BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS NOVEMBER 29, 2020

Potter Township Burglary

State police are involved in an investigation of burglary in centre county. The theft occurred in Potter Township, and more than $2,500 worth of equipment were stolen. A set of metric and standard tool sets along with an impact wrench set, dewalt air wrench, chainsaw and other items were stolen from 188 High street in the the AM on Nov. 22nd. There was no sign of forced entry and no suspect has been identified. Contact the state police if you know any information about the burglary as the investigation is still ongoing.

DUI Charges Filed

Aaron Crawford, a 39 year old Muncy man has been accused of causing a crash while under the influence. After the crash occurred Crawford was reportedly uncooperative with ambulance staff and officers when being transported to the hospital, and refused a blood test. After a call was made and a warrant was issued the blood test was preformed, finding lorazepam, THC and a blood alcohol level of nearly .2. Crawford has a bail set at 25,000 dollars and is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow by judge Nancy Butts for a felony count of aggravated assault by vehicle, and 3 misdemeanor accounts of DUI related charges.

Williamsport Women Accused of Insurance Fraud

Sameerah Graham, a 38 year old Williamsport women is being charged with insurance fraud by the Attorney Generals Office after allegedly lying to progressive for damage done to her 2012 Honda Civic. Graham had purchased her insurance on May 11th and slowly added on to her policy for a month, in order to increase her coverage before making a claim. Eventually an investigator contacted the attorney general office to open a case. Her neighbor stated that she had noticed damage to her car a weeks in advance to her claim, and inconsistencies in her provided work schedule and time sheets were found. Currently she is being charged with 2 felonies and a misdemeanor. Insurance fraud can carry a maximum of seven years in prison, if convicted.

Judge Pushes Child Exploitation Case Through Court

Marc Punzalan, a south Williamsport man, is being a accused of attempted sexual exploitation of a child, and was recently denied a continuance by a federal judge. A continence is a motion granted by the judge that gives the parties involved more time until a jury is selected and a trial is scheduled. Judge Matthew W. Brann denied the continence, stating that granting it would be a miscarriage of justice, and would not allow the defendant a quick and speedy trial. The indictment given back in may of 2018, will now continue to court and is currently being scheduled for jury selection in march of next year.

Sports

MLB

The Phillies lost $145 million during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season played without fans, despite the chaos this year has brought to the sports industry, the Phillies are searching for a general manager to replace Matt Klentak and face important decisions on contract renewals. Managing partner John Middleton said last month the league’s economic climate will impact the team’s ability to spend money in the offseason to retain certain free agents on their teams.

NFL

The Broncos’ three eligible quarterbacks, Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were each deemed to be high-risk COVID-19 close contacts and none of the three can be in uniform for Sunday’s game, the team announced on last night. As of now the Broncos will not be forfeiting todays game.

High School Football

The Jersey Shore Bulldogs faced off against Thomas Jefferson High at the PIAA Tournament last night, and unfortunately did not secure the win, falling behind Jefferson 14 – 21. Despite the lose, the bulldogs gave an impressive performance and held their own for the duration of the game.

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