BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MARCH 4, 2021

FORMER CITY OFFICER GETS NEW CHARGES
Charges that had been withdrawn due to lack of evidence have been filed again in the case of former Williamsport police officer Eric Derr by the Pennsylvania Attorney General.  According to the Sun Gazette, new evidence related to Derr’s alleged unlawful use of a computer led to the refiling of 28 charges that had been dropped.  Evidence suggests Derr abused his position when he ran background checks on co-workers, suspects for personal reasons and women with whom he had relationships during this time.  Derr also allegedly absolved suspects who were involved in crimes by taking administrative steps to assure they didn’t get caught.  Derr will be in court March 8th to face an arraignment for the new charges.

GEISINGER LIKELY TO STAY INVESTED IN EVANGELICAL
Three parties including Geisinger, Evangelical Community Hospital and the Department of Justice  have agreed to continue a community investment between the two hospitals.  According to a press release by Geisinger Health a judgement brought about by the Department of Justice in 2020 about the collaboration has been resolved and will now have a public comment period ahead of a final court date so that Geisinger can maintain an investment in Evangelical Community hospital which has previously enhanced the health and wellness of the Lewisburg community and surrounding areas.

ACCIDENT IN LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP HOSPITALIZES ONE
There was a one car accident Tuesday morning in Loyalsock Township after the driver lost control on the ice.  According to the Sun Gazette, an unknown victim suffered injuries after she went down an embankment on Pleasant Hills Road near Northway Road extension about 8:20 am.  Emergency personnel responded and the woman was transported to UPMC Williamsport.  No word on her condition this am.

SPRING SPORTS RULES ARE OUT
There are new guidelines for spring sports after the PIAA board met yesterday to approve the Return to Competition Guidelines for baseball, softball, track and all other spring sports, which could now allow preseason practices to start statewide Monday.  According to PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi, teams can start competition March 26th but the postseason plans remain undecided.  Masks must still be worn by coaches, athletes, and spectators if they cannot maintain sustained physical distance from other people.

TEACHERS BUMPED UP IN THE VACCINATION SCHEDULE
Governor Tom Wolf announced yesterday a news conference that new shipments of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be delivered first to teachers and school staff to ensure students can safely get back into the classroom.  State officials expect a first shipment of 94,000 doses of the newly approved vaccine to arrive this week.  The state is still in Phase 1A of its vaccine plan for health care workers, people 65 and over and younger people with high-risk medical conditions — a population estimated at around 4 million. Teachers currently are grouped in Phase 1B, along with others considered to be essential workers.  According to the state department of health, each intermediate unit region will have at least one vaccination location, with most starting between next Wednesday, March 10, and March 13

WOMAN SCAMMED OVER A CAR
A Selinsgrove woman was scammed out of eight thousand dollars when she tried to buy a car through Facebook Marketplace.  According to state police between Janaury 31st and February 8th the victim attempted to purchase the vehicle  using 1600 dollars in Ebay gift cards and 6400 dollars in Google Play cards.  After sending the cards the victim didn’t get the car.  Police are investigating the incident.  Scams through social media similar to this are common and state police warn consumers to use caution when purchasing items online.

LOCAL COVID UPDATE
Lycoming county reports 25 new cases of the coronavirus as of yesterday at midnight, Northumberland County has 30, Union County has 12.  Statewide, 2,577 new cases have been confirmed with 69 new deaths.  According to the Department of Health another decrease in statewide hospitalizations was reported Tuesday with just over 1,600 people hospitalized with COVID and 169 are on ventilators.

BLOOMSBURG RULES FOR IN-PERSON SCHOOL IN THE FALL
Bloomsburg University has announced it will return to full-time, in-person instruction next fall. According to information released by the school, they make plans based on anticipated vaccine rates, and the easing of COVID restrictions within the commonwealth. On-campus housing facilities will have  no more than two students assigned to a traditional room. Campus dining will be open in-person  and student-athletes can compete with health guidelines driving fan attendenc rules.Bloomsburg’s fall  semester begins Monday, August 23rd.

SPORTS
District 4 Class AA Boys Varsity Basketball
Sayre beat Muncy 61-55, East Juniata beat Canton 52-51
East Juniata will host Sayre Saturday in the class AA Semi-finals
D4 Class A Girls Basketball
North Penn liberty beat Meadowbrook Christian 34-30, Lourdes beat Montgomery 46-20
Day 1 – District 4 Boys Swimming
Central Columbia placed first – Followed by Danville, Bloomsburg and Athens with  Lewisburg in fifth.

District 4 Class AAA Boys Basketball Playoffs today
Warrior Run at Loyalsock, and South Williamsport at Troy @7pm, Bloomsburg at Central Columbia  @8
D4 Class AAAA Girls Basketball Playoffs today
Montoursville is at Central Columbia @5:30, Milton goes to Athens @7, and Danville plays Shamokin @7

NBA
the 76ers beat Jazz 131 to 123, Pacers over the Cavaliers 114 to 111, the Pistons over the Raptors 129 to 105, the Nets beat the Rockets 132 to 114, Hawk beat Magic 115 to 112, Hornets beat the Timberwolves 135 to 102, Bulls beat the Pelicans 128 to 124, Mavericks over Thunder 87 to 78, Trailblazers beat the Warriors 108 – 106, Kings over the Lakers 123 to 120
NBA Tonight
Detroit comes to New York to play the Knicks at 7:30pm

NHL
Capitals beat the Bruins 2 to 1, Maple Leafs over the Oilers 6 to 1, Blues beat the Ducks 3-2, Golden Knights over Wild 5-1, Coyotes beat the Kings 3-2, Avalanche over the Sharks 4-nothing.
NHL Tonight
Flyers head to Pittsburgh @ 7 PM and the Islanders play Buffalo @7, Rangers in New Jersey to play the Devils @7

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