BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS JAN 21, 2022

ADDITIONAL DUI CHARGES

A Jersey Shore man faces additional charges as he sits in jail. Charles Daily Jr, in prison for driving intoxicated and striking a motorcyclist in November, is looking at additional DUI charges for a separate incident. According to Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police, Daily was released from the previous incarcertion with $50,000 bail, almost struck a pedestrian in Jersey Shore. As reported by Sun Gazette, police witnessed the incident in the 300 block of North Main Street, two days after he struck the motorcyclist.  Charges of DUI, reckless driving and careless driving have been filed with  District Judge Denise L. Dieter, who recommitted Daily in lieu of $250,000 bail.

LOCAL COVID UPDATE

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Thursday reported new COVID-19 cases. Clinton County reported 72 new cases on Thursday. In Centre County 252 new cases were recorded. Lycoming County added 272 and Tioga added 64. There were 187 new cases in Northumberland County, 92 in Union, 61 in Snyder and 47 in Montour County.

SENTENCING FOR DOUBLE MURDER

It was the plea and sentencing hearing in Snyder
County Court  for a Paxinos man yesterday, where family and friends of murder victims Heather Sue Campbell and Matthew T. Bowersox spoke of their loss. According to the Daily Item, Christopher T. Fernanders pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and received a mandatory life sentence without parole for the July 10, 2020, fatal shootings of Campbell, his former wife, and her friend, Bowersox of Mifflinburg who were gunned down in the parking lot of a Monroe Township restaurant parking lot where Fernanders followed Campbell after placing a GPS tracker on her vehicle.

 

A PLACE TO STAY WARM OVER THE FRIGID NIGHTS

It is a ministry of the first Methodist Church  on 604 Market Street in Williamsport. It is also a warming shelter, welcoming any and all who need a warm place to stay in these frigid temperatures.  The Code Blue Emergency Overnight Warming Center is the topic of Backyard Broadcasting “in touch” program Sunday, where you can more about a warm place to stay in the city. In Touch is on Sunday morning.

UNKNOWN RETURN FOR A LOCAL COMMUNITY CARNIVAL

The Mifflinburg Hose Company Firemen’s Carnival may have seen its final season. The combination of an aging venue and the growing costs at organizing and producing the Union County event may be to blame. It has been a staple in the small borough of Mifflinburg since the early 1950s.  The location for the yearly carnival needs serious electrical building maintenance and the price tag for proper adjustments could venture near $100,000. The event has served the Mifflinburg Vol Fire Company as a significant source of donations and monetary support.  The final decision on the future of the Mifflinburg Firemen’s Carnival will take place at a meeting on January 31.

ROBBERY FROM GAMES OF CHANCE MACHINES

A robbery at a Northumberland bar occurred sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning  at Bob’s Washington Tavern on King Street. Police Chief Kriner went on to say the suspect took  an unknown amount of money from games of chance machines in the bar. He says officers are conducting interviews and conducting an investigation. Larry Bohner, owner, has posted pictures and video of the incident on social media as well, asking for the public’s help.  According to the an online media source, the suspect was reportedly seen walking up Orange Street, in the vicinity of the Northumberland police station.

FARM SHOW ATTENDANCE DOWN THIS YEAR

The Pennsylvania Farm Show returned as an in-person event this month, but parking revenue suggests many stayed away during the still-raging COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Agriculture said Thursday that parking revenue was down by more than 40% from 2020, the most recent in-person show. Last year’s show was done virtually. Parking revenue is used as a rough proxy to gauge attendance at the Farm Show, because the massive indoor agriculture exposition held every January in Harrisburg does not charge admission or count how many people come through its doors. In a normal year, some half-million people attend. An Agriculture Department spokesperson said more than 600 people at the Farm Show this year were vaccinated against COVID-19 or the flu at on-site Health Department clinics.

FUNDING FOR GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

Governor Tom Wolf was joined by state Senate Democratic Appropriations Chairman Vincent Hughes in Philadelphia today to announce a $15 million increase in funding to ​further support grassroots gun violence prevention efforts through the Pennsylvania Commission for Crime and Delinquency’s (PCCD) Gun Violence Intervention and Prevention program.

MILTON CHEERS THEIR WAY TO TEXAS

A national cheer competition in Dallas, Texas will see a team from our area. The Milton Area Varsity Cheerleaders will leave the commonwealth today to continue their winning streak in Texas.  The team has recently won their 9th PIAA District 4 Competitive Spirit Cheer Championship this past weekend. They are set to compete both Saturday and Sunday in two categories.  Following this competition, the team will compete in Hershey on Jan 28 and 29.

MULTIPLE CALLS FOR 911 CREWS

The Lycoming County 911 has been busy this morning. In fact, Fire Crews were sent to the Dunkin Donuts, just off Route 405 and Penn Street in Muncy. There was reported to be fire in the roof at one hour into the incident.  Please avoid the area if at all possible.

Fire Crews were also sent to 311 Willow Street in Montoursville for an odor of gas in a structure. There is a large boiler inside the structure and UGI has been notified. With the building ventilated and the boiler attended to, the fire crews returned to available status in Montoursville.

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