BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MARCH 24, 2021

POLICE INVESTIGATING REPORTS OF A WEEKEND SHOOTING
Williamsport Police are still investigating a shooting that occurred Sunday night in the city.  According to the Sun Gazette, Williamsport police said the incident may have occurred after a fight started near the 2500 block of West Fourth Street around 7:30pm.  Officers say there is no threat to the public at this time and no one was injured, but has asked that anyone with information contact Williamsport Police Agent Jeremy Brown.

MIFFLINBURG SCHOOL ON REMOTE LEARNING THROUGH MONDAY
Five positive COVID cases in the Miffinburg Area High School has forced the district to close the high school and switch to remote learning through this Monday.  According to an email from Superintendent Dan Lichtel, they will close the High School building to clean and sanitize the facility.  He said the people who were potentially exposed to the virus have been notified to self-quarantine.  Extracurricular activities at Mifflinburg are outdoors only at this time and plans for the Spring Musical  have been postponed until April.

CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST COGAN STATION MAN
All charges against a Cogan Station man who allegedly used a stolen credit card to make a purchase have been withdrawn after the victim did not appear in court.  According to the Sun Gazette, 44 year old Craig Eck had been accused of theft and access device fraud from December 19th  when they said he used a credit card belonging to Earthworks at a Best Buy store.  District Judge William Solomon withdrew the charges at this week’s preliminary  hearing.

GRANT GIVEN TO PENN COLLEGE FOR FLAG
The Williamsport-Lycoming Flags Across America Designated Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania has awarded a $2,600 grant to Penn College of Technology toward maintenance of the 1,800-square-foot American flag near the main campus entrance. The annual award is used for perpetual care of the flag – including as-needed maintenance, replacement and retirement of the flag and flagpole, as well as any landscaping and other beautification of the immediate area. According to a Penn College press release, each 30-by-60-foot flag lasts three to six months, depending on weather conditions and normal wear-and-tear. As the flags become ripped or tattered they are refurbished.

FUGITIVE TASK FORCE CAPTURES MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULT
A New Jersey man has been taken into custody by the US Marshalls Fugitive Task Force yesterday after police say he assaulted a man with a hammer outside a Williamsport Bar in February.  According to North Central PA dot com, 40 year old Kareem A. Hutt, of Clementon, New Jersey was transported back to Lycoming County from Philadelphia this week to face charges that he attempted to kill a man outside of the Shamrock Grill on West Fourth Street .  Police say the attack was captured on surveillance footage February 2nd at about 7pm before Hutt fled the area.  The victim was hospitalized and treated for a fractured skull and brain bleed.  During Hutt’s preliminary hearing, bail was denied and he is being held in the Lycoming County Prison.

LOCAL COVID UPDATE
There are 35 new cases of the coronavirus in Lycoming County as of yesterday, Northumberland county reports 30, Union County has 23, Snyder has 10. The state Department of Health reported 3,515 additional positive cases of COVID-19, there were 39 new deaths.  The state of Pennsylvania is inching closer to a million coronavirus cases. As of midday yesterday the total cases in the state was 991,950.

BODY CAMS COMING TO POLICE IN SUNBURY
Police in Sunbury will begin using body cameras next month.  According to the Daily Item, Sunbury Police Chief Brad Hare announced to City Council about the new body cams and upgraded technology Monday night. Last July, supervisors in Mahoning Township in Montour County approved the purchase of body cameras for its officers.  Existing dashboard cameras in police cruisers will be paid for with a $50,000 grant obtained from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.  Hare said the body cameras are on constant record and download automatically when officers return to the station.  .

LITTER CAMPAIGN BEGINS IN PA
Governor Tom Wolf encouraged residents yesterday to help reduce litter by joining the statewide “Pick Up Pennsylvania” campaign of community cleanups running through May 31. The governor also invites everyone to learn about litter’s negative impacts in a free online discussion, “Don’t Trash Pennsylvania,” this Friday from noon to 12:45 PM, on the DEP Facebook page.  Speakers from DEP, PennDOT, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will discuss Pennsylvania’s litter challenge and answer questions.

SPORTS
HS Boys Basketball
PIAA Triple A Semifinal

Loyalsock 83
Math, Civics & Science 70

The Lancers, who are 24-1, take on Brookville, this Saturday afternoon, at 230, at Hershey in the Giant Center for the state championship. 

NBA
76ers beat the Warriors 108 to 98, Nuggets over Magic 110 to 99, Knicks beat the  Wizards 131 to 113, the Pelicans beat the Lakers 128 to 111, Suns beat  Heat 110 to 100, and the Nets beat the Trailblazers 116 to 112

NHL

Devils beat the Flyers 4-3, Blackhawks beat the Panthers 3-2, Predators beat the Red Wings 2-nothing, Lightning beat Stars 2-1, Coyotes over Avalanche 5-4, and Islanders and Bruins were postponed

NCAA March Madness coming up on Saturday
Midwest Region – (12) Oregon State meets (8) Loyola Chicago at 2:40 PM, and (11) Syracuse faces (2) Houston at 5:15pm,  In the South Region,  (5) Villanova faces (number 1) Baylor at 7:25p, (15) Oral Roberts faces (3)Arkansas at 9:55pm in the Second round of the Sweet 16.

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