BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS JAN 17, 2022

SUNDAY EVENING FIRE

Fire destroyed a home, leaving at least one person was homeless Sunday night on Cement Hollow Road. According to reports, around 8:25 pm last evening, Tiadaghton Valley Police arrived to find fire through a majority of the second floor. Fire reports say the first fire officer finding a fully involved structure upon his arrival.  Several fire companies battled the flames as the snow fell, creating a hazardous condition for both feet and vehicles. According to SUN Gazette, the fire was reported knocked down by 9 pm with no injuries reported.

A LETTER OF COMMENDATION

A Letter of Commendation was presented to South Williamsport Detective Devin A Thompson. He served with leadership and integrity through recent investigations, including the investigation of embezzlement of more than $180,000 from the South Williamsport Loyal Order of Moose Lodge. Stepping above and beyond through his actions, perseverance, dedication and attention to detail not only brought high honor upon himself, but also the borough and police department. Congratulations Detective Thompson.

AIRPORT BUDGET APPROVED

A $1.4 million budget for the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority was approved for this year at its recent monthly meeting. In the discussion was the 5% increase in wages and benefits for employees and the overall operating costs. According to Sun Gazette, CARES Act funding of $660,000  is expected to make up the deficit with the budget.

About $660,0000 in CARES Act funding is expected to make up a deficit in the budget.

FULL REMOTE LEARNING SCHEDULE TODAY

Keystone Central School District Superintendent Jacquelyn Martin announced Sunday evening that the school district will operate on a full remote schedule school day today due to the snow storm. Her announcement also said she anticipates the district will return to in-person learning at all levels as of Tuesday. The district had seen online learning at the high school and middle school levels from Thursday of last week, scheduled through Monday, due to the COVID numbers at that level.

COVID CASES FROM YESTERDAY

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Sunday reported new COVID-19 cases. Clinton County reported 139 new cases. In Centre County 415 new cases were recorded. Lycoming County added a staggering 445. There were 267 cases in Northumberland County, 131 in Union, 62 in Montour and 45 in Snyder. Tioga added 94.

DUI ARREST FOR WATSONTOWN MAN

On Friday, December 24, 2021 at 1955 hours, Watsontown Police conducted a traffic stop on Brian C. Nye, 28, of Watsontown, for a traffic violation. A subsequent investigation found that Nye was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol, with a BAC of.127%. Nye has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of DUI and a summary traffic offense. Charges have been filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge Michael I. Diehl of Milton.

SEN. YAW:  LYCOMING COUNTY FARM RECEIVES CENTURY FARM AWARD DURING THE 106TH PENNSYLVANIA FARM SHOW

State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) and his staff on Friday recognized the Scott and Bonnie Wheeland Farm, Cogan Station, as a “Century Farm” Award recipient through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s nation-leading Farmland Preservation Program.  The special event was held during the 106th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. The “Century” and “Bicentennial” farm program was established by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to help promote the strength and durability of Pennsylvania’s farm families.  In order to qualify, a family member must live on the farm on a permanent basis, and the farm must include at least 10 acres of the original holding or gross more than $1,000 annually from the sale of farm products.

PHONE SERVICE IS CHANGING

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) are urging residents with older cell phones to prepare for the phase out of 3G cellular networks and service in 2022. The nation’s three major wireless carriers (AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile) have announced plans  to shut down their 3G networks to accommodate more advanced services, including 5G, as early as February 2022. As a result, many older phones will be unable to make or receive calls and text messages or use data services. This may also affect other devices that rely on 3G connectivity, such as medical alert devices, tablets, smart watches, home security systems, and in-vehicle safety, security, and roadside assistance systems.

Low-income individuals concerned that their 911 only phones will no longer be supported should consider applying for service through the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline program.

OVERDOSE OF LOCK HAVEN WOMAN

It was deemed a multi-drug overdose of what some say were anti-depressants that caused the death of a Lock Haven woman who was charged in the death of her son upwards of a year ago. Clinton County District Attorney Dave Strouse and County Coroner Zach Hanna ruled the death as accidental, according to therecordonline.com. However,  the death of Jamie Lynn Jackson remains under investigation by state police. It was November when she experienced a medical emergency and was transported from the Clinton County Correctional Facility. Her trial was scheduled for the spring for the murder of 9-year-old Anson Stover.

BODY FOUND IN CREEK

A man’s body was found along the bank of Penns Creek. State police at Selinsgrove are investigating the appearance of the white male’s body near the Green Bridge at Selinsgrove at Routes 11-15 and 522 on Friday at approximately 12 noon.  Snyder County Coroner William Pheasant said he pronounced the man dead at 1:03 p.m. Friday. The man, who Pheasant described as being in his mid-20s and from out of state, was laying in shallow water in the creek. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday morning, he said. State police confirm an investigation is ongoing.

 

STABBING SENT MALE TO HOSPITAL, FEMALE TO JAIL

Following an early morning stabbing in Memorial Acres in Sunbury,  that sent a male to the hospital in serious condition, an 18-year-old Sunbury woman is in jail. Samantha Barge is jailed on $200,000 bail after appearing before Sunbury District Judge Mike Toomey  Friday morning on charges of felony aggravated assault, according to the Daily Item.  Barge will appear before Toomey for a preliminary hearing at a later date.

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