BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 27, 2020

MAN TO BE TRIED FOR MANSLAUGHTER AFTER TODDLER DEATH
A man has been held for court after his preliminary hearing this week in Lycoming County in the death of the son of his former girlfriend.  According to the Sun Gazette, Jason Forsyth allegedly struck 19 month old Ky’Mani Moore at their home in Old Lycoming Township  in December of 2018, and according to testimony, the toddler sustained blunt force injuries.  The child’s mother discovered her son’s body and called 911 and the baby was pronounced dead at Williamsport Regional.  District Judge William Solomon has ruled that Forsyth will face all charges related to manslaughter in this case, but there are separate device fraud offenses between him and the child’s mother that occurred on a later date

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 the 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.

WINTER WEATHER AND WIND TODAY
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting motorists that a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Central Pennsylvania. PennDOT is prepared and will be performing winter services throughout the area. The cold front that came through last night will end but the falling temperatures combined with strong gusty winds could cause brief white out conditions as well as slippery and dangerous road conditions.

SCHOOL BOARD MAY NEED TO RAISE TAXES
During a work session Tuesday, Montoursville School Board officials have announced that through over spending on the budget this year, reserve funds may be depleted which could force the schools to raise taxes up to or past the index. According to Superintendent Christina Bason, required costs in special education, transportation and cyber charter schools, have all exceeded the  budget.  According to the Sun Gazette, board members said the schools may have to raise taxes substantially to avoid cutting positions.

MAN WHO FLED TO UNION COUNTY FROM POLICE CHARGED
After a police chase last weekend along route 15 from South Williamsport to the Union County line, Pennsylvania State Police at Montoursville arrested 22 year old Khalil R. Saunders, of Wilkes-Barre and took two other underage passengers into custody.  Police said they attempted to pull  Saunders over for speeding without headlights on and he continued on.  SaUnders hit several barriers and an intersection island in Gregg Township and after crashing all occupants fled on foot from the scene.  Saunders was charged with several counts including a felony for attempting to elude an officer, and was denied his bail during his arraignment.. His preliminary hearing is March 2.  His passengers were not arrested.

INTERSTATE REOPENED AFTER TRACTOR TRAILER ACCIDENT
Penn DOT has released information that a tractor trailer crashed that closed both lanes of I-80 west in Lewis Township reopened this morning around 5:15am.  Both lanes of the westbound  roadway was blocked for about 30 minutes after the accident occurred, according to highway officials.  The accident occurred around mile marker 196 in Union County.

PA HEALTH DEPARTMENT PREPARING FOR THE CORONAVIRUS
Pennsylvania has announced an update to flu plans as the United States faces threats from the Coronavirus spreading worldwide.  According to the Pennsylvania health secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, that monitoring and testing of travelers from China is continuing.  According to the If a case is confirmed within Pennsylvania, the state has supplies of personal protective equipment prepared. The Health Department reports that they have shared emergency preparedness information with health workers, businesses and schools.

MANSFIELD ALUMNI CHOSEN FOR FIELD HOCKY WORLD CUP TEAM
A Mansfield University Alumni-Athletic Hall of Famer has been chosen for the Women’s over-35 Field Hockey Master’s Team to compete at the 2020 FIH Masters World Cup.  According to a press release by Mansfield University, Heather Long of Pottsville is one of 2 goal-keepers who will compete in Nottingham, England, from August 8 to 17.  Long was also selected in 2018.  The team has 18 members from eight different states.

Sports
NBA

Hornets beat the Knicks 107 to 101, Cavaliers beat the 76ers 108 to 94, Wizards beat the Nets 110 to 106, Timberwolves beat Heat 129 to 126, Magic over the Hawks 130 to 120, Rockets beat the Grizzlies 140 to 112, Mavericks over the Spurs 109 to 103, Clippers over the Suns 102 to 92, and Celtics beat Jazz 114 to 103
NHL
Avalanche beat Sabers 3 to 2, Golden Knights beat Oilers 3-nothing, Kings beat Penguins 2 to 1
HS Girls Basketball
Loyalsock beat Central Columbia 51-38 in the District 4 Class AAA Semifinals, and Bloomsburg beat Warrior Run 53-31.  Bloomsburg now plays Loyalsock in the state tournament.  Warrior Run will play Central Columbia in the third-place game.
HS Boys Basketball
District 4 Class AAAA
Danville beat Jersey Shore 73 to 29,  Danville plays Montoursville for the title Saturday.
Class A Semi-finals
Sayre beat Canton 62-50
Men’s basketball
Bucknell beat Colgate 71 to 70, East Stroudsburg defeated Lock Haven 92-83
Women’s Basketball
Lock Haven beat East Stroudsburg 60 to 48

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