BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS JAN 24, 2022

EARLY SATURDAY MORNING FIRE

Flames tore through a residential neighborhood in Lycoming Township, yesterday morning. Multiple fire companies responded to the two alarm blaze in the 1800 block of Kenyon Aveue.  According to Sun Gazette,  a family of three  and their pets safely escaped their burning home thanks to a security alarm. Reports noted damage estimates  to be at least $75,000. The residents are staying with relatives. According to the State Police Fire Marshal, the cause of the fire does not appear suspicious, but remains under investigation at this point.

WILLIAMSPORT CITY MAYOR THINKING REPAIRS AND REUNION

The damage estimate has risen through the millions of dollars to repair the water damage and to continue with the required accessibility upgrades for Williamsport City Hall. The Williamsport City Council and Mayor Derek Slaughter have their work cut out for them, welcome 2022. However, Williamsport Mayor Slaughter is continuing to look forward and prepare for a new year of events that have been missed.  For example, the 28th Little League Congress will take place in Williamsport from June 10 through June 13. This event will bring people from all over the world to Williamsport. The International Congress meets every four years and has not been held in Williamsport since the 1980s.

COVID UPDATES

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Sunday reported new COVID-19 cases. Clinton County reported 67 new cases. In Centre County 249 new cases were recorded. Lycoming County added 154 and Tioga County had 58. There were 144 new infections reported in Northumberland County, 37 in both Montour and Snyder counties and 36 in Union County. 

WOLF ADMINISTRATION AWARDS $8 MILLION IN GRANTS TO INCREASE SCHOOL SAFETY

Governor Tom Wolf today announced that $8 million in competitive Safe Schools Targeted grants has been awarded to 303 local education agencies (LEA) to increase school safety by purchasing equipment, enacting new programs, and hiring security personnel and school resource officers.  More than $40 million in Safe Schools Targeted grants has been awarded to LEAs across the commonwealth since 2015.

MONKEYS MADE THE NEWS THIS PAST WEEKEND

The three monkeys that escaped and were loose along the interstate in Montour County have all been humanely euthanized. The monkeys escaped after a truck carrying 100 of them crashed on Friday afternoon along Route 54 in the area of the ramp onto Interstate 80 near Danville. According to a CDC spokesperson, the monkeys were en route to a CDC-approved quarantine facility after landing in New York, originally from eastern Africa. According to wnep, the CDC has reported, “the surviving monkeys will be quarantined and will be monitored for infectious diseases for at least 31 days before their release.”

PARKING IN THE CITY 2022

Parking will be more expensive for those who want to park in the City of Williamsport, beginning March 1.It was at a recent Williamsport Parking Authority meeting, where the fees were raised by upwards of $5. As reported by SUN Gazette, Operations manager, Dave Kish, noted the permit rates have not been increased in over 10 years.

LATE NIGHT CRASH

A motor vehicle accident shut down parts of route 15 last evening. Fire crews from Old Lycoming, the police and ambulance personnel were on the scene of a crash involving two tractor trailers and a car involved in the 2200 block of Route 15 southbound in the area of Mill Lane over pass. Route 15 south was closed, but has since opened. There are no reports as to injuries at this time.  

FRIDAY FIRE AT LOCAL DONUT BUSINESS

Dunkin Donuts, just off Route 405 and Penn Street in Muncy was hit hard by a blaze on Friday morning. Muncy Fire Chief Scott Delany reported the fire was a unique winter fire. He explains.

According to Delany the reopening may not be for upwards of a month or more at the Muncy Dunkin Donuts.

 SNOW ARRIVES IN VALLEY OVERNIGHT

With several inches of snow on the ground and many schools on delay this morning, PennDot reminds you they have reduced speeds on many of their larger roadways as the plow trucks are working to clear your path. Please check 511pa.com for updates on road conditions and even plow truck locations before you travel. Know before you go.

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