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TALKING SECURITY UPGRADES

At their meeting tomorrow, Lycoming County Commissioners are scheduled to consider whether or not to award a contract of more than $43,000 dollars for security upgrades at the County Courthouse. The upgrades would cover all exterior doors and security entrances as well as front and rear elevators, some courtroom doors and secretaries offices. It would also include some offices on the fourth floor.  The system would also allow specific county employees to view security cameras and institute a lock down in certain areas of the building in case of emergency.

MAN FACES 155 SEPARATE COUNTS, TAKEN INTO CUSTODY

Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force took a Canton man into custody yesterday at his residence.  State police in Bradford County have filed 155 separate charges against 34 year old Jonathon Wright who is accused of illicit sexual relations with female juveniles he met through running his horse farm as well as through extended family.  It’s believed other young females may also have been involved and have not come forward yet.  Wright was arraigned and jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail and the investigation continues.

MARIJUANA LISTENING TOUR IN WILLIAMSPORT

Residents in Lycoming County will get a chance to get their say over the possible legalization of recreational marijuana in the state of Pennsylvania this evening as Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman’s listening tour comes to Williamsport.  Fetterman will appear at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium beginning from 6 to 7:30 tonight.  The listening tourn will allow for attendees to voice their support or concerns on the issue.  Area lawmakers have been invited and the session is open to the public.

MAN MAKES THREATS

A man was jailed last week in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail after threatening residents in a home in the city of Williamsport.  City police say that on April 24th, 29 year old Kenneth Outlaw went to the residence in the 300 block of Locust Street and made threats to occupants there, telling one he was going to shoot them.  He was not found with a weapon but was charged with felony trespassing, making terroristic threats and simple assault.

WOMAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT AT HOSPITAL

A psychiatric aide at the UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical  Center was punched in the face last week during a disturbance there.  Williamsport police say that 36 year old Melissa Stoner of Williamsport was at the hospital for treatment on April 25th, when she threw the punch.  She was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment and jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail.

FIRE AT AREA BUSINESS

Fire sparked at an Old Lycoming Township business late yesterday morning.  Firefighters from several companies were called to M&M Sheet Metal at 2104 Marydale Avenue around 11:30 when fire started in the dust collection bin at the business.  The fire was brought under control in about ten minutes, though not put completely out for another 20 as the bin was disassembled.  No one was hurt and a damage estimate was not released. It’s not known what sparked that Old Lycoming Township fire.

FORMER PSU PRESIDENT SEES CONVICTION OVERTURNED

A former Penn State President who was to head to jail today to serve his sentence on a child endangerment conviction stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal at the school will stay out of jail for now.  A federal judge yesterday overturned his conviction for failing to report shicl sex abuse by Sandusky which was handed down in 2017. He was expected to report today for a two month jail sentence.  The judge ruled that he was improperly charged under a 2007 law.  Prosecutors have 90 days to retry Spanier.

SCHOOL SAFETY GRANTS

Grants which range from almost $391,000 dollars for Loyalsock School District down to $40,638 dollars for the Lewisburg School District have been approved in the latest round of School Safety grants from the state.  State Senator Gene Yaw says the grants which were created through legislation approved last year are used for a variety of school safety initiatives.  Ten school districts in Yaw’s district will be receiving grants including East Lycoming, Montoursville, Muncy, and Willliamsport Area School Districts in Lycoming County.

SOMEONE IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY IS $2 MILLION RICHER

It’s big money for someone in Northumberland County.  The Pennsylvania Lottery reported yesterday that someone bought a Cash 5 PA Lottery ticket at Puff Express on Race Street in Shamokin for the Monday April 29th drawing and matched all five balls drawn, winning $2 million dollars.  The winner has not come forth yet as far as anyone knows  The store will earn a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

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