BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 4, 2021

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS SOLD TO POLICE UNDERCOVER

A Williamsport man allegedly sold prescription pills to a confidential informant. According to Pine Creek Township Police, Charles Woodrow James of Williamsport sold various pills to the CI on three separate occasions between May 26 and June 15.James was charged with multiple felonies and released on $30,000 unsecured bail. According to a media outlet, he is scheduled for a preliminary hearing with Judge Frank Mills on Nov. 2.

DRIVING HORSE AND BUGGY WHILE INTOXICATED

A Montgomery man was allegedly driving a horse and buggy while intoxicated on May 30 in Watsontown, according to police, who say he also tried to bribe them to avoid charges. Police reported that he observed the black horse-drawn carriage traveling southbound at 1:46 a.m. May 30 in the 10 block of Main Street without any working front lights or rear flashing red lights commonly used on those vehicles. As reported by Daily Item and with alcohol on his breath, Zook was unable to pass field sobriety tests. Samuel Lapp Zook, 19, was charged with multiple misdemeanors. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Oct. 6 in Milton office of District Judge Michael Diehl.

COVID-19 DASHBOARD FOR OUR AREA

The Pennsylvania Department of Health Friday confirmed Clinton County saw two new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours; Centre County went up 48; Lycoming County increased by 34, Northumberland County 51 cases, 10 new cases in Union County and four in both Montour and Snyder counties, according to a media outlet.

COMPLICATIONS TO MODERNA BOOSTER

New complication could delay the availability of the third dose for those who had the Moderna vaccine and want the booster shot, according to officials yesterday.  According to one official, Moderna produced inadequate data for the FDA and CDC to recommend the third dose of its vaccine, and FDA has requested additional data that is likely to delay those boosters into October. Pfizer, which is further along in the review process, in part because of data collected from the vaccine’s use in Israel, is still expected to be approved for a third dose for all by Sept. 20. According to SUN Gazette, a key FDA panel is to review Pfizer’s data on boosters on Sept. 17. Data for boosters on Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine won’t be available for months, since that shot wasn’t approved until February, officials said.

YELLOW DOT

The Lycoming County Coroner is encouraging motorists to make use of an emergency contact system through the state department of transportation called yellow dot.  This program assists citizens in the “golden hour” of emergency care following a traffic crash when they may not be able to communicate their needs themselves. Placing a Yellow Dot decal in your vehicle’s rear window alerts first responders to check your glove compartment for vital information, including contact information for family, to ensure you receive the medical attention you need. The program is a cooperative effort between PennDOT, the state departments of Health and Aging, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, first responders, and local law enforcement.

COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS AT BEGINNING OF SCHOOL YEAR

With the opening of area schools for in-person instruction, an increase in cases of COVID in children are being reported. As reported by an online media source, the majority of schools returned to class earlier this week and as of Friday several had reported positive cases of COVID.  As of Friday, East Lycoming School, South Williamsport Area, Loyalsock Township and Williamsport Area School districts had reported cases among students, with some cases both in the lower and upper grades. According to Amber Depew, director, public relations in UPMC’s North Central Pa Region, “There has been a slight increase in the number of pediatric patients at UPMC hospitals due to COVID-19.”

232 YEAR OLD LOG CABIN DONATION

The Union County Historical Society announced that it will dedicate the Kantz Log Cabin at 11 a.m. Sept. 11 at the site of the Dale-Engle-Walker House, 1471 Strawbridge Road, Lewisburg. Dr. Katherine Faull, Bucknell University professor of German and comparative humanities, will serve as the key speaker. The event is free and open to the public and will be held outdoors rain or shine. As reported by the Daily Item, the program will be followed with refreshments and free guided tours of the Dale-Engle-Walker house and Kantz Log Cabin, beginning at noon. Built by Peter Druckenmiller along the Tuscarora Indian Path in 1789.

SENIOR SCAM SEMINAR

Rep. Jeff Wheeland invites senior citizens for a senior scam seminar to learn how to protect yourself and loved ones from identity theft. A guide on potential scams and fraud will be provided. It will be Thursday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m. at the STEP Loyalsock Center for Healthy Aging, 1607 Four Mile Drive, Williamsport.

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