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Williamsport father accused of child abuse

A 31-year-old father has been charged with allegedly beating his 8-year-old son again and again with a belt after the boy got into some Christmas presents his parents had hid in the house a little more than two weeks before the holiday, according to city police Agent Brittany ...

Woman who fled cops at 110 mph has never had a license

Shaniece Wilson has never had a driver’s license, but here was the 26-year-old Williamsport area woman traveling 110 mph on Interstate 180 in Loyalsock Township being pursued by state police on the night of May 27, according to Trooper Garrett Shnyder. Wilson was traveling eastbound on the ...

District judges hear DUI, assault, drug cases

Responding to a hit-run crash on Sycamore Road in Loyalsock Township on Feb. 20, state Trooper Nathan Birth spotted the alleged offending vehicle at the dead end of nearby Blair Street. Sitting in the driver’s seat was Jennifer Rager, 44, of 1510 Lafayette Parkway, who appeared “dazed,” ...

Theft, animal neglect alleged in separate cases

In a court matter before District Judge Jerry Lepley, Jennifer Dawes, 45, of 37 Myers Run Road, Trout Run, waived her preliminary hearing on conspiracy charges to access device fraud, theft and receiving stolen property. The charges stem from an incident in mid-November 2018 when she ...

Landlord accused of threatening tenant with ax

Alan Cohick, 78, of 29 Lehman Drive, Cogan Station, has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jerry Lepley to face charges of terroristic threats, simple assault, theft and harassment that stem from a “landlord-tenant” dispute, according to state Trooper Ernest Capobianco ...

Woman accused of hiding fugitive

Lycoming County Prison inmate Demsey Long faces a new charge of hindering apprehension after allegedly hiding fugitive Tyler Wagner in her home on Old Glade Run Road in Muncy Creek Township in mid-April, according to state police. Jailed on a felony charge of endangering the welfare of a child ...

Robbery suspect’s mother charged as accomplice

MUNCY — Accused store robber Steven James Martin’s mother, Lori McHenry, has now been charged with allegedly driving the getaway car that was used in the hold-up in March at the hold up at Sam’s Place Lottery and Tobacco in Muncy Creek Township, according to state police Investigators ...

Injured interstate drivers identified by police

The two people injured in Sunday night’s crash on Interstate 180 in Montoursville were Brooklyn Showers, 19, of Williamsport, and Patrick Kilroy, 62, of Cleveland, Ohio, according to borough police. The crash occurred when a westbound Ford Escape driven by Rafael Delgado, of Cogan Station, ...

28-year-old accused of sexual acts with child

Benjamin Stewart, of 315 S. Main St., Hughesville, faces a total of 14 felony charges for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with a female minor in the borough between mid- March and June 10, according to Hughesville Patrolman Andrew Boyer. Stewart, 28, allegedly “enticed the girl to engage ...

State police respond to several local incidents

A 26-year-old Philadelphia woman fled from police while driving on Interstate 180 in Loyalsock Township and was caught with illegal drugs in her car, state police alleged. As Trooper Garrett Shnyder was trying to make a traffic stop on the interstate eastbound lane at 9 p.m. May 27, Shaniece ...

Drugs, DUI among charges several face in county courts

A Fairfield Township mother has been charged with one misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child after she overdosed on heroin in her home while taking care of her 3-year-old daughter, according to state Trooper Matthew Trick. Sometime during the morning of Jan. 30, Kassidy ...

Multiple people charged with crimes in Lycoming County

After being pulled off the bed by her ankles, the girlfriend of Jelani Johnson sought shelter in a bathroom, but the man “punched and kicked his way in and cornered (the woman) in the shower,” city Patrolman Tom Bortz alleged in an affidavit. As the woman “cowered to the floor, Jelani ...

Several people charged with various crimes countywide

An Old Lycoming Township man has been jailed on charges of allegedly terrorizing a group of people in a Bridge Street apartment while in an intoxicated state early Sunday morning, according to city Patrolman Thomas Bortz. “I’m going to kick in the door and shoot everyone in the face,” ...

Criminal charges withdrawn in several cases

Criminal charges were recently withdrawn by police or dismissed by district judges in five criminal cases, according to court records. Two of the cases involved Rashaun Ruley, and District Judge Aaron Biichle tossed out charges against the 32-year-old city man in both incidents because there ...

Several people countywide receive charges ranging from assault to DUI

A 21-year-old city man has been jailed on assault-related charges for tossing a lit M-80 firecracker into a yard that blew up near a boy who suffered a severe eye injury, city Patrolman Benjamin Hitesman alleged in court papers Darven Moore Jr., of 810 Wildwood Blvd., faces charges of ...

Ex-guard sentenced on embezzlement charges

A former corrections officer was sentenced Monday in federal court on charges he embezzled $77,000, the U.S. Attorney Office for Middle District of Pennsylvania said. Tony J. Liesenfeld, 50, of Selinsgrove, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Matthew W. Brann to a term of imprisonment ...

Limestone Township man accused of breaking into several campers

At his arraignment on multiple felony counts of burglary, Logan Pursel told a district judge “I’m trying to get my life together.” Pursel recently turned himself in to face charges for his alleged involvement in breaking into and ransacking nine campers at Susquehanna Campground in ...

DUI charges filed against 5 people in Lycoming County courts

Several motorists have been charged with DUI, including John Reed, 32, of 323 East First Ave., South Williamsport, after a borough officer saw him make an illegal left turn at West Southern Avenue and Curtin Street and then strike a curb with his vehicle. “Before he even spoke, I could ...

District magistrate judges to oversee drivers charged with DUI, other cases

When Hughesville Patrolman Ryan Travelpiece approached Matthew Shaner in his 2010 Nissan Versa on South Main Street in Picture Rocks about 7 p.m. on Feb. 29, the officer immediately “detected a fresh odor of marijuana coming from the car,” according to an affidavit. Shaner’s eyes were ...