BACKYARD BROADCASTING APRIL 15, 2021

ACCUSED GUNMAN WAIVED PRELIMINARY HEARING

Accused gunman, Nakoma Ross, waived his preliminary hearing yesterday,  with District Judge William Solomon who then set the Ross’s bail at $500,000. This changed  from a previous no bail as a result of an incident on April 1, at approximately 11:15 am. From his residence in Cogan House Township, Ross fired multiple shots into a neighbor’s occupied residence and then allegedly fired at investigating troopers around 12:45pm, as reported by SUN Gazette. Ross is to face further court action on four counts of assault on law enforcement, nine counts of aggravated assault and related offenses.

NEW BUSINESS OPENING IN AREA

Verilife, a medical marijuana dispensary, is opening up its fourth location in Pennylvania. Loyalsock Township is the new home to a Verilife business at 2300 East Third Street. SUN Gazette reports there will be more than two dozen jobs created with this business. The store officially opened yesterday. To legally purchase medical marijuana, a person must be signed up with the state’s Medical Marijuana Program Registry and be certified by a Pennsylvania physician with having a serious medical condition

NAMING RIGHTS TO BOWMAN FIELD

City Council’s finance committee put forth a positive recommendation to accept a naming rights agreement for Bowman Field. The proposed contract calls for an initial six-year term, first year with no fee and the final five years $32,500 per year, according the SUN Gazette. Muncy Bank and Trust responded. Once approved by council, the bank will put signs in the same location and have potential use of the scoreboard throughout the agreement term. The goal is to keep the signage and not recreate the wheel and rebuild infrastructure, a spokeswoman for Muncy Bank and Trust said.

JOINT CHESAPEAKE BAY POLLUTION REDUCTION PLAN

Loyalsock Township Supervisors this week approved a memorandum of understanding with Williamsport Municipal Sanitary Authority for a Joint Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction plan, according to the SUN Gazette. With the stormwater management systems transferred from the city to the authority and based on the agreement between the city and the township, a memorandum was necessary.The vote was unanimous among supervisors.

JERSEY SHORE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT MEETING

The Jersey Shore Area School District taking advantage of current low interest rates and is set to save $185,468, by refinancing bonds from 2012 and 2015 . In other news, the board voted on the following winter sport head coaches for the 2021-22 school year individually: David Herman, wrestling,; Scott Munro, boys’ basketball, and Darrin Bischof, girls’ basketball; Jonathan Palumbo, swimming; and Bernice Hale, cheerleading. The next board meeting will be at 7 p.m. April 26.

UPDATED COVID-19 NUMBERS FOR TODAY

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today provided updated COVID-19 numbers for our area. Locally, Lycoming 30; Clinton 7; Tioga 8; Sullivan 3 and Northumberland 33.

FELONY CHARGES IN DOMESTIC ALTERCATION

A Union County  hotel is where PSP allege a Williamsport man attempted to strangle a woman.  Tone A. Williams, 24, faces multiple felonies stemming from an incident after 4 a.m. on March 31, Pennsylvania State Police at Milton responded to the Holiday Inn Express in White Deer Township for a domestic disturbance. According to Northcentralpa.com the physical altercation caused injuries ad Williams was arrested and arraigned by District Judge Jeffrey C. Mensch where bail was set at $50,000 monetary, which he posted.

STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO GET VACCINATED

The Departments of Health and Education today encouraged students at Pennsylvania colleges and universities to receive their COVID-19 vaccination before the end of the Spring semester. According to Northcentralpa.com, the DOH vaccine jurisdiction includes 66 counties across Pennsylvania, and everyone over 16 is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine – regardless of occupation, health conditions, residency, or citizenship. Students do not have to be a resident of Pennsylvania to receive the vaccine here.  As of today, reports state more than 6.6 million doses have been administered to more than 4.3 million people.

SEAM TO THE LEWISBURG DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP

State funding has been awarded to the Lewisburg because of the pandemic. Governor Tom Wolf announced yesterday the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership is receiving $50,000 from the state’s COVID-19 Relief-Supporting Elm and Main (SEAM) program. According to Northcentralpa.com it’s one of 43 projects receiving funding, totaling nearly $2 million.

