CHEATING ON URINE TEST EARNS TEST TAKER MISDEMEANORS
A 57-year-old Williamsport man attempted to cheat a mandatory urine test and now faces charges. Barry Scott Sanders was scheduled for the test on July 26 as part of supervised bail. Sanders later told officers he had been “smoking weed” and having home issues and got the urine from a “buddy” in Hughesville Sanders was charged with three separate misdemeanors that ranged in varying degrees and he will appear before Judge Aaron Biichle on Sept. 16 for a preliminary hearing. No bail was listed for Sanders.
OVER-RINGING MERCHANDISE AT WAL-MART IN KELLY TOWNSHIP
A woman accused of stealing more than $2,400 of merchandise from Walmart in Kelly Township will have a preliminary hearing scheduled next month. Rhoda M. Sensenig, 22, of Beaver Springs, was charged with a third-degree felony of retail theft for allegedly under-ringing merchandise at a self-checkout on several occasions. The charges were filed last month by Pennsylvania State Police at Milton following an investigation.Total amount of loss between December and March was $2,462.29, Kramer wrote in the affidavit.Sensenig’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 2 at the office of District Judge Jeffrey A. Rowe.
PENDEMIC RELIEF UPWARDS OF $5 BILLION
Pennsylvania is set to receive $1.6 billion in one-time pandemic relief which will allow a safe and sustainable return to in-person learning after the U.S. Department of Education approved Pennsylvania’s American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) plan. Following the additional $1.6 billion infusion, the state will have received a total of $5 billion in ARP ESSER funds to help Pre-K to 12 schools, and impartially expand opportunity for students who need it most, particularly those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
BICYCLE ACCIDENT SENDS WILLIAMSPORT TEEN TO UPMC
A Williamsport boy collides with a van while riding his bicycle, near the intersection of West Third and Maynard Streets on Monday morning around 9:05 a.m., according to SUN Gazette. Reports state the teen was on his cellphone and failed to stop at a red light. The teen was taken to UPMC Williamsport and his current condition is unknown.
CHARGES BOUND OVER FOR COURT
A New York man has all of his sexual assault charges held over for court. Casey Guyer, 36, of Little Falls allegedly inappropriately touched a 14-year-old boy, upwards of four different occasions from summer 2019 to summer 2020 in Williamsort and Loyalsock Township. Guyer had his preliminary with District Judge Christian Frey and will appear for a formal arraignment in front of Judge Marc Lovecchio on Aug 23.
CITY EMPLOYEES LEAVE CITY HALL TEMPORARILY
City employees have begun the tedious task of temporarily moving to another location, while the City Hall is cleaned and all of the mold, mildew and possibly, airborne asbestos and radon are removed. According to SUN Gazette, the third floor is empty and the second floor will be by the end of this week. The Bureau of Police and the Codes will have until September 3 to relocate from City Hall. Interestingly enough, while the building is returned to a place of human occupancy, the building continues to be accessibility updated, based on the court-ordered consent decree.
CAPACITY BUILDING GRANT
Mifflinburg Buggy Museum has been awarded $22,000 capacity building grant from the Southern Tier Community Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. According to a media outlet, the grant provides for upgrades to the technology used at the museum. It is the hope that with the new technology and software, that much of the information and education will be available online to teachers, historians and researchers.
PA DEPT OF HEALTH COVID-19 DASHBOARD
Updated COVID-19 dashboard with the most recent statistics for COVID-19 in our local area. Lycoming County 20 reported new cases of COVID-19, Clinton 15, Montour 3, Northumberland 13, Snyder 4
MONTHLY PAY DEDUCTION FOR THE UNVACCINATED
With the surge in Delta variant cases, some businesses are considering the possibility to instate a monthly pay deduction of $20 or $50 for employees who choose to remain unvaccinated. Mercer is a large employee benefits consultancy that works with thousands of employers around the world. While the company would not disclose names of companies considering the deduction, they did say it would be similar to the $20 to $50 a month charges which many companies apply to workers who smoke. Data from a Mercer survey of more than 300 employers showed “10% provide a financial incentive, although 19% offer extra paid time off as a reward. Some employers are now offering additional time off so employees can assist with their children’s vaccinations.”