BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 28, 2021

CHARGES FILED BY LYCOMING COUNTY SPCA OFFICER

A Lycoming County couple was charged with animal cruelty for failing to seek timely care for their pet . Felony and misdemeanors were filed against Michael Meyer, and Vanessa Meyer, of Picture Rocks. On June 30, their American bulldog named Diva required her right foot amputated, according to the criminal complaint. According to a media outlet, Diva is now at the Lycoming County SPCA. The Meyers’ were arraigned on July 22 at District Justice Kemp’s office and bail was set at $25,000 unsecured for each. Preliminary hearing is set for September 10.

DOMESTIC ABUSE IN SUNBURY LEADS TO ARREST

A man allegedly attempted to strangle a woman at a residence in Sunbury. The Daily Item reported Nathaniel R. Burgos, faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges. On July 21, the victim allegedly sent texts to her friend saying her boyfriend was “beating her up and the kids are there,” according to the arrest affidavit. Sunbury police were dispatched around 2:30 a.m. and once at the residence on Reagan Street, Burgos was arrested and arraigned later that morning by District Judge Michael Toomey. Bail was set at $75,000 monetary which he posted. A preliminary hearing at Toomey’s office is scheduled for Sept. 21.

21ST ANNUAL CUP GOLF TOURNAMENT

The 21st annual Cup Golf Tournament, a major fundraiser for the Muncy Historical Society’s community outreach objectives, begins at 8:30 a.m. on August 14 at White Deer Golf Complex. Its a four-person scramble. According to northcentralpa.com, the registration deadline is August 7, and is limited to amateur golfers age 18 and older. Registration forms are available at the Historical Society, or may be downloaded.

DRIVER’S IDENTIFIED IN FRIDAY’S CRASH ON MUNCY CREEK BRIDGE

The drivers involved in Friday’s fiery crash have been identified as Chester Swank, of Muncy, and Sherman Harden, 45, also of Muncy, when their vehicles collided on the bridge over Muncy Creek on John Brady Drive about 6:40 p.m., according to state police. SUN Gazette reported passerby, Jeremy Hanaway, stopped and pulled Swank and a 4-year-old boy from the truck and both were flown to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

SWAP OF CITY AND COUNTY PROPERTIES REQUIRES MORE WORK

A vote by two of the three Lycoming County commissioners Tuesday led to an impassioned exchange as they split their vote on a proposed swap of county and city properties. The proposed deal involves the proposed agreement of sale of land below the Executive Plaza, which is land the city owns, and the land below the Third Street parking garage that the county owns. City Council approved the deal last week in a 6-0 vote, Commissioner Scott Metzger said. SUN Gazette reported Commissioner Mirabito said he was going to register a no vote. Work continues for the deal, as it can’t move forward without the commissioners’ signature.

JERSEY SHORE DISTRICT HEALTH AND SAFETY PLAN

Jersey Shore Superintendent Dr. Brian Ulmer explained in a recent meeting that their Health and Safety Plan does not require students to wear masks, unless they are ordered to do so — as seems to be the case for wearing masks on school buses. A media outlet reported that Ulmer emphasized that the plan states “ordered,” not “recommended.” “So, even though we are not requiring masks in school, and we’ve already said that in our health and safety plan, there is a federal order requiring masks on public transportation.” Ulmer also addressed the issue of testing students for COVID-19.“We are not testing kids. I am not a health care provider. That has been my answer since day one…I don’t want to do testing in schools.”

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