BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS MARCH 21, 2022

REBIDDING FOR LOSE PARK

A resolution was approved by Williamsport City Council reject bids by a contractor for the upgrades to Lose Park, located in the 1100 block of Memorial Avenue. The bid was upwards of $40,000 higher than previously anticipated, even with the limit placed on the available grant funding. The park is set to receive an upgrade that will make it a more accessible and neighborhood-friendly park. The city plans on rebidding for the construction portion of the upgrade.

KEEP PENNSYLVANIA BEAUTIFUL

The Pennsylvania Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Transportation (PennDOT) today joined a community litter cleanup as part of the spring Pick Up Pennsylvania campaign and encouraged residents, local leaders and businesses across the state to do the same in their communities. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful coordinates the statewide Pick Up Pennsylvania campaign each spring and fall. Gloves, trash bags and safety vests are provided by PennDOT and DEP. In addition, DEP and the Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association sponsor no- or low-cost trash disposal for registered events at participating landfills for the month of April.

DOMESTIC THREATENING AN INFANT

Milton state police said they were dispatched to Sandel Road in Winfield at 3:15 Friday afternoon in response to a physical altercation involving weapons and an endangered infant. As reported by an online media source, the police list a 33-year-old Winfield man and a baby girl as victims of assault. Police said 31-year-old Desiree Adams was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment and child endangerment as they continue to investigate the incident.

FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST AN AREA POLICE OFFICER

A lawsuit in filed in federal court was filed against a Williamsport Bureau of Police officer by a Steelton man., Pa. According to northcentralpa.com, Keith Anderson, reports Officer Clinton J. Gardner pulled alongside him in a patrol vehicle and harassed him, before arresting him for his alleged failure to use the sidewalk and a failure to identify him, while he walked to his mother’s residence in Williamsport in July of last year. As written in the complaint, Anderson is suing Gardner saying he was illegally placed under and held under false arrest, then searched with no probable cause. Through his attorney, Joshua J. Cochran of Williamsport, Anderson is asking the court to enter judgement against Gardner along with costs, attorney fees, and punitive damages, according to the complaint.

1-4-3 DAY PLANNED

In advance of Fred Rogers’ birthday on Sunday, March 20, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Pennsylvania’s fourth annual 1-4-3 Day will take place on Monday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2022, encouraging Pennsylvanians to save the date and show their neighbors additional kindness, generosity, and love. The tradition began in 2019 and was intended to inspire a statewide movement to honor beloved Pittsburgh-native Fred Rogers.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS CAUSING PROBLEMS IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY

A Northumberland County Prison Correctional Officer is looking at disciplinary action for posting inappropriate racial slurs online. According to an online media source, the unidentified female Corrections-Officer is accused of posting racially insensitive and inappropriate material on social media. The staff member has been placed on administrative leave beginning Saturday morning. Northumberland County officials reported the matter to be considered a personnel matter that is being handled by the warden.  The incident remains under investigation.

 

DOMESTIC WITH WEAPONS

State police in Milton reported they were dispatched to a residence on Sandel Road in Winfield just after 3 p.m. Friday afternoon for a reported physical altercation involving weapons and an endangered infant. The released report suggests a 33-year-old Winfield man and a baby girl as victims of assault. Desiree Adams was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment and child endangerment. The incident remains under investigation.

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