BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MARCH 8, 2021

MUNCY WOMAN FILES FALSE POLICE REPORT FOR ALLEGED ABDUCTION
A Muncy woman is charged with several misdemeanors after she brandished a gun following her confronting a man she thought to be inappropriately speaking with a juvenile in a Pennsdale convenience store parking lot.  According to North Central PA dot com, State police in Montoursville said 28 year old Alyssa Mae Fuller of Muncy reportedly called in an attempted child abduction.  But police say it was a false report and the man allegedly accused, 24 year old Michael Kula of Pennsdale, was allegedly assaulted by an unidentified man while in the parking area.  Kula later did tell police that he was speaking with a juvenile through social media.  Fuller was charged with six second-degree misdemeanors and is scheduled to appear before Judge Jon Edward Kemp on April 9.

BIDEN HARRIS BARN BURNED IN MIFFLIN COUNTY
A barn in Reedsville that served as a backdrop for the 2020 Biden presidential campaign has burned down and Mifflin County Regional Police have not said they are investigating any cases of arson at this time.  According to WGAL-tv, the barn that was painted in support of Biden and Harris, belonged to Robin and Lawrence Herst, but at 1 a.m. on Saturday morning multiple fire companies were called to the Tea Creek Road property to fight the blaze that destroyed the structure.  A GoFundMe page has been set up for the barn’s restoration, with a $10,000 goal.

GEISINGER RESUMING MORE SERVICES
Some hospital services are getting back to normal.  According to a press release, Geisinger Medical Center says they have been able to resume near normal levels of service using operating rooms and are reaching out again to patients for scheduling of non-emergency surgeries.  As far as appointments for COVID-19 vaccines, Geisinger says scheduling for new first dose appointments remain suspended as they work to reschedule 40,000 disrupted appointments due to weather and supply problems last month.

FINES FOR DUBOISTOWN RESIDENTS WHO DON’T CLEAR CARS FROM ROAD
At the Duboistown Borough Council meeting last Thursday, officials resolved that they will enforce cases of negligence when residents fail to move their vehicles from the street near their property and clearing sidewalks during snowstorms.  According to the Sun Gazette, moving forward this year, a resident will get one warning and then will charge a fifty dollar penalty.  During recent winter weather cars were not moved in a timely manner and it became an issue to replow roads that had already been done.   In other Duboistown business, the borough announced its yearly community yard sale will happen on May 1st.

SHOTS FIRED IN WILLIAMSPORT SATURDAY
Three separate incidents in Williamsport resulted in reports of shots fired Saturday night. According to Williamsport bureau of Police, a call came in about 8pm for gunfire around the 1100 block of Almond St.  Later around 10pm there was another report of gunshots at the 1200 block of Vine Avenue and then 30 minutes later another report of shots fired came from that same area of Vine Ave.  Police responded to these incidents but no details have been released on whether an active investigation is underway.

13 YEAR-OLD THREATENS ANOTHER WITH A KNIFE
A juvenile threatened another person in Watsontown on Saturday afternoon with a knife. According to media outlets police say a 13-year-old male was charged after he allegedly made terroristic threats and recklessly endangered another person according to police. The unidentified juvenile was turned over to the Northumberland County juvenile probation department

PROGRAM TO ASSIST WITH CRIME INVESTIGATIONS
Williamsport city Council has approved a new tool for Williamsport police.   According to media outlets, in an effort to assist the department with evidence collection for crimes, accidents, and missing persons cases, Crimewatch was approved to be used as a digital site and interactive tool for law-enforcement so they can connect with residential or commercial surveillance cameras and  register them with the department. The program will also able be linked to mobile devices for ease of officer use and gathering additional information during investigations.

LOCAL MAN TAPPED FOR AMERICAN IDOL
23-year-old Brennan “Beane” Hepler a Montoursville native impressed the judges last night on American Idol and has  had his ticket punched to got to Hollywood and continue on through the program this season.  According to ABC, Hepler received a yes vote from judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, but a no from judge Luke Bryan .  Hepler was a member of Williamsport’s Uptown Music Collective and graduated from Berkley College of Music in 2019.

SPORTS

Boys HS Varsity Basketball from Saturday
North Penn Liberty over Lourdes 44-36, Wyalusing beat Northeast Bradford 60-54 Girls HS Varsity Basketball
Lourdes beat Sullivan County to 43-27, Southern Columbia beat Northeast Bradford 77-62

Boys HS Wrestling
P I-AA class AAA West Super Regional Williamsport’s Riley Bauer and Cael Nasdeao placed third and fourth respectively, and  in the AAA Central Mountain’s Luke Simcox placed second.  In the PIAA AA East SuperRegional Muncy’s Scott Johnson had a top four finish.  All four are now qualified for next week’s State Tournament in Hershey

NASCAR
Kyle Larson won Sunday driving for Hendrick Motorsports  at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in his first NASCAR Cup race since his suspension
Brad Keselowski was third followed by Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney in fifth

NBA All Star Game

Team LeBron beat team Durant 170 to 150

NHL

Capitals beat the Flyers 3-1, Penguins over the Rangers 5-1, Islanders beat the Sabre 5-2, Lightning beat the Blackhawks 6-3, Hurricanes over the Panthers 4-2, Devils beat the Bruins 1-nothing, Predators over the Stars 4-3, Senators over the Flames 4-3

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