BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS DEC. 03, 2021

AMENDMENT TO A CIVIL COMPLAINT IN WILLIAMSPORT

They amended their civil complaint in federal court which claimed the police violated the defendants’ rights to be protected from unreasonable search and seizure, excessive use of force, assault and others, when multiple officers entered a Newberry residence at 5:30 am on Sept 29, 2020. According to SUN Gazette, U.S. Chief District Judge Matthew W. Brann allowed Libby Williams and Rocellus Carter to refile the complaint.

VETOED AS PROMISED

Gov. Tom Wolf followed through on his veto threat Thursday, rejecting Republican-penned legislation to allow people to carry a firearm openly or concealed, without a permit, adding to his total for Pennsylvania’s chief executive with the most vetoes in more than four decades. Wolf, a Democrat, called the bill “dangerous.” Wolf’s veto comes amid a tide of deadly gun violence in Philadelphia, the state’s largest city, and political finger-pointing over blame. Republicans said the bill would have made people safer. Wolf has said it is a top priority to address what he says is a gun violence crisis affecting largely minority communities, but the Republican-controlled Legislature has rejected nearly all his proposals.

 

 

CRIMINAL ATTEMPT HOMICIDE ON WILLIAMSPORT MAN

A Williamsport man kicked in a woman’s front door. He then threatened to kill several occupants before strangling and beating the victim until she became unconscious. December 2nd, 2021 at approximately 12:38 am – Daniel Justin Miller Sr., was arranged by MDJ Jerry Lepley on Criminal Attempt Homicide, Strangulation, Aggravated Assault, other charges and placed in Lycoming County Prison without bail.

MULTIPLE CHARGES SEND WILLIAMSPORT WOMAN TO JAIL

A Williamsport woman set fires at her neighbor’s door and then threw a knife through the neighbor’s apartment window. On November 30th, 2021 at approximately 11:45 pm – Tiffany Marie McGinty, attempted to flee into the basement, then out of the residence, and then became physically resistive/combative with officers before being taken into custody.  Tiffany McGinty was later arraigned before MDJ William Solomon on the multiple charges, denied bail and detained in the Lycoming County Prison.

 

LOCAL UPDATED COVID-19 CASES

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Thursday reported new COVID-19 cases. Clinton County reported 29 new cases. In Centre County 85 new cases were recorded. Lycoming County added 139 new cases. There were 88 new cases in Northumberland County, 36 in Snyder County, 16 in Union County and 14 in Montour. Tioga county had 16 new covid 19 cases listed yesterday.

 

REAL ESTATE TAXES UNCHANGED FOR 2022

No change in real estate taxes for Clinton County for the second straight year. The 2022 preliminary budget was revealed by the Clinton County Commissioners and unanimously approved during their sesson yesterday. According to therecordonline.com, December 30th, with no changes, the document will see final adoption.

 

PUBLIC SAFTY BUDGETS EVALUATED

Public Safety budgets were carefully inspected during the Williamsport City Council Budget meeting on Wednesday. An estimated $10 million budget was presented to the Williamsport City Council Budget Committee on Wednesday. Chief Justin Snyder of the Williamsport Bureau of police presented the proposed budget with an additional proposal to deploy 48 officers. Also at the meeting, $6.7 million budget was proposed by the Williamsport Bureau of Fire Chief Mark Killian, who also noted the hiring of four firefighters, the academy and training costs for his department.  Finally, $872,053 was proposed by Joseph Geradi, the Williamsport Codes administrator, who noted the budget included uniforms and other items necessary for his staff of enforcement officers and other inspectors.

 

MAN IDENTIFIED WITH DENTAL RECORDS WAS RULED SUICIDE

The body of the man found along the Susquehanna river bank in Fairfield township on Monday afternoon has been positively identified through dental records. According to Lycoming County Coroner Charles Kiessling Jr, the death has been ruled a suicide and there will be no further details released on this incident.

KEEPING TABS ON RIVER VALLEY TRANSIT

A Transit Oversight Committee was created by Williamsport City Council and has been set to expand the legislative accountability of both River Valley Transit and city government. The ordinance, passed on second reading, last night received a unanimous vote. In layman’s terms, the ordinance is a series of checks and balances on River Valley Transit’s operations, a sore topic in Williamsport for some time. In fact, according to SUN Gazette, the years between 2009 and 2019 are under investigation by State Attorney General Josh Shapiro and the most recent audit failed to show much improvement.  The ordinance takes effect Dec. 22 with the committee including three members of council, the mayor, the city controller, and the city’s director of finance.

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