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The break for the release of the inmate from the pre-release center at Lycoming County Jail Todd Hill last month lasted less than a day, according to court records that have recently come to light.

After leaving the facility on County Farm Road in Loyalsock on the morning of June 17, the 48-year-old townsman drove to the Piatt Township home on Route 220 of a longtime friend, where he has free “come and gone in the past”, according to an affidavit filed by Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police.

The friend returned home a few hours later to find Hill of 1234 Anne Street inside the property, police said, adding that they did not want him there so she texted another woman, telling her Hill was at the scene and to call 911.

Police and county probation officers arrived on the scene around 6:20 p.m. and surrounded the property. The owner came out and told officers that Hill ran to the back of the property. Police ordered Hill slowly out of the house three times with his hands up, but he refused, court records show.

According to an affidavit, the officers – with their guns drawn – were forced into the house and turned over a bed, where Hill was found hiding. He was immediately arrested and placed in the county jail. The home owner told police that although she and Hill had been friends for years, she “didn’t want this problem in his life,” the affidavit stated. Police allege Hill brought a cooler home with him, and inside the cooler was a bag of suspected fentanyl, according to court records.

Already jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail on a criminal escape charge by a county detective, Hill has now been charged by Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police with theft to avoid arrest (a felony), possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has since waived his preliminary hearing before District Judge Denise Dieter on those charges and remains behind bars in that case without bail.

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