BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 18, 2020

WATER MAIN BREAK PROMPTS A BOIL-WATER ADVISORY
A water main break occurred on Monday night in Loyalsock Township on Northway Rd., south of Four Mile drive and has brought on a boil water advisory for the area and a closure for area schools. According to a press release by the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority following the repair, there is a boil water advisory for customers on Northway road between Four Mile and  Loyalsock Drive, and on Loyalsock Drive from Northway road to Fredna Avenue.  Find information on the full boil water notification at wmwa dash wsa.org which shows a map of homes in the affected area.  According to the Authority, customers will be notified when the advisory is lifted.  Loyalsock Area Schools are closed today.

SCHOOL INVESTIGATES ALLEGED STUDENT MADE VIDEO Administrators at the Jersey Shore Area School District have released a statement about what is being called a “racist and vulgar” video allegedly made by district students, depicting them repeating a racist chant. According to the Sun Gazette, an investigation has begun and the matter will be addressed according to district policy when students are back in school today.  In the statement, it was noted that the incident is not a true reflection of the district or community.  Officials will determine if it was made in a Jersey Shore classroom today.

PURPLE PAINT MEANS NO TRESPASSING
A purple paint law has gone into effect this week after Governor Tom wolf signed it into law last November.  It states that landowners can use purple paint instead of signs to mark private land and no trespassing. The use of Vertical purple lines in a specific distance from the ground will define the boundary of an adjoining private property that’s posted against trespassing. The same House Bill 1772 will allow anyone who is unarmed to retrieve a hunting dog on private land.

COUNTERFEIT MONEY USED IN SNYDER COUNTY
State police are investigating an incident in which counterfeit money was used at a restaurant in Snyder County.  According to state troopers, the incident happened earlier in February at a restaurant in Hummels Wharf when someone used counterfeit 100 dollar bills.  According to witnesses the suspects left in a white vehicle, possibly a Nissan sentra.  If you have information on the transaction, please call state police.

MAN SENTENCED FOR TAX EVASION AFTER EMBEZZLEMENT
A man from State College has been sentenced this week for tax evasion charges after allegedly embezzling over 800 thousand dollars from Number One Cycle Centre in Centre County.  According to the North Central PA dot com, Jeremy Snyder, 43, of State College, was sentenced to 18 months  imprisonment and 2 years probation.  Officials say Snyder never paid taxes on the funds he took resulting in penalties and fines over 200 thousand dollars.  The IRS investigated the case.

ROBBER FLEES SCENE, CAUGHT BY POLICE
A man from Jersey Shore has been sentenced to county jail after pleading guilty to felony criminal trespass following a break-in at a Mifflin Township home.  According to State Troopers, 33 year old Dacota B. Clarke, 33,broke into a home on Little Pine Road on March 7, 2018 and was caught by the home owner while inside.  Clarke ran to a nearby home covered in mud and received hilp with a ride and use of a phone.  Police tracked Clarke down after a brief investigation. Clarke has been charged with simple assault in Centre County and theft in Clinton County

TROUT STOCKING SCHEDULE RELEASED
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has released the trout stocking schedule for 2020, and the commission plans to stock about 70%  of 60,000 brood fish, in the preseason and the other 30% will be stocked in-season.  Brood fish are14- to 20-inch-long, hatchery-raised rainbow, brown and brook trout.  Golden rainbow trout will also be stocked in both the preseason and in-season. The 2019 season will open Saturday, March 23 with the Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day program

GAS PRICES ARE GOING UP IN PA
Gas prices are going up again in the Susquenhanna Valley, according to gas buddy dot com, the lowest prices for as in Lycoming county come in at around 2.52 a gallon.  However, according to Energy source, the coronavirus scares did  hurt oil prices in recent weeks, but now prices have rebounded.  Gasoline prices are up 2.1 cents per gallon in The Valley, and e national average gasoline price has also risen 0.7 cents per gallon in the last week.

Sports
NASCAR – At the Daytona 500 Monday Denny Hamlin made an historic 2nd straight Daytona 500 victory in overtime but at the finish line, Ryan Newman flipped his Mustang in a fiery wreck and is in serious condition today – but not life-threatening, according to NASCAR officials.
Men’s Basketball
Bucknell beat Holy Cross 69-48
NHL
Flames beat the Ducks 6 to 4, the Coyotes beat the Islanders 2 to 1, Panthers over the Sharks 5 to 3, Golden Knights beat Capitals 3 to 2, Lightning over Avalanche 4 to 3

Today Sports

High School Basketball Playoffs begin tonite for District 4
Boys
Class A @7 – Meadowbrook Christian at St. John Neumann, @7:30 Bucktail at Northumberland Christian, and Lordes at Sullivan County
Girls
Class A @6 – Lordes at Sullivan County
Class AA @7 Cowanesque Valley at Mount Carmel, @7:30 Muncy at North Penn Mansfield, Montgomery at Southern Columbia, and Canton at South Williamsport

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