Police Investigate Shooting At Blossburg Bar

    Lonny Frost
    By Lonny Frost,
    Early Saturday morning, April 22, 2017, around 12:15AM Blossburg Borough Police, fire and ambulance units were dispatched for a shooting victim. along main street. The victim was outside laying on the ground near the Old Town Hall, which now houses several apartment units.  Blossburg Fire Chief Shawn Carey was close by when he heard the call come across his pager. Carey immediately went to the scene as Carey's mother was tending bar there at that time and he feared that maybe she was the victim, when he heard the call. Upon arriving, he slowly and cautiously entered the area as it was unknown if there was still an active shooter nearby. Instead Carey came upon the victim whom laid bleeding from an abdominal gunshot wound. Other people were trying to provide aide to the local male victim. Fire Chief Carey confirmed to FNN that the actual shooting took place inside the Bear A Bar & Grille, which is located at 200 Main Street in Blossburg, PA. He also confirmed that the local victim was flown out from the Island Park around 1:30AM to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA The victim was considered to be in serious condition at the time he was loaded into the helicopter and flown out. State police and forensics were also called in to assist with the investigation and collect evidence. The forensic personnel left the bar around 3:00AM. Local and state police were given a description of the shooter, as Blossburg Borough Police were able to identify who the shooter was. However, the shooter had fled the scene after the shooting, stopped by the place he rented in Blossburg and left the area after exchanging words with his son.  A BOLO was released around 3:30AM by Pennsylvania State Police located in Mansfield, PA. The person of interest was last seen heading East in the Williamsport area on Route 220 around 2:15 AM. The male is described as 39 year-old, James Wesley Lynch IV. Lynch is 5' 8", 160lb with brown hair and blue eyes. Lynch is believed to be possibly driving an early 2000's black Dodge pickup truck with a temporary new York registration. Investigative information currently shows that Lynch is traveling south, possibly to Texas. Lynch may still be carrying a small caliber hand gun. If you see Lynch do not approach him, instead call 911 or contact the Blossburg Borough Police Department at (570) 638-3134. James Lynch is not a local resident, he is originally from Cleveland, Texas, who was living and working in the area. Fire Chief Carey could not confirm who the victim was and at this time. The local victim's name was provided to FNN from several sources, however, due to the sensitivity of the case, FNN will withhold the name until later today. (Please DO NOT post the victim's name under the story, out of respect for the family.) The shooter had been drinking at the Bear A Bar & Grille and service to him was stopped. According to Blossburg Borough Police, Lynch was asked by the staff at the bar to leave. After leaving, Lynch returned and approached a 24 year-old Blossburg male and pointed a handgun at him. The Blossburg resident was said to have pushed the handgun downward as a shot was discharged into his abdomen. As the suspect left the bar, he stopped and pointed the gun at the head of a 36 year-old male also of Blossburg. Lynch then fled the scene on foot. It is unknown what caused the incident to unfold. Police are still searching for the man. Mansfield Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, Tioga County DA's office (Detectives), as well as, Blossburg Fire and Ambulance Department assisted Blossburg Borough Police Department during this incident.

    Elmira Man Arrested For Sex Abuse Charges

    Elmira Telegram
    By Elmira Telegram,
    On April 14, 2017, the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office arrested 18 year-old Elmira resident ANFERNEE J. BONHAM for Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a Class D Felony. The arrest stems from an investigation into an incident that occurred on April 5, 2017, where Bonham was alleged to have had sexual contact with a juvenile under the age of eleven. Bonham was arraigned in the Town of Horseheads Court and released to Project for Bail. 

    Elmira Police Warn Of Fake Currency

    Elmira Telegram
    By Elmira Telegram,
    The Elmira Police Department is investigating the use of fake US currency notes at several locations in and around the City of Elmira. The notes have several distinguishing characteristics that may help to identify them prior to being placed into circulation unexpectedly: The serial numbers have some digits that are backwards.  The president’s name that should be associated with the denomination is incorrect. The name of the landmark pictured on the back of the notes are incorrect. The notes have “COPY” printed on them. The notes range in dominations; however $20 and $100 notes have been the majority reported.  Counterfeit pens are successful in identifying these notes. Local merchants are encouraged to be vigilant in monitoring their intake of cash in an effort to protect themselves from fraudulent activity. Anyone with information about these notes are requested to contact the Elmira Police Department at 737-5626.

    Horseheads Man Charged With Attempted Sexual Misconduct

    Elmira Telegram
    By Elmira Telegram,
    On April 17, 2017, the New York State Police arrested Carlyle Ripley III, age 50 of Horseheads, NY in the Town of Big Flats for Attempted Criminal Sex Act 1st (a class C Felony), and Attempted Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors 1st (a class E Felony) and Luring a Child (a class E Felony). It is alleged that Ripley was attempting to engage a 12 year old male in sexual contact. Ripley was taken into custody by the New York State Police prior to Ripley having any contact with the 12 year old male. Ripley was arraigned in the Town of Big Flats Court and remanded to the Chemung County Jail in lieu of $5,000.00 cash bail /$10,000 property bond.

    Elmira Man Charged With Sale Of Heroin

    Elmira Telegram
    By Elmira Telegram,
    On April 17th, 2017, the Elmira Police Department arrested Ricky L. Hall,  an 18 year old male of Elmira on a Superior Court Warrant for two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rdDegree, a Class B Felony. This arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Elmira Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit and the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team involving the sale of heroin in the City of Elmira.

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