EVENT AND GATHERING MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY LIMITS
The Wolf Administration announced yesterday that event and gathering maximum occupancy limits will be increased to 50 percent for indoor events and gatherings and 75 percent for outdoor events and gatherings effective Monday, May 17 at 12:01 am. Face coverings are still to be worn indoors and outdoors if you are away from your home. Current maximum occupancy is 25 percent for indoor events and 50 percent for outdoor events.
Aided by its knowledgeable team of foresters, along with academic programs, Pennsyvania College of Technology has been chosen as a national “Tree Campus” for the sixth consecutive year. The Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus Higher Education program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging employees and students in conservation goals.
NARCOTICS RING ARRESTS AND SENTENCING
Two out of three people accused by county detectives of operating a lucrative narcotics ring have been sentenced, according to a media outlet. Courtney F. Smith was sentenced on April 13 after pleading guilty to one ungraded felony. Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts sentenced Smith to a minimum of nine months and a maximum of 23 months in county jail. Smith’s boyfriend, Robbert Hanner of Williamsport, and Erick M. Dapp of Montoursville were also arrested in the sting. Hanner currently is at SCI Mahanoy serving a five-to-ten year sentence and Dapp’s next scheduled hearing is on June 19.
CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS QUESTIONED
A Hughesville man, charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana, claims his Constitutional rights were violated by the Pennsylvania State Police. Joseph Clements, was stopped by Pennsylvania State Police at Montoursville Trooper Garrett Shnyder on U.S. 15 South on Sept. 29, 2020. With an active warrant for his arrest, Cllements’ was taken into custody, his vehicle searched and the drugs found. Clements is charged with one misdemeanor count. Arguments in the matter are scheduled for July 2 before President Judge Nancy L. Butts.
NEW SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT POLICE CHIEF
After 21 years as a Milton Police Officer, Dan Embeck is now the new Police Chief of the South Williamsport Police Department. Norm Hager, the current acting Assistant Chief will assume the role of Assistant Chief on July 1. Also effective July 1, the department will have three operations supervisors, including a patrol corporal, to oversee and assist with critical incident response management.
SUSPICIOUS CALL FOR HELP
Officials began a water rescue around 1:30 Tuesday morning when they received a report that an unknown female had jumped into the water, allegedly from the Maynard Street Bridge. The unknown woman was reported to have exited her vehicle and jumped over the rail in the 10 block of S. Maynard St. in Williamsport, which caused officials to close the bridge.The woman was later found safe in her home. The Williamsport Bureau of Fire had three boats in the water and the rescue team anticipated a possible water rescue. She did not jump..It is unknown at this time where or from whom initial reports of the woman jumping originated.