STATE POLICE CORPORAL UNDER ARREST
Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Corporal Brian Rickard was charged today with crimes related to obtaining possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, forgery, tampering with records and evidence, theft, obstructing administration of law, and unlawful use of a computer. Charges were filed by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards, Internal Affairs Division in conjunction with the Office of Attorney General.
Corporal Rickard is accused of stealing heroin from the Troop R, Honesdale evidence room, ingesting it while at work and home, and using work computers and programs to cover up the thefts.
TRIAL BEGAN YESTERDAY OVER EDUCATION FUNDING
A Pennsylvania judge heard conflicting descriptions of the state’s education funding as a trial began Friday in a lawsuit designed to compel lawmakers to funnel more money to schools in lower income areas. The case’s central issue is a pattern of wide disparities in spending among the state’s 500 districts and the comparatively low percentage of K-12 education that is paid for by the state government. The trial is being streamed online and is expected to last into January. No matter which side rules, an appeal to the state Supreme Court is likely.
PEDIATRIC VACCINE DISCUSSION PA DEPT OF HEALTH
Pennsylvania Department of Health Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson today led a discussion about the COVID-19 vaccine available for children ages 5 through 11. The event, entitled Vax Facts: Facts About Pediatric Vaccines, is the latest in a series aimed at providing relevant and accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines and addressing the questions of citizens. With parental consent, children ages 5 through 11 are able to receive the free FDA-authorized, CDC-approved and pediatrician recommended Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at pediatrician offices, health centers, pharmacies, and other healthcare provider facilities. The panel also pointed out that children ages 5 through 11 may only receive the Pfizer pediatric vaccine, while children ages 12 through 17 may only receive the Pfizer 12+ vaccine.
PROJECT ABLE IN WILLIAMSPORT
The program was called Project ABLE and it stands for Acceptance by learning experience and the training for city employees did that as it took them a step beyond what their regular day training involves. The Williamsport city employees, as part of the court mandated consent decree, have received accessibility training with help from the Center for Independent Living Roads to Freedom. According to Sun Gazette, in an effort to duplicate what those residents with disabilities deal with each day, city employees underwent multiple stations and activities, including; physical disabilities and mobility issues, communication disorders, vision loss and more. Mayor Derek Slaughter, Council President Randall J. Allison and other members of City Council joined city employees in the training.
COVID-19 LOCAL RESULTS
The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Friday reported new COVID-19 cases. In Clinton County 47 new cases were reported on Friday. Centre County saw an increase of 70 new cases, while Lycoming County went up by 112. Tioga had 50 new cases, 54 cases in Northumberland County, a dozen in Snyder, 10 in Union and five in Montour.
UPMC’S MUNCY ANNUAL LIGHTS OF LOVE CELEBRATION
It is time to light hearts and memories with UPMC’s Muncy annual Lights of Love Celebration. You can help light up the campus in honor or dedication to a loved one to be in the lobbies of both UPMC Muncy and UPMC Muncy Place. According to SUN Gazette, due to COVID-19, the UPMC Muncy Auxiliary have decided against having a lighting ceremony. Starting Sunday, Dec. 5th the lights will shine bright and remain on throughout the holiday season. You can donate by contacting UPMC Muncy. Proceeds from this year’s Lights of Love will benefit UPMC Muncy and UPMC Muncy Place.