BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 3, 2020

Two teenage suspects have been charged with assaulting a 76 year old man at a Williamsport basketball court where he was a security guard on August 25th.  According to WNEP, the 15 and 17 year olds will be in in juvenile court for the incident against Richard Parker at Flanigan playground at Little League Boulevard and Walnut Street.   The organization that oversees the court will meet today to decide if the basketball courts will be reopened again this summer.

Lycoming County has 5 new cases of Covid 19 reported as of yesterday at midnight and 531 positive cases to date according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Lycoming County has eight hospitalized patients, one is on a ventilator.  There are 816 additional positive cases of the virus, bringing the statewide total to 135,611. There are 21 new deaths reported which has added up to 7,712 total fatalities from COVID-19.

There are reports of complaints from Williamsport residents that an individual is going door-to-door saying they are an employee of Lycoming County Voter Services and asking for personal information.  According to a news release, the Office of Voter Services says they do not have anyone on their staff who conducts registration activities door to door,  and if someone claiming to be from voter services comes to your door requesting information, do not share it with them,  and call 570-327-2267 to report any suspicious encounters.

A decision has been made statewide regarding sports and the number of spectators.  Legislation was passed yesterday to put the decision of  how many fans on local school boards, and the same day  Governor Wolf updated his previous guidelines – not allowing spectators at all for all sports permitted to operate during the COVID-19 disaster – to 25 or fewer people for indoor activity, 250 or fewer people for outdoor activity with the facility as a whole not exceeding 50 percent of total occupancy.  Spectators must follow the Universal Face Covering Order and social distancing guidance.

The Northumberland County Jail has reported there are 33 total positive tests for the coronavirus in the facility.  According to the Daily Item, the county court administrator there said six inmates and two staff members tested positive earlier this week, but no additional staff members that have tested positive.  The prison is still processing inmates into the jail, but  inmates court hearings are being conducted via video conferences. In an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus, 30 inmates have been released, bringing the inmate population to below 200, and the jail has a capacity of 284 inmates.

Criminal charges have been dropped against an 18 year old Williamsport man who was accused of felony child pornography and misdemeanor corruption of minors on July 7.  According to North Central PA dot com, police say 18-year-old Cole L. Johnson did not record or upload a sexually explicit video involving Cole, another adult and two minors aged 16 and 17.  According to State police it was one of the minors who managed the video which got over 19,000 views before it was deleted.  Johnson’s case is now closed.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board auctioned off a gaming license Wednesday for $10 million to a Philadelphia-area private equity investor and there are reports they might build it near the Penn State University campus in State College.  Formal paperwork naming an exact location of the required within six months by the winning bidder, Ira Lubert, but the Nittany mall is listed as one possible area .  In 2017 a PA state law expanded gambling, and authorized auctions of 10 mini-casino licenses that allow the holder to operate up to 750 slot machines and up to 40 table games, not within 40 miles of another casino.

Traffic fatalities, injuries, and crashes have decreased overall at various selected roundabouts around the state, according to PennDOT.  At intersections that were previously stop or signal controlled, the roundabouts in the study were selected based on having at least three years of crash data available before and after their construction. Police-submitted crash reports spanning the years 2000 through 2019 shows that fatalities at these locations were reduced by 100 percent and the total number of crashes decreased by 24 percent. In addition to the 22 roundabouts meeting the selection criteria, 34 other roundabouts have been built on state routes and over 40 more are in design.

SPORTS
NBA

Heat beat the Bucks 116 to 114 in the East semifinals Game 2 – Miami leading 2- nothing. Rockets won the series beating Thunder 104 to 102 in final Game 7 of the West 1st Round.

MLB
Rockies beat the Giants 9 to 6, Mets over the Orioles 9-4, Reds beat the Cardinals 4-3, Blue Jays beat the Marlins 2-1, Rays over the Yankees 5-2, Phillies over the Nationals 3-nothing, Cubs beat the Pirates 8-2, Braves over the Red Sox 7-5, Brewers beat the Tigers 8-5, Indians over the Royals 5-nothing, Astros edged the Rangers 2-1, Twins bumped the White Sox 8-1, Padres over the Angels 11-4, Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 3-2, A’s and the Mariners are postponed

In the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs West Second round Game 6 last night Avalanche beat Stars 4-1, the series tied up 3

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