BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JUNE 26, 2021

FATAL ACCIDENT IN OLD LYCOMING TOWNSHIP

A woman driving a Honda and  female passenger were both taken by ambulance to UPMC Williamsport to be treated for injuries they suffered after they crashed into a building occupied by the dental offices of Dr. Collin T. Linn at 2039 Lycoming Creek Road about 2:20 p.m. yesterday, Old Lycoming Township Police said. One woman died suffered injuries that were not considered life threatening. The other woman died after her injuries. Their identities were not available Friday night. Damage to the building was minor.

ELEVATOR CONTRACTS FOR THE CITY

City Council approved contacts for about $600,000 for a City Hall elevator modification and accessible doors and inspection services. Council awarded the elevator project contracts to Otis Elevator for $312,828 and Lundy Construction for $201,692.  Gannett-Fleming, of State College, will provide construction on-site management of Otis and Lundy’s work not to exceed $77,980.

MAYOR SLAUGHTER JOINS NEIGHBORING MAYORS AGAINST FIREWORKS LEGISLATION

Mayor Derek Slaughter Friday joined other mayors across the state calling for the state Legislature to reform a four-year-old law that made more powerful fireworks able to be purchased by the public.  The mayors want to see repeal of what’s known as Act 43 of 2017 and wrote to the state General Assembly.  Slaughter and the other mayors are distressed about the increased use of consumer-grade Roman candles, bottle rockets and other aerial fireworks made legal four years ago.  The additional 12-percent fireworks tax added to the state’s 6 percent is not worth the stress and unease caused by the constant noise of the fireworks.  Under the state law, the fireworks available for purchase may not be used within 150 feet of an occupied structure. Joining Slaughter n signatures on the letter were mayors from Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Pittston, Hazleton, Nanticoke and Kingston.

FUNDRAISER FOR LOCAL WINERY

A trivia fundraiser is coming to the Lewisburg area at Union Cellars Winery. This will happen on Wednesday, July 21 at 7 p.m. and questions will pertain to television, streaming shows, and other pop culture. Teams can have 4 to 6 people and registration is $150 per team, which includes a glass of wine and snacks for each teammate.  The team with the highest score after four rounds wins. Each member of the winning team will receive a Union Cellars t-shirt and a $10 gift certificate to shop in downtown Lewisburg.  Proceeds from these fundraisers benefit the Public Library for Union County and are used to enhance the library’s collection and services offered.

COVID-19 UPDATED DASHBOARD

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 250 new cases of COVID-19. There were 2 new cases in Union County, 1 in Snyder, and 1 in Northumberland.

PARALYMPIC GAME BOUND FOR BUCKNELL BISON TRACK STAR

Bucknell Bison track star Rayven Sample will represent Team USA in the upcoming Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Sample qualified for the international competition by placing second in the 400M race during the US Paralympic Trials, nearly beating his personal best time in the event.  Sample represented the Bison in the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America Championships as part of two relay teams, and ran the 400 individual there as well.  He joins other ambulatory runners for the track and field portion of the Paralympic games, which will begin August 27.

PAINTING PLANES SENDS PENN COLLEGE GRADUATE TO MICHIGAN

Penn College graduate Kate Ruggerio has official finished a project where she repainted a single-engine Cessna 175C airplane donated to the Lumley Aviation Center eight years ago. Ruggerio earned an associate degree in aviation technology from Penn College in December and will now move from Easton to Michigan to start a job as an aircraft paint specialist. She was an award-winning campus leader and recipient of multiple industry scholarships and a Presidential Student Ambassador.

RAPE CHARGES FOR WILLIAMSPORT MAN

Anthony Hutchinson of Williamsport was charged with three felonies after police allege he raped a woman in Bloomsburg.  The lady told officials that she had been assaulted back in November while going to visit a friend in Bloomsburg University.  Hutchinson was charged on June 21st with several felony assaults. He was released the same day on $50.000 unsecured bail. Hutchinson is scheduled to appear before Judge Russell Lawton on July 14 for a preliminary hearing.

FAILURE TO REPORT TO STATE POLICE FOR MEGAN’S LAW SENDS MAN TO JAIL

A Muncy man was charged with a third-degree felony after an employer said they discovered during a background check that the man failed to register with Megan’s Law. Gregory Person of Muncy was hired before the background check came through, but was fired from that job on June 14 after the discovery. The employer proceeded to report this to Megan’s Law Public Website. Back in 2016, Person was found guilty of several felonies for his failure to register with Megan’s Law. Person is being held at the Lycoming County Jail in lieu of $100,000 monetary bail as he awaits a preliminary hearing on July 2.

CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES AGAINST MONTGOMERY MAN

A Lycoming County Court has found Wayne Benson of Montgomery, guilty of several counts related to child pornography during a jury trial one year to the day after the incident.  Benson allegedly had left his phone positioned in a bathroom aimed toward the toilet, waited for a female minor to use the bathroom, and used his smartwatch to remotely access the camera.  He has been found guilty on all counts of photographing, filming and depicting on a computer a sex act, child pornography, criminal use of a communication facility, design/copy of obscene material depicting a minor and invasion of privacy.  Benson has not yet been scheduled for sentencing.

PHELPS MILL ACCESS RAMP

The State Secretary of the Department of the Conservation of Natural Resources traveled to Clinton County for the opening of the Phelps Mill canoe access ramp in Avis.  The access ramp replaces a muddy descent to Pine Creek from a small landing on the Avis side.  The project is collaboration between several different groups.  The Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservatory purchased the plot from the previous landowners and collaborated with the Clinton County Visitor’s Bureau to fund an improvement project at the site. Meanwhile, donations poured in to fund the acquisition of the land and execution of the project.

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