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Area man arrested for assault of 11-year-old

A Montgomery area man was arrested on charges related to the alleged rape of an 11-year-old. Michael Eugene Sweet, 46, allegedly raped an 11-year-old in the area several times over the course of an unknown period, however most recently on Jan. 31, according to an affidavit filed by ...

3 charges of rape advance, others tossed

After hearing 30 minutes of testimony, a district judge just tossed out nearly 40 percent of the state police charges against Bruce Stuart. But District Judge Gary Whiteman ruled there was sufficient evidence to hold Stuart, who turns 60 on Thursday, on the remaining 66 of 108 charges that ...

Gas driller backs off demand to have landowner thrown in jail

MONTROSE — A gas driller backed off its demand Monday to have a Pennsylvania homeowner thrown in jail after he agreed to talk to the company’s lawyers next month. Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. contends Dimock resident Ray Kemble and his former lawyers tried to extort the ...

State lawmaker eyes U.S. House seat

State Rep. Fred Keller, R-Mifflinburg, has announced he is seeking the Republican nomination for the 12th congressional seat, which includes Lycoming County. Keller, 53, has represented Union and Snyder counties in the state House of Representatives for the past nine years. While serving ...

Forecaster: A break in the cold will bring a rainy week

As the arctic vortex recedes, residents can expect much warmer weather throughout the majority of the week with likely rains before a dip back to more typical winter temperatures by the weekend. “The part of the polar vortex that was over Canada has moved eastward and is no longer ...

County creates new positions; city accepts money toward bandshell work

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week: Federal • The House voted 259-161 to approve the Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act. U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard voted no. State • The House voted 199-0 to approved a ...

New leadership wants police to interact with public

he new city police administration want people of Williamsport to focus more on their officers. “It’s your police department,” said Damon Hagan, city police chief as of Jan. 14. His counterpart, Aaron LeVan, assistant chief, has a similar philosophy. “We want our officers to get ...

Chief reports violent crime down

Some violent crime rates in the city have dropped over the past two years. “We have seen a nominal decrease in violent crime from 2017 to end of 2018,” Damon R. Hagan, city police chief, told the City Council public safety committee on Tuesday. Overall, violent crime rates have dropped ...

Misleading claims dog noncitizen voter search

HARRISBURG — Two Pennsylvania state lawmakers are making a disputed claim in a long-running, and possibly futile, effort by elections officials to determine how many non-U.S. citizens had registered to vote over the years. On Tuesday, the lawmakers, Republican state Reps. Daryl Metcalfe and ...

Parents of pledge sue frat members

HARRISBURG — The parents of a Penn State sophomore who died two years ago after a night of drinking and hazing have sued 28 members of a shuttered fraternity and a security company hired to help enforce alcohol regulations. Lawyers for Tim Piazza’s parents announced the federal wrongful ...

Phil doesn’t see shadow, predicting early spring

PUNXSUTAWNEY (AP) — It may be hard to believe as a large swath of the U.S. thaws out from a bitter polar vortex, but spring is coming early, according to handlers for some of the country’s most famous prognosticating groundhogs. Just before 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Punxsutawney Phil emerged ...

Thomas Byrne: ‘It was good for me’

Thomas “Red” Byrne may no longer be a young man, but he still appears every bit the U.S. Marine. Husky and fit, Byrne, 85, recalled his days serving as a young Marine more than 60 years ago. From 1953 to 1956, Byrne served as a telephone lineman overseas and stateside. “I kept the ...

Majority of city workers want option to live outside of Billtown

More than 100 city employees taking an online survey distributed by officials at City Hall say they don’t want to be required to live in the city. With 102 employees responding, about 42 percent of city workers weighed in, said Megan Dayhoff, city human resources director. The report was ...

Will Phil see shadow?

Meteorologists expect temperatures to rise dramatically in the next five days with clouds and some precipitation later on in the week; however this does not seem to affect their cold disposition towards Punxsutawney Phil, who many expect to give an accurate forecast today. For many, the best ...

County office tallies $36.6 million in 2018 collections

The Lycoming County Central Collections Office was able to bring in about $36.6 million in taxes, delinquent taxes and criminal costs and fines in 2018, said Thomas D. Heap, assessment and tax claim director. Heap provided data on the office’s receipts for 2018 to the commissioners Thursday ...

Commissioners create 2 new county positions

The Lycoming County commissioners unanimously approved the creation of two new positions Thursday morning: one public defender in the courts and one bail release officer in the prison. The public defender position, to be assumed later this month by Nicole J. Spring, a county employee for ...

Students nominate Hellbender as state amphibian

The state of Pennsylvania is one step closer to having an official state amphibian, with local students playing a key role in the passage of the bill to make it happen. Recently, the Senate State Government Committee, chaired by Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon, unanimously approved Senate Bill ...

Levee plan grows complicated

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday that he will ask Pennsylvania lawmakers to approve a severance tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas production to finance a multibillion-dollar capital plan for a wide range of projects, from controlling floodwaters to fighting blight. Wolf, a ...

Yaw addresses opioids, other issues

State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, said he could support a severance tax but not if it meant doing away with an impact fee already imposed on drilling. Yaw, speaking with the Sun-Gazette editorial board Thursday, also addressed the opioid epidemic, property tax reassessment, education ...