BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS OCTOBER 5, 2020

OVERNIGHT SHOOTING IN WILLIAMSPORT
An individual was reportedly shot after midnight last night in Williamsport at  a three-story apartment building in 600 block of Campbell Street.  According to the sun gazette’s Social media pages, shooting scene was a property on the west side of Campbell Street, between Park Avenue and High Street. After the incident, the victim was carried out of the building and loaded into an ambulance enroute to UPMC Williamsport. City police and firefighters, along with paramedics responded.  City Police Chief Damon Hagan arrived at police headquarters just after 1 a.m. to oversee the investigation.  Police have not reported  anyone in custody at this time.

FORMER DEPUTY SENTENCED TO JAIL, WILL PAY OVER 250K RESTITUTION
A former Sullivan county sheriff’s deputy has recently been sentenced to a year in prison for allegedly embezzling almost 200,000 dollars from the sheriff’s office bank account. According to Penn Live, Mary Handzus, 64, of the Laporte area plead guilty to embezzlement after the FBI and PA state police investigated last February.  Handzus was sentenced by district court judge Matthew W. Brann on Thursday, and ordered to pay over 250,000 dollars in restitution to pay back the funds stolen in addition to reparations to the forensic unit.

LYCOMING COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE
Lycoming County added 20 coronavirus cases as of midnight Saturday, with 744 positive cases to date 6 patients are hospitalized in Lycoming County.  In Pennsylvania, there were 2,251 additional positive cases reported for a statewide total of 163,535.  Thirty-seven new deaths were also reported for a pandemic wide total of  8,216 fatalities.

TURBOTVILLE CONSIDERING POLICE REGIONALIZATION
Turbotville residents have recently expressed concerns about reckless drivers and speeding and are considering a contract for police coverage that is similar to the agreement between McEwensville and Watsontown police.  According to the Sun Gazette, the Turbotville Borough Council last week, heard from community members familiar with the motivations to consider police regionalization; among them, that local police can serve local communities faster and can spend more time at a scene than State Troopers who are redeployed more often, who serve a larger area. Watsontown police have been covering McEwensville since July.

BIG BERTHA VANDALIZED
A Large pro-president Trump billboard in Upper Fairfield Township, Lycoming County, that fans call Big Bertha has been vandalized.  According to North Central PA dot com, the sign and the trailer used to move it were vandalized late Friday or early Saturday.  The sign itself was damaged by someone spray painting a V symbol in red and the tires the trailers slashed while at the 2700 block of Route 87.  Organizers of the Susquehanna River Trump Rally and Boat Regatta, who maintain the sign provided by an anonymous donor, said there was 5 thousand dollars-worth of damage done.

NURSING HOMES REVEAL PLAN FOR REOPENING
Local nursing homes have the ability to start opening up once again, if certain parameters are met. According to the Sun Gazette, nursing homes will follow a 3 step process for reopening safely.  Zach Shamberg, the CEO and President of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association has explained the first step being limited, with no visitation permitted. The second level  allows for small visitation sessions outdoors with regular temperature checks and social distancing. The third step adds larger groups and longer visitation periods. If anyone tests positive, communities must revert back to step one.   Shamberg says these steps allow everyone within the community to remain safe during the pandemic.

BACKPACK FULL OF NARCOTICS CONFISCATED
Montoursville state police made a traffic stop last spring  and confiscated a backpack full of narcotics from a Jersey Shore man along Route 15 south before i-180east for a broken taillight.  Police say in an affidavit from September 25th that 32 year old Andrew S. Huntington had on his person a large amount of cash, and a varied amount of drugs including cocaine, meth and mushrooms. Huntington was charged with five felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, he was jailed last month in lieu of $45,000 monetary bail.

MAN TURNS HIMSELF IN FOR SHOOTING DOGS
State police in Mansfield were called to a residence after a man self-reported shooting 2 of his neighbor’s dogs. The man, whose name has not been reveled, was the owner of a domesticated white tail deer, that was fenced in on his property. The 2 German Shepherds are alleged to have run over to the deer, barking at it and causing it to be frightened. The deer began damaging the fencing and likely themselves while trying to escape. The owner then shot the dogs. According to northcentralPA.com the police filed the incident under animal cruelty. It is currently under investigation, the Tioga county district attorney has yet to make a disposition.

GOLD TOURNEY RAISED MONEY DESPITE CANCELLATION
The UPMC Susquehanna Invitational Golf tournament raised 50,000 dollars despite canceling the event due to covid-19. According to northcentral PA.com the contributions will go toward an expansion of the Hillman Cancer Center and the Kathryn Candor Lundy Breast Health Center. The expansion project will add 11,000 square feet with additional exam rooms and private chemotherapy treatment bays. For the full list of sponsors, and more information on the tournament, go to UPMCsusquehanna.org/giving.

 

SPORTS
NASCAR Denny Hamlin won the Yellawood 500 at Talladega Sunday with a photo finish and Matt DiBenedetto coming in a close and devastating second but later penalized to 21st by NASCAR officials, Ty Dylan finished third.
Horse Racing
Swiss Sky Diver ran for the win during the 145th Preakness Stakes race at Pimlico on Saturday in Baltimore.
NBA
Heat beat the Lakers in the NBA 115/104 in game three of the NBA finals with LA leading the series 21
HS Football rivalries from Friday night
Montoursville beat Danville 42-28, Muncy beat Montgomery 34-17
NFL
Browns beat the Cowboys 49-38, Rams beat the New York Giants 7-9, Bills beat the Raiders 30-23, Eagles beat the 49ers 25-20, Ravens over Washington 31-17,  Saints over the Lions 35-29, Seahawks beat the Dolphins 31-23, Buccaneers over the Chargers 38-31, Panthers beat Cardinals 31-21, Vikings over the Texans 31-23, Colts over the Bears 19-11
Monday Night Football
Chiefs and the Patriots play in Kansas City @7:05, Falcons and Packers meet at Lambeau field for an 8:50 kick off.
MLB
The American League Division Series starts today – A’s meet the Astros in LA at 4:07, and Yankees play the Rays at 8:07 tonight.

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