MORE CHARGES FILED

Police in Williamsport announced they have filed charges now against multiple people involved in that shooting at Newberry Estates on August 4th in which 18 year old William “Chaz” Sawyer was killed.  Police now believe that Sawyer, Tyler Cagle, who was also shot and injured, Thomas Carstetter and Kristen Sedlock, whose apartment the shooting occurred on all conspired to assault Dustin Paulhamus when he showed up there that day.  Paulhaumus claims he fired the gun he had in self-defense killing Sawyer and injuring Cagle.  He has been charged with voluntary manslaughter and other counts.  Cagle and Carstetter faces charges of involuntary mansluaghter and other counts and Sedlock charged with simple and aggravated assault and other counts.  Preliminary hearings are set for October 13th

MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD PORN

Charges have been filed against a Mansfield man accused of child pornography. State police in Mansfield say they were contacted back in July by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in reference to a cybertip they received involving child pornography files through the internet. The IP Address was traced and on August 27th, a search warrant was issued at the Mansfield residence of 40 year old Jonathon West.  Multiple items including electronic evidence was seized and child porn found.  West is charged with 13 counts all together.  Bail was set at $30,000 dollars.

BURLGARY INVESTIGATION

State police in Montoursville say they are investigating the burglary of a home which occurred last month.  Sometime between August 15th and 20th, someone broke into a residence in McHenry Township along Outback Lane owned by a Woolrich man.  Once inside they removed multiple antique cameras along with power tools and alcohol. A total of loss has not been released. State police are asking anyone with information into that burglary to give them a call at 570-368-5700.

GRIZZLY INDUSTRIAL TO CLOSE LOCAL DISTRIBUTION

An area distribution facility is expected to close its doors next month putting 70 people out of work.  Grizzly Industrial Inc., which has a facility outside the Lycoming Mall, has announced they will move those operations to a newly expanded site in Springfield Missouri. Grizzly officials say expenses such as trucking for containers quadruple and say the location is no longer feasible. They say a number of current employees have been offer3ed the option to transfer to Missouri and will work with local employment agencies to place as many of the other employees as possible into other jobs.  They say their call center Muncy employing 20 people will stay open.

CITY NOT HAPPY WITH STREET CONTRACTORS

City officials in Williamsport say they are not happy with the way contractors are working in street reconstruction in the city.  Yesterday Mayor Campana pointed to construction projects, specifically one in which a gas main replacement is taking place on Hepburn Street and well as preparations for paving on Market Street.  Officials say they are unhappy with the way lanes are being closed down and the lack of communication from the contractors as to detours and confusion among motorists.  Campana says if things don’t improve, that the codes department has been authorized to shut the project down.

DANVILLE MAN CHARGE WITH WAVING MACHETE

A Danville man was arrested last evening, charged with wielding a machete and threatening two others.  Plie were called to the 500 block of Mill Street for reports of a man waving a sword, and threatening the men who told officers they were afraid for their lives.  52 year old Gerardo Gonzales-Ortiz allegedly took the word from his vehicle and acted like he was going to cut one of the men, and swung it at another. He also threw sand in the face of one of the men. He has been charged with aggravated assault, as well as simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment and jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail.

DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. PennDOT, state and local police forces across our area are taking part in the enforcement imitative through Labor Day focusing on reducing drug and alcohol related crashes.  Though the number of people killed in those types of crashes decreased last year, law enforcement says they will not reduce their efforts to make PA’s roads safer.  Checkpoints and roving patrols will be conducted as part of the crackdown.  Last Labor Day weekend across the state, there were 144 alcohol related crashes with 16 fatalities and another 44 drug related crashes with 3 fatalities.

SMALLER BUDGET TALKS

With the state budget now two months late, Officials with the Wolf Administration say that the governor is trying a different tactic to try and get a budget deal done. They say that Wolf is abandoning heavily attended meetings with lawmakers and aids in favor of smaller and more private meetings without staff.  Yesterday he spoke with top Republi9can lawmakers.  Still no end in sight to the budget impasse.