BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JUNE 17, 2021

LOCAL RESIDENT TO APPEAR ON HISTORY CHANNEL SURVIVAL SHOW

Rose Anna Moore, 43, of Wellsboro, is a contestant on the History Channel’s survival show “Alone” this season. The show aims to see which contestant can survive the longest, alone in the wild, before they give up. Up for grabs is $500,000.  According to a media source, an estimated 20,000 people applied for the show. Moore’s blog, This Is My Quest deals with her conservationist lifestyle and sustainable living. New episodes of “Alone” premiere Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on the History Channel.

WILLIAMSPORT GUNMAN ARRAIGNED 

A gunman who shot multiple rounds into the occupied home at 1155 Isabella Street around 2:06 am on May 22, was identified and apprehended by the US Marshals Service in Harrisburg. Kiam L. Alford, 24, of 618 Elmira St., according to an affidavit by a detective with the Lycoming County Narcotics Enforcement Unit alleges Alford was seen on a security camera, shooting several rounds into the exterior wall. District Judge Christian D. Frey  arraigned Alford on multiple felonies and denied his bail and Alford is an inmate at Lycoming County Prison.

MISSING MAN MISSING FROM WILLIAMSPORT

State police in Montoursville are searching for Kristopher Michael Fike, an area man who has been missing for 11 days and was last seen June 5th at 11 am. Fike, 32, of Williamsport, is 5 feet and 6 inches tall and 170 pounds, and has brown eyes and black hair. According to state police, Fike has a mental health diagnosis and has attempted self-harm in the past. Anyone with information should contact the State Police in Montoursville.

INCREASE IN REAL ESTATE TAXES FOR WILLIAMSPORT AREA SCHOOL BOARD

Members of the Williamsport Area School Board, voted unanimously, to approve increasing the real estate tax rates by .35 mills for the upcoming year.  The board also approved the farmstead and homestead exclusion real estate tax assessment reductions for the school year beginning July 1, 2021. According to the exemption resolution, 7,424 homesteads and 25 farmsteads qualify to receive the reduction.

MULTIPLE CHARGES STEMMING FROM INCIDENT AT UPMC

The UPMC Police and Security staff responded to two calls on June 9 to deal with a combative individual. Beau Beisswanger, 33, of Williamsport, according to authorities, assaulted staff and urinated in hallways throughout the hospital. Beisswanger was charged with multiple felonies is currently being held at the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $75,000 monetary bail with his preliminary hearing scheduled for today with Judge Aaron S. Beak Lee.

STOLEN VEHICLE FROM UNI-MART ON HIGH STREET WILLIAMSPORT

The Williamsport Bureau of Police are actively searching for a vehicle reported stolen from the Uni-Mart on High Street.  The vehicle, described as a blue/green Mazda 3 bearing PA registration #LNA2131, traveling west on High Street. If you have any information, please contact Sergeant Jody Miller with the Williamsport Bureau of Police.

ANNUAL DRUG TAKE BACK PROGRAM

Once again, the Pocono Raceway will host the annual Drug Take Back Program during the 2021 NASCAR Doubleheader weekend Fri., June 25, Saturday, June 26, and Sun., June 27th where the public is encouraged to bring unused or outdated prescription drugs to the race Those who drop off prescription drugs will be  given a voucher for prize drawings that will include driver autographed items and more. Since Attorney General Shapiro took office in Jan. 2017, the Drug Take Back program has destroyed close to 200 tons of prescription drugs.

H.B. 262 PROTECTING EMPLOYEES RIGHTS

A bill being proposed in Harrisburg would prevent employers from mandating health screenings or vaccinations as a condition of employment. This legislation is intended to enshrine the right to refuse invasive medical screenings an vaccinations in state law and provide civil damages for employees who’s rights are violated. Exceptions would be retained for some specific medical testing required by state or federal law, testing for illegal use of drugs (but not marijuana), and testing necessary to comply with federal OSHA requirements. The bill is co-sponsored by Rep., Joe Hamm.

COCKTAIL SALES TO GO

A policy that would make permanent a COVID-19 rule allowing cocktail sales to go in Pennsylvania advanced out of the Senate Law and Justice Committee on Tuesday. The proposal, House Bill 1154, comes one year after Wolf signed a measure that authorized the sales as a “lifeline” to struggling bars and restaurants that lacked few revenue streams amid widespread pandemic shut downs. HB 1154 moved to the full Senate for consideration. If approved, it will return to the House for concurrence.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UPTOWN MUSIC COLLECTIVE

The Uptown Music Collective, the area’s premier nonprofit school of music, is now accepting scholarship applications for its 2021-2022 school year, which will begin in September.  This year, the Collective is offering 11 needs- and merit-based scholarships to currently enrolled students, as well as new students. All scholarships cover one full year at the school of music and the Collective is offering a new online application, reminding applicants,the deadline to apply is July 16 with Scholarships awarded in August.

 

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