BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JUNE 8, 2021

WILLIAMSPORT SOAP BOX DERBY

Eight “celebrity” racers representing the events’ sponsors will take a downhill dive as they race their own scaled-up go-carts at the Williamsport Soap Box Derby Race on Saturday. According to the SUN Gazette, the celebrity participants include;  John Sanders, city engineer; Tanya Weber, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Williamsport; Jason Fink, president and CEO of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, and  Blaise Alexander Dealership Vice President Adam Alexander. Come cheer on your favorite racer on Saturday from 12:30 to 7pm.

LAWSUITS AGAINST CITY

Former police Lt Fred L Miller IV of Clinton County has joined a currently working city police lieutenant against Mayor Derek Slaughter, the city of Williamsport and former Mayor Gabriel J. Campana.   Miller and Lt Steven Helm have similar claims regarding claims of being overlooked for promotions, according to papers in U.S. Middle District Court. Miller, who was awarded $35,000 in the prior settlement, is seeking unspecified damages in excess of $50,000 contending violations of his free speech rights. According to SUN Gazette, the case is before U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann.

SEVEN-FIELD COMPLEX ONE STEP CLOSER

The city planning commission extended a positive recommendation yesterday, for the development plan involving a seven-field sports complex. A vote from City Council is needed before construction can officially begin by Williamsport Baseball Inc., a land-holding entity created by the Williamsport/Lycoming County Chamber of Commerce. According to a media outlet, Williamsport Baseball Inc. was recipient of a $2 million state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant and a Greenways Trails and Recreation grant to get the project funding rolling.

STARTUP CHALLENGE

Pennsylvania State System’s Startup Challenge, a competition where students present innovative business ideas for a prize of upwards of $10,000. Lock Haven University’s team claimed sixth place in the five-minute pitch presentation category for their Starlight Café project and received a prize of $500. According to northcentralpa.com, the Starlight Café would be the first café in Lock Haven to open exclusively at night.

CRACK SALES LANDS WILLIAMSPORT MAN IN JAIL

Timothy James Harman, 30, of Williamsport was charged with multiple felonies after police said he sold crack to an undercover agent. Officers said Harman sold crack to a detective three times in March of this year. According to northcentralpa.com, that included twice on the same day. Harman is being held at the Lycoming County Prison in Lieu of $75,000 monetary bail.

MULTIPLE METH SALES EQUAL MULTIPLE FELONIES

A Montoursville woman will face charges regarding the sale of methamphetamine to a confidential informant. State Police in Montoursville reported a CI bought 1.96 grams of methamphetamine from Heather Crispin, 46, in Loyalsock. According northcentralpa.com, a second buy for 2.96 grams of methamphetamine and a third sale of  3.65 grams of methamphetamine resulted in Crispin charged with multiple felonies. She was confined to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 monetary bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 14.

NO AGREEMENT REACHED IN THE SHIKELLAMY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Because the Shikellamy School Board and members of the educational support professionals association could not strike a deal last night,  63 employees could be furloughed before the end of the month. According to the Daily Item, Superintendent Jason Bendle said following the meeting that no deal was made and no upcoming dates are scheduled for another negotiating session. All parties refused to comment following the meeting, however it seems that financial issues are the core of the negotiation failure.

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