BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS NOVEMBER 17, 2021

MULTI-DAY TRIAL STARTED YESTERDAY FOR MUNCY MAN

A Muncy man, who has been charged with the sexual assault of a 14-year-old started his multi-day trial yesterday. Collin Reid, allegedly forced the girl to sleep in his bed and took nude photos of her. According to Lycoming County Prosecutor Martin Wade, DNA evidence, taken the day of the incident, will be glue to the case. While, on the other side of the courtroom it was defense attorney, Eric Birth, stressed the ideal of guilt beyond a shadow of a doubt.  According to SUN Gazette, the trial, held at the Lycoming County Courthouse, presided over by County Judge Eric Linhardt, is forecast to finish tomorrow.

SHOTS FIRED IN WILLIAMSPORT

Gunshots rang through the neighborhood of Prospect Avenue and Linn Street, with one hitting a moving vehicle, last night around 6 p.m. According to police, there were no reported injuries and witnesses claim up to seven gunshots were heard. Although the vehicle struck was impounded, there are no clear reasons why it was struck by bullets. If you have any information on this incident, please contact the Williamsport Bureau of Police. This shooting remains under investigation.

 

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK IN WILLIAMSPORT

A pedestrian was struck and critically injured on Washington Boulevard last night. The pedestrian was taken to UPMC in critical condition after being struck by a Chevy Malibu in the 200 block. The driver was questioned by Williamsport Bureau of Police. This incident remains under investigation.

LATEST COVID-19 CASES ADDED YESTERDAY

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Tuesday reported COVID-19 cases. Clinton County reported 23 new cases. In Centre County 24 new cases were recorded. Lycoming County added 126 new cases, 71 in Northumberland County, 28 in Snyder, 11 in Union and seven in Montour. Tioga County had 37 new cases listed yesterday.

 

APPEAL APPROVED FOR GOV TOM WOLF AND MASK MANDATE

A Pennsylvania judge yesterday said an order that requires masks inside K-12 schools and child care facilities to contain the coronavirus must expire Dec. 4, although that is unlikely to be the final legal development in the case. The ruling by Commonwealth Court Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon comes a week after her court threw out the statewide mask mandate. When Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration appealed to the state Supreme Court, the automatic suspension of that decision has been granted. Cannon’s ruling, in theory, gives time for the state Supreme Court to take up the case, or for Wolf’s administration to write and enact a mask mandate through an emergency regulation.

INSPIRE INITIATIVE IN PA

Governor Tom Wolf and the Appalachian Regional Commission today announced that more than $1.5 million through the INvestments Supporting Partnerships In Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE) initiative has been awarded to four Pennsylvania projects that help people with substance use disorder (SUD) to successfully get a job or re-enter the workforce.Workforce Solutions for North Central Pennsylvania received a $500,000 award for the PROSPER – From Recovery to Career program. Partners in the collaboration will provide SUD-awareness training to local businesses, certify more recovery specialists and provide customized career planning services to dozens of job seekers.

PROGRAM PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY FOR MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS TRANSITIONING TO CIVILIAN CAREERS

As part of Geisinger’s continued commitment to military service members and veterans, the Geisinger Military Fellowship Program is a 12-week workplace learning experience for service members as they explore civilian career options after the military. Geisinger employs more than 700 military veterans and service members across northeastern and central Pennsylvania in various roles including physicians, nurses, Life Flight pilots, information technology and human resources, among others.

BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS NOVEMBER 16, 2021

 

WRITE-IN VOTES COUNTED AND COMPLETE IN LYCOMING COUNTY

The Lycoming County vote is now official and complete, winners in the November election for school board and municipal seats are now decided. According to Forrest Lehman, county voter services director, the official count had no glaring discrepancies. According to Sun Gazette, the vote totals are not official until the completion of the last official count and state law mandates an official count following each election.  Write in winners include those for borough council, township supervisors and school boards. They included;  Jersey Shore Area School District• Jessie L. Edwards, Region 1, Picture Rocks Borough Mayor• David L. Bender, and South Williamsport Borough Council• Richard A. Kershner Jr., Two-Year Term were just a few of those decided recently.

 

LIFE INSURANCE FOR PA NATIONAL GUARD LEGISLATION

On November 10, legislation to expand life insurance for members of the Pennsylvania National Guard, HB 1612, unanimously passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Title 51 allows for a voluntary life insurance program for service members of the Pennsylvania National Guard. That program is under the Service member’s Group Life Insurance, also known as SGLI. Under existing Pennsylvania law, the SGLI is applicable under the following duty statuses:  Federal activation for a period of 30 days or more for combat operations and combat zones, known as Title 10 orders, or State Activation for active duty for emergencies within Pennsylvania known as EMAC orders. HB 1612 addresses a shortcoming in the type of active duty not currently covered under state statute. My legislation addresses Federal Activation to assist in an Emergency in another state or Federal jurisdiction, known as Title 32 orders. My bill will ensure that members of the PA National Guard will have life insurance coverage under all types of active duty orders. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

EDUCATION LEGISLATION IN HOUSE BILL 1041

Recognizing that education is not a one-size-fits-all solution for every child, the House last week advanced legislation that would give parents and students the ability to design a more individualized educational model. House Bill 1041 would permit home education students to attend up to four academic classes during a school day and participate in co-curricular activities, such as marching band, as well as have access to programs offered at career and technical education centers. Enabling parents to supplement their children’s home education courses with classes offered by their local public school, as well as to participate in co-curricular activities, would maximize the academic potential for those children. House Bill 1041 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

