FRIEN CAUGHT

A manhunt which over the past close to 7 weeks closed schools, caused businesses to lose money and cost taxpayers millions of dollars ended yesterday in the Poconos.  Eric Frien who is accused of firing on two state police officers at the Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County on the night of September 12th killing one and injuring another was taken into custody yesterday at an airplane hanger at a former resort near Tannersville where he was hiding out.  He is being held in Pike County and will be arraigned on murder and other charges this morning at 9am.

GUILTY OF RAPE

A Williamsport man was found guilty yesterday in Lycoming County Court of the sexual assault of a 13 year old girl which occurred at his residence in February of this year.  23 year old Demetrius Williams was found guilty yesterday of statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and a host of other charges stemming from the incident in which he had sex with the teen after inviting her into his home to smoke marijuana with him on the night of February 22nd.   He will face a sexual offender assessment and is expected to be sentenced on February 3rd of next year.

A STEP CLOSER TO GRANT FUNDING

Lycoming County Commissioners came a step closer to giving out some $256,000 dollars in grant funding form the Department of Community and Economic Development.  Recommendations will be sent to the SEDA Council of Governments for three projects. They are $47,800 dollars to help fund renovations at the American Rescue Workers facility on Elmira Street in Williamsport $120,000 dollars for the West Branch Regional Authority to help with sewer lateral work in Montgomery and Muncy and $42,188 dollars for STEP Incorporated’s homes in need program.  Public input needs to be sought before the money can be awarded.

STATE PRISON FOR A DRUG DEALER

A Williamsport man could spend up to the next 9 years in prison for dealing drugs.  24 year old Benjamin Britford was sentenced this week to 56 to 112 months in state prison after being found guilty of criminal conspiracy to deliver heroin, delivery of heroin, two counts of criminal use of a communication facility, two counts of possession with intent to deliver and receiving stolen property.  He was arrested after a drug deal with a confidential informant in the city. 

CRASH VICTIMS IDENTIFIED

The two victims injured in a crash on Route 15 in Lewis Township on Wednesday have been identified by police.  State police say that 35 year old Tressa Tucker was driving southbound on Route 15 around 4:15 on Wednesday when the car went off the roadway onto the shoulder. It then began to rotate and overturned four times coming to rest on its roof. Both Tucker and a passenger 52 year old William Lurch of Trout Run were taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries.  Their conditions were not released.

TEEN IN LEWISBURG FACES FEDERAL CHARGES

A Lewisburg Area High School student will be the subject of an FBI investigation after allegedly accessing district data filed of nearly 2,000 students there.  The teen who has not been named could face federal charges for hacking a cafeteria data file which had names, addresses, phone numbers, identification numbers, birthdates and social security number of 1,968 students.   The incident happened on a school-issued computer. Parents and guardians were informed of the data breach on Wednesday. 

PRISON OFFICAILS RECOMMEND CHARGES AGAINST 4 INMATES

Four Northumberland County inmates will mostly likely face charges following an investigation into contraband which was brought into the prison.  The investigation began after a prison inmate there was scheduled to be taken to the courthouse to face a hearing but was found to be high on drugs. The investigation turned up that four inmates who were on the work release program were bringing the drugs back into the prison concealed in certain parts of their bodies. They have since been disciplined and removed from the work release program and Sunbury police are expected to file charges.

LARGE TURNOUT FOR TEST

The Williamsport Bureau of police report that they administered a civil service test for potential officers on Wednesday and say they are pleased with the turnout.  The department received 97 applications. The number is the highest amount of prospective candidates for the department in over 15 years.  Police officials attribute the higher number of applicants to a city offering to pay successful hires at a newly established cadet rate while they are attending a certified police academy before going on the actual job.