Police Fire and Court

Man sentenced to life without parole

By CARA MORNINGSTARcmorningstar@sungazette.comRashawn J. Williams, 34, formerly of Philadelphia, was sentenced Thursday to life without parole in state prison for first-degree murder and other charges in connection with a downtown shooting nearly two years ago.County Judge Marc F. Lovecchio ...

Authorities seek help in finding missing man, 62, from Milton

Authorities are asking the public's help in locating 62-year-old Milton resident Martin "Marty" B. Golder III, who has been missing for more than a week and could be in the Williamsport area.Police are concerned about his safety and well-being.Saying "goodbye to his family," Golder left his ...

7 individuals are charged with various offenses

Seven people have been charged with various offenses, according to court records. Those charged and the police departments involved were: Eugene Allen Clay, 25, of 809 Elmira St.; city police; burglary, felony trespassing, simple assault and harassment for allegedly breaking into Janie Baynes' ...

Drug-related charges are dropped against Calif. man

In a plea agreement before District Judge Christian Frey, all drug-related charges against Jason Dean Webb were dropped after the 43-year-old Carolotta, California, man pleaded guilty to a city police charge of public drunkenness.Police withdrew charges of possession of LSD, possession of ...

10 are sentenced in Tioga County Court

Ten people recently were sentenced in Tioga County Court.Sentenced to probation were: Mason Cary, nine months for driving while license suspended. Jess Taylor, 12 months for driving while license suspended. David Wheeler, 12 months for driving while license suspended. Terry Thompson, nine ...

2 are charged in Tioga County

Charged recently in district court in Tioga County were: Jason Thomas Smith, 45, of Galeton; state police at Mansfield; false statement to law enforcement while trying to purchase a rifle at Ziggy's Custom Barrels and Guns in Gaines Township on Nov. 18, 2015. Smith had prior offenses that he ...

Philadelphia man sentenced for possession of 50 bags of heroin

By CARA MORNINGSTARcmorningstar@sungazette.comJoseph C. Cason, 29, of Philadelphia, was sentenced Wednesday in Lycoming County Court for possession with intent to deliver 50 bags of heroin.Judge Marc F. Lovecchio sentenced Cason with 12 to 36 months in state prison with credit for time ...

23 motorists face DUI-related charges

Twenty-three motorists have been charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants or controlled substances. Francis S. Johannes, 52, of Fogelsville; city police at West Third and Pine streets on March 17. William Jamie Mundell III, 27, of 2757 Lycoming Creek Road; Old Lycoming Township ...

Area man dies when pickup truck hits tree

HUGHESVILLE - A Muncy Valley area elderly man was killed Tuesday afternoon when he lost control of his 2002 GMC pickup truck and crashed into a tree on Beaver Lake Road, about 5 miles west of his home, according to state police.James F. Artley, 75, of 9081 Beaver Lake Road, was pronounced dead ...

Bullets prompt lockdown at Lehigh Valley school

EMMAUS (AP) - Officials say an eastern Pennsylvania high school was placed on lockdown after two bullets were found in a bathroom, but authorities determined that they were left by someone who hoped to cause an early dismissal.Emmaus High School said the two .22-caliber bullets were found ...

8 charged with variety of crimes

Eight people have been charged with various criminal offenses, according to court records. Those charged and the police departments involved were: Shelby I. Dixon, 21, of 46 Marvin Circle; Muncy Township; felony shoplifting for allegedly stealing $1,792 worth of merchandise from Rue 21 at the ...

Police withdraw charges against Jersey Shore man

JERSEY SHORE - Tiadaghton Valley Regional police have withdrawn charges of theft and receiving stolen property against Derek John Puzak, 22, of 307 Allegheny St.The charges stem from allegations that came about after Puzak allegedly stole a stroller owned by Dakota Chambers from a porch in the ...

2 burglaries alleged at First Fork Road cabin

JERSEY SHORE - A cabin on First Fork Road in Mifflin Township was the scene of two separate crimes, according to state police.Joseph Charles Harrington, no age listed, of 117 E. Summit St., Avis, has been charged with burglary, felony trespassing and theft for allegedly stealing a case of beer ...

9 accused of variety of drug-related charges

Nine people have been charged with various drug offenses. Those charged and the police departments involved were: Victoria L. Rowe, 34, of Cresco; city police; possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia in the 600 block of Washington Boulevard on April 26; released on $2,500 bail. Marshall ...

Trial opens in killing of Pittsburgh sisters

PITTSBURGH (AP) - DNA and video surveillance evidence strongly suggest a Pittsburgh man killed his neighbors, who were both sisters of an Iowa state lawmaker, a prosecutor said Monday as the double-murder trial began.But a defense attorney contended the suspect, Allen Wade, 45, is the victim of ...

36 sentenced in Lycoming County Court

Thirty-six individuals recently were sentenced at the Lycoming County Courthouse, according to court documents.Seven were sentenced to state prison. They are: Donald L. Smith, 35, county prison, 24 months to 60 months with credit for conspiracy possession with intent to deliver, possession with ...

Dismissal of charges against ex-PSU officials to stand

HARRISBURG (AP) - Prosecutors said Friday they will not appeal a ruling that threw out some of the most serious criminal charges against three former Penn State administrators related to their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.The attorney general's office announced it ...

Former Rendell aide pleading guilty in campaign cash sting

HARRISBURG (AP) - A onetime chief of staff to former Gov. Ed Rendell agreed in a court document filed Friday to plead guilty to wire fraud for pocketing thousands of dollars from a fake company set up by the FBI to investigate public corruption in Pennsylvania.John H. Estey collected $20,000 ...

11 accused of variety of criminal offenses

Eleven people have been charged with various offenses, according to court records. Those charged and the police departments involved were: Sarah Elizabeth Baier, 29, of 2416 Grand St.; city police; felony shoplifting after she was caught allegedly trying to steal $55 worth of merchandise from ...

Ex-cop jailed over locked computer in child-porn probe

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A former Philadelphia police sergeant has spent seven months in solitary confinement after being held in contempt for failing to unlock his computers in a child-porn investigation.Computer privacy advocates argue that authorities have no right to force Francis Rawls to ...