Local News 12/17/18

POLICE LOOKING FOR MISSING MAN

A South Williamsport man is missing and State Police are looking for information regarding that man’s whereabouts. 66 year old Michael Miller was reported missing from his Sylvan Dell Road home early on Saturday evening. Miller, a white male was wearing glasses, a red checkered flannel shirt, black sweat pants and black moccasins and was last seen driving a blue 2005 Dodge Caravan with a PA registration JNR2562. Anyone with information regarding the man’s whereabouts is asked to contact state police in Montoursville at 570-368-5700.

CITY MAN CHARGED WITH DRUG COUNTS

A drug bust at a city residence in Williamsport has resulted in the seizure of drugs and the jailing of a city man. Police were called to a residence at 702 Penn Street on Friday night for reports of drug activity there. When they arrived they detected the smell of marijuana and spotted a large amount of cocaine sitting out on a table. They entered the home and found 20 grams of cocaine as well as 2 oz of suspected heroin. They also found drug packaging materials, $2,000 in cash and a loaded handgun. JuMichael Drummond was arrested and charged with several counts. He was jailed on a parole detainer and will face arraignment.

NEW SUPERINTENDENT IN KEYSTONE CENTRAL DISTRICT

Following a nearly year-long search, the Keystone Central School District in Clinton County has settled on a new superintendent. District officials announced late last week that they have settled on Jacquelyn Martin to assume the post. Martin has been the director of curriculum a the State College Area School District for 6 years. Kelly Hastings retired in March of this year and the district has been working with an interim Superintendent since then. Contract details and a start date for Martin have not yet been decided on.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER ROBBERY

A robbery in the city of Williamsport on Monday evening resulted in the arrest of a city man. Police were called to the 600 block of Vallmamont Drive for reports of a man punching another man and then taking his wallet with $150 dollars in it. The assailant, identified as 28 year old Phillip Hall was found at the UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center with the money and a stun gun and was taken in to custody. He was charged with robbery, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property and was jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.

SEARCH FOR BEAR CONTINUES

A Muncy Creek Township woman remained in the hospital over the weekend, following that bear attack outside her home last week. Authorities believe that Melinda LeBarron was attacked when her dog went after some bear cubs. She was dragged, 80 feet and was only able to get away after continually punching the bear and then crawling away when it was distracted by the dog which was also injured in the attack. Game Commission officials continued their search for the bear and it’s cubs over the weekend without luck. Lebarron was in critical but stable condition at Geisinger Medical Center.

TWO ARRESTED FOLLOWING DISTURBANCE

A disturbance at a Lycoming County residence over the weekend resulted in both a man and woman being jailed. The argument started in a residence along Keherer Hill Road in Upper Fairfield Township on Friday evening as the unnamed man and woman got into a verbal argument which turned physical when the woman allegedly threw a candle at the man. He then went after her and she pulled a knife. Both then ran out of the house causing a disturbance in the neighborhood. They are both charged with simple assault as well as other counts and were jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail.

GRADUATION CEREMONIES DISRUPTED BY BOMB THREAT

Morning Fall Graduation ceremonies at Bloomsburg University were disrupted due to a bomb threat there on Saturday. The graduation ceremony was supposed to take place on Saturday morning at the Haas Center for the Arts on Campus, but due to the threat was moved to later in the morning to Carver Hall’s Gross Auditorium, shutting some parents and family out of the ceremonies due to the overflow there. No bomb was found and the afternoon graduation ceremony went off without a hitch at the Haas Center. The investigation continues.

TEACHER TRYING TO GET HER JOB BACK

A teacher in the Lourdes Regional School in Northumberland County is appealing to get her job back. Naiad Reich who is pregnant but not married was fired earlier this month by the school after being in violation of the catholic school’s morality clause. A report on PennLive.com says Reich has submitted a formal letter to the Diocese of Harrisburg looking to get her job back. A school board member has also written a letter to the Bishop threatening legal action is Reich is not reinstated immediately.

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