BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS APRIL 19, 2021

 

STAND–OFF IN WILLIAMSPORT CITY

On April 16 at approximately 5:13 pm, a female reported her boyfriend assaulted her, threatened her life and that of her unborn child. She called 911 from  2500 Federal Avenue,  when her boyfriend, an agitated Shaheed Gindraw was alone home with her five-year-old son and  multiple firearms. Williamsport Police, in conjunction with Columbia/Montour SWAT and Lycoming County Hostage Negations Gindraw peacefully surrendered and  was arrested under multiple charges, arraigned before Magistrate District Justice Lepley and committed  to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail.

CHARGES FOR THEFT IN PIATT TOWNSHIP

Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police reported Brian James Murray and Jennnifer Dawes were charged with the break-in of the Piatt Township Municipal Building on Route 220. According to Northcentralpa.com, Murray, 43, and Dawes, 46, face multiple felonies with thefts and damage equaling over $10,000. Murray and Dawes were committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $125,000 bail each.

CASE NUMBER THREE IN ALLEGED CHILD ABUSE CASES

It was case number three, filed Friday, alleging child abuse against Jonathan Kula of Pennsdale. However, he is free without need to post bail, as his bail remains unsecured over the three felony cases against him. According to an online news outlet, the most recent criminal case filed against Kula is by the Muncy Borough Police. Kula, charged with multiple felony counts of unlawful contact with a minor, Magistrate District Justice Kemp set Kula’s bail at $25,000 unsecured on March 19.

DRIVE-BY SHOOTING

Saturday morning, around 1:30, Northumberland County Communication, reported the Sunbury Police are looking for a suspect of  a drive-by shooting on the 500 block on Reagan Street. Reports from Daily Item, allege the suspect discharged approximately five rounds into a home from a vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sunbury City Police.

STATE FUNDING FOR LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

The Warrior Run School District and Northumberland County can expect state funding for safety projects according to Governor Tom Wolf. Warrior Run is receiving over $344,000 for projects to increase sight distance and improve safety at an expanding campus in the district and Northumberland County is receiving over $149,000 for the repair of Bridge 142, jointly owned by Northumberland and Columbia counties. According to an online media outlet, the two projects are part of 43 total projects in 21 counties receiving funding, totaling $45.9 million through the Multimodal Transportation Fund.

FELONY CHARGES FOR WATSONTOWN MAN

A Watsontown man faces felony charges when he allegedly drove impaired, with two young children, ages 5 & 6, in Union County. Doug Eugene Sam Guthrie, 33, pulled over March 31 on Route 15 in Gregg Township by Trooper Logan Spiece of Pennsylvania State Police at Milton. Charges were filed at the office of District Judge Jeffrey C. Mensch. Bail was set at $25,000 unsecured.

HOME INVASION IN TOWANDA

The plea hearing for a Towanda man accused of entering a home and assaulting a person inside their residence is scheduled for May 24. James Steven Kithcart, 33, of Towanda accused by state police at Towanda of causing a person to suffer broken ribs and a collapsed lung from the alleged assault. Court records, per a media outlet, report Kithcart  is  held on $5,000 monetary bail at the Bradford County Prison since Jan. 20.

CONVICTION IN 2019 CASE

A central Pennsylvania jury has convicted a woman of lying to investigators in the 2019 beating death of a 3-year-old girl in which her son faces charges. The AP reports that 51-year-old Christy Willis of Sunbury was convicted on obstruction in child abuse case amongst other charges in conjunction with the October 2019 beating death of Arabella Parker. Willis also proclaimed the innocence of her son, 20-year-old Jahrid Burgess of Port Trevorton, who is charged with homicide. Both are awaiting trial.

CHILD MOLESTATION CHARGES

After a search warrant seized a desktop computer, iPad tablet and cellphone, Timothy Wayne Chrisenberry, 53, of 427 Cemetery St., is charged by the PA State Attorney General’s Office with 49 felony counts stemming from child pornography. Following his arraignment, Chrisenberry was jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail. District Judge Christian Frey ordered Chrisenberry to have no access to the internet and no unsupervised contact with minors.

Sports:

Penn State’s annual Blue-White spring practice was Saturday at Beaver Stadium with no tailgating and general fans couldn’t attend. However, Penn State limited attendance this year to first-year students and families and guests of players, coaches and staff which equaled 7, 521 screaming Penn State fans. Although a far cry from 10,000 regular fans who stream into Beaver Stadium, the turnout gave the coaches, staff and players a hope for a little bit of normalcy.

 

Loyalsock Little League season began on Saturday afternoon at Bruce Henry Park.

 

 

 

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