WOLF WEIGHS IN

Governor Tom Wolf yesterday weighed in on the decriminalization of marijuana.  In an interview yesterday, Wolf said that he believes in decriminalizing arrests for those possessing small amounts of the drug saying that too many people are going to prison for possession which is not only clogging up the prison system, but is also destroying families and hurting the state’s economy.  Wolf did stop short of saying whether or not he believed that use of marijuana should be legalized in the state as it has become in other states across the country.

MAN ARRESTED TWICE IN SAME MORNING

A Montoursville area man was arrested twice within hours of each other last week.  State police had pulled over 42 year old Jesse Seiders early on Friday morning outside his home off of Lycoming Mall Drive for alleged DUI.  Seiders allegedly struggled with officers and had to be subdued with the help of a neighbor who works in law enforcement.  Upon returning home that morning, Seiders then allegedly decided to go to that neighbor’s house and pound on the door, verbally threatening the neighbor and doing some damage to the property.  He was arraigned on charges of aggravated and simple assault and other counts and was committed to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

ROUTE 15 LANE RESTRICTION

Work at the top of the Montgomery Pike on Route 15 in Lycoming County is taking place this week and will mean a lane restriction there.  Penn DOT is installing temporary rumble strips in the left turn only lane.  The purpose is to deter through traffic from using the left turn only lane as a passing lane.  PennDOT says that aside from being illegal, it is dangerous for motorists to use the exclusive left turn lane as a passing lane. PennDOT is in coordination with the Pennsylvania State Police and motorists who continue to use the left turn lane as a passing lane will be ticketed.

TWO HEARINGS IN TWO DAYS

A couple of hearings scheduled this week in the city of Williamsport in the continued fight against opioid abuse in the state.  Yesterday, the state’s Physician General, Dr. Rachel Lavine was in town at Penn College to participate in a discussion including talk about the use of Naloxone to help reverse the effects of heroin and opioid overdoses.  Today, State Representative Jeff Wheeland will host a hearing at Lycoming College involving the state’s house and senate policy committees as well as others to talk about efforts to fight the spread of opioids. 

TWO ARRESTED AFTER FIGHTING WITH POLICE

A fight with police in Northumberland late last week, landed a pair of residents in jail.  Police in Northumberland say that Milford Shrawder and Cathy Belive went to the police station there on Friday morning to talk about some incidents of harassment involving a neighbor. The discussion allegedly became heated and when officers tried to arrest Shrawder, he assaulted one of them, with Belive then getting involved.  Other officers were called in. Two suffered minor injuries. The two were finally subdued with the help of pepper spray and were charged with aggravated assault, other counts, arraigned and then jailed.

HEARING CANCELLED

A preliminary hearing which was scheduled for a pair of Montgomery residents accused of a home invasion robbery earlier this month was cancelled when it was found the two did not have proper representation.  Brenda Sterner and Rudolf Stark are accused of going to an elderly woman’s home on Wallis Run Road in Eldred Township on the afternoon of August 5th, tying the resident up with duct tape and robbing her at gunpoint.  They had been trying to get legal counsel through the public defender’s office, but due to a rule that the office cannot represent co-defendants had been recommended for outside counsel. That counsel has not yet been assigned. The two remain jailed without bail.

MICRO-SURFACING ON 220

Starting today and running through Mid-October, there will be single lane closures on Route 220 in Sullivan County.  Work begins today on a micro-surfacing project from Ringdale to Dushore. It will include micro-surfacing, pavement markers and rumble strips and the single lane closures will be in effect during the project.  Motorists are reminded to be aware of the work and of possible slowdowns on Route 220 and drive accordingly. 

MAN FAILS TO REGISTER UNDER MEGHANS LAW

A Towanda man has been charged with failing to register as a sexual offender under Meghan’s law.  State police in Towanda say that 32 year old Joshua Hadlock who had been deemed a sexual offender and who is supposed to register with police did not do so.  He has been charged with two counts for not letting police know of his new address as well as updating his place of employment.  He was arraigned on Thursday and jailed.