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Jersey Shore bank robber gets state prison sentence

The Jersey Shore man who stuck up a bank and was found by U.S. Marshals hiding under his mother’s mobile home days later was sent back to state prison for over four years in a sentence handed down in Lycoming County Court. The official time Bryan N. Giacomi, 28, formerly of 404 Eden St., ...

Borough swears in newly elected and returning council members

DUBOISTOWN—Borough Council started the year out with the swearing in of newly elected and returning members along with former councilman and new mayor of the borough Norman J. Cowden at their meeting Thursday night. Council members sworn in by District Justice William C. Solomon were: ...

South Side council reorganizes

The South Williamsport Borough Council welcomed a former councilman back and swore in four for new terms at its reorganizational meeting Tuesday. Daniel A. Cupp will replace Henry Frey Jr. on council and as its representative on the safety committee. Frey’s term on council ended in 2017 ...

Bridge on Southard Road open to traffic

A new bridge on Southard Road in Gamble Township is open to traffic after the previous bridge was washed out during the October 2016 flash flood. According to the state Department of Transportation, the bridge spanning Murray Run still needs road reconstruction and final paving, which will ...

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Adam Yoder, of Williamsport, questions regulations on city sidewalks during a Town Hall Meeting on the city's sidewalks at City Hall Wednesday.

Costs vs. safety weighed for sidewalk repairs at city town hall

Get ready to spend a part of your budget on sidewalk repair, according to discussion Wednesday at a town hall meeting in City Hall. Some in the city will have to do just that since the city codes administration has announced inspections of sidewalks to begin in February or March, further ...

Man gets 32 to 65 years for rape of girls

A Jersey Shore man will spend at least three decades in a state prison for raping two girls over a span of years. The two girls were under 10 years old when Nathan Edward Shaffer, 33, started fondling them in 2001. The abuse escalated over the years to Shaffer molesting and raping them ...

Seeing her first winter weather, 9-month-old Roxie, eats snow off the ground of the public basketball courts at Forsyth Park, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Savannah, Ga. A brutal winter storm scattered a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain from normally balmy Florida up the Southeast seaboard Wednesday. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Sunoco gas pipeline shuts down construction

Pennsylvania environmental officials ordered Sunoco on Wednesday to halt construction of a natural gas pipeline across the southern part of the state, citing a series of spills and leaks of drilling fluid and other “egregious and willful violations” of state law that have plagued the $2.5 ...

Seeing her first winter weather, 9-month-old Roxie, eats snow off the ground of the public basketball courts at Forsyth Park, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Savannah, Ga. A brutal winter storm scattered a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain from normally balmy Florida up the Southeast seaboard Wednesday. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Winter storm slaps coastal South with most snow in nearly 3 decades

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A brutal winter storm smacked the coastal Southeast with a rare blast of snow and ice Wednesday, hitting parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina with their heaviest snowfall in nearly three decades. Forecasters warned that the same system could soon strengthen into a ...

Employee stole $60,000 from Faxon Lanes

A Muncy man admitted to stealing $60,000 from his employer, Faxon Lanes, over the course of three years after an audit proved money was missing from an account. Faxon Lanes owner Mehrdad J. Jahanshahi confronted the business manager of the 1225 River Ave. bowling alley when he noticed that ...

City Streets and Parks contract moving closer to acceptance

The City Council finance committee Wednesday gave a positive recommendation for a four-year contract with city union representing Streets and Parks Department employees. The contract calls for workers to contribute toward health insurance and creates a hybrid pension similar to a retirement ...

Council looks toward the river and at proposed union contract

More “River Town” designation news will be presented tonight to City Council. The city was identified as a River Town last year, meaning it is one of many along the Susquehanna River basin, a designation that can assist in economic growth, funding streams and tourism, according to Mayor ...

Fairfield water tank project nears completion

Construction on the Fairfield water tank is complete and the tank is ready to be filled and tested, Erin Threet, water and wastewater engineer, told the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority on Wednesday. She said the tank should be filled by the end of next week with water tightness ...

County coroner: Expect budget troubles

Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. has cautioned the county commissioners to “be prepared” for his office to exceed its budget — again, Commissioner Tony Mussare said on Tuesday. The high number of autopsies and toxicology reports required throughout 2017, especially due ...

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Lycoming County Judge Eric R. Linhardt, left, receives a calculator from Senior Judge Kenneth D. Brown, right, during Linhardt's swearing in ceremony Tuesday morning at the Lycoming County Courthouse.

New judge sworn in; DA’s office reorganizes

The past was remembered and the future embraced as former District Attorney Eric R. Linhardt was sworn in as judge Tuesday. The ceremony in the Lycoming County Courthouse was a brief special court session but hosted a courtroom packed with area attorneys, members of law enforcement and other ...

Newly-elected member joins council

City Council has a new face who said he was eager to get to work, while two familiar faces remain at the helm of the city’s legislative branch. Derek Slaughter was sworn in during council’s reorganization meeting Tuesday night at City Hall. Councilman Jonathan Williamson was nominated ...

Sidewalk inspections to be subject of town hall

Mayor Gabriel J. Campana is holding a town hall meeting tonight at 7 on the issues of sidewalks and diversity. The meeting is scheduled to be in the City Hall in the Sechler room on the second floor, according to Dee Reed, his executive secretary. Campana said he organized the first town ...

South Korea wants talks on Olympic cooperation

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Tuesday offered high-level talks with rival North Korea to find ways to cooperate on next month’s Winter Olympics in the South. Seoul’s quick proposal following a rare rapprochement overture from the North a day earlier offers the possibility of ...

School board approves personnel changes, field trips

The Williamsport Area School Board unanimously approved personnel changes and field trips during its meeting on Monday. Seth H. Decker, Brenda D. Winter, Tyler J. Farabaugh, Carol W. Porter and Kevin J. Harris were approved as substitute teachers for the after-school tutors for high school ...

Council selects leadership, changes curfew age

MUNCY — Borough Council elected a new council president and passed an amendment to the borough’s curfew ordinance at council’s biennial reorganization and the first regular meeting of the month, Monday night. Following the swearing in of newly-elected council member, Richard Umpstead ...

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Shyanne McKivison was hired as a part-time police officer with the Old Lycoming Township Police Department last month. McKivison is the first female officer in the department's history

New cop in Old Lycoming Township breaks barrier

Not only did Old Lycoming Township pass a no-tax-hike budget in December, the township also brought on board its first female police officer. Shyanne McKivison, a local resident and criminal justice major at Mansfield University, was hired as a part-time officer with the department and will be ...