BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS DECEMBER 19, 2019

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UNION COUNTY SNOW SQUALLS TRIGGER OVER 20 CAR PILE-UP
Heavy snow squalls and limited visibility yesterday afternoon caused a pile up on Interstate I-80 that killed one person, injured dozens of others and shut down both sides in Union County around 1:30pm.  According to Montoursville State Police, I-80 West remains closed this morning after PennDOT says wreckers are methodically clearing over 30 cars and trucks that collided during yesterday’s white out near the Mile Run Exit near Lewisburg.  No names have been released of any victims in the crashes.  I-80 east re-opened last night around 8pm and I-80 west is expected to reopen by noon today.

VICTIM ATTACKED AT ROCK RUN
Charges have been filed after a man attacked another person last July at Rock Run Swimming Hole in McIntyre Township.   Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials reported in November that a victim was allegedly struck in the eye by 33 year old Marvin Agosta-Melendez, of Lewisburg who was wielding a garbage bag with wooden skewers sticking out.  DCNR rangers said they warned Agosta-Melendez about his alcohol use and loud music earlier in the day and he complied.  Yet, an hour later a victim had called police about the assault in the Upper Falls Parking lot.  Agosta-Melendez was charged with several felony counts of assaults and other misdemeanors and is incarcerated in lieu of $99,000  bail.

NEW COURT JUDGE APPOINTED
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has nominated a former state attorney general to fill a state court vacancy. A vote Wednesday confirms Bruce Beemer will replace a judge who has retired on the Allegheny County Court.  According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, he’ll serve until the 2021 election.  Beemer was the Governor’s inspector general since 2016, and investigated complaints about fraud, waste and misconduct in state agencies. Beemer was nominated to the attorney general’s post in 2016 to finish the elected term of Kathleen Kane who resigned after her conviction.

MUNCY HAS NEW SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER
The Muncy School Board met this week and filled the vacant seat left when Rhondel Moye resigned as well as approved funding of a weight room that will be available to the community.  Carla Auten who previously served on the board for 10 years in the 1990s, was appointed to fill the vacancy.  And in a donation agreement with Muncy Bank and Trust, $40,000 from the bank will be dispersed over a two-year period allowing for bank signage in the space and an opportunity for their employees and the community access to the new gym.

PENNSYLVANIA REPUBLICANS VOTE NO ON IMPEACHMENT
Both Congressmen Fred Keller of the 12th District in Kreamer and Rep. Glenn Thompson, of the 15th in Bellefonte voted no last night on the impeachment of President Donald Trump, however, the House approved the measure along party lines and will send the Articles of Impeachment to the US Senate.  Keller said in a statement that the vote yesterday was the culmination of years of unwarranted investigations and baseless accusations.  Rep. Glenn Thompson, of the 15th District said he has only heard emotional arguments that do not rise to the level of impeachment.

MISSING SERVICE PUPPY IN TRAINING AFTER ACCIDENT
A soldier coming home on leave to visit his family in Lycoming County had an accident on icy Rabbitown road.  After the crash on December 13th, the 5 month old chocolate lab puppy Corey Miller had with him in the truck ran away from the scene.  The puppy is a service dog in training for Miller’s wife who is 5 months pregnant and was actually saved by the dog earlier this year after it detected her severe heart condition. She is wearing a pink vest, if you see her or have information Bellabons Pet Recovery Services in Williamsport at 570-244-1789.

VAUGHN NAMED PROFESSOR EMERITUS
A man instrumental for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s welding associate and baccalaureate degree programs has been named by the Board of Directors there as faculty emeritus status.  Robert Vaughn, who taught welding for nearly four decades and provided leadership during welding lab expansions and renovations, retired last summer after 39 years at Penn College and previously, Williamsport Area Community College. According to the Sun Gazette, Penn College administrators said Vaughn helped establish an excellent culture within the welding program that will continue for the foreseeable future.

Sports
NBA

Bulls beat the Wizards 110 to 109, Cavaliers over the Hornets 100 to 98, Heat beat the 76ers 108 to 104, Raptors over the Pistons 112 to 99, Pelicans beat the Timberwolves 107 to 99, Thunder over the Grizzlies 126 to 122, Nuggets beat Magic 113 to 104, Celtics over the Mavericks 109 to 103, and Trailblazers over the Warriors 120 to 112.
NHL
Devils beat the Ducks 3 to 1, Avalanche over the Blackhawks 4 to 1, and Blues beat the Oilers 2 to 1
HS Girls Basketball
Lewisburg beat Montoursville 40 to 31, Hughesville over South Williamsport 39 to 32, Loyalsock over Mount Carmel 54-48, Coudersport beat Galeton 59 to 29, Warrior Run defeated Shamokin 44 to 34, and Central Mountain over Bellefonte 45 to 40.
HS Boys Basketball
North Penn Mansfield beat Cowanesque Valley 65-40, Bloomsburg over Hughesville 52-48, North Penn Liberty beat Wellsboro 66-63 in OT
HS Wrestling
Milton beat Danville 4138

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