BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 31, 2021

ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN

A Williamsport woman recently was sentenced in Lycoming County Court for drug use near children. Williamsport Police accuse Cayleigh M. Jean of methamphetamines use with a three year old child present on Jan. 15. Jean was sentenced on May 27 by Lycoming County Common Pleas Judge  Marc Lovecchio and  after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of children Jean was  sentenced to 24 months of probation, according to northcentralpa.com.

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF IN UNION TOWNSHIP, UNION COUNTY

State police at Milton are investigating a criminal mischief incident inside a garage on George Lane in Union Township, Union County, causing upwards of $4,000 damage. Items were found to be intentionally broken or damaged, included a 2004 Ford, tools, vehicle detailing supplies, a propane heater, stereo equipment, weightlifting equipment, a large mirror, a marble table top, motorcycle racing helmet, pictures and a trophy. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police at Milton, according to an online media outlet.

A DAY OF ACTION FOR UNITED WAY OF COLUMBIA AND MONTOUR COUNTIES

The United Way of Columbia and Montour Counties is launching a Day of Action. On and around June 21, volunteers will start an annual tradition of traveling around Columbia and Montour Counties to help local nonprofits in their areas of need and to give local residents opportunities to make a difference in their community. United Way reached out to their partner agencies to see where they needed support, and seven nonprofits responded with twelve different projects they are looking to complete.Anyone interested  in participating in United Way’s Day of Action can sign-up on the United Way’s website, according to SUN Gazette. The Day of Action is set to run starting Saturday, June 19, 2021, through Monday, June 21, 2021.

SPRAYING FOR LANTERNFLIES

Pennsylvania has started spraying insecticide on spotted lanternflies, a new strategy that state officials are using in an attempt to slow the spread of the invasive pest.  Crews using backpack sprayers and truck-mounted spray equipment are spraying the bugs along railways, interstates and other transportation rights-of-way, the state Department of Agriculture reported Friday. He also went on to say the “Spotted Lanternflies threaten our quality of life outdoors and destroy valuable products that feed our economy and we are working diligently and strategically to control this pest in ways that are safe for the people, pollinators, plants and animals that share the environment it threatens.Spraying is underway in southeastern and south-central PA,  and thirty-four of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties are now under quarantine, requiring businesses that move products, vehicles and other items in and out of the quarantine zone to obtain a permit, according to an online media source.

NEW BUILDING NAMED FOR A LONGTIME TRUSTEE AT BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY

At Bucknell University, Holmes Hall will be the new home for the Freeman College of Management and the Department of Art and Art History,  named for Trustee Steve Holmes and his wife, Bonnie, who both graduated in 1979. Bucknell recognizes the significant commitments by the Holmes couple, according to SUN Gazette.  The almost 80-thousand square foot facility is set to be equipped with labs, art and design studios, and teaching spaces.  Steve Holmes says he believes in strengthening opportunities for students to explore interest across different majors as he was able to do when he was a student.

VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON EAST 3RD STREET REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION

A vehicle accident occurred this morning, reported with people trapped and fire, on East Third Street and Northway Road in Loyalsock Township. A vehicle reportidly went over the embankment, off the bridge at Miller’s Run, in the area of the 1600 block of East Third Street. Pennsylvania State Police Forensics and Accident Reconstruction officers were on the scene. They report the accident remains under investigation.

GOLD STAR MONUMENT FOR VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK IN  WILLIAMSPORT

A Gold Star monument, honoring military families, from the region, is set to be unveiled in September at Veterans Memorial Park in Williamsport. The Lycoming County event, the date of which is being finalized, will be the dedication of what is to be called the Central Pennsylvania Gold Star Memorial, said John Markley, secretary of the Veterans Memorial Park Commission.Dennis Norman, a Marine Corps veteran from the Jersey Shore area, first presented the memorial concept, estimated to cost $75,000 and it was paid for through donations and a brick marker fundraiser, Markley said.

LOST FISHERMAN FOUND

Rescue crews were called shortly before 5 p.m., yesterday,  for a report of a lost fisherman in rural Brown Township. The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry and local fire departments and a K9 search team met at the 3000 block of Slate Run Road at a parking area to begin the  search. He was found, unharmed around 620pm.

SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS MOVED TO TODAY

District 4 has moved all of its softball playoff games scheduled for today in Williamsport  because of heavy rains expected spread across the state over the weekend.

The moves impact four Valley teams: Line Mountain, East Juniata, Lewisburg and Shamokin.

The district announced all seven softball games will now be played at Elm Park.

Today’s softball schedule now looks like this:

Class A: Millville vs. Montgomery, noon, on field 3

Class A: Canton vs. Northeast Bradford, 2 p.m. on field 3

Class AA: East Juniata vs. Wyalusing, noon, on field 2

Class AA: Muncy vs. Line Mountain, 2 p.m., on field 2

Class AAA: Lewisburg vs. Central Columbia, noon, on field 1

Class AAA- Bloomsburg vs. Loyalsock, 2 p.m., on field 1

Class AAAA- Athens vs. Shamokin, 4 p.m., on field 1

 

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