 

CLICK IT OR TICKET

Pine Creek Township Police Department today announced that they will partner to participate in a national “Click It or Ticket” Seat Belt Enforcement initiative from November 15 through November 28, 2021. The goal is to reduce unbelted injuries and deaths on Pennsylvania highways through coordinated enforcement using Traffic Enforcement Zones and Roving Patrols. Traffic Enforcement Zones combine stationary enforcement and checkpoint tactics on roadways with high numbers of unbuckled crashes. Citations will be issued to motorists who are caught unbuckled or transporting unrestrained children. According to PennDOT data there were 12,562 unrestrained crashes that resulted in 330 fatalities in 2019.

 

CHRONIC WASTING EVENT BY PA GAME COMMISSION

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is hosting an open house to inform the public about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The event is set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 18th, at the Tri County Church, 1881 Old State Hwy 255, DuBois PA 15801. To limit spread of CWD, the Game Commission has enacted special regulations in several spots around Pennsylvania. These areas are known as Disease Management Areas (DMAs). There are five DMAs across the state. The newest, DMA 6, was created in response to a CWD-positive road-killed deer found outside of Brockway PA. It covers around 100 square miles over parts of Clearfield and Elk County. Regulations within DMA – which include bans on feeding deer, using or possessing cervid urine-based attractants, and moving high-risk deer parts – are to limit the spread of the disease.

WINTER DRIVING IN PENNSYLVANIA

With winter weather here, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) encourages motorists to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com.PennDOT maintains nearly 40,000 miles of state-administered roadway and 25,400 bridges, which translates to approximately 95,000 snow lane miles. During the winter months, the public can find plow-truck locations and details of when the state-maintained roadways were last treated by selecting the “Plow Trucks” in 511PA. Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

AUTOPSY SET FOR TODAY FOR CLINTON COUNTY PRISON DEATH

The investigation continues, according to therecordonline.com, the Clinton County Coroner  Zack Hanna distributed a press release. It reads … In regards to the death investigation of Ms. Jamie Jackson, who died at UPMC Lock Haven Hospital on November 14, 2021, the autopsy examination procedure is scheduled to be performed on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at Mt. Nittany Medical Center, State College, PA. Ms. Jackson’s cause and manner of death will remain pending until full autopsy results are available. 

SENATE BILL 275  BANNING SPECIFIC FUEL SOURCES

It is legislation that is designed to prevent municipalities from the banning of specific fuel sources and it was passed by the Pennsylvania Senate.  Senate Bill 275, according to the center square, is set up to prevent an “unworkable patchwork” of restrictions that, if left unchecked, could expand through the commonwealth’s over 2,500 municipalities. The bill, sponsored by Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Chair Gene Yaw, R-Williamsport, stressed that both businesses and homeowners would be able to access any energy source, these could include wind, natural gas, solar and others.  The bill now travels to the House for further consideration.

LOCAL COVID-19 CASES

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Monday reported new COVID-19 cases. Clinton County reported ten new cases. In Centre County 37 new cases were recorded. Lycoming County added 32 new cases. Tioga County had 16 new cases. On Monday, there were 27 new cases in Northumberland County, 13 in Union and six in Snyder. There were no new cases in Montour County.

THE INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTIMENT AND JOBS ACT

Governor Tom Wolf joined fellow governors and President Joe Biden today at the White House as the president signed the historic, bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law. The new law will provide, over the next five years, more than $13 billion to address roads and bridges, $2.8 billion for public transportation, $100 million to expand high-speed internet access, and more to Pennsylvania.

NO TAX INCREASE IN LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP FOR EARLY VERSION OF BUDGET

It was a unanimous, 5-0 vote that allowed their 2022 General Fund Budget to be set on public display. Loyalsock Township Supervisors, in a recent meeting, noted the current real estate tax, which is set at .5 mill, will remain the same for 2022. According to Township Manager, Bill Burdett, all of the townships current services and programs will be offered without the increase in rates or fees. According to SUN Gazette, a beginning balance of $2.1 million for the general fund, coupled with 2022 revenues and added expenses, Supervisors estimate a year end balance of $2.2 million.

LOCK HAVEN CITY POLICE LOOKING FOR ASSISTANCE

Lock Haven City Police are requesting assistance with information from Sunday, Nov. 14th at 5:30 PM; a pedestrian was struck in the intersection of Bellefonte Ave and Commerce St. in Lock Haven. The striking vehicle, a dark color SUV, did not stop and fled the scene south on Commerce St then turned Left onto W Bald Eagle St. The pedestrian suffered injuries in the crash and has since been released from the hospital. Anyone with information on the vehicle or driver involved in the crash is asked to contact Lock Haven Police Dept.

DOUBLE FATAL ACCIDENT ON ROUTE 220

Wednesday around 12:45 p.m.  on Route 220, a crash took the lives of two elderly residents of Hughesville.  Alda H. Molyneux, 86, and Arthur J. Molyneux, 82, died when their vehicle collided with another on Route 220 near the intersection with Slow Hand Drive, according to northcentralpa.com. A 10-year-old was flown by Geisinger Life Flight to GMC Danville. The driver of the other vehicle, Jessica Liuzza-Charles, of Hughesville, was transported to UPMC. The accident remains under investigation.

BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS NOVEMBER 15, 2021

JOINT STATEMENT REGARDING DEATH OF INMATE

Clinton County District Attorney Dave Strouse, Coroner Zach Hanna and the Pennsylvania State Police have issued a joint statement for immediate release on the death of Jamie Lynn Jackson.  Jamie Lynn Jackson, 36, formerly of East Bald Eagle Street, Lock Haven, was pronounced dead at Lock Haven Hospital at 12:48PM this afternoon following a medical emergency. Jackson has been held at Clinton County Correctional Facility in McElhatten while awaiting trial in the Spring of 2022 for the murder of 9-year-old Anson Stover in November of 2020.  Earlier in the day Sunday, Jackson reportedly experienced a medical emergency at the correctional facility and was taken to Lock Haven Hospital by Ambulance. Cause and manner of death are pending the results of an autopsy.  Initial reports are that there were no other individuals involved in incident, and officials have no indication of foul play.

BURGLARY, CRIMINAL TRESPASS AND MORE ON WILLIAMSPORT MAN

On 11/12/2021 at approximately 10:15 AM, officers from Williamsport Bureau of Police were dispatched to the 100 block of Union Ave for a report of criminal mischief. NICOLAS CARMINE GRIECO was identified by the caller as unlawfully entering a garage and causing damage to a vehicle. GRIECO then fled the scene. GRIECO was located several minutes later emerging from 1542 Sherman Street and taken into custody without incident. GRIECO was arraigned before MDJ Solomon on charges of Burglary, Criminal Trespass, Criminal Mischief and Possessing Instruments of a Crime and committed to Lycoming County Prison. Williamsport Bureau of Police would like to thank the Pennsylvania State Police, Lycoming County District Attorney’s Office and the Lycoming County Sheriff’s Office for assisting in the rapid response and arrest of GRIECO.

TODAY IS AMERICA RECYCLES DAY

On America Recycles Day (November 15), EPA recognized the importance and impact of recycling, which has contributed to American prosperity and the protection of our environment. The recycling rate has increased and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Agency study found that recycling and reuse activities in the United States accounted for over 680,000 jobs and $38 billion in wages. The recycling efforts of communities and business throughout the United States have helped with this success and growth. To build on our progress, EPA encourages every American to contribute by recycling right, not only on every annual America Recycles Day, but all year. This means checking with your local recycling provider to be certain that they will accept everything you place in your recycling bin. Items like cardboard, metal cans and paper are commonly accepted by local curbside programs, and items like plastic bags, electronics and batteries can NEVER go in the curbside recycling bin.

CONGRESSMAN KELLER VISITS LYCOMING COUNTY

Recently, Congressman Keller spent time in Lycoming County. His team checked in with Ground Shaker Transport, a leading transportation company in the region and an important partner to Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry. Keller was also invited to visit with the Central PA Chamber, who hosted him   during their Legislative Event. Keller also took the time to tour Shop-Vac.

LOCAL COVID-19 CASES

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Sunday reported new COVID-19 cases, Clinton County reported 39 new cases. In Centre County 64 new cases were recorded, Lycoming County added 87 new cases, Northumberland  had 48 new, Montour 16, Snyder 13, Union 23 and Tioga County ha  52 new cases listed yesterday.

CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY SEAT CHECK TONIGHT

Pennsylvania State Police in Milton remind you in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “National Child Passenger Safety Week” the troopers of Troop F in Milton are conducting a Child Passenger Safety Seat Check event tonight from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at this station 50 Lawton Lane, Milton.

STATE POLICE ARREST BOY WHO CLAIMED TO HAVE A BOMB

State Police in Lamar reported the arrest of a 15-year-old male who, at 12:50 p.m. on November 11th, while at Central Mountain High School in Mill Hall, announced to a cafeteria full of students and faculity that he had a bomb in his backpack. State police responded and the search yielded negative results. The boy was arrested and there is no safety concern for facility, staff or students.

BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS NOVEMBER 14, 2021

ATTEMPT TO EVADE WILLIAMSPORT POLICE

In an unsuccessful attempt to evade police, a driver took his Honda Accord into a utility pole and he went to the hospital. According to SUN Gazette, the early Saturday morning police pursuit was a brief event that occurred on Oliver Street in Williamsport. According to police, the incident began when a driver, who was allegedly flashing a handgun in the establishment, ran from The Bar on Market Street around 2 a.m. The Williamsport Police advise his identity will be released once he is formally arraigned from the multiple felonies he faces once he is released from UPMC.

NATIONAL RECYCLING DAY ON MONDAY

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell will join members of the recycling community to celebrate National Recycling Day, and unveil “Guidelines for Recycling in Your Community,” a simple guide to help residents and businesses understand recycling in Pennsylvania. DEP oversees the statewide recycling program in Pennsylvania, but all recycling is handled at the local level, with many municipalities and counties managing their own recycling programs, complemented by recycling services offered by private and non-profit organizations. The new booklet will help Pennsylvanians to recycle correctly by finding recycling programs in their local area, learning their local rules, and following them to maximize the social, environmental, and economic benefits of recycling.

