BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS APRIL 27, 2021

STAND AGAINST VIOLENCE EVENT

YWCA Northcentral PA’s “Stand Against Violence” is an event held to educate people on the issue of sexual assault.  Lycoming Chief County Detective  William Weber was awarded for his work towards helping sexual assault victims. According to SUN Gazette, YWCA’s executive director, Dawn Linn, noted in 2020, the YWCA served over 240 Lycoming County individuals, both males and females, were impacted by sexual assault. Several social and law enforcement agencies were represented, such as the DA’s office, Children and Youth, the State Police and Big Brothers/Big Sisters at the event.

WILLIAMSPORT OFFICER OF THE YEAR

City Police Agent Brittany Alexander, who has been an agent since August 2019 and is an eight-year police veteran, received Williamsport Bureau of Police’s highest honor — Officer of the Year — yesterday.  According to an online media outlet, she received the honors from Chief Damon R. Hagan at a ceremony held in City Council Chambers of City Hall. Alexander assisted in the investigation of violent crimes, working with fellow agents to issue search warrants, conduct interviews and retain a large caseload of crimes against children.

NEW DIRECTOR OF NORTHCENTRAL REGION OFFICE PGC

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has appointed new director at its Northcentral Region Office. According to SUN Gazette, David Carlini, who grew up in Brockway, Jefferson County, moved to Lock Haven, where he now resides, when he was promoted to the Northcentral Region Office. Carlini says he’s excited to reunite with the Northcentral Region staff and getting to work to continue protecting wildlife and enhancing their habitats.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE IDENTITY THEFT

A state lawmaker  warning residents to be protective of  private information after he became a victim of identity theft. State Rep. Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township, according to Sun-Gazette, first became aware of suspicious activity when notified by the state that his unemployment compensation was denied. Wheeland said a credit card he and his wife share was used by someone in Chester County between Feb 14 and March 17 according to Pennsylvania State Police. Without any clue how someone could obtain his personal information, Wheeland is left to wonder if someone had stolen his social security number.  Frustrated, he remarked, ““Protect all your private information. Guard it with your life,” he said.

PENNSYLVANIA LOST AN ELECTORAL VOTE

For Pennsylvania, it is the 10th consecutive decade the Keystone State has lost clout in Congress and presidential contests because of a lagging population growth. As, one of the most important presidential battlegrounds we will have one fewer electoral vote to offer candidates in the next election — from 20 to 19 — and one less representative in the U.S. House. Lagging population also means Pennsylvania will not profit from as much federal money for Medicaid and social programs. According to SUN Gazette, in Congress, Pennsylvania will have 17 U.S. House seats for 18 incumbent U.S. House members for when year’s elections roll around.

INTEGRATION EDGING CLOSER

The proposed integration of LHU, Mansfield and Bloomsburg Universities, edges closes to completion. According to Sun Gazette,   the Board of Governors are set to meet tomorrow in Harrisburg to receive the integration plans. With receipt of the consolidation proposals — which are the culmination of many months of meetings involving multiple task forces established by PASSHE — prompts a 60-day public committee period before the board is slated to complete, the integration in July.

RECOVERING AMERICA’S WILDLIFE ACT

Launched to Congress on Earth Day, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is the latest and boldest set of initiatives for fish and wildlife in history according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. According to an online media outlet, the bipartisan legislation dedicate $1.3 billion annually to state fish and wildlife agencies, and $97.5 million to tribal fish and wildlife managers, which could provide a 20th Century funding solution to address increasing declination of the nation’s fish and wildlife and their natural habitats. Under the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, Pennsylvania would receive dedicated annual federal fish and wildlife conservation funding upwards of $20 million to better address the conservation actions.

ASSAULT RELATED CHARGES FROM JANUARY SHOOTING

A January shooting inside Timberland Apartments, 750 W Edwin Street, Williamsport  has Darren Donnell Brown, 30, of Williamsport, is in custody on charges according to Williamsport City Police. Fortunately no one was injured when Brown, of 331 Center St., is said to have discharged a handgun “in close proximity”  to his girlfriend’s head, during a domestic altercation,  about 1:50 p.m. on Jan. 9, police said. According to the SUN Gazette, Brown has been arrested on assault-related charges and locked up in the Lycoming County Prison in life of $250,000 bail with  a preliminary hearing this week before District Judge Christian Frey.

UPDATED COVID-19 NUMBERS LOCALLY

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued updated COVID-19 numbers for our area. Locally, Lycoming: 7 cases; Potter: 0; Tioga: 6; Columbia: 18; Montour: 1; Northumberland: 10; Union 9; Snyder: 4; Clinton: 1.

PROSTITUTION CHARGES

Pennsylvania State Police accuse a Williamsport woman for engaging in prostitution at a motel located in Clinton Township. Angela M. Burns, 38, charged on April 14 with multiple misdemeanor counts of promoting prostitution between March 9 and  March 11  at the White Deer Motel, 6967 US 15 Highway. According to an online media source,  following a sting operation, the Pennsylvania State Police  arrested Burns and her preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Jon E. Kemp on May 28.

VEHICULAR HOMICIDE CHARGES

Pine Creek Township Police filed vehicular homicide charges against a 19-year-old Lock Haven woman.Officer Dennis F. Gill Jr. alleges, in documents filed April 12,  that Dasia Ann Woolf was under the influence of a controlled substance when her vehicle crashed, causing the death of a 58 year old male truck driver from New York, on Route 220 in Wayne Township around 9 pm Aug. 11.  According to northcentralpa.com, Woolf is charged with one felony count each of the following: homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle, homicide by vehicle while DUI and aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI. Her bail was set at $50,000 unsecured on April 13 by Magisterial District Judge Keith G. Kibler, who will oversee her preliminary hearing on May 11.

Sports

Boys tennis

Williamsport shut out Mifflinburg 5-0; Jersey Shore over Danville 4-1; Central Mountain shut out Shikellamy 5-0; Loyalsock topped Bloomsburg 3-2; Montoursville topped Milton 3-2; Lewisburg over Hughesville 3-2

High School Baseball

Williamsport over Mifflin County 5-4; Hughesville over Milton 4-2; South Williamsport over Troy 12-2; Montoursville over Lewisburg 14-1; Canton tops North Penn Mansfield 9-6; Sayre over Wellsboro 12-7

High School Softball

Williamsport over Mifflin County 5-4; Lewisburg over Jersey Shore 14-4

 HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL

Loyalsock Summer McNulty earned a spot on the 2021 Class AAA all state firs ream. (first player from Loyalsock first team selection since 1989).

 

 

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