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Dan Munsell: From foster home to the Air Force

Giving up civilian life seemed like a pretty good choice for Dan Munsell, the son of an alcoholic father and a mother who suffered from depression. Munsell, a high school dropout who grew up in a foster home near Trout Run, apparently had few other viable options. But there was actually more ...

Cocktail of drugs in system of man killed

Scott Cole’s toxicology report showed a cocktail of drugs in his system that defense claimed could have led him to the bizarre behavior his killer claimed he saw. Cocaine, alcohol, marijuana, methadone, amphetamines and alprazolam came back positive in Cole’s blood during an autopsy ...

Dogs tased after attacking, killing small Chihuahua

The county’s dog law officer will be investigating an incident that occurred Friday morning when two loose pitbull-mix dogs attacked and killed a Chihuahua near Brandon Park, according to city police. Officers responded to the park about 11:30 a.m. to investigate a report of two aggressive ...

House fire leaves 1 homeless

A woman returning home from work is credited with saving her neighbor’s house on Park Avenue by quickly alerting the fire department early Friday morning when she smelled smoke and heard smoke alarms going off inside the home, city fire Platoon Chief Sam Aungst said. Flames were shooting ...

Woodshop gets veterans connected with each other

On most crisp fall mornings, the whirling of machines, hammering and laughter emanate from a woodshop on Memorial Avenue and area veterans joined the clattering chorus on Saturday. The Williamsport Community Woodshop, in the Pajama Factory, often opens it doors to veterans with the Wounded ...

Man recounts the night he killed Scott Cole

A childhood full of physical and sexual abuse resurfaced for Rashawn D. Williams on the night he killed Scott Cole, Williams told the jury on the fourth day of his trial. On day four of his trial, Williams was called by the defense to testify that his and Cole’s relationship had been ...

Trooper who led pursuit named Officer of the Year

Trooper Ernest J. Capobianco of the Pennsylvania State Police was presented Thursday with the Police Officer of the Year award. The award, presented every year since 1973, was given by the Travelers Protective Association of Lycoming County. Capobianco responded to a report of an exchange ...

Deputy sheriffs recognized for life-saving action

The Lycoming County commissioners presented three deputy sheriffs with Life Saving awards for their involvement in stopping a murder suspect who led police on a high-speed chase on Nov. 7, 2017. Chris Warden, Cody Barto and Nick Labe, who was not present due to illness, each were awarded for ...

Commissioners delay new prison hire, talk other options

The Lycoming County commissioners approved two out of three personnel actions listed on their agenda Thursday, choosing to push back action on the third until next week to make room for discussing an alternative to hiring new staff. The hire was meant to fill an existing maintenance position ...

Police: Crash, death likely from medical episode

A 54-year-old city motorist died Thursday morning after suffering an apparent medical episode behind the wheel that caused him to lose control of his SUV in the 1500 block of West Third Street and crash, according to Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. Jeffrey Drummond, of 661 ...

Library’s strategic plan is step closer

The Keystone project part of the strategic plan being implemented at the James V. Brown Library is one step closer to being totally complete Barbara S. McGary, the library’s executive director, reported to the Library Board at their meeting Thursday. “Looking at our focus areas for 2018, ...

Wolf Run vets to build new clinic

The Lycoming County Planning Commission voted 4-0-2 to approve a land development proposal with conditions for Wolf Run Veterinary Clinic in Muncy Township on Thursday evening. The proposal, from clinic owners Amy and Joshua Phillips, is to develop a 4-acre parcel behind the existing clinic ...

Plan for Dollar General along Route 220 a step closer

LINDEN – Woodward Township is a step closer to having its own Dollar General on Route 220. At Wednesday’s Woodward Township supervisors’ meeting, Zoning Administrator Gary Knarr said four variances were granted to Hutchinson Realty Development at the Tuesday zoning board meeting. ...

Police: Texts show ongoing, heated relationship on day three of murder trial

Text messages two days before the death of Scott Cole portrayed a stormy relationship between him and his accused killer Rashawn D. Williams, who police say downplayed the relationship during an interview the morning after Cole’s death. Williams’ jury trial continued into its third day ...

Mail carriers urge against Postal Service privatization

A handful of mail carriers, including retirees, appeared at the office of a local Congressman to show their support for keeping the U.S. Postal Service in government hands. They are among numerous postal workers opposed to President Trump’s proposal to privatize the service. U.S. Rep. Tom ...

Jason Fink named new chamber president

Jason Fink has long been a big part of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, serving in leadership roles and often as the face of the organization. Fink, 47, recently was named as the Chamber’s new president. He officially takes the reins Jan. 1, 2019, replacing Vincent Matteo ...

Montgomery superintendent’s contract renewed, increased

MONTGOMERY — A new five-year contract for Montgomery Area School District Superintendent Daphne Bowers was approved Tuesday by the nine-member school board, school officials said. Bowers salary is $145,191 and she will receive a 3-percent increase each year over the term of the contract, ...

Church abuse bill in limbo on lawmakers’ final voting day

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s Legislature plowed through its final scheduled voting day of 2018 on Wednesday amid a showdown over legislation to respond to a landmark state grand jury report accusing hundreds of Roman Catholic priests of sexually abusing children over decades. Legislation ...

Parking meters for city ordered, to be installed

The city is soon going to see new parking meters on the streets. The Williamsport Parking Authority has ordered the meters and will have the crew cut and shorten the poles to meet the handicapped accessibility requirements, said Dr. Anthony Cipolla, authority chairman. During the Wednesday ...