BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MARCH 2, 2020

VICTIM DIES IN VIOLENT CRASH
A violent crash near Ralston killed one man Sunday when he went off the roadway and struck a tree  in McIntyre Township.  According to the Sun Gazette, police said Joseph Yuscavage was traveling south on Route 14 around noontime and lost control of his 2016 Hyundai Elantra.  Witnesses said the man ‘s car went airborne, striking a tree and sending debris into a yard.  Volunteer firefighters had to free Yuscavages body from the vehicle by removing the roof of the car.  The Lycoming County Chief deputy coroner pronounced the man dead at the scene.

THREE DISPLACED BY FIRE
A fire on Walnut Street Saturday has left three people without a place to live.  According to the Sun Gazette three unnamed tenants were alerted by a smoke detector of a small fire that started in the attic.  According to fire officials the blaze started in a second floor wall and got to the attic.  The Red Cross is assisting those who were affected by the weekend fire.  Police are investigating the cause.

PIPE BOMB DEVICE FOUND BY POLICE
A suspected explosive device was discovered and rendered safe Saturday morning at the Rails Trails area near Irondale Road, according to Bloomsburg police.  According to the News Item, the Pennsylvania State Police Hazardous Device and Explosive Section said the device was an improvised pipe bomb which will now be sent to the State police lab for further investigation.  The Bloomsburg Police Department is asking for help in the case – if you have information contact Sgt. Michael Fosse at 570-784-4155 Ext. 162.

GATEWAY PROJECT RESUMES TODAY
East Third Street will be closed between State Street and Basin Street in Williamsport today.  According to PennDOT, the Gateway Project is set to resume construction today and continue through August 18. All travel lanes will be closed during this time. A detour with alternative routes is in place as well as alternative routes to local businesses. The Gateway Project is a three-year, $10 million reconstruction project which partners the City of Williamsport, Lycoming College, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

IRATE PARENT CHARGED WITH DISORDERLY CONDUCT
Hughesville police say an irate parent has had charges filed against him after he caused a disturbance on Ashkar Elementary School property.  According to administrators, Charles Hoinowski became irate about text alerts concerning his children’s attendance and refused to leave the property when asked.  According to North Central Pa dot com, 47 year old Charles Hoinowski has been involved in previous incidents which led to the school attorney sending a letter requesting the man make an appointment before coming to the school.  Hoinowski later apologized, but has been charged with defiant trespass and disorderly conduct charges with a preliminary hearing March 13th.

ENVIRONMENTAL CHARGES FOR NORTHUMBERLAND MAN
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has indicted a Northumberland County Man jury on three violations of the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976.  According to a press release by the court, 73 year old Dennis Morgan faces charges after allegedly failing to provide a lead hazard pamphlet or warning and failed to retain records as required by the Code of Federal Regulations in violation of the Toxic Substances Control Act.  This provides the EPA with the authority for record-keeping and testing, and enforcing restrictions relating to chemical substances and or mixtures. The maximum penalty for each violation under federal law is 1 year of imprisonment, 1 year of supervised release, and a fine of $100,000.

PENNDOT REMOVING TREES ON ROUTE 220 THIS WEEK
There will be a tree removal project on Route 220 southbound starting tomorrow.  According to PennDOT there will be single lane closure  around the West 4th St. interchange, in Woodward Township.  A sub-contractor will be on site removing trees to clear for overhead utility relocation, this Tuesday, and Wednesday between 7am and 3pm.The right lane will be restricted while the work is being completed as part of the 220 Safety Corridor Project.

EASTER EGG HUNT SCHEDULED
Williamsport’s Easter Egg hunt has been scheduled, according to the office of Mayor Derek Slaughter.  According to the Sun Gazette, the annual event at Brandon Park will be March 28th at 2pm near the Dr. Kenneth Cooper bandshell.  It is open to all children up to the age of 10.  The city has asked the public to bring their own basket of bag this year, and the of course,  the Easter Bunny will be on hand.  Children will be separated in to 5 age divisions.  April 4th is the rain/snow date.

Sports
NASCAR

Alex Bowman came in first Sunday in Fontana, California for the Auto Club Speedway 400, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top 5.
NBA
Bucks beat the Hornets 93 to 85, Mavericks over the Timberwolves 111 to 91, Clippers beat the 76ers 136 to 130, Nuggets beat the Raptors 133 to 118, Kings with the Pistons 106 to 100, Lakers beat the Pelicans 122 to 114, and Wizards beat the Warriors 124 to 110
NHL
Flyers beat the Rangers 5 to 3, Flames beat the Panthers 3-nothing, Blue Jackets over the Canucks 5-3, Capitals over Wild 4 to 3, Devils beat the Ducks 3-nothing, Kings over the Golden Knights 4-1
HS Sports from the weekend
Montoursville is the District 4 Class AAAA Boys Basketball Champs defeating Danville 72-66 on Saturday
Consolation game – Athens beat Jersey Shore 79-70
District 4 AAA Girls Basketball Final
Bloomsburg  over Loyalsock 56 to 40 and Central Columbia beat Warrior Run 50 to 41 in the consolation game.  Shamokin over Mifflinburg 60-42, Danville beat Athens49-29

Northwest Regional Wresting Championship

Selinsgrove junior, Nat Schon, the defending state champion at 220 pounds was topped in the Class 3A match. He was edged by Erie Cathedral Preps’ Dorian Crosby in the final. Coy Bastian placed second at 160, and Ryan Aument was third at 195.

Milton’s Cyler Crawford won the Class 2A Northeast Regional 132-pound title over rival Noah Hunt of Warrior Run. Crawford was on of 5 Valley wrestlers to win gold medals. The other four came from Southern Columbia: Patric Edmondson, Wesley Barnes, Gaidge Garcia and Lear Quinton. In addition to Hunt, the other silver medalists were Southern’s Gavin Garcia and Cade Linn, and Line Mountain’s Jacob Feese.

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