BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS JAN 11, 2022

STRUCTURE FIRE IN VACANT BUILDING

Flames tore through a vacant structure yesterday morning.  A building known for being a long time general store in Elimsport, at the intersection of Gap and Elimsport Roads was a total loss.  According to Sun Gazette, with no reports of injuries, firefighters from Washington Township, Clinton Township, Nippenose Valley and Montgomery responded on the initial alarm. Firemen from Warrior Run Area and White Deer responded on the additional alarm.

POSSIBLE SPACE HEATER MALFUNCTION

Fire consumed a mobile home at 74 Ikes Drive around noon yesterday. According to Clinton Township Fire Chief Todd Winder, the fire was out in minutes, but the structure still suffered significant damage. As firefighters were finishing up at this scene, 911 dispatchers received a report of a mobile home fire at 74 Ikes Drive, just north of the Lycoming-Union county line, in Brady Township about 12:15 p.m. According to SUN Gazette, the occupants were uninjured and were received emergency assistance from the local American Red Cross. Chief Winder reported the fire has been ruled accidental.

WARRANT FOR FAILURE TO NOTIFY DEPARTMENT

The Watsontown Police currently have a felony warrant for 57 year old Bautista Beers aka Bautista Bonett with a last known address of 27 ½ Main St. in the Borough of Watsontown.  Beers is a lifetime registrant through the Pennsylvania State Police Megan’s Law Division.  Beers relocated to another residence and failed to update his information as required.  Anyone with information about Beers’ whereabouts are requested to contact the Watsontown Police at (570)538-2773. 

IT IS A SENTENCE IMPOSED FOR RAPE OF A CHILD FOR LOCK HAVEN MAN

Edgar John Willits, Jr., was sentenced yesterday to a total term of 47 years in a State Correctional Institution for Rape of a Child and related offenses.  Following a one-day trial in August 2021, Willits was convicted of multiple felonies.  The sentence was imposed Monday morning by Clinton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael F. Salisbury, who also presided at trial. When offered an opportunity to speak to the Court, Willits said he wanted to apologize to the victim for “any inconvenience” he had caused her.  Before announcing his sentence, Salisbury told Willits that his actions were “despicable, disgusting and heinous,” and that he was appalled by the Defendant’s description of this event as an “inconvenience” to the victim.  Judge Salisbury stated that his goal in fashioning a sentence was to remove Willits from society, so he is no longer able to put children at risk.  Ultimately, the Court imposed a total term of incarceration of up to 47 years, followed by 3 years of mandatory probation.  Willits is considered parole eligible after serving 21 years and 4 months of his sentence, and will be a lifetime Megan’s Law Registrant.

COURT REFUSED

 A Pennsylvania court declined Monday to block an entire subpoena to state election officials in what Republican state lawmakers call a “forensic investigation” of 2020′s presidential election, fueled by former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims that Democrats stole the election. But the statewide Commonwealth Court that issued the seven-page order did not immediately greenlight the release of some information that Democratic state Attorney General Josh Shapiro challenged as being protected by privacy laws. In the unsigned order, the court said state officials and Democratic lawmakers did not persuade it that the subpoena issued in September by a Republican-controlled Senate committee had no legitimate legislative purpose.

NEW MEDICAL FACILITY TO MAKE BETTER HEALTH EASIER FOR PATIENTS CLOSER TO HOME

Geisinger Medical Center Muncy began welcoming its first patients on Monday, Jan. 10. The full-service hospital is part of a clinical joint venture between Geisinger and Highmark Health that expands access to care for those who need it most in a four-county region covering Clinton, Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga counties.  The 120,000-square foot, three-story facility includes an emergency room, clinical decision unit, intensive care unit, surgical suites and primary and specialty care areas. Approximately 300 employees at Geisinger Medical Center Muncy will meet the routine and acute care needs of those living in Lycoming, Sullivan, Clinton and Tioga counties.

 UPDATED COVID CASES IN AREA

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Monday reported new COVID-19 cases. Clinton County reported 56 new cases. In Centre County 305 were recorded. Lycoming County added 93.Northumberland County had 162. Union County added 87. Snyder County had 47 new cases, while Montour County recorded 36. Tioga County added 15.

MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL MOVING TO 100% VIRTUAL LEARNING

The Milton Area School District is experiencing high levels of positive COVID-19 cases and quarantining staff and students due to positive COVID exposure at the secondary complex. To date, we have 28 positive cases in the Middle School and High School, with over 200 students and staff quarantining. We have met the PA DOH criteria for identification of an outbreak and need to move towards outbreak containment. Additionally, we are awaiting test results on two more students. In order for us to preserve in-person learning, they will be going virtual at the Milton Middle School and Milton High School on Tuesday, January 11, Wednesday, January 12, Thursday, January 13, and Friday, January 14. We are closed on Monday, January 17 to observe Martin Luther King Day. Buildings will reopen on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 7:15 AM for in-person learning. The Middle School and High School offices, along with the District Office will remain open. This closure allows us to hit the reset for the 14-day rolling average in our buildings, based on DOH guidelines.

 

FIREFIGHTERS MORN ONE OF THEIR OWN

Old Lycoming Vol Fire Fighters are morning the loss of one of their own.  Chief Paul K. Stroble joined the Old Lycoming Twp Fire Company on January 11, 1965.  He will be interred on his 57th Anniversary date of joining the Company.  He is one of a very seldom seen 3 generation family of firefighters. He served as Chief from 1978 – 1984 and was very active right up until his passing – even when his health was failing.    He will be laid to rest at the Twin Hills Cemetery in a service starting at 9 am …

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