BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 26, 2019

SHOOTING IN CITY LEADS TO STANDOFF IN LOCK HAVEN
In an incident yesterday that involved a shooting and related accident in downtown Williamsport, a standoff involving the shooting suspect ended in alleged suicide.  Police report that following the shooting of  37 year old Kerry Young, he was injured after rolling his van along Center Street at W. Fourth Streets, and later succumbed to his injuries at UPMC Susquehanna.  The shooting suspect, 32 year old Thomas Matthews III, fled the scene for Lock Haven.  Police say they obtained a special warrant for Matthews Wednesday and located him at his residence above 14 Bellefont Avenue. A standoff occurred until 8am Thursday morning when a SWAT team attempted to apprehend Matthews who allegedly shot himself during the altercation.

INMATE FOUND WITH STUN GUN
A man who was jailed at the Northumberland County Prison was found with a stun gun after a search was performed by the jail staff there. WKOK reports that 31 year old Prenden Heintzleman who had a previous conviction for a drug related felony, faces one count of unlawful possession of an electronic incapacitation device. A preliminary hearing will be scheduled within the next few weeks.

EXECUTIVE PLAZA COULD BE SOLD
County Commissioners announced Thursday that they are in the appraisal phase and preparing to consider the sale of the Executive Plaza building at 330 Pine St. in the city.  A move could allow county services to be consolidated to Third St. Plaza and use up the three unused floors in the 140 thousand square foot building.  Appraisal bids are expected to be submitted in late August.

EXPLOSIONS HEARD DURING HOUSE FIRE
A fire displaced 2 tenants in the city of Williamsport around noon Thursday and the American Red Cross is assisting them.  Police told the Sun Gazette that neighbors reported hearing loud explosions from the back porch area of the two-story house along the 1600 block of Taylor Place during the blaze which left about 50 thousand dollars-worth of damage.  Firefighters from Old Lycoming, South Williamsport and Montoursville responded to a second alarm according to city fire chief Todd Heckman.  Only one neighborhood deputy sheriff sustained a minor injury while attempting to make sure the 1st floor tenant was not at home.  The fire is under investigation.

GAS LINE CUT, NEIGHBORHOOD EVACUATED
Part of the city’s Newberry neighborhood was evacuated Wednesday after a gas line that was accidentally struck by construction workers at West Fourth and Clark Streets.  The Sun Gazette reports that UGI took about an hour to shut off the gas from the damaged line.  About 50 people were evacuated but most stayed around the evacuation perimeter.  Some  evacuees took refuge in a park and nearby school that was opened for them during the incident.

BRACELET FOUND IN WALES THAT BELONGED TO WWII VETERAN
A man using a metal detector in a field in Wales near a home that US Troops used for recreation while staging during the war, found a silver bracelet engraved with the name and service number of a Sunbury High School graduate.  The Daily Item reports that the bracelet was lost by Albert E.Coleman who lived in Beavertown and Middleburg, and went to Sunbury High School in the late 30s.  Coleman died during the Battle of the Bulge during WWII in 1945.  After tracing the bracelet to Snyder County, the Welsh man returned it to the historical society there who will present it to Coleman’s daughter, Nancy Shilling of Biglerville, at a ceremony in Middleburg 2pm this Sunday.

JASON ALDEAN CONCERT ANNOUNCED IN STATE COLLEGE
And it’s a major concert announcement!  Live Nation Entertainment has announced that Jason Aldean will be in concert at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College Saturday, September 21st and will be joined on his Ride All Night Tour with special guest Cole Swindell, Carley Pierce and DeeJay Silver.  Stay tuned for more information.

HALL OF FAMER SIGNS AUTOGRAPHS FOR CHARITY
Montoursville native Mike Mussina raised about 2000 dollars signing autographs for a charity of his choosing at historic Bowman field last night.  According to WNEP, the line to get into BBT ballpark in Williamsport stretched across the parking lot at historic Bowman Field.  Moose Mussina was inducted into the National Baseball  Hall of Fame this past weekend in Cooperstown NY.

MUSICIAN STEVE MITCHELL DIES IN MILTON
A Valley area musician who performed with Van Morrison, The Coasters, Lou Rawls and the Smothers Brothers among others has passed at the age of 73.  The Daily Item reports that Steve Mitchell who hailed from Troy, Pennsylvania died in his sleep at the Milton Nursing Home and Rehab Center yesterday.  He was sick for several years, but had once been one of the most popular studio musicians in San Francisco, touring during 1967’s Summer of Love with a group, the Skyliners. No funeral arrangements have been announced.

Sports

Major League Baseball
Orioles beat the Angels 10-8 in 16 innings, Mets blanked the Padres 4-nothing,  Cardinals bumped the Pirates 6-3, Rockies beat the Nationals 8-7, Red Sox routed the Yankees 19-3,  Twins thumped the White Sox 10-3, Indians beat the Royals 5-4, Rangers stomped the A’s 11-3, Mariners beat the Tigers 10-2.

New York Penn League
Crosscutters beat the Auburn Doubledays  6-2

Major Softball Eastern Regionals
South Williamsport defeated Connecticut 3-2
They now advance to the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Oregon – Wednesday, August 7th

Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regionals
West End 13s beat Mifflin County in Altoona yesterday 5-2
 – Championship game against Centre County in Altoona today.

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