BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS OCTOBER 2, 2021

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION WALK IN SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT

Lycoming County residents can join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to day at South Williamsport Park with opening ceremonies starting at 10 am. The CDC, state and local guidelines will be followed to ensure walk events are safe for attendees.  Options will be offered to participate online and in local neighborhoods.

DRUG AND FIREARM CHARGES ON A WILLIAMSPORT MAN

When officers arrived at a residence in Williamsport, they saw Dustin Askey about to inject an addictive painkiller into his arm. Police were originally called to the residence on a domestic disturbance after Askey had spent the night and then became angry when he had been asked to leave.  Arraigned before District Justice Jon Kemp on charges of convicted felon not to possess a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamines, possession of bath salts, possession of six grams of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, Askey was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.

NEW TAGS FOR USE DURING ARCHERY SEASON

Today marks the opening of archery season.  As always, hunters who successfully harvest a deer, bear, elk, turkey, bobcat, fisher or otter must properly fil out and tag before the carcass is moved.  This year, however, hunters will not be writing the date on their tag but notching it.  The new green tags have boxes denoting the month and day on the back of the tag and hunters are asked to cut out or notch the correct date.  More information can be found on the Pennsylvania Game Commission website.

5TH ANNUAL WALK IN PENN’S WOODS

The fifth annual Walk in Penn’s Woods will occur tomorrow, October 3rd starting at 11 am.  The event will take place at Colton Point State Park in Tioga County.  The event is free to the public and if there is severe weather it will be cancelled. Those who want to participate in the walk at Colton Point are asked to meet at the main trailhead parking area. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear sturdy footwear, bring some water, and bring lunch to eat for afterwards.

AWOKEN TO BREAKING GLASS

A homeowner in Loyalsock said they called police after being awakened by the sound of a window being smashed. Authorities arrived and found that Mary Heaney of Loyalsock allegedly broke a front window out of the home and started a fight with the homeowner.  Heaney was charged with several offenses that included first-degree felony burglary, second-degree felony criminal trespassing, and three summary offenses that included harassment , criminal mischief, and purchasing alcohol as a minor.  Witnesses told police that Heaney pulled her hair. Heaney posted $100,000 monetary bail on Sept. 22 after being charged  with the felonies and summary offenses.

DOMESTIC BECOMES PHYSICAL

A Williamsport man accused of becoming physical during a domesting incident is facing multiple charges and due in court later this month.  Brandon Mull of Williamsport was charged with second-degree  misdemeanor simple assault, first-degree misdemeanor terroristic threats, second-degree false imprisonment, and a summary charge of harassment after an investigation into an incident on Sept 23. Officers spoke with an accuser who alleged that Mull grabbed her by the neck and slammed her head off the ground repeatedly.  Mull allegedly would not let the accuser leave the residence in Williamsport. A formal arraignment is scheduled for Oct 18 with Judge Marc Loveccho at the Lycoming County Courthouse.

COVID-19 UPDATED LOCAL NUMBERS

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 4,982 cases of COVID-19. There were 215 new cases in Lycoming County, 50 in Northumberland County, 22 in Union, 21 in Snyder, 10 in Montour.

TWO-DAY TRIAL ENDED IN CONVICTION

A Paxinos man was convicted of aggravated sexual assault after a two-day trial concluded in Lock Haven this week.  Nathan Weaver of Paxinos was found guilty of second-degree felony indecent sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, and first-degree misdemeanor indecent assault for his role in the incident that involved a Lock Haven University student.  Weaver faces a maximum sentence of 25 years and could be labeled a sexually violent predator as park of Megan’s Law. That and sentencing will be determined on Jan. 10 of 2022.

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