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50th Anniversary of the Annual Car show and Artist Festival

Join Mark Mac broadcasting live at the 50th Anniversary of the Annual Car show and Artist Festival on Saturday, September 18th. Enjoy an exciting time with Live Music, vendors, Kid’s Zone and absolutely FREE ADMISSION!

DATE: SATURDAY, SEPT. 18 2021
BROADCAST / EVENT TIME: 10:00am – 3:00pm
LOCATION: MAIN STREET / MUNCY WILLIAMSPORT, P.A.

For more information on this event: visit SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY CORVETTE CLUB Facebook page

Last Cookout of Summer

Bring the entire family for a splendid time at our very own Backyard Broadcasting Station. Backyard Broadcasting and it’s sister stations wants to fill you up on good times and summer favorites on Tuesday, September 21 2021!
DATE: TUESDAY, SEPT. 21st
TIME: 2:00pm – TBD
LOCATION: 1685 FOUR MILE DRIVE, WILLIAMSPORT, P.A.

Jon Pardi at the Bloomsburg Fair

DATE: FRIDAY, SEPT. 23rd
TIME: 5:00pm –
LOCATION: 620 WEST THIRD STREET BLOOMSBURG, PA 17815

Ted will be broadcasting live at the Bloomsburg Fair on Friday, September 23rd at 5:00pm.

Tractor Pulls / Bloomsburg Fair

Jake will be hosting a live broadcast from the Bloomsburg Fair on Saturday, September 25th at 5:00pm.

DATE: SATURDAY, SEPT. 25th
TIME: 5:00pm
LOCATION: 620 WEST THIRD STREET BLOOMSBURG, PA 17815

Darci Lynne / Bloomsburg Fair

Mark Mac will be hosting a live broadcast from the Bloomsburg Fair on Monday, September 27th at 5:00pm.

DATE: Monday, SEPT. 27th
TIME: 5:00pm
LOCATION: 620 WEST THIRD STREET BLOOMSBURG, PA 17815

Crowder / Bloomsburg Fair

Join Keith on air live from the Bloomsburg Fair on Tuesday, September 29th at 5:00pm.
DATE: TUESDAY, SEPT. 29th
TIME: 5:00pm
LOCATION: 620 WEST THIRD STREET BLOOMSBURG, PA 17815

Pat Benatar / Bloomsburg Fair

Mark Mac will be hosting a live broadcast from the Bloomsburg Fair on Wednesday, September 29th at 5:00pm.
DATE: WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 29th
TIME: 5:00pm
LOCATION: 620 WEST THIRD STREET BLOOMSBURG, PA 17815

Bruce in the USA / Bloomsburg Fair

Join Shawn on air live from the Bloomsburg Fair on Thursday, September 30th at 5:00pm.
DATE: THURSDAY, SEPT. 30th
TIME: 5:00pm
LOCATION: 620 WEST THIRD STREET BLOOMSBURG, PA 17815

Chicago / Bloomsburg Fair

Join Jakeon air live from the Bloomsburg Fair on Friday, October 1st at 5:00pm.
DATE: FRIDAY, OCT. 1ST
TIME: 5:00pm
LOCATION: 620 WEST THIRD STREET BLOOMSBURG, PA 17815

BLOOMSBURG FAIR

Join Ian on air live from the Bloomsburg Fair on Saturday, September 2nd at 5:00pm.
DATE: SATURDAY, OCT. 2ND
TIME: 5:00pm
LOCATION: 620 WEST THIRD STREET BLOOMSBURG, PA 17815

MUMMER’S DAY PARADE / SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT

DATE: SATURDAY OCT. 16
BROADCAST TIME: 2:00pm
LOCATION: SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT
Visit this link for more information on parade event: Mummers Day Parade

COUNTRY STORE ANTIQUES

The first Country Store Antiques anniversary will be broadcasted by WILQ from 11:00am – 1:00pm on Saturday October 30th.

VETERANS DAY PARADE

DATE: SATURDAY NOV. 6TH 2021
TIME: 2:00pm
LOCATION: STAGEING AT LOYALSOCKS HIGH SCHOOL

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

9/11 MEMORIAL COALITION 9/11 MEMORIAL RIDE

Saturday morning motorcycles began converging on the Clinton Township Fire Company at 10 am. They were set for a full day, beginning at 2 pm with a memorial service and then the 42 mile ride to honor those lost in the 9/11 attacks on America at 3 pm. It started as a protest ride, to memorialize 20 years since the attacks that shook America in the biggest ride since its inception a week after the attack. Thunder filled the valley, as thousands of motorcycles took to the street behind the 9/11 Memorial Coalition.  According to President of the 9/11 Memorial Coalition, Tank Baird, “It is safe to assume we had more than 3,000,” Baird said. “I hesitate to say this, but 5,000 is a nice, round number. There were spaces filled at Clinton Township that never were.”

WILLIAMSPORT WOMAN SELLS CRACK WITH HER DAUGHTER’S HELP

A Williamsport woman pled guilty to felony possession with intent to deliver and felony delivery of a controlled substance. Alyia West, 38, was accused of selling crack to an undercover informant on several occasions between May and June of this year. According to the affidavit of probable cause, West even used her daughter to complete a crack deal on May 14. According to a media source, West was sentenced to two years of supervised probation for each offense. According to a media outlet, the sentences will run consecutively. West is eligible for a work program if she is unable to find full time employment.

BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR BACKS MASKS

Amid COVID-19 resurgence from the delta variant, many are again asking how to ensure the air indoors stays safe, as worker fill offices and children return to the classrooms.  For Bucknell University Professor Douglas Collinschemistry, there’s no debate. In a new paper, Collins uses existing indoor air quality management research to make the case for masks, high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters and ventilation as the most effective ways to mitigate the indoor spread of the virus.  Collins and his co-author write the optimal way to maintain air quality is by limiting pollutant sources, which is why Collins urges mask-wearing indoors. According to SUN Gazette, Collins reported, “Most of the time, we bring contaminants or pollutant sources in, and some even originate from our own bodies. This is one reason we wear masks indoors — to reduce the emission of virus particles into the air if someone is shedding virus at the time.”

SBA 2021 NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS WEEK

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2021 National Small Business Week celebrations will officially commence this week with a three-day virtual summit. SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman will kick off the national event on Monday, September 13, addressing nearly 30,000 registered participants during the educational, training, and networking event. President Joe Biden, in his proclamation declaring September 12-18 as National Small Business Week, stated, “The American entrepreneurial spirit is a defining quality of our Nation which time and again has lifted us to new heights and carried us through our greatest challenges.  Small businesses are not only the engines of our economic progress — they are the heart and soul of our communities.  An online media source reported, during National Small Business Week, we celebrate our Nation’s small businesses — the pillars of their neighborhoods.

