BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 26, 2020

PENN COLLEGE STUDENT FOUND SAFE
The student at Penn College who was reported missing by family and friends and  seen over the last few days by witnesses and Police has been found safe.  According to North Central PA dot com, Joshua Lane Stanley, a freshman, left campus on foot to meet a friend last Sunday evening despite having a car on campus Penn College which concerned those who knew him.  Stanley told police he went to visit a friend in Penn State and is at this time reunited with family.

THREE TENANTS RESCUED FROM FIRE
Williamsport firefighters rescued 3 men from third floor apartments after a fire that broke out Monday morning in the 300 block of Park Avenue.  According to the Sun Gazette, firefighters arrived on the scene after 2:30am and people were yelling from the back of the building. Two roommates were pulled from a smoke filled room to the fire escape, and a third tenant was taken by the city’s tower truck through the apartment window.  He is now being treated for minor injuries and smoke inhalation.  According to City fire officials 16 people were displaced by the blaze in the 12 unit apartment complex that sustained heat and smoke damage throughout the first floor.

CITY COUNCIL SEEKINGANSWERS FOR CITY HALL COMPLIANCE
Williamsport City Council is working toward finding answers about what avenue to take about staying in City Hall or finding another option.  According to the Sun Gazette, Mayor Derek Slaughter said that an ad hoc committee to find the most economical answers may be created soon, so that options and costs can be assessed.  According to city administrators, until they have answers on how to make City Hall accessible for citizens for disabilities, public meetings are all to be held at Trade and Transit Centre II

NEW SUPERINTENDENT AT SELINSGROVE
elinsgrove School district has a new superintendent after a Tuesday night approval at the Selinsgrove school district board meeting.  Following the resignation of current superintendent Chad Cohrs at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, Dr. Frank Jankowski will be installed as district superintendent on July 11th.  The vote was 5-0 for Dr. Jankowski who came from the Muncy school district both as a building principal and a teacher and has been in the Selinsgrove School district for two years as assistant superintendent.

MAN TELLS POLICE HE HIT VICTIM WITH A GUN
A man from Williamsport has been charged with several counts after police say he was in an argument and a gun he was holding misfired.  According to North Central Pa dot com, 31 year old Derrick Ponds was identified as the alleged shooter at a home on Memorial Avenue.  Ponds called 911 himself to report  the incident, and  told police that he hit a victim with a gun he had found while walking to the property.  Police found evidence of a shooting and arrested Ponds.  He was taken to Lycoming County Prison on Feb. 10 in lieu of $95,000 bail with a formal arraignment scheduled for March 9th.

MIDDLEBURG FIRE STARTED AFTER STOVE CLEANING
A man cleaning his pellet stove may have caused a fire that damaged the first and second floors of his Middleburg home yesterday.  According to the Daily Item, the homeowner Larry Campbell was left temporarily homeless after embers may have caught some children’s toys on fire and started the blaze.  The fire marshall will investigate today to confirm.  Several blocks of Main street in Middleburg were closed last night when fire companies from Middleburg, Kreamer, Penns Creek,  Shamokin Dam and Mifflinburg were on the scene after 7:30pm.

FIRST SUPERVISED INJECTION CLINIC TO OPEN IN PA
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Pennsylvania will next week open the nation’s first supervised-injection site in an effort to combat the opioid epidemic in South Philadelphia. The nonprofit, Safehouse, will open the site, and announce details of their plan at a news conference today.   A federal judge entered a final ruling yesterday that the proposed facility would not violate federal law. Sources familiar with the decision confirmed that the site would operate out of Constitution Health Plaza, 1930 S. Broad St., near Passyunk Avenue. The site would have a separate entrance for its clients.

LOCAL HOSPITALS ARE READY FOR THE CORONA VIRUS
Two Lewisburg hospitals have told local media outlets that they are prepared and have emergency plans ready in case of an outbreak of the Coronavirus.  Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, and Evangelical Community Hospital say they check for updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who said Tuesday that there were 53 confirmed cases in the U.S..   Dr. Mark Shelly, epidemiologist and director of infection control for Geisinger, said Geisinger has held meetings to discuss possible scenarios and emergency planning. Matt Exley, Evangelical’s emergency preparedness coordinator, said the hospital is part of the North Central Health Care Coalition of hospitals and other medical care services in seven counties that could provide backup to the hospital.

Sports
NBA
Pacers beat the Hornets 119-80, Bucks beat the Raptors 108 to 97, Thunder beat the Bulls 124 to 122, Nuggets beat the Pistons 115 to 98, Celtics beat the Trailblazers 118 to 106,  Lakers beat the Pelicans 118 to 109, Kings over the Warriors 112 to 94
NHL
Flames beat the Bruins 5-2, Canucks beat the Canadiens 4 to 3, Maple Leafs beat Lightning 4 to 3, Rangers over the Islanders 4 to 3, Flyers beat the Sharks 4-2, Capitals beat the Jets 4-3, Stars over the Hurricanes 4-1, Devils beat the Red Wings 4-1, Blues over the Blackhawks 6-5, Predators beat the Senators 3-2, Wild over Blue Jackets 5-4, Panthers beat the Coyotes 2-1, Ducks beat the Oilers 4-3
HS Boys Basketball District 4 Class AAA Semifinals
Loyalsock beat Hughesville 61-46, Central Columbia beat Warrior Run 63-50
Men’s Basketball
Lancaster Bible defeated Penn College 77-73
Men’s Lacrosse
Ithaca beat Lycoming 17-5,
Women’s Lacrosse
Bloomsburg beat Lock Haven 10-7

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