BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS OCTOBER 29, 2019

SEWER FEES WILL GO UP TO MANAGE STORM WATER
Certain neighborhoods are facing storm water runoff management costs in the upcoming year.  South Williamsport and DuBoistown will see a sewer bill increase of about 10 dollars a month or 120 dollars per year to generate the 550 thousand dollars needed for the first year.   They will work in partnership with the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority.  According to the Sun Gazette, the fees allow residents to avoid a real estate millage increase.  The storm water program is part of the Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction Plan which requires compliance with sediment reduction, and phosphorus & nitrogen reduction.

PITTSBURGH SINK HOLE REPAIR CLOSES ROAD FOR WEEKS
One person was injured and the driver listed as unhurt after a city bus in Pittsburgh dropped into a sink hole just a few blocks from Heinz Field yesterday.  A sink hole swallowed the back end of a city bus and another car around 8am Monday due to a water main break under the intersection of Penn and Tenth streets.  According to media reports by Pittsburgh public safety.  There were no evacuations necessary but water service in the area and electricity was affected.  According to WXPI, the street could be closed for 6 to 8 weeks as crews work on the construction there.

SECOND POLITICAL FORUM FOR COUNCIL AND MAYOR TONIGHT
Seven City Council candidates and two Mayoral candidates are on the ballot for the November 5th election in Williamsport and there will be a public forum tonight to hear each of the candidates in the running to discuss the issues.  Candidates for City Council are David Banks, Tiasha Machuga and Jon Mackey – Democrats, and Republicans Bonnie Katz, Vincent Pulizzi, Adam Yoder and Bill Hall.  City Councilman Derek Slaughter, a Democrat, and Republican Eric Beiter are on the ballot for Williamsport City Mayor, with incumbent Mayor Gabriel Campana seeking re-election through a write-in campaign. The forum will be in the Michael Ross Room of the Trade and Transit II building, 144 W. Third St., in downtown Williamsport at 6:30.  Doors open at 6.

SNYDER COUNTY CONSTRUCTION
A Penn DOT project may delay traffic today in Snyder County.  Crews are scheduled to replace a pipe on Route 522 outside of Middleburg Borough with lane restrictions starting from 7:30am until about 3:30 pm  The same crews will work on Route 204 between Salem Road and Erdley Church Road in Jackson Township, tomorrow during the same times.

WOMAN STEALS ITEMS AT MUNCY GROCERY STORE
A Muncy woman has been arrested after she allegedly failed to scan items and at a self-check-out at a local grocery store, stealing almost 15 hundred dollars-worth of items between July and October of 2019.  According to North Central PA dot Com, 41 year old Vanesssa Marie Meyer is charged with felony counts of retail theft and conspiracy to commit retail theft at the Weis Markets on East Penn Street in Muncy.  She’s awaiting a preliminary hearing.

LACK OF SPEEDY TRIAL MEANS CASE DISMISSED
A Williamsport man has had his retail theft case dismissed after the Commonwealth failed to provide him with a speedy trial.  According to North Central PA dot com, charges against 25 year-old Bruce Lambert Jackson Jr were filed February 5th 2018 and the PA code says that a trial must occur within 365 days of the documents filed.  Attorneys for the Commonwealth said the delay should be excusable because Jackson Jr is facing other felony drug counts in an unrelated case from a hearing in August 2019 that needed to come first. Lycoming County Judge Nancy L. Butts dismissed the retail theft charges.

COUNTY RESIDENTS BECOME CITIZENS
Forty-seven people from Lycoming County were naturalized in front of Magistrate Judge William Arbuckle last week and were granted citizenship into the United States.  U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, of Kreamer and the Lycoming County Daughters of the American Revolution were at the ceremony to congratulate the new citizens.  According to the Sun Gazette, Judge Arbuckle called the day in court one of the happiest since he gets to bestow the rights of citizenship to people completing the process to be an American.  Among those naturalized include an engineering student at Penn State University originally from China, and a pastor who is from Guatemala and living in Milton.

FUNDS ANNOUNCED FOR FIRST RESPONDER RETIREMENT PLANS
Yesterday was National First Responders day and during a meeting of the Pennsylvania Professional Firefighters Association, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced a boost in the amount of $328.2 million in state aid for retirement plans for police, paid firefighters, and other municipal workers who dedicate their careers to keeping communities safe.  According to a press release from the PA auditor General,  the help goes to 1,497 municipalities and regional departments to support pension plans covering police officers, paid firefighters and non-uniformed employees, and comes from a 2 percent tax on fire and casualty insurance policies sold in Pennsylvania by out-of-state companies.
Sports
NFL

Monday Night Football – Steelers beat the Dolphins 27-14
NBA
Pistons beat the Pacers 96-94, Knicks over the Bulls 105-98, Raptors beat Magic 104-95, 76ers edged the Hawks 105-103, Bucks beat the Cavaliers 129-112, Warriors over the Pelicans 134-123, Rockets beat Thunder 116-112 , Spurs over the Trailblazers 113-110, Nuggets beat the Kings 101-94, Jazz beat the Suns 96 -95, Clippers over the Hornets 111- 96
NHL
Coyotes beat the Sabres 3-2, and Canucks routed the Panthers 7-2,
HS Girls Soccer
District 4 class AA Semifinal – Lewisburg beat Warrior Run 5-1

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