BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 12, 2021

TERRORISTIC THREATS 

While inside the Eldred Township home he shared with his parents, Cortland Stahl made several threatening statements to them on July 5, state police alleged in an affidavit. According to SUN Gazette, state police were dispatched to the home at 409 Chapel Mountain Road , the following night, to investigate a disturbance. With permission, troopers searched Stahl’s bedroom and found an AR-15 rifle, loaded AR-15 magazines, ammunition, and drugs. Stahl was arraigned hours later before District Judge Gary Whiteman on multiple charges and committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

FLIGHT 800 MEMORIAL RACE

The Flight 800 Memorial Race is set to run July 17, the 25th anniversary of the tragedy that took the lives of 21 people from the Montoursville area, including 16 students. According to a media outlet, the event begins at 8:30 a.m. at Indian Park with a 5k cross country race. Organizers expect upwards of 400 people to participate, in every capacity. Proceeds from the race this year go to two charities, ThinkBIG and Helping Hands from Hudson, which are both involved in fighting childhood cancer.

FOUR ALARM BLAZE

It was a four-alarm blaze, Saturday night,  on Park Avenue that swept through a four-unit apartment building before radiant heat from the fire set a double home about eight feet away ablaze as well, according to city fire officials. Two firemen were treated for heat exhaustion. The local chapter of the American Red Cross was assisting those who suddenly found themselves without a home. The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

CHARGES FILED IN DOMESTIC DISPUTE

Williamsport Bureau of Police said they responded to a domestic on July 4 at the Residence Inn on Church Street. Once at the location, officers observed a woman, covered in blood with facial injuries, accompanied by two small children. According to a media outlet, Rakeem Ginyard, allegedly punched the woman so hard she lost consciousness, had several teeth knocked out, and had a laceration on the left side of her face. He was charged with multiple misdemeanors with no bail was listed.

SECOND READING OF THE AMENDMENTS TO ZONING ORDINANCE

It was the second reading amendments to the zoning ordinance which city council approved.  After speaking with planning commission, zoning hearing board, and officials at Pennsylvania College of Technology and Lycoming College zoning amendments were considered. Following heavy discussions on regarding off-street parking, swimming pools, hedges, fences and walls, the amendments were approved.

FLEEING AND ELUDING CHARGES ON WILLIAMSPORT MAN

A Williamsport man attempted to flee a state trooper in Loyalsock Township, according to court records at District Judge Gary Whitman’s office. Kevin Lee Stabler, now faces a felony charge of fleeing from police following a brief pursuit 6:20 a.m. on June 20, without insurance, he ran 7 stop signs and the red light at Sheridan Street and Northway Road. He is free on bail.

TERRORISTIC THREATS CHARGES FILED ON WILLIAMSPORT MAN HARASSING BUSINESS/EMPLOYEE

After allegedly threatening and harassing an employee at a Loyalsock Township business, a Williamsport man faces criminal charges, according to state police. On April 13, John Anthony Calle, entered the business and told the employee “I’d take you out, toss you into my basement and torture you for days,” police alleged in an affidavit. On a separate date, Calle grabbed the employee by the hand and refused to initially let go.  Following his arraignment last week before District Judge Gary Whiteman on charges of terroristic threats and harassment, Calle was jailed in lieu of $7,500 bail.

WORK SEARCH REQUIREMENTS

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.

ANTER-LESS DEER LICENSE

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 round. 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.

UNIVERSITY CONSOLIDATION VOTE WEDNESDAY

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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