BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS APRIL 20, 2022

POWER BEING RESTORED, SOME ROADS STILL CLOSED

PPL’s outage map looks a lot less dramatic today with just a few outages remaining in Lycoming County after yesterday’s heavy spring snow brought trees down on some power lines.  PennDOT has reported there are still some trees down and work continues today, with closures on Jacks Hollow Road between Bennardi Development Road in Armstrong Township and Woodside Avenue in Duboistown, Route 554 to Elimsport Road is also still closed today.  In Picture Rocks, Route 864 in Wolf Township and Court Street opened up around 7:30 pm last night. 

TRUCKER COMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL

A psychological evaluation of the man who is accused of killing a New York City Model has been completed and he has been found competent to stand trial.  Tracy Ray Rollins, Jr. allegedly killed 47 year old Rebecca Landrith in February 2021, and left her body at an Interstate 80 exit near Loganton.  He faces homicide and abuse of a corpse charges.  A note in Landrith’s pocket led investigators to Rollins, who was apprehended at a truck stop in Connecticut, a few days after police discovered the woman’s body on the road.  Rollins is being held without bail.

BLOOMSBURG COUNCIL VOTES TO EUTHANIZE GEESE

Through a program with the US Department of Agriculture, the Bloomsburg Town Council has voted to euthanize nearly 40 adult geese this summer and send the birds to food banks in Pennsylvania – a state with a program in place to process and distribute wild geese. According to WNEP, Mayor Justin Hummel said some birds will be trapped and moved from Bloomsburg Town park where the permanent resident geese are causing a mess, each bird potentiallycreating 2 pound of goose poop per day.  The USDA’s goose removal project has assisted New York City airport officials with goose removal and can help municipalities and other private landowners locally.

DANVILLE WOMAN HIRED FOR LITTLE LEAGUE PROJECT ANALYST

A woman from Danville has been named Business Analyst and Project Manager within the Information Technology Department for Little League International in Williamsport.  According to a release from Andy Frederick, Little League Senior Director of  IT, Autumn Llewellyn, who holds an MBA from Misericordia University and has more than a decade of experience at Geisinger Health System, will join the IT department to evaluate and schedule project requests and strengthen their technology services to local leagues overall. Llewellyn’s new role with Little League International began yesterday. 

CENTRE COUNTY CRASH KILLS ONE

There was a crash between a vehicle and an UTV that killed a 28 year old woman from Mingoville yesterday.  According to StateCollege dot com,  Anjelica Meile was driving with a passenger in a Jeep Grand Cherokee on Nittany Valley Drive when an 85 year old man from Bellfonte on a UTV crossed in front of her car from a side road in Walker Township and collided with her car.   State police at Rockview, say Meile was ejected from the vehicle when she swerved and hit a ditch on the side of the road which caused her Jeep to flip multiple times in a field.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the UTV and the passenger in the Jeep were transported to the hospital for minor injuries.  State police are investigating. 

FATAL SNYDER COUNTY CRASH

There was a Snyder County car accident that took the life of a 19 year-old Mt Pleasant Mills man early Sunday.  According to State Police, Daryl Z. Brubaker was killed when he failed to negotiate his 2001 Ford Explorer through a left hand turn on Troup Valley Road and overcorrected, losing control and overturning around 7am Sunday. Police say Brubaker was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene in Perry Township.

FIRE IN DANVILLE

There was a fire around 12pm at Strong Industries in Danville yesterday after construction crews using a torch caught materials and an inside wall on fire, while working to join an old section of the building to a new one.  According to North Central Pa dot com, Firefighters arrived to flames coming through the roof at the warehouse on Industrial Court, but managed to save much of the hot tub manufacturing parts that were threatened by the fire.  Danville Fire Chief John Bruckenburger  said they had the fire out quickly and it was a good save.

NEW HEALTH SECRETARY NAMED IN PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania’s acting Health Secretary Keara Klinepeter is stepping down April 22nd after three months on the job, and Governor Tom Wolf has announced her replacement.  According to a press release, Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson will be PA’s next top Health Official.  Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam, who took the post after Dr. Rachel Levine was selected to serve in President Biden’s administration, was replaced by Klinepeter in January.  Johnson previously worked as Meadville Medical Center’s chief medical officer and was Pennsylvania’s interim Physician General for a time.

WILLIAMSPORT’S TREASURER TO STEP DOWN

Williamsport City’s treasurer and tax collector, Nicholas Grimes, has given notice of his resignation.  According to the Sun Gazette, he will work until May 1st.  Grimes submitted a letter of resignation to Council President Adam Yoder stating that he felt good about the growth he has accomplished in the department.  City Council will accept applications for Grimes’ position through Monday April 25th, and if qualified and background checked, they will be interviewed and approved that week in a special meeting, and could fulfill the position for the remainder of the term.

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