BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS DECEMBER 13, 2019

SUSPECTED FATAL ACCIDENT IN PORT TREVORTON
A multi vehicle accident in Snyder County closed Route 11/15 in Port Trevorton early this morning.  According to PennDOT, it took a few hours to reopen the northbound lanes of Route 11 between Peffer Road and Chapman Hollow Rd near Hilsher’s General Store in Port Trevorton.  The southbound lanes remained closed for two more hours as the police investigation occurred.  According to WNEP, the county coroner was called to the scene. There is no detour in place at this time.

CONVICTED ARSONIST SENTENCED TO STATE PRISON
A man who started fires in Lock Haven has been sentenced to state prison.   According to the Sun Gazette, 54 year old James Arnold Brown pled guilty earlier this year to two first degree felonies for starting fires in Lock Haven.  In May of 2018, Brown set 2 separate fires to debris and furniture near houses on East Water Street.  Firefighters were able to extinguish the fires.  This week, the Clinton County District Attorney asked the court to consider Brown’s mental health history as he had been convicted of arson previously.  Brown was sent to SCI Camp Hill to serve his 10-20 year sentence.

COUNCIL ADOPTS TAX-HIKE BUDGET
A new budget was adopted at the Williamsport City Council meeting last night with Mayor-elect Derek Slaughter voting against it.  According to the Sun Gazette, the 28.1 million tax-hike budget was adopted following council negotiations after Mayor Gabriel Campana proposed to them a zero-tax increase budget.  Campana has not decided whether to veto or not to sign the budget.  This now sets the tax rate at 15.72 mills which includes a 0.25-mill tax increase. Slaughter has the authority to re-open the budget after he is sworn in January 6th.

3 COUNTY CHASE LEADS TO ARREST
A man who led police through a three county high-speed chase was sentenced to Lycoming County Prison last week.  According to North Central PA dot com, 26 year old Shawn Pysher of Allenwood fled from police August 18, 2018 while drunk, following an initial blow-through of a stop sign at the intersection of Second and Broad Streets in Montgomery.  That started a chase on Route 405 through Northumberland, Union and Lycoming Counties.  Pysher continued to attempt to flee after his tires were flattened by spike strips, but was pulled from his vehicle after hitting two police cruisers. Pysher was sentenced to three to 18 months in county jail for third degree felony fleeing or attempting to elude officer, concurrent probation, and community service.

ABUSE VICTIM’S MOTHER WAIVES PRELIMINARY HEARING
A preliminary hearing was this week for the mother of Arabella Parker Samantha Delcamp and her boyfriend, Jahrid Burgess, charged with criminal homicide for allegedly abusing 3 year old Arabella Parker who died from her injuries in November of this year. According to the Daily item, Shamokin District Judge John Gembic presided when Delcamp waived her preliminary hearing which sends her homicide charges case to court.   Burgess pleaded not guilty.  Witnesses who claimed there was abuse in the home addressed the court and Judge Gembic said the DA needs to continue a full investigation.

EATLY MORNING TRACTOR TRAILER FIRE
A tractor trailer caught fire early this morning on I-80 westbound in Union County.  Emergency crews are finishing up clearing the scene according to Central Susquehanna Regional 911.  The accident was first reported before 3:30 a.m. at mile marker 202 on I-80 west bound in western Union County, near the Mile Run exit.  No injuries were reported and all lanes have remained open at this time.

COMMISSIONERS PLAN ON PURCHASING SPACE FOR JUDGE
Lycoming County Commissioners are working on purchasing a new space for the office of Magisterial District Judge William C. Solomon. The Old Lycoming Township office space where a lease is currently held, is in need of upgrades.  According to the Sun Gazette, a building has been chosen where hearings, and administrative duties can be performed by Solomon and his staff.  Commissioners said it makes more sense to have in place a county-owned site than to rent out space for a district judge.

MANSFIELD HOCKEY COACH RECOGNIZED
The Mansfield University field hockey program has had a great year, with a postseason trip, the most regular-season wins in over a decade, securing five all-conference players and now their fifth-year coach Brittany Hansrote was named PSAC Coach of the Year.  Hansrote led the Mounties to a 12-7 record, notching the first postseason berth since the 2010 season and the most wins since 2001. The Mountaineers reached No. 10 in the national poll while ranking top-10 nationally in assists per game.

FARM DONATES EXTRA EGSS TO PA FOOD PANTRY
A farm that supplies eggs for vaccine manufacturers is donating a surplus of nearly 100 thousand eggs to the Central Pennsylvania  Food Bank in Columbia and Montour Counties.  According to the Bloomsburg Press, the eggs are the wrong size for the drug testing process and are going to be distributed to food pantires, fire halls and churches.  This is the third year the farm has been able to donate the eggs.

ICE ACCUMULATING ON AREA ROADS
Icy conditions in Limestone Township and on Rt 15 heading north from Montgomery are causing multiple accidents on area roads.  According to scanner reports, an accident has been reported on Rt. 44 west of Elimsport near Summit Trail in the downward curve there.  Travel is difficult on Route 15 north from Rt 54 in Montgomery over the mountain into Williamsport with two accidents, one near the scenic overlook and one near Skyline Drive.  Emergency Crews are on each scene assisting motorists.
Sports
NFL Thursday night football Ravens beat the Jets 42-21
NBA
76ers beat the Celtics 115 to 109 Cavaliers beat the Spurs 117 to 109, Mavericks beat the Pistons 122 to 111, Nuggets beat the Trailblazers 114 to 99..
NHL
Sabres beat the Predators 4 to 3, Lightning over the Bruins 3 to 2, Islanders over the Panthers 3 to 1, Penguins beat the Blue Jackets 1 – nothing,  Red Wings over the Jets 5-2, Blues beat the Golden Knights 4 to 2, Wild over Oilers 6-5, Flames beat the Mapleleafs 4-2, Coyotes over the Blackhawks 52, and Canucks over the Hurricanes 1-nothing, Kings beat the Ducks 2-1, Rangers over the Sharks 6-3
HS Wrestling
Montgomery defeated Sullivan County 42-23, Midwest beat Lewisburg 42 to 30, Muncy defeated CMVT 64 to 15, Montoursville over Central Columbia 56 to 15, South Williamsport over Loyalsock 54 to 18
HS Girls Basketball
Williamsport beat Crestwood 59-51, Northeast Bradford over Williamson 70 to 19, Athens beat North Penn Mansfield 46 to 40
HS Boys Basketball St. John Neumann beat Bucktail 66-27

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