BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 1, 2021

SOME SCHOOL VIRTUAL FOR THE SNOW DAY
Some area schools are in virtual learning today and some are closed… As far as traffic goes… I-80 from US 220 south in Centre County to the New Jersey State line are under There are Tier 1 restrictions in the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan – meaning i-80 and i-180 are at 45 miles per hour.  ….You can see the full list of closures and schools  in remote learning mode (as wel as delays closures and cancellations) at any Backyard Broadcasting Website.

MORE SNOW TO FALL OVER THE REGION TODAY
We could see five more inches of snow fall on our region before it’s all said and done today, and cloudy weather with flurries on Groundhog Day, could be good news for an early spring as we await Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction tomorrow.  According to the National weather service, the average amount of  snowfall for February is 8.8 inches and a chance of rain or snow continues throughout the weekend.   A winter weather advisory is in effect until 5qm Tuesday, February 2, 2021

DNA USED TO IDENTIFY ROBBERY SUSPECT
State Police have identified an out of state suspect of the 2019 armed robbery of a Lock Haven gas station.  According to North Central PA dot com, 46 year old Terrence Summers of West Columbia, South Carolina was identified as the suspect who entered a Fuel On Gas station along S. Hanna Street in June of 2019 and showed a pistol, demanding money and cigarettes.  Summers was shown on surveillance video putting his leg up on the counter and police used DNA evidence in a national database to make the match.  Summers is now in Clinton County Magisterial District Court awaiting his preliminary hearing.

PORK PRODUCT RECALL
There’s been a pork product recall that involves consumers in Pennsylvania.  Approximately 4,200 pounds of pork sausage produced on December 17, 2020 and shipped to several states including PA, may be contaminated with thin pieces of blue rubber. According to the USDA, the recall only applies to one-pound chubs containing Bob Evans Italian Sausage, lot code 0252, with a use or freeze by date of January 31, 2021. The problem was discovered when Bob Evans notified FSIS that they received consumer complaints.  All recalled products have the establishment number 6785 printed above the use or freeze by date.

INTERSTATE CLEAR AFTER OVERNIGHT ACCIDENTS
The snow has affected some major roadways from last night into this morning – but as of 4am, all lanes of I-80 are reopened after accidents blocked a few locations on I-80 eastbound near  the Route 15 Interchange in White Deer Township, Union County.  According to PennDOT, as of 8pm last night I-80 from US 220 south in Centre County to the New Jersey State line are under Tier 1 restrictions in the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan.  Commercial vehicles must remain in the right lane, and there’s a 45 mile per hour restriction on both I-80 and i-180.  Those interested in following conditions on Pennsylvania roadways can go online at 511PA dot com or download the 511PA app or follow them on Twitter.

CENTRE COIUNTY MAN ARRESTED FOR RIOT INVOLVEMENT
A Centre county man who was suspected of attending the Capitol riots on January 6th  in Washington DC, has turned himself into authorities.  According to  Penn Live, 26 year old Brian Gundersen first denied his involvement to authorities who interviewed him, but after the FBI uncovered incriminating cell phone messages they allege his involvement was more than he first said.  A media photo with Gundersen wearing a varsity jacket  was identified by multiple individuals in Armonk, New York, where Gundersen played high school football. His passport was taken and he was released into the custody of his mother.  A court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday in the District of Columbia.

SUSPECTS STOPPED WITH SPIKE STRIPS AFTER FLEEING POLICE
Montoursville Police had to use spike strips to stop a vehicle that fled during a consent search on January 20th.  According to the Sun Gazette, police say, the four men ranging in age from 25 to 30, who were inside the vehicle were found to be residents of New Jersey and allegedly threw suspected cocaine from the car when they were speeding away from the scene.  After disabling the car, the four suspects were arrested and committed to Lycoming County Prison charged with possession of drugs with intent to deliver.

CHURCH’S ZONING APPEAL SUCCESSFUL
The Higher Hope Church in Sunbury successfully appealed to the Sunbury codes office last Wednesday and will now be allowed to use part of the Bimbo plant for an office headquarters, a school, daycare and a counseling center.  The H2 Church was originally denied the permit due to zoning issues.  According to media outlets, Pastor Mark Gittens of says the services the church will provide to the community including the youth ministry will offset  potential  loss of tax revenue for the city, Northumberland County and the Shikellamy School District.  Construction can now begin this spring.

SPORTS
NBA
Clippers beat the Knicks 129 to 115, the Nuggets beat Jazz 128 to 117, the 76ers beat the Pacers 119 to 110, Raptors beat Magic 115 to 102, Wizards beat the Nets 149 to146, Timberwolves beat the Cavaliers 109 to 104 hitting two threes in the last ten seconds
NBA tonight
The Knicks face the Bulls in Chicago tonight at 8 PM
NHL
Devils beat the Sabres 5 to 3, Hurricanes beat the Stars 4 to 3, Panthers beat the Red Wings 3 to 2, the Flyers beat the Islanders 4 to 3, Blackhawks beat the Blue Jackets 3 to 1, Wild beat Avalanche 4 to 3, Blues beat the Ducks 4 to 1, Oilers beat the Senators 8 to 5
Super Bowl LV (55)
Sunday, February 7 at 6:30 PM on CBS at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay Florida, Kansas City Chiefs vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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