U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

On Sept. 9, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabella Guzman announced major enhancements to the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, a federal disaster relief loan designed to better serve and support our small business communities still reeling from the pandemic, especially hard-hit sectors such as restaurants, gyms, and hotels. The SBA is ready to receive new applications immediately from small businesses looking to take advantage of these new policy changes. “The SBA’s COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan program offers a lifeline to millions of small businesses who are still being impacted by the pandemic,” SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman said. Eligible small businesses, nonprofits, and agricultural businesses in all U.S. states and territories can apply. Visit www.sba.gov/eidl to learn more about eligibility and application requirements. The last day that applications may be received is Dec. 31, 2021. According to SUN Gazette, all applicants should file their applications as soon as possible. 

PA DEPT OF HEALTH COVID-19

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Sunday reported 12 new COVID-19 in Clinton County, Centre County saw an increase of 74, while Lycoming County increased by 55, Snyder County had 21 new cases, with Northumberland and Union counties each reporting a dozen new cases. Montour County had eight new cases of COVID-19 reported yesterday. 

PA BOARD OF GAME COMMISSIONERS

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners Saturday met for its final meeting of 2021.  One Pennsylvania raptor Saturday was placed on the state’s endangered-species list, while another previously classified as a threatened species was upgraded. The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners Saturday placed the northern goshawk on the state’s endangered-species list, and removed the peregrine falcon from the state’s threatened species list. A large secretive raptor of mature, mixed forests, the northern goshawk is found in Pennsylvania’s northern tier and at high elevations across the state. As part of the penalty for killing a threatened species, a $2,500 replacement cost applies. “The Game Commission’s strategic plan sets a goal of reintroducing bobwhite quail to Pennsylvania by 2023, and Saturday’s adoption of the Northern Bobwhite Quail Management Plan is a critical step in achieving that goal and restoring this species to the Commonwealth” said Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans.

PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT INVOLVING TWO WOMEN IN SUNBURY

Two females have been taken to the hospital after being struck by a car in Sunbury last night. Northumberland County Communications says the incident took place sometime last night at Seventh and Reagan Streets. According to a media source, one person has been detained by Sunbury Police. As reported by a media outlet, officers tell The Daily Item multiple people were arguing upon their arrival. They have not said if the driver would be charged, and all identities have not been released. Seventh and Reagan Streets were closed for a time but have since reopened, and an investigation is ongoing.

PREGNANT WOMEN ARE ENCOURAGED TO GET THE VACCINE 

OB/GYN’s have gone from just offering, to now encouraging pregnant women to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Marshall of Geisinger Obstetrics and Gynecology, who also concentrates in pediatrics and adolescent gynecology,  says initial data suggested the vaccine would be safe for pregnant women, and now the governing bodies of OBGYN are fully encouraging it. According to a media source, Dr. Marshall says the biggest hurdle for expecting mothers deciding to get the shot continues to be misinformation. According to the online media outlet, she says misinformation about infertility or birth control effectiveness and causing harm to the placenta has been debunked. She goes on to say pregnant women are especially susceptible to getting the virus, which could cause breathing problems and other life threatening complications. 

BIKE RODEO IN DANVILLE AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Highway Safety Network, Safe Kids PA, Susquehanna Valley Partner (safe Kids), Geisinger, the Montour County Sheriff’s Department and local police from Danville, Riverside and Mahoning Townships will hold a bicycle safety seat event Thursday, September 16 from 5p-7p at the Danville Middle School. The bike rodeo will allow participants to learn bicycle laws, safety tips, take a ride of a bicycle course set up for the event and even enter to win a new bike.

THE MONKEYS ARE BACK

Aly’s Monkey Movement provides stuffed monkeys to children and adults all over the world who may be experiencing a difficult time in their lives. Aly, a young girl, and her team have now given more than 5,000 monkeys to families across Pa., the U.S., and the world. The story as reported by SUN Gazette, has the providers at UPMC who deemed July “Monkey Month” in an effort to help raise funds to support Aly’s Monkey Movement, contributed $7,375 in sponsorship to the program.

PA ATTORNEY GENERAL LOOKS INTO YEARS OF MISAPPROPRIATION IN WILLIAMSPORT

An investigation into the City of Williamsport by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office alleges years of misappropriation of funds within the city and could hold dire consequences for some current and former employees of the city, according to an investigation by the pulse.  The City of Williamsport’s financial standing is impossible to determine, according to Mayor Derek Slaughter, who is facing mounting pressure from City Council to allocate funds to various projects and employee positions.  “Since I took over in January of 2020, there have been issues with the finances… The finances are not what they should be,” Mayor Slaughter said during Williamsport’s Thursday evening City Council meeting. “While we’re trying to go through the budget, it’s difficult when we don’t even know what money we are working with.” 

SCOREBOARD COUNCIL PRESSURES ON MAYOR

Williamsport Mayor Derek Slaughter has received continued pressure from members of city council to find funds for the Bowman Field scoreboard project, which was approved roughly five years ago after receiving a $600,000 grant from the state. When Mayor Slaughter requested to use funds from the $25 million American Rescue Plan monies the city received for COVID-19 mitigation efforts, City Council denied the request because it believed  it did not fit the scope of those funds. According to a media source, Councilwoman Liz Miele voiced frustration with Slaughter for not finding an alternative funding source before the Thursday meeting. 

RESULTS OF DUI CHECKPOINT

State Police at the Montoursville and Mansfield barracks have released the results of their Labor Day weekend DUI checkpoints. State Police Montoursville reported thy made six DUI arrests, three drug arrests, along with multiple traffic summary arrests. Meanwhile, State Police in Mansfield reported they made two DUI arrests, issued 19 citations, and 31 warnings.

 

 

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 14, 2021

DA GARDNER DENIES PROSECUTION OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN FOR MASKS

There will be no prosecution of parents or children for refusing to wear a mask at school. According to District Attorney Ryan Gardner in a statement last Friday, explaining the office had no business with the prosecution in these cases. “The Department of Health’s Order of Aug. 31, 2021 is ambiguous with respect to enforcement,” Gardner said. “The decision whether to mask any child in school is best made between the parent and members of the school’s administration and not the Governor, law enforcement or the District Attorney’s Office.” According to a media source, however, Gardner also stated the school district’s ability to give detention, suspend students or expel them from school, is still present without his prosecution. Gardner encouraged parents and students to remain composed, and that law enforcement may become involved for applicable criminal offenses.

LYCOMING COUNTY COVID VACCINATION RATES

Lycoming County still sits in the high level of community virus transmission, and its case numbers and  a vaccination rate of 45.2%, in the past week Lycoming County has had 258.61 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people, with a test positivity rate of 11.9%. Meanwhile, Union County, with a vaccination rate of 50.9 percent, has in the past week reported 282.71 new cases per 100,000 people, and has a test positivity rate of 10.1 percent. Finally, Clinton County, with a vaccination rate of 37.2%, shows in the past week 188.96 new cases per 100,000 people and a test-positivity rate of 7.03%. The state currently leads the nation with a 56% vaccination rate compared to a 53.8% vaccination rate. However, the state’s 7-day total for COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people is 207.7 to the nation’s 286.2. The state’s week-long test positivity rate for COVID-19 is 9.1% to the nation’s 9.14%.

