BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 2, 2021

WILLIAMSPORT MUNICIPAL WATER AND SANITARY AUTHORITY LOOKING TO SELL WATER

With excess water in reservoirs and watersheds, the Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority  is looking to sell it to industries who are in the area or are looking to relocate to the city or service area in Lycoming County. According to Michael Miller, authority executive director, there is 12.5 million gallons of “very good water” available from two reservoirs and well fields located in a 10,000-acre watershed in the nearby Mosquito Valley, as reported by SUN Gazette.  Mayor Derek Slaughter said such overabundance of the natural resource is a prime reason industries need to consider the city to be their home.

CHARGES DROPPED IN ALLEGED RAPE CASE

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania withdrew a case against a Trout Run man whom it once alleged raped a woman in her Jersey Shore home. He spent the last 14 months in SCI Muncy. As reported by SUN Gazette, now, all criminal charges have been dropped against Tanner Long, 29, by the Commonwealth’s prosecuting lawyer, Martin Wade, as he signaled the state would abandon its case.

VACCINATION CLINIC AT THE MONTGOMERY AREA HIGH SCHOOL 

The announcement came at a recent school board meeting, community members and students will be able to participate in an evening vaccination clinic at the Montgomery Area High School. “Under our health and safety plan, we have committed to providing opportunities for our community and our students to receive vaccinations at the school to make it easier for our community,” said Daphne Bowers, superintendent. Vaccines would be offered to members of the community 12 years of age and older. The Pfizer vaccine is available to ages 12 and up and the Moderna for anyone 18 and older. Students under the age of 18 would need to be accompanied by a parent in order to receive the vaccination. The clinic will be held Sept. 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the high school.  According to SUN Gazette, the next meeting of the board will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the board room, 120 Penn St.

TEN COUNTS OF INDECENT ASSAULT  IN CLINTON COUNTY COURT

A Loganton man pled guilty to ten counts of indecent assault that included at least four felonies in Clinton County Court of Common Pleas this week. Gideon Miller, 31, admitted to having engaged in sexual contact with a female child under the age of 13 on at least ten occasions.  “Miller will be a lifetime registrant pursuant to Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law,” Clinton County District Attorney Dave Strouse said through a press release. According to therecordonline.com, Miller was released on March 4 after he posted $50,000 monetary bail. Miller’s bail and conditions of release were protested by Plain community.

CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHARGES FOR LEWISBURG COUPLE

A Lewisburg couple faces child endangerment charges after two young children ages 6 and 3 were found wandering unattended along North Derr Drive, also known as Route 15. Nancy L. Schramm, 31, and David M. Leon, 26, were charged with misdemeanors of endangering the welfare of children for the incident that occurred the evening of Aug. 3. Buffalo Valley Regional Police arrived at the scene and noted the 3-year-old child was barefoot, wearing only a t-shirt and diaper. As reported by a media outlet, a caseworker from Union County Children and Youth also was called to the scene. Schramm and Leon will have a preliminary hearing on Sept. 23 at the office of District Judge Jeffrey A. Rowe in Lewisburg.

COVID-19 DASHBOARD

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported Wednesday Clinton County saw nine new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, Centre County went up 47, Lycoming County increased by 26, Northumberland County another 47 cases, 16 new cases in Union County, a dozen in Snyder and five NEW CASES OF COVID-19 in Montour, according to a media source.

MASK REQUIREMENTS IN MONTOUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS

Visitors to Montour County government buildings will be required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, beginning Sept. 7.County Chief Clerk Holly Brandon said the protocol will be in effect for the courthouse, administration center, prison and the emergency management agency building. According to a media outlet, visitors who do not have a mask will be provided one. Masks will be required regardless of vaccination status. County employees will also be required to wear masks when meeting with the public.

FEDERAL BOOST TO UNEMPLOYMENT ENDING SOON

A federal boost in unemployment benefits ends this weekend, state officials warned. The end to the federal unemployment benefits — including $300 in additional unemployment benefits a week, plus the end of a program created to help self-employed  workers — comes just  after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Biden administration move that would have kept an eviction moratorium in place. “These programs have literally been a lifesaver to Pennsylvanians. They’ve helped Pennsylvanians buy food, pay bills, get medicine and pay for housing,” said Secretary of Labor and Industry Jennifer Berrier. According to SUN Gazette, only 9,335 people filed initial unemployment claims last week, down from 38,591 a month ago.

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