BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 27, 2021

SHOTS FIRED IN WILLIAMSPORT

On Sunday, September 26th at approximately 2:36 pm, officers from the Williamsport Bureau of Police were dispatched to the 900 block of Park Avenue for multiple shots fired and several vehicles fleeing the area. Upon arrival to the scene, officers located several vehicles and residences struck by gunfire as well as other corroborating evidence to the shooting.  The scene was closed off to traffic and officers maintained a presence in the area until the collection of evidence was completed. Officers also located evidence related to this incident in the area of the 300 block of Brandon Place.  If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Agent Brittany Alexander at the Williamsport Police Department.

COVID-19 LOCAL RESULTS

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Sunday reported new COVID-19 cases statewide. In Clinton County 24 new cases were reported, Centre County saw an increase of 65, Lycoming County increased by 67, 32 in Northumberland County, 13 in Union and eight each in Montour and Snyder counties.

CLINTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY 100 YEARS OLD

Clinton County Historical Society celebrates 100 years of charter, by continuing to collect and preserve the history of Clinton County.  A celebratory banquet will be held on Oct. 17 at the Lock Haven Elks, 109 E. Main Street to include a special presentation by ; Thomas “Tank” Baird is at 7 p. m. According to therecordonline.com, Mr. Baird is the past president/current vice president of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology and has eleven seasons of historic and pre-historic archaeological excavation experience. He published an article “Mysterious Mound Builder Artifacts Found in Rural Clinton County.”

SHAQUILLE O’NEAL PERFORMED AT BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY

A NBA Hall of Famer was in the Valley this weekend…as a DJ.Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal performed at Bucknell University’s annual Fall Fest, but was held for the first time in two years due to the pandemic. According to campus newspaper, The Bucknellian, O’Neal performed under his stage name, ‘DJ Diesel.’ The event occurred Friday night at Sojka Pavilion.

OVER THE EDGE GOES OVER THE TOP

It was the annual “Over the Edge” fund raising event and it sent participants down 150′ from the top of the Genetti Hotel to the street on Saturday. The event is sponsored by UPMC and is a fundraising partnership between the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation, River Valley YMCA and the YWCA of Northcentral Pa. According to Williamsport Mayor Derek Slaughter’s Facebook page, It was an honor to kickoff this year’s “Over the Edge” fundraiser alongside Mr. Steve Johnson to benefit three of our amazing local non-profits. Mayor Slaughter and UPMC Northcentral President Steve Johnson kicked off the historic event by rappelling and helping to raise over $16,000.

HARASSMENT BY COMMUNICATION

From July 16 to Sept. 10 of this year, a Danville woman received 47 calls and 53 text messages, many of which threatened her. According to Danville Borough Police, Jamie Alisha Adams, 31, of Bridge City, TX, was charged multiple felonies. As reported by a media outlet, onn July 20, Adams sent a text message that read, “Please drop the charges…” allegedly in reference to another case that charged Adams with similar offenses. Adams was released on $100,000 nominal bail, meaning she only had to pay a small amount, as she awaits a preliminary hearing scheduled at the end of the month.

NARCOTICS CHARGES FOR WILLIAMSPORT WOMAN

A 57-year-old Williamsport woman is facing felony charges after detectives with the Lycoming County Narcotics Enforcement Unit purchased 11 prescription pills from her. On June 10, a confidential informant placed a call to Brenda Allison Jones in the presence of Detective Robert Anderson to arrange the purchase.  Jones was charged with third-degree felony criminal use of a communication facility and felony possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Court records show Jones posted $50,000 unsecured bail and agreed to show up in person for her preliminary hearing.A formal arraignment with Aaron Biichle is scheduled for Oct. 11 at 8:30 a.m.

ASSAULT CHARGES ON WILLIAMSPORT MAN

Williamsport police charged a man with second-degree simple assault, first-degree terroristic threats, and second-degree false imprisonment after they said he locked a woman inside a bedroom. All charges are misdemeanors filed against Joshua Tito Kendall, 36, of Williamsport, who allegedly told the woman he would “kill her” if she ever tried to leave him. Kendall posted $50,000 monetary bail on Sept. 16 through a professional bondsman located in Unityville. He is scheduled to appear before Judge Aaron Biichle on Oct. 14 at 8:45 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.

