BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 2, 2022

MAN JAILED FOR TRESPASSING

A man has been incarcerated for trespassing and other charges after he was caught inside a garage owned by Robert Dittman in Muncy Creek Township.  According to an affidavit from State Police, 62 year old Jeffrey Prokop was caught inside the attached garage and in possession of an instrument of crime.  Prokop was arraigned in District Court on additional burglary charges and is in Lycoming County Prison today in lieu of $75,000 bail.

PRELIMINARY HEARING SCHEDULED

The Selinsgrove man accused of shooting his wife on April 18th has a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 7th.  According to the Daily Item, 33 year old Brad Bailor is being held without bail at the Snyder County Jail for criminal homicide and first degree murder after he allegedly shot 32 year-old Leslie Bailor in their South Market Street home last month.  District Judge John Reed moved the hearing to the Snyder County Courthouse instead of his Penn Township office since there is expected to be a large amount of people attending.    

PSP TO REGULATE GHOST GUN PARTS

Pennsylvania state police are about to follow suit of the federal government and implement a regulation to require background checks for the purchase of partially manufactured gun frames and receivers, requiring dealers and gunsmiths to inventory unregistered firearms they handle.  According to North Central PA dot com, this is a response to the fast growing problem of “Ghost Guns” or those that are manufactured at home and untraceable.   The federal regulation takes this July, and the Pennsylvania State police say they will implement the regulation soon after that. 

DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE IS TODAY

Today is the deadline to register to vote or change your party affiliation, so that you can participate in the May 17th Primary Election. It’s 15 days before Election Day.  Voters can expect to choose candidates for governor, the US Senate and Congress,  203 state representatives, and members of the state senate.  Residents can go to the voter registration office or register online vote.pa.gov.

POLICE SEEK THREE SUSPECTS WHO DAMAGED CARS

Pennsylvania State Police are seeking information about suspects who may have damaged vehicles on the lot of a Selinsgrove car dealer at the end of March.  According to North Central Pa dot com, police have video evidence of three unknown people in three separate vehicles – a grey and red Dodge Charger and a Black Mercedes – who arrived on the lot of Murray Motors Chevrolet on North Susquehanna Trail about 10pm on March 27th and damaged windows of three cars on the lot.  If you know anything about this incident, call Selinsgrove State Police – 570-374-8145. 

STATE TO EXTEND WAIVER FOR CRITICAL HEALTHCARE REGULATION

Legislation authored by State Rep. Joe Hamm was recently passed by the state House that would help emergency responders answer emergency calls. During the governor’s COVID-19 Emergency Declaration, the regulation that increased the number of EMTs required per ambulance was waived to facilitate access to critical healthcare services. By extending this waiver, it will be easier for Basic Life Support Units from Volunteer Fire Companies to respond with a certified driver and an EMT.

MILTON TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING ON PARKING

An in person and virtual public meeting will be held by the Borough of Milton on May 11th at 5:30pm to gather feedback and opinion on changing parking considerations on Broadway from the railroad tracks east to the borough line.  According to the Daily Item, they wish to discuss the possible elimination of the parking and ask speakers who wish to attend and voice their thoughts keep their comments to 3 minutes.  All borough residents are encouraged to attend either in person or on Zoom.  The virtual meeting instructions will be posted on the boroughs website milton pa dot org and on their Facebook page. 

RECYCLING GRANTS FOR LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES

Governor Wolf has announced grants that will go to local county and municipal governments this year for recycling and leaf collection programs.   Northumberland County, Sunbury Municipal Authority, Shamokin, Milton and Coal Township will share in approximately $850-thousand in grants.  Coal Township received the maximum grant of $350,000.  Shamokin will use the over 114 thousand dollars in their grant for recycling and leaf-collection efforts.

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