BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS AUGUST 6, 2020

FUGITIVE ARRESTED IN LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP
A man from Northumberland who was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by police July 9th in Loyalsock Township was arrested after police found he had an active arrest warrant in Tennessee.  According to media outlets, 40 year-old John Taylor was charged as a fugitive from justice after state police in Montoursville stopped the car he was in at for a traffic violation at Route 246 and I-180 W around 12:30am. Taylor was incarcerated at Lycoming County Jail.

HOSPITAL ACQUISITION BLOCKED BY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
The U.S. Department of Justice has sued to block Geisinger Health’s partial acquisition of Evangelical Community Hospital.  The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania alleges that the agreement fundamentally reduces incentives for the hospitals to compete against each other. The US Justice Department said the acquisition isn’t necessary to achieve the hoped for benefits from joint cooperation. The department says the agreement would reduce competition, lead to higher prices, lower quality and reduce access of healthcare options.

SWIFT RESCUE TEAM DEPLOYED FOR MISSING 15 YEAR OLD – VICTIM FOUND ON LAND
Clinton Township deployed a water rescue team and other first responders in response to a missing 15 year old boy from Salladasburg who was later found asleep and highly intoxicated in a campsite location close to the Susquehanna River.  According to NorthCentral PA dot com, State Police in Montoursville responded to the call Sunday August 2nd after 3am around the 400 block of Tebbs Road.  According to a press release from the State Police the boy was found under a camper and then cited for underage drinking and public drunkenness.

MONTGOMERY SCHOOLS APPROVED FALL SAFETY PLAN
Montgomery Area School District has announced their fall reopening plan and it will be similar to Williamsport Area School District’s.  According to the Sun Gazette, Montgomery Schools will open on Aug. 31 on a hybrid model with students alternating days of in-person instruction with remote learning.   Face coverings required during the days students are in the building. The District Superintendent, Daphne Bowers said during Wednesday’s virtual meeting, the elementary hybrid option may look different than the model at the higher grade levels.  The district’s health and safety plan for reopening and for athletics is available on the district website.

SELINSGROVE ADMINISTRATOR ARRESTED
A former Selinsgrove Middle School assistant principal was arraigned Wednesday afternoon, accused of asking for nude photographs from young girls. According to the Daily item, Police say 39 year old Christopher S. Morrison had identified himself as a fifth-grade Selinsgrove Area School District student on social media and allegedly solicited and 11 year old and 14 year old girl while he was intoxicated.  Morrison was employed at the district for four years and resigned as assistant principal after it became public that he was a suspect in the investigation.  According to court records, during an interview with police, Morrison confessed to having the snapchat accounts and speaking with the girl. He was charged with six felony and three misdemeanor charges, including child sex abuse and corruption of minors.

CORONAVIRUS  UPDATE
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that there were 9 more positive cases of the coronavirus in Lycoming County for 351 positive cases to date.  There are 705 additional positive cases of COVID-19 statewide for a total of 115,714.  Clinton County added 3 new cases for a total 118, Northumberland has had a total of 416 cases.  Tioga County has 36 cases.  There are 7,244 total deaths in Pennsylvania – an increase of 12 new deaths reported.

FORMER HOTEL MANAGER ARRESTED FOR EMBEZZELING RENT MONEY
A Bellefonte woman who formerly managed a hotel in Lock Haven has been charged for allegedly embezzling money and then lying to cover it up.  According to NorthCentralPA.com Lock Haven police said 39 year-old Wendy D. Johnson altered tenants’ receipts a the Henderson Hotel while she was manager to steal rent money. Approximately $11,800 in rent money was reported stolen from the hotel between Sept. 1, 2019, and Feb.1, 2020. Johnson is charged with three felony counts for theft.  She reportedly gave tenants a paid in full receipt but then allegedly wrote a different receipt showing they paid a lesser amount.

LIBERTARIAN NOMINEE ON FALL BALLOT
There will be a Libertarian presidential nominee on the Pennsylvania ballot on Nov. 3.  According to the Daily Item, Jo Jorgenson has accumulated the needed 5,000 signatures required and  turned them in on Monday.. Jorgensen is an entrepreneur, and senior lecturer at Clemson University. She was nominated at the party’s national convention, the first-ever online national political convention, held in May.

SPORTS
MLB
Phillies beat the Yankees 11-7, Marlins over Orioles 1-nothing,  Met beat Nationals 3-1, Red Sox over Rays 5-nothing, Twins beat the Pirates 5-2, Blue Jays over the Braves 2-1, Indians over Reds 2-1, Yankees beat the Phillies in the doubleheader game 2 3-1, Cubs beat the Royals 6-1, Brewers over the White Sox 1-nothing Marlins beat the Orioles 2-1, Giants beat the Rockies 4-3, Diamondbacks over the Astros 14-7, A’s beat the Rangers 6-4, Dodgers beat the Padres 7-6, Mariners over the Angels 7-6, Cardinals and Tigers, Marlins and Phillies and Yankees and Orioles postponed with a make-up dates to be determined.

On Wednesday in the first game of a doubleheader against the Phillies, Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hit an MLB-leading seventh home run in just his 10th game of the year, joining Alex Rodriguez as the only Yankees in franchise history to hit seven homers in 10 games. After not hitting a home run in the first three games of the season, Judge has been averaging one homer per game over his last seven.
NBA
Jazz beat Grizzlies 124-115, 76ers beat the Wizards 107-98, Nuggets beat the Spurs 132-126, Thunder over the  Lakers 105-86, Raptors beat Magic 109-99, Celtics beat the Nets 149-115

All 30 NBA team owners will contribute a combined $300 million over the next decade to fund the NBA Foundation, a new charitable initiative dedicated to greater economic empowerment in the Black community. $30 million will be given annually to establish the NBA Foundation, as a partnership between the NBA’s board of governors and the National Basketball Players Association.
NHL
Panthers beat Islanders 3-2, Coyotes over Predators 4-1, Lightning beat Bruins 3-2, Avalanche over stars 4-Nothing, Canadians beat Penguins 4-3, Blackhawks beat the Oilers 4-3

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The Big Ten announced a 10-game conference only football schedule and medical protocols for all sports Wednesday morning. Penn State opens the 2020 football season Sept. 5 at Beaver Stadium against Northwestern. The Nittany Lions open preseason practice Friday, Aug. 7.  The Big Ten Championship Game remains scheduled for Dec. 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, though it could be moved as late as Dec. 19.  Season ticket holders will be emailed information regarding the 2020 football season today.

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