LAWSUIT GOING  TO COURT REGARDING STATE OF HEALTH MANDATES

The Montoursville Area School District mask lawsuit by parents will continue for at least another week. U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann said he would decide Friday whether to issue a temporary restraining order to stop the district from enforcing a mask policy mirroring what the state health department mandates. Parents of 15 district students are seeking an injunction.

MIFFLINBURG MAN CHARGED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY FOR LEAVING DOGS IN HOT SUN FOR HOURS

A Mifflinburg Man was arrested recently for animal cruelty. State police say 50-year-old Daniel Moll was arrested for leaving three dogs in a parked car with the windows up for 4-5 hours. By the time they were found, one dog had succumbed to the heat. Troopers have charged Moll with felony animal cruelty and neglect charges .

A DANVILLE BUSINESSWOMAN DIED FOLLOWING EXPLOSION

A long-time Danville businesswoman had died following a welding accident Thursday afternoon. Mahoning Township Police Chief Fred Dyroff says 64-year-old Kathy Snyder died from her injuries overnight at Lehigh Valley Health Network Regional Burn Center near Allentown. As reported by the Daily Item, Dyroff says the accident occurred just before 2 p.m. Thursday at her shop when a diesel tank she was welding exploded. Snyder had operated Haupt Welding for more than 30 years, which was founded by her father in 1960.

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH

As the Commonwealth marks National Suicide Prevention Month in September, legislation to hold accountable a person who instructs, causes or solicits another person to commit suicide is now awaiting the governor’s signature.  “Shawn’s Law” is named after Shawn Shatto, a young woman who took her own life in her parent’s Newberry Township home after she received a step-by-step guide on how to die by suicide from an online chat forum. She was provided the instructions to make the poison to take her own life.  House Bill 184 calls for sentences for a person who encourages another person who is under the age of 18 or has an intellectual disability to die by suicide to be increased.

A COMPREHENSIVE ELECTION REFORM

A comprehensive election reform measure vetoed earlier this year by Gov. Tom Wolf has been reintroduced in the state House. A key component of the bill – to expand voter ID guidelines to require all voters to present ID each time they cast a ballot – was initially cited by the governor as a main reason for his veto, but he has subsequently said he is open to expanded ID requirements. The Voting Rights Protection Act, now House Bill 1800, would expand ID requirements but also ensure ALL registered voters can comply by calling on counties and the Department of State to issue durable voter registration identification cards, similar to those already provided. Voters also would be able to use other types of identification, including their state-issued driver license or ID card.

STATE PRISON TIME FOR PHILADELPHIA MAN

State prison is what is in the future for a man who was found guilty of selling heroin, fentanyl and cocaine to Williamsport residents in 2019. William Lincoln, 39, of Philadelphia, recently received a state prison sentence of 20 years and nine months to 34 years and six months for multiple drug charges, according to a media outlet. According to a media source, the jury in his March 2021 trial determined he intended to sell 87 bags of fentanyl and cocaine and 15.7 grams of meth, among many others, across three different court cases he stood trial for at once.

DEBT CEILING

With Pennsylvania’s lawmakers in Washington sharply divided, the Senate is set for a showdown that could end in an unprecedented debt default or a government shutdown. Battles over the debt ceiling and government funding have become an almost perennial tradition in Washington, particularly when the president and Congress are at odds. On Tuesday, the House voted 220-211 to keep the government funded and to raise the debt limit, allowing the United States to pay off its bondholders for a while longer. Pennsylvania’s delegation was split along party lines, with every Democrat voting to raise the limit and every Republican voting against it. The measure now moves to the Senate, where Republicans have shown little interest in helping to raise the ceiling — despite having voted to do so two years ago.

TRANSFER MONEY APPROVED FOR WILLIAMSPORT CITY

Williamsport City Council approved a transfer ordinance totaling $100,000 to cover costs associated with three tasks. The transfer of money in the 2021 general fund will be used to pay$20,000 as part of the city obligation to have its buildings meet the Americans with Disabilities Act, secondly $70,000 for foundation cost for the Muncy Bank Stadium scoreboard, and, finally, $50,000 is for a pickup truck that will not be able to be delivered until next year, as reported by the SUN Gazette.

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