BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

MONTOURSVILLE AREA  HOME HIT BY FIRE

Several volunteer fire companies, along with city fireman, battled a two alarm blaze that was engulfing a home on Jerry Lane, off of Heilman Road, North of Route 864 in Upper Fairfield Township yesterday afternoon.  The fire was reportedly called in by a neighbor.  When the fire crews arrived on the scene, 50 percent of the home was engulfed in flames.  The blaze burned out of control for at least an hour.

COVID CASES RISE IN TIOGA COUNTY

Tioga County faces a drastic increase in COVID-19 cases according to a warning from the Tioga County COVID-19 task force. For the month of September the county has recorded 277 positive cases and a 14.7% positivity rate.  These findings are based upon Department of Health data.

DOMESTIC CALL IN LOYALSOCK, POLICE FIND UNATTENDED CHILDREN

While responding to a domestic call at the catch all self-storage at Commerce Park Drive in Loyalsock, state police discovered four children ages ranging from 7 to 12 locked inside a fenced area unattended.  John William Clontz, 52, of Muncy was charged with four counts of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of children after trooper determined he left them unattended.  Clontz is being held at the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bail.  His preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 13th.

106TH PENNSYLVANIA FARM SHOW

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced today that the 106th Pennsylvania Farm Show will run Saturday, January 8th through Saturday, January 15th and will be hosted at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.  The theme of the next farm show will be, we harvest more in 2022.

CHARGES FILED ON DRIVER OF MOTORCYCLE OF HIGH SPEED CHASE

Orangeville Police arrested Jason Dale Ruhmel, 41, who was operating his motorcycle at speeds over 100 miles per hour.  While on patrol, officers observed the individual pumping gas, when attempting to run the license plate, Ruhmel left the parking lot and after failing to stop the speeding motorcycle, the police terminated the chase due to a danger to the public.  Ruhmel had two active warrants and officers charged him with third degree felony fleeing or attempting to elude officers, flight to avoid apprehension, six summary traffic offenses, and careless driving.  No bail or preliminary hearing was scheduled for Ruhmel.

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