BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS OCTOBER 21, 2019

FATAL PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT
An investigation will continue as to whether to charge the driver in a fatal pedestrian accident in Williamsport this weekend.  The Williamsport Chief of Police Damon Hagan, released a statement that a city resident, 66 year old John Yarzos was struck and killed by an unidentified driver while riding in a wheelchair near the intersection of West Fourth Street and William street Saturday around 1pm.  Police and paramedics responded to the accident, but Yarzos was pronounced dead at the scene.  PA State police have been called in to reconstruct the incident and to determine whether a crime was committed.

WEEKEND ACCIDENT SHUTS DOWN HIGHWAY
I-80 westbound was closed down for several hours Saturday from a crash involving a 22 year old from West Milton who was ejected from her car near mile marker 214 in Turbot Township.  PennDOT said traffic was rerouted onto Routes 254 and 147 in Northumberland County early Saturday morning after Joan Jimenez lost control, left and then reentered the roadway hitting a guiderail around 3:40am. Once she was ejected from the car, she was hit by two other vehicles. No word on the condition of Jimenez’s passenger, Alondro Santos of Milton. The road reopened Saturday after 8am.  Police are still investigating the fatal crash.

GRANTS FOR SAFETY PROGRAMS ALLOCATED
Two local schools will benefit from a 75 thousand dollar grant coming their way from the state.  East Lycoming Area School District and St. John Neumann Regional Academy were awarded 74 thousand dollars in combined monies for security equipment which will include vaping detectors for East Lycoming and upgrades to video cameras for St John Neumann.  According to the Sun Gazette, the grant money is part of a 60 million dollar allocation in the state for school safety programs.

NEW LOCATION FOR COMMISSIONERS FORUM
The public is reminded about the updated location for Lycoming County Commissioner forum in downtown Williamsport tonight.  The event will be held at the Trade and Transit II building 144 West Third St. in the Michael Ross Event Center Banquet meeting room.  Parking will be available in the parking garage across the street.  The first of two local political forums this month, the event will begin at 7pm and feature five county commissioner candidates who are seeking election on November 5th.  The debate will be broadcast live on 1079 WLMY.

CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE CITED IN PEEPING TOM CASE
The suspect in a Williamsport peeping tom case has asked the court to throw out the statements of the victim’s identification of him because he said he was never identified in a line up, only in the courtroom while he was in custody.  According to the Sun Gazette, 34 year old Colin James Best is accused of invasion of privacy after spying on two sisters in the changing room of a local department store in May of 2019.  The young women, ages 15 and 24 gave a statement that generally described the suspect in the case, and Best filed a self-written motion saying he was at the scene but no witness saw a crime committed by him. Arguments will be heard tomorrow in Lycoming County Court.

MINOR PROMOUNCED DEAD IN STATE COLLEGE
The Centre County Coroner’s office is investigating the death of a 17 year old boy who was found unresponsive at a home on West College Avenue in State College this weekend.  Police there say they were called to the home Saturday around 9:30pm where the boy was unconscious.  According to WNEP, paramedics were unable to revive the victim who reportedly had no signs of trauma.  The young man was pronounced dead at the scene and an autopsy will be scheduled.

DUI ENFORCEMENT BEGINS FOR HALLOWEEN
The Lycoming County DUI task force has issued a statement that DUI enforcements will be conducted at multiple locations through the Halloween Season in Lycoming County.  Now through October 31st, extra patrols will coincide with the holiday.  Team DUI, Pennsylvania’s DUI association urges all motorists to watch pedestrians as Trick or Treat approaches and to utilize designated drivers so as not to harm themselves or others this Halloween.

VACANT YMCA BUILDING GETS A NEW LIFE
In an effort to save a landmark building in Williamsport, plans have been announced to invest 4 million dollars to renovate the former YMCA building at 343 West Fourth Street.  The renovation, planned to be complete by the end of 2020, will feature about 30 market rate apartments of various sizes – from 750 to 1600 square feet priced between 900 and 11 hundred dollars monthly.  According to the Sun Gazette, the building which is slated to be called the “Lofts of West Branch”, was built in 1923 and was originally a boy’s dormitory for the YMCA.

Sports
NFL football

Bills beat the Dolphins 31-21, the Cardinals beat the Giants 27-21, Cowboys beat the Eagles 37-10, Rams over the Falcons 37-10, Jaguars beat the Bengles 27-17, Vikings over the Lions 42-30, Packers beat the Raiders 40-24, Colts over the Texans 30-23, 49ers beat the Redskins 9-nothing, Titans over the Chargers 23-20, Saints beat the Bears 36-25, Ravens over the Seahawks 30-16
NHL Sunday
Canucks beat the Rangers 3-2, Wild over Canadians 4-3, Capitals beat the Blackhawks 5-3, Jets over the Oilers 1-nothing, Flames beat the Ducks 2-1,
NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Hollywood Casino 400 Sunday
Denny Hamlin wins with the green and white checkered flag in Kansas, followed by Chase Elliot and Kyle Busch.
Major League Baseball Saturday
Astros beat the Yankees 6-4 in game six of the American League championship series.  World Series Game 1 starts Tuesday between the Astros and the Nationals
College football Saturday
Penn State over Michigan 28-21, Ohio State beat Northwestern 50 – 3, and Oklahoma won over West Virginia 52-14

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