BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS DECEMBER 26, 2019

DRIVER BAILS OUT OF MOVING CAR WHEN BRAKES FAIL
A young woman jumped from her moving vehicle along the roadway in Loyalsock Township Monday around 2pm after the brakes in her car were not operating.  According to State Police in Montoursville,  the 17 year old noticed her brakes were not slowing her vehicle when she applied them while traveling west on Miller Hill Road approaching the intersection with Northway Road.  The unidentified teen decided to jump from the moving Jeep and it traveled off the south Side of Miller Hill Road across a grassy area crossing both lanes of Northway road and hit the guardrail.  Police say the driver who jumped from her car suffered minor injuries and was taken to UPMC Williamsport for treatment.  No other injuries were reported

CAR ACCIDENT CAUSED POWER OUTAGE
A car accident Christmas Eve took power out for almost 400 customers in Riverside borough of Northumberland County.  According to Montour-Columbia 911, a car hit a pole near Avenue G in Riverside just after 8am and the driver of that crash was taken to Geisinger Medical Center with injuries.  It took PPL crews until about 3pm Tuesday to restore power to all customers in the area.

SEWER REPAIR POLICY APPROVED
There is a revision to the sewer line repair policy of the Williamsport Municipal Sanitary Authority.  According to the Sun Gazette, officials from the authority have approved various scenarios where they will cover the costs of repair at no responsibility to the home owner.  The authority has agreed to cover the expenses for repair when utility work damages areas of the lateral sewer lines from homes to the main line or when there is damage or a problem with a cleanout device installed on the authority side.  But clogs or lateral pipe failure on the homeowner side will be the homeowner responsibility if there is no cleanout device installed.  Members of the authority said the new policy clarifies a barrier of ownership between the authority and homeowners.

VALLEY AREA SALVATION ARMY MIGHT MISS GOAL
The Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign in the Milton area is behind, only halfway to their goal.  According to Lieutenant Jared Starns of the Milton Salvation Army, a late Thanksgiving and Black Friday contribute to the shortage this year.  The local Salvation Army officials said they are at about 23 thousand out of the 40 thousand they normally raise and hope last minute donations for the year can make up the difference. Salvation army officials also say the Needy Family Fund in the Valley, helping over 1400 men women and children is doing well, exceeding the 100 thousand dollar goal this year.

SHOTS FIRED, WILLIAMSPORT POLICE INVESTIGATING
Williamsport police confirmed that there were shots fired Monday night in Williamsport around the 900 block of Arch Street around 9:45pm.  According to Northcentral PA dot com, police responded about ten minutes later and investigated – finding no victim or damage to property.  Police Chief Damon Hagan says the investigation is ongoing and are continuing to find details.  Anyone with information is asked to call Williamsport police.

HUNTER CHARGED FOR USING POT, FEEDING DEER
A man from Johnstown was arrested for hunting under the influence of marijuana earlier in December at Laurel Run State Park.  According to Game Wardens, David Bruner, 53, of Johnstown, set out a mineral lick on Dec. 3 on Laurel Ridge State Park property.  Investigators were called to the park December 3rd at 4 p.m. to investigate a complaint about a hunter using bait and found Bruner in a tree stand with a loaded bolt action rifle – wardens discovered that Bruner smelled like marijuana and that he  Bruner was hunting in an area where it’s prohibited to feeding deer.Bruner is charged with a misdemeanor count of hunting while under the influence of a controlled substance and summary offenses of hunting game with bait, unlawfully feeding wildlife in a disease management area and hunting without his license. A preliminary hearing is set for January 24th.

GROUP STEALS FROM OUTLET STORE
Police are looking for a group of four people who stole clothing and other items from a local store in Clinton Township December 17th.  According to a police report, two white males and a while female with a juvenile came to the Surplus Outlet in a dark color jeep Liberty or Patriot.  The two males were allegedly seen stealing fleece jackets, medication and grocery items as well as toys directly out of the Toys For Tots donation bin at the front of the store.  Police say witnesses report one suspect was white, 40-50 years old, bald with blue eyes and possibly a tattoo under his right eye and he was seen limping favoring his left leg.  If you have information please call police.

MORE GIFT CARD SCAMS POSSIBLE THIS YEAR
Scammers are becoming more high tech.  According to authorities, it’s possible that gift cards can be tampered with even before they are purchased at stores.  There is now a way that con artists can steal information after it’s applied to the card.  Those gifting cards and those receiving shouldcheck to see if the decal covering the PIN number is intact.  And call authorities if you feel you are a victim of a scam or a fraudulent gift card.

TEACHER, STUDENTS SEEK SUPPORT STARTING SCHOOL
A Montgomery Area Teacher is hoping for community support for the district’s Multicultural Club students as they hope to raise money for and build a school district in Ethiopia.  According to the Sun Gazette, Jesse Newcomer was inspired by a similar project in Milton that created a school district in Cambodia.  Approval of the project came through work with the Montgomery Area School District and the Red Raider Foundation.  All funding will come through fundraisers, grants and donations.  Eventually when the school in Ethiopia is established and running, Montgomery students will visit and meet the students of the school and continue to help it run, hopefully one day independently.  Those wishing to support the project can contact Jesse Newcomer at Montgomery Area School District

Sports
NBA

Celtics beat the Raptors 118 to 100, the 76ers beat the Bucks 121 to 109, Warriors beat the Rockets 116 to 104, the Clippers beat the Lakers 111 to 106, and the Pelicans beat the Nuggets 112 to 100.

College Football  – Tuesday’s Hawaii bowl – Hawaii beat BYU 38 to 34,

Today Sports
“Independence Bowl” – Louisiana Tech vs Miami at 4 PM, and Pitt plays Eastern Michigan in the “Quick Lane Bowl” at 8 PM.
HS Girls Basketball today
Muncy at CMVT Tournament at 6 PM

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