Williamsport Council says police didn’t cover up Mayor’s domestic troubles

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WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – The Williamsport City Council says it’s found nothing to support allegations the Williamsport Police Department gave preferential treatment to embattled Mayor Gabriel Campana in his on-going domestic dispute with his wife.

In a statement released by the City Council late Tuesday, Council President Jonathan Williamson says an internal review was initiated by “suggestions that changes in the policy of the Williamsport Police Department regarding the regular release of police logs to the Williamsport Sun-Gazette” newspaper were connected to actual or possible calls to the Mayors home or one that once belonged to his mother.

The allegation was that the Mayor, might have received preferential treatment in his actions related to a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order requested by Sonia Compana earlier this month.

In court papers, Sonia Campana stated that while working in a yard sale with her sister-in-law her husband began yelling at her for two hours. She also listed a history of physical, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse.

The newspaper had requested police call logs to investigate whether officers had been called to the family residence previously, but the department failed to provide the logs.

Williams says the Council spoke with Police Chief David Young, and representatives of both the police department and newspaper. It also, he says, examined records from 2015 and 2016 in the department’s records management system as well as records from the Lycoming County 911 system.

The investigation only found two instances were officers called,. One was a domestic call in October of 2015 which was previously reported, the second an animal complaint in July of 2015.

“Based on the review of these records,” says the written statement “Council concludes that changes in the Sun Gazette’s access to the police logs was not tied to calls to addresses connected to the Mayor.

The released, signed by the full city council, also noted that a “review of operations of the Office of Mayor, as previously announced in a release dated August 14, 2016, is also ongoing.”

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