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Police: Man waited 4 days to call after woman died in hotel

A homeless man staying at an Old Lycoming Township motel faces a charge of abuse of a corpse for allegedly waiting four days to call authorities after a 34-year-old woman who had been staying with him died in his room, according to township police. John Cobb Jr, 59, out on supervised bail ...

Jeff Sessions pushed out after a year of attacks from Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out Wednesday after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump, who inserted in his place a Republican Party loyalist with authority to oversee the remainder of the special counsel’s ...

Democrats take back House in voting surge

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats took back the House with a surge of fresh new candidates and an outpouring of voter enthusiasm Tuesday, breaking the GOP’s monopoly on power in Washington and setting the stage for a multitude of investigations of President Donald Trump that could engulf his ...

Borowicz takes House seat from incumbent

Stephanie Borowicz has turned the 76th Legislative District seat in the House of Representatives to Republican for the first time in some three decades. The second-time candidate defeated Democrat Mike Hanna Jr. by a relatively sizeable margin Tuesday, wrestling away the seat held by Mike ...

Local incumbents plan for year ahead

Having secured re-election to state House seats, a pair of local lawmakers are eager to get back to work on the budget and other legislative issues. “I’m looking forward to the next term and being a committee chairman and getting things done,” state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, ...

Council to consider abatement for development

City Council is expected tonight to look at benefits of an expanded seven-year commercial Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance ordinance. The tax abatement program must receive city, and either Lycoming County or Williamsport Area School District approval to go into effect, said ...

Heavy showing for strong mayor in city

Williamsport’s voters spoke at the polls Tuesday by keeping a strong mayor-council form of government in place, according to unofficial results of the Lycoming County Board of Elections. Unofficially, the two referendums, one for a council-manager under optional charter, one for ...

Marino defeats Friedenberg with easy win

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, captured nearly all the counties of the 12th Congressional District to defeat Democrat Marc Friedenberg Tuesday. With 90 percent of the votes in, Marino grabbed 67.5 percent of all ballots cast, according to unofficial results. In his home county of ...

Everett, Wheeland win in landslide

Both Republican members of the state House representing local districts were re-elected in Tuesday’s general election. State Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, grabbed just under 80 percentage of the votes to defeat Democratic opponent Linda Sosniak for the 84th House seat. State Rep. Jeff ...

Governor, Senate, open House seats lead ballots

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania voters will be in the middle of the national political picture when they cast ballots Tuesday, but many will undoubtedly also have issues closer to home on their mind as they consider contests for governor and state legislative seats. At the top of the ballot, ...

Woman’s 911 call shows frantic scene after child found in hot car

A frantic 911 call was played in court on day two of the homicide trial for a woman accused of leaving a 4-year-old girl in a hot car two years ago. “I went to work and she’s still in my car,” jurors heard Brittany Borgess telling a 911 dispatcher on a tape of the emergency call she ...

Parade, events on veterans’ weekend in region

The annual Lycoming County Veterans Day Parade is set to kick off at 2 p.m. Saturday in Hughesville. The parade highlights a number of veterans activities throughout the area over the next week. The event will include local veterans organizations as well as high school bands and other ...

Trial begins for death of child left in hot car

What began as a normal day in July 2016, ended with the death of 4-year-old Samaria Motyka, Brittany Borgess told investigators in a taped interview presented on the first day of her trial Monday. “I’m actually notoriously late for everything, so it was a normal day,” Borgess told ...

South Side mulls upping security checks on helpers

Volunteers at South Williamsport Area School District soon will face more stringent background checks following the school board meeting Monday evening. The changes, which will become official after the second reading planned for Dec. 3, require potential helpers and assistants to file an ...

More protection: UN says Earth’s ozone layer is healing

WASHINGTON — Earth’s protective ozone layer is finally healing from damage caused by aerosol sprays and coolants, a new United Nations report said. The ozone layer had been thinning since the late 1970s. Scientists raised the alarm and ozone-depleting chemicals were phased out ...

City bathhouse, park renovation seen as recreational opportunity

Shaw Place Park’s bathhouse could become a destination for those seeking recreational indoor activities. The city administration has a plan to renovate the bathhouse next year, according to Mayor Gabriel J. Campana. On Monday, the Williamsport Recreation Commission discussed how, if there ...

Blues beats blast out at annual fundraiser

Twenty-five local musicians performed at Fall into the Blues Saturday at the Genetti Hotel, leading the nearly 250-strong audience in an exploration of the blues varieties as The Billtown Blues Association announced the biggest change to the festival in its nearly 30-year history. Baby ...

Wet weather expected for Election Day

The early part of this week will be a damp one for area residents, including those heading out to the polls to vote on Election Day. The National Weather Service is forecasting a break from the rain at mid-week before a possible return of more precipitation by Friday. Today is expected to ...

Hamilton Club remembered, returned to glory days

MORRIS RUN — The once-popular former private Hamilton Club is being restored to its property by Raymond “Ray” Montchal, of Hershey, owner of the property. The Hamilton Club once was a home, restaurant and popular private club. The property was first established in 1865 by Winfield Scott ...

Candles shine for victims of shooting at local vigil

Eleven candles burned brightly inside Ohev Sholom on Cherry Street Saturday night — symbols of light amidst the darkness of the recent days. The candles represented the lives claimed a week ago by an alleged shooter in a mass shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue. One by one, 11 ...