BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS JAN 18, 2022

CLEAR THE SNOW OR FACE A FINE

Clearing the snow in front of your residence or business does more than just clear a walkway, insurance companies report it is also the best way to prevent injuries and those lawsuits associated with snow and ice accidents.  According to the Williamsport City Bureau of Codes there is a 24 hour time period after the precipitation stops, where the owner of any building fronting on any street or alley and the vacant lot owner where there is a sidewalk in front up to and including the corner crosswalk of the premises must clear the sidewalks. According to SUN Gazette, there is a grace period, but it does not last long and business and homeowners can face fines up to $2000 for not removing the snow and ice.

 LOCAL COVID CASES

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Monday reported new COVID-19 cases. Clinton County reported 29 new cases. In Centre County added 104. Lycoming County added 107. There were 82 in Northumberland County, 47 in Union, 28 in Snyder and 17 in Montour. Tioga County added 13.

NO CHANGES TO DESIGNATIONS IN LOCK HAVEN

The residential to commercial designation for several blocks on the northern side of East Main Street will have to wait, as the Lock Haven City Council declined to act to change the designation. Representatives from the old E Main Street United Methodist Church in Lock Haven started the process moving from residential to centre business district designations that were favorably received from Clinton County and the City of Lock Have Planning Commissions.  However, city council has not followed suit. According to therecordonline.com, Council member Richard Morris made a motion to send the zoning request back to the planning commission so they could respond to several questions from the council.

AIRPORT BUDGET APPROVED

A $1.4 million budget for the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority was approved for this year at its recent monthly meeting. In the discussion was the 5% increase in wages and benefits for employees and the overall operating costs. According to Sun Gazette, CARES Act funding of $660,000 is expected to make up the deficit with the budget.

SEN. YAW:  LYCOMING COUNTY FARM RECEIVES CENTURY FARM AWARD DURING THE 106TH PENNSYLVANIA FARM SHOW

State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) and his staff on Friday recognized the Scott and Bonnie Wheeland Farm, Cogan Station, as a “Century Farm” Award recipient through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s nation-leading Farmland Preservation Program.  The special event was held during the 106th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. The “Century” and “Bicentennial” farm program was established by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to help promote the strength and durability of Pennsylvania’s farm families.  In order to qualify, a family member must live on the farm on a permanent basis, and the farm must include at least 10 acres of the original holding or gross more than $1,000 annually from the sale of farm products.

DOMESTIC ALTERCATION SENDS WOMAN TO HOSPITAL

A Jersey Shore woman was seen at the hospital for injuries to her head. She suffered from a four inch laceration on her forehead and was covered in her own blood.  According to state police, the victim reported to the emergency room physician she was struck during a domestic altercation with an artic tumbler cup.  Christopher Eck of Jersey Shore was taken into custody and transported to the Clinton County Correctional facility.  District Justice Keith Kibler arraigned Eck and set his bail at $7,500.

POINTING A FIREARM AT MULTIPLE VEHICLES BRINGS A MILTON MAN CHARGES

A Milton man pointed a gun at a vehicle full of passengers.  According to state police, Williams Smith, was reportedly standing  in the middle of the road near Pottsgrove last Sunday around 12  noon.  State police reported they received multiple calls on the male waving his handgun about.  However, when the police arrived, Smith was facedown in the roadway with his arms and legs spread and his handgun over 15 feet from him, according to the Daily Item.  He was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault with a pendng preliminary hearing in front of District Judge Michael Diehl.

WANTED MAN IN JAIL

A wanted man was picked up on Sunday during a criminal sweep and is now jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail.  Farrington Fitch is a  homeless man who, Sunbury police allege, pulled a knife during a robbery of a victim who was giving him a ride last November. According to Daily Item, after Fitch asked for a ride, he pulled out a knife and stole upwards of $500 and the victim’s cellphone.

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