BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 21, 2020

BOIL-WATER ADVISORY LIFTED
The boil-water advisory that was in place in Loyalsock Township after a water main break earlier this week has been lifted.  According to a statement by the Williamsport Water and Sewer Authority after the repair of the water main, crews flushed the system to correct the problem and according to the Sun Gazette, test results say the water is safe.  Over 300 customers along the 1800 block of Northway Road were affected by the advisory which was officially over before noon yesterday.

MIDDLEBURG BANK ROBBER SENTENCED
A man who robbed a bank in Middleburg in 2016 will serve several related sentences for crimes he committed concurrently for up to 20 years.  According to Snyder county authorities, Gregory Null admitted to stealing money from a Middleburg bank and then fleeing to Georgia where he was captured.  Null was also convicted of a few other felonies including carrying a firearm without a license.    Judge Michael Hudock imposed the 6-20 year sentence.

REHAB FACILITY IN SUNBURY WILL ALSO CLOSE
Along with the UPMC Hospital in Sunbury closing March 31st , the Sunbury Community Health and Rehabilitation facility will also close.  The closure puts 20 employees out of work and there will be a relocation of about 21 residents. According to the Daily Item, the rehab center on the second floor of UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury, 350 N. 11th St., is owned by Kling Health Services who originally expected to complete a 20 year lease.  According to President David Klingerman, with the pending sale of the building, it was in the best interest of the residents to discontinue operations there.

WILLIAMSPORT NEWSPAPER ARCHIVES TO BE DIGITIZED
A searchable newspaper archive will be available at the James V. Brown Library by the end of the summer after the digitizing process of the local publications has begun.  According to library administrators, searches before this needed to done using specific dates, but with the new content available from 414 reels of microfilm, it will be searchable using natural language and key words.  According to the Sun Gazette, the first of the reels will be available by March 30th.  Publications include editions of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, the Grit and other publications from 1807 until now.

MORRIS WOMAN PLEADS NO CONTEST TO MANSLAUGHTER
A Morris woman has put in a plea of no contest to involuntary manslaughter this week in the death of Luke Beatty in August 2018.  According to the Sun Gazette, police say 23 year old Fallon Mae Davis hit Luke Beatty in his Lewis Township driveway with her car causing massive injuries and didn’t call for emergency crews to help him, instead calling a friend who had been drinking in Williamsport with the pair earlier in the day. Davis has a sentencing hearing April 20th in front of President Judge Nancy Butts, who will consider the plea deal of two and a half to five years in prison.

FELONY PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE FOR LOCK HAVEN MAN
A Lock Haven man faces 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to a felony count of child pornography.  According to North Central PA dot com, 37 year old Michael S. Grenninger admitted in US Middle District Court  to offering an undercover agent posing as a 12 year old girl money for sex in 2016 in Lock Haven.  Other counts of possession of child pornography charges are expected to be withdrawn at Grenninger’s next hearing which is not yet set.

NEW FOOTBALL COACH FOR SHIKELLAMY
A former Danville Football coach will join the Shikellamy Braves as their new coach this year.  According to District Superintendent Dr. Jason Bendle, there was a special meeting last night for the school board to hire Jim Keiser by a vote of 6-3.  According to the Daily Item, Bender said Keiser was the successful candidate out of multiple candidates for the job,  Keiser coached for 10 years at Danville.

POLICE CHIEF ASKS COUNCIL FOR GRANT FUNDS TO HIRE SRO
Chief of Police Damon Hagan addressed City Council in a packed Michael Ross Event room in the first of the meetings held at the Trade and Transit Centre II.  According to the Sun Gazette, Hagan asked the administration to seek a federal grant available through the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Hiring Grant Program, to help to pay a majority of costs to get a second full-time school resource officer into the Williasmport Area School District .  Hagan said the grant includes having the city pay 25 percent of the costs over three years and a full payment for the fourth year for the full-time officer.  Councilwoman Liz Miele and six others approved the police request with questions going forward.

YMCA AND SPECIAL OLYMPIC TEAM UP
Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) and the River Valley Regional YMCA will increase fitness and training opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities. Starting  March 1, 2020, the partnership will connect athletes with six YMCA facilities in Williamsport, Muncy, Jersey Shore, Lock Haven, Mansfield and Towanda.  According to  a press release from the River Valley YMCA,  Special Olympians can struggle to find suitable locations to train and host local competitions year round. For more information about the partnership between the River Valley Regional YMCA and more than 30 other YMCA facilities in Pennsylvania go to specialolympicspa.org.

Sports
HS Boys Basketball
District 4 Class AAA Quarterfinals – Hughesville beat Troy 64-46, Warrior Run beat Mount Carmel 65-54, Central Columbia defeated Wellsboro 74-62,  and in AAAA Athens  over Montoursville 52-45
HS Girls Basketball
Mifflinburg beat Jersey Shore 46-34 in District 4 Class AAAA playoffs
NBA
Bucks beat the Pistons 126 to 106, Hawks beat the Heat 129 to 124, Hornets beat the Bulls 103 to 93, 76ers beat the Nets 112 to 104, Kings beat the Grizzlies 129 to 125, Rockets beat the Warriors 135 to 105
NHL
Maple Leafs beat the Penguins 4 to nothing, Devils beat the Sharks 2 to 1, Canadiens beat the Capitals 4-3, Flyers beat the Blue Jackets 4-3, Jets over the Senators 5 to 1, Blues beat the Coyotes 1-nothing, Golden Knights beat Lightning 5 to 3, and Kings beat Panthers 5 to 4

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