COVID-19 CASES UPDATED
The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Thursday reported new COVID-19 cases. Clinton County reported 21 new case. In Centre County 98 there were new cases. Lycoming County added 76. State Health officials recorded 89 new cases in Northumberland County, 45 in Snyder, 31 in Union and 20 in Montour. Tioga County had 25 new cases reported yesterday.
CHARGED AND CONVICTED
A Clinton County man was charged and convicted for making unwanted sexual and physical contact with three women on three separate occasions in Avis and Pine Creek Township in September and November of 2020. Eric King, was convicted of 7 of 8 crimes charged by a Clinton County jury yesterday, following a 1 day trial. The jury returned guilty verdicts on multiple misdemeanors including three counts of Indecent Assault. King was ordered to be evaluated by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board to determine if he should be classified as a Sexually Violent Predator pursuant to Megan’s Law. He is scheduled for sentencing on March 7 and faces a potential maximum penalty of 7 years and 9 months in prison.
GRANT FUNDING FOR 33 COUNTIES
Governor Tom Wolf today announced $17.4 million in grant funding for projects in 33 counties across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, highlighting their path-breaking work to improve the health of local streams, rivers, and lakes by reducing nutrient and sediment pollution.
The funding announced today includes $15 million from the Pennsylvania Environmental Stewardship Fund, primarily the Growing Greener Program, and $2.4 million from EPA. DEP leaders announced grant awards to county teams during visits today which included the Lycoming County Conservation District in Montoursville. The following counties received funding to coordinate and implement Countywide Action Plan projects and verify BMPs: Clinton County Commissioners: $344,505, Lycoming County Commissioners: $527,391, Montour County Conservation District: $729,331 for Montour, Columbia, and Sullivan counties, Snyder County Conservation District: $966,491 for Snyder and Union Counties.
NONSPECIFIC THREAT ON INTERNET
A TikTok post has received attention. Schools across the commonwealth received a post with open threats to no specific school, town or even state yesterday. Local school shared the post and are aware of the situation and take it, and every threat, seriously. According to Lewisburg Superintendent Jennifer Baugh, the PA Dept of Education has sent messages to Commonwealth schools. The message was also received in Danville. According to the Daily Item, Shikellamy School District Police Chief Shawn Williams said the district was made aware of the threat as well. Parents, student and educators are urged to utilize the tipline “Safe to Say Something” to make anonymous reports of any suspicious behaviors. The tipline, which goes to the state Attorney General’s office, is 844-723-2729, or online at www.safe2saypa.org.
SMOKE DETECTORS FOR WILLIAMSPORT RESIDENTS
The Williamsport Bureau of Fire provides Fire, Rescue, and EMS service to the City of Williamsport which also serves as the county seat for Lycoming County, PA. The City encompasses over nine square miles and has a permanent population of approximately 30,000 residents as well as 10,000 college students. The Williamsport Bureau of Fire was organized in 1874 as a career department with a staff of 33 sworn personnel and one Administrative Aide. The Williamsport Bureau of Fire offers FREE smoke detectors to residents of the City of Williamsport. The Bureau will come out and install these smoke detectors for you at NO CHARGE. In order to obtain a FREE smoke detector, you can stop by Fire Headquarters at 440 Walnut Street, Williamsport, PA, and a Fire Fighter will review all of the information with you. Smoke detectors are available to everyone.
FIREFIGHTERS SENDING HELP
Firefighters from our area are sending that help to fellow firefighters in Kentucky, who lost everything in last Friday’s massive tornadoes. Departments lending their hand are the Muncy Area Volunteer Fire Co, Clinton Township Vol Fire Co and have extended to county wide efforts through Lycoming, Clinton, Tioga and Columbia Counties, according to SUN Gazette.
BUCKNELL PROFESSORS GAINING GRANTS FOR RESEARCH
Three Bucknell professors received grant funding through The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation. Matthew Clark, assistant professor, department of biology, received a New Investigator research grant totaling $150,000 split over two years. Moria Chambers and Sarah Lower, assistant professors of biology, received $195,230 spread over two years from The Pittsburgh Foundation.
WILLIAMSPORT BUREAU OF POLICE LOOKING FOR HELP
WBP In# 21-11084 – Request to Identify – The Williamsport Bureau of Police is currently attempting to identify the pictured individual in relation to an active investigation. Anyone with information regarding the identity of this individual is asked to contact Sgt Brian McGee at 570-327-7560 ext 7642, or Lycoming County Communications at 570-329-4066.