BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MARCH 9, 2020

UNION COUNTY FIRE DISPLACES 3RD STREET TENANTS
A fast moving fire happened in Lewisburg Sunday.  Union County Fire officials say that an apartment fire began at 25 North 3rd Street after the occupant left a pan on the stove and left the home.   According to the Daily item the grease fire that started in 26 year old Leif McGeehan’s kitchen, caused heavy damage to the second-floor apartment and part of the attic.  The William Cameron Engine Company Chief Jamie Blount said the six people occupying the five apartments escaped unharmed and that everyone evacuated the building safely.  There was minor smoke damage from the fire and crews working there shut down parts of  3rd Street just after 11 am and cleared out about 3 hours later.  The fire was ruled an accident.

COUNCIL APPROVES DEMOTION OF OFFICER
City Council has voted unanimously on the penalty to demote a city seargeant after a confidential disciplinary hearing was held with the Council and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 29.  According to the Sun Gazette, City Council officials said Dustin Reeder formerly a sergeant was suspended without pay for 30 days and reduced to the rank of patrolman.  The nature of Reeder’s alleged offense is confidential and handled through Civil Service provisions.

TREE REMOVAL IN BRADFORD COUNTY THIS WEEK
A PennDOT contractor, will a tree removal project today along Grange Road, approximately one-half mile northwest of the Route 414 and Route 3013 intersection, in Franklin Township, Bradford County.  The contractor will be performing selective tree cutting, removal, and trimming using daylight signing with flaggers. The trees are being removed in preparation for a bridge replacement, which will start in April and May of 2020, during which time a detour using Route 414 and Route 3009 will be in place.  The tree removal is expected to take two to three weeks to complete.

STUDENTS COMPETE IN INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT
The North Central Regional Odyssey of the Mind competition that included 28 area schools was Saturday in Berwick, one of 6 regional tournaments across the state.  According to the Sun gazette, more than 350 students competed on 57 teams and 28 teams qualified to advance to sTates in April at Lock Haven.  Odyssey of the Mind is an international competition that involves teams of up to seven students working on one of 5 long term problems.  Winning teams are from a host of Lycoming county schools – Full results are available at ncpaodyssey.org.

WOMAN DIES AFTER  IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY WRECK
A Point Township woman has died from injuries sustained in a crash Thursday night in  Northumberland County.  According to the Union County Coroner, 37-year-old Natasha Lalchan died Friday at Geisinger Medical Center. The crash happened on the Old Danville Highway Thursday night where Lalchan suffered from multiple injuries just before midnight Thursday in the 700 block of Old Danville Highway. Police say Lalchan was not wearing a seat belt and toxicology reports are pending.

SIX CORONAVIRUS CASES IN PA
Governor Wolf announced Friday morning that there are confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Pennsylvania  and officials are tracking down those who had contact with them.  According to  the Pennsylvania Department of Health.  According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, 6 presumed positive coronavirus cases have been identified in Pennsylvania. Four are in Montgomery County, one is in Delaware County, and one is in Wayne County.  New Jersey has also reported six presumed positive coronavirus cases, including one in Cherry Hill .  Despite a statistic from world health officials, the fatality rate of coronavirus is almost lower than 3.4%. The virus has infected around 100,000 people worldwide and killed over 3,400, the vast majority of them in China and more than half of those infected have recovered.

DUBOISTOWN AND SOUTHSIDE POLICE OFFICIALLY MERGE
The file records, equipment and all personal items of the former Duboistown police department have been relocated into a South Williamsport Borough substation as of the end of last week.  The public safety director for South Williamsport told the Sun Gazette that there is still work being done at the Duboistown substation since some detectives can still work on cases there.  The record management systems for both departments can be accessed from South Williamsport and some information must be kept in Duboistown for future legal proceedings.

LOCAL CHEF TO COMPETE ON COOKING SHOW
A  Susquehanna Valley chef will be competing this summer on the tv show Hell’s Kitchen with Gordon Ramsey .  Harrisburg native Drew Tingley show was chosen to compete in the show taped last year.  According to PennLive, Tingley is in a preview clip of the upcoming season while he competes in the kitchen.  He now works as a line cook at Ard’s Farm in Lewisburg.

 Sports
NBA
Nets beat the Bulls 110 to 107, Pelicans beat the Timberwolves 120 to 107, Lakers beat the Clippers 112 to 103, Thunder over the Celtics 105 to 104, Suns over the Bucks 140 to 131, Heat over the Wizards 100 to 89, Pacers beat the Mavericks 112 to 109, Magic beat Rockets 126 to 106, Cavaliers beat the Spurs 132 to 129, Knicks beat the Pistons 96 to 84, Raptors over the Kings 118 to 113
NHL
Hurricanes beat the Penguins 6-2, Red Wings over Lightning 5 to 4, Golden Knights beat the Flames 5 to 3, Blues over Blackhawks 2-nothing, wild beat the Ducks 5-4, Blue Jackets over Canucks 2-1, and Avalanche beat the Sharks 4-3
College wrestling
Jared Siegrist became Lock Haven University‘s first Mid-American Conference champion he was 4 and 0 and won th 174 pound title and one of four teamates who qualify for the NCAA championships – Those brackets and seeds TBA March 11 announced on NCAA.com
HS Wrestling
PIAA Class AA State Champions
The Warriors finished 2nd in the team standings 106 – Freshman Branden Wetzel, Montoursville,  120 – Senior Sheldon Seymour – Troy is a 2 time state champion, 195 – Senior Gaige (gage) Garcia – of Southern Columbia was Named Outstanding Wrestler of tournament  and 220 – Senior Cameron Wood – Montoursville ** For first time in school history, Montoursville crowns multiple state champs in one season
P IAA class AAA
Derick Kean advanced from Central Mountain over Upper Darby to secure a medal in states .
HS Basketball – Friday
Boys PI-AA Class AAAA
Montoursville Warriors beat Nanticoke 66-51 winning the first state playoff game since 1985 and will play three time defending state championship Imhotep in Tuesday’s second round.
Boys Class A
Saint John Neumann beat Conestoga 79-70
HS Basketball Girls- Friday
PIAA class AAA
Loyalsock defeats Notre Dame-GreenPond 57-53 in the first round Friday night – They play Tuesday in the 2nd Round against West Catholic
Men’s Basketball – Friday
NCAA Division III Elmhurst beat Lycoming 97-73

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