BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS DECEMBER 11, 2019

TROOPER SHOT IN TIOGA COUNTY
A Pennsylvania State Trooper is in stable condition today after being shot during a welfare check at a home in Tioga County yesterday morning.  According to a press release, three State Troopers arrived at a house on Barney Hill road in Nelson Township, after a friend called in a concern about the welfare of the resident there.  When the officers announced themselves and entered through an unlocked door, gunfire allegedly came from the resident and one trooper was shot.  The troopers then retreated, requested back up, and a life flight helicopter called in to transport the wounded officer.  According to social media reports, the trooper who was shot did  require surgery but was alert and talking prior to the procedure and a second trooper may have sustained a broken leg while seeking cover from the shooting.  No names of the suspect or troopers have been released at this time.  A stand-off was ongoing as of last night at 8pm with few details coming in from police.

TROOPER SHOOTING UPDATE; SUSPECT KILLED
The gunman who barricaded himself inside a Tioga County residence after allegedly shooting a State Trooper performing a welfare check there yesterday, has been killed by authorities.  According to a press release from the PA State Police, the incident in Nelson Township, Tioga County was over around 2am this morning.  Following several shots from the individual inside the home, officers from the Pennsylvania Special Emergency Response team returned fire and killed the suspect.  The trooper who was shot and life flighted away from the scene that began the 14 hour standoff is in stable condition after  surgery following the shooting and another injured trooper was treated and released,

DA WILL NOT SEEK DEATH FOR DANVILLE SHOOTING SUSPECT
In the case where two Missouri residents were arrested on criminal homicide charges for the death of a man at the Super 8 motel in Danville on September 26th, the DA in Montour County won’t be seeking the death penalty.  According to the Daily Item, there weren’t aggravating circumstances in the case to fit the criteria for a capital murder punishment in Pennsylvania. 33-year-old David Earle of St. Louis, Missouri was arraigned in court this week on criminal homicide charges for the death of 50 year-old Derrick Potts of New Jersey.  Earle’s girlfriend 25-year-old Miqueal Brown, also of St. Louis, was not in court Monday. She also faces charges in the case.

LOCAL LAWMAKER SUPPORTS PRESIDENT TRUMP
US Representative Fred Keller, of Kreamer, has made a statement against the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment Tuesday against Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — pushing toward historic votes over the charges.  Keller, a first-term Congressman whose 12th District includes Lycoming County supported the President and was quoted as saying there is no direct evidence that the President did anything, and if the articles of impeachment come to the floor, he will vote no on it.

PENNDOT NAMES EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
Alan Keller is PennDOT District 3 employee of the month for December.  Chosen for his tenure, interpersonal skills and the ability to maintain strong working relationships, Keller is the Traffic Engineer in the District office who oversees the Operations, Safety and Signal Units.  He has extensive experience in highway engineering and traffic operations.  Keller is a 32-year PennDOT employee, lives in Muncy with his wife Diane, and two children

ANOTHER NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY FIRE THIS WEEK
Another dwelling fire was reported.  This one in Mt. Carmel last night and firefighters were called in around 9:35 p.m. The fire escalated to a second alarm around 9:45 p.m. According to Northumberland County Communications, the fire was reported by a passerby at a home at 34 West Fifth Street and that visible smoke and flames were seen from the second floor. No injuries were reported there as well and a cause for the fire  is also unknown. Monday night, a fire damaged a home in Shamokin.

COMMISSIONERS SAY USE PRC TO RELIEVE PRISON OVERCROWDING
Lycoming County Commissioners have considered the possibility of using the Pre-Release Center for relieving some of the over-crowding of the county prison system. But according to the Sun Gazette, county officials stated that there are several things to consider before just re-locating inmates from the local prison.  County Sheriff Mark Lusk told the commissioners that the solution can be complicated considering the diversity of offenders and different types of crimes members of the prison population have committed.  Commissioner Tony Mussare recently noted that 55 of 137 beds in the PRC were empty.

HOLIDAY SCAM WARNINGS FROM STATE OFFICIALS
The PA State Police are reminding residents of Lycoming County to be aware to protect yourself from holiday scams.  Scammers exploit unsuspecting victims in several ways like, fake shipping notifications, money transfer, charity or travel scams, copycat websites and package theft.  Police say to be skeptical of cold charity calls, not to click links in unsolicited emails, and to type website addresses directly into a browser and not follow links to the site.  If you suspect you are being victimized, call your bank and local police, or make a complaint with the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov.

Sports
NBA

Hornets over the Wizards 114 to 107, 76’ers beat the Nuggets 97 to 92, Heat beat the Hawks 135 to 121, Trailblazers over the Knicks 115 to 87.
NHL
Lightning beat Panthers 2-1, Canadians of the Penguins 4-1, Sabres beat Blues 5-2, Predators over the Sharks 3-1, Ducks beat Wild 3-2, Jets over the Red Wings 5-1, Stars beat Devils 2-nothing, Hurricanes over Oilers 6-3, Flames over Coyotes 5-2, Maple Leafs beat the Canucks 4-1, and Golden Knights over Blackhawks 5-1, Kings beat the Rangers 3-1
HS Wrestling
Hughesville won over Bloomsburg 51-18, Warrior Run over South Williamsport 45-27, Williamsport over Milton 42-29, Troy beat Williamson 51-24
HS Boys Basketball
Muncy beat Benton 59-33 Jersey Shore defeated ShikellAmy 74-59, Sullivan County defeated CMVT 61-31, Bucktail over Montgomery 51-32, Saint John Neumann over Millville 67-62
HS Girls Basketball
Williamsport over Montoursville 53-41
HS Girls Swimming
Danville beat Jersey Shore 112 to 71, Williamsport over Lewisburg 110 to 76
HS Boys Swimming
Danville defeated Jersey Shore 79-46,  Williamsport over Lewisburg 92 to 78

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