BACKYARD BROADCASTING JULY 2, 2021

ADDITIONAL FELONY CHARGES FROM FELONY ARREST WARRANT

A Williamsport woman fought and spat officers from the Williamsport Bureau of Police when they attempted to take her into custody for on a felony warrant. Jamie Leigh Kennedy, 25, of was charged with multiple second-degree felony charges stemming from an incident May 10.Officers received a warrant for that incident on June 11 and attempted to recover Kennedy at 628 Rose Street in Williamsport. Kennedy was given additional felony and misdemeanors and is being held at the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $99,000 monetary bail.

DEVELOPMENT SITE FOR LYCOMING COLLEGE

In an announcement Wednesday, a mixed –use facility on college-owned property, along Basin St and between Third and Fourth Sts., will be the next site for development by Lycoming College with Pine Ridge Construction Management as the construction firm named on the letter of intent. The proposed development plans are for retail and dining establishments, office space, and residential units. Pine Ridge predicts construction to begin this fall in cooperation with the City of Williamsport, Lycoming County, and the regional development authority, according to northcentralpa.com.

CRASH OFF ROUTE 15 SENDS MAN TO HOSPITAL

The driver sustained serious injuries when his vehicle was struck by a tractor trailer on Route 15, Monday afternoon at 3:17 p.m.  Daniel J. Mitchell of Trout Run, was taken by ambulance to UPMC Williamsport, according to State Police at Montoursville. Both vehicles, Mitchell’s Ford pickup truck and the tractor trailer were traveling south just near the Cogan House exit. The tractor trailer, driven by Timothy P. Gentry of Chaumont, N.Y., struck Mitchell’s vehicle, causing it to veer from the roadway and down an embankment. Gentry were not injured, according to state police.

DRUG WARRANT AND SEARCH LEAD TO ARRESTS 

After witnessing several sales and speaking with an informant, authorities allege that two people ran a drug dealing “business” from a home located on Cherry Street in Williamsport. A warrant was approved and the search produced cocaine, heroin, and oxycodone along with $4,000 in cash. Tiffany Harman, 42, and Bruce Junior Perry, 60, both of Williamsport were charged with multiple felonies. Harman is being held at the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $35,000 monetary bail as she awaits a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 13. Perry is free on $25,000 monetary bail after a bondsman posted it on June 3. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing  July 27 with Judge Christian Frey.

HOSPITAL UPDATE ON MOTORCYCLE CRASH FROM JUNE 10

The condition of critically-injured motorcyclist Mickel Keeler, 52, of Jersey Shore, has been upgraded to fair, a nursing supervisor at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, said yesterday. Keeler was injured when he lost control of his cycle and crashed in the 2700 block of North Pine Run Road in Woodward Township on June 10, according to state police.

UPMC URGES CAUTION AND SAFETY DURING 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND

As celebrations pick up during this year’s Fourth of July, UPMC Williamsport urges the public to take a pause to remember safety precautions. According to a news outlet, common injuries from fireworks include burns to hands, fingers and limbs. “Every year in the two weeks preceding and following the Fourth of July, we see about 70% of all the firework-related injuries that occur throughout the year,” said Dr. Jenny Ziembicki, director of UPMC said in an article on UPMC’s website. Fireworks not only are a threat for injury, but can also be a fire hazard if not handled correctly.

PENNSYLVANIA TASK FORCE 1

Governor Tom Wolf announced that 70 members of Pennsylvania-Task Force 1 were dispatched to assist with search and rescue efforrts at the site of last week’s deadly building collapse in Surfside. “We can only imagine the pain of those who have lost loved ones,” Wolf remarked, “Or are still waiting to hear about their loved ones.  PA Task Force 1 is one of 28 teams that are part of the National Urban Search and Rescue Response System and is a federal resource that can quickly be mobilized to deploy to incidents anywhere in the country.

NITTANY LIONS IN THE OLYMPICS

Penn State’s Gabe Castaño became the third Nittany Lion swimmer to make an Olympic team roster as the senior earned a spot on the Mexican National Team this week. He will compete in the 50-meter freestyle. As of yesterday, a host of 10 Nittany Lions are expected to represent their respective countries during the Tokyo Olympics, which begin later this month including Women’s volleyball,  men’s volleyball, wrestling and soccer.

WILLIAMSPORT CROSSCUTTERS VIRTUAL FOOD DRIVE

The Williamsport Crosscutters will be holding a virtual food drive at their game on July 8 to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. During the Williamsport Crosscutters virtual food drive, fans can earn prizes by donating money to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Incentive prizes include tickets, limited edition pins, bobble-heads, concession coupons, cutters souvenirs and more. Donation levels start at just $1.The donation portal is now open and will  close during the July 8 game  at the end of the 7th inning. Fans must attend the July 8 game to collect their incentive prize.

FIRE COMPANY AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE GRANT PROGRAM

The Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program helps relieve some of the challenges faced by first responders in their fundraising efforts. Joe Hopple, of Old Lycoming Township Vol. Fire Co., said the department is looking to upgrade and replace equipment.

The fire department will receive $13,480 and EMS, $8,890.The grant program, administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, is available to all fire and EMS companies as well as volunteer rescue squads, according to state Sen. Gene Yaw, Loyalsock Township.

GOVERNOR TOM WOLF VETOED ANTI-VACCINATION LEGISLATION.

Governor Tom Wolf today vetoed Senate Bill 618, anti-vaccination legislation that would severely limit medical providers and the public from having access to vital information on vaccination rates and vaccine efficacy. According to Gov Wolf, This legislation is contradictory, misguided and irresponsible. This bill prohibits basic public health measures, which are necessary to curb infectious disease transmission and save lives.  Specifically, the bill eliminates the Department of Health’s ability to take disease control measures for any future contagious disease, resulting in the inability to contain the spread of infectious diseases in the Commonwealth or long after the current pandemic is over.

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