County fugitive captured

A former Lycoming County man convicted here 13 years ago of indecent assault was on the run for more than two years until he was nabbed Friday in Wisconsin, according to U.S. Marshal Martin Pane.

Law enforcement has been looking for Chester Bowers, 42, formerly of Linden, since December 2010 when he failed to register as a convicted sex offender with the Pennsylvania State Police.

When he was convicted in Lycoming County in March 2000, Bowers was required to register under the state’s Megan’s Law for the rest of his life, Pane said.

Upon his failing to maintain his registration requirements, Bowers was listed as one of the state police’s most wanted fugitive sex offenders.

Earlier this year, it was learned that Bowers had stolen the identity of a former roommate and was using it in Kentucky and Wisconsin, Pane said.

Last week investigators tracked Bowers to West Allis, Wis., Pane said. With the help of local police, Bowers was taken into custody

“Bowers identified himself initially with the stolen identification, but eventually admitted his true name,” Pane said. He will be extradited back to Pennsylvania.