BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS AUGUST 4, 2021

GRANT MONEY FOR WMAA

The Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority (WMAA) is proud to announce the award of a Federal Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP) grant in the amount of $950,000.  The grant application was made to attract a replacement airline to the area when the incumbent carrier leaves in September and improve the overall quality of commercial air service to the Williamsport Regional Airport market area.  The funding will be used for a revenue guarantee for new network-branded regional jet service from Williamsport to Washington, DC, and Chicago, IL.

BLUES IN WILLIAMSPORT

On Saturday, August 28th at 7 pm national blues artist and Williamsport, PA native Gabe Stillman, and his band will be performing an album release concert at Jeremiah’s above the Bullfrog Brewery in Downtown Williamsport celebrating the release of Stillman’s newest record, “Just Say The Word” being released worldwide on Friday, August 27th. Stillman will be performing with long time bass player and fellow Williamsport native, Colin Beatty.  For more details about Gabe, this concert, and upcoming performances, visit www.gabestillman.com.

TIADAGHTON VALLY REGIONAL POLICE MOURNS LOSS OF K-9

The Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department mourns the loss of a team member. On the Tiadaghton Valley’s Facebook page, they announced the death of Zoli, their 3-year-old German Shepherd who was on the job 19 months,  due to  stage five Lymphoma. At the request of Zoli’s handler, there will be no service for the K-9. “Zoli was the first K-9 for the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department and will be greatly missed,” the department’s Facebook page read. As the department mourns its loss, it will work with Shallow Creek Kennels to explore options to continue its K-9 program.

INCEST CHARGES IN WILLIAMSPORT

According to court documents, filed by a Lycoming County Detective, a Williamsport man and his 21-year-old adoptive daughter, each face felony charges of incest.Neil Kemmerer, 48,  allegedly “fathered a child with the adoptive daughter.”  According to state law, “a person is guilty in incest, a felony of the second degree, if that person marries, cohabits or has sexual (relations)” with “parent and child of adoption.” Kemmerer and Samantha, were arraigned Monday afternoon before District Judge Christian Frey and released on $20,000 bail each. The infant remains in their care, according to a media outlet.

WILLIAMSPORT TEENS COMMIT TWO STRONG ARMED ROBBERIES

Two strong armed robberies against pedestrians in the city, approximately an hour apart, were allegedly committed by four high school teenagers, according to court records filed by Williamsport Bureau of Police. SUN Gazette reported yesterday morning, minutes after the second holdup, a traffic stop revealed Tyrell Labounty, 16, Kevin Gagle, 16, Dawson Crawford, 17, and Moreece Pearson, 18, were detained and then taken into custody without incident after items believed to be connected with the robberies were discovered inside the vehicle, police said. They are being charged as adults, facing a total of 17 felonies. All four were arraigned before District Judge Christian Frey and committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail each.

2021 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDING

The 2021 Community Development Block Grant funding has been approved by the Montoursville Borough Council for home repairs in the community during its regular monthly meeting.
According to SUN Gazette, council members decided to go with the STEP Inc. Kristin McLaughlin, of SEDA-Council of Governments, said the borough could likely help three to four homeowners with its funding share. It was a unanimous vote by members present to utilize a portion of the CDBG money to finish construction of curb cuts at street intersections before moving on to vote on the 2021 funding for the home repairs. In other matters, council approved spending $230,219 in American Rescue Plan funding for water and stormwater improvements.

GLENN O. HAWBACKER INC. TO REPAY 1,267 VICTIMS

It was no contest pleas to four theft counts yesterday, when a major Pennsylvania heavy equipment contractor agreed to pay restitution of more than $20 million over allegations it illegally diverted pension money and other benefits from its workers, according to a media source. Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. has agreed to have a court-appointed corporate monitor perform oversight, including of the process of returning the money to 1,267 victims. “When we talk about big fights, this is what we mean,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said at a Harrisburg news conference.  The 70-year-old company with 1,200 workers and facilities in Pa, Ohio and NY was charged after a three-year state investigation in April with four counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds.

DOMESTIC ALTERCATION IN KELLY TOWNSHIP, UNION COUNTY

A man who allegedly attempted to strangle a woman in a residence in Kelly Township residence, has an arrest warrant and police looking for him. Pennsylvania State Police at Milton charged Alfred J. Iezzi, 32, with a felony and misdemeanor charges. The incident, on June 18, began as an argument and quickly escalated into a physical domestic altercation, according to a media source. The charges were filed at the office of District Judge Jeffrey A. Rowe.

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