With a constable waiting to take her to jail, bookstore owner Melody Williams wiped tears and called a friend.
Williams told her to pay the shop’s electric bill and rent. She also said she might have to pack up her apartment.
Struggling for composure, Williams, 36, explained that Senior District Judge Jene Willwerth was sending her to jail for overdue parking fines.
“It was a short and sweet hearing,” recalled constable Karl Salisbury, who took Williams into custody at her store on May 31. “The judge said, ‘You owe $2,300 collateral. You’re being committed to Lancaster County Prison.’ ”