SECOND WORK SESSION FOR WILLIAMSPORT CITY  ADMINISTRATION

The Williamsport City Administration and Williamsport City Council will hold a second work session on the American Rescue Plan funding at 7 p.m. Sept. 30. The meeting will be held at the Trade and Transit Centre II third floor in the Michael Ross meeting room, 100 W. Third St. According to Mayor Derek Slaughter, the city received $25.4 million, half of which it received in May, and the other half expected next spring. According to a media outlet, the money is specifically to be used for relief associated with losses from COVID-19 and, according to the U.S. Treasury Department rules, the rescue funds cannot be used to lower debt or reduce pension costs.

HIRING OF ACCESSIBILITY COMPLIANCE SPECIALISTS

City Council recently agreed to the hiring of two accessibility compliance specialists. Janetta Green was appointed coordinator for accessibility compliance and Mark Derry, accessibility building consultant. The city has about $20,000 reserved in the budget for their expenses, said Liz Miele, council vice president. According to SUN Gazette, once Green and Derry accomplish their work, Joseph Gerardi, city codes administrator, will be certified as accessibility coordinator. Green and Derry’s hirings are part of the commitment by the city to meet the consent decree it has agreed to in U.S. Middle District Court, to avoid a federal lawsuit.

SMALL COMMUNITY AIR SERVICE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM GRANT

A Small Community Air Service Development Program grant, in the amount of $950,000 was approved by the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority at the last meeting. As was reported by SUN Gazette, the grants, awarded in August to small municipal airports, are utilized for funding air service and airfare issues. Airport officials are hopeful the money allocation will allow for improvements to attract another commercial provider to the area. In addition,  the Authority approved a one-year agreement with Midwest ATC, who covers the labor costs for traffic control service. The contract covers the airport’s labor costs for traffic control service. According to airport executive director Richard Howell the airport received $128,675 in CARES Act funding in August, bringing CARES funding to $1.35 million for the year and $3.4 million in overall allocations.

WOLF AND HIS MASKS MAY BE GOING TO COURT

The union that represents corrections officers in Pennsylvania prisons wants a state court to intervene over the governor’s recent mandate that they all get coronavirus vaccines or submit to weekly testing.The six-page Commonwealth Court complaint requests that the court issue a preliminary injunction to end mandatory testing unless inmates, visitors and outside vendors are also subject to the requirement. In addition to the Corrections Department, it applies to state hospitals, veterans’ homes, community health centers and homes for those with intellectual disabilities. Wolf press secretary Lyndsay Kensinger declined to comment on the specifics of the lawsuit but called the union’s opposition to the pandemic mitigation “extremely disappointing.”

RETIRING NUMBERS AT THE WILLIAMSPORT AREA  HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

A few pieces of history keep the Williamsport Area High School football alive in the hearts of young and old. Three retired jerseys, Larry Kelly (31), Gary Brown (28) and Natt Neenan (78) were joined by another on Friday night. Williamsport football welcomed Darrell Blackman to the field at halftime during a home game against Mifflin County. As reported by a media outlet, the 2003 Williamsport graduate — who currently holds the all-time rushing title for the Millionaires at 6,761 career yards — had his No. 2 jersey placed high among the elite four. An ovation from a packed stadium was for Blackman, who stood with the red board and his family. According to Blackman, “I’m proud of it, that’s a big accomplishment,” He continued.  “Now, forever, they’ll see that name ‘Blackman,’ that No. 2 jersey that’s sitting in the rafters.”

SCREAMING FOR HELP OVER THE TELEPHONE

Williamsport Police responded to a 911 call with a person allegedly screaming for help into the phone near the 2500 block of Federal Avenue on Sept 1. Police identified, Ciera Aaliyah Johnson, 21, of Williamsport as one of the women. Johnson allegedly punched the elderly woman in the face after she refused to take garbage outside. Johnson then began “beating” on the elderly woman. According to northcentralpa.com, Johnson was charged with multiple charges including felonies. Johnson is held at the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $50,000 monetary bail an upcoming preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 21.

DANVILLE POLICE RESPONDING TO POSSIBLE DEMONSTRATION

In a Facebook post made by the Danville Police Department yesterday, the department said it has received word of a potential demonstration in the Danville area today. “We appreciate everyone’s right to gather and air their grievances; however EVERYBODY’s rights must be protected;” the post said. According to comments made in the post, demonstration in opposition to the vaccine mandate at Geisinger is planned by employees.  According to a media source, today’s planned demonstration will likely disrupt the regular flow of traffic in Danville. The police department has offered tips for participants and community members: Parking violators will be ticketed and /or towed, do not interfere with emergency vehicles or block roadways, either impeding vehicular or pedestrian traffic.

STATE POLICE IN MILTON ARE LOOKING FOR THE SUSPECT WHO CAUSED DAMAGE TO A VALLEY RESTAURANT.

An unknown suspect caused damaged and cut power to a Valley Township business last week. According to State Police in Milton, a suspect went to the Hilltop Bar & Grill restaurant on Liberty Valley Road early the morning of Sept. 8, cut a phone wire and pulled apart a power meter base mounted to the exterior wall. Video surveillance cameras appeared to be tampered with during the incident, according to state police. There was no sign of forced entry at the building. According to SUN Gazette, anyone with information is urged to contact State Police in Milton.

CITY OF WILLIAMSPORT TREASURER AND TAX OFFICE MOVED TO 100 W THIRD ST

According to a news release from Williamsport Mayor Derek Slaughter, the City of Williamsport Treasurer and Tax Office has relocated to 100 W. Third Street at the corner of Pine Street and Third Street. The move stems from the water and air quality issues at City Hall, said the mayor. The new office entrance is on Pine Street directly across from the Court House Fountains. The office was previously the location of Sterns Café, The Transit Scoop, and most recently Derone’s Dynamite Dogs. The office has fifteen-minute parking available along Third Street directly across from the M&T Bank Building. According to a media source, the office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Office can be reached by phone at 570-327-7520.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Monday reported new COVID-19 cases across the state, Clinton County nine new cases, Centre County saw an increase of 20, Lycoming County has 57, 45 in Northumberland County, nine in Union and six in Montour and Snyder counties.