JAPANESE BARBERRY TO LIST OF NOXIOUS WEEDS

​ The PA Department of Agriculture added Japanese Barberry, or Berberis thunbergii, to a list of noxious weeds — plants that cannot be legally sold or cultivated in the state. The popular, non-native, ornamental shrub forms dense, prickly thickets that crowd out plants and disrupt native ecosystems. It is also thought to harbor black-legged ticks that spread lyme disease. The ban on sale and cultivation took effect October 8, 2021. Enforcement of the ban will be phased in over two years to allow time for nurseries to eliminate it from their stock, find non-harmful alternatives, and develop seedless, sterile varieties that pose less threat to the environment and agriculture. Landscape and nursery businesses will receive notices of the timeline, procedures and exemption process for sterile varieties. Property owners should consider eliminating the shrubs on their land.

Missing Person Juvenile-Update Flanders has been safely located and returned home without incident.  

Than The Williamsport Bureau of Police is attempting to locate 13 year old Mahiiya Flanders of Williamsport City. Flanders is currently entered as a missing person juvenile and was last seen on 11/12/2021 in the Newberry area of Williamsport around 4:30 pm after attending school. Flanders is also believed to have been in the area of Flanigan Park around 4:45 PM.

WILLIAMSPORT MAN REMAINS MISSING

The Williamsport Bureau of Police is currently attempting to locate Bradley Racey, who was last seen leaving the Newberry Section of Williamsport on October 27, 2021, at approximately 1:50 AM. Anyone with information regarding Racey’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Williamsport Bureau of Police.Top of FormBottom of Form

Lock Haven City Police News Release

On 11-10-21, Kimberly Schmidt, 62, Lock Haven, attempted to use someone else’s urine to take a drug test for probation.  Schmidt has been charged with Furnishing Drug Free Urine.  Charges are being filed against Jason Walters, 47, Lock Haven, for Terroristic Threats, Criminal Mischief, and Harassment.  On 10-29-21, Walters threatened the victim via text and damaged the victim’s storm door and three tires on a vehicle.

BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS NOVEMBER 13, 2021

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.

BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS NOVEMBER 12, 2021

UPMC WILLIAMSPORT’S HEROSCAPE 

In recognition of Veterans Day, UPMC and Penn College broke ground at UPMC Williamsport for a new HeroScape project which will create a new outdoor space on the front lawn of the hospital campus in honor of veterans in the community. The space will feature a statue of a soaring eagle and medallions of the six branches of military service. The work for this project is expected to be completed next spring and UPMC is planning on a special recognition event next year to showcase the new space.

A SUIT SETTLED AGAINST WILLIAMSPORT

A police excessive force and malicious prosecution suit against the city of Williamsport has been settled. The suit, looking for upwards of $275,000, was due to an incident during the administration of then Mayor Gabriel J. Campana. In the U.S. Middle District Court Wednesday, a stipulation of dismissal notice was filed. According to SUN Gazette, the stipulation was in regards to the litigation Dana S Sealander had taken against Williamsport City and its officers Ryan Brague and Laura Miller Kitko. Even though, these matters are typically privileged matters, handled by means of city liability insurance, there were no comments available from either administration or council.

UPDATED LOCAL COVID-19 CASES

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Thursday reported new COVID-19 cases. In Clinton County 40 new cases were reported. Centre County saw an increase of 71 new cases, while Lycoming County went up by 113 and Tioga had 35 new cases registered yesterday. There were 79 new cases registered in Northumberland County, 22 in Snyder, 14 in Union and 10 in Montour.

ACCIDENT DUMPS 275 GALLONS OF USED VEHICLE OIL

Over 275 gallons of used vehicle oil dumped on the roadway, when a driver lost control of his trailer. He was driving west on Route 304, near the borough of New Berlin, , Union County yesterday around 8 am, when the trailer rolled over and disengaged from the vehicle that was towing it, causing 275 gallons of used vehicle oil to spill all over the roadway. Environmental services were on scene cleaning at the time of crash. The driver refused treatment and transport to the hospital; however he was issued multiple citations. Penndot had the road closed for the cleanup and were provided documentation on scene.

TRAFFIC STOP ON INTERSTATE 80 YIELDS DRUG ARRESTS

A traffic stop in Union County of Interstate 80 yielded State Police upwards of 18 pounds of marijuana and other illegal cannabis products during a traffic stop with two New York residents on Monday. According to reports, the vehicle they were in had Ohio plates and was traveling at a high rate of speed. Troopers stopped the vehicle and identified the occupants as Tammy D. Goss, 29, and Joseph L. Bitonti, 26, both of Franklin Square, were charged with felonies, filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey Mensch, Mifflinburg. Held on $100,000 cash bail following their arraignments, both are scheduled for preliminary hearings Tuesday.

CHARGES OF CHILD ABUSE FOR KREAMER COUPLE

Child abuse charges are leaved on a Kreamer couple after Geisinger Medical Center see signs of possible shaken baby syndrome.  Gregory and Jennifer Lachat took their 9-month-old infant to the Danville hospital on oct 27 when the child was suffering from seizures.. During the exam, it was determined that the child’s current and prior brain traumas are all consistant with shaken baby syndrome, according to daily item. The lachatws wer charged with multiple felonies and are held in lieu of $100,000 cash bail at Snyder County Prison.

