MAN JAILED AFTER POINTING GUN

Following a gun pointing incident in the city of Williamsport earlier this week, a man has been jailed.  City police believe that Anthony Jorgensen pointed a gun at a woman in front of the YMCA along Elmira Street in the city early on Monday morning. The woman was delivering newspapers and had pulled over and parked when Jorgensen pulled up, parked and got out of his vehicle, point the gun at her. She was able to drive to police headquarters and report the incident. He was taken into custody and was found with a .45 caliber handgun. He was arraigned on a number of counts and jailed in lieu of $50,000 dollars bail.

MURDER TRIAL IN FOURTH DAY

The fourth day of testimony in the murder trial of Raymaar Alford will take place today in Lycoming County Court.  Yesterday’s testimony was highlighted by witness Shareef Thompson who has been granted immunity to testify for the prosecution.  Thompson told the court that he drove Alford to the area of Flanigan Park on July 9th of 2012, shortly before Kevin Connally was shot at the basketball courts there.  Thompson said before Alford got out of the vehicle, that he tucked a handgun in his waistband. He also testified that he saw Alford later who told him he got his first body.

APPARENT SUICIDE AT AREA PRISON

Prison officials in Snyder County as well as state troopers are investigating the apparent suicide of an inmate at the Snyder County prison.  22 year old Lamont Blount of Philadelphia was found unresponsive in the jail shower around 1am on Wednesday morning.  No foul play is suspected.  He has been in jail since January on federal charges that he was part of a drug ring supplying to area towns including Williamsport.  He was just arrested on Tuesday on murder charges connected with a shooting in Philadelphian in October of last year.

TWO CHARGED IN UNION COUNTY

State police in Milton have charged two with child endangerment as well as one of them with drug possession after an incident earlier this month at a residence in West Buffalo Township.  Police were called to the residence after Curtis Derr was found unresponsive in a bedroom.  When they arrived, police found 8 bags of heroin and related paraphernalia in the residence, and it was found that a four year old child was at the house with both Derr and Tanisha Williams.  Derr faces the possession and child endangerment charges, and Williams a charged of child endangerment.

30 TO 60 YEAS IN JAIL FOR MAN WHO KILLED GRANDMOTHER

Sentencing was held yesterday for a Sunbury man who had pleaded to stabbing his grandmother to death and assaulting his grandfather as well.  Joshua Snook had gone to the Middleburg Area home of Dale and bonnie Snook on February 17th of last year to obtain a handgun he knew was in the residence, and encountered his grandparents there.  He then slashed Bonnie Snook across the throat and inflicted a serious knife wound on Dale Snook.  He will spend the next 30 to 60 years in prison. Hi wife Jennifer Snook faces 5 to 15 years in prison after pleading no contest to conspiracy to commit murder.

BASKETBALL HOOPS REMOVED

Williamsport’s Mayor has said he has had enough with the scattering of trash, and bad behavior at the basketball courts at Memorial Park in the city’s West End and yesterday ordered the permanent removal of the basketball hoops there.  Last year, Mayor Campana had the poles and backboards removed for a couple of weeks, but returned them after promises that those using the courts would clean up their behavior.  After recent incidences this year, the mayor yesterday ordered city workers to take out hoops.  He says that the city is committed to ensuring a safe, clean family oriented park and that the area will be replaced by another recreational activity.

TWO ARRESTED FOR BREAK-INS

Two young men from the Williamsport area were jailed this week after being accused of breaking into the same vacant home in Old Lycoming Township 3 times.  18 year old Justin Simon and 18 year old Cody Boutwell allegedly broke into the house along Hall Lane on April 13th, 16th and 20th, taking copper piping and other items.  The two were recently taken into custody and charged with burglary, criminal trespass and other counts and jailed in lieu of $35,000 dollars bail each.

DEBIT CARDS COMPROMISED

State police in Bradford County continue to investigate an incident in which some 200 customers of two Wyalusing banks have had their debit card information compromised.  Between February 15th and March 12th of this year, someone cloned the customer’s debit card information and used the cards to purchase items from several stores nationwide.  The two banks involved say that their security measures were in No way breached or compromised and that the numbers were obtained through other means. The investigation continues.

SCHOOL BOARD MAKES SOME DECISIONS

 The Loyalsock Township school board was busy last night, hiring an interim business manager and leasing their current district center to a gas company.  The Board hired Daniel Egly as its business manager. He will serve in an interim capacity from July 1st through to December.  He replaces Gerald McLauighlin who is taking over as district Superintendent for the retiring Robert Grantier.  In addition, the board also approved a five year lease agreement with Chief Oil which will take over the current district service center once they move to a new location at the former Army Reserve base on Four Mile Drive. The district stands to make more than $150,000 in revenue thanks to the lease.