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 11, 2021

MARIJUANA ARREST ON BU CAMPUS

A Bloomsburg University Police Officer said he waited unnoticed and watched a man in the backseat of his vehicle weigh what appeared to be marijuana. Hamid Kaba of Collingdale, was inside his vehicle with a dome light on when officers observed him inside a parking garage on campus. The Officer positioned himself near the passengers side of the vehicle and continued to observe Kaba as he allegedly weighed and bagged marijuana. Officers said a search of the vehicle turned up 143.5 grams of marijuana that was divided into two bags.. Kaba was charged with one count of felony possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and two counts of misdemeanor use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Kaba is being held on $75,000 monetary bail. (NCP

STATE POLICE LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON DOG ATTACK

Pennsylvania State Police at Montoursville are looking for information regarding a dog attack on Tuesday night in Lycoming County. According to state police, a tan/brown in color possible shepherd mix dog weighing approximately 50 pounds attacked a female victim on Fairfield Church Road. The attack, which is allegedly said to be unprovoked, occurred at 9 p.m. Sept. 7. The dog had a red heart on its collar. Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Montoursville. (NCP

FREE COVID-19 CLINIC

One of the Valleys state parks will be the site of a free COVID19 vaccine clinic next SaturdayGovernor Tom Wolf announced the Shikellamy State Park will be one of five state parks hosting a vaccine clinic. The Shikellamy State Park clinic will take place next Saturday, September 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Governor Wolf says clinics will provide either the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. (KOK

ASSAULT IN BLOOMSBURG

Bloomsburg police officers said they witnessed a man kick a woman in the face after being disturbance called to the scene of a domestic at a local bar. Douglas May of Bloomsburg was arrested and taken into custody. May, who has an active DUI case against him, was charged with seconddegree misdemeanor simple assault and a summary offense of harassment. May posted $10,000 monetary bail on Sept. 5. (NCP

DOMESTIC IN DORNSIFE

A witness told Troopers from PSP Stonington that a clogged toilet allegedly angered a man to the point of choking her on Sept. 6 in Upper Mahanoy Township. Michael Branswich of Dornsife was charged with seconddegree felony strangulation, seconddegree misdemeanor simple assault, and a summary charge of harassment. Branswich allegedly choked the accuser several times and grabbed her arm with enough force to cause bruising. Branswich posted $20,000 monetary bail on Sept. 9. Branswich is scheduled to appear before Judge Toomey on Sept. 14 for a preliminary hearing. (NCP

WILLIAMSPORT CITY COUNCIL’S MEETING

Thursday nights Williamsport City Council meeting was heated at times as Williamsport continues to struggle with financial issues stemming from the former administrations 2019 and 2020 budgets. The city has yet to sign off on a project for a new scoreboard at Bowman Field because they are unwilling to use American Rescue Plan funds to foot the bill. Williamsport received a $600,000 grant with part of that money being budgeted for a new scoreboard. Thanks to this grant, the scoreboard project is set to begin on Sept. 13th, but Council stressed the importance of locating funding outside of the Rescue Plan funds. (NCP

COVID-19 DASHBOARD

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed 5,005 new cases of COVID19. There were 58 new cases in Lycoming County, 51 in Northumberland County, 30 in Union County, 12 in Snyder, and 8 in Montour. (DOH/KOK

MESSAGE FROM GOVERNOR ABOUT FLAGS

Governor Wolf released a video on Friday to all Pennsylvanians to put their flags at halfstaff in remembrance of the September 11th attacks. In order to remember those who lost their lives, all United States and Commonwealth flags on the Capitol Complex and Commonwealth facilities throughout the state will also be lowered to halfstaff. The United States Flag and the Commonwealth Flag shall remain at halfstaff until sunset. (WKOK

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BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS, SEPTEMBER 10, 2021

A MASKING LOOPHOLE FOUND

An apparent loophole in Pennsylvania’s mask mandate for schools is making it easier for some students to go to class without having to cover their faces. The state health secretary’s order requiring masks includes an exemption for students who claim it would cause or worsen a medical condition. But there’s no obligation in the masking order for a student to produce a doctor’s note or other supporting medical documentation. Spot checks by The Associated Press of school districts yesterday revealed at least a dozen around the state using exemption forms which don’t require a medical professional’s signature.

PA DEPT OF HEALTH RELEASED UPDATED COVID-19 DASHBOARD

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Thursday reported new COVID-19 cases in Clinton County nine new cases were reported on Thursday, Centre County saw an increase of 114, while Lycoming County increased by 42, 31 cases in Northumberland County and 28 in Union County. There were 13 new cases in Snyder County and four in Montour County, according to a media source.

TEXTING COST A JERSEY SHORE MAN MULTIPLE FELONIES

It was a text communication between a 52-year-old man and 14-year-old girl led to the arrest, according to police, yesterday. According to police, Dwayne Allen Koons, of Jersey Shore messaged the juvenile through multiple avenues and made sexually explicit suggestions. Koons, who is being held at the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $35,000 monetary bail, was charged with multiple felonies is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 14 with Judge Christian Frey.

MASKING DEBATE HITS JERSEY SHORE

Upwards of 30 parents and concerned citizens from met at the Jersey Shore Area School District Services Center parking lot to expressing concerns related to the state mandate requiring schoolchildren to wear masks in classrooms. A petition to unmask the schoolchildren was available for parents and concerned community members to sign.  According to the SUN Gazette, the rally came at door of the upcoming school board meeting 7 p.m. Monday in which the board will discuss the topic of masks in schools. In an open letter posted on the Jersey Shore Area School District website, Dr. Brian Ulmer, Superintendent of the Jersey Shore Area School District announced the masking order and stated that the order is set to remain in effect but will be evaluated on Oct. 1.

LOYALSOCK TOWNHIP SCHOOL BOARD SAYS MASK OR GO VIRTUAL

Mask up or meetings will be going virtual was the message from Loyalsock Township School Board President Carolyn Strickland as she faced an audience of parents and community members Wednesday night, many without masks.  According to a media outlet,  Superintendent Gerald S. McLaughlin said the district will comply with the order from the state Department of Health related to students, staff and visitors wearing masks in district buildings. He went on to say districts are not required to update health and safety plans approved earlier in the summer to reflect the secretary’s order, but must comply and enforce the order, McLaughlin explained.

STAKEHOLDERS WILL BE DISCUSSED NEXT WILLIAMSPORT AREA SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

Who will be able to address the school board is at issue as the Williamsport Area School Board is set to review the policy governing it. Board member Adam Welteroth expressed all stakeholders in the district should be allowed to speak during the public comment section of board meetings. Defining who is a stakeholder was questioned by another board member. Welteroth made a motion that was passed to bring the policy to the first October board meeting for a review of the revision of adding stakeholders.  According to Sun Gazette, the school board also opened up the  agreement with the Old Lycoming Township Volunteer Fire Company to provide ambulance service for all home football games at a rate of $60 per hour for the current football season. They voted and it was approved. This is a $5 increase over last year. Prior to that, the rate had not changed since 2011. The next board meeting will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 21.

LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT TO RECEIVE GRANT MONEY

The Loyalsock Township School District has received a total of $1,363,292 from various grants over the past 18 months as part of COVID relief according to a presentation by Superintendent Gerald McLaughlin made to the school board at a recent meeting. The district is also set to receive $1,934,711 as part of the American Rescue Plan. Budgeted through the current school year, the second round of funding, $956,494, was used to maintain the existing staff, the Schick and Middle School summer program, after-school programs, custodial equipment and HVAC software system upgrade. As reported by a media outlet, funds from the American Rescue Plan, which is budgeted for 2022-23 and 2023-24 must include at least a minimum of 20 percent or $386,942, to address learning loss. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 6. The location for the meeting will be posted on the district website.

BLOOMSBURG MAN IMPATIENT FOR FAIR

A Bloomsburg man was not waiting another week to get into the Bloomsburg Fair. According to police, surveillance video from August 26th showed a man breaking into a ticket booth and remained there for upwards of two hours.  According to northcentralpa.com, Justin Charles Bozarth, 33, of Bloomsburg was charged with one count of third-degree felony criminal trespassing and a summary charge of criminal mischief. Bozarth is being held at the Columbia County Prison in lieu of $50,000 monetary bail awaiting his Sept. 15 preliminary hearing.

BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 9, 2021

MASKS ON THE FOREFRONT AT WILLIAMSPORT AREA SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

The Williamsport Area School Board Tuesday held a crowd of upwards of 60 anxious parents and community members. Moments before the school board meeting, district officials were attempting to convince community members to wear their masks, as required by the mask order issued by the State Department of Health. According to SUN Gazette, when the meeting did begin, a generous majority of the guests spoke against the requirement of masks for the students in district buildings.  Two local physicians detailed medical reasons for the mitigation effort and spoke in favor of masks.

CHILDREN HIGHER RISK FOR COVID-19 VARIANT

“Young children are at a higher risk for becoming infected now than at any other time during the pandemic,” said Dr. John Williams, chief of pediatric infectious diseases, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. “Children do get sick with COVID, and they can transmit the virus to family, friends and other members of the community,” Williams said. Williams noted that UPMC Children’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, is seeing an increase in children being treated for COVID-19 at clinics and emergency rooms, some leading to hospitalizations. As reported by SUN Gazette, citing  two key reasons for the increase in infections in children — a relaxation in mitigation efforts, and the delta variant, which is more contagious and more easily spread.

 US SENATOR ROBERT CASEY STOPPED BY PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY

Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, stopped at Pennsylvania College of Technology to push his Five Freedoms for America’s Children plan for improving the lives of kids. Unfortunately, he said, there is no strategic plan to address the issue as exists for many other of the nation’s priorities such as growing the economy. “If we invest in our kids all of these other priorities are successful,” he said.The lives of children were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, disrupting their education, creating stress levels, and pushing more kids into poverty. As reported by an online news agency, Casey, who took time to tour the college’s Dunham Learning Center, visited with pre-school children and staff before discussing his plan. He is calling for an additional investment of $7 billion for affordable child care and early learning programs, an $18 billion annual increase to cover Head Start, and a permanent expansion of the Child Dependent Care Tax Credit to help families cover child care costs.

COLLEGE NIGHT AT LYCOMING COLLEGE

The Lycoming County Counselors Association (LCCA) and Lycoming College invite local high school students to attend “College Night” an annual event for nearly 30 years Thursday, Sept. 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Keiper Recreation Center on the college’s campus.

According to a news outlet, this special night gives local students the chance to interact and network with representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities. The event is free and open to the public. Masks will be required for all in attendance. Representatives from schools in Pennsylvania and surrounding states, as well as branches of the military, will be available to discuss their programs, scholarship offerings, and internship and research opportunities.

A WILLIAMSPORT MAN FAILED TO NOTIFY STATE POLICE AS REQUIRED BY MEGAN’S LAW

A Williamsport man failed to notify authorities when he moved, as required by Megan’s Law. Gerald Edward Jordan, of Williamsport, was charged with first-degree felony failure to register with PSP and first-degree failure to verify address. According to northcentralpa.com,  2009, Jordan pled guilty to indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age and endangering the welfare of children.

DRUG BUY FROM UNWITTING INFORMANT

Police watched an unwitting informant going into a home on Washington Blvd. in Williamsport with prerecorded currency to make a purchase for crack. According to northcentralpa.com, an unwitting informant is a person who is unaware they are providing information to law enforcement. Devin Eugene Mims, 34, of Williamsport was charged with felony possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and third-degree felony criminal use of a facility after the purchaser identified him for officers, according to the report. No bail was listed for Mims, who is scheduled to appear before Judge Aaron Biichle on Sept. 16 for a preliminary hearing.

STALKING CHARGE IN CLINTON COUNTY COURT

Last week in  Clinton County Court a jury returned a guilty verdict on one count of stalking, a misdemeanor of the first degree. The verdict came after a one day trial on Sept. 2. As reported by therecordonline.com, Anthony Martin, of Lock Haven, was convicted of stalking a young woman who was employed at the Dollar General store located on E. Main Street. Sentencing was scheduled by Judge Michael Salisbury to be held on Nov. 1, at 8:30 a.m.

COVID-19 DASHBOARD FOR YESTERDAY

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Wednesday reported new COVID-19 cases across the state. In Clinton County seven new cases, Centre County saw an increase of 16, while Lycoming County increased by 44. 35 in Union County, 29 in Northumberland, 16 in Snyder and three in Montour, according to a media source.

SECOND DAY IN FEDERAL TRIAL

Dr. Raymond Kraynak allegedly increased his criminal prescribing practices by more than 50 percent in the 11 months between two federal warrants on the doctor’s practice, according to a federal agent with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Federal agents arrested the now-suspended Mount Carmel doctor on Dec. 21, 2017. Kraynak, 64, was charged with 12 counts of illegal distribution or dispensing, five counts of illegal distribution or dispensing resulting in death and two counts of maintaining a drug-involved premises for his offices in Mount Carmel and Shamokin. As reported by the Daily Item, the prescription practices resulted in the death of five people, authorities said. The second day of the trial starts at 9:30 a.m. in federal court.

GUILTY PLEA FOR KILLING OF THREE WOMEN

A homeless man accused of killing two women from our region has pleaded guilty. The Daily Item reports 43-year-old Harold Haulman III, was sentenced to life in prison without parole as a result. He’s responsible for the killing of 25-year-old Tianna Phillips of McClure, who went missing in 2018, and 26-year-old Erica Shultz of Bloomsburg, who went missing late last year.  Michigan investigators say Haulman also committed the 2005 murder of 21-year-old Ashley Parlier. Haulman admitted to murdering all three woman after being interviewed by former Luzerne County Detective Shawn Williams, who’s the now the school police officer for the Shikellamy School District.

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 6, 2021

PRESCRIPTION PILLS SOLD TO POLICE C.I.

