BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS JAN 20, 2022

SIX MONTHS OF ABUSE

A Williamsport man allegedly abused a woman over a six month period. Anthony Williams, allegedly struck the woman with a closed fist numerous times, according to Williamsport police. Over the past 6 months, this abuse continued as well as threats and not allowing her to leave. According to SUN Gazette, the woman escaped the house the next day when she climbed out a window. District Judge Christian Frey arraigned Williams for multiple charges including false imprisonment and simple assault. He was initially incarcerated on $50,000 bail, but was later released on unsecured bail.

 

10% OF THE STUDENT BODY

A local school district reports they will remain open unless at least 10% of the student body is infected with COVID-19.  The Muncy School Board changed their previous policy of 5% of the student body with officials noting there is an increased challenge to keep school functioning during times when infection rates are at their highest. According to SUN Gazette, both food service and maintenance staff have been hard hit.

MAINTAINING THE INDEX RATE

They are keeping a resolution to maintain real estate taxes and not exceed the index rate of 4.3 percent.  The Muncy School Board business manager Andrew Seese added that keeping a tax increase below 0.71 mills would maintain the index. According to Sun Gazette,  the district’s overall millage rate is currently at 16.72. Also, the stipulation settlement regarding tax parcels owned by Lycoming Mall Realty Holding, LLC was approved by the board.

 

A GIFT FROM THE DONALD B AND DOROTHY I STABLER

A sizable contribution to the Pennsylvania College of Technology has increased the foundation’s total scholarship support to over $3.6 millon. The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation of Harrisburg has gifted $340,000 to support those students who meet selection criteria established by the college, they receive $5,000 per year – for up to four years – from the Stabler Scholarship Fund, the largest at the college. According to SUN Gazette, the new gift enables Penn College to award at least 10 new scholarships to 25 already enrolled recipients.

 

COVID CASES FOR THE LOCAL AREA

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Wednesday reported new COVID-19 cases. Clinton County reported 42 new cases. In Centre County 267 new cases were recorded. Lycoming County added 180 and Tioga County added 35. There were 200 new cases in Northumberland County, 80 in Union, 63 in Snyder and 36 in Montour County.

 

INTEGRATED WATER REPORT FOR PENNSYLVANIA

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released for public comment the draft Pennsylvania 2022 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report, the biennial update on the health of streams and lakes statewide. According to DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell,  the Integrated Water Quality Report is a vital tool for Pennsylvanians to be informed on the health of their streams, rivers, and lakes. Waters are assessed for one or more of four uses—drinking water, fish consumption, aquatic life, and recreational use—and determined to be attaining or impaired. People can visit the DEP web site for a video that walks them through how to use the interactive features of the 2022 Integrated Water Quality Report for fullest effect.

 

IDENTITY RELEASED FROM MAN FOUND IN PENNS CREEK

Pennsylvania State Police  and the Snyder County Coroner have released the identity of the man found dead in Penns Creek on Friday. Colby Cooper, 25, of Weleetka, Oklahoma.Cooper’s body was found in shallow water near the Green Bridge in Selinsgrove at 11:55 a.m. Friday, according to the Daily Item. Selinsgrove State Police have reported they are awaiting the results of the autopsy before releasing further information.

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT TREATMENT INITIATIVE

Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that Snyder County has joined the Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative (LETI), a program launched by Attorney General Shapiro in collaboration with law enforcement that provides assistance to Pennsylvanians suffering from substance use disorders in enrolling in a treatment program. Twelve counties across the Commonwealth have previously joined the LETI program. PA LETI allows Pennsylvanians seeking treatment for addiction to use their local law enforcement, including sheriffs, probation officers, and parole officers as a resource to contact participating treatment partners without the threat of arrest.

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