BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 20, 2020

FLIGHTS TO CHARLOTTE BEGIN THIS SUMMER
Executives from the Williamsport to Charlotte North Carolina told Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce board of directors  that American has agreed to begin service including a business class flight to Charlotte North Carolina starting August 18th.  According to the Sun Gazette, residents must use the service for it to continue to be available.  According to the airport executive director, Richard Howell, Charlotte is the most popular hub in the world in terms of profitability. American Airlines did a study in the second quarter of 2019 in 56 zip codes and found 664 people fly daily from the area and many in the area use Harrisburg international. Howell asked board members to help market the new service. On Aug. 17, American Airlines will cease flights to Philadelphia.

GUNS STOLEN FROM HOME
There is an investigation into to the theft of firearms in Picture Rocks.  State police have reported that fire arms were stolen from a home at the 36 hundred block of Kehrer Hill Road in Mill Creek Township.  According to the state police reports, the guns belonged to Michael Stabler and were taken from his home between the end of January and early February.  If you have information, call state police.

FORMER SECRETARTY CHARGED WITH THEFT OF FUNDS
A former secretary at Montoursville High School has been charged with felony theft, theft by deception and receiving stolen property after allegedly using over 10 thousand dollars of student raised funds for her own personal expenses.  According to the Sun Gazette, Jimi Sue Wodrig of Hughesville, was newly hired late last school year and was responsible for depositing special high school activity monies into an account at Muncy Bank and Trust.  Police say Wodrig began taking money in July and continued until early November when high school officials discovered the money missing and she was terminated.  Wodrig was arraigned in district court and is free on bail.

LOYALSOCK MARCHING BAND IS RECOGNIZED
The Loyalsock Township High School Lancer Marching Band has been recognized for breaking all of the school records for competition scoring, including setting the highest competition score ever achieved in school history and best placement at Atlantic Coast Championship. Band director Ryan Bulgarelli told the sun gazette that the Lancer Marching Band will be recognized on the floor of the Pennsylvania State Congress in February and will perform at Disney World in April.

BODY FOUND IN CAR IN DANVILLE
No other details are being released about a deceased person found in a car Tuesday night in Danville, except that foul play is not suspected.  According to the Daily Item, the Montour County Coroner said the body of a woman was found by Danville police in a car outside the entrance of the Hess Recreation Area.  The police have not released the identity of the woman since the next of kin are being notified.  Mahoning Township police assisted at the scene.

FORMER INMATE SUES PRISON
A former inmate at the Lycoming County Prison has accused the facility of neglecting to treat injuries caused during his arrest by two Williamsport Police Officers in 2017 for alleged narcotics possession.  According to North Central PA dot com, Elijah Gamon said he had a spinal injury that was aggravated by the excessive force during the altercation and he suffers nerve damage now.  Gamon says two Wiliamsport Bureau of Police Officers who have been scrutinized before for body slamming a suspect, injured him.  Gamon is asking for $500,000 total in monetary and punitive damages.

SCHOOL AND POLICE MAKE RESOURCE OFFICER AGREEMENT
The Williamsport Area School Board met this week and approved an agreement for a school resource officer with the Williamsport Bureau of Police.  According to the Sun Gazette, at the board meeting Tuesday, the district said they will split the cost of the service with the city.  The agreement states that the school will pay half the salary and benefits for officers as they are assigned throughout the district.

LOGISTICS BUSINESS COMING TO MILTON
A logistics company has announced it will move into the area.  According to Penn Live, Family-owned Patton Logistics Group of Milton bought the 200,000 square-foot former Grizzly Industrial Inc. distribution center adjacent to the Lycoming Mall west of Muncy for 6 million dollars.  They expect to use the facility soon.  According to president Steve Patton, the company also has a 200,000-square-foot facility in Columbus, Ohio, and a 250,000 square-foot warehouse in Milton. Two more warehouses with a total capacity of 275,000 square feet are planned for Milton.
Sports
NHL
Rangers beat the Blackhawks 6 to 3, Stars beat the Coyotes 3 to 2, Bruins beat the Oilers 2 to 1, Avalanche over the Islanders 3 to 1, Panthers over the Ducks 4-1, and Wild beat the Canucks 4 to 3
Women’s basketball
Bucknell beat Holy Cross 63-45, Lock Haven beat Bloomsburg 68-53, East Stroudsburg over Mansfield 61-47,
Men’s Basketball
Lock Haven beat Bloomsburg 87-76, East Stroudsburg beat Mansfield 74-56
HS Boys Basketball
Canton beat North East Bradford 52-47 in OT in the District 4 Class AA Quarterfinals and Wyalusing beat South Williamsport 44-33

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