BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS OCTOBER 30, 2019

STATE POLICE DISCOVER HEROIN DURING TRAFFIC STOP
Over 2 thousand bags of heroin were found Saturday by state troopers during a traffic stop on I-80 in Liberty Township.  According to The Daily Item, State police stopped the driver 27 year-old Jhalil Moore of Williamsport and passenger, 26 year old Tazmear Cooley of Harrisburg, after noticing alleged suspicious behavior in their vehicle.  Police said they found marijuana and 44 bricks of heroin with 50 bags per brick. Both men were committed to Montour County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

REASSESSED PROPERTY LOWERS TAX REVENUES
A property tax change for a business in Snyder County will result in losses of tax revenue for several groups.  According to WKOK, the assessed property value for the Wood-Mode property in Kreamer was lowered from $12 million to $8 million, and the Selinsgrove property was lowered from just over $2 million to $ 1 million.  The change means Midd-West School District will lose over $40,000 in taxes a year, the county will lose over $12,000, and Middlecreek Township will lose just under $1,500 a year, including hydrant taxes.

POLITICAL FORUM FOR MAYOR, COUNCIL DRAWS BIG CROWD
A room full of over 130 constituents came to the Trade and Transit Center in downtown Williamsport to hear the Mayoral and City Council candidates for whom they have an opportunity to vote next Tuesday, November 5th.  An elevated exchange of comments between current Mayor Gabriel Campana, who is a write in candidate next week, and mayoral candidate, Democrat Derrick Slaughter, when talking about transparency in finances and economic development plans, got the audience reacting with applause for Slaughter.  Republican candidate Eric Beiter commented that it’s important to remove a toxic culture in City Hall, in order to not repeat a negative cycle in city government.  Many of the City Council candidates had the same vision for the city – public safety, praise for Williamsport Police Chief Damon Hagan and assisting the police as they continue to work hard for the city, and finding the funding for upcoming levy projects and public park restoration and refurbishment.  The 7 candidates each touted a commitment to the City of Williamsport to find the solutions needed that would use the best practices for the public.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM FORFEITING PLAYOFF GAME
Bloomsburg High School will be forfeiting their first round district playoff football game to Mount Carmel after Panthers head coach, Kevin Seabrooks was removed from his position in October after a 2-5 start.  According to WKOK, the Bloomsburg athletic department said there was irreparable damage done to the team. Mount Carmel will now face the winner of Troy and Line Mountain in the District 4 Class 2A semifinals next week.

JURY SPLIT ON CONVICTION OF WILLIAMSPORT MAN
A jury split their decision over a ruling in Lycoming court against Arthur Reed of Williamsport who was involved in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend in November of 2018.  A jury found Reed guilty of assault and harassment but did not convict him of a felony count of aggravated assault.  Reed’s girlfriend Natalie Trimble-Warzel came to his Market Street residence in November of 2018, under the impression he was suicidal, but he allegedly attacked Warzel who then fled and called police.  According to the Sun Gazette, during the arrest, police said Reed was intoxicated and seemed to be subject to mood swings.  Reed has been in Lycoming County prison since December of 2018 with new felony charges of witness intimidation added to his case. He has a pre-trial hearing this December.

LEGISLATION COULD REFORM PA ELECTIONS
The most comprehensive effort to modernize and improve Pennsylvania’s Elections since the 1930 was passed by the House of Representatives yesterday.  Senate Bill 421 establishes mail-in voting and eliminates the straight-party ticket option from ballots. The legislation also provides 90 million dollars for the state to help every county pay for newly required modern voting machines.  The legislation now returns to the Senate for further consideration.

PENDING WEATHER EFFECTS HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES
There have been several changes in the trick or treat schedule due to inclement weather arriving this Thursday Halloween night.  Sunbury’s ‘Light the Night’ event in Cameron Park is cancelled, Shamokin Dam will have their festivities tonight, and Northumberland will keep their trick or treat on Thursday.  Other neighborhoods have rescheduled to Saturday night – a complete list of changes is available on our Backyard Broadcasting / WILQ  / WBZD website.

Sports
Major League Baseball

Nationals beat the Astros 7-2 in Game 6 – World Series tied up 3 to 3
NBA
Heat beat the Hawks 112- 97, Mavericks over the Nuggets 109-106, Lakers beat the Grizzlies 120- 91
NHL
Bruins beat the Sharks 5-1, Capitals over the Maple Leafs 4-3, Penguins beat the Flyers 7-1, Hurricanes over the Flames 2-1, Rangers beat Lightning 4-1, Red Wings over the Oilers 3-1, Predators beat the Blackhawks 3-nothing, Stars over Wild 6-3, Ducks beat the Jets 7-4
HS Boys Soccer
District 4 Class AA Semifinals – Lewisburg beat Wellsboro 6-nothing and Midd-west beat Loyalsock 4-nothing,
District 4 Class A Semi’s Millville over South Williamsport 2-1 (in 2OT)
Girls HS Field Hockey playoffs
District 4 Class A – Lewisburg beat Line Mountain 2-1 – they advance to the Championships Thursday against Central Columbia

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