BACKYARD BROADCASTING MAY 10, 2021

WARRIOR RUN SCHOOL DISTRICT CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

After only one month into construction, the Warrior Run School District’s $37 million construction project, which includes an elementary school and stadium, will meet the projected completion date of August 2022. The three story elementary school, which was approved in 2019, will be able to accommodate upwards of 850 students, according to the SUN Gazette.

JAIL TIME FOR HEROIN CHARGES

A Williamsport man, responsible for  heroin overdoses,  received a 25 year prison sentence. Raymond Howard, sentenced to 300 months’ imprisonment followed by a four-year term of supervised release,  by U.S. Middle District Court Judge Matthew W. Brann. According to Acting U.S. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Howard’s distribution of a mixture of heroin and Carfentanil in 2017 caused UPMC Susquehanna in Williamsport and Wellsboro to treat 51 such cases of overdoses within a 48-hour period, according to an online media outlet.

FENTANYL CHARGES TO WILLIAMSPORT MAN 

In charges filed April 26, Williamsport man delivered fentanyl to a confidential informant in 2019. Nazeer K. Burks, 27, is accused by Lycoming County Detective Kevin M. Dent of delivering suspected heroin, which turned out to be fentanyl, three times in 2019, according to northcentralpa.com. Burks was charged with multiple felony counts and confined to the Lycoming County Prison since April 16 in lieu of $85,000 monetary bail set by Lycoming County Magisterial District Judge Christian D. Frey.

 CHARGES FOR PROVIDING A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE TO A JUVENILE 

When a juvenile became very ill from smoking marijuana, city police tracked down Ariana Noel Guiser, 19, charged her on April 20 with multiple misdemeanors. According to Williamsport Bureau of Police Guiser gave marijuana to a juvenile in the 800 block of West 3rd Street. At 7:10 p.m. on March 20, emergency crews were dispatched to a residence for a possible overdose. There, the juvenile told police where they could find Guiser and Travis Johnson. According to northcentralpa.com, Johnson was also charged with one misdemeanor count of intentional possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered.

WILLIAMSPORT CITY BODYCAMS

Williamsport Bureau of Police Chief Damon Hagan, lead of Lycoming County’s largest police department, has expressed an interest in body cameras for his officers. Mayor Derek Slaughter noted the interest has been there for many years and the department has his full support. With a price tag of upwards of $190,000, funding could be the biggest burden, according to northcentralpa.com. Other valley police departments have implemented use of police body cameras with success. Departments such as the City of Sunbury and the Borough of Northumberland use the cameras and Point Township Police will implement the technology this month.

 MAIL IN DEADLINE FOR MAY 18 PRIMARY

Tuesday, May 11 at 5pm is the last day for Pennsylvania registered voters to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot for the May 18 primary election. According to therecordonline.com,  there are two vote-by-mail options in Pennsylvania: Any registered voter can apply for a mail-in ballot without a reason. Absentee ballots are for voters away from their election precinct on election day, or have an illness or disability preventing their in-person voting.

SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A JUVENILE IN SNYDER COUNTY

A Selinsgrove man was charged with sexually assaulting a young girl in Union County. Justyn Holmes, 42, now faces multiple felonies and misdemeanors. The incidents reportedly began in June 2008 when the girl was 6 years old, according to the Pennsylvania State Police arrest affidavit and continued until December 2010, according to northcentralpa.com. Charges were filed against Holmes on April 27 at the office of District Judge Jeffrey C. Mensch in Mifflinburg.

150 TH LYCOMING COUNTY FAIR

Signs of normalcy continue to return to the area as the 150th  Lycoming County Fair is confirmed for July 14 to 24 at the fairgrounds in Hughesville. Technically, last year was the fair’s 150th year but it was canceled due to the pandemic. The fair, which started in 1868, only canceled two other times during World War II, according to an online media outlet. For the 2021 season, fair goers can expect rides, food vendors, demolition derbies, tractor pulls and of course, the animals. The fair also will have a few new shows and activities that will be announced in two weeks.

DEATH A FCI ALLENWOOD

According to WNEP, following a fight on Saturday at FCI Allenwood, Union County, an inmate is dead.  According to the Department of Justice, two inmates were fighting. Adrian Payne, 50, was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and later died.  A second inmate, whose name was not released, was treated at the prison for minor injuries.  Payne was charged in New York and serving a life sentence for racketeering, murder, drug, and gun charges.

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