LEWISBURG AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT BUDGET DEFICIT

Nearly $1.1 million of a beginning budget deficit hangs in the background as the Lewisburg Area School District, both administrators and the Board of Directors begin the tedious work  of balancing their financials, including spending for next school year. According to the Daily Item, although it is only the 8th time in the past 10 years that the taxes have been increased,  a 0.52 mills tax increase has been approved. The reason for the increase is because over half of the local revenue is in the form of property taxes. Looking ahead to the next budget, increasing costs, including; contracted employee raises, potential increases in health insurance and charter school tuition, help to put the revenue expenses higher than current numbers.

SKILL GAMING ACT IN PENNSYLVANIA COURTS

The Pennsylvania Capital Star is reporting…  They’ve made their way into bars and convenience stores across Pennsylvania, but so-called “skill games,” which critics have labeled as unregulated and illegal, are the subject of an ongoing battle in Harrisburg.  While some want the games banned, arguing that they annually result in millions of dollars in lost revenue for the Pennsylvania Lottery and casino industry, one Republican state lawmaker — who considers them a lifesaver for businesses — wants to tax the machines Yaw, joined by state Reps. Jeff Wheeland, R-Lycoming, and Danilo Burgos, D-Philadelphia, announced plans for legislation, dubbed the “Skill Gaming Act,” that will tax and regulate the skill games.

MANDATORY RECOUNT

The results of a tight race for a seat on the statewide Commonwealth Court will be recounted because two candidates finished within a half-percentage point of each other in last week’s election, the Pennsylvania Department of State announced this week. The race pits Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Lori Dumas, the Democrat, against former Pennsylvania Senate Republican aide Drew Crompton, who was appointed last year to fill a Commonwealth Court vacancy until a replacement could be elected. Commonwealth Court handles cases involving state government and local governments. Since automatic recounts were authorized in 2004, the law has been triggered five times, with two recounts carried out. The recount will begin on Nov. 17 and must be completed by noon on Nov. 23. Results will be published on electionreturns.pa.gov. The department estimates that the recount will cost at least $1.3 million of taxpayer funds.

 

GEISINGER SAYS THANK YOU TO VETERANS

To thank local Veterans for their service to our country, Geisinger served more than 2,300 meals during drive-through Veterans Appreciation dinners at nine locations across its service area on Wednesday, Nov. 10. The dinners for U.S. Military Veterans and guests were provided at no cost to participants. While the event is traditionally a sit-down meal, it was served in a drive-through format for the second year in a row due to safety precautions in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS NOVEMBER 11, 2021

MASK MANDATE THROWN OUT IN COURT

An order by Pennsylvania’s acting health secretary that requires masks inside K-12 schools and child care facilities was thrown out yesterday by a state court that said she lacked the authority. The Wolf administration put the decision on hold by filing an immediate appeal. Commonwealth Court sided 4-1 with the ranking Republican in the state Senate and others who sued to challenge the masking order that took effect in early September as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Within hours of the decision, it was put on hold when Health Department lawyers filed an appeal to the state Supreme Court. The judges said Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam’s mandate did not comply with the state’s laws about reviewing and approving regulations and was adopted without an existing disaster emergency declared by the governor.

 

LOCAL CASES OF COVID-19 FROM YESTERDAY

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Wednesday reported new COVID-19 cases. In Clinton County 70 new cases were reported on Wednesday. Centre County saw an increase of 51 new cases, while Lycoming County ballooned by 131 and 26 new cases in Tioga County. There were 89 were registered in Northumberland County, 18 in Snyder, 21 in Union and eight in Montour.

 

GOLD MEDAL TEAM FROM CLINTON COUNTY

The Clinton County Special Olympics volleyball team has brought home gold. According to therecordonline.com, the most recent competition was at Villanova University for their Fall Fest from Nov 4 through the 7th. In addition to their gold medal, the team was chosen to represent Special Olympics PA Volleyball in June 2022 in Orlando, FL, as the only Pennsylvania volleyball team.

CHIPS ACT IN PENNSYLVANIA

Governor Tom Wolf and a bipartisan group of governors sent a letter to Congressional leaders today urging Congress to help create hundreds of thousands of American jobs and incentivize domestic semiconductor production by passing the Creating Helpful Incentives for the Production of Semiconductors for America (CHIPS) Act. The global shortage of semiconductors has idled automotive manufacturing plants across the country, affecting more than 575,000 American jobs. The CHIPS Act would encourage semiconductor production to return to the U.S, providing a key material used in automobiles, health care devices, farm tractors and combines and the defense industry.

 

NEW ORTHOPAEDIC CENTER IN PENNSYLVANIA

Geisinger today announced plans for The Orthopaedic Center Pennsylvania, a new multi-floor, free-standing orthopaedic care facility. Geisinger is investing $180 million to bring world-class orthopaedic care to central and northeastern Pennsylvania – and beyond – in one location through the new specialty care center. The new facility in Buckhorn will be located off Mall Boulevard near the Columbia Mall, so community members don’t need to leave the area for advanced bone, joint and muscle care. Surpassing large-scale orthopaedic hospitals in major metropolitan areas, The Orthopaedic Center Pennsylvania will serve patients in central and northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond by featuring specialized operating rooms and a dedicated inpatient unit focused on recovery and mobility after surgery.

