BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS JAN 10, 2022

THE LIGHTS OF HOPE A SUCCESS

On Friday evening, on the front lawn of UPMC Williamsport, 1,000 luminarias glowed brightly into the night, sending a message of hope.  The lights, a salute and offering of thanks to our healthcare workers who continue to serve the communities they love. Speakers talked of thanks, hope and the continuing fight against COVID. The Lights of Hope Celebration included Sojourner Truth Ministries, Williamsport Mayor Derek Slaughter, UPMC and the Lycoming County United Way.

RECKLESS ENDANGERING FOR A BROKEN DOOR

A Montoursville man allegedly kicked a door, shattering the glass dangerously close to a woman and child. On Dec. 21, Cody Bomberger was arrested and appeared before District Judge Gary Whiteman. According to SUN Gazette, Bomberger was charged with recklessly endangering and endangering the welfare of children.

KEEPING A WOMAN FROM FLEEING, BROUGHT CHARGES

During a heated argument, a Route 14 man allegedly created a situation where a woman was unable to flee. Donald Nash blocked the escape of a woman on Dec 21, according to state police.  As reported by Sun Gazette,  Nash was charged with recklessly endangering and simple assault and appeared in front of District Judge William Solomon for arraignment.

APPROVAL FOR FULL TIME AND THE HIRING OF A PART TIME POLICE OFFICER

A part time police officer has been hired in Muncy Borough.  Retired State Police trooper David Kirkendall will be working as a part-time police officer on a short-term basis. Police Chief James Dorman has been cleared by the Muncy Borough Council to begin the process of seeking a permanent full-time officer. According to Dorman, his department has been in the midst of staffing issues and believes this position will serve until he can obtain another full time officer. Especially now, as reported by SUN Gazette, as Brady Township has agreed to a five-year contract for police coverage. In other news, council decided that meetings in 2022 would be at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday and third Thursday of the month at the Muncy Borough Hall, 14 North Washington St.

COVID RESULTS LOCALLY FOR YESTERDAY

 The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Sunday reported new COVID-19 cases. Clinton County reported 87 new cases. In Centre County 323 new cases were recorded. Lycoming County added 265. Northumberland County added 159. Union County added 49 new cases and Montour and Snyder counties added 32 each.  Tioga County added 58.

GARAGE FIRE DESTROYED THREE VEHICLES INSIDE

Fire swept through a garage, destroyed the garage and three vehicles inside. Multiple fire companies responded to the 200 block of South Jones Street in Lock Haven. The loss was estimated at $67,000, according to therecordonline.com. With no injuries reported, the fire remains under investigation.

A NEW CHIEF OF PUBLIC SAFETY AT BUCKNELL

Anthony Morgan will be Bucknell University’s new chief of public safety following a nationwide search. His first day on campus will be Feb. 1. According to the Daily Item, Morgan brings over 19 years of experience to lead a university public safety department consisting of 24 full-time staff.

BRIDGE PROJECTS IN UNION COUNTY

In Union County seven county-owned bridges have been replaced since 2016 and a major rehabilitation project has been completed. In 2021 alone, Union County had five bridges closed, repaired and reopened. According to the Daily Item, up to and including 2023, an estimated $11 million will have been spent on bridge infrastructure improvements and the county will then own 25 bridges.  

DEFERRAL OF SENTENCING IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY

A Turbotville woman who allegedly fell asleep, and her 3-year-old son, who left the house, unattended, was found dead in the neighbor’s pool, has not been sentenced. The deferral was until a later date, because she arrived at the Northumberland County Court with a week old, newborn child.  Britney Bridges was scheduled to be sentenced Friday after a jury in October found her guilty of a felony count of child endangerment, according to the Daily Item.  Milton state police reported Bridges as “recklessly negligent.”  Bridges has been free since Nov. 10, 2020, after her $125,000 bail was listed as ROR (released on her own recognizance).

SUNBURY POLICE LOOKING FOR SHOOTER

Shots fired into a home on Friday night has Sunbury police looking for the shooter. The gunfire occurred around 11:30pm on Bainbridge Street, when a man walked up, shot upwards of 6 or more rounds into the home and left. A dark colored SUV was in that area at the time and there are no injuries, no suspects. The incident remains under investigation and if you have any information on any of the shootings in Sunbury, please contact Northumberland County 911.

AREA UNIVERSITIES GETTING READY FOR SPRING SEMESTER

Bucknell and Susquehanna University students will be required to attend spring semester classes in person and get the COVID-19 booster shot while Bloomsburg University students will start the first week online. Bloomsburg students will be studying remotely from Jan. 24 through Jan. 28 and return to a regular schedule on Jan. 30. Bucknell University President John Bravman sent out an email to all students, requiring all students to take a COVID-19 test 72 hours before arrival on campus or risk being un-enrolled from spring course. The spring semester starts on Jan. 18 at Bucknell and Jan. 31 at Susquehanna.

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