CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT RESOLUTION IS READY
Congressman Fred Keller released a statement in response to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announcing its plan to withdraw President Biden’s vaccine mandate for private employers with more than 100 employees. In the statement Keller acknowledges the months of bipartisan pressure from the House and Senate and the collaboration with Senator Mike Braun to create the Congressional Review Act resolution to eliminate the mask mandate. He advised all that he is ready to implement the Act if the Biden administration attempts to revive this effort.
COVID UPDATED LOCAL CASES
The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Tuesday reported new COVID-19 cases. Clinton County reported 20 new cases. In Centre County 137 new cases were recorded. Lycoming County added 113 new cases. And Tioga added 12. There were 158 new cases in Northumberland County, 62 in Snyder, 46 in Union and 40 in Montour.
CONTACT TRACING AND OPTIONAL MASKING
The ending of contact tracing and optional masking has been a topic of the Danville Area School Board. Last night, board members voted 7-0 with two abstentions to end most contact tracing and resume optional masking. According to the Daily Item, changes in contact tracing policy means non-symptomatic students and staff will no longer be required to quarantine if they are exposed to someone with COVID.
ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD
A preliminary hearing in store in February for a Shamokin woman while caring for a 6-month-old child who accidentally overdosed on heroin. Lyndsay Gray is scheduled to appear in front of Shamokin District Judge John Gembic. According to the Daily Item, on Dec 22, Gray allegedly used heroin in the same room as the boy and then fell asleep. When she awoke, she found the infant unresponsive and not breathing. At Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, the boy was able to be revived with Narcan, an overdose reversal medication. Gray is facing a felony count of endangering the welfare of a child and remains an inmate at Northumberland County Jail in Coal Township in lieu of $40,000 cash bail.
WILLIAMSPORT MAN PICKED UP BY US MARSHALS
A man wanted by Sunbury Police following a shooting earlier this month is jailed on $100,000 bail after he was captured by U.S. Marshals on Monday. Hakeem Jefferson of Williamsport was brought before Sunbury District Judge Mike Toomey. Jefferson is charged with felony person not to possess a firearm after police said they discovered a handgun in a vehicle at the scene of a Jan. 3 shooting on Packer Street, where two people were taken to the hospital in critical condition. According to an online media outlet, Jefferson is now incarcerated at the Northumberland County Jail and will appear for a preliminary hearing at a later date.
DOMESTIC IN WATSONTOWN
Watsontown Police responded to a domestic dispute yesterday morning at 8:00 am in the 100 block of E Ninth Street to find Natalie Asher had struck a male in the face and neck area. Asher was charged with one summary count of Harassment. Charges were filed in the office of Magisterial District Judge Michael Diehl, Milton.
SCAM INVOLVING EBT CARD ALERT
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Acting Secretary Meg Snead today advised Pennsylvanians of a potential phishing scam texting people that their EBT card is locked. Pennsylvanians should not reply or share any personal information if they are contacted in this manner. DHS and other government agencies do not and will not send text alerts regarding EBT, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or any other public assistance programs. The United States Department of Agriculture publishes informationOpens In A New Window about potential SNAP scams, but Pennsylvanians should always be aware of the threat of phishing schemes through unsolicited calls and text messages. Pennsylvanians who have questions about whether a call, text, letter, or other communication is legitimate should contact DHS’ Office of Income Maintenance. EBT balance and transaction inquiries as well as card replacements can be requested from DHS’s EBT contractor, Conduent, at 888-328-7366. Pennsylvanians can also access their EBT balance through the myCOMPASS PA mobile app in a safe and secure manner.