BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS APRIL 1, 2022

STORMS THROUGH AREA HAVE MANY IN THE DARK

As of this morning, PPL Outage Center still reported multiple locations in our listening area suffering from a power outage as a result of last night’s storms through Lycoming County. In fact, reports say nearly 1540 people remain without power and most do not have an estimated repair time. As reported by WNEP, a stretch of Route 118 was attended to by emergency crews, who, during the night hours were out tarping upwards of five houses. The storm took roofs and downed both trees and power lines in Lairdsville.

WATER MAIN BREAKS RAISE CONCERN AND WATER TO BE BOILED

Two water main breaks in Williamsport have caused the Williamsport Municipal Authority Several to advise several thousand customers to boil their water until further notice as a precautionary measure. The breaks have been repaired; however, those in the affected areas may be at increased risk from microbial contamination due to a loss of positive water pressure that was experienced due to a main break. The affected areas included: Hillside Avenue from Fox Hollow Road to West Fourth Street, West Fourth Street from Millionaire Drive to Daughtertys Run Road, Wahoo Drive (all), Towncrest Road (all), West End Terrace, including Terrace Lane, Centreline Avenue, Laurel Run Circle and Wisteria Lane and Nicely Lane from West Fourth Street to Fox Hollow Road, including Williamsport Area High School and Williamsport Area Middle School. Residents should not drink the water without boiling it first.

 

STRANGULATION CHARGES ON WILLIAMSPORT MAN

A Williamsport man attempted to choke a woman in an apartment in the 1700 block of Four Mile Drive in Loyalsock Township. State police were already present in the apartment due to a domestic and were able to restrain him. As reported by SUN Gazette, Steven Smith-Williams began the assault on March 26th around 7:30 pm. Smith-Williams appeared in front of District Judge William Solomon for his arraignment on multiple charges; including, strangulation and aggravated assault. He was denied bail and remanded to Lycoming County Prison.

 

SUN GAZETTE FILED A RIGHT-TO-KNOW WITH LYCOMING COUNTY

A Right-to-Know request filed by the Sun-Gazette to obtain specific salaries of three county employees has been partially granted by the county government. The Lycoming County Commissioners, in the recent March 10th meeting, approved not only new job titles for positions, but also changes in pay grades for employees in the Information Services Department of the city of Williamsport. As reported by SUN Gazette, Lycoming County had initially refused to release the specifics of the salaries.  The salary figures sought by the Sun-Gazette involved employees whose pay grades had been raised to 11, which has a salary range of $55,818.82 to $82,776.05.

 

UNSECURED BAIL SECURED BY LINDEN MAN

A Linden man allegedly used a hammer to break into a residence in Montoursville. As reported by Northcentralpa.com, Brian Bird during the nighttime hours of March 12, allegedly smashed surveillance cameras and threatened and verbally assaulted the residents of the home. Bird was charged with first degree felony burglary among other charges and his preliminary arraignment was in front of Judge Gary Whiteman. Bird was able to post his $10,000 unsecured bail and earn his release. Bird will appear before Whiteman for a preliminary hearing on April 11.

TROUT SEASON BEGINS TOMORROW

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) reminds anglers that the statewide Opening Day of Trout Season is tomorrow — Saturday, April 2!  The start time is 8:00 a.m. throughout the 2022 season; the PFBC will stock approximately 3.2 million adult trout in 696 streams and 128 lakes open to public angling.  These figures, which are consistent with the number of trout stocked over the past decade, include approximately Rainbow Brown and Brook Trout.  The Commission will also stock approximately 70,000 trophy-sized trout measuring 14″-20″.  Approximately 13,000 golden Rainbow Trout, weighing an average of 1.5 pounds, will also be stocked during preseason and in-season stockings.  During the regular trout season (Opening Day through Labor Day), anglers may keep up to five trout (combined species) per day measuring at least seven inches long.   To purchase a fishing license and trout permit, review trout stocking schedules, and find trout fishing tips, visit www.fishandboat.com.

FIRST GRADUATES OF THE PROGRAM

The Wolf Administration today offered its congratulations to nine students at the Pennsylvania College of Technology (PCT) in Williamsport who completed a four-year registered apprenticeship program in mechatronics — the first graduates of the program. With training in mechatronics, the graduates qualify for jobs in a branch of engineering that focuses on the integration of mechanical, electronic and electrical systems, and that also includes a combination of robotics, electronics, telecommunications and product engineering. Today’s graduates are: Scott L. Andrews Jr., Scott L. Barnes, Thomas R. Botsford, Christopher L. Fisher, Wade E. Greenly, Kyle B. Jessick, Carl E. Smith, Tyler Smith, and Curtis A. Stackhouse.

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