A Williamsport man allegedly sold prescription pills to a confidential informant. According to Pine Creek Township Police, Charles Woodrow James of Williamsport sold various pills to the CI on three separate occasions between May 26 and June 15.James was charged with multiple felonies and released on $30,000 unsecured bail. According to a media source, he is scheduled for a preliminary hearing with Judge Frank Mills on Nov. 2.

HORSE AND BUGGY DUI

A Montgomery man was allegedly driving a horse and buggy while intoxicated on May 30 in Watsontown, according to police, who say he also tried to bribe them to avoid charges. Police reported that he observed the black horse-drawn carriage traveling southbound at 1:46 a.m. May 30 in the 10 block of Main Street without any working front lights or rear flashing red lights commonly used on those vehicles. With alcohol on his breath, Zook was unable to pass field sobriety tests. Samuel Lapp Zook, 19, was charged with multiple misdemeanors. According to northcentralpa.com, a preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Oct. 6 in Milton office of District Judge Michael Diehl.

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR PINE CREEK TOWNSHIP POLICE

Police are requesting assistance in finding, Patrick Shady, 25, of Lock Haven, who is wanted by Pine Creek Township Police to answer for felony narcotics charges. Shady, charged with two counts of felony possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and one count each of felony criminal use of a communications facility and intentional possession of a controlled substance. According to a media outlet, anyone with information regarding Shady’s whereabouts is being asked to call the Pine Creek Township Police.

RESISTING ARREST IN MONTOUR COUNTY

A traffic stop in Montour County revealed a driver with multiple traffic violations, who was wanted by police.  State police say they noticed a the vehicle August 28 around 10pm. During the course of the traffic stop, they discovered, 33-year-old Nelea Musselman of Orangeville, was wanted by police. Musselman refused to comply with orders and was subsequently removed from the vehicle and taken into custody. According to northcentralpa.com, charges of resisting arrest and the traffic violations have been filed.

LAWSUIT INVOLVING MASKING GOING TO COURT

AP is reporting…The Republican leader of the state Senate and a group of parents filed a lawsuit Friday seeking to overturn the Wolf administration’s new mask mandate for Pennsylvania schools.  The suit, filed in Commonwealth Court, asserts that Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam failed to comply with state law when she ordered masks to be worn in all Pennsylvania public and private schools, as well as child care facilities. The masking order isn’t valid because it didn’t go through the state’s regulatory review process, the lawsuit said. It also accused the Wolf administration of trying to circumvent newly approved constitutional amendments limiting a governor’s emergency powers.

PA DEPT OF HEALTH RELEASED UPDATED COVID-19 DASHBOARD

The Pennsylvania Department of Health Saturday confirmed that Clinton County saw seven new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours; Centre County went up 69; and Lycoming County increased by 59, 47 new cases in Northumberland County, 13 in Snyder, 21 in Union and 10 cases in Montour over the past 24 hours, according to a media source.

 

 

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS, SEPTEMBER 8, 2021

PENNSYLVANIA FARM BILL

Governor Tom Wolf today called for U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to implement a $737 million Chesapeake Bay Resilient Farms Initiative to support Pennsylvania farmers in their desire to take a stand against climate change by implementing on-farm efforts for more sustainable agriculture practices that reduce nitrogen output, improve water quality, and effectively decrease negative impacts of climate change on agriculture. Through the Pennsylvania Farm Bill, Governor Wolf has invested funds from the commonwealth’s budget to support sustainable agriculture practices and assist farmers in achieving their conservation goals. Since signed into law in 2019, Wolf has committed $15 million through the PA Farm Bill’s Conservation Excellence Grant Program and expanded funding for the state’s Resource Enhancement and Protection tax credit program.

PA STATE SOAR PROGRAM

The PA state program SOAR, is helping students to gain college credits before graduating High School. The Pennsylvania State program, SOAR, is helping to prepare students for life beyond high school. SOAR stands for Students Occupationally and Academically Ready. This program is extremely beneficial to high school students looking for challenging coursework that will prepare them for high priority occupations. High priority occupations are those that are in high demand, have higher skill needs, and are likely to provide family-sustaining wages. SOAR works to align high school courses to a college program in order to complete a degree, diploma, or certificate. After successfully completing relevant coursework students are eligible to receive free college credits from Lackawanna College. Those credits are offered to students with completed articulations in, Accounting Technology/Technician Bookkeeping, Administrative Assistant/Secretarial Science, Criminal Justice/Police Science, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Services.

HIGH-TENSION CABLE BARRIER REPLACEMENT PROJECT

A High-Tension Cable Barrier Replacement Project continues this week on Interstate 180 between the Route 87 interchange in Fairfield Township and the Route 15 interchange in the City of Williamsport, Lycoming County. On Tuesday, September 7, through Friday, September 10, the contractor, Penn Line Service, Inc., will replace the existing cable barrier system in the median between the Route 87 interchange in Fairfield Township and the Route 15 interchange in the City of Williamsport. Work will be performed from 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM. Motorists can expect the left (passing) lane to be closed where work is being performed. No work will be performed during the weekend. Motorists should be alert, slow down, watch for slow or stopped vehicles, expect lane changes, expect travel delays, and drive with caution through the work zone.

PARENT PROTESTS IN MONTOURSVILLE

Parents took to the streets of Montoursville yesterday morning to protest the state Department of Health’s order that required children to be masked in class or risk being sent home. About 40 Montoursville Area School District parents marched along Broad Street in the borough carrying signs. They proceeded down Arch Street to Montoursville Area High School and then on to McCall Middle School before ending at the District Office where the group began breaking up about mid-morning. According to SUN Gazette, at one point, borough police were called because protesters were blocking entrances to the high school, but the marchers were told twice at different locations to move to the sidewalk and each time they complied. There was no property damage and no arrests, police said.

MASK MANDATE TO BE TAKEN TO COURT

The Republican leader of the state Senate and a group of parents filed the lawsuit Friday seeking to overturn the Wolf administration’s new mask mandate for Pennsylvania schools. The governor’s spokesperson dismissed what she called the GOP’s “effort at undermining public heath.” According to a media outlet, the suit, filed in Commonwealth Court, asserts that Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam failed to comply with state law when she ordered masks to be worn in all Pennsylvania public and private schools, as well as child care facilities. The masking order isn’t valid because it didn’t go through the state’s regulatory review process, the lawsuit said. It also accused the Wolf administration of trying to circumvent newly approved constitutional amendments limiting a governor’s emergency powers.

Commissioners voted 3-0 to approve Kelsey I. Dowling for the vacant position of administrative specialist in the controller’s office, an action that Controller Krista Rogers claimed violates county code. The violation involved personnel action taken by commissioners within an elected officials’ office, she contended. The county code, she said, gives hiring, discharging and supervisory authority only to the elected official, which in this case would be her.“All hiring actions are vested with me,” she told commissioners.Commissioners disagreed. According to SUN Gazette, Mirabito later told the Sun-Gazette he felt commissioners are being transparent and complying with the law. “She is certainly entitled to another opinion,” he said.

