BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS DECEMBER 20, 2019

MAN INJURED IN ATV ACCIDENT
A 61 year old Hepburn Township man was hospitalized after an ATV crash yesterday  around 11 am near the 400 block of Crescent Hill Road.  According to the Sun Gazette, the driver of the all-terrain vehicle called a relative after he overturned in the woods near his home, after which emergency workers hiked into the area where the crash was located and transported the man to an ambulance.  Volunteer firefighters from Hepburn Township, Old Lycoming Township, Trout Run and DuBoistown responded and the operator was taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

TWO CONFIRMED DEAD IN MULTI-VEHICLE PILE-UP
There are more details emerging about the multi-vehicle crash that shut down I-80 East and Westbound in Union County near mile marker 204 on Wednesday.  According to Pennsylvania State Police in Milton, 2 operators of vehicles involved in the accidents sustained fatal injuries, one person from Sterling Heights, Michigan ( 58 year old Marek Szczepanczyk) and 53 year old Edward Posavec of Hatfield, Montgomery County.  54 vehicles in total were involved in the chain reaction crash that was triggered by sudden snow squalls along the interstate that severely limited visibility. More than 30 drivers were injured, some critically. I-80 West reopened just after 6pm last night after being closed for approximately 30 hours.

YEAR END REPORT FROM PENNDOT
PennDOT Engineering district 3-0 is closing out 2019 with a year-end report to wrap up their busy construction season. The nine-county district opened bids for 63 contracts totaling nearly $102 million in value. Roads in Lycoming County include Route 87, in Plunketts Creek Township,areas of i-180 in Montoursville and Muncy Creek and Routes 220 and 405, intersection reconstruction and traffic signal installation in Hughesville Borough and Wolf Township among other areas. The district has been able to stretch limited resources by using in-house capabilities such as paving and bridge crews to complete work on many smaller projects. According to PennDOT the district faces many challenges from flooding since 2016.

WILLIAMSPORT LIBRARY BOARD APPROVES BUDGET
The 2020 budget for James V Brown Library  has been approved by the Trustees at the board meeting Thursday for a proposed $2,219,275.  According to the Sun Gazette, salaries and wages were down as result of a contracted services for security and website development expenses going up.   In other news, board member Harold Hershberger will step down from his 43 year position there.  Current board president Tom Burkholder moved that Hershberger be given the status of Trustee Emeritus.The next board meeting is Jan. 16 in the Lowry Room.

TWO ASSAULT INCIDENT ON PARAMEDICS
There have been two recent incidents where paramedics have allegedly been assaulted by patients while trying to treat them.  According to the Sun Gazette, 36 year old Michael Sheilds of South Williamsport sucker punched a member of an ambulance crew who had arrived to treat him for a panic attack November 23rd of this year.  Sheilds was arrested for aggravated assault and jailed but is free on bail.  And in another incident this week, Montoursville police report that a Muncy woman attempted to punch an EMT during treatment for a fall at her home on Braod Street around 7pm Monday.  56 year old Barbara Orwig was charged with aggravated and simple assault and public crunkeness and is in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of bail

APARTMENT FIRE WAS MEDICAL ISSUE
Firefighters in Williamsport responded to what they thought was a fire but was instead a medical episode.  A third floor fire was reported at Williamsport Manor along Center Street, but when first responders got the residence – it was discovered that the emergency was a medical episode that had occurred while the person was cooking.  The victim was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

THE FARM SHOW COMETH
We’re facing an early Pennsylvania State Farm Show this year with January 1st on A Wednesday.  The 2020 show celebrating the state’s agricultural industry opens in 15 days –  Jan. 4 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg through Jan. 11th.  Favorite events like the 1,000-pound butter sculpture, sheep to shawl contest and tractor square dancing draw guests to the largest indoor agricultural event and new this year will be samples of  award-winning Pa. craft beers and hard cider for those over 21, and an expanded Calving Corner with live births. Admission to the Farm Show is free and parking is $15 per car.

Sports
NBA

Jazz beat Hawks 111 to 106, Bucks beat the Lakers 111 to 104, Spurs over the Nets 118 to 105, Rockets beat the Clippers 122 to 117.
NHL
Islanders beat the Bruins 3 to 2, Stars over Lightning 4 to 3, Flyers beat the Sabres 6 to 1, Blue Jackets over Kings 3 to 2, Senators edged the Predators 5 to 4, Blackhawks beat the Jets 4 to 1, Hurricanes over Avalanche 3 to 1, Canadians over Flames 4 to 3, Wild o defeated the Coyotes 8 to 5, Canucks beat Golden Knights 5 to 4.
HS Wrestling
Hughesville beat South Williamsport 48 to 20, Southern Columbia over Warrior Run 50 to 22, Danville beat Loyalsock 66 to 16
HS Boys Basketball
Scranton prep at Williamsport 53 to 39, Jersey Shore over Hollidaysburg 65-58, Midd-West beat Muncy 63 to 47, Central Mountain over Mifflinburg 62 to 55.
HS Girls Basketball
Athens beat North Penn liberty 58 to 20, Millville over St. John Neumann 71 to 33, Northeast Bradford beat Wellsboro 58 to 34, Canton beat Williamson 61 to 11.
College Wrestling
Lock Haven beat Bloomsburg 26 to 12

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