BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS MARCH 3, 2022

THE MULTIPLE ROLES OF A POLICE CHIEF

Old Lycoming Township has opened the door to sharing a police chief with the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department. With Detective Sergeant Kriner returning back to his roots of criminal investigation Old Lycoming Township has now finalized a memorandum of understanding with Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department to begin the sharing of Police Chief Nathan DeRemer to oversee both departments. Chief DeRemer is a proven leader with a deep understanding on how to make regionalization work, and although serving on an “interim basis” he will immediately begin taking action to make the necessary changes needed in an attempt to further the success of the mission.

 

PRISON CORRECTIONS OFFICERS ON PROBATION

Lycoming County Court this week sentenced a former prison corrections officer. As reported by Sun Gazette, Brian T. Scott, who used his position of authority to solicit sexual favors from several female inmates between Oct 2020 and Jan 2021. Scott was sentenced to two years of probation and a fine and court costs over $4,000.

 

BROADCASTING THEIR SCHOOL SPORTS IN JERSEY SHORE

Approval for broadcasting their school sporting events was part of the agenda at the most recent Jersey Shore Area School Board meeting. As reported by Sun Gazette, PlayOn! Sports will charge the district a one-time fee of $3,500 to access the necessary hardware and software they need for programming. As per the agreement, an E-commerce platform for customer registration, payment processing and customer support for the sale of subscriptions in order to watch school activities and all other National Federation of State High School Associations Network School Broadcast System events is necessary.

A NEW NAME FOR THE INTEGRATION FORMATION

A new Commonwealth University representing the integration exists.  In the official state system announcement: Lock Haven, Bloomsburg, and Mansfield Universities have honored the commitment to maintain each institution’s historic names and identities through integration. On March 2, 2022, the State System Board of Governors unanimously approved the name Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania to represent the integrated entity for Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield Universities. The selection of Commonwealth University as the name for the integrated entity serves the Middle States accreditation of the institution, and other accreditation and contractual purposes. Commonwealth University will not serve as a public-facing identifier, but will remain in the background, allowing the universities to legally and compliantly become one entity while maintaining our strong brands in our regions and beyond.

VEHICLE INTO BUILDING IN WATSONTOWN

On Monday, just after 3 p.m., Watsontown Police were dispatched to 223 Main St, the location of TK Tackle, for a report of a crash with a vehicle into a structure. Police arrived on scene and through investigation found that a 2011 Cadillac Escalade, operated by an 85-year-old male from Allenwood. The operator, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, sustained minor injuries. Following an investigation, no criminal charges are pending.

PRESENTATION FOR POLICE AIMED AT THEIR MENTAL HEALTH

A ‘Police Trauma’ presentation offered in Sunbury yesterday was aimed at helping local police officers better prepare to handle potentially traumatic situations. Executive Deputy Attorney General for Special Initiatives Robert Reed gave the presentation and noted that extreme trauma earlier in people’s lives can cause damage to a person’s emotional, behavioral, and cognitive state and in turn, could lead them to a life of crime. As reported by the Daily Item, Reed also emphasized the need for better mental health evaluations for law enforcement.

VICTIM SUCCOMBS TO WOUNDS

A garage fire on Feb 21 in East Buffalo Township was the cause of fatal burns and other injuries to a man who was flown, via Life Flight, to the Lehigh Valley Regional Burn Center in Allentown.  According to the Daily Item, Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich, Wilbur Gower, 71 years of age died on Tuesday evening due to complications of thermal trauma. His death is ruled as accidental.

GROUPS CONTINUE TO GRIEVE

It is a devastating hit to the Heartland Youth Football and Cheerleading group, as they prepare to honor one of their own. As reported by the Daily Item, the Warrior Run fifth-grader, Hunter Reynolds, who recently lost his life in an auto accident over the past weekend, will be honored as the young players move to raise funds for the family.  The league will be donating $3 a player who signs up for the league’s football camp held in July in Milton.  Donations can sent via the instructions on the Facebook page under Hunter Reynolds.

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