BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS AUGUST 19, 2020

WILLIAMSPORT SCHOOL ADJUST REOPENING PLAN
Williamsport School district has made a few changes to their reopening plan after considering parents’ concerns following last month’s school board meeting .  According to the Sun Gazette, Williamsport Area School District Superintendent Dr. Timothy Bowers said students will receive 5 days of new instruction as an in-person student or as remote hybrid student.  Williamsport schools are holding town meetings for each of their schools this week, you can find the schedule of ZOOM virtual meetings at wasd.org.

WILLIAMSPORT REGIONAL STARTS SERVICE TO CHARLOTTE
The Williamsport Regional Airport began their direct service yesterday to Charlotte North Carolina with maiden flight recognition that included a rainbow affect from a water cannon salute over the tarmack.  According to the Sun Gazette airport director Richard Howell said the direct flight to Charlotte – one of the 10 busiest airports worldwide – satisfies customers who don’t want to go through Philadelphia.  Williamsport Regional offers two outgoing and two returning flights per day to Charlotte Douglas International.

JUDGE CALLS 23 YEAR OLD IMMATURE IN MANSLAUGHTER SENTENCING
The 23 year old woman who pled no contest to involuntary manslaughter in the August 2018 death of her boyfriend after she was charged with running him over twice in a driveway, was sentenced to two and a half to 5 years in state prison Tuesday in Lycoming County Court.  According to court records, the prosecution says the accused, Fallon Mae Davis and 25 year old Luke Austin Beatty were drunk and arguing outside a home, when Beatty stood in front of Davis’ vehicle and she accelerated, hitting Beatty at first trapping him under the engine and then backing over him – she then called a friend instead of 911.  According to PennLive, the judge suggested Davis was immature.  In pleading no contest, Davis does not accept responsibility for the crime. Judge Nancy Butts said it is the maximum sentence for the charge.

MOTHER CHARGED WITH CORRUPTING MINORS
A Williamsport mother has been arrested for allowing her three children – ages 7 to 11 – to smoke  marijuana.  According to the Sun Gazette, police say 31 year old Rebecca Rittman encouraged her children smoke the drug between July and early August in her Hepburn Township home.  Police say the Chilren and youth department received a tiup about the behavior and after an investigation police charged Rittman with three felony child endangerment charges as well as corrupting the morals of a minor.  She’ll have a preliminary hearing September 2nd.

COVID-19 UPDATE
There are 8 new cases of the coronavirus in Lycoming County for a county wide total of 452 since the pandemic began.  At this time, there are four COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Lycoming County, but none on are ventilators.  As of yesterday there are 735 additional positive cases in Pennsylvania for a total of 125,579.  Philadelphia reported 208 cases – a two-day total for August 17 and August 18.Thirty one new deaths were reported in the state for a total of 7,499

YELLING SUNBURY MAN WITH RIFLE FIRED SHOTS, WAS ARRESTED
A man in Sunbury has been arrested and charged with a third degree felony gun charge, and four misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person.  According to police, 21 year old James Glessner was at a home on Arch street Tuesday and witnesses observed gunshots and Glessner walking around outside with a rifle yelling.  Police were called and sereached the home where they found other firearms and ammo.  Glessner was taken into custody.

TIOGA COUNTY DETOUR LIFTED
According to Penn DOT, the Route 6 detour in Delmar Township, Tioga County is lifted and the roadway is now open. There will still be work performed during daylight hours with single lane conditions and traffic being controlled with flagging. Both lanes of Route 6 will be open during overnight hours. Truck detours will still be in place for Route 287 and Route 6 will use Route 362 / 660 and Route 287. The bridge project spans a tributary to Marsh Creek is located one mile north of Wellsboro and one mile south of the intersection of Route 287 and Route 6.

UNEMPLOYMENT HIRES COULD HELP PENNSYLVANIA BACKLOG

\According to Pennsylvania labor officials, there will be a doubling of unemployment compensation staff and about 100 hires planned to tackle the backlog of jobless benefit claims that are under review.  According to the Sun Gazette, in a weekly press briefing, Secretary of the State Labor Department, Jerry Oleksiak, said the number of claims under review approach 49 thousand and that the federal provision of $300 a week is a temporary solution which needs a different kind of distribution than they have done.  As they hire and train new workers, State officials are reviewing all the updated federal guidance to distribute funds to Pennsylvanians.

 

SPORTS
NBA
First round continues in the east Magic beat the Bucks 122-110, Heat over the Pacers 113 to 101,  In the west, Rockets beat Thunder 123-108 and the Trailblazers beat the Lakers 100 – 93
MLB
Astros beat the Rockies in 11 innings 2-1, Giants beat the Angels 8-2, Padres over the Rangers 6-4, Diamondbacks routed the A’s 10 one, Rays over the Yankees 6-3, Indian beat the Pirates 6-3, Nationals over the Braves 8-5, Dodgers over  the Mariners 2-1, Mets beat the Marlins 8-3, Phillies thumped the Red Sox 13-6, Blue Jays edged the Orioles 8-7, White Sox over the Tigers 10-4, Twins beat the Brewers 4-3, Cubs over the Cardinals 6-3, Reds and Royals postponed due to illness
NHL
First round game in the East, Flyers over the Canadians 2-nothing – Philly leading 3-1, Capitals beat the Islanders 3-2 in Game 4 – New York leading 3-1.  West Game 5 Stars beat the flames 2-1 Dallas leading the series 3-2, Golden knights wrapped it up in Game 5 winning over the Blackhawks 4-3 – Vegas wins the series 4-1

NFL
The Dallas Cowboys have released defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who had season-ending surgery on his ruptured right quadriceps tendon Tuesday, and will save $3.25 million in 2020.  McCoy will be allowed to keep his $3 million signing bonus, but not his $2.5 million base salary, or $750,000 in roster bonuses.

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