2021 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDING IN LYCOMING COUNTY

Lycoming County commissioners approved $607,455 in 2021 Community Development Block Grant funding for projects during their regular weekly meeting. According to a media source, the dollars will be allocated for the following projects: Brooke Street water main replacement in Montgomery, $291,230; curb cuts, Jersey Shore, $97,210; homes in need, Montoursville, $99,959; and Habitat for Humanity acquisition, South Williamsport, $119,056. Commissioners voted 3-0 to approve the funding following a brief public hearing.

COVID-19 DASHBOARD RESULTS TUESDAY

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Tuesday confirmed In Clinton County nine new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Tuesday. Centre County saw an increase of 39  Lycoming County increased by 26. 25 in Northumberland County. Union County reported three new cases and there was one new case in Montour County. There were no new cases in Snyder County, the first time since Aug. 15 without a case.

MURDER CASE GOING TO COURT IN UNION COUNTY

The 2018 homicide case against Myrle Miller, 76, of Winfield, is now heading to Union County Court of Common Pleas.  Miller’s preliminary hearing on yesterday was held for court, according to District Judge Jeffrey Mensch’s office. Miller was charged in May with first-degree murder, perjury, and felony fraud insurance theft for the death of her husband, John W. Nichols, 76, of Millmont. According to northcentralpa.com, he died at the couple’s home on Lamey Road on April 14, 2018. Miller’s formal arraignment in front of Union County President Judge Michael T. Hudock is set for Oct. 25.

LYCOMING COUNTY LOOKING FOR INPUT … VIRTUAL MEETING

The Northern Section of Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation (CSVT) is now in its fourth and final contract for construction, according to Maggie Baker, spokesperson for Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). It’s a four-lane limited access highway from Route 15 south of Winfield at the Snyder/Union County line to Route 147 south of Montandon in Northumberland County. According to a media source, Lycoming County is inviting public feedback on the potential transportation and land use impacts of the new CSVT project along the Interstate 180 (I-180), US 15, and PA 147 corridors. A virtual meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13.

The dial-in information for the Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 virtual meeting is  below:

Dial-in Number: 1 (267) 332-8737

Conference Code: 926 689 24#

For more information on how to connect to the virtual public meeting, the meeting  agenda, and for information on planning efforts related to CSVT, please visit http://www.lyco.org/CSVT.

GLENN O HAWBAKER OF STATE COLLEGE TO BE SANCTIONED

Pennsylvania’s highway agency wants to prevent a major heavy equipment contractor from doing state work for up to three years because it pleaded no contest to theft after being accused of illegally diverting money and other benefits from its workers.  A media outlet reported, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation on Friday asked an administrative hearing officer to sanction Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. of State College. The agency says Hawbaker’s status as a prequalified contractor can be suspended for theft. Hawbaker pleaded no contest last month and is on probation for five years. The attorney general’s office accused Hawbaker of stealing from workers’ fringe benefits such as retirement and health insurance and using that money to pad its profits, undercut competitors and pay for internal projects and company bonuses.

WILLIAMSPORT CITY POLICE CHIEF’S VOTE TO PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR DELAYED

Mayor Derek Slaughter’s proposal before City Council’s finance committee yesterday to have city Chief of Police Justin Snyder named as public safety director led to a vote by three of its members giving no recommendation. According to SUN Gazette, the no recommendation vote, however, was arrived at before a lengthy discussion on what appeared to be movement by city administration and council to revisit changes to the administrative code. “I do think that a person in charge of police and public safety should not hold the two positions,” Councilwoman Bonnie Katz, who serves as chairwoman of public safety and public works committees, said. “Is it absolutely necessary to have a public safety director?” she asked. Katz also wondered what comes with the public safety director job. “It appears council agrees with me that it wants the city to revisit the administrative code,” Slaughter said.

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS, SEPTEMBER 7, 2021

GROUNDBREAKING FOR GROUNDBREAKING BUILDING IN SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT

It was a ground breaking ceremony for the construction to begin on the 15,790-square-foot, four-story, full-service office for Muncy Bank & Trust Company, set for completion in the fall of 2022  in South Williamsport.  The SUN Gazette reported the bank’s four-story building is the first structure of that height to be built in the borough since changes were made to zoning to permit buildings that high. According to South Williamsport Borough Council President Cory Lehman, “We needed to change the zoning, which we have recently, to allow to grow vertically.” He noted that since the change in zoning buildings in the borough can be built as high as 70 feet.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT IN UNITYVILLE

A dispute over a lawn mower with his son on the afternoon of Aug. 28 resulted in Lehman Brown, of Unityville, being charged with simple assault and harassment. According to a media outlet, Brown assaulted the son, who suffered a sprained knee, police said. Brown was arraigned before District Judge Gary Whiteman released on $5,000 bail.

HONORING THE LATE MARY WILLIS, WIFE OF CIVIL WAR VET FROM LYCOMING COUNTY

It was a tree-planting ceremony to honor the late Mary Willis, the wife of the oldest Civil War Veteran from Lycoming County, James Henry Willis that recently brought two groups together.   SUN Gazette reported Montoursville Area High School’s Rho Kappa National Social Studies Council members recently teamed up with the staff of Wildwood Cemetery to plant an Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry Tree, provided by Fort Muncy Nursery. In addition, the group has plans to attempt to move Willis, from his final resting place in NJ, to the Wildwood Cemetery, next to his wife.

HUSBAND WIFE SHOPLIFTING TEAM

A husband and wife shoplifting team brought charges from Old Lycoming Township Police. Walter Jackson and his wife, Angela Jackson, both of Williamsport, entered the Weis Market, 1916 Lycoming Creek Road between June 29 and July 26 and took upwards of $61 in merchandise. As reported by a news source, Walter was charged with a misdemeanor. Angela was charged with a felony, due to her five shoplifting convictions, according to police.  Both were recently arraigned before District Judge William Solomon and jailed in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bail each.

THEFT OF LAWN MOWING EQUIPMENT COST A LOCK HAVEN WOMEN A FELONY

Natasha Evelhair of Lock Haven, was charged with felony theft and receiving stolen property for stealing a $1,500 lawn mower and a $200 grass trimmer from her ex-girlfriend’s garage on Lincoln Avenue in Jersey Shore on Aug. 22, Tiadaghton Valley Regional police alleged in court papers filed at District Judge Jerry Lepley’s office. According to northcentralpa.com, following her arraignment last week, Evelhair was released on $10,000 bail.

