SOUTH SIDE MAN SENTENCED

Sentencing was held yesterday for a South Williamsport man who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.  Ronald Jeselnik had admitted to downloading the files on his computer, though he said that when he realized what he had done, he had tried to delete them, but they would not delete.  He was sentenced to 90 days to two years in county prison.  He will also have to serve five years’ probation, complete community service, not have any unsupervised contact with minors under the age of 14 during the period of his supervision and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. 

DISTURBANCE IN THE COURTROOM

Lycoming County Sherriff’s deputies had to use a taser on a Jersey Shore man who got out of control in a county courtroom during his sentencing yesterday.  Dustin Hoffman Sr. was sentenced to 16 to 48 months in State Prison for aggravated assault by vehicle while intoxicated stemming from a crash which seriously injured another man back in 2012.  Hoffman tried appealing the sentence before the judge and got out of control, causing a sheriff’s deputies and others to try and subdue him.  He now will mostly likely face at least one count of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

CITY POLICE TO CHARGE ALLEGED GARBAGE HAULER

The Williamsport Bureau of Police reported yesterday through their Facebook page that they will be charging an alleged garbage contractor with theft by deception.  They say they have been taking complaints from residents who say they are paying to have garbage picked up and then the contractor is not returning for pick up after the payment is made.  They say they also have complaints of illegal dumping.  Police say they have identified one of those alleged garbage contractors and are reminding residents to hire competent garbage service.

MONTOURSVILLE WOMAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT

A Montoursville woman was charged earlier this month following a dispute with her father which resulted in injuries to the man.  Montoursville police were called to the home of John Iams in the early morning hours of March 10th for a domestic dispute.  There they found Iams coming out of the home, heavily bleeding from a blow to the head by a wooden post.  It’s believed that the man’s daughter, Cheryl Warnecke struck the blow during the argument.  She was charged with simple assault and harassment, and initially jailed in Lycoming County Prison.  She has since been released after posting $10,000 dollars bail.

MUNCY MAN CHARGED

State police in Montoursville have announced the arrest of a Muncy man who they say stole guns from a Moreland Township home and then tried to sell at least one of them at an area gun shop.  33 year old Russell Reed is accused of taking several guns from the home along Old Lairdsville Road and was caught trying to sell one of them a .22 caliber Marlin rifle to the Dixie Gun Shop for $150 dollars.  He has been charged with theft and other counts and was jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $15,000 dollars bail.

THREE INMATES HEAD TO REGULAR PRISON FROM PRE-RELEASE

After allegedly conspiring to bring prescription drugs and cigarettes into the Lycoming County Pre-Release Center, three inmates have been charged with various counts and sent to the regular prison.  Erick Witmer, Colby Martin and Tyler McKinney have all been charged stemming from at least one phone call that Witmer had with someone on the outside back in October of last year.  Witmer was arraigned on several counts and jailed in lieu of $50,000 dollars bail. The other two face lesser charges, but were still jailed in the prison in lieu of $25,000 dollars bail each.

WHEELAND ANNOUCED GRANTS

83rd district State Representative Jeff Wheeland has announced that the PA Historical Museum Commission has awarded grants to two Williamsport Area Museums.  The Lycoming Historical Society in Williamsport will receive a grant of $4,000 dollars to enhance its mission of historic preservation in the county, and the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum in South Williamsport will be getting $7,058 dollars for its support of Little League Baseball. The grants are based on 50/50 funding matches by the applicants and the purpose is to support projects that identify, preserve, promote and protect historic and archaeological resources.

PSU PRESIDENT BEFORE SENATE COMMITTEE

Hearings are underway in Harrisburg as lawmakers begin to delve into the governor’s state budget proposal. Yesterday, the State Senate Appropriations Committee heard from Penn State President Eric Barron who was testifying in favor of the governor’s increase in allocations to Penn State by $49.6 million dollars for the upcoming year.  Barron told lawmakers that if they vote for the money that he would freeze tuition at the school next year for the first time since the 1967-68 school year.  As part of his budget, the governor has proposed an increase of $140 million dollars all together for higher education in the state.