CONSTRUCTION ON SR 11/15 SHAMOKIN DAM

Major Delays Expected on a clean-up project at the Routes 11 and 15 in Shamokin Dam intersection is expected to cause major delays today. PennDOT reported a right lane closure on Routes 11 and 15 south for a soil remediation project from a previous crash.Work will take place between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. near the old K-Mart and now the W&L Nissan dealership.

BUSINESS CLOSING DOORS IN MCELHATTAN

First Quality Enterprises, Inc. is closing its Hygenic division at the McElhattan facility this summer. That report on yesterday was confirmed by Mike Flanagan, Clinton County Economic Partnership President. According to therecordonline.com, approximately 150 employees will be affected, although it is understood all will be offered a position elsewhere on the McElhattan campus or First Quality’s Lock Haven/Castanea operation. Employees were informed of the division shutdown yesterday morning . There is no word on what First Quality may do with the building; late summer was reported the anticipated shutdown date.

STRONG ARMED ROBBERY BOUND OVER FOR COURT

A former Lock Haven man had his case bound over for trial after his preliminary hearing on Tuesday by District Judge Keith Kibler.  Torr T. Gray, 29 accused of strong-armed robbery at a Lock Haven Laundromat, remains incarcerated at the Clinton County Correctional Facility on $75,000 bail while he awaits trial.

OUTSTANDING CRIMINAL WARRANT CLOSED WITH ARREST

The Woodward Township Police reported, with the assistance from Lock Haven Police, they they took Jolene Renee Fisher into custody and arrested her on the outstanding criminal warrant stemming from an incident on March 19, where Fisher caused a disturbance on a school bus. According to therecordonline.com, Fisher was arraigned before District Judge Keith Kibler and  incarcerated in the Clinton County Correctional Facility to await further court proceedings after she was unable to post $15,000 bail.

FELONY CHARGES FOLLOWING FATAL ACCIDENT

On August 11, 2020, Pine Creek Township Police investigated a fatal accident on Route 220 South just after entering into Wayne Township, a warrant was issued for the arrest of 19 year old Dasia Woolf of Lock Haven. She was arrested on Tuesday and charged with multiple felonies and a preliminary hearing will be scheduled.

ARMED ROBBERY WEDNESDAY

An armed robbery last evening at Jersey Mike’s Subs 7431 Westbranch Highway, Kelly Township, Union County at approximately 5:46 pm  had Kenneth Robert Gough Jr, 40, Williamsport entering the business and threatening employees before they put money in a Jersey Mike’s brown bag and he left the store and traveling  north. He was stopped by PSP and transported back to Milton, where he was  charged with multiple felonies, arraigned in front of Magistrate Jeffrey Rowe and  confined to the Union County Jail in lieu of $200,000 straight bail.

BOIL ADVISORY LIFTED

The Williamsport Municipal Water Authority has lifted the boil water advisory that was put in effect for customers located in the following area of the City of Williamsport:

West Fourth Street between Rose Street and Fifth Avenue

Grier Street between West Third Street and West Fourth Street

Fifth Avenue between West Fourth Street and Memorial Avenue

SPORTS:

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL:

CENTRAL MOUNTAIN SHUT OUT LEWISBURG 1-0, SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT TOPPED CANTON 3-1, ST JOHN NEUMANN OVER MONTGOMERY 10-6, MUNCY SHUT OUT BUCKTAIL 15-0, COWANESQUE VALLEY OVER WILLIAMSON 7-6, CENTRAL COLUMBIA OVER HUGHESVILLE 13-2, MIFFLINBURG OVER JERSEY SHORE 11-2, MONTOURSVILLE OVER ST JOSEPH’S 13-3

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL:

MONTGOMERY SHUT OU ST JOHN NEUMANN 15-0, MUNCY SHUT OUT SULLIVAN 17-0, COWANESQUE VALLEY SHUT OUT GALETON 21-0

BOYS TENNIS:

CENTRAL MOUNTAIN OVER JERSEY SHORE  4-1, JUNIATA SHUT OUT MUNCY 5-0,WELLSBORO SHUT OUT TOWANDA 5-0

 

 

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