BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 27, 2021

LITTLE LEAGUE MAJORS

For at least one more day, Hepburn Lycoming’s Little League major division state title hopes remain alive after a 7-5 win Monday over Valley West in an elimination game of the Pennsylvania state tournament. Hepburn Lycoming survived despite three consecutive sixth-inning home runs from Valley West, which cut a five-run lead to just two. Next: Hepburn Lycoming vs. Upper Providence, today, 1:30 p.m.

MOLD IN CITY HALL

Emergency cleaning efforts yesterday improved the air quality, but it was a band-aid on a larger wound. Mold has taken up residence in Williamsport City Hall and employees may be  temporarily relocated to another city-owned building, depending on air and mold test results, according to Mayor Derek Slaughter. The Mayor explained,  “We have mold issues, odor, and the walls are literally melting.”  Council President Randall J. Allison said the immediate primary concern is, of course, the safety and health of the employees and elected officials that work in City Hall.

DRIVER IDENTIFIED

The driver who was found dead in his overturned pickup truck in a ditch along Spook Hollow Road just before 9 a.m. Sunday has been identified as Reynold Snyder II, 67, of Linden, according to the Lycoming County Coroner’s Office. It appeared that he likely suffered a medical episode behind the wheel as he was traveling north on the two-lane road, according to investigators. The investigation continues.

TRAFFIC VIOLATION YIELDS DRUG ARREST

Based upon the driver failing to use a turn signal on Memorial Avenue, officers from the Williamsport Bureau of Police initiated a traffic stop. A search of the vehicle allegedly turned up more than 500 grams of cocaine. According to the report, the driver, who was identified as Tammy Lou Sewell, 44, of Jersey Shore was the only occupant of the vehicle.  Through a series of text messages viewed by authorities, they were able to connect Damion Garland Thompson, 44, of Selinsgrove to the deal. Thompson was charged with multiple felonies and initially held on $99,000 monetary bail and detained at the Lycoming County Prison. On July 16, his bail was changed to unsecured with supervised bail. Sewell was charged with multiple felonies.

UPWARDS OF ONE MILLION GALLONS OF WATER LEAKED

One million gallons of water was lost in leaks from the pool at Memorial Park in 2019, , according to Mayor Derek Slaughter.  “One million gallons is unacceptable,” said Slaughter. The goal this year is to locate the source of the leak, or leaks, and properly fix the issue.”  The pool is expected to be repaired and re-opened for the 2022 summer season. The city has hosted “Community Splash Days,” free for residents. The last one of the season is planned for Aug. 13 from 4-7 p.m.

FOOT PURSUIT NEAR SUNBURY INVOLVING WILLIAMSPORT MAN

An armed man led state police on a foot pursuit on Sunday afternoon. The incident on Packer Island Sunday resulted in an extensive law enforcement response, and the arrest of a Williamsport man. It started around 4pm, when court papers say state police tried to stopped a car on Packer Island. One passenger in the vehicle took off on foot, and while running, discarded several things, including a loaded 40-caliber Glock handgun. Eric Locke of Williamsport, was apprehended and is facing weapons charges, as well as counts of tampering with evidence, resisting arrest, and drug charges. Locke was arraigned in district court and is now jailed on $200,000 bail.

ALIZE JOHNSON VISITS FROM BROOKLYN TO HIS ROOTS

Alize Johnson, a professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets, is originally from Williamsport and a graduate of St. John Neumann Regional Academy and recently held an event at Williamsport’s Flanigan Park complete with a car giveaway, basketball tournament, dance competition, local venders, free food and flavored ice. Johnson thanked his fans and went on to say …“Anytime I’ve been around you guys in the off season, just celebrating and having a good time, it’s really good for me.”

CUP GOLF TOURNAMENT

The 21st annual Cup Golf Tournament, a major fundraiser for the Muncy Historical Society’s community outreach objectives, begins at 8:30 a.m. on August 14 at White Deer Golf Complex.  A four-person scramble, with the $75 registration fee ($300 per team) includes  refreshments; green fees; a cart; lunch; a “goodie” bag; and on-course contests, including a “hole-in-one” contest. The registration deadline is August 7, and is limited to amateur golfers age 18 and older. Registration forms are available at the Historical Society, or may be downloaded.

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