BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS APRIL 4, 2022

SUNDAY MORNING SHOOTING

One person was sent to the hospital following a shooting that occurred in the early hours of Sunday.  As reported by SUN Gazette, Williamsport city police responded to the 300 block of Court Street just ahead of 2 am for reports of shots fired. Police reported they found no evidence on the scene.  Reports indicate an hour later, police received a call from the Geisinger medical facility at the Pennsdale interchange regarding a non-life threatening gunshot wound at their facility.  City police responded, interviewed the victim and are continuing the investigation.

FIRE TRUCKS APPROVED AT WILLIAMSPORT CITY COUNCIL MEETING

At the most recent city council meeting, Williamsport Bureau of Fire received approval for purchase of three fire trucks. As reported by SUN Gazette, Williamsport City Council approved the use of $700,000 in various prior year and current Community Development Block Grants toward the purchase of two engines and a ladder aerial. Sources indicate the remainder of the $3.2 million price tag for the apparatus will come from the American Rescue Plan Fund. Council also approved the purchase of firefighter turn out gear and equipment, price tag upwards of $200,000 with ARPA funds.

SUSPICIOUS FIRE

A fire is now being labeled as suspicious in Selingrove. As reported by an online media source, the fire at 301 North Market Street is reported to have started under suspicious circumstances. According to Selinsgrove Police Chief Tom Garlock, surveillance video has concerning details. Although they are not releasing any other information, they assure the media the investigation continues. If you have any information regarding the fire on North Market Street in Selinsgrove, you are asked to contact the Selinsgrove Police.

OUT FOR BIDS

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has opened bids for the first construction contract for the southern section of the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation Project (CSVT).

According to acting PennDot District 3 Executive Justin Blakeney, “This is the first of three contracts for the Southern Section of the CSVT, which will ease congestion, improve safety and accommodate growth in the region and is a major step toward completion of this project, which will have a significant impact in the area. Bids were opened for the earthwork for the roughly 6 miles of new four-lane, limited access highway in Shamokin Dam Borough and Monroe Township, Snyder County.

LAWSUIT IN FEDERAL COURT

Indifference to racial harassment and discrimination were the charges alleged in a lawsuit an Army recruiter and his family have filed against Jersey Shore Area School District in federal court. As reported by SUN Gazette, the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. Middle District Court, names the school board, district Superintendent Dr. Brian Ulmer, high school principal Steven Keen and assistant principal Elizabeth Seagraves. Reports say Adam Williams reported his son and daughter allegedly suffered from bullying, harassment and discrimination.

 

COMPLIANCE AND OVERSIGHT

Williamsport has $25.4 million in American Rescue Plan funds to distribute before 2026.  A daunting task, but at their most recent meeting, Williamsport City Council awarded UHY Advisors with the tasks of ARPA fund compliance and oversight. As reported by SUN Gazette, the firm, carrying a price tag of $85,000 a year for three years, has promised transparency with the public.

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