BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS MARCH 8, 2022

WIND DAMAGE FROM YESTERDAY

A wind advisory, from the National Weather Service in State College, brought high winds and rain through the area yesterday.  As reported by SUN Gazette, 911 Communications reported downed trees, wires and a building collapse.  In fact, Williamsport Bureau of Fire was busy with upwards of 15 emergency calls that were directly related to the wind event.  On Grace Street, near the Commons, a vacant building collapsed.  Over a span of three hours, other area fire departments and PP&L crews were busy with multiple storm related incidents.

 

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN, TERRORISTIC THREATS

A domestic dispute turned violent on Sunday night, just before 11 p.m. as a male attacked a female with a claw hammer at a 1422 Memorial Avenue address.  Sharif Mumin Cliett, was charged multiple offenses, including Aggravated Assault, Endangering the Welfare of Children and Terroristic Threats. Upon arrival at the scene, officers observed an adult female victim with several injuries to her head and arms consistent with being struck with a blunt object. CLIETT was arraigned before MDJ, denied bail and committed to the Lycoming County Prison.

THEFT FROM PENN TECH

It was a Monday arraignment for a former member of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Police Department who allegedly stole upwards of $9,000 worth of tools from his campus.  As reported by SUN Gazette, Justin Hakes of Montoursville is accused of unlawfully taking and then selling tools from March and July of 2021. Hakes is looking at multiple offenses, including burglary, theft and receiving stolen property. After his arraignment before District Judge Christian Frey, Hakes was released on $25,000 bail.

LACK OF VOLUNTEERS

It is a lack of manpower to respond to emergency calls in South Williamsport.  With that situation in mind, a three month agreement has been etched out with the Williamsport Bureau of Fire. In such, the Bureau will be responding to all emergency calls in South Williamsport. As reported by SUN Gazette, the agreement, which was initially officials from both sides of the river, took effect on Friday at 4pm.  The agreement works as a temporary solution for fires, motor vehicle accidents, ambulance and alarm calls for service. Officials on all sides are hoping for a more permanent agreement that may transition into an alliance at the 90-day marker.

STATE COURT-ORDERED PLANS

In a victory for Democrats, the Supreme Court has turned away efforts from Republicans in North Carolina and Pennsylvania to block state court-ordered congressional districting plans. In separate orders late Monday, the justices are allowing maps selected by each state’s Supreme Court to be in effect for the 2022 elections.. The state, with a delegation of nine Democrats and nine Republicans, is losing a seat in the House following the 2020 Census.

ALCOHOL PLAYED A FACTOR

In an update to the horrific crash on Friday evening in Snyder County on Routes 11 & 15, Shamokin Dam Police Chief Timothy Bremigen reported the driver, Theresa Risso, was under the influence of alcohol.  She struck multiple vehicles, critically injured one man before flipping her auto through the air with her 1 ½ year old daughter strapped in the backseat.  Although he did not reveal her blood alcohol level, as reported by the Daily Item, Bremigen did say it was a substantial factor in the crash. Risso remains in critical condition at the Geisinger Medical Center.

 

NEEDED TO BID THE PROJECT OUT FIRST

Thursday night Williamsport City Council meeting was a busy place, with many speaking in favor of repair of the Brandon Park Baseball Fields. However, it was a tabled passing by the Williamsport City Council for a resolution to hire Larson Design Group for $45,810 to design two southern baseball fields at Brandon Park. As was learned by law, the city must bid the project out first.

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