BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS OCTOBER 30, 2021

LEVEL IV TRAUMA FOR GEISINGER JERSEY SHORE HOSPITAL

Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital has been granted Level IV Trauma Center accreditation by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation, adding important resources for the community when the trauma designation goes into effect on Nov. 1. As a Level IV trauma center, Geisinger Jersey Shore will be able to provide enhanced care to injured patients within the hospitals’ emergency departments and stabilize and transfer patients to higher-level trauma centers, if needed. In order to receive the designation, both hospitals went through a thorough review process that included an onsite review of each hospital’s resources and capabilities to care for patients with traumatic injuries.

 

FEMALE IDENTIFIED IN CRIMINAL MISCHIEF AND SUBSEQUENT THEFT

On Oct. 22nd at approximately 12:49 a.m., a Little League Statue located at the corner of Third and Market Streets in Williamsport was damaged by a group of males.  The Williamsport Bureau of Police has reported they have identified the female who left the area with the broken bat from the statue.  The Bureau is requesting assistance in finding the male who damaged the statue. If you have any information concerning the identity of the male, please call officer Andrew Stevens at the Williamsport bureau of police. Please see our Facebook page for the video to see if you can identify who damaged the statue.

 

PARTNERSHIP YIELDS RESULTS

Wesley Russitano and Michelle Sampson were arrested today on felony drug charges. Old Lycoming Police and the LCNEU stopped the pair after they attempted a delivery of heroin at a Lycoming Twp business. Both were arraigned in front of a Magistrate District Judge and committed to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail. On their Facebook page, the Old Lycoming Police commented, “A great example of OLPD and LCNEU working jointly to send a clear message that drug dealing won’t be tolerated in the Lycoming Creek Corridor.”

A NEW CHRISTMAS PROGRAM FOR SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT

It’s a new Christmas program for the South Williamsport Police Department and they are holding sign up nights for families that wish to be a recipient of gifts provided by the Christmas program. There will be two (2) sign up dates: Saturday, November 13th from noon-3pm and Monday, December 6th from 5pm-8pm. If you would like to sign up for either of the dates above, please call the department at 570-327-8152, Monday-Friday between 8am-4pm to request a time slot. Please provide the following documents when you arrive: Proof of residency within South Williamsport or Duboistown, proof of guardianship of child(ren), each child is 15 years of age or under, and a list of 3-4 desired gifts.

If you have any questions or concerns about the program, please contact: the South Williamsport Police Department.

 

IMPORTANT HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS TO REMEMBER

Williamsport Mayor Derek Slaughter asks residents to please save the dates for these two upcoming events; Friday, November 19th at 6:00 — Children’s Magical Christmas Parade will take place downtown on 4th Street from Market Street to Elmira Street and  Friday, December 3rd from 5:00-8:00 — Festival of Lights and Open-Air Holiday Market in Brandon Park.

SENATOR YAW WORKS TO STOP SPOOFING

State Senator Gene Yaw recently announced in  an effort to crack down on deceptive and nuisance telephone calls, the Senate on Monday approved a bill, 49-0, banning the practice of caller ID “spoofing.”

Senate Bill 236 is designed to protect citizens from misleading telemarketing “robocalls,” particularly those that disguise their real phone number by making it look like a local number, increasing the likelihood that the call will be answered.

 

GOVERNOR VISITS THE VALLEY ON FRIDAY

Governor Tom Wolf toured the Fresh Roasted Coffee in Sunbury  and announced the state is investing more than $1.7 million to support the company’s expansion in Northumberland County, which is growing its production capacity, creating 46 new, full-time jobs and retaining 35 jobs. “My administration is pleased to support Fresh Roasted Coffee as the company continues to grow in Pennsylvania,” said Gov. Wolf. “This expansion project will create nearly 50 jobs in the Sunbury area and redevelop a large and important building for this community. Projects like this benefit families, strengthen our economy and build a brighter future for Pennsylvania.”

COVID-19 LOCAL NUMBERS FOR FRIDAY

 The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Friday reported new COVID-19 cases statewide, in Clinton County 21 new cases were reported, Centre County saw an increase of 46, while Lycoming County increased by 64, 59 in Northumberland County, 14 in Snyder, 12 in Union and eight in Montour. Northumberland County has had at least 20 new cases over each of the past 10 days.

SENTENCING IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY CHILD ENDANGERING CASE

She was set on suicide, telling the judge she had a finger on the trigger,  moments before State Police arrived to apprehend her yesterday morning.  Tonia Lee Sones, the Watsontown mother who was charged and then convicted of causing brain damage to her daughter by leaving her in a hot car for upwards of five hours, was picked up by state police on a bench warrant. Sones failed to appear before Northumberland County Judge Charles Saylor for sentencing Friday. According to the Daily Item, she was out on bail since 2018.  On Friday, Judge Saylor sentenced Sones to 4 1/2 to 10 years in prison. Sone’s daughter, who recently turned five, has never fully recovered, but she remains the legal custody of her maternal grandmother.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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