BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS OCTOBER 11, 2021

MORE CHARGES FOR MAN WHO WAS ARRESTED FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY LAST WEEK

A man, who was charged with animal cruelty last week in Union County, now has also been charged with reportedly assaulting a woman. According to northcentralpa.com, Daniel H. Moll, 50, of Mifflinburg, attempted to strangle the woman, assaulted her before driving her to a remote field and continuing the assault. State police filed felony strangulation and kidnapping charges against Moll and issued a warrant for his arrest. As reported by an online media source, Moll was remanded to Union County Jail on the strangulation charges and bail was set at $100,000 monetary with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 23 at the office of District Judge Jeffrey Mensch.

 

HER KEYS WERE STOLEN DURING A DRUG BUY

A Williamsport woman called police when she purchased fentanyl from someone who then stole her car keys. Top of FormBottom of FormMontoursville troopers arrived at a location near the 1800 block of E. Third Street and spoke with an accuser and discovered, Ashley Ann Johnson, 35, of Cogan Station to be the alleged thief of the keys. Johnson was charged with felony possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance along with several misdemeanors. As reported by a media outlet, no bail was listed for Johnson, who has a preliminary hearing scheduled with Judge Gary Whiteman on Oct. 11.

ASSAULT AND FALSE IMPRISONMENT CHARGES FOR WILLIAMSPORT MAN

State police said they charged a man with simple assault and false imprisonment after he allegedly locked a woman in a closet and threatened to kill her. Chad William DeLong of Williamsport allegedly locked a woman inside a closet in a residence near the 1600 block of Randall Circle in Loyalsock. According to a media outlet, DeLong is being held at the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $100,000 monetary bail. Judge Gary Whiteman is set to preside over the preliminary hearing on Oct. 11.

HISTORY WAS MADE AT THE FESTIVAL THIS YEAR

The Flaming Foliage Festival returned for the 72nd annual event to the delight of thousands who descended to enjoy the Parade of Queens on Saturday. Alison Davey, representing North Penn Mansfield, was announced festival queen on Saturday evening at Bucktail Area High School. According to a media outlet, for the first time in the history of the festival, the same school won back-to-back crowns and Miss North Penn Mansfield Patelin Nowak, who was crowned queen in 2019, was on hand to pass on the title.

72 YEARS OF HISTORY IN THE FLAMING FOLIAGE FESTIVAL

The Flaming Foliage Festival returned for the 72nd annual event to the delight of thousands who descended to enjoy the Parade of Queens on Saturday. Alison Davey, representing North Penn Mansfield, was announced festival queen on Saturday evening at Bucktail Area High School. As reported by an online media outlet, Miss Williamsport Teagan Marty won first runner up, Miss Central Mountain Madison Meeker, Miss Photogenic and Bellefonte escort Domenic Nelson was named Mr. Congeniality and Williamsport escort Benjamin Manetta received the Alex Rauch Memorial Award.

 

QUESTIONS FOR WATER/SEWER BILL FOR LYCOMING COUNTY PRISON

Possible reasons for a $32,000 bill from the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority for water and sewer charges for the Lycoming County Prison were detailed by Warden Brad Shoemaker at the recent prison board meeting. He had looked at the prison population to see if there had been an increase in the number of inmates housed there daily. According to Sun Gazette, for this year’s third quarter, the average daily population was 267.23 and the bill was $32,168. “So, you can see with the number going up, we were averaging 55 inmates per day more in the third quarter versus last year. …It would certainly play into why we saw an increase in the water bill,” Shoemaker said. The next meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 12 in the Commissioners’ Board Room, Executive Plaza, 330 Pine St.

SUNDAY COVID-19 RESULTS FOR OUR AREA

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Sunday reported new COVID-19 cases statewide. In Clinton County 27 new cases were reported, Centre County 43, Lycoming County increased by 55, Northumberland County posted 43 new cases, while Union County added 24 and Montour and Snyder counties both added a dozen new cases.

FELONY CHARGES FOR LOTTERY TICKETS

State Police in Milton reported the arrest of a Middleburg man for theft of over $10,000 from the convenience store where he worked. Police reported 23-year-old Austin Smith was working the register at Harvey’s Food Mart this past Tuesday while playing $9,910 worth of lottery tickets without paying for them. It’s reported Smith’s cash drawer was also short $674.74. In total, nearly $10,584.74 was taken. According to a media source, felony theft charges were filed.

LAWMAKERS VISIT WILLIAMSPORT LEVEE

A U.S. lawmaker Fred Keller joined a others Friday afternoon on a tour of the Williamsport levee, the 20-mile flood control system built 70 years ago in the 1950s. As reported by SUN Gazette, many repairs are needed including; cross pipes that drain flood water and concrete flood walls, made stronger and higher, along Lycoming Creek, ready to withstand the next 100-year flood. According to Keller, the project is adding up into the millions of dollars, very cost-prohibitive to the city, South Williamsport borough, and Old Lycoming and Loyalsock townships, which are a part of the levee system.

SNOW PREDICTED

If you like snow, you will be happy with the long standing tradition from Lewisburg. The 24th Annual Wolly Worm Winter Weather Prognostication was held Saturday and Wolly Worm says…you can look for ‘one heck of a winter,’ with lots of cold, snowy weather. According to a media source, the Wolly Worm has been well over 100% accurate in years past.

 

CENTRAL MOUNTAIN MIDDLE SCHOOL CLOSING TODAY

Remote learning is going into effect at 10:30 a.m. this morning for Central Mountain Middle School. According to a text alert, parents are being asked to pick their students up at the high school by 8:30 a.m. “Due to an unforseen emergency, Central Mountain Middle School will be closed today, October 11, 2021,” the message said. “Busses are returning students home at this time.” All Central Mountain Middle School staff are being asked to report to the high school auditorium.

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