BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MARCH 1, 2021

MAN’S BODY FOUND IN SUSQUEHANNA RIVER
An unidentified body of a man was found in the Susquehanna River in Upper Augusta Township on Saturday afternoon during a call that originally began as a water rescue for first responders.  According to the Daily Item, State police from Milton and Stonington answered the call that came in about 3pm Saturday about the incident at the Shady Nook Boat Launch in Snyder County.  Shamokin Dam police, Selinsgrove Boat Rescue and the Northumberland County Chief Deputy Coroner were on the scene, no other information has been released about the victim or the circumstances.

ONE MAN SHOT, ANOTHER GOES TO JAIL
A Woodward township man has been taken into custody and charged with criminal homicide after a shooting that left a Beech Creek man dead Friday night.  According to the Sun Gazette, the Clinton County Coroner pronounced 21 year old Jakob Lee Haines dead at the scene, and police took 19 year old Brian St. John, III into custody following the shooting at his residence on Brewery Hollow Road.  An autopsy was performed Saturday in State College and determined the shooting to be a homicide.  At his arraignment Saturday morning, St John  was denied bail and will be in Clinton County Court on Tuesday.  Lamar State police and the Clinton COUnty DA are asking for information about the incident, contact ClintonDA.org to give information.

NEW QUARANTINE GUIDELINES
New quarantine guidance was announced Friday from the State Department of Health for people exposed to COVID-19 but who have been already fully vaccinated. They have said that if someone is fully vaccinated, they do not need to quarantine after an exposure to the virus. But if it’s been three months after you’ve been fully vaccinated, you should quarantine if you’ve been exposed and find you are symptomatic., the CDC is limiting quarantine guidance to 90 days while additional research is conducted.

LOCAL BANK TO BUILD IN SOUTH WILLIAMPSORT
The Muncy Bank and Trust Company is planning a new location to be built in South Williamsport on land purchased there on the site of the former Seventh-Day Adventist Church.  According to the Sun Gazette, administrators from the bank say the headquarters and operations center for the company will remain in Muncy but a four-story banking center is planned to be a full-service bank and administrative offices.  According to officials of South Williamsport borough, the bank could spark future development around Market and Hastings Street.  Seventh-Day Adventist Church announced they were selling the property for  a new church and school at the site of their current school on Fleming Street.  Bank Construction should be complete in 2022.

PHILLY MEN CHARGED WITH ROBBING LOCAL PHARMACY
Two Southeastern Pennsylvania men were charged recently for a burglary that occurred in January in Mount Pleasant Mills.  According to State police, this isn’t he first time  28-year old Derick Haines and 38-year old Christopher Welch have been charged with pharmacy burglaries, but this incident happened at the Shade Mountain Pharmacy.  After an investigation, state police discovered the two Philadelphia men were their suspects with help from New Jersey police. They have been charged with charged with burglary, criminal trespass, attempted theft, and criminal mischief.

MAN WHO THREATENED EMPLOYEE BEING SOUGHT
A man with a face tattoo is being sought by Selinsgrove State police after an incident at the Ulta Beauty store in which he was asked to wear a mask and began screaming obscenities inside the store.  The unknown male is in his thirties and was captured on surveillance cameras.  The man left the area in a dark red SUV.  Witnesses say he used a threatening hand motion toward the manager of the store as welkl.  If you h ave information for police call them in Selinsgrove  570- 374-8145.

LAWMAKERS PROPOSE A BILL ALLOWING EMPLOYEES TO OPT-OUT OF VACCINE
There was a public hearing last Thursday in Harrisburg that about a proposed Pennsylvania House bill would give workers the right to refuse to get a vaccination or invasive medical test required by an employer.  According to PennLive, House Bill 262 would make it illegal for employers to fire, threaten, retaliate against or discriminate against employees who opt out of a vaccine or invasive medical test. Employers could be sued for violating the law, Rep. Russ Diamond of Lebanon County is sponsoring the bill and said it’s a matter of sticking up for personal liberties.

DOH COVID TOOL UPDATED
The Department of Health has announced new updates for the PA COVID Alert App and the  new ‘Your Turn’ tool.  According to the Department of Health, users can now access the ‘Your Turn’ tool to track state and county level COVID-19 vaccine metrics,  set a reminder for when it’s time to receive a second dose if necessary and also a link to the CDC’s vaccine side affects tracker tool. Now that the Johnson and Johnson one-dose vaccine was approved over the weekend, the DOH is awaiting guidance from the FDA and CDC, on next steps for vaccination of Pennsylvanians.

SPORTS
HS Boys Basketball from Saturday
Williamsport beat Susquehanna Township 60 to 57, Danville beat Saint John Neumann 80 to 57, N. Penn liberty beat Canton 54-48, Wellsboro beat Towanda 68-39, Loyalsock beat Athens 94-57 and Selinsgrove beat Mifflin County 45-39
HS Girls Basketball from Saturday
Millville beat Muncy 27-26, Towanda beat North Penn Mansfield 59-28, South Williamsport beat Canton 36-32

The D4 basketball playoffs kick off tomorrow –For the girls,  Lewisburg is the top seed in Class AAAA, with South Williamsport and Loyalsock number 3 seeds in Class AA and AAA tournaments, and on the Boys side, North Penn Liberty, Muncy and Loyalsock are top seeds in their respective classes with defending champion Montoursville at 3rd in AAAA, Saint John Neumann is 2nd seed for the Class A teams.

NASCAR
At the Dixie vodka 400 in Homestead-Miami, William Byron got the checkered flag followed by Tyler Reddick, Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick in fifth

NHL
Flyers beat the Sabres 3-three nothing, Islanders meet the Penguins 2-nothing, Bruins over the Rangers 4-1, Predators beat the Blue Jackets 3-1, Capitals beat the Devils 3-2, Blackhawks beat the Red Wings 7-2

NBA
Bucks beat the Clippers 105 to 100, Celtics beat the Wizards 111 to 110, the Knicks beat the Pistons 109 to 90, the Heat beat Hawks 109 to 99, Grizzlies over the Rockets 133 to 84, Lakers beat the Warriors 117 to 91, Suns beat Timberwolves 118 to 99, Hornets beat the Kings 127 to 126, the Bulls and Raptors were postponed
NBA tonight
The Pacers come to Philadelphia at 7pm and Brooklyn’s in Texas to play San Antonio at 8:30

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