BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 17, 2020

JERSEY SHORE HOTEL FIRE BEING INVSETIGATED
Pennsylvania State Police are still investigating a three alarm fire in Jersey Shore at the Broadway Hotel that burned out the top two floors of the building and injured two tenants.  According to witnesses, the fire started around 10pm and firefighters rescued one man from a top floor and another found on the front steps of the hotel who was burned. WNEP reported that two other tenants were displaced and helped by the Red Cross.  Over 15 fire companies responded to the blaze.

BELLEFONTE MAN SENTENCED
A man from Bellefonte was sentenced on February 7th in Lycoming County Court to 3 to 24months in jail, community service and restitution after breaking into a home in Mifflin township and stealing firearms.  According to North Central PA dot com, Caleb Aubrey Lazorka admitted to police that he entered a home in on Seely Run Road in September 2017 when  the owner was on vacation and took 3 guns and sold them.  Lazorka plead guilty to one third degree felony count of criminal trespass and carrying a firearm without a license.

WHITE DEER GOLF MADE MONEY LAST YEAR
Lycoming County Commissioners have reported a positive trend for the White Deer Golf Course that has finished out the year with finances in the black.  According to the Sun Gazette, operations were turned over to Billy Casper Golf  in 2016 and financially the complex has made large jumps turning over a 93 thousand dollar loss into a slight profit for 2019.  Officials said a $40 thousand infusion from the county helped begin a turning point they hope will be a trend in 2020.  County officials will still work to sell unused property at the course for future development.

SUNBURY HOSPITAL INCREASES SERVICES TO FILL GAP
Geisinger medical center has announced longer hours as well as evening and weekends to accommodate the public after closures at UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury as affect the community.  According to a press release, Geisinger Medical Center in Sunbury will open longer hours burt also will feature a virtual resource center with additional information online at Geisinger.org forward slash sunbury care. UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury is scheduled to fully close by March 31 but they have already closed the emergency room and stopped some services.

CATAWISSA BUSINESS FIRE SATURDAY
There was a serious fire in Catawissa that caused an evacuation of employees and dispatch of dozens of firefighters Saturday.  According to WNEP, a fire broke out about 6p.m. Saturday at Melick Aquafeed 139 S. First Street in Catawissa.  A passerby who k new employees there saw the flames, alerted them and then called in the blaze to 911.  A state police fire marshal is working to determine a cause today, but officials won’t go inside to investigate further due to 30 to 40 thousand pound beams hanging overhead in the structure unsecured and it’s unsafe.

MOTORIST GAVE FALSE ID, CHARGES FILED
Charges have been filed in District court against 25-year-old Kenneth Heileg of Sunbury after police say he was stopped for driving under the influence.  According to Selinsgrove State troopers, Heileg provided false identification when he was stopped and upon further investigation, police found controlled substances in his car.  Police also said Heileg showed signs of impairment during a field sobriety test.

FAYLOR LAKE INFO SESSION TONIGHT
Officials in Snyder County are hoping the public will weigh in on future work of Faylor Lake tonight at a meeting at the MACC in Beaver Springs.  According to  media reports, Faylor Lake is one the county’s top outdoor recreation spots one of three lakes built in the county in the early 1980’s.  Comissioners are hoping the public will come and look at the materials and offer suggestions, possible pursuing a Green Way and Open Space Plan in which a grant could be obtained through  DCNR.

SOIL REMDIATION PROJECT IN CHERRY TOWNSHIP
Motorists who travel Route 220 in Cherry Township, Sullivan County, are advised of a lane restriction due to a soil remediation project that will take place on Tuesday, February 18. According to PennDOT, traffic will be restricted to a single lane under daylight flagging, while the contractor works on the southbound side of Route 220, approximately one mile north of Dushore, in Cherry Township, Sullivan County.  The work is expected to take place on Tuesday, February 18, between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
Sports

NASCAR
The Daytona 500 was postponed until 4 PM today due to rain for the first time since 2012.

NBA
All-Star Game Team LeBron beat Team Giannis 157-155

NHL
Penguins beat the Red Wings 5 to 1, Bruins beat the Rangers 3 to 1, Oilers over the Hurricanes 4 to 3, Ducks beat the Canucks 5 to 1, Senators over the Stars 4 to 3, Devils beat the Blue Jackets 4 to 3, Predators over Blues 2 to 1, Sabres beat the Maple Leafs 5-2, Jets beat the Blackhawks 3 to 2,

Bucknell basketball star Mike Muscala had his college jersey retired Saturday night at halftime of Bucknell‘s game against American. According to the Sun Gazette, Muscala now with the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, is just the third men’s player to have his jersey retired. Number 33 now hangs in Sojka Pavilion.

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