BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS DECEMBER 31, 2019

ROAD REOPENED AFTER FATAL ACCIDENT NEAR TURBOTVILLE
A Northumberland County roadway has reopened after a fatal vehicle crash after 4pm last night blocked the travel lanes near Turbotville.  According to Milton State Police, 21 year-old Brett Nicholas Stuart of Danville was ejected from his 2016 Ford Fusion after losing control on Route 54 at a high rate of speed,  striking a guide rail, and rolling several times. Stuart’s passenger, 19 year old Max John Moynan, of Washingtonville was entrapped in the car after the wreck and was seriously injured.  Both men were lifeflighted from the scene.  Stuart was pronounced dead at Geisinger Medical Center and Moynan is reported to be in serious condition.  According to the Daily Item, Fire and rescue personnel from the Warrior Run Fire Company responded and blocked Route 44 near Turbotville until about 10pm.
THREE CAR CRASH SENDS SIX TO THE HOSPITAL
A 3 car crash in Coal Township sent 6 people to the hospital Sunday.  Police say the wreck happened east of Excelsior on Route 901 around 1pm Sunday when 26 year old Shawn Spotts of Mount Carmel allegedly hydroplaned, causing another vehicle to roll over and then hitting a third vehicle head-on.  Coal Township police told the Daily Item that Spotts, the driver of the first vehicle hit, Owen Corrigan of Ashland, his wife and two children plus another driver,  were all wearing seat belts and they were taken to Geisinger and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

GAS PRICES IN PA HAVE GONE UP
The national average of gasoline prices has dropped for 7 weeks but now, prices are up over 4 cents per gallon in the past week in Pennsylvania. According to the latest report from gasbuddy.com, PA gas prices PA gas prices are also 1 cent per gallon higher than they were a month and a half ago. Authorities say prices jumped thanks to an anticipated drop in oil inventories.  The lowest gas prices in Williamsport are reported at 2.69.

FUNDRAISING FOR SCHOOL LUNCH BALANCES
Two Pennsylvania business women have raised almost 20 thousand dollars through a Go Fund Me Page to pay off student lunch debt in the Carlisle Area School District.  According to the Carlisle Sentinel, district officials said 572 students have negative balances, totaling almost 22 thousand dollars.  The fund raiser kicked off December 19th and at last official check, has raised $19 ,269.27.  Moving forward, the woman will introduce ideas to keep the debt down – but for now, they are grateful for the generosity of others.  The Carlisle lunch prices are 3.10 at the local elementary and secondary schools.

MAN PASSED OUT AT BUS STOP ARRESTED
A man recognized by police with a history of using and overdosing drugs, was found passed out at a city bus stop in possession of PCP or “angel dust”. According to the Sun Gazette, Stephen Donavan Moore III, was sitting on a bench at the bus stop near West Edwin and Campbell Streets in October or 2019 with his head back like he was sleeping.  Police say he smelled like PCP, had a marijuana blunt with him and had ashes and alleged drug residue on his person.  Police say Moore was charged December 17th with possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, public drunkenness.  Moore’s unsecured bail was set at $2,500.

POLICE SEEKING INFORMATION ON HOT DOG THIEF
Police are still looking for information about a person who stole 24 cases of hot dogs from a parked truck in Northumberland County. The Daily Item reports that State police in Milton said the Bryan Hotdogs were taken from a parked truck overnight along N. Ridge and Broadway roads in Turbotville between  Sunday, December 22nd  to Monday December 23rd.  Police said the hot dogs were worth $240.  Anyone with information should call State Police.

PA DMV CLOSED NEW YEAR’S DAY
Penn DOT is reminding residents that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Wednesday, New Year’s Day.  Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov. There are no additional fees for using online services.

WILLIAMSPORT SUN GAZETTE NAMES PERSON OF 2019
In the last part of a series featuring candidates for the 9th Annual Person of the Year, the Williamsport Sun Gazette today featured the recipient of the honor for 2019.  Williamsport Area High School Senior Zoe Wagner was aptly named for her efforts, for  raising over 20 thousand dollars for the Make-a-Wish Foundation during her high school years through concerts and other philanthropy.  While she was serving, Zoe was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2015 and was herself a Wish Kid.  Now cancer-free, Zoe told the Sun Gazette that she loves giving back and that going through cancer has changed her for the better.

Sports
NBA
Wizards beat the Heat 123 to 105, Hawks over Magic 101 to 93, Timberwolves beat the Nets 122 to 115, Bucks over the Bulls 123 to 102, Jazz over the Pistons 104 to 81, Suns beat the Trailblazers 122 to 116.
NHL
Senators beat the Penguins 5 to 2
HS Girls Basketball
Lewisburg beat Jersey Shore 48-36
HS Boys Basketball
St. John Neumann edged Wellsboro 94 to 90 in OT, Wilkes-Barre over Williamsport 64-46, Lewisburg over Mifflin County 68 to 46, Canton beat Montgomery 56 to 31, Loyalsock over Southern Columbia 86 to 34, North Penn Mansfield beat Wellsville 59 to 54

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