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Police Fire and Court

Investigation into pedestrian death continues

The investigation into the traffic accident that claimed the life of John Yarosz, 66, who was struck and killed by an SUV while he was riding his motorized wheelchair at West Fourth and William streets on the afternoon of Oct. 19, is still ongoing, city Police Chief Damon Hagan said Friday ...

County Prison inmate faces assault-related charges

A Lycoming County Prison inmate awaiting trial on attempted homicide-related offenses faces new charges after allegedly assaulting another inmate by punching and kicking him multiple times in the head, according to court records. Norman Dennis, 41, of the Philadelphia area, attacked inmate ...

Cause of township fire remains undetermined

The cause of Thursday night’s blaze that destroyed a vacation home on Rock Run Road will remain undetermined, according to Hepburn Township Fire Chief Jeff Tempesco and Trooper Nicholas Loffredo, a state police fire marshal. David Moore, of Baltimore, Maryland, the owner of the property, ...

Three-alarm fire

A vacation home on Rock Run Road, just north of the Cogan Station post office, went up in flames Thursday night in a three-alarm fire that burned out of control for nearly two hours. Motorists on Route 15 near the Hepburnville interchange could see an orange glow in the sky. The two-story ...

Alleged purse-snatcher in custody on other charges

Several hours after allegedly stealing a purse from a woman outside the Weis Market at 305 River Ave. in Loyalsock Township on Tuesday night, Northumberland County resident Lonnie Hoey was taken into custody in that county on other criminal charges, state police said. Following the ...

9 people charged with various crimes

Nine people have been charged with various criminal offenses, according to court records. Those charged and the law enforcement agencies involved were: • Dareesha Brooks-Alston, 30, of 815 W. Fourth St.; city police; multiple counts of access device fraud for allegedly making 12 attempts to ...

Fire prompts city factory to evacuate

All employees at Lycoming Engines at High and Oliver streets in the city were safely evacuated when a deburring machine caught fire on the first floor about 10 a.m. Monday, city Deputy Chief Dave Dymeck said. The fire activated a sprinkler that helped contain it, Dymeck said, adding that ...

Board reports decrease in prisoner numbers

For the fourth straight month, the number of Lycoming County jail and Pre-Release Center inmates showed a decrease, according to latest figures reported at Friday’s prison board meeting. Between the months of September and October, the average daily population for male and female prisoners ...

11 people charged with various criminal offenses

Eleven people have been charged with various criminal offenses, according to court records. Those charged and the law enforcement agencies involved were: • Curtis Benton, 56, of 643 Elmira St.; city police; simple assault and felony trespassing for allegedly forcing his way into Rose ...

Judge throws out drug charges against city man

Ruling there was insufficient evidence in the case, District Judge Christian Frey threw out all city police charges Tuesday against Harold Rainier. Rainier, 35, of 2326 W. Fourth St., had been jailed since his arrest on Oct. 30 when police allege he threw a bag of 30 oxycodone pills ...

25 people sentenced in Lycoming County Courts

Twenty-five people have been sentenced for various crimes in Lycoming County court. One individual was sentenced to state prison. He is: • Stephen C. Hunter, 32, of 457 S. Market St., South Williamsport, 12 to 60 months, DUI education, and a drug and alcohol assessment, for DUI and ...

Search warrant heard in court against alleged drug dealer

An alleged city drug dealer from Philadelphia was denied a motion Wednesday to suppress evidence based on a search warrant he said was “recklessly” obtained. The defendant then moved to represent himself at his trial, slated for today. James D. Choice III, 45, has been incarcerated since ...

14 charged with various offenses

Fourteen people have been charged with various offenses, according to court records. Those charged and the law enforcement agencies involved were: • Convicted child sex offender Coty Quiggle, 22, of 5006 Lycoming Creek Road, Cogan Station; state police; failure to register new address and ...

Woman jailed on charges of abuse

A 23-year-old mother has been locked up on assault-related charges for allegedly abusing her then 1-month-old infant son that resulted in the baby suffering a broken right arm, according to city police Agent Jason Bolt. Ashley Marie Davis, of 1411 W. Fourth St., was taken into custody at her ...

Motions filed for evidence in sexual assault case of minor

The defense for a Williamsport man accused in the sexual assault of an underage girl is requesting evidence from the prosecution in the case. Jalil Donte Harris, 21, faces charges that include statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors, child pornography and indecent assault. He and ...

Hepburnville woman safely escapes burning home

A woman was left homeless late Tuesday night when fire extensively damaged her home on Old Route 15 in Hepburnville. Nikki Lynstrom said she was alerted to the fire after she was awakened by a working smoke alarm about 9:40 p.m. It appeared the fire began around a pellet stove pipe outside ...

Bomb scare forces evacuation

HUGHESVILLE — Students were evacuated from the Joseph C. Ashkar Elementary School and moved to a safe location on Wednesday afternoon after the school received a bomb scare, borough police confirmed. A state police dog, trained to detect explosives, went through the school, but found ...

Five state prison inmates face new set of charges

MUNCY — In separate cases, five inmates at the state Correctional Institution at Muncy were arraigned last week on various state police charges for offenses they allegedly committed at the prison at 6454 Route 405, according to court records filed at the office of District Judge Jon E. Kemp. ...

11 people charged with various offenses in Lycoming County

Eleven people have been charged with various criminal offenses, according to court records. Those charged and the law enforcement agencies involved were: • Seneca Martin Mitchell, 18, of 2331 Dove St.; city police; possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, ...

Judge: Drug dealer can live with allegedly abused baby

Following a court order Friday, a convicted city drug dealer will be allowed to continue living with her baby, who was taken to the hospital in February with a broken leg and cocaine in her system. Since her release on supervised bail in September, Maria Sweeting, 33, and her child have been ...