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Community gathers to remember those lost to domestic violence

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A candlelight vigil was held Wednesday in honor of 16 people taken from their loved ones through acts of domestic violence since 2016, in an effort to tell their stories and assure their memories will live on. The annual vigil is part of the YWCA’s ongoing efforts to educate the community ...

Drunken man jailed on charges following gun incident

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While in an intoxicated state, Old Lycoming Township resident Todd Leta illegally entered another man’s home on West Fourth Street late Monday night and threatened him with a handgun, city police alleged in court documents. Leta, 50, of 1695 Spring Run Road, entered Karl Matz’s residence ...

Residents concerned with Route 220 safety

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LINDEN — The Woodward Township supervisors listened to traffic safety concerns along Route 220 Wednesday. Resident Bill Fenderson brought up a concern with drivers coming on and off of the highway with the changes being made to the road. The state-owned highway has numerous openings both ...

First deer rifle

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Several weeks ago I got a call from my 15-year-old grandson telling me that he just got his first deer rifle (he’s been carrying my .243 for five years) and wanted help to sight it in. His father doesn’t hunt so he’s been hunting with me since he was 8. I live up the ‘Sock so I drove ...

Homeless man jailed following disturbance

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A homeless man was locked up on attempted robbery and related charges after he lunged over a counter at a clerk and attempted to grab her at the Turkey Hill on Euclid Avenue in DuBoistown, state police alleged in court papers. Upset that the clerk would not give him three packs of cigarettes ...

New venue announced for forums

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The venue for two upcoming political forums of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and Backyard Broadcasting has been changed. The forums for Lycoming County commissioner and City of Williamsport council and mayoral candidates will be held in the Michael Ross Event Center banquet-meeting room on ...

All the details matter

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No doubt it was encouraging for residents impacted by flooding from Grafius Run to see state DEP Secretary Pat McDonnell visit Williamsport recently. Residents have had to deal with repeated flooding issues that are disruptive to their lives and damaging to their property. This visit was not ...

Two announce their write-in candidacies

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Steve Brady, Covation Center executive director and Gamble Township supervisor, and Chad Riley, a constable for Cogan House Township, have announced write-in candidacies for Lycoming County commissioner. The two announced in a joint statement issued Tuesday. Brady also is a 20-year veteran ...

Enrollment numbers up from last year in school district

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Enrollment figures for the current school year are up by 15 students in the Williamsport Area School according to figures released to the board Tuesday night. This year’s overall enrollment of K-12 students is 4,929, according to Dr. Richard Poole, director of student services. Numbers ...

Comms talk golf course development

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Lycoming County commissioners say they are continuing to explore housing at the White Deer Golf Course. Each of the commissioners addressed the issue after the question came up from the public during their meeting Tuesday. Jack McKernan said county officials are looking at the land deed for ...

Patriots don ruck sacks for 62-mile charity hike along area trail

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JERSEY SHORE — Three Army soldiers took off on a non-stop hike of the 62-mile Pine Creek Rail Trail Saturday, wearing hefty ruck sacks — just as they did when they were serving in equally arduous but more dangerous conditions in Iraq. Army Spc. Wade Morehart, of South Williamsport, spent ...

Muncy-area municipalities continue regionalization talks

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MONTGOMERY— Montgomery and Muncy boroughs alongside Brady and Clinton townships met for a third time in an ongoing discussion concerning the possibility of police regionalization in the area on Tuesday. Council members, supervisors, and the Officer in Charge in Montgomery, Eric Winters, ...

Mayoral election

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I have lived in the East End of Williamsport for 12 years, work here, am a homeowner, and, with my wife, I am raising my 4-year-old son here. I am also not a member of either major political party, and I vote based on issues and platforms, not the candidate’s party or identity. The upcoming ...

Council asked to consider more money for police

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JERSEY SHORE — Jersey Shore Borough Council is being asked to approve an increase in the regional police force budget after hearing from its police commission chairman “We have not had a real increase in police costs for some time, but I think this budget you’ll find that there is a ...

Drug dealer found guilty; awaits sentence

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A drug dealer who operated along High Street was found guilty by jury on all charges Tuesday, despite the only known witness to the deals being unable to recall the events. Rasheem Johnson, 39, of 267 Campbell St., was found guilty of charges related to selling cocaine in October of 2018. ...

Commissioners to consider personnel, child welfare contracts

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Lycoming County commissioners are expected to take action on a number of personnel issues as well as contracts for child welfare services at their meeting Thursday. Various positions are being considered for reclassification as part of a reorganization of staff in the maintenance ...

South Side votes to put manager in charge of police matters

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The South Williamsport Borough Council voted to transfer the police department authority from the mayor to the borough manager Monday, also making Steven Cappelli, the manager, the director of Public Safety. Six South Williamsport officers, Daniel Boyd, Seth Stropp, Gareck Esposito, Jacob ...

South Side man charged for DUI twice in six weeks

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Six weeks after he crashed his motorcycle while allegedly drunk in South Williamsport, Stephen Tidwell was arrested yet again by borough police for DUI, according to court records filed at the office of District Judge Gary Whiteman. The 34-year-old cyclist left the crash scene after he upset ...

Intoxicated man pulled from his burning vehicle

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With smoke spewing from the Jeep’s engine compartment, city Patrolman Damon Cole wasted no time in awakening the driver – who was slumped over the wheel from intoxication - and getting him safely out of the burning vehicle, according to an affidavit. “He could hardly stand up. He had ...