 

NEW SCOREBOARD UP AND RUNNING

It has been a project, in the works for a while, and now they are soon ready to reveal it to the community at Muncy Bank Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field. Williamsport Mayor Derek Slaughter reported the scoreboard, which is also a videoboard, up and ready for reveal. With many people to thank for the support of the project, Mayor Slaughter advised there would be a dedication ceremony in the very near future.

CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION FOR RESCUE PLAN FUNDS

The rescue plan funds, public work session meeting is planned for the Williamsport City Council on Monday, November 15th at 7pm. The meeting will highlight the funds and the many uses for it within the city. According to Mayor Derek Slaughter, the meeting will be virtual and available for viewing on the Williamsport City You Tube Channel.

 

TAX DECREASE IN UNION COUNTY

The preliminary operating budget, adopted by the East Buffalo Township Supervisors includes a reported tax decrease, according to the Daily Item. The projected budget, including  both revenue and expenses finds the budget balanced at $5,362,288 with an operating carry over of just under $5 million. The budget is open to viewing at the office located on Fairground Road and also online.  Next month, during the supervisors meeting, the final version will see a vote.

 

THEFTS FROM STORAGE UNIT

Unknown suspects forced entry into a storage unit in Delaware Township, on State Route 405, sometime between October 28 and November 3. The actor or actors reportedly stole numerous NASCAR racing jackets, NASCAR hats, coin collections and other collectibles. Stolen items have an estimated value of $6500. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the State Police in Milton.

 

A NEW CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

It is a new Christmas program, presented by the South Williamsport Police Department and sign up nights for families that wish to be recipients of gifts provided by the Christmas program. There will be two (2) sign up dates: 1. Saturday, November 13th from noon-3pm 2. Monday, December 6th from 5pm-8pm

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

EXEMPTIONS GIVEN, BUT THEY ARE  STILL REQUIRED TO TEST

They received religious exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.  Now, 73 Geisinger employees are seeking a federal injunction to block the medical giant from requiring mandatory twice-weekly testing for COVID. In their class action court petition, which was filed on Monday, employees report they would be terminated on Nov 16 if they refuse three tests, which began Tuesday.  According to the Daily Item, a telephone conference is set for attorneys on November 15th with presiding judge, Chief U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann.

BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS NOVEMBER 10, 2021

 

MAN DRIVES THROUGH HIS GARAGE, TAKEN TO HOSPITAL

A one vehicle accident, which involved a vehicle running into the residence on the 2300 block of Grand Street just before 8 p.m. Monday.  According to SUN Gazette, Williamsport Police, while continuing to investigate, suspect the elderly driver drove into this driveway and then continued through his garage door. Once he crashed through the garage door, his vehicle ruptured the water line and damaged a washer/dryer and hot water heater. This got the attention of neighbors, who called for an ambulance. The driver was assisted onto a stretcher and taken to UPMC Williamsport by ambulance.

TAX INCREASE IN THE BOROUGH

When the real estate taxes for 2022 were discussed at the latest Montoursville Borough Council meeting, council determined they were receiving a pattern of less state aid, combined with an increase in their expenditures.  In order to assist in the remedy for their situation, the council proposed a .5 mil tax increase. According to Borough Council Secretary and Treasury, Ginny Gardner, the costs inspiring the increase in taxes for residents included; pension plans and wages. The $2,456,199 balanced general fund budget is expected to pass the council next month. According to SUN Gazette, in 2018, the last time taxes were raised, taxes went up 4 mils. The next borough council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the John Dorin Municipal Building.

 

CHARGES FILED IN HOMICIDE CASE

It was another twist to an already disturbing story. Chief Christopher Kriner of the Old Lycoming Township Police Department has released another press release. He is working, with the Lycoming County District Attorney’s office on the homicide case involving the bodies of the young girls that were found over the weekend. Yesterday, around 4 p.m. Michele Butler was taken into custody and charged with two counts of felony endangering the welfare of children and one count of obstruction. She was arraigned and committed to an out of county correctional facility. Michele Butler is the mother of Echo Butler, who is accused of concealing information related to the deaths of two of Snyder’s children. Michele Butler’s preliminary hearing is before Judge Solomon Nov. 17.

 

100 YEARS OLD TOMORROW

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, has stood 100 years, guarded day and night, and will be honored tomorrow, Veterans Day. The American Legion Post 201 in Sunbury with assistance from the North Shore Railroad, will be holding a ceremony along the Third St rail line. There, a train’s horn will sound 21 times, followed by a two minute moment of silence. According to an online media source, the ceremony will conclude with a final blast of the train’s horn, recognizing a Veteran’s Day symbol and honoring the dead.

 

LEAVES REMOVAL IN THE CITY

Williamsport Mayor Derek Slaughter has reported that the city has three trucks currently picking up leaves through the city. He reminds residents the leaf pick up will continue as conditions permit throughout the season and beyond. As leaves fall on wet roadways, intersections are slick and can be hazardous. Please slow down and use caution at these times.  Leaf pick up has begun in other communities throughout the area.

