BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS MARCH 15, 2022

AREA POLICE DEPARTMENTS HELP UKRAINE

In a move to solidify the support for the Ukraine, Sunbury City Council, Mayor Josh Brosious and Chief Brad Hare are sending old police vests and helmets to help Ukrainian soldiers. According to Chief Brad Hare, he was contacted by the Williamsport Fraternal Order of Police about their older vests and equipment, in order to send such equipment to the Ukraine. Hare informed the Sunbury City Council last night during their regular council meeting. As reported by the Daily Item, Hare received the overwhelming approval from council.

DEATH INVESTIGATION

On March 8th, Pennsylvania State Police in Milton were notified of the death of a 78 year old male resident of the Danville State Hospital. This investigation is being conducted in coordination with the Montour County Coroner’s Office.

NURSING HOME INSPECTION REPORT

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today released its February 2022 nursing home inspection report noting that nursing home surveyors conducted 376 inspections of 276 separate nursing homes. Of those inspections, there were 223 complaint investigations. There were five new sanctions finalized against nursing care facilities in the past month resulting in a total of $39,250 in fines. In addition to fines, there was a provisional two license issued at one facility. The Department of Health also conducts surveys on behalf of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These surveys include federal certification and recertification, complaint surveys, building safety surveys and others.

COLD CASE SOLVED

Federal authorities have announced the arrest of a New Jersey man in the cold case slaying of a teenager whose body was found in central Pennsylvania more than two decades ago. Columbia County authorities said hunters found the body of 17-year-old Shamar Washington of Williamsport in Hemlock Township in January 2001. Federal marshals in Scranton said 44-year-old Brian Gregory Quinn was arrested last week in Deptford on a criminal homicide warrant obtained by Pennsylvania State Police.

DEER TICK VIRUS NUMBERS GROWING IN THE COMMONWEALTH

Pennsylvanians experiencing “spring fever,” that perennial urge to venture outdoors to hike, hunt, fish and explore, should plan now to protect themselves and their families against potentially serious tickborne diseases-including Lyme disease and the rare but dangerous Deer Tick Virus, which has been found in ticks at high levels for the first time in multiple locations around the commonwealth.  DEP’s Tick Surveillance and  Testing Program has detected unusually high infection rates of the dangerous and rare Deer Tick Virus in adult tick samples recently taken from multiple sites including; Fisherman’s Paradise public fishing area on Spring Creek in Center County.

MAN REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION

A Lewisburg man was listed in critical condition on Saturday evening at the Geisinger Medical Center following his accident on Thursday morning. As reported by Northcentralpa.com, Kevin Eberhart crashed his tanker truck carrying 48,000 pounds of milk in Shamokin Dam. Eberhart was driving onto the ramp that connects Route 11 South to Sunbury / Route 61 when the truck rolled over onto its passenger side, spilling upwards of 20,000 pounds of milk, according to the press release. Eberhart was taken by helicopter to Geisinger.

TEAMWORK IN THE FIRE SERVICE

It was the Trout Run Volunteer Fire Department with multiple Lycoming Tioga County Fire Departments who responded to a rig fire in Cogan House Township just after 10:30 pm. As reported by the Trout Run Volunteer Fire Company on their Facebook page, Engine 16 arrived on scene and knocked down the heavily involved derrick. All three levels were reported to be heavily involved with fire. There were no injuries, as multiple fire company showed amazing teamwork.

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