BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS NOVEMBER 18, 2021

WORK SET TO BEGIN ON THE NEW ACCESSIBLE RAMP ON WILLIAMSPORT CITY HALL

Construction has begun on Williamsport City Hall, as the new accessible ramp is slated to begin within the next month.  According to City Engineer, Jon Sander, a general contractor from Boalsburg, LandServe Inc, for a price tag of $166,000 is contracted to perform the work, while the water line work is sub-contracted to Plumbing Masters. The water line work is set to include a line for fire suppression and another line for domestic use.  The historic look and feel of City Hall will be maintained and the project materials were pre-fabricated, which according to SUN Gazette, dropped the overall initial cost by $300,000.

 

WHITE DEER TOWNSHIP MAN RUNS FROM TRAFFIC STOP

On Nov 17 at approximately 3 PM a White Deer Township resident attempted to flee on foot from a traffic stop. Members of the Williamsport Bureau of Police in conjunction with members of the Lycoming County Narcotics Enforcement Unit and District Attorney’s Office Detective Bureau stopped Justin Kennedy in the 100 block of W Fourth St. When he did stop for police, Kennedy ran and Officers deployed a Taser at which time he was apprehended. KENNEDY was treated for minor injuries and will subsequently be charged with narcotics related offenses as well as fleeing, escape, DUI and resisting arrest.

CONCEALED WEAPONS WITHOUT A PERMIT GOES TO GOVERNOR

A bill to allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit was passed by a divided Pennsylvania House on Tuesday, but faces a veto threat from the governor. The parties were split in the vote, as occurred in the state Senate last week, with Republican mostly supporting it and Democrats mostly opposed. Supporters said getting concealed carry permits under current law can be subject to the whims of county sheriffs and that concealed carry permit holders can forget when their licenses expire and therefore unknowingly violate the law. Opponents pointed out the proposal is unlikely to be enacted, as Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said he will veto the legislation, and argued the bill would make people less safe by making guns more readily accessible.

 

CAUSE OF DEATH REMAINS UNKNOWN IN CLINTON COUNTY

There has been no official determination as to cause of death of the inmate from the Clinton County Correctional Facility. According to Clinton County Coroner Zach Hanna  “anatomical examination phase of the autopsy pathology procedure” for Jamie Lynne Jackson, the inmate who was awaiting trial for the 2020 murder of 9-year-old Anson Stover,  was completed Tuesday. According to the recordonline.com, toxicology tests, which will continue to be performed over the next few weeks, are standard practice. He reiterated the cause and manner of the death “will remain pending until the results of those tests are completed.”

 

“SMALLPOX” IN PENNSYLVANIA FREEZER IN RESEARCH FACILITIY

Federal health authorities on Wednesday confirmed the discovery of some frozen vials labeled “Smallpox” in a freezer at a facility in Pennsylvania that conducts vaccine research. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the vials “were incidentally discovered by a laboratory worker” who was cleaning out the freezer. The CDC would not confirm where in Pennsylvania the vials were found.

LOCAL COVID-19 CASE UPDATES

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Wednesday reported new COVID-19 cases. Clinton County reported 37 new cases. In Centre County 70 new cases were recorded. Lycoming County added 69 new cases. There were 86 in Northumberland County, 21 in both Snyder and Union counties and 16 in Montour. Tioga County 51 new cases reported yesterday.

THIRTEENTH FOUNDATION DINNER AND AUCTION A SUCCESS

Commitments towards student scholarships totally $600,700 was brought about by generous donations and the 13th Foundation Dinner & Auction at Pennsylvania College of Technology.  It was an event, which included a silent auction that was sponsored by Lycoming Engines and others. In addition to the auction items, the Cunningham Family stepped forward with a significant pledge to the Legacy Campaign for Penn College in honor of President Davie Jane Gilmour.

THE WILLIAMSPORT POLICE PATROL DIVISION HAS MOVED

The Williamsport Bureau of Police Patrol Division has officially relocated to 810 Nichols Place, City of Williamsport. This facility is located to the rear (north) of Trinity Episcopal Church. All patrol related services previously located at City Hall as well as the on duty Watch Commander are now operational at the new location. The Williamsport Bureau of Police thanks members of the public for their patience during this time as we begin operating from new locations. This change of facilities does not affect police responses or services from the Williamsport Bureau of Police.

REVOLVING DOOR ABOUT TO CLOSE IN PA

Pennsylvania’s “revolving door” for the most serious drunk drivers is soon to close, as Wednesday the state House of Representatives on approved legislation aiming to increase penalties for motorists who have multiple DUI convictions. The bill passed 168-32, and goes to the state Senate for consideration there. The Senate passed a similar bill in 2020, but it died in the House. Under the House bill, penalties would rise for those who receive multiple driving-under-the-influence convictions with higher blood-alcohol content levels. The bill would ensure that someone who commits a fourth DUI with an elevated blood alcohol level serves a longer jail sentence, in part by raising the offense to a second-degree felony, and that offenders with two offenses serve more time by making them serve their sentence consecutively with other counts.

 

RAISES FOR PA STATE LAWMAKERS, JUDGES AND TOP EXECUTIVE BRANCH OFFICIALS

Inflation is driving up consumer prices and will drive a big salary increase for Pennsylvania state lawmakers, judges and top executive branch officials in 2022. For many of these positions, it’s the biggest increase in three decades. Salaries across the board will rise 5.6%, a figure tied by state law to the year-over-year change in the consumer price index published last week by the U.S. Department of Labor for mid-Atlantic urban areas. The increase applies to more than 1,300 positions, including the governor, Cabinet members, three statewide elected officers, all 253 lawmakers and state and county judges. It takes effect Dec. 1 for lawmakers and Jan. 1 for judicial and executive branch officials.

 

U.S. REP. FRED KELLER’S LEGISLATION

In a move to attempt to nullify President Joe Biden’s executive order mandating vaccines for private employers with more than 100 workers or institute a testing policy, U.S. Rep. Fred Keller yesterday introduced legislation, as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced yesterday that it was suspending enforcement of the mandate. Keller, a Republican from Pennsylvania’s 12th District, sponsored a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to “formally disapprove of and nullify President Joe Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate imposed on America’s job creators and workers.”

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