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Federal government: City becoming ‘source’ for heroin

October 11, 2013

Hours after a police captain said Williamsport was a source city for heroin, City Council continued to debate whether it would approve a city rental ordinance holding landlords accountable for their......

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JustSomeGuy

Oct-11-13 5:26 AM

The article references Captain Miller mentioning "a federal law enforcement source." Would have been nice if Mr. Maroney would have pressed the captain to mention that source.

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LeisureSuitLarry

Oct-11-13 5:27 AM

Welcome to Williamsport - Birthplace of Little League Baseball... oh and major ****** source to the Mid-Atlantic region. Please enjoy your visit.

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LeisureSuitLarry

Oct-11-13 5:28 AM

why is H E R O I N a banned word?

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MrShaman

Oct-11-13 5:33 AM

If a local police-captain insists some "federal law enforcement source" has designated Williamsport a "source city for ******"...and, you automatically believe him...ya' gotta be a T-Bagger!!!

I'm guessing our (actual) "source city" is a "little" closer to Afghanistan, somewhere...and, who'd know that, BETTER, than some "federal law enforcement source" (especially one that's a "little" concerned about his/her job-security).

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MrShaman

Oct-11-13 5:42 AM

"why is H E R O I N a banned word?" - LeisureSuitLarry

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I guess it's always possible someone (at the S-G) is into the soul-saving business, and assumes...uttering (and/or viewing) such "evil" terminology has the potential to initiate spontaneous-combustion.

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djzlucky

Oct-11-13 6:53 AM

Williamsport may or may not be the source city for smack, bit it's undeniably the source city for shoddy reporting. 16 sentences to report a meeting that went on past midnight? No attributing the "federal" source quoted in the headline? C'mon man!

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streetmachine

Oct-11-13 6:56 AM

"The murderers are coming here and they are staying with someone," gas workers and drug dealers can aford to live here every one else is leaving town because of it lower the rents good people will stay use your heads

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eriklatranyi

Oct-11-13 7:07 AM

So, some drug supplier comes to Williamsport and stays with a dealer for a few days and leaves.

How is this rental ordinance going to make either one of those people report who stayed in the apartment for 2 nights?

These are hard-core drug dealing murderers and the city thinks they will obey some local ordinance.

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spike2

Oct-11-13 7:24 AM

Let's all pretend the problem is smaller than it is. Let's all pretend those who comment and live outside the city know,anything about what happens in town. Exspect additional comments from either BNI. Drug dealers stay more than two days. Stop blaming everyone but ourselves . No one has a better suggestion . No one is going to pay to double the police force . Should we accept the status quo?

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ray6770

Oct-11-13 7:59 AM

Little Philly and it will get much worse ruining the entire county almost every time I read about a crime in another town the criminals address is Williamsport. And why did they build a nice hospital in the middle of one of the most terrible areas I have ever seen?

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JRE6388

Oct-11-13 8:02 AM

Aside to the poor reporting on this meeting it seems that people just don't care unless it effects them.

Placing a new law to good citizens is nothing more than a ruse to gather information on properties to do a new assessment for taxation.

To clean up the city the police need to work with the citizens and respond to the calls when a crime is being witnessed. Stop worrying about this 'racial' profiling!!

The rest of you readers.... How about getting involved to help rather than waiting for some one else to do it for you.

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ray6770

Oct-11-13 8:10 AM

What this person said (eriklatranyi) is true of LYCOMING HOUSING AUTHORITY.

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MrShaman

Oct-11-13 8:20 AM

"Drug dealers stay more than two days." - spike2

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...And, you "know" this...HOW??

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metalhead

Oct-11-13 8:23 AM

DO SOMETHING ALREADY!

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MrShaman

Oct-11-13 8:29 AM

"And why did they build a nice hospital in the middle of one of the most terrible areas I have ever seen?" - ray6770

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See:

Our History | Susquehanna Health - Muncy, Williamsport, Wellsboro

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"That same year, the hospital began looking for a larger building. A house on Pine Street near Fifth Avenue was purchased.

Eventually, a large tract of land, called Old Oaks Park, in the vicinity of Louisa and Campbell Streets and Rural Avenue, was being opened for development and the board of managers purchased an entire city block and built a new facility that was opened in 1891."

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BornHere

Oct-11-13 9:39 AM

Talk is cheap, lets see some action before more people are killed. They have had more than enough time to come up with a solution to this problem.

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fromtheport

Oct-11-13 9:41 AM

Captain miller states that over 60% of the city is rentals. So i assume were talking 70%. And on other articles he said 70% of crime comes from rentals. So that mean 30% are owner occupied housing creating 30% of crime. I am thinking we should eliminate the 30% owner occupied housing so that 30% of crime goes away.

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spike2

Oct-11-13 10:27 AM

How do I know this ? Seriously, maybe 20 years working in the system . You seenm to know little but I'll credit thst to too much proficiency claimed at too many jobs. We can only do something about where we live. When you lower expectations you get lower results .

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DavidBross

Oct-11-13 10:37 AM

""We're a source city for ****** and a supplier for users as far as Schuylkill County," said police Capt. Timothy Miller, referring to a federal law enforcement source." Schuylkill County is next to Philly. Perhaps Philadelphia residents should be as worried about influx from the 'Port as we are about influx from Philly. On a more serious note, it would have been good to see how the ordinances from the other cities mentioned are working and how, if at all, the proposed ordinance here differs from theirs.

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jeff33

Oct-11-13 12:22 PM

All this chit is coming up here from the SCUMBAG INFLUX from PHILLY!

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Beach7092

Oct-11-13 1:36 PM

The officials are trying everything they can to keep the dealers and gun violence out of the city. The renters will just lie about who is staying with them. Can't they have undercover police infiltrate the dealers and learn who all the players are and keep track of where they are staying. Isn't there a task force working together to deal with these issues? The area around the hospital used to be a very nice area to live. They need neighborhood watches and police on foot to show a presence.

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Capricorn1

Oct-11-13 2:51 PM

On a more serious note, it would have been good to see how the ordinances from the other cities mentioned are working and how, if at all, the proposed ordinance here differs from theirs. -David

David, I agree and I have been asking the same question for some time now. As hard as the administration is pushing for this ordinance, you would think he would present hard facts to the public on how it has been successful in other cities. The fact that he has revised the ordinance twice now regarding tenant registration, is a sign that they too may realize that it would be difficult to have compliance or enforce.

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ActiveCitizen

Oct-11-13 3:10 PM

****** is not localized to Williamsport. It is a nationwide issue. ***********csmonitor****/USA/Society/2013/0125/******-Small-cities-even-rural-towns-face-growing-problems/%28page%29/4

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eriklatranyi

Oct-11-13 7:32 PM

The problem is not just dealers. It is users.

Demand drives supply.

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condilini

Oct-11-13 10:50 PM

I got the hec out of the port after living there for over 10 years because of the 'little philly' issue, sadly though it's not even just philly anymore, it's NJ trash too. I was a tenant in a half double house, and the drug dealing thug that moved (he was from NJ) in next door was robbed on three seperate occasions, all within one month..once in the middle of the day. He had nothing in this apartment to steal, not even a TV. he owned a rug and a couch. I went to the landlord, and she wouldn't do anything about it. She said, hey he pays rent. I said yeah, with drug money. The cops knocked on my door once and thought it was me who called to report an invasion and assault...I was like, um no...but what the*****are you going to do about this? I mean, when the cracked out thugs come breaking into my house instead thinking it is his, to which the cop replied,i don't think that would happen, to which i replied, well, you just did.If landlords are forced to kick out offenders, it would help

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