BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS OCTOBER 21, 2020

POLICE SEEK SUSPECT IN WILLIAMSPORT HOMICIDE
A man has been identified as a suspect in the death of Jimia Alston who was shot and killed in her Louisa Street home last week.  According to the Sun Gazette, an arrest warrant has been issued for 36 year old Antwan McClain who remains at large.  The mother of 5 children was found shot in the abdomen and lying inside her front door last Thursday night and witnesses say a man who may have been McClain was dressed in black and approached the home before the shooting.  She was transported to UPMC Williamsport where she died in surgery.  Police say McClain, the alleged gunman and a convicted felon, fled the scene and now faces several charges including criminal homicide and aggravated assault.  He is considered armed and dangerous.

FORMER MAYOR ALLEGEDLY ASKED POLICE CHIEF TO “FIX” PFA AGAINST HIM
Allegations have come forward after 2 police officers and a former police captain amended federal complaints that former Williamsport Mayor Gabriel J. Campana requested former city police chief David J. Young  help “fix” a protection from abuse order that was filed against him by his now, ex-wife.  Complaints were filed in U.S. Middle District Court by three other officers about incidents that occurred when Campana was seeking the Republican party nomination for Lycoming County commissioner, before Young was selected as the city police chief by Campana.  He said the allegations are fake news.

WILLIAMSPORT AREA SCHOOLS WILL STAY HYBRID
Williamsport Area Schools will remain in hybrid mode after a school board vote for five day a week instruction in person failed to get the approval needed.  According to the Sun Gazette, the school recently sent out surveys to district households and received almost 80 percent response of which over half indicated they would send their child back to in person instruction.  As of now, out of 3,870 students included, the number of students in the hybrid model were 1,845,  students in remote-model is 440 and a those who chose a combination of the two, 140.

BRUSH PILE GATE NOT COMPLETE DUE TO COVID DELAYS
A shipping backlog has stalled the delivery of parts that will be part of the new gate system at the City’s brush pile.  According to the Sun Gazette, the general manager of city streets and parks department, Adam Winder said due to COVID-19 issues there’s a delay and crews have not been able to assemble the gate that will provide more security allowing city residents to use a card key for entry.  The site at 1500 W. Third St will be accessible to residents at any time once the gate system is complete

FATAL PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT IN DANVILLE
An early morning accident in Danville in which a 28 year old woman was struck and killed while crossing Continental Blvd, the roadway was shut down for several hours while police investigated.   According to police, Gloria Hutchinson was struck as she attempted to cross the east bound lanes of Route 54 on foot from the area of a nearby gas station.  Police say the driver attempted to avoid the collision that happened around 7:15 a.m. in the area of Montour Street. Route 54 east and west were shut down for about two hours.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
There are 3 new coronavirus cases today in Lycoming County for a county wide total of 891 and in Northumberland County there are five new cases bringing the county wide total to 1,351.  There are four new deaths reported in Northumberland County as well.  Lycoming County has 7 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, none are on a ventilator. Montour County has 18 patients, 9 are on a ventilator.  As of yesterday at midnight, statewide, there were 1,557additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 184,872.  According to the PA Department of Health there were 33 new deaths in PA for a total now of 8,533.

REPUBLICANS FAIL TO OVERRIDE GOVERNOR’S VETO
The vote failed to override Governor Wolf’s veto of a bill yesterday that would have let restaurants reopen at full capacity in some circumstances, because the State House didn’t make the two-thirds majority.  The override failed on a vote of 133-69.  It would have allowed taverns and restaurants to operate at half of capacity, or more if they met state and federal social distancing standards or erected appropriate barriers.

NO STRAIGHT TICKET VOTING IN PENNSYLVANIA THIS YEAR
There are new considerations as election day approaches in Lycoming County. After legislation was passed a year ago that eliminated “straight-ticket” voting in the state to be in place for this year’s election,  voters won’t be able to fill in a single bubble to vote for a party’s entire slate, voters will have to fill out the ballot by individual lines.  In the 2019 general election, more than 726,000 voters in 59 Pennsylvania counties voted straight-party.  According to Lycoming County Voter Services Director Forrest Lehman, mail-in voting expected to reach an all-time high this election and voters are urged to take the time to read the voting instructions and as well as remember to sign their ballots.  Voting in-person at a polling place,  or mailing or hand delivering  ballots to the Voter registration office are the options voters have.  Details about ward lines and polling place locations are available at www.lyco.org/vote.

SPORTS

MLB
Dodgers beat the Rays 8-3 in Game 1 of the World Series.  Game 2 is tonight at 8:08pm
NFL
Giants and the Eagles play Thursday night football this week with an 8:20 kick off at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia
HS Girls Soccer
Mount Carmel beat Milton 6-2
HS Girls Volleyball
Wellsboro beat Towanda 3- nothing

HS Football
Harrisburg Cougars 41 Williamsport Millionaires 0

Next:  Dallas play the Millionaires

In the BYB Game of Week

Live coverage Saturday 1230 pm

Twin Valleys Talk Radio Network

HS Boys Soccer Tonight
Montoursville plays Jersey Shore at 4:30
Hughesville goes to Shamokin at 7 PM
HS Girls Soccer at 4pm today
Lewisburg is at Warrior Run, Line Mountain play South Williamsport and Benton is at Montgomery

 

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