BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MARCH 11, 2020

FATHER JAILED AFTER CHILD INGESTS HEROIN
A man already jailed and facing drug charges in Lycoming County has been arraigned on a new set of charges after his 2 year old daughter almost died from drinking Gatorade he said was laced with heroin.  According to WNEP Harry Walker’s daughter went unresponsive at her mother’s home on High St in Williamsport June 19th and was taken to Williamsport Regional where she was resuscitated.  Doctors found the presence of opiates in the girls system and later Walker admitted to family members that the drugs were in a drink the girl had consumed.  He was arraigned on new charges Tuesday and was recommitted to Lycoming County prison in lieu of 150 thousand dollars additional bail

NO CRIME FOR DRIVER WHO STRUCK MAN IN WHEELCHAIR
The Lycoming County District Attorney has made a decision regarding the case surrounding the accidental death of a man in a wheelchair who was killed while crossing Pine and West 4th Street in Williamsport .  According to the Sun Gazette, city police report that 55 year old Tyrone Dunn was driving an SUV before 1pm October 19th that hit 66 year-old John Yarosz in his motorized scooter and  he was dragged about 100 feet.  The DA says that he cannot find evidence of criminal intent involving the incident, however, Dunn was violating parole while driving in Williamsport since he was restricted to the Harrisburg area unless given permission to travel.  He has now been put in state prison.

SOCIALIST RALLY IN BRANDON PARK THIS SPRING
The National Socialist Movement has chosen Williamsport’s Brandon Park for a rally in April and Mayor Derek Slaughter has denounced the movement by countering it with a positive community event called “Dare to be Different”.  According to a news release by the mayor, the City of Williamsport will protect the Socilaist group’s First Amendment right to freedom of speech with a large law enforcement presence and several road closures on April 18th from noon til 4 while working hard to no disrupt the community.  There will be a town hall meeting to explain details of the event on March 17th at 7pm on the Penn College Campus

HOTEL TAX GIFT FOR 14 AREA GROUPS
The Lycoming County Visitors Bureau and Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce awarded a total of 135 thousand dollars to 14 local organizations for their role in bolstering tourism in our area.  According to the Sun gazette, all the organizations who were on hand to receive it, including the Community Arts Center, Hiawatha Inc and World of Little League Museum received the gift gratefully as key partners in the travel and tourism industry. The funds are allocated from the county hotel tax

ARSON CHARGES FILED AGAINS WILLIAMSPORT WOMAN
A city woman has been charged with arson after setting fires in her Washington Blvd. home because she was upset that her husband left her.  According to the Sun Gazette, police did a welfare check on Margaret Sabatino after reports came in that she had posted suicidal messages on social media, and found her allegedly intoxicated,  with walls and windows of the home charred and smoking from a fire still burning in the curtains on the first and second floor.  City firefighters responded and made sure the blaze was out.   Sabatino was arraigned Tuesday on felony charges of attempted arson and other related charges and committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $85,000 bail.

STATE POLICE SEARCH FOR ANTIQUE CAR VANDAL
State police are searching for suspects who did about 100 thousand dollars in damage to an antique vehicle warehouse in Centre County.  According to WTAJ, state police were called to a burglary in Rush Township at about 2 in the afternoon on March 6th .  After an investigation, several antique cars that were stored on the premises were damaged.  If you have information about the vandalism, please call state police.

AREA HOSPITAL ASKING VISITORS TO WEAR MASKS
Geisinger medical center has announced its limiting visitors in its hospitals and clinics. Geisinger says non-essential visitors, including vendors are not allowed to see patients when they’re feeling poorly. Essential visitors are asked to wear a mask at all times on hospital premises.  Geisinger patients with scheduled appointments are also asked to wear a mask at all times. Visitors will be able to get masks at the front desk of its’ facilities.

THIRTY HOUR FUNDRAISER STARTS TONIGHT
Raise the Region 2020 starts tonight at 6pm and is a 30-hour fundraiser that supports hundreds of non-profit organizations in a 6 county area in conjunction with First Community Foundation Partnership.  Non-profits compete for 1.5 million dollars in donations and also benefit from 150 thousand dollars of stretch funds made available by Blaise Alexander family dealerships.   Find out more details about specific non-profits participating til midnight tomorrow at raise the region.org
Sports
NBA

Celtics beat the Pacers 114 to 111, Wizards beat the Knicks 122 to 115, Bull’s over the Cavaliers 108 to 103, Rockets over the Timberwolves 117 to 111, Magic beat the Grizzlies 120 to 115, Spurs over the Mavericks 119 to 109, Trailblazers over the Suns 121 to 105, Clippers beat the Warriors 131 to 107, Nets over the Lakers 104 to 102
NHL
Maple Leafs beat Lightning 2 to 1, Predators over Canadiens 4-2, Penguins beat the Devils 5-2, Bruins blanked the Flyers 2-nothing, Hurricanes beat the Red Wings 5-2, Rangers beat the Stars 4-2, and Cannucks over the Islanders 5-4, Ducks beat the Senators 5-2
HS Boys Basketball

PIAA Class AAAA – Imhotep beat Montoursville 60 to 38
Class A – Southern Fulton beat St. John Neumann  59-57
HS Girls Basketball
PIAA Class AAA – West Catholic beat Loyalsock 62-39
College Softball
Game 1, Malone beat Lock Haven 6-2 and in Game 2, Lock Haven beat Fairmont State 3-2, Lycoming over Norwich 5-4 in Game 1, and in Game 2, Lycoming beat PSU Abington 10-1 in 5 innings
College Baseball
Penn College beat Lehman  9 to 1

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