancing strategies

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HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf poured cold water on leading ideas from Republican lawmakers Wednesday to patch up the state’s deficit-wracked finances as they wrestle with the state’s biggest cash shortfall since the recession. Wolf’s comments came as top Republican lawmakers ...

Crash victim Identified

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BARBOURS — The man injured Sunday morning when his car slammed into a utility pole two miles south of here on Route 87 was Joseph Bower, 22, of Muncy, who was treated at the UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center, state police said Wednesday night.

Pa. court ruling on police videos to be short-lived

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HARRISBURG (AP) — A lawmaker says legislation expected to reach Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk would nullify the effect of a day-old court ruling providing more public access to video from police dashboard cameras. Montgomery County Sen. Stewart Greenleaf said Wednesday he expects a final vote on ...

US officials underscore threat Russia posed to 2016 elections

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WASHINGTON — U.S. officials sought Wednesday to underscore for lawmakers the threat Russia posed to the 2016 vote for the White House, outlining efforts to hack into election systems in 21 states and to fill the internet with misinformation during a divisive campaign season. Officials ...

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: TUESDAY 10:48 a.m., criminal mischief, 2400 block of Trenton Avenue, Williamsport. 12:54 p.m., reckless/intoxicated driver, 27100 block of Interstate 180 East, ...

Animal welfare group fetes 150 years of helping

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania’s animal welfare agency is celebrating its 150th birthday, and one special gift it has received is new legislation strengthening laws against animal cruelty. The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals held a birthday party for itself ...

Authority mulls $1 million for new office space, parking meters

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Williamsport Parking Authority is a step closer to approving a $1 million loan for building a new office at the Trade and Transit Centre I building at West Third and Pine streets. On Wednesday, the authority took no action but discussed the loan and the financing package being arranged by ...

Supervisors accept tar and chip bid

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LINDEN — Woodward Township’s Board of Supervisors voted to accept a bid from Hammaker East Ltd. for tar and chip road work pending review to determine if there is anything out of line. Hammaker submitted the lowest bid at $64,469.03. In conjunction with this, the supervisors voted to ...

Williamsport Citizens for Home Rule

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In a letter published in Sunday's Sun Gazette, City Council members propose giving voters a choice of what form of government they want the City to adopt. But Council's proposed ballot question leaves out one important choice: a Home Rule Charter, which would enable voters a much fuller range ...

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local residents gather in the Trade and Transit Centre II 
building to discuss city government Tuesday evening.

Town hall: Informs, yields questions on city direction

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It was described by one city councilman as an “exercise in democracy.” About 30 individuals gathered inside the Trade and Transit Centre II building Tuesday night to listen and have their questions answered on a process underway in Williamsport. City Council sponsored the town hall as a ...

Drugs, firearm found in Rhodes Alley residence

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A Philadelphia man was charged with drug and firearms offenses Saturday after city police searched a residence he was living in on Rhodes Alley, a residence numerous other drug offenders are using, according to city police and federal authorities. Solomon N. Lawrence, 29, had his name ...

ACLU and local lawmakers debate body camera bill

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Local lawmakers back legislation passed by the state House of Representatives governing the police use of cameras, including body-worn cameras, that at least one group claims will severely limit the public’s access to video. “If this bill becomes law, as it appears it will, the ability of ...

7 face variety of charges in Lycoming County Court

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Seven people have been charged with various offenses, according to court records. Those charged and police departments involved were: • Crystal Rose Rook, 56, of 606 Fifth Ave.; city police; burglary and trespassing for allegedly entering Mary Mussare’s home at 722 Third Ave. and ...

Court rules in favor of access to police videos

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HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s highest court said Tuesday the public should have access to dash camera video footage unless the police agency can prove it amounts to criminal investigative material and may be redacted. The Supreme Court ruled 5-2 in favor of a lower-court decision granting ...

Man pleads guilty to pot possession

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Tyequan Omar Clevland, 19, of 600 Park Ave., has pleaded guilty to a Pennsylvania College of Technology police charge of possession of marijuana stemming from an incident in the 1000 block of Vine Avenue in the city on May 7. He made arrangements to pay $298 in fines and court costs ordered by ...

PA issues permits to 12 medical marijuana growers, 1 in Avis

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HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania on Tuesday awarded permits to 12 applicants to grow and process medical marijuana, a landmark as the state aims to make the drug available to patients sometime next year. One of the 12 permits to grow and process medical marijuana was awarded to Terrapin Investment ...

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: Friday 12:28 a.m., disturbance, 2000 block of West Fourth Street, Williamsport. 2:07 a.m., disturbance, 700 block of West Edwin Street, Williamsport. 8:42 ...