BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 11, 2021

FOUR ALARM BLAZE IN WILLIAMSPORT SATURDAY NIGHT

A four alarm blaze, which began around 6:20 p.m., at the corner of Center St. and the 400 block of Park Ave. will be leaving several people homeless as authorities determine the cause of the fire. Williamsport command declared the fire under control at the two-hour mark at around 8:20 p.m. According to a media outlet, the fire consumed the rear of two homes in Williamsport Saturday night, drawing several units from around the region responded to the fire, including Williamsport, Montoursville, Loyalsock, Muncy, DuBoistown, and Jersey Shore.

DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE

Williamsport Police received a domestic dispute call on June 30 around 11:30 p.m. from a juvenile at 609 Maple Street and spoke with a woman, who verified she had been in an argument with Jaleel Campfield, who allegedly wrapped his hands around the woman’s neck. According to northcentralpa.com, Campfield also put a pillow over her face, covering her mouth and nose, to the point she could not breathe. Campfield was charged with second-degree felony strangulation along with misdemeanors in simple assault and criminal mischief ad was released on $50,000 unsecured bail on July 2. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 15 with Judge Aaron Biichle.

COMMONWEALTH ACCUSED OF OVERCHARGING INTEREST TO UNEMPLOYED PENNSYLVANIANS

The Department of Labor and Industry has been accused of overcharging millions of dollars in interest to unemployed Pennsylvanians. As of Friday, the agency announced it will issue refunds to roughly 250,000 people.Each year, interest accrues on money people owe to the department because, for various reasons, the state overpaid their unemployment benefits and resulting in the state collecting millions of dollars in inflated interest charges from tens of thousands of unemployed Pennsylvanians. According to northcentralpa.com, the department addressed the problem for the first time publicly.

UNEMPLOYMENT WORK SEARCH REQUIREMENTS RESUME THIS WEEK

The state Department of Labor & Industry is reminding Pennsylvanians receiving unemployment benefits that work search requirements will resume this week. Because claimants always file for benefits the week after they are unemployed, individuals will start certifying they looked for work beginning July 18. According to therecordonline.com, PA CareerLink® offices across the commonwealth can help job seekers bridge the gap by providing high quality, individualized assistance free of charge to Pennsylvanians who are unemployed and looking for a job.” Job seekers to register on the PA CareerLink®website or reach out to their local PA CareerLink® office directly to learn about the free programs and resources that are available, including job search and training assistance, adult education classes and workshops, résumé assistance and referral services to partners.

PASSHE SCHEDULED TO VOTE WEDNEDAY

The Board of Governors for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is scheduled to vote Wednesday to move forward with a plan to consolidate six universities into two regional universities. The plan would create a Western merged university consisting of California, Clarion and Edinboro, universities, and a Northeastern merged university combining Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield universities. If the plan is approved, the system would move toward launching the merged universities in the Fall of 2022.The proposed merger comes as the state system as a whole has seen its enrollment drop and the universities involved in the merger plan have seen their enrollments drop even more than the system as a whole. Officials at PASSHE have said that each existing university will be able to keep its local name and mascot and brand identity to continue competing in sports, despite the consolidation.

RESIDENT ANTLER-LESS DEER LICENSE APPLICATIONS OPENS TOMORROW

The Pennsylvania’s 2021-22 hunting season antler-less deer license application schedule, or more commonly known as, the day the pink envelopes can hit the post office, is July 12 for residents, July 19 for nonresidents, August 2 for unsold 1st round and then August 16 for unsold, 2nd Hunters are required to purchase a 2021-22 general hunting license BEFORE applying for an antler-less license. All antler-less deer license applications must be mailed in the official pink envelopes to a county treasurer; applications are accepted by mail only until over-the-counter sales begin.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BREAKING HIS CHILD’S LEG HAS JURY SELECTION AUGUST 16

A Mount Carmel father pleaded who is headed for trial, charged with breaking his infant son’s leg, did plead guilty, on Friday, to an unrelated drug charge in Northumberland County Court.  Corey James Feese, 31, of Mount Carmel. Feese and the child’s mother Kirsten Eilee Gallagher, 25, of Mount Carmel, are accused of breaking their child’s femur, but it is not clear which parent the Commonwealth holds responsible for the injury on April 3, 2019, according to the Daily Item. The case involving the child is also pending with a scheduled jury selection for Aug. 16 in front of Judge Saylor.  Both Feese and Gallagher are charged with three felonies each and two misdemeanors.

BRIGANDI PROMOTED AT JAMES V BROWN LIBRARY

Dana Borick Brigandi has recently been promoted to development, marketing, and programming director at the James V. Brown Library. According to Brigandi,  “I am very excited for this new role, which will allow me to passionately raise funds for one of the oldest and most respected organizations in Lycoming County.” She has a master’s degree in library science from Clarion University; a master’s degree in liberal arts from Lock Haven University; and a professional fundraising certificate from Boston University. She is an active member with both community and professional memberships.

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