BACKYARD BROADCASTING, OCTOBER 19, 2021

NEARING COURT DATE

A homicide hearing is nearing and last week the case came to Union County Court. The case in question, a homicide case against a truck driver accused of killing and dumping the body of a former model in February. Union County Public Defender Brian Ulmer, representing the accused, Tracy Ray Rollins Jr., wants a psychological evaluation of his client. According to northcentralpa.com, Union County District Attorney, Pete Johnson, has not  received any such  motion. The case is set to begin sometime in 2022.

ATTACK AT YWCA

A man attacked a woman at the YWCA. According to Williamsport Bureau of Police, Darryl Eugene Beck of Williamsport, inside an affidavit of probable cause, allegedly forced his way into a bathroom with a woman at the YWCA. Once there, Beck pulled his pants down, attempting to strong arm a woman into performing a sexual act on him. According to a media outlet, Beck has been charged with multiple first and second-degree misdemeanors with no bail listed at the time.

MISSINGING SNYDER COUNTY MAN

Pennsylvania State Police at Selinsgrove are investigating a missing person report for a Snyder County man who has been missing since Saturday. Joshua Young, 34, of Monroe Township, was last seen on foot at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at his residence at 3115 Kratzerville Road. He was seen wearing a white tank top, tan shorts, black sneakers. Young is described as being 6’3″ tall, weight 210 lbs. with brown eyes, long brown hair and a brown beard. As reported by northcentralpacom, anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact PSP Selinsgrove at (570) 374-8145.

COVID-19 UPDATED MONDAY RESULTS

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Monday reported new COVID-19 cases statewide. In Clinton County 10 new cases were reported, Centre County saw an increase of 21, while Lycoming County increased by 78, 33 new cases in Northumberland County, 20 in Snyder, 13 in Union and nine in Montour.

FLAG ORDER HITS HOME

In accordance with the recent Presidential Flag Order, Governor Tom Wolf ordered United States and commonwealth flags on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds to fly at half-staff immediately in honor of the General Colin Powell. General Powell passed away yesterday. “General Powell was a trailblazer,” said Gov. Wolf. “As a public servant, he dedicated his life to our nation. I extend my deepest condolences to his friends and family.” The US and commonwealth flags should be lowered to half-staff at immediately and should fly at half-staff until sunset on October 22, 2021. According to northentralpa.com, all Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.

WOLF’S FOUR-BILL PACKAGE

Governor Tom Wolf today unveiled a four-bill package that will further strengthen protections for students and combat sexual assaults on campuses. The governor has made Pennsylvania a national leader in addressing sexual violence and changing the culture on campuses across the state. The governor’s four-bill package would: Enact a ‘yes means yes’ law, strengthen protections for victims of on-campus crime, teach middle and high school students to know and prevent dating violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment and stalking and create a task force to study sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking in grades 6-12 and postsecondary institutions.

PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW

PA Senators Camera Bartolotta (R-46), Gene Yaw (R-23) and John Yudichak (I-14) will hold a press conference to discuss the need for responsible natural gas infrastructure and the good-paying jobs and lower energy costs associated with it on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 10 a.m. in the Main Capitol Rotunda. (pasen.gov)

Speakers will also include representatives from Pennsylvania’s esteemed building trade unions.

CHILD IN STABLE CONDITION AT UPMC

A toddler fell from a 2nd story window onto concrete below. According to a press release from the Old Lycoming Township Police, Yesterday at 12:50 PM, Old Lycoming Twp. Police Department, Old Lycoming Township Fire Department and UPMC EMS were dispatched the 2000 block of Mill Ln  in Old Lycoming Township. Police arrived on scene and learned that a 4-year-old child was upstairs playing with siblings when the child fell. Police, fire and EMS administered aid and the child was subsequently transported to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Emergency Department. Further police investigation revealed that the child fell out the window when he was attempting to retrieve a toy. 911 was called immediately. The child is in stable condition at UPMC.

CITY BUS FACELIFT HIGHLIGHTS AREA ATHLETES

If you look at the next City Bus, you may see 10 of Lycoming County’s hard-working athletes, they are soccer players, swimmers, basketball players, bowlers, powerlifters and more. According to SUN Gazette, they are Lycoming County’s Special Olympians. Unveiled Sunday, River Valley Transit featured the 10 athletes on a bright red bus wrap.

FROM WILLIAMSPORT TO CHAMONIX, FRANCE

Thomas McNerney, a Williamsport native, was in Chamonix, France, as part of the Ultra Mont Blanc race that goes through the countries of France, Switzerland and Italy. Competitors will have 46 1/2 hours and McNerney finished the race in 44 hours, on just 10 minutes of total sleep watching two sunsets and even two sunrises while running, according to SUN Gazette.

POLICE VEHICLES REQUIRE REPLACEMENT

The Williamsport Bureau of Police has an immediate need to replace four police vehicles, according to Mayor Derek Slaughter, who goes on to say, “The lack of operational police vehicles is now threatening public safety.” As reported by the SUN Gazette, Mayor Slaughter has exercised mayor’s powers in the Third-Class City Code in order to declare a state of emergency within the city due to a  lack of operational police vehicles. “I am therefore temporarily suspending the advertising and bidding requirements for the purchase and upfitting of up to four police SUVs by the bureau.”

THREATS IN LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP

Robert Pellacore, 32, of 320 Center St., has been jailed on charges of threats he made allegedly to  an employee at Rival’s, 420 River Ave., during a reported disturbance at the Loyalsock Township business about 1:15 p.m. on Oct. 14. As reported by SUN Gazette, arraigned before District Judge William Solomon on multiple charges and committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bail.

911 TEXTING IN UNION COUNTY

“Call if you can, text if you can’t” is the slogan used by the Central Susquehanna Regional 911, servicing Union, Snyder and parts of Northumberland Counties. According to Briggon Bobb, executive director, text-to-911 went live over two weeks ago. She alwos went on to say it works great in areas with poor cellphone service, when a call is dropped, texting is said to get the message through. According to an online media outlet, if you are in Snyder or Union County, experiencing an emergency, you can send a text message to “911.”

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