BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS 4/5/2021

CLINTON COUNTY FUGITIVE FOUND

He was discovered, hiding out with a stockpile of weapons, inside a mountain cabin by the Kentucky State Police. According to northcentralpa.com, Clinton County fugitive Donald Lee Adams, Jr., who burglarized the Clinton County Infant Development building in 2013. Adams fled the state after the burglary. The investigation continues  into the owner of the cabin and the  collection of weapons which were located with Adams.

COVID-19 UPDATED NUMBERS 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has provided updated COVID-19 numbers, locally, Clinton County, 7 , Centre County, 31, Lycoming County 15 , Northumberland County 13 , Union 8,  Snyder 3,  and  Montour County 2.

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

In a report, prepared by Officer Derek Watkins, Sayre Borough Police responded to a call at the Hampton Inn in Athens Township for a female who was reportedly out of control. According to northcentralpa.com, Sally Jo Wildrick, 35, was charged with second-degree felony aggravated assault and multiple misdemeanors. Wildrick is being held on $75,000 monetary bail at the Bradford County Prison. According to court records, Wildrick is still in custody.

POLICE DEPARTMENT AT ODDS OVER ARREST

A dispute was created when a Milton Police Officer’s wife was arrested, accused of trespass, by the neighboring police department.  Jill E. Derr, 63, of Watsontown, charged by Watsontown Police with felony criminal trespass at 1:35 am on March 26, when the homeowner found Derr in their daughter’s room, “hovering over the juvenile’s bed.”  According to the report filed by Watsontown Police, the child was uninjured. Following the arrest of Derr, Watsontown Police Chief Rodney Witherite alleges he went to Milton Police Department, on an unrelated incident and was told, by Milton Police Chief Curt Zettlemoyer, he was not welcome in Milton. The following day, a joint statement from Chief Zettlemoyer and the Borough of Milton appeared in the Standard-Journal. According to the Standard-Journal, the statement denied said allegation, citing their willingness to respond to either borough. Derr is scheduled for a preliminary hearing by Magisterial District Judge Michael Patrick Toomey on April 27.

REAL ID

With six months left until the federal enforcement of REAL ID begins for commercial domestic air travel and other federal purposes, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is reminding Pennsylvania residents who want a REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards to gather their needed documents as soon as possible to ensure they leave plenty of time to get their REAL ID before the federal enforcement date. To date PennDOT has issued approximately 1.1 million REAL ID products. REAL ID is a federal law that affects how states issue driver’s licenses and ID cards if they are going to be acceptable for federal purposes. According to therecord-online.com, there is no requirement that any resident obtain a REAL ID; PennDOT continues to offer standard-issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs. More information about REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions and information on documents required for REAL ID, can be found at www.penndot.gov/REALID.

COVID RESTRICTION LOOSENED IN MULTIPLE STATE DEPARTMENTS

It started yesterday, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has resumed outdoor programming at state parks and expand occupancy limits within state park and forest buildings. The loosened restrictions include: an increase to the amount of participants in an area or project. The Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission (PHMC) will resume welcoming visitors to state-owned historic sites and museums beginning Friday, April 3. Although the restrictions have been loosened, certain restrictions and requirement still apply. According to northcentralpa.com, all visitors, volunteers, and staff must wear a face mask when entering and visiting sites and while near others on the grounds. Social distancing of at least six feet from anyone who is not a member of the same household is required. Capacity will be limited, and handwashing and sanitizing stations will be available for those entering or leaving sites.

CITY HIRING FIREFIGHTERS

The Williamsport Bureau of Fire reported, they are looking for dedicated individuals to join their team, saying the application process is open. According to northcentralpa.com, the Bureau’s application process is outlined on their facebook page. Requirements such as a written exam, physical agility test and oral interview are mentioned. The Williamsport Bureau of Fire offers benefits that included health, vision and dental insurance, paid vacation and sick time, pension benefits and others. Those interested can apply https://www.cityofwilliamsport.org. All applications are due by June 18.

MANSFIELD UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT AND THE UPCOMING INTEGRATION

According to Charles Patterson, Mansfield’s president, university integration is meant to provide additional opportunities for Mansfield students to earn a degree or credential.  As reported by the SUN Gazette, opportunities for students should expand without the loss of each individual school’s characteristics. Mansfield is set to participate in proposed integration with Bloomsburg and Lock Haven Universities. Sustainability was behind the push by PASSHE to explore integrating some of the universities in the system.  According to the SUN Gazette, the plan calls for Lock Haven, Bloomsburg and Mansfield universities in the northeast and California, Clarion and Edinboro universities in the western part of the state to be integrated into two entities. Each would have a single leadership team, a single faculty and staff, a single program array and a single, combined budget, while each university would maintain its own identity. Once the integrations are completed, the Integrated University will hold the accreditation for the three campuses.

DRUG CHARGES

For his part in a heroin and carfentanil distribution conspiracy, a Philaedelphia native, who resided in Williamsport, was sentenced to 16 years in federal prison. U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann sentenced Markeese Askew, 28, one of three men involved in distribution of the drugs, which resulted in a rash of overdoses in summer 2017 in the city and Lycoming County. Brann’s sentence was 192 months and six years supervised release after his prison term. According to SUN Gazette,  Askew previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin and carfentanil, a horse tranqualizer used in cutting the drug for users, resulting in serious bodily injury. Two other men, Nathan Crowder Jr., 32, and Wayne S. Davidson, 27, each were sentenced to 17 1/2 years prison on the charge.

CITY AND COUNTY OFFICIALS VOTING FOR UPGRADES AND DECLARATION OF DISASTER, AMONGST OTHERS

Locally elected and appointed officials, participated in voting on important issues in their communities. According to SUN Gazette, Lycoming County commissioners voted 3-0 to approve funding requests from 11 agencies amounting to more than $1.5 million. Commissioners Scott Metzger, Rick Mirabito, and Tony Mussare voted yes.• Lycoming County commissioners voted 3-0 to extend the Declaration of Disaster Emergency for another 90 days. The Declaration allows the county to continue to be eligible for government funding related to COVID-19 issues. Commissioners Scott Metzger, Rick Mirabito, and Tony Mussare voted yes.• Williamsport City Council voted 5-0 to approve a contract with Larson Design Group to do design for renewal of Lose Park. Councilmen Jon Mackey and Vincent Pulizzi were absent.

Sports:

NCAAWomen

Stanford over Arizona 54-53

Cardinal wins 1st title in 29 years

High School Softball:

Williamsport over State College 7-5

High School Wrestling:

Keystone State Championship

Muncy’s Austin Johnson 1st place

Central Mountain’s Dalton Perry .. 117-pound title in junior high divison

Central Mountain’s Jacob Weaver … 147-pound championship

 

 

 

 

 

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