BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 17, 2019

WOMAN TOOK MONEY FROM LOCAL VFW
A Jersey Shore woman has been charged with taking almost 8 thousand dollars from a local VFW.  Fifty nine year old Dianne McAlister, who was a former employee at the west third street VFW in Williamsport, had access to the all the accounts and according to police, wrote checks to herself and deposited money in her personal accounts 16 times from 2012 up until it was discovered in 2016.  McAlister is facing charges of felony theft by taking and will be arraigned at the Lycoming County Courthouse on July 29th.

INSURANCE SETTLEMENTS APPROVED
There will be insurance settlements for three Williamsport city police officers after resolution of their claims against the city that their civil rights were violated.  According to the Williamsport Sun Gazette, the city finance committee approved the settlements to promote workforce harmony and control costs.  In the resolution, Williamsport City Council consents to the insurance payments but says that is no admission of wrongdoing or other basis for claims.

NEW PRINCIPAL FOR EAST LYCOMING SCHOOLS
At the East Lycoming School Board meeting Tuesday night, a new high school principal was approved for the 2019-2020 school year.  Ronald Lorson, who has been with the district for 30 years, submitted his retirement – affective January first – which was also approved by the board last night.  Tom Coburn will replace Lorson and begin his acting principal duties this fall.

COMMUNITY STILL MOURNS TWA FLIGHT 800
Today is the day 23 years ago when this community lost 21 people from Montoursville Area High School when TWA flight 800 crashed in New York in.  Sixteen students in the school’s French club and their 5 chaperones were heading to Paris, France when the plane exploded and crashed just off the coast of Long Island.  USA Today reported that some who lost classmates in 1996, are now teachers at Montoursville High School, where students still tend a memorial garden.

OVERNIGHT SHOOTING IN WILIAMSPORT
Scanner reports and social media indicate that there’s been a shooting overnight in Williamsport.  Emergency crews responded to witnesses saying there were 5 or 6 shots heard in the area of the 600 block of Maple Street.  There are possibly two victims in the shooting, 1 male who is being treated for a head wound and another injured person with no further details disclosed.  We’ll continue to follow this story today.

CAR CHASE THROUGH SUNBURY
State police in Northumberland county arrested a Montandon man after he fled and led police in a chase through Sunbury after a traffic stop on June 22nd.  24 year old Antonio Carpenter was stopped on Bridge avenue in Upper Augusta Township.  Police say that Carpenter tried to flee on foot, but was apprehended and taken into custody on DUI and drug possession.

TRANSPORTATION STUDY HIGHLIGHTS SPEEDING CONCERNS
In a transportation survey conducted by the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee, traffic congestion and safety were the issues that generated the most concern for Valley residents.  Chamber president Bob Garrett says there is also concern about speeding and safety on area roads around Shamokin Dam, but pending legislation about police radar would be a big help to alleviate a speeding problem – especially he says, if communities invest in local police services.

PA TURNPIKE TOLLS TO GO UP
If you plan to use the Pennsylvania Turnpike next year, prepare for a fare increase.  The Pennsylvania Turnpike commission will raise tolls by 6 percent, raising cash customer’s payment by about 20 cents and the EZ pass customers charge goes up about 10 cents.  WNEP says that the increase will be used for the increasing costs of mass transit and turnpike improvements.   The commission has raised tolls every year since 2007.

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT FUNDING ON THE WAY FOR LOCK HAVEN
Lock Haven University will benefit from recent budget approvals in Pennsylvania.  250 thousand dollars has been earmarked for a healthcare simulation lab that will be located at UPMC Susquehanna Lock  Haven.  The simulation lab will help expand the nursing school and other healthcare programs at the University.  Senator Joe Scarnati was instrumental in securing the funding for this collaborative effort between government, healthcare and education.

Sports

Major League Baseball
Yankees over the Rays 8-3, Phillies squeaked by the Dodgers 9-8, Nationals bumped the Orioles 8-1, Indians blanked the Tigers 8-nothing, Blue Jays beat the Red Sox 10-4, Marlins thumped the Padres 12-7, Diamondbacks stomped the Rangers 9-2, Cubs over the Reds 4-3, Brewers slammed the Braves 13-1, Mets over the Twins 3-2,  Royals blanked the White Sox 11-nothing, Pirates over the Cardinals 3-1, Giants beat the Rockies 8-4, Angels over the Astros 7-2, A’s routed the Mariners 9-2

Section 3 Major Baseball Final
Orwigsburg beat Warrior Run 6-5

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