WILLIAMSPORT NATIVE GOING TO CHICAGO BULLS

Former free-agent forward AND WILLIAMSPORT native (AL EEE ZA) Alize Johnson and the Chicago Bulls agreed to a two-year 3.6 million dollar deal last evening. “I work my butt off every day. There was never a doubt in me picking up another contract. I feel like I’ve shown a lot in this past season, and in the G-league that I belong in the NBA” Johnson told NorthCentralPA.com after the deal was announced. Last week the Brooklyn Nets waived Johnson as part of the DeAndre Jordan trade, after signing Johnson to a multi-year deal in April. Johnson joins Chicago as yet another free-agent in an active offseason for the Bulls.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS ENDED YESTERDAY FOR MANY

Millions of jobless Americans lost their unemployment benefits yesterday, leaving only a handful of economic support programs for those who are still being hit financially by the year-and-a-half-old coronavirus pandemic.
As reported by SUN Gazette, yesterday, two critical programs expired. A jobless aid to self-employed and gig workers and another providing benefits to those receiving unemployment more than 6 months. Also done, the Biden administration’s $300 weekly supplemental unemployment benefit also ran out. It’s estimated that roughly 8.9 million Americans will lose all or some of these benefits.

ASSISTANCE FOR MANY STILL POSSIBLE THROUGH FEDERAL HELP

Americans still financially struggling in the pandemic will find a smaller patchwork of social support programs, both at the state level and through the federal government. The White House approved last month a 25% increase in food stamp assistance, also known as SNAP benefits. According to a media outlet, that increase will continue indefinitely for those 42.7 million Americans who receive those payments. The Biden administration also pushed the restart of federal student loan repayments until January. Those unemployed less than six months will still be able to collect their benefits, but the amount will fall back to the level that each state pays.

ANTERLESS DEER LICENSES SEPT 13

Any hunters who missed the first round of antlerless deer hunting licenses will have one final change to claim a tag. The PA Game Commission will offer one more round of opportunity to get a licenses on Sept. 13.  According to northcentralpa.com, hunters looking to pick up additional antlerless licenses at that time need to know a couple things: First, over-the-counter antlerless license sales are handled only by county treasurers, and county treasurers’ offices. And second, while this round of antlerless license application continues to be called the “over-the-counter sales” round, applications during this round now are accepted by mail, as well. 

HOME REPAIR OR IMPROVEMENT SCAMS

Home owners should be wary of home repair or improvement scams in the wake of Hurricane Ida.  According to a consumer alert issued by Attorney General Josh Shapiro,  “As Pennsylvania rebuilds and recovers from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, scammers will try to take advantage of consumer panic to make a profit. I’m asking Pennsylvania homeowners to report suspicious offers to my office.”

DR KRAYNAK TRIAL BEGINS TODAY

The trial of Dr. Raymond Kraynak is scheduled to start today following jury selection in federal court. Kraynak the suspended Northumberland co doctor who was arrested for criminal prescribing practices resulting in the deaths of five patients, is scheduled for jury selection in front of us judge matthew brann in courtoom no 1 on fourth floor of the us courthouse and federal building, Williamsport.  According to Daily Item, the trial is anticipated to last four weeks. Kraynak is free on $500,000 unsecured bail.

 

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS, SEPTEMBER 5, 2021

CHILD ABUSE CHARGES FOR WILLIAMSPORT WOMAN

Williamsport police were alerted by an ER Doctor at UPMC Susquehanna Health Emergency Department in Williamsport to concerns when he had a young 4-year-old patient with possible signs of abuse. According to police, they could see obvious severe swelling on the side of his face and small cuts under his eyes, who reported “mom slapped me in the face.” As reported by northcentralpa.com, the child’s mother, who is 23 and lives in Williamsport, was charged with multiple felonies and is held at the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 monetary bail with a preliminary hearing in front of Judge Aaron Biichle September. 9.

HUMAN ERROR BLAMED ON OVERCHARGING OF NEARLY 110,000 PEOPLE

After saying they overcharged nearly 110,000 people for unemployment interest payments over a decade, the state Department of Labor and Industry will pay out more than $19 million in refunds.According to department officials, notices were mailed out Aug. 27 to 109,554 people, informing them of the mistake and instructing them on how they can receive a refund. Refund amounts go as high as $13,500, with the majority of people owed less than $500. As reported by a media source, in all, the department is obligated to repay just under $19.4 million — $5 million more than it originally estimated it owed in refunds.

POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A LOCK HAVEN MAN WITH ACTIVE WARRANT

Police are requesting assistance in finding, Patrick Shady, 25, of Lock Haven, who is wanted by Pine Creek Township Police to answer for felony narcotics charges. Shady, charged with two counts of felony possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and one count each of felony criminal use of a communications facility and intentional possession of a controlled substance. According to northcentralpa.com, anyone with information regarding Shady’s whereabouts is being asked to call the Pine Creek Township Police.

RESISTING ARREST IN MONTOUR COUNTY

A traffic stop in Montour County revealed a driver with multiple traffic violations, who was wanted by police.  State police say they noticed a the vehicle August 28 around 10pm. During the course of the traffic stop, they discovered, 33-year-old Nelea Musselman of Orangeville, was wanted by police. As reported by a media outlet, Musselman refused to comply with orders and was subsequently removed from the vehicle and taken into custody. Charges of resisting arrest and the traffic violations have been filed.

LAWSUIT LOOKING TO OVERTURN NEW MASK MANDATE

AP is reporting…The Republican leader of the state Senate and a group of parents filed a lawsuit Friday seeking to overturn the Wolf administration’s new mask mandate for Pennsylvania schools.  The suit, filed in Commonwealth Court, asserts that Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam failed to comply with state law when she ordered masks to be worn in all Pennsylvania public and private schools, as well as child care facilities. The masking order isn’t valid because it didn’t go through the state’s regulatory review process, the lawsuit said. According to a media source, it also accused the Wolf administration of trying to circumvent newly approved constitutional amendments limiting a governor’s emergency powers.

UPDATED COVID-19 DASHBOARD

The Pennsylvania Department of Health Saturday confirmed that Clinton County saw seven new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours; Centre County went up 69; and Lycoming County increased by 59, 47 new cases in Northumberland County, 13 in Snyder, 21 in Union and 10 cases in Montour over the past 24 hours, according to a media source.

BUCKNELL SOPHOMORE EARNED SPOT IN FINAL FOR PARALYMPICS

Bucknell track and field first year Rayven Sample of Jamestown, NY, did compete in the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials on Saturday morning and he finished eighth in the 400m final.   According to an online media outlet, Sample, who qualified with the fourth-fastest time in the prelims (50.01), earned a spot in the final in his Paralympic debut as members of the Bucknell community took in the race on the new video board at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.

US REP FRED KELLER VISITED AVIS PLANT FOR JERSEY SHORE STEEL

Employing about 200 people, Jersey Shore Steel makes use of steel rail to turn out many products for the furniture and bed frame industries. Following a tour of the Avis plant, U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, came away impressed by the operation. “We are taking an idea and making things useful to families,” plant Superintendent Wade Potter said. Rails are shipped to the plant from around the U.S. and then are tested and treated for the production process, Potter said. As reported by SUN Gazette, the plant is also down about 10% of its full complement of workers. According to Potter, “We are looking for employees.”

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