DRUG ARREST ON INTERSTATE 80
Before 2pm, March 1, On Interstate 80 West in Union County, two New York men were stopped by PSP Milton and were allegedly in possession of several pounds of cocaine and marijuana. According northcentralpa.com, Vidal Ortiz Jr., 25, of Elmhurst, N.Y. and Douglas A. Gilliam, 38, of Bronx, N.Y., were charged with multiple felonies and arraigned that evening in front of District Judge Mensch. Bail was set at $300,000 monetary. Ortiz and Gilliam were remanded to Union County Jail with preliminary hearings scheduled for both for March 23.
LOCAL COVID NUMBERS
The Pa. Dept. of Health registered the first time in more than a month with at least 4,000 active COVID cases in a single day. Locally there were 36 new cases in Northumberland County, 13 in Snyder, 8 in Union and 7 in Montour. Clinton County, up 18; Centre County, up 85; and Lycoming County up 47 COVID cases today.
LHU EMPLOYEES CONCERNED OVER FUTURE JOB STABILITY
Members of AFSCME Council 13 Local 2360 at Lock Haven University were in Triangle Park yesterday expressing their concerns about a proposed outsourcing of jobs. Shawn O’Dell, Local 2360 President, according to therecord-online, the school’s proposed outsourcing could eliminate over 50 staff jobs. In addition, the local university could be facing a considerable faculty downsizing as part of the proposed integration between Lock Haven University, Bloomsburg and Mansfield universities.
POLICE OFFICER BACK TO WORK IN LYCOMING COUNTY
A police officer in Lycoming County initially accused of attempting to rape a disabled woman completed probation for disorderly conduct and according to northcentralpa.com now is patrolling Muncy Borough. Laurence C. Wilcox Jr., 71, pleaded guilty to one third-degree misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct on Jan. 14, 2020, and was sentenced to a six-month probation term with administrative release after three month. Montgomery Borough Police suspended Wilcox at the time of his 2019 arrest.
ATTEMPTED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF MINORS
Posing to be juvenile boys wanting to meet adult males, Lycoming Coungy Detectives set up an operation and arrested the men who allegedly showed up. In separate criminal complaints, George A. Richner, 52, of Muncy, and Todd A. Mertz, 38, of Williamsport, each face multiple felonies. According to northcentralpa.com, Richner was confined to the Lycoming County Prison on March 5 before posting $125,000 monetary bail on March 8. He’s scheduled for an April 8 preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Aaron S. Biichle. Mertz IS currently on the intensive supervised bail program with bail set at $99,000 unsecured. He’s scheduled for a March 29 formal arraignment before Lycoming County Judge Marc F. Lovecchio.
SUSQUEHANNA UNIVERSITY GRAUATION SCHEDULE
Susquehanna University has announced Commencement plans for both the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020. According to a media outlet, Susquehanna will host graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021 at three separate times in the Field House of the James W. Garrett Sports Complex on Saturday, May 15 at 10 a.m.; Saturday, May 15 at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, May 16 at 10 a.m. Commencement will be livestreamed as well as recorded. In addition, the in-person Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 is scheduled for Saturday, May 22 at 10 a.m.
HELP FOR PENNSYLVANIANS FROM THE EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Rapid relief to millions of Pennsylvanians at risk of eviction or loss of utility service was announced yesterday by Governor Tom Wolf in the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. And it will distribute about $569 million to Pennsylvania households with an additional $278 million in rental assistance to Pennsylvania’s largest counties by the federal government. According to northcentralpa.com households may be eligible for up to 12 months of assistance to cover past-due or future rental and/or utility payments. Effective today, Pennsylvanians can submit applications for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program online at www.compass.state.pa.us
NCAA WRESTLING IN ST LOUIS
AT 165 POUNDS BUCKNELL’S ZACH HARTMAN FINISHED 6TH AND BECAME AN ALL-AMERICAN.
STATE PLAYOFF BASKETBALL: TRIPLE A BOYS QUARTERFINAL:
EXECUTIVE EDUCATION 75
LANCERS ADVANCE TO FINAL FOUR
PENGUINS OVER THE DEVILS 3-1, PANTHERS SHUT OUT THE PREDATORS 2-0, AVALANCHE SHUT OUT THE WILD 6-0, LIGHTNING OVER THE BLACKHAWKS 4-1, STARS SHUT OUT THE RED WINGS 3-0, CANADIENS OVER THE CANUCKS 5-4, MAPLE LEAFS SHUT OUT THE FLAMES 2-0, RANGERS OVER THE CAPITALS 3-1, COYOTES BEAT THE DUCKS 5-1, BLUES OVER THE SHARKS 5-2, OILERS BEAT THE JETS 4-2