BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS FEB 21, 2022

BLIGHTED PROPERTIES COMMITTEE LOOKING INTO MORE PROPERTIES

City of Williamsport Blighted Properties Committee continues to review multiple residential and commercial locations recently considered officially blighted. Included in the list is the former Webster School at 1663 Memorial Ave, a structure deemed condemned in 2012 with no real progress to remedy that since. As reported by the Sun Gazette, the owners, Olivewood Complex LLC, will be notified by certified letter with time to appeal the committees decision. As explained by Joseph Gerardi, Williamsport City Codes Administrator, normally, owners are given the amount of time before the next committee meeting.

 

FATAL ACCIDENT ON SATURDAY MORNING

 

The Lycoming County Coroner’s Office was called regarding the death of 25-year-old Shawn M. Smith of Trout Run who was pronounced dead in the Emergency Room at UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport just after 9:30 am Saturday morning. The deceased was traveling west on East 3rd St. in a pickup truck at an apparent high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle crashing head on into the New Covenant United Church of Christ, leaving a hole in the side of the structure.   He was unbelted suffering multiple blunt force injuries and despite resuscitative efforts he was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Emergency Room. No damage estimates were provided for the structure.

COMMISSIONERS APPROVE BID

Lycoming County Commissioners approved Wolyniec Construction Inc. to begin the county’s second phase of the bridge-bundling program, with a bid of $1,776,771.  With work to begin sometime in the beginning of April, bridges set for work inside bundle 2 are bridges from Jersey Shore borough and the townships of Loyalsock, Franklin, Susquehanna and Moreland. Also included for bundle 2 is waterline relocation work to be completed in Jersey Shore and Loyalsock Township. All 17 bridges in the program will be built by the end of next year, inside the muti-tiered bridge-bundle methodology, allowing municipalities to contract work with group projects as opposed to individually.

AMISH BUGGY STRUCK ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON

A motor vehicle struck an Amish horse-drawn buggy as it traveled north on Route 44, near Shed Road, Sunday afternoon just before 2:00 pm.  The motor vehicle ran into the rear of the buggy, as both were traveling north, throwing all nine members of the Amish family out of the buggy and destroying the buggy. Four of the nine members of the family sustained non-serious injuries.  As reported by Sun Gazette, the injured were taken to area hospitals. State police said the woman driving the car was not hurt, and neither was the horse.

COVID CASES IN AREA COUNTIES

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Sunday reported new cases of COVID-19. Clinton County reported four new cases. Centre County added 38 cases and Lycoming County listed 15 new cases. Tioga County added 12. In the Valley, there were 16 in Northumberland County, six in Montour and two in Union. There were no new cases in Snyder County.

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