 

 

FIREARMS BILLS PASS THROUGH STATE SENATE

Pennsylvania’s state Senate on Tuesday approved two veto-bound firearms bills, including one to allow people to carry a loaded gun openly or concealed, without a permit, and another to punish municipalities that impose firearms ordinances that are stricter than state law. Despite a certain veto from Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, floor debate lasted nearly three hours, as Democrats warned that the result of such legislation becoming law would be more death and more violence amid already-spiking gun violence and the spread of illegal guns. Republicans brushed aside the arguments, saying cities elsewhere with strict gun laws still have problems with gun violence and that law-abiding gun owners should not need the government’s permission to carry a firearm.

BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS NOVEMBER 9, 2021

PRESS CONFERENCE RELEASES SOME DETAILS SURROUND BODIES FOUND

Yesterday morning, around 10:30 a.m., Chief Christopher Kriner held a press conference, in order to update the community on the progress of the homicide investigation involving the deaths of two young females and their remains discovered this weekend. Based on an arrest warrant for endangering the welfare of children and obstruction, Marie Sue Snyder was taken into custody by the United States Marshals Service-Lycoming County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Task Force. The interview led to the search which led to the bodies in the back yard of the residence at 653 Livermore Road.  The identities of the 4 and 6-year-old children were confirmed and their remains were sent to Erie Pa for further analysis. This is a homicide investigation.

DOC OFFERS COVID-19 BOOSTER TO STAFF AND INCARCERATED PERSONS

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for individuals who live or work in high-risk settings, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) today began offering COVID-19 boosters to staff and the incarcerated population at its facilities. More than 90 percent of the incarcerated population has been vaccinated against COVID-19. Similar to the DOC’s initial vaccination efforts, those who receive a booster will be given a $25 incentive in their commissary account from the Inmate General Welfare Fund (IGWF). The IGWF self-supporting and not taxpayer funded.

INTERSTATE 81 SUSQUEHANNA PROJECT

The I-81 Susquehanna Project is a candidate for bridge tolling through the PennDOT Pathways Major Bridge Public-Private Partnership Initiative. The Pathways program seeks to identify potential alternative funding solutions for transportation in the state. Under the initiative, tolls collected would be used for the bridges’ construction, maintenance and operation. The I-81 Susquehanna Project is a nine-mile stretch of reconstruction and repair work along Interstate 81 from New Milford Borough to the New York border.

MASK MANDATE CHANGES IN JANUARY

Governor Tom Wolf today announced the intention to return the commonwealth’s K-12 school mask requirement to local leaders on January 17, 2022. Upon the expiration of the statewide mandate, local school officials will again be able to implement mitigation efforts at the local level. At that time, schools may continue requiring mask-wearing based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.  The current Secretary of Health order requires masks to be worn inside K-12 school buildings, early learning programs and child care providers for both children and adults regardless of vaccination status. The full order remains in effect until an additional announcement in mid-January at which time the administration anticipates local K-12 school officials will again be able to implement mitigation efforts at the local level. The full order will remain in effect for early learning programs and child care providers until further notification.

MAYOR  SLAUGHTER REMINDS RESIDENTS OF FALLING LEAVES IN THE CITY

Williamsport Mayor Derek Slaughter has reported that the city has three trucks currently picking up leaves through the city. He reminds residents the leaf pick up will continue as conditions permit throughout the season and beyond. As leaves fall on wet roadways, intersections are slick and can be hazardous. Please slow down and use caution at these times.  Leaf pick up has begun in other communities throughout the area.

DRAFT BUDGET HAS NO PROJECTED TAX INCREASE

Residents of Sunbury will appreciate the work the Sunbury City Council put into the approval of a draft budget that included no tax increases. According to a news outlet, the budget was balanced.  Also at the most recent council meeting, Sunbury Police Chief Brad Hare reported the city has nine full-time officers, something the city hasn’t had since 2017. Hare went on to say their new building should be ready for them by the end of 2021.

MODIFICATION OR ENDING MASK MANDATE IN JANUARY

Pennsylvania school districts will be allowed to modify or end the mask mandate for K-12 students in January, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday, saying it is “time to prepare for a transition back to a more normal setting.” The Democratic governor said that, on Jan. 17, he expects to turn over decisions about masking to local school officials. The state’s universal masking requirement for early learning programs and child care facilities will remain in place. The Wolf administration imposed a statewide mandate in early September amid a surge in infections and hospitalizations from the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus. The mandate sparked a fierce backlash among some parents, and two lawsuits seeking to overturn it are pending.

POWER OF ATTORNEY HELPS THEMSELVES TO $80,000

A Northumberland pair utilized an 85-year-old woman’s bank account to use upwards of $80,000 in shopping purchases which included, but not limited to, personal expenses, vacation in Maryland, gas and heating oil.  A Northumberland couple facing felony theft charges were released on $25,000 unsecured bail on Monday. According to the Daily Item, the state Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations Unit filed unlawful taking and receiving of stolen property, as they were acting a power of attorney for the victim on Melissa and Todd Hoy, who appeared yesterday in front of District Judge Michael Toomey and released on $25,000 unsecured bail. The Hoys are scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in front of Toomey on Nov. 30

STOLEN PUPPIES IN TURBOTVILLE

State police in Milton  seek information on missing puppies . . . Milton state police report a Turbotville man reported someone entered his property and stole two Yorkshire Terrier puppies. The female puppy is valued at $2,500 and the male at $1,800. Please contact Milton state police at 570-524-2662 with any information.

