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Jul 20, 2017; Lovelock, NV, USA; O.J. Simpson reacts after learning he was granted parole at Lovelock Correctional Center. Simpson is serving a nine to 33 year prison term for a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping conviction. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bean/Reno Gazette-Journal-Pool Photo via USA TODAY NETWORK

O. J. Simpson granted parole: ‘I’ve done my time’

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LOVELOCK, Nev. — O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel-room heist, successfully making his case for freedom in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America’s enduring fascination with the former football ...

Police: Man jailed after selling heroin during string of overdoses

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A city man arrested after selling suspected heroin “and/or fetanyl” to a police informant in June was arraigned on additional charges Tuesday and jailed in lieu of $550,000 bail. Wayne S. Davidson, 24, 315 Center St., was arrested on June 29, which coincides with a string of over 50 ...

Man gets state prison on child porn charges

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After being found guilty by a judge in Lycoming County Court on 98 separate counts of possessing child pornography in March, Eric L. Green is headed to state prison. Green, 39, of Hughesville, was sentenced Thursday by Judge Richard A. Gray to serve two to four years in a state prison. Gray ...

Probation faces funding ‘crisis’ as population grows

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While the state continues to lower its prison populations by sending inmates to county probation programs, it also continues to lower the amount of funding those programs receive, said Ed McCoy, chief adult probation officer, at Thursday’s Lycoming County commissioners meeting. By statute, ...

24 sentenced in county court

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Twenty-four individuals recently were sentenced at the Lycoming County Courthouse, according to court documents. Four were sentenced to state prison. They are: • Naomi Kellam, 55, 427 1/2 Louisa St., 19 to 48 months and 48 months of probation for delivery of a controlled substance. • ...

Commissioners delay in-prison treatment program vote

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The Lycoming County commissioners voted Thursday to delay action on allowing drug and alcohol treatment sessions in the county prison through a $50,000 agreement with West Branch Drug and Alcohol. Commissioner Tony Mussare made the motion to wait, not because he doesn’t support the idea, ...

Countywide police activities

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Following are complaints handled by police agencies in Lycoming County, as provided by the county Emergency Communications Center: WEDNESDAY 12:29 a.m., domestic disturbance, 1800 block of Hidden Valley Drive, Loyalsock Township. 1:49 a.m., intoxicated person, Grove and Sheridan streets, ...

Senate panel rejects Trump cuts to foreign aid, domestic

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WASHINGTON — Rebuffing a Republican president, a GOP-led Senate panel on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to foreign aid and deep reductions in spending on domestic programs such as education, housing and energy. The powerful Appropriations Committee that oversees ...

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SLIDESHOW: County fair holds Power Wheel Derby

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The Lycoming County Fair held the Power Wheel Derby Thursday evening, a demolition derby-styled competition for 21 young contestants. The fair continues today and Saturday with a 6 p.m. tractor pull tonight.

Library digitizing history

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The James V. Brown Library trustees on Thursday heard about how the state is moving to digitize its libraries through the PA Scan Project. “It’s a great way for our libraries to be able to digitize and put into digital form their history and local history,” said June Houghtaling, ...

Councilman seeks to help Williamsport Cemetery stay tidy

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A city councilman Thursday requested the city finance director look for possible funding to assist a private association that tends to the regular maintenance and keeps a trust fund for Williamsport Cemetery. Councilman Randall J. Allison asked William E. Nichols Jr., city finance director, ...

Parking authority office estimate higher than expected

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A few members of the Williamsport Parking Authority expressed “sticker shock” Wednesday at a $600,000 estimated cost to build a new office inside the Trade and Transit Centre I building. The authority has been mulling over how River Valley Transit plans to spend a $1 million loan and ...

We do not hate the country

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In response to Mr. Ardell's letter of July 17, I would like to say that attitudes like this are the problem we face in our nation today. We have become so divided that we do not see those across the aisle as patriots who also love our country but just have a different philosophy as to how ...

Correct observation

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Michael Luna, in his letter "At It Again", scolds Paul Rinker for his assessment that education needs to keep pace with changing employment needs and technology. Mr. Luna implies that our education system is a fine institution putting out quality students equipped to change the world. The ...

Pilot killed in crash near airport in Bradford County

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TOWANDA (AP) — The pilot of a small plane has been killed in a crash near a remote airport in northeastern Pennsylvania. The Bradford County coroner has confirmed the death in Wednesday’s crash but didn’t immediately provide additional information — including the pilot’s name — on ...

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Larue Tressler kneels alongside a grave marker in the Williamsport Cemetery recently, showing how high the grass was before he and a group of volunteers mowed the grounds last weekend.

Unsightly no more: Volunteers tidy historic city burial site

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About a dozen volunteers came with mowers and weed-whackers in hand to clean up Williamsport Cemetery along Washington Boulevard over the weekend. Their labor of love for a historic burial site of the city’s founding fathers and the only state governor from the city jolted Mayor ...

5 face various charges in Tioga County

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TIOGA — Five people either have appeared or will appear before district judges to face various charges in Tioga County. They are: • Kimberly Ann McCloskey, 46, PO Box 482, Wellsboro, faces charges of identity theft and theft of services following an incident in which a victim reported ...

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Annual picnic reunites organ donors, recipients

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ELYSBURG — Hundreds of folks recently gathered at Knoebels Amusement Resort for the annual Geisinger Transplant Program Picnic, which celebrates successful operations and reunites donors with recipients and doctors with patients. Geisinger’s transplant specialists have performed liver, ...

Police: Arson suspected in borough blaze

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JERSEY SHORE — A fire in a house being used as a workshop on Monday night is under investigation after flames caused a significant amount of damage. Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police said they suspect the fire at 413 Bailey Alley is a case of arson. The owner of the home, whose name ...