Commissioners approve grant application for victim/witness job

Lycoming County commissioners approved a grant application of $114,959 to fund the salary of an adult victim/witness services coordinator for two years.

The Victim/Witness Services Program reaches out to crime victims in a number of ways, including helping to alleviate personal trauma, guiding them through the court process, offering crisis intervention, and providing referrals to counseling and community services.

The program is mandated by the state.

The grant now goes to the state Commission on Crime and Delinquency for final approval.

In other action, commissioners approved a professional service agreement with attorney Jeffrey Lowe to represent Tyrell Boyd, 22, of Philadelphia.

Boyd is accused in the July 20 shooting death of Ansari Wilson in Williamsport.

The commissioners officially proclaimed September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Cathy Prowant, of Duboistown, and Heath Heller, of Cogan Station, told the commissioners that more funding and research for childhood cancer is needed.

Prowant, the grandmother of a child now free of cancer, reported that some 13,500 children are diagnosed each year with the disease.

“It amazes me that we can’t get more awareness and funding for children,” Heller added.

Heller, the father of a daughter who recovered from cancer, said every day 46 children are diagnosed with the disease.