APPROVAL FOR AN AMENDMENT BECOMES HEATED

The borough council in DuBoistown had goals of approving an amendment to their police contract. The DuBoistown Borough has a state mandated police contract with neighboring South Williamsport Borough. The amendment required a vote of the council and a signature from the Mayor. However, according to SUN Gazette, the meeting turned heated and the required paperwork, including the contract, was not signed by Mayor Norm Cowden, who left before official adjournment.  The frustration for Cowden seemed to include a “lock-in” salary increase for the uniformed police officers of 3% from 2024 to 2027. His frustration continued when he expressed concerns over the police presence in DuBoistown. The amendment to the contract passed 4-1.

LOCAL COVID-19 CASES

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Monday reported new COVID-19 cases, the fifth straight day where some numbers have dropped. In Clinton County 17 new cases were reported, Centre County saw an increase of 24 new cases, Lycoming County increased by 63, Tioga County 15, 33 in Northumberland County. There were also 17 cases in Snyder County and 15 in Union County. There were no new cases in Montour County, the first time since Sept. 7 that a Valley county had no cases.

BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS NOVEMBER 8, 2021

STATE SENATOR HONORED

State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) was recognized by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) as a Guardian of Small Business for his impeccable voting record in support of key small business issues during the 2019-20 legislative session. Sen. Yaw also has been a vocal opponent to Pennsylvania joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and has guided the state’s disapproval resolution forward through the legislative process.

 

THEFT OF POWER TOOLS FROM VEHICLE

The Watsontown Police are investigating a theft that occurred between 2200 hours on November 6th and 0800 hours November 7th in the 10 block of E. 3rd St.  It was reported that power tools and a socket set were removed from a vehicle that was parked at that location.  Anyone with information is requested to contact the Watsontown Police at (570)538-2773.

REMAINS FOUND ON LIVERMORE ROAD, WILLIAMSPORT

Local law enforcement and Agents from the FBI believe they may have found the buried remains of Marie Snyder’s two minor female children.  MARIE SUE SNYDER, was taken into custody by the United States Marshals Service-Lycoming County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Task Force, on an Old Lycoming Township Police arrest warrant, charging endangering the welfare of children and obstruction in child abuse cases. Human remains recently discovered, as well as the remains found yesterday on the property, will be sent to a forensic pathologist for further analysis. Old Lycoming Township Police and Detectives from the Lycoming County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the incident as a homicide. The search at the Livermore Rd. property has concluded. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

LOCAL COVID-19 CASE UPDATE

The Pennsylvania Department of Health yesterday reported new COVID-19 cases, in Clinton County 36 new cases were reported, Centre County saw an increase of 37 new cases, while Lycoming County increased by 49, Tioga County had 7 cases, there were 34 new cases in Northumberland County, 11 in Union, five in Snyder and two in Montour.

FATAL CRASH ON INTERSTATE 80

A fatal crash occurred on Interstate 80 near mile marker 184.9 in the east bound lanes.  State Police from Lamar reported a tow company that was removing a disabled semi-trailer was parked on the south berm of Interstate 80.  A vehicle traveled off the south berm and struck the rear of tow vehicle.  The tow truck driver was outside his vehicle and was fatally injured.  The striking vehicle caught fire and the driver was removed by bystanders. He was transported to Lock Haven Hospital by ambulance. Interstate 80 was shut down for a significant period of time for the investigation and clean up.  The investigation is on-going.

GEISINGER EMPLOYEES ARE 100% COMPLIANT

Geisinger announced that 100 percent of its staff chose to protect their communities, patients, and each other by meeting its COVID-19 vaccine policy that was announced in late August. Guided by the core values of safety and high-quality care, Geisinger required that all employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine or an approved exemption by Nov. 1. Geisinger’s policy aligns with federal policies released this week requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers at Medicare and Medicaid participating hospitals and other health care settings as well as employers with more than 100 employees.

UNEMPLOYMENT LAWS TO PROHIBIT REFUSAL TO WORK

With employers across the state struggling to fill vacancies, the House has passed legislation that would update unemployment laws to clarify that people collecting unemployment can’t take steps to avoid being hired. Specifically, House Bill 1819 would prohibit actions to discourage their own hire, such as failure or refusal to attend a job interview or other applicant selection activity without good cause; refusing a job prior to an interview or a discussion of the details of a job with the employer without good cause; or failing to make a good faith effort to obtain employment, as evidenced by any statement or other actions of the claimant intended to discourage the claimant’s hire.
The legislation would also require the Department of Labor and Industry to create forms, or update existing forms, to enable employers to report claimants who discourage their own hire in order to receive unemployment benefits. The bill now goes to the Senate.

 

THE STATE HOUSE WORK SESSIONS FOR THE WEEK

This week the House of Representatives will begin the process of moving legislation to modernize and reform mental health and substance abuse services, ensure quality of care, and additional oversight. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will be taking up a bipartisan package of bills reflective of the work of House and Senate members in doing more for our veteran community and their families. Bills include legislation that will reduce red-tape for veterans and their families, improving veteran’s benefits and ensuring recognition of deceased veterans. This week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will start moving the Senate resolution to disapprove the RGGI entrance regulation with a committee vote today.

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