Corrections officer allegedly hindered capture of fugitive

MUNCY – A corrections officer at the state Correctional Institution at Muncy surrendered Tuesday afternoon to face a misdemeanor charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution for housing her son even though she allegedly was aware that he was a fugitive, according to state police.

Rebecca Smith, 42, a resident of Lycoming County, turned herself in at the office of District Judge Jon E. Kemp to face a charge that stems from her allowing her son, Jesse Alan James Bean, to stay at her house between late January and March 25 after she had been told that an arrest warrant had been filed for him.

Bean, whose age was not available, was taken into custody on March 25 at his mother’s home. He is charged in connection with a burglary that occurred at Lycoming Supply on Beeber Street in the city between December 2012 and January 2013, state police said.

In the burglary, scrap metal was stolen from the company’s warehouse, which actually is in Loyalsock Township, police said. Following her arraignment, Smith was released on $50,000 bail.