FEDERAL CHARGES FILED AGAINST SUSPECTED GUN THEIF

A Williamsport man accused of breaking into a gun dealership in Muncy and taking 11 guns from there has been indict3ed in federal court in Williamsport and faces a trial which begins on May 1st.  36 year old Samuel Bozochovic allegedly broke into R&J Welch gun store on February 8th taking 11 of the weapons.  A subsequent search of his apartment turned up five of the guns with another six not found.  Bozochovic also faces charged for allegedly trying to sell 48 packs of heroin the same day.  He was arrested on February 9th and is in county prison. 

MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

A 24 year old man faces charged of aggravated and simple assault, recklessly endangering, as well as other counts stemming from incidents of abuse on two small children in a home in Clinton Township between April 1st and the middle of May last year.  Brett Fields, formerly of Trout Run turned himself in yesterday.  He was wanted for the abuse of his two small children, including repeatedly punching and 18 month old in the head causing brain injuries.  He is also accused of physically abusing the children’s mother as well.  Following arraignment yesterday he was jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $500,000 dollars bail.

COMMISSIONERS SAY STAY ENGAGED

Lycoming County Commissioners met yesterday approving an agreement to hire a second attorney to defend a man accused of a double murder in the city of Williamsport in October of last year.  Jordan Rawls may face the death penalty if he is found guilty and two lawyers are needed for a death penalty case. In addition, Commissioner approved a $25,000 dollars county grant to the Law Enforcement and Police Training Association which will be used to encourage standardized training for response by county law enforcement. In addition, Commissioners advised county residents to stay engaged as new federal regulations trickle down to the county level. 

SUNBURY MAN JAILED FOR ASSAULTS

A Sunbury man was arraigned and jailed in Snyder County this week, charged with the assault of two women in Selinsgrove.  25 year old Nyle Demarco was involved in a dispute with one of the unnamed women over the weekend, when the other tried to intervene and he allegedly choked the woman.  He has been charged with aggravated assault, strangulation and other charges and jailed in lieu of bail. No word on whether either woman required medical treatment following that Snyder County assault. 

PROTESTING FOR AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

A crowd of about 100 people gathered outside the UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center last evening to protest the planned overturn of the Affordable Care Act.  U.S. Representative Tom Marino was said to be meeting with physicians at an event there last evening and the protestors carried signs calling for a town meeting with the Representative and advocating for keeping the Health Care Act as is.  Marino’s office says that no town hall meetings regarding health care have been scheduled. 

BUILDING COLLAPSE IN TOWANDA

A partial collapse of an apartment building in Towanda has left 18 persons temporarily displaced. The building on Bridge Street began coming down around 9pm on Wednesday.  The 8 families who were living there were able to escape without injury.  There are also some businesses located in that building.  The damage reportedly began on the ground floor and made its way all the way up to the third floor when a wall there collapsed. A structural engineer will have to take a look before a decision is made as to what to do with the building.  Meanwhile the displaced tenants are staying in a nearby hotel and awaiting what to do to get back inside and retrieve their belongings.

AWARD GOES TO LONG TIME VOLUNTEER

A local woman who has been serving the Lycoming County United Way in various capacities since 1986 has been named as its highest volunteer award winner this year.  During the United Way’s Annual Meeting on March 28th, Jeannette Carter will receive the Douglas Dickey Humanitarian Award, and award named to a former United Way president and volunteer who died in the TWX Flight 800 Crash.  Amongst Carter’s accomplishments with the organization is the creation of the Community Problem Solving Division, the chairing of a committee to revise the funds distribution system, as well as other achievements during her 30 years serving the organization.

WOMAN CASUES DISTURBANCE

A woman from Milton faces charges of disorderly conduct and was taken to the hospital on Wednesday night following a disturbance at the Subway Restaurant along the West Branch Highway in Lewisburg.  A female patron locked herself inside the bathroom for an extended period of time.  She was making noise and pounding on items, remaining there after closing times. When police arrived she was found unconscious.  Taken to Geisinger Medical Center for further evaluation.

MORE CHARGES FILED AGAINST OFFICER

A suspended Buffalo Valley Regional Police officer finds himself in more trouble with the law himself.  42 year old Shawn Kuhns of Bloomsburg was arrested after getting drunk and threatning three people at his home last month.  Now he is charged with wiretapping.  A micro-cassette recorder was found in Kuhns possessions at the department after he was suspended with a conversation between him and another man without the man’s knowledge.  Police say the man shares custody of a daughter with Kuhn’s wife and there was an ongoing child dispute.  Last week Kuhns’ was charged with obtaining opioids illegally.