BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 19, 2020

VICTIM UPDATE FROM JERSEY SHORE FIRE
More details have come forth about the weekend fire at the Broadway Hotel on S. Broad St. in Jersey Shore.  According to the Sun Gazette, the Assistant chief of Citizen’s Hose Company, Ethan Goodbrod and Jeremy Frantz, rescued trapped tenant, Matthew White, from the third floor after smashing out an air conditioner and carrying him down the fire truck ladder.  Another tenant, Michael Spotts, who lived on the second floor, suffered burns on his hands and was treated by emergency crews after getting out of the building.  According to a family member, Spotts is at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville and is being treated with unknown injuries and White was treated at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown.  Damage estimates for the hotel are in excess of 200 thousand dollars according to one fire marshal investigating the scene the cause remains undetermined.

SUNBURY KITCHEN FIRE: NO INJURIES
There were no injuries in a kitchen fire in Sunbury yesterday thanks to the volunteer firefighters who were on the scene quickly.  Fire chief Brad Wertz Jr. told local media outlets that a kitchen fire began in a half-double along Lenker Avenue before 8pm Tuesday night and crews from each of the city’s departments responded and kept the fire from spreading.  Four occupants of the home got out in time and the American Red Cross has assisted the family.

GRANT FOR LEAF COLLECTION VEHICLE AND CARD SYSTEM
The Williamsport City Council finance committee has recommended that the city use a 280 thousand dollar grant for recycling improvements.  According to the SUN gazette, city officials obtained the grant through the State Department of Environmental Protection and will be used to install a card reader system so that residents with access can use the city brush pile at 1500 West  Third street 24/7. A leaf collection vehicle will also be purchased with the remainder of the funds.

MAYOR TO SPEAK AT MLK JR. DEDICATION
Mayor Derek Slaughter will give a keynote speech during a dedication ceremony tomorrow at Lycoming College, recognizing April 24, 1958, the day Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  addressed the college community in Clarke Chapel. A plaque will be presented that was funded by a Lycoming College alumnus who heard King speak. In a press release by the college,  Mayor Slaughter said he will speak on how Dr. King’s influence and legacy still resonates in the lives of everyday citizens in Williamsport.  The ceremony begins Thursday at 7pm at Clarke Chapel on campus.

JUVENILE CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
Charges have been filed in Northumberland County Juvenile Court after an incident between students in Coal Township.  According to the Daily Item, a 14 year old student at Shamokin Middle School stabbed another student with an X-acto knife blade on January 30th.  Police say the teen also threatened two others with the blade at the school and is charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

NO ANSWERS YET IN FATAL PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT
Media outlets continue to investigate the death of a Williamsport man who was killed while crossing West Fourth and Williams Streets in a wheelchair last autumn.  According to police reports, John Yarosz was struck and killed by an SUV last October 19th, but police are not releasing any more information 4 months after the incident.  According to the Sun Gazette, Police chief Damon Hagan told them that the DA must make the decision to release a statement if a crime has been committed.  Law enforcement officials say the investigation is ongoing.

POLICE WANT TO STRAMLINE VEHICLE FLEET
The Williamsport city council finance committee this week has recommended that the city police purchase 3 vehicles with budget money amounting to140 thousand dollars.  According to the Sun Gazette, Police Chief Damon Hagan told council he wants to streamline the vehicles on the force from 21 down to 18.  Hagan also got an approval for a memorandum of understanding resolution between the Williamsport Area School District and the police for a school resource officer.

BOY SCOUTS OK IN WILLIAMSPORT
According to a Statement by the executive of the Susquehanna Council of the Boy Scouts, Dennis Dugan, say local scouting is not at risk. Dugan said in a press release that local councils are separate and distinct from the national organization and that scouting will remain a source of lifelong benefits to youth and local  communities for generations. Recently the Boy Scouts of America filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy over sexual abuse lawsuits. Find out more about how local councils are now governed at www.BSArestructuring.org

Sports
District 4 PIAA Quarterfinals  
HS Girls Basketball

Sullivan County defeated Lordes 53-44 and will go to the Semi-finals and state tournament now, earning a 4th Straight PIAA berth.  South Williamsport beat Canton 49-22 and will move on to play Southern Columbia in the Class AA tournament, Muncy beat North-Penn Mansfield 43-39 in the quarterfinals of the District 4 Class AA Playoffs, and Southern beat Montgomery 63 to 33
HS Boys Basketball
Northumberland Christian beat Bucktail 84-69 in the 1st round of the District 4 Class A Playoffs, Sullivan County beat Lordes 71-49 earning an 8th District Semifinal and State Tournament appearance in 10 years, St. John Neumann over Meadowbrook Christian 69-45 in Class A playoffs
Men’s Basketball
Penn College over Galludet 92 to 60 earning its first ever and NEAC playoff berth last night  (NEAC playoffs start Tuesday), Illinois beat Penn State 62-56
Women’s Basketball Penn College over Galludet 85 to 80
NHL
Flyers beat the Blue Jackets 5-1 Penguins over the Maple Leafs 5 to 2, Red Wings beat the Canadiens 4 to 3, Senators beat the Sabres 7 to 4, Blues beat the Devils 3-nothing, Hurricanes over the Predators 4-1m Jets beat the Kings 6-3

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