BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JUNE 29, 2021

IDENTIFICATION OF DECEASED MAN FROM CRASH YESTERDAY RELEASED

On Sunday, the Lycoming County Coroner’s Office was called to the scene of a Tractor Trailer roll over on the ramp from Rt 15 South onto Rt 220 South. Jason Brown, 47, of Troy, was traveling south bound on the ramp when he lost control of the truck, which rolled over, ejecting him out of the cab due to being unrestrained. The press release indicated he died at 4 am and the cause of death was due to multiple blunt force trauma and head trauma. The investigation continues by the Williamsport Bureau of Police and the Lycoming County Coroner’s Office.

WELFARE OF CHILDREN CHARGE AGAINST WILLIAMSPORT WOMAN

A 20-year-old Williamsport mother is facing a felony endangering the welfare of children charge. Williamsport Bureau of Police responded on May 15 at 8:25 p.m. for three juveniles being left unattended in a vehicle for several hours. Naionna Marie Banks, who officers said left the kids in the parking lot, was discovered around midnight when authorities received a call for an overdose  nearly two blocks away from where the children were found. No bail was listed for Banks.

DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP

South Williamsport Police officers said as they spoke with the driver of a recently pulled over vehicle, they could smell marijuana almost immediately. Police identified the driver as Kyle Rashawn Scott, 32, of Philadelphia, who was then taken into custody and his vehicle impounded. Scott was charged with felony manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver. He was detained on $75,000 monetary bail to the Lycoming County Prison and scheduled to appear before Judge Aaron Biichle on July 12 for a preliminary hearing.

FORMAL ARRAIGNMENT FOR 19 YEAR OLD 

Monday, July 26 is the date set for the first appearance in Clinton County Court for the teenager charged with homicide in the shooting death of Jakob Lee Haines on Feb 26 in Woodward Township. Brian St. John III, 19, is set for a formal arraignment in court on July 26. He remains incarcerated at the Clinton County Correctional Facility after his arrest.

SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES FOR MONTOURSVILLE MAN

A Montoursville man allegedly sexually assaulted a female minor earlier this month, as reported by a media outlet. Kryshane K. Go as, 25,  allegedly assaulted the girl on June 13 at a gathering and later at a residence, according to state police. Go as faces sexual assault and related offenses in the case. Go as was arraigned by on-duty District Judge Jerry Lepley over the weekend and is awaiting a preliminary hearing in front of District Judge Gary Whiteman.

AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN FUNDS IN THE CITY

A meeting is set to occur in mid-July, according to Mayor Derek Slaughter for his administration and City Council to have a joint public working session to discuss use of the $25.8 million of American Rescue Plan funds. The funds, part of a $1.9 trillion package signed by President Joe Biden in March, as reported by a media outlet. The funds are expected in two installments and must be spent by the end of 2024.

FORMER GOVERNOR RIDGE RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL

Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania, from 1995-2001,  and the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, was discharged from the hospital on Sunday and transferred to a rehabilitation facility in Washington, D.C., according to the Daily Item. Ridge, 75, suffered a stroke at his residence in Bethesda, Md. on June 16 and underwent a successful procedure to remove a blood clot.

FELONY SEX OFFENSE CHARGES FOR LOCK HAVEN MAN

Lionel Darryl Jones, 26, of Lock Haven pled guilty in Clinton County Court yesterday to several sex offenses that he committed in early 2020. Jones plead before President Judge Craig P. Miller to four felony sex offense charges. Jones was ordered to be evaluated by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offender Assessment Board to determine if he should be classified as a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP). Sentencing will be held on Sept. 20 at the Clinton County Court House.

PPL’S COVER TO COVER INITIATIVE

The focus of a $2,500 grant given to the James V. Brown Library is improving literacy for children. The grant is from the PPL Foundation and Cover to Cover, according to northcentralpa.com, helps children who would otherwise miss out on reading and learning opportunities in the summer.  The funds support the library’s Summer Learning 2021 Program as part of PPL’s Cover to Cover initiative to improve child literacy. PPL Foundation has supported literacy programs by providing approximately 400 books for children in grades K-3 to build their home libraries.

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