BACKYARD BROADCASTING APRIL 20, 2021

 

ADDITIONAL CHARGES STEMMING FROM STAND-OFF

Late Monday afternoon, additional felony charges were lodged against Shaheed Gindraw, the 32-year-old man who held city police at bay for more than six hours Friday night at Newberry Estates, 2500 Federal Ave. According to the SUN Gazette, initially jailed on $10,000 bail, Gindraw was recommitted in lieu of $175,000 bail following his arraignment on the new charges before District Judge Christian Frey.

RIVER VALLEY TRANSIT INVESTIGATION

The Office of  Attorney General Josh Shapiro has been investigating the use of multi-million dollar grants over the past decade at River Valley Transit, and discovered upwards of  $65 million in state Department of Transportation grants were received by the bus system throughout the recent decade and, according to details uncovered by SUN Gazette, this doesn’t include monies provided by the Federal Transit Administration. The Attorney General’s Office investigation continues.

PASSHE NOT INCREASING TUITION RATES

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) will not increase tuition rates for the third consecutive year. According to an online news outlet, the move keeps basic in-state tuition for undergraduate students for the 2021-22 academic year at $7,716. The technology fee for students will also remain at $478 for the upcoming academic year. Lock Haven University, Dr. Bashar Hanna, LHU’s interim president noted this was a very positive move for students and community  and for all 14 universities involved in the program.

SHOTS FIRED

Shots fired in Flannigan Park brought officers from Old Lycoming Township, Williamsport, South Williamsport, and Pennsylvania State Police to downtown Williamsport around 8 pm last night. According to Northcentralpa.com, crime scene tape was used to mark off the basketball court and metal detectors  were used in conjunction with the Williamsport Fire Department for lighting and manpower. During this time, an individual was transported to the Williamsport Hospital, however it is unknown if the reason was due to this incident.

DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE

A domestic in the parking lot of Sheetz in Bloomsburg on March 19 began as two people argued over money from the ATM. Willis Vance Person, 57, of Bloomsburg allegedly became physical and assaulted the accuser.  According to a media outlet, Person was charged with multiple misdemeanors stemming from the incident, assigned $25,000 monetary bail and confined to the Columbia County Prison on April 13. His preliminary hearing scheduled for April 28 with Judge Russell Lawton.

MISSING TEEN

Pennsylvania State Police in Bloomsburg are looking for a 16-year-old, last seen Saturday night at 11pm. Sage Rossi, Bloomsburg,  did take her cell phone, which provided a ping that placed it within in a three-mile radius of 1345 Mount Road, Huntington Township, Luzerne County. According to Troopers, they searched the area with negative results. According to Northcentralpa.com, the report says there has not been any activity on the phone or Rossi’s social media accounts since the ping. Anyone with information should call the Bloomsburg State Police.

COVID-19 NUMBER TODAY

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today provided updated COVID-19 totals for our area: Locally,  Lycoming 16; Clinton 8; Tioga 7; Sullivan  2 and Northumberland 8.

LOCK HAVEN ALL IN DAY OF GIVING

Lock Haven University’s All In Day of Giving, the 24-hour fundraiser, held from 10 a.m. Thursday, April 15 to 10 a.m. Friday, April 16, was set to support academic and athletic scholarships for LHU students. According to Northcentralpa.com,  this year, the effort raised more than $150,000 in support.  During the event, various challenges were announced with donors having a chance to unlock additional funding for the academic or athletic programs they care about most. Some of these included; the LHU Foundation First-Time Donor Challenge, the LHU Foundation Soaring Higher Challenge and the PSECU Most Money Raised Athletics Challenge.

ACCIDENT ON SR 15

An overturned tractor-trailer truck, carrying wood, rolled down an embankment, when negotiating a turn on the Route 15 South spur yesterday around 12:45pm. According to an online media source, the driver, Jose Diaz, 55, New Jersey, was transported and treated at UPMC for injuries sustained. Although not fully blocked to traffic, the area was reduced to a single lane during clean up. Fire police from area departments responded and assisted with traffic direction.

GOVERNOR WOLF VACCINE

Governor Tom Wolf received his first COVID shot yesterday at Family First Health in York. In keeping with his word, Governor Wolf waited until all Pennsylvanian adults were vaccine eligible. He sent a message on Twitter saying he was excited to be just one of more than 2.7 million Pennsylvanians who have received at least one dose. It is not known which does he was given.

CROSSCUTTERS FAN CUTOUTS

With state mandated capacity limits and social distancing expected to be part of the Williamsport Crosscutters upcoming season, the team has announced the availability of Fan Cutouts for the 2021 campaign. All orders will be verified by the Williamsport Crosscutters, as there is a short list of things not permitted on the photo. Fans wishing to order a cutout can do so by visiting Crosscutters website and following the easy step by step process. To have your cut out in the stands for Opening night, May 25th, orders must be in by May 13.

Sports:

High School Baseball

South Williamsport shut out Towanda 18-0

Montoursville over Mifflinburg 6-4

Canton over Wyalusing 5-4

 

High School Softball

Wellsboro defeated Coudersport 16-6

Galeton over Port Allegany 8-7

Cowanesque Valley defeated Oswayo Valley 17-3

 

Boys Tennis

Williamsport shut out Jersey Shore 5-0

Muncy over South Williamsport 3-2

Central Mountain shut out Danville 5-0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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