BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS OCTOBER 23, 2020

EAST THIRD STREET OPENS TODAY
East Third Street in Williamsport is expected reopen this morning.  According to PennDOT, the closure that was in place on East Third  because of the reconstruction project shared by the department, the city and Lycoming College, between State Street and Basin Street will be back to normal after 7:30am today.  The detour will be removed after the reopening is complete.

WOLF ASKS PLCB TO WAIVE FEES
Governor Tom Wolf will ask the Liquor control board to waive liquor license fees to provide financial relief to restaurants and bars, which have faced significant financial impacts during the pandemic. According to a press release by the administration, more than 16,000 Pennsylvania restaurants and bars, clubs, catering clubs and hotels would see $20 million in relief after waiving standard licensing fees through 2021 beginning January 1st.  Wolf says he expects the PLCB will take up his request at its next board meeting.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE
A Williamsport man is in custody after he allegedly attempted to strangle his wife in their North Market Street home following a domestic disturbance.  According to the Sun Gazette, police say Jesse Bean had tried to strangle his wife earlier in the day and then started a fight with Emily Bean about money inside the home, which later escalated to him smashing the windows of a car with a baseball bat while she fled the scene October 14th  after 9pm.  Emily Bean was treated at UPMC Muncy for injuries, Jesse Bean was arraigned on aggravated assault charges and reckless endangerment.  He is incarcerated in lieu of 85 thousand dollars bail.

ANOTHER LAWSUIT ABOUT PA BALLOTS
There was a new lawsuit filed yesterday by four registered voters from Somerset County and a Republican congressional candidate that asks a federal judge in Pittsburgh to block the deadline extension allowing ballots that arrive by November 6th  to be counted.  Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court, was divided 4-4, in a ruling that rejected an earlier Republican filing – the new suit has made a different argument, saying that allowing unlawful ballots is unconstitutionally unfair to in-person voters.  The Democratic majority on the state’s high court want to extend election deadlines during the disaster emergency.

SUSPECT IN SUBURY ARMED ROBBERY IDENTIFIED
A  homeless man who was the suspect captured in the armed robbery that occurred in Sunbury this week has been incarcerated in lieu of 250 thousand dollars cash bail.  According to court records, 42 year old Jamie Giffin has been arraigned under two felony robbery counts as well as other misdemeanors after he allegedly attempted ‘suicide by cop’, by fleeing the scene after stealing 500 dollars and not complying with officers as well as pulling a toy gun on state troopers.  Giffin was injured when shot after Wednesday’s incident at the VP Racing Gas station.

THEFT IN LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP BEING INVESTIGATED
Seven hundred dollars in cash was stolen from a home in Loyalsock Township earlier this month and police are seeking a suspect.  According to North Central PA dot com, an unknown person forced their way into a home through a back door on the 400 block of Pearson Avenue sometime in the evening of October 17th or the overnight hours of October 18th, and left the scene in an unknown direction.  State Police in Montoursville are asking the public to come forward with any information they may have about the suspect or the incident.

LYCOMING CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
There are 8 new cases of the coronavirus in Lycoming County with 11 hospitalized patients, In Northumberland County there are 28 new cases confirmed as well as two new deaths reported from there.  A jump in numbers occurred in Luzerne County as of yesterday with an increase of 107 cases.  After a correction from a faulty data file of daily cases across the state sent to the PA Department of Health, as of yesterday the number is still one of the highest seen in the commonwealth at 2,063 cases – the statewide total now at 188,360.  30 new deaths were reported in PA, for a total of 8,592 fatalities.

COMMS OFFER NO-TAX HIKE BUDGET
A no-tax-hike spending plan for next year was announced by the Lycoming County Commissioners yesterday.  According to the Sun Gazette, the commissioners said the budget is being put together a little early this year for residents to consider it, and even though it contains a 23 million dollar deficit, that reflects the expenses of priority projects that they are working on at this time.  However, some projects were pushed back to give some tax relief to property owners. The expenses showing up in the overall budget include $9 million in bonds and $5 million in gas impact fees, or Act 13 funds, for funding projects.

SPORTS
NFL
Thursday night football
Eagles rallied late to beat the New York Giants 22- 21, Continuing the Eagles 8-game winning streak over the Giants

MLB
Game 3 of the World Series tonight between the LA Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays – First pitch at 8:08 PM

HS Football
Backyard broadcasting high school football game of the week Dallas at Williamsport with a Saturday afternoon kick off at 1pm and coverage starts at 12:30 on our sister station WWPA or WILQ’s HD3.

HS Girls Soccer
Montoursville beat Mount Caramel 1-nothing, South Williamsport over CMVT 11-nothing, Benton beat Muncy 5-nothing, Warrior Run over Selinsgrove 1-nothing and Hughesville defeated Milton 2-nothing

HS Field Hockey
Lewisburg beat Mifflinburg 1- nothing

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