Local Man Charged with Voluntary Manslaughter

Yesterday, Police charged 20 year old Dustan Paulhamus of Williamsport with Voluntary Manslaughter, two counts of Aggravated Assault, and tampering with physical evidence among other charges after the shooting at the Newberry Estates Apartments earlier this month that left one young man dead. Witnesses allege that, Paulhamus shot Tyler Cagle and 18 year old William “Chaz” Sawyer. Cagle identified Paulhamus to police but Sawyer was transported to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead from a single gunshot wound. Paulhamus and several others connected to the incident are currently in prison. Cagle was released on $95,000 unsecured bail.

Weekend Accident Kills Motorcyclist

A motorcycle accident over the weekend left one man dead. Late Sunday night, 66 year old Jackie Snyder was navigating through dense fog in Tioga County, about 1 and a half miles East of State Route 4013 when the Harley Davidson Snyder was riding slid on the wet, grassy shoulder around a curve in the road, throwing Snyder – who was not wearing a helmet – from the bike. The severally damaged Harley was towed away after Snyder was pronounced dead at the scene from severe head trauma.

Home Break-In Investigation

Police are investigating a home break-in in Danville that occurred sometime last week. An unknown number of burglars broke into a residence on Marr Road and made off with a jewelry box full of assorted Gold and Silver Jewelry, designer perfume bottles, and a large Vera Bradley Bag among other items estimated to have a combined value of nearly $5,000. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to contact Milton Police

Man Pleads Guilty in Attempted Firearm Purchase

34 year old Clifton McCourt of Montoursville has pled guilty after Tiadaghton Valley Regional police charged him with making unsworn falsification to authorities and has been ordered to pay $775 in fines and court costs. McCourt falsified information on an application in an attempt to purchase a firearm at National Sporting Goods on Alleheny Street last December.

Woman Arrested for Alleged Assault of Police Officers

Over the weekend, 27 year old Lisa Marie Gerdus of Williamsport was charged with DUI, Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest. After being observed driving erratically on Route 15 near River Road. When Gerdus refused to exit the vehicle, officers on the scene report that they attempted to remove her, but that Gerdus struggled, kicking one officer in the arm and leg and another in the chest. Refusing to consent to a blood withdrawl at the hospital, she allegedly spat in the officer’s face. She was committed to the Union County Prison in lieu of $20,000 cash bail.

State Police Warn of IRS Phone Scam

Pennsylvania State Police are warning of a phone scam wherein callers (usually with a foreign accent) claim to represent the IRS using personal information about the victim. Victims are informed they owe back taxes and if not paid immediately, they face arrest, deportation or suspension of licenses. over 3 thousand people have been defrauded out of more than 15 million dollars. Police warn that anyone receiving a call from the IRS demanding a payment for back taxes should disconnect immediately and call the IRS, directly at their toll free number.

National Child Passenger Safety Week

Pennsylvania State Police, in conjunction with the National Child Passenger Safety week will be conducting safety checks on Sunday, September 13th at the Colombia Mall in Bloomsburg between 2pm and 5pm and on Friday, September 18th at Bloomsburg’s Police Station on 6850 Holiday Church Road. Parents are encourage to have seat already installed so that a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician can confirm proper use. Technicians are certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  

14th Annual Run/Walk for Your Heart in Williamsport

Scientists recently released a study stating that walking or light jogging for 25 minutes a day could add as many as 7 years onto a person’s lifespan just in the time for the September 7th 14th Annual Run/Walk for Your Heart in Williamsport with proceeds benefiting the Susquehanna Health Heart and Vascular Institute. Event registration is from 7:30-9 am at the 699 Rural Ave. Office Building at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. The Entry Fee is $25 and the race begins at 9am.

Local Filmmaker to Screen New Documentary

A Williamsport documentary filmmaker and graduate of Penn State University, Alivia Tagliaferri, will be premiering her latest film called Power of One: Preventing Suicide in America on September 9th at the Community Arts Center. The film considers suicide from the perspective of teens and young adults, veterans and their families, and senior citizens. The film includes interviews with people from our region. The evening program at the Community Arts Center includes an opening reception from 6-7pm, followed by the film and then a discussion.