BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 24, 2021

CHILD PORNOGRAPHY SENDS NORTHUMBERLAND MAN TO JAIL

Law enforcement officials discovered numerous sexual images of children July 21, on an electronic device, when a search warrant was executed at a Northumberland Borough man’s residence.  Wayne Lewis Jr. of Orange St., now faces 200 third-degree felony charges each of child pornography, and disseminating photos/film of child sex acts. Lewis was remanded to Northumberland County Jail on $150,000 monetary bail after arraignment by District Judge Michael Toomey. A preliminary hearing for Lewis is scheduled for August 3.

MONTGOMERY MAN CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE FELONIES

A Montgomery man who admittedly has been looking up child pornographic images on the internet for  years was arrested Wednesday and received felony child pornography charges.  Joshua Perrus was charged with two second-degree felony charges and two third-degree felony charges of child pornography for the images investigators allegedly discovered on two cell phones in his possession. Perrus also received a third-degree felony charge of criminal use of a communication facility.  During his arrest, Perrus reportedly told investigators that he used Google to search for child pornography and had been doing so since 2006. Perrus was arraigned by District Judge Christian Fry and bail was set at $75,000.

BURGLARY CHARGES FOR A MIFFLINBURG MAN 

State and local police accuse a Mifflinburg man of breaking into two different towing businesses, stealing a computer and other items from one and smashing out the windows of his own impounded vehicle and taking potential criminal evidence from inside.  Ryan Darrup of Mifflinburg was arrested and has been held in Union County Prison on $50,000 bail.  Darrup was charged with burglary and criminal trespass, theft, and criminal mischief.

WATER DAMAGE TO CITY HALL IN WILLIAMSPORT

Williamsport Mayor Derek Slaughter released a press release Friday evening stating that City Hall has sustained water damage due to a roof leak, and may need to be temporarily relocated.  City Hall’s roof started to leak due to last week’s thunderstorms and as a result, the building sustained significant water damage. Mayor Slaughter stated that City Hall now has  “an awful odor inside,” as well as mold.  A company will come to City Hall early next week to conduct an air quality test, mold test, and overall general assessment of the conditions.

FANS PERMITTED ON THE HILL AT THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES

Little League International and President Steve Keener were weighing their options over the last few weeks regarding how to allow general admission fans into this year’s Little League World Series in South Williamsport. After talking with medical consultants the announcement was made Friday afternoon to allow 3,000 fans entry into this year’s Little League Wold Series.  The seating will be limited to the hill beyond the Lamade Stadium fence and the area beyond the outfield fence at Volunteer Stadium. The only people allowed to sit inside either stadium will be family and friends from the communities the 16 United States teams come from, and a few officials.  Little League is giving 250 stadium access passes to each of the 16 teams.  The tickets will be available online two days prior to each day and will be free.

A MINI-MOBILE METH LAB OWNED BY A SUNBURY MAN

A Sunbury man faces felony charges of risking a catastrophe after Northumberland police say they discovered a backpack containing a mini-mobile meth lab. Shane Bucher is wanted by police after an arrest warrant was issued by Sunbury District Judge Mike Toomey on Friday.  Officers said inside the backpack was a white pipe, packaging materials, batteries and several other meth-making materials.  Bucher now faces felony manufacturing, risking a catastrophe and other drug charges.

COVID-19 DASHBOARD

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 450 new cases of COVID-19.  There were 7 new cases in Centre County, 2 in Tioga, 2 in  Union, and 1 in Northumberland.

GUNS, DRUGS AND EXPLOSIVE DEVICES ALL WITHIN REACH OF AN INFANT

Vice and Narcotic agents from State Police in Montoursville executed a search warrant Wednesday for a man living in Williamsport.  Once inside the residence, agents said they discovered guns, drugs, and explosive devices all within reach of an infant located inside the home.  James Lampley of Williamsport was charged with two counts of second-degree felony possession of a firearm prohibited, one count of second-degree possession of firearm with manufacturer number altered, six counts of second-degree felony unlawful possession of weapons of mass destruction, and one count of third-degree felony endangering the welfare of children, as well as several misdemeanors.  Lampley is being held at the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $125,000 monetary bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 27.

OBTAINING A MULTI-MODAL GRANT

More of the East Third Street Old City Gateway project might be able to get done outside of Lycoming College should a $1.48 million grant application be approved by the state.  City Council approved the administration’s request for the multi-modal grant administered through the Commonwealth Financing Authority.  The grant would pay for reconstruction /paving of East Fourth Street between Basin and Mulberry Streets and sidewalk and streetscape – including lights – on Campbell Street between West Third and West Fourth Steets.  The city is having one of its consulting firms, Delta Development, assist in the grant acquisition.

MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON BRIDGE OVER MUNCY CREEK

In Muncy, volunteer firefighters and paramedics rushed to the 2100 block of John Brady Drive, just north of the borough, for a fiery crash on the bridge over Muncy Creek about 6:40 p.m. Friday. At least three people were reported injured, including one child, according to reports from the scene.  Ambulances from Muncy Area, Pennsdale and Hughesville were dispatched to the scene.  State police are leading the investigation. No other details are available at this time.

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