Police Fire and Court

Former constables sue sheriff alleging protected speech violation

Two former constables recently filed a federal lawsuit alleging their former supervisor, Lycoming County Sheriff Mark Lusk, violated their constitutional right to free speech. Two other cases are in the county court. They include a declaratory judgment pending from a judge that may set case ...

Alleged drug deliveryman to await judge’s ruling

A federal court judge will decide whether a Galeton man was involved in a conspiracy to distribute oxycontin and fentanyl to users and sellers of heroin to buy more heroin. Chief U.S. Middle District Judge Christopher C. Conner will decide whether David Piaquadio is guilty following a two-day ...

‘Serious’ collision leaves one injured

Two vehicles crashed in a head-on collision around 7:55 p.m. Thursday at the 5600 block along Route 220 across from Henry’s BBQ. A silver Toyota Sienna, pictured, was traveling southbound on Route 220 and a black Ford Focus was traveling northbound while getting in the left lane to turn. The ...

Two face drug charges

After two people were taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon, members of Lycoming County’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit seized several pounds of marijuana and a large amount of suspected drug money at the couple’s South Williamsport home. The arrests of Cory Blee, 40, and Heather Longo, ...

Woman’s death remains under investigation

TROUT RUN - It will be several weeks before investigators are prepared to give a definitive cause of death on Kellie L. Hill, 54, of Trout Run, an apparent drowning victim, according to Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. Hill was found dead in her family’s pool on Route 14, ...

31 sentenced in Lycoming County

Thirty-one people recently were sentenced in Lycoming County Court. Two were sentenced to state prison. They are: • Anthony Potter, 27, of Jersey Shore, 24 to 60 months, 36 months probation, $1,000 fine, drug & alcohol assessment, DUI education, and 100 hours community service for ...

Police investigate gunfire on I-180

During some sort of disturbance early Saturday morning on Interstate 180 between Market Street and the Faxon interchange, a gun may have been fired from a vehicle, state police said Monday. “It is believed the disturbance involved gunfire from a dark sedan that was traveling east on ...

Kitchen fire leaves 5 homeless

Two DuBoistown firefighters entered 214 Gordon St. where a kitchen fire erupted about 2:45 p.m. Monday. Borough and Williamsport firefighters responded to the home and put out the fire, but not before flames from the stove spread to overhead cupboards. DuBoistown Police Chief Norm Hager arrived ...

12 charged with various crimes

Twelve people have been charged with various criminal offenses, according to court records. Those charged and the law enforcement agencies involved were: • Dakota Taylor, 24, of 912 Diamond St.; the county’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit; possession with intent to deliver cocaine and related ...

Man pleads guilty to theft

Francis Deter, 33, of Morris, pled guilty earlier this month to one count of theft before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley after state police agreed to drop a charge of receiving stolen property, according to court records. The charges stem from Deter stealing another man’s wallet at Sheetz, ...

Downed lines close Route 220 southbound

Top, it was slow-going for southbound motorists on Route 220 in Williamsport Thursday after a tractor-trailer truck snagged an overhead fiber optic cable that fell across both lanes just south of the Reach Road interchange, city police said. For nearly three hours, traffic was detoured at Reach ...

Eight charged for various crimes

Eight people have been charged with various criminal offenses, according to court records. Those charged and the law enforcement agencies involved were: • Mark Douthat, 39, of 1315 Cherry St.; city police; simple assault and harassment after allegedly slamming girlfriend Courtney Linn’s ...

Possible drowning under investigation

TROUT RUN — State police and the Lycoming County Coroner’s Office are investigating a possible drowning of a woman in her 50s who was found dead late Thursday afternoon in her family’s pool on Route 14, about four miles north of here, County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. confirmed. A ...

Woman injured in one of three recent accidents

Trisha Miller, 34, of Hughesville, was treated at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, for injuries she suffered when her 2014 Nissan Frontier crashed on Route 118, just west of L Harman Road in Moreland Township about 8:10 p.m. Monday, state police said. Miller was traveling west when she ...

Inmate overdoses on heroin she smuggled into facility

Upon returning from her work release site on April 29, inmate Jade Wilson allegedly smuggled four bags of heroin into the Lycoming County Prison’s pre-release center and then overdosed in her cell on two of the bags, investigators with the county’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit said in court ...

City porch fire extinguished quickly

City firefighters responded to this five-unit apartment building at West Fourth Street and Funston Avenue when a small fire broke out on the second-floor porch about 3 p.m. Wednesday. Light smoke was showing from the building when firefighters arrived. The fire was quickly extinguished and no ...

Two jailed on burglarizing local brewery

A former cleaning lady at the Bullfrog Brewery on West Fourth Street and her boyfriend have been jailed on charges of allegedly burglarizing the business three times this month and stealing money they used to support their drug addiction, city police said. Both Veronica Clements, 30, and ...

8 sentenced for various crimes in Tioga County

WELLSBORO — Eight individuals recently were sentenced in Tioga County Court. Sentenced to probation were: • Brian L. Padgett, 39, of Tioga, nine months and a $25 fine for simple assault. • Dustin M. Lockwood, 28, of Wellsboro, nine months and $820 restitution for criminal ...

Fugitive jailed after being forcibly removed from stream

MUNCY — A 26-year-old fugitive tried to get away from police on Friday night but was captured and taken into custody only after officers forcibly removed him from a stream, according to court records. As officers were surrounding the property, James Vanness II., attending a family gathering ...