BACKYARD BROADCASTING MAY 27, 2021

SHOTS FIRED 

A Williamsport man threatened another with a firearm, yesterday morning in the 2200 block of Lincoln Street in the Newberry section of Williamsport. According to Williamsport Police, Bryce Zimmerman, faces multiple felonies when he verbally threatened a male before leaving and returning with a shotgun. He proceeded to threaten the male with the shotgun before firing a round into the ground, inches from the male’s feet.  Zimmerman was taken into custody, he was video arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Christian Frey and detained at the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $200,000 bail.

MISREPRESENTATION ON VOTING BALLOT

A Hughesville man allegedly lied about his address and managed to vote in Williamsport’s second precinct election last fall.  Marc Schefsky incorrectly entered his address on the election ballot, according to Det Simpler of the DA’s Office. Schefsky was arraigned by District Judge Aaron Beak Lee on May 4 and waived his preliminary hearing. A formal arraignment is scheduled for June 7 before Lycoming County Judge Marc Lovecchio.

STATEMENT FROM MAYOR DEREK SLAUGHTER

Mayor Derek Slaughter issued a statement yesterday, regarding the three shootings in the city over the past five days.  “The recent shootings, while unsettling, do not necessarily pose a significant threat to our community at large. These shootings appear to be isolated incidents. However, the responsibility lies with each citizen to say something if you see something. We all need work together to ensure a safe city.”

JAIL TIME TO BEGIN IN JULY FOR EX-PSU PRESIDENT

On Wednesday, a Judge upheld a sentence issued four years ago in saying the former Penn State president who was forced out as the school’s top administrator will soon have to report to jail. Graham Spanier was ordered to begin serving at least two months at the county jail several miles from the Penn State campus on July 9 — followed by two months of house arrest on electronic monitoring — for a single misdemeanor conviction of endangering the welfare of children. Spanier, 72, did not testify at his trial, but spoke at sentencing, telling the judge in a Harrisburg courtroom, that he regretted not intervening more forcefully.

LEASE ISSUES CONTINUE TO PLAGUE THE COMMUNITY THEATRE LEAGUE

A lease signed in 2016 between the Community Theatre League and River Valley Transit for use of the third floor of Trade and Transit Centre I  was never forwarded to City Council, even though the group was  paying rent for nearly five years. According to Mayor Slaughter, because the lease did not make it to the form of a resolution for council to vote on and is therefore unofficial the theater group cannot legally occupy the third floor of the transit building, at the corner of West Third and Pine streets, until a formal investigation by the state Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Administration is completed, according to SUN Gazette.

FOOT PURSUIT IN SNYDER COUNTY

A Mount Pleasant Mills man led police on a foot chase in Snyder County. State police in Selinsgrove report Robert Eichman was pulled over on Route 104 in Franklin Township for a traffic violation on May 19. According to police, Eichman stopped his car, got out and fled on foot. He was taken into custody after a short run. Charges were filed in District Court and he was remanded to the Snyder County Prison on unrelated warrants, according to a media outlet.

PA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH DROPPED LEGAL ACTION AGAINST 40  RESTAURANTS

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has dropped its legal action against more than 40 restaurants that were accused of defying state orders to close indoor dining and maintain social-distancing protocols. The Health Department had filed two separate complaints alleging that restaurants were violating pandemic restrictions that Gov. Tom Wolf imposed in December , the state had sought an order to shut down in-person dining, as well as damages. Health Department spokesperson Maggi Barton said that with the pandemic in retreat, nearly all of the state’s remaining restrictions are slated to be lifted on Memorial Day. The Health Department petitioned Commonwealth Court last week to discontinue the matter, and the court granted the request on Tuesday.

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