BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS OCTOBER 15, 2021

SHOTS FIRED … AGAIN … IN WILLIAMSPORT

According to Williamsport City Assistant Police Chief Jason Bolt yesterday, a single gunshot was fired near Grace and Walnut streets about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday. No one was injured, but reports from an online news agency state an unoccupied vehicle was secured by police. However, no further details were provided as to why. Bolt went on to comment on the 25-year-old mother shot near the “vicinity of her home” in the 600 block of Maple Street about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. He reported she “remains hospitalized, and her medical condition remains unknown.” According to SUN Gazette, in both cases, no arrest has been made.

BOUND OVER FOR COURT

All charges against Kiam Alford, the man accused of shooting into an Isabella Street residence earlier this year, passed through to the Court of Common Pleas at a preliminary hearing earlier this week. Alford, 24, of Elmira Street, is alleged to have opened fire on an Isabella Street residence at around 2 a.m. on May 22. He was taken into custody by the United States Marshal Service in Harrisburg on June 16. According to a media source, Alford remains in the Lycoming County Prison without bail.

SUPER SATURDAY FLU VACCINE DAY

It’s not too late to get your flu shot – the best defense against getting the virus. Geisinger is hosting its final Super Saturday Flu Vaccine Day on Saturday, Oct. 16 for patients and Geisinger Health Plan members ages 3 and older. Flu season generally begins in late October and runs through May. There are 23 Geisinger community medicine offices hosting the drive thru flu events from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, including:

Geisinger Bloomsburg Reichart Road (2407 Reichart Road), Geisinger Healthplex Woodbine (16 Woodbine Lane, Danville), Geisinger Lewisburg (250 Reitz Blvd.), Geisinger Lock Haven (68 Spring St.),  Geisinger Lycoming (780 Broad St., Montoursville), Geisinger Milton (155 S. Arch St.), Geisinger Selinsgrove (201 Roosevelt Ave.)

 

SPOTTED LANTERNFLY IN OLD LYCOMING TOWNSHIP

According to Jay Bagley, a supervisor with the state Bureau of Plant Industry, a spotted lanternfly colony has been discovered in Old Lycoming Township. Spotted lanternflies are an invasive species of insect that, without natural competitors, have spread throughout several east coast states. They have had an impact on agricultural industries, such as logging, fruit-bearing trees and more, because they tend to damage and kill plant life and trees.  According to a media outlet and economists at Penn State University, the spotted lanternfly could drain Pennsylvania’s economy of at least $324 million annually if not contained.

 

DISTILLERY  PROPOSAL IN OLD LYCOMING TOWNSHIP

 

An open a distillery proposal in Old Lycoming Township drew concerns about noise and light pollution from residents. According to Drew Lomison, who made the request, the business is intended to be a quiet and relaxing atmosphere that distills and bottles beverages on-site and allows for brief tasting. According to Supervisor Linda Mazullo, “We need to set ground rules for hours, lighting, et cetera. I don’t think we should give him a license for some of those things until they are answere.”  According to a media source, Lomison said the business, which has been a decade in the making, is planned to be launched in 2023 if approved.

TRICK OR TREAT IN OLD LYCOMING TOWNSHIP MOVED

At the lastest Old Lycoming Township Supervisors meeting, the township’s trick-or-treat night was moved to Sunday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. Fall leaf collection will begin in the township Oct. 25. According to Matt Aikey township manager, residents are encouraged to rake leaves into a pile at the curb of their property. As reported by SUN Gazette, Aikey went on to say after four budget work sessions, the budget for 2022 is close to completion and should be advertised soon.

 

AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT ASKS A JUDGE TO DISMISS LAWSUIT

Montoursville Area School District officials have asked a federal judge to dismiss a mask mandate lawsuit brought by parents of students. Superintendent Christina Bason, school board president David Shimmel and the school board through their counsel asked U.S. Middle District Chief Judge Matthew W. Brann to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the plaintiffs, Mark and Brenda Oberheim. Bason acted on a mandate by Alison Beam, acting state Department of Health secretary that masks be worn with certain exceptions. According to SUN Gazette, as of Thursday, Brann had not ruled on the district officials’ motion to dismiss.

 

TERRORISTIC THREATS IN OLD LYCOMING TOWNSHIP

On the morning of Sept. 18, Seth Eugene Fisher walked into the Cogan Station Market at 3725 Lycoming Creek Road and told the employees “If I don’t get my money back, I’m going to blow this place up,” According to Old Lycoming Township Police. Fisher, 29, now homeless, has been charged with a single count of terroristic threats. As reported by a media source, jailed last week for violating a protection from abuse order, he was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge William Solomon and recommitted to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bail.

 

JERSEY SHORE BOROUGH COUNCIL MEETING

Jersey Shore Borough Council, at their most recent meeting, passed a resolution to apply for a state grant through the Department of Community and Economic Development for $1 million to help fund the public safety building. It also approved a tentative five-year paving plan roadmap, which will set the borough up for announcing formal paving plans in the spring, Hoover said. In addition, the Future Business Leaders of America were approved to use the gravel parking lot across from the middle school Nov. 4, 5 and 18 to help collect food items for the weShorecare Community Service Project, which will eventually go to the New Love Center. Council unanimously voted to allow Jersey Shore Town Meeting to use the gazebo lot and electricity on Dec. 4 for its Santa Hut event. Town Meeting also received approval to host its Santa Parade on Dec. 4 from 4 to 5 p.m. from Locust Street to South Broad Street, then to Smith Street. According to a media sourece, Town Meeting’s tree lighting ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. that day.

 

MISSING PORTABLE NUCLEAR GAUGE

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Pennsylvania State Police are assisting in the search for a missing portable nuclear gauge containing sealed sources of radioactive material that belongs to Pennsylvania-based CMT Laboratories. The company is offering a $1,000 reward for its safe return. Anyone who finds the gauge should not handle it directly, but rather maintain distance, limit time of proximity, and immediately contact Pennsylvania State Police Lamar Barracks and a trained individual will recover the gauge. “It is critical for anyone who has information about the lost nuclear gauge to contact state police immediately,” DEP Bureau of Radiation Protection Director David Allard said. “As long as the device is not tampered with or damaged, it presents no hazard to public safety.” The gauge’s authorized user completed their work at approximately 6:00 PM and inadvertently departed the job site without properly securing the gauge in its case. As reported by northcentralpa.com, the vehicle left the job site, in the proximity of E. Valley Road, Logan Township, Clinton County, and traveled toward Loganton when the loss of the gauge was noticed.

 

CHILDREN FOUND ALONE INSIDE 600 BLOCK OF 2ND ST

Maintenance staff, while inside the 600 block of 2nd Street in Williamsport, made an unfortunate discovery. Williamsport Bureau of Police arrived on scene to find a 23-month –old and 11-month-old with no adults present. Deionne Morton of Williamsport returned and reported she was gone for three or four minutes, according to police. According to the affidavit, Children and Youth said they had an allegation that one of the children was malnourished and they advised police they had previously responded to a call for one of the children being left alone on May 18. As reported by northcentralpa.com, Morton was charged with two counts of second-degree felony endangering the welfare of children. She is currently being held at the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 monetary bail as she awaits an Oct. 19 preliminary hearing.

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