BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS FEB 22, 2022

POSSIBLE SAVING GRACE FROM THE SHERIFF SALE

Although the Lycoming Mall in Muncy Township faces another sheriff’s sale, the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority wants to work with the owner to resolve the issue. According to the Executive Director of the Lycoming County Water and Sewer, Christine Weigle, a sheriff’s sale is considered a last resort to collect an overdue payment. As reported by SUN Gazette, Kohan Retail Investment Group is the owner of the mall and needs to pay their bill in full in order to stop the upcoming May 6 Sheriff Sale.  According to reports, the total owed for water and sewer bill is upwards of $240,000. However, the mall is not new to this issue; in 2019 it faced a sheriff sale as well for the same reasons.

DRUNK AND DISORDERLY

A Williamsport man charged a city police car, screaming at an officer who simple asked him to move from the middle of the roadway. Shannon Mitchell was seen wandering down the middle of the street as the office was attending to a traffic stop. Her concern was for Mitchell safety, as traffic on the street had to swerve to avoid striking him. Instead, Mitchell, who was under the influence of alcohol, continued his verbal assault on officers as he was taken into custody.  As reported by Sun Gazette, Mitchell was arrested under multiple charges and after the arraignment with District Judge Christian Frey, Mitchell was committed to the Lycoming County Jail in lieu f $15,000 bail.

 

TWO ALARM BLAZE AND A BURN VICTIM IN SERIOUS CONDITION

Multiple fire crews, including Life Flight, responded to a two-alarm garage fire in East Buffalo Township, Union County Monday afternoon. As reported by an online news media, crews received the call just before 3 p.m. for a fire in the 3,300 block of Stein Lane, south of Lewisburg.  A second alarm was called a short time later. Life Flight was on scene on reports of a possible burn victim. Fire crews were able to extinguish the blaze about a half hour later after encountering heavy flames. The investigation into this fire continues.

GUILTY VERDICT IN CLINTON COUNTY

Friday night, a Clinton County jury found Shawn Michael Mills, 43, of North Bend, guilty of Aggravated Assault for a bar parking lot attack that occurred in the Renovo area in October of 2020.  Following a two-day trial before visiting Senior Judge David Klementik of Somerset County, the jury deliberated for just over two hours Friday evening before returning their unanimous verdict.  Mills was convicted of multiple charges including Felony 1 Aggravated Assault – Causing Serious Bodily Injury and Felony 2 Aggravated Assault – Causing Bodily Injury With a Deadly Weapon.  Mills faces a maximum of 35 years in prison on the three charges.  The Court permitted Mills to remain on house arrest pending sentencing, over the objection of the Commonwealth.  Sentencing will be scheduled within 90 days.   Source:  Clinton County District Attorney’s Office

PA MAP DECISIONS FOR JUSTICES

Ranks of lawyers packed the courtroom of Pennsylvania’s state Supreme Court on Friday, with most of them arguing for their clients’ preferred map of new congressional districts as justices weighed how to decide which one is best. Meanwhile, justices did not necessarily embrace a Republican-backed map recommended by a lower court judge, but viewed by Democrats in the presidential battleground state as blatantly partisan. The justices on Pennsylvania’s Democratic-majority high court repeatedly said they did not want to have the political task of picking a map in the once-a-decade exercise of adjusting for demographic shifts. Still, they are faced with more than a dozen maps, drawn primarily by partisans, and are stuck with the decision because of deadlock between Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature. One thing seemed clear: justices will not give any special deference to the recommended map just because it passed the Legislature.

IDENTITY THEFT

A homeless couple was accused of stealing a wallet in order to use their identity to rent a room and purchase food at a Lewisburg hotel. As reported by the Daily Item, Melvin Rivera and Keisha Figueroa, both of Florida, were charged with multiple felony counts of identity theft and unlawful taking. Milton Police filed the charges with District Judge Michael Diehl, who arraigned the couple and committed them to the Northumberland County Jail in Coal Township in lieu of $25,000 bail each. They have their preliminary hearing tomorrow.

ADDITIONAL CHARGES FOR MAN IN JAIL

Additional charges for an already incarcerated Jersey Shore man. As reported by Sun Gazette, Dartagnan Zuback allegedly assaulted another inmate in August and then spit at a corrections officer November, bringing additional criminal charges. According to the police affidavit Zuback responded by saying, “What’s a few more charges?” He faces felony aggravated harassment by a prisoner and simple assault and recommitted in lieu of additional $75,000 bail.

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