BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 15, 2021

LOCAL PEOPLE FACE CHARGES IN CAPITOL RIOT
Two Lycoming County residents have been charged by the FBI as insurrectionists after evidence shows they took a bus to the US Capitol January 6th and breeched the buildings of the Capitol Complex throughout the day.  According to the Sun Gazette, 45 year old Mark Aungst and a resident of Williamsport, Tammy Bronsburg went to the capitol rally on a bus among 50 others and were captured on surveillance video during the trip.  The two were arraigned in US Magistrate Court and will face a judge in Washington DC on trespassing and disorderly conduct charges.

FATAL ACCIDENT IN LIMESTONE TOWNSHIP
A Winfield man died in an car accident Friday in Union County.  According to police reports, 44 year-old Earl Rotharmel died when his vehicle went off  Wildwood road in the Penns Creek region of Limestone Township and hit a tree.  Around noon Friday,  Central Susquehanna Valley 9-1-1 said that volunteers from  New Berlin and Mifflinburg responded to the crash and  state troopers reported that the victim died at the scene

SOME JERSEY SHORE SCHOOL BUILDINGS NEED RENOVATIONS
Some of the buildings within the Jersey Shore school district need millions of dollars of renovations according to a building conditions survey that was recently conducted.  According to the Sun Gazette, to bring the buildings up to code in the district, there will need to be an investment of approximately 50 million dollars to complete over time.  The high school and middle school buildings were determined to be the costliest to bring up to code,  and the Jersey Shore Area School Board discussed their options at a virtual board meeting last Wednesday, and will continue to consider long term solutions for the cost of improvements needed.

LOCAL LAWMAKER SET TO BE ON WORKFORCE COMMITTEE
A Lycoming County lawmaker has taken on some new roles for his part in the federal government.  According to the Sun Gazette, officials from the Education and Labor Committee say U.S., Representative Fred Keller, has been named the Republican leader of the subcommittee on workforce protections. He will address issues pertaining to wages and workers compensation, as well as safety and health in the workplace.Keller will also serve on the the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.

An unnamed man is left fighting for life, after being struck 8 times in the head with a hammer outside the Shamrock Grill in Williamsport around 7 pm on February 2. According to police, 40 year old Kareem Hutt of New Jersey, faces multiple felonies and two misdemeanors after surveillance footage shows him chasing a victim with a hammer he retrieved from his truck.  City police found the victim unresponsive on the north side of West Fourth Street lying on the ground.  Hutt has been charged and will face a preliminary hearing in front of  Lycoming County Magisterial District Judge Christian Frey.

According to Sunbury Police, a complaint was filed on Feb. 8 for a third-degree felony charge of corruption of minors and a misdemeanor in the first-degree of indecent assault on a person less than 13 years of age stemming from an offense Jan. 1, 2014. Mark Campbell, Mechanicsburg, could be facing upwards of 12 years in prison for touching the then 6 year old victim. Campbell is held in the Northumberland County Prison with no bail.

The Department of Health said yesterday that there were 2,571 new cases of coronavirus in Pennsylvania, with an increase of 24 new fatalities reported.  At  Bucknell University,  80% of the school’s isolation housing is full, reporting from last week 85 active student cases and 3 faculty/staff cases.  . Bucknell University President John C. Bravman outlined additional campus policies recently, to include limiting gatherings to no more than three people, the cancelation of all campus activities and athletics, a no visitor policy on campus, and mandatory masking.

Individuals experiencing homelessness are now able to obtain a free initial ID or renew a photo ID as a result of legislation Governor Tom Wolf signed into law late last year.   Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) say an  applicant must meet some requirements and bring one acceptable proof of identification and in the case of a homeless person,  PennDOT will accept a letter from a shelter indicating an individual is staying at the shelter or uses the shelter as an address of residency. For renewal of a photo ID, the applicant must renewal at one of PennDOT Driver License Centers.  Additional information can be found at  www.dmv.pa.gov

SPORTS
NASCAR

Michael McDowell & his Ford won the rain-delayed Daytona 500 just after midnight for his first win in 358 Cup starts.  At number 2- Chase Elliot, followed by  Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, and  Denny Hamlin rounded out the top 5.

NBA
Wizards beat the Celtics104 to 91, Timberwolves over the Raptors 116 to 112, the Spurs beat the Hornets 122 to 110, Pistons beat the Pelicans 123 to 112 Trailblazers beat the Mavericks 121 to 118, Thunder beat the Bucks 114 to 109, Nuggets beat the Lakers 122 to 105, Grizzlies beat the Kings 124 to 110, and Clippers over the Cavaliers 128 to 111.
Tonight NBA
The 76ers go to Utah for a 9 PM tip off and Brooklyn is in Sacramento at 10pm eastern

HS Boys Basketball from Saturday
Southern Columbia beat Milton 70 to 63, Central Columbia beat Warrior Run 68 to 50, Northeast Bradford beat Wellsboro 62-60
HS Girls Basketball
South Williamsport beat Line Mountain 39-24, Mount Carmel beat Shamokin 55-32, Bloomsburg over Montoursville 65-48

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