BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS OCTOBER 4, 2021

TROUT RUN MAN CONVICTED OF SEX CRIMES WITH A CHILD

A jury recently convicted a Trout Run man of sexually abusing a child in an investigation that began last July. According to a criminal complaint written by former county detective William Weber, the seven-year-old child’s grandparents discovered a rash on her thigh when giving her a bath. A Lycoming County Court jury found Samuel Page guilty of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault and other related charges during his trial, according to a media outlet.

JOINT HEARING AVAILABLE ONLINE TODAY

The Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee and the Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee will hold a joint hearing today at 2 pm to examine the consumer and economic impacts of failing to invest in the state’s natural gas infrastructure. Committee members will hear testimony from labor officials, economic development and business leaders, and consumer advocates, according to Environmental resources and energy committee Chairman Senator Gene Yaw Where: PA Capitol Watch online at pasenategop.com

WASD SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT

According to a press release from the Williamsport Area School District, regarding the Attorney General’s investigation of the 2018 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, incident saying it was closed earlier this year after it determined insufficient evidence existed to justify any further action. References made to the case and its related search warrants in this week’s articles are not new and should not be misinterpreted as such. WASD assisted and fully cooperated in the OAG’s investigation. The District stands by its position that it and its administrators followed all proper procedures and protocols to appropriately respond to the incident in question.

ADDITIONAL CHARGES ON AN INMATE IN LYCOMING COUNTY PRISON

A Lycoming County Prison inmate awaiting trial for allegedly sexually assaulting and impregnating a 15-year-old girl last year now faces 80-plus additional felony or misdemeanor charges for having more than a dozen sexually-explicit photos of a teenage girl on his cellphone, according to court records filed last week by Lycoming County Detective Loretta A. Clark. In addition to the photos, Tyree Holly, 26, also had on his cellphone nine videos he record of him and the minor engaging in various sexual acts with one another last November, Clark alleged in court papers. Holly, was arraigned Thursday before District Judge Aaron Biichle on 32 counts of sexual abuse of children, 14 counts of statutory sexual assault and many other charges. According to a media source, he was recommitted in lieu of an additional $125,000 bail.

MERCK HOPEFUL FOR PASSING OF COVID PILL

In a potential leap forward in the global fight against the pandemic, drug maker Merck said Friday that its experimental pill for people sick with COVID-19 reduced hospitalizations and deaths by half. If cleared by regulators, it would be the first pill shown to treat COVID-19, adding a whole new, easy-to-use weapon to an arsenal that already includes the vaccine. As reported by Sun Gazette, several other companies, including Pfizer and Roche, are studying similar drugs and could report results in the coming weeks and months.

HIT AND RUN CHARGES ON MILL HALL WOMAN

Megan Elizabeth Henry of Mill Hall, has been charged with accidents involving damage to attended vehicle and careless driving stemming from a hit-run accident at Fourth and Park avenues about 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 19, city police said. As reported  by a media source, she was arraigned last week before District Judge William Solomon and released on $5,000 bail on these charges, however, Henry remains in the Centre County Prison on theft-related charges.

FIREARM CHARGES FROM FALSE INFORMATION ON HANDGUN PURCHASE

Malik J. Hicks has been charged with illegal sale or transfer of a firearm and making unsworn falsification to authorities for allegedly putting down false information on a government form when he attempted to purchase a handgun at EuroOptic, Montoursville, in mid-August 2020, borough police said in court papers. According to SUN Gazette, following his arraignment before District Judge Christian Frey, he was released on $15,000 bail.

 

TERRORISTIC THREATS AND MORE AGAINST WILLIAMSPORT MAN

In late July, he was ordered no contact with Lacy Hayes, but last week Avion Lanier broke a door window, entered her residence on Isabella Street, and threatened to kill her, according to Williamsport City Police.  District Judge Jerry C. Lepley arraigned Lanier on charges of terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment and jailed him in lieu of $12,000 bail, according to a media source.

AN ARREST FOR WATER POLLUTION IN PINE TOWNSHIP

It was one misdemeanor each of pollution of waters and disturbance of waters that had the Fisher Mining Company of Montoursville in front of District Justice Jerry Lepley for a plea agreement. The charges were filed at the judge’s office by the state Fish and Boat Commission. When it was all said and done, Fisher Mining Company paid $6,614 in fines and court costs, according to SUN Gazette. As part of the agreement, the fish and boat commission withdrew 19 remaining counts of pollution of waters as well as five remaining counts of disturbance of waters. The charges were a result of allegations the company polluted tributaries in Pine Township in 2019 and 2020.

BLOOMSBURG UNIVERSITY PD COLLECTING FOOD

As part of Bloomsburg University’s Parents and Family Weekend, the Bloomsburg University Police Department (BU PD) will be holding an open house and canned goods drive, benefiting the Bloomsburg University Food Cupboard, on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the station located in the Andruss Library building. BU PD is one of only seven accredited Institutions of Higher Education Law Enforcement Agencies within Pennsylvania to be accredited by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, according to a media source.  In addition, BU PD will National Faith & Blue Weekend 2021 and work toward the mission to facilitate safer, stronger, and more unified communities by connecting law enforcement officers and residents through local faith-based and community organizations.

COVID-19 UPDATED NUMBERS FOR SUNDAY

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Sunday reported new COVID-19 cases statewide. In Clinton County 33 new cases were reportedm Centre County saw an increase of 91, Lycoming County increased by 105, 64 cases in Northumberland County, 31 in Union, 25 in Snyder and three in Montour.

CLINTON COUNTY MAN FOUND GUILTY AFTER TWO-DAY-TRIAL

It was a two-day trial with a Clinton County jury for a man charged with sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault. Nathan William Weaver, of Paxinos, was found guilty Friday. Authorities said Weaver was charged in 2019 after DNA testing found his DNA on a sexual assault examination kit that had been conducted on the victim in the case on the day of the assault, according to therecordonline.com.  According to a media outlet, at trial, Clinton County District Attorney Dave Strouse presented 12 witnesses including the victim, a Lock Haven University student at the time of the assault. Weaver remains incarcerated in the Clinton County Correctional Facility pending sentencing on January 10, 2022, and a determination by the Court as to whether he should be classified as a sexually violent predator pursuant to Megan’s Law. He faces a maximum of up to 25 years in prison.

SUNBURY WEIS PLANT HAS AN AMMONIA LEAK

All roads surrounding the Weis Plant on Second Street in Sunbury are back open after an ammonia leak occurred Saturday night. According to Northumberland County Communications says just before 8 p.m. an ammonia leak was discovered by a passerby. According to a media outlet, both directions of Front Street in Sunbury, Chestnut Street and both directions of the Veterans Memorial Bridge were closed for a few hours and reopened just before 11 p.m. Saturday night with no injuries reported.

NEW WORKFORCE POLICY IN EFFECT TODAY

Be fully vaccinated or be subject to daily testing…That will be the new COVID-19 vaccination workforce policy at Evangelical Community Hospital today, otherwise face a progressive disciplinary process and can be terminated. President and CEO Kendra Aucker says Evangelical is nearing having 70% of its workforce fully vaccinated. Aucker says there were ‘several, but not many’ employees who accepted jobs elsewhere to avoid a vaccination policy. According to media reports, the hospital is already dealing with a staffing shortage as the hospital continues filling up again due to the current COVID surge.

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