BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MARCH 31, 2021

ASSAULT CHARGES

A woman, against her will, was assaulted and restricted to her bedroom for hours. City police allege that Toyrel James Pinkney, 26,of Williamsport  is accused by Williamsport Bureau of Police Officer Ericka M. Heath of strangling a woman in the 700 block of West Edwin St. around 6:40 a.m. on March 21. According to northcentralpa.com,  Pinkney is charged with one felony, multiple misdemeanors and he posted $50,000 bail on March 24th.

LOCAL BUSINESS CLOSES ITS DOORS

Lycoming Bakery, a local staple for freshly baked good for restaurants, sub shops, colleges and more throughout central Pennsylvania since 1928, locked their doors and ceased all business operations. According to northcentralpa.com, the only reason came in the voicemail at the bakery.  A voice instructed callers that due to labor issues, advance closing notice was unavailable. Many businesses have been affected by the abrupt closing.

COVID-19 NUMBERS MARCH 31, 2021

According to the PA Dept. of Health,  today’s COVID-19  case totals are; Lycoming: 4, Tioga: 5, Bradford: 9, Sullivan: 2, Columbia: 13, Montour: 5, Northumberland: 19,  Snyder: 8, Union: 0, Center: 48,  and Clinton: 8,

TEDX IN WILLIAMSPORT

The 2021 TEDxWilliamsport is scheduled for Oct. 16, 2021 and the theme is “InterconnecTED.” According to northcentralpa.com, applications to be a speaker are now open and anyone interested should focus on finding an idea worth sharing  which incorporates “InterconnecTED.” Applications are open and will remain open until April 5th. Two rounds of virtual interviews will be conducted. TEDxWilliamsport is expected to be held on Saturday, October 16th.

COVID-19 COUNTY SUBSTANTIAL STATUS

A report was released, listing two counties in central Pennsylvania have fallen back into the substantial category for community spread of COVID-19. According to a media source, Northumberland and Montour counties are back in the ‘substantial’ category for the week ending March 26. Union and Snyder counties remain in the ‘moderate’ category. In all, there are 35 counties in the ‘substantial’ category, and 26 in the ‘moderate’ category.

PARK ASSESSMENTS IN WILLIAMSPORT

Williamsport City Council Accessibility Advisory Commission has assesses city parks and their suitability for usage by the disabled community.According to the SUN Gazette, the parks include: Brandon Park, Memorial/Elm Park, Newberry Park, Shaw Place Park, Young’s Woods Park, Veterans Memorial Park and Lose Park. The survey is to look at accessibility needs and what parks have that. Memorial Park, for example, had an inclusive and accessible playground installed last year.Items might be restrooms, accessibility ramps and whether the mulch is safe. A mission statement, in its draft form as constructed by the commission, states the goal of the accessibility advisory commission is to create a more inclusive Williamsport by ensuring that all residents have access to programs and properties.

CHARGES WAVED TO COURT

He chased another man with a hammer in the 700 block of West Forth Street, striking him eight times in the head. Lycoming County Prison inmate Kareem Anthony Hutt, 40, of 1192 Park Ave., waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday on all city police charges stemming from the Feb. 6 incident. Hull remains jailed without bail and will face further court action on attempted homicide, aggravated assault and related offenses.

UPMC HEALTHCARE OPTIONS

UPMC Susquehanna now offers 25 different specialties via telehealth. According to the SUN Gazette, patients responded to UPMC, telling them telehealth was convenient in many ways, including; not traveling, parking or waiting in waiting rooms. Overnight telehealth is another way UPMC has found to care for patients. UPMC reports, flexibility is the key to patient comfort and convenience.

CDC RESTRICTIONS IN VALLEY SCHOOLS

The Pennsylvania departments of Health (DOH) and Education (PDE) yesterday announced updated recommendations for K-12 schools on handling COVID-19 restrictions in school buildings. According to therecord-online.com, Pennsylvania is aligning with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations that reflect the latest research,  for example, Pennsylvania students may now be at least 3 feet apart in classrooms, as opposed to 6 feet. In addition, in an effort to return Pennsylvania students to the classroom, Governor Wolf also announced that Pennsylvania is expected to receive nearly $5 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds.

WILLIAMSPORT EXTENDS THE DECLARATION OF DISASTER 

The vote was to extend the Declaration of Disaster Emergency another 90 days, according to the Lycoming County commissioners. According to the SUN Gazette, the declaration allows the county to continue to remain eligible for government funding relating to COVID-19 issues. To this point, Lycoming County has received about $20 million in such funding, according to commissioners.

 

Sports:

High School Girls Softball:

Muncy 11  Sugar Valley 1

Boys Tennis:

Hughsville 22   Warrior Run  3

Muncy 5      Bloomsburg 0

Montoursville 3 Central Columbia 2

High School Baseball:

Hughesville 11  North Penn Mansfield 0 (6 innings)

College Softball:

Lock Haven 10  Millersville5

Lock Have 10  Millersville 2

Mansfield 5   Shepherd 2

Mansfield 1  Shepherd 0

Track and Field:

Jersey Shore swept Central Mountain in boys (107-43) and girls (78-71) track and field yesterday afternoon.

NHL:

Bruins over the Devils 5-4, Rangers defeat the Capitals 5-2, Blue Jackets over the Lightning 3-1, Panthers over the Red Wings 4-1, Canadiens shut out the Oilers 4-0, Blackhawks defeat the Hurricanes 2-1,  Predators over the Stars 3-2

NCAAM:

Gonzaga over USC 85 – 66

UCLA over Michigan 51-49

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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