BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JUNE 2, 2022

WILLIAMSPORT MAN JAILED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT OF MINORS

 A Williamsport man has been incarcerated after investigators learned that over a two year period, he was paying juveniles after he sexually assaulted them.  According to the Sun Gazette, 35 year old Devin Mims of Dove Street also promoted the prostitution of minors and threatened several juveniles with guns if he was unhappy with the circumstances.  Court recordfs that were previously sealed have become public revealing that Mims faces more than 250 criminal charges including 25 counts of statutory sexual assault as well as trafficking in individuals charges.  A district judge remanded him to the Lycoming County Prison without bail.

LANE RESTRICTIONS ON 654 THIS WEEK

There will be lane restrictions beginning this morning on Route 654 in Limestone, Bastress and Susquehanna Townships in Lycoming County today.  According to PennDOT, maintenance crews will be out this morning until 5pm today and again tomorrow 6a-5p for sealcoating on 654 between the intersection with Route 44 and the Duboistown Borough Line with flaggers taking traffic down to a single lane.   District 3 officials say seal coating has proven to be a cost-effective means to preserve our roadway network and also enhances the skid resistance of the roadway.

CITY SEEKS PUMP STATION DESIGN UPGRADE BIDS

Williamsport levee pump stations at Spring Run, Mill Race and Arch Street were reviewed recently by engineering companies potentially interested in putting in a proposal for designs of the upcoming repairs that will be needed.  According to the Sun Gazette, city engineer Jon Sander said nine pump stations in all need upgrades after they were installed in the 1960s and 70s.  The levee repairs are a priority eligible project using American Rescue Plan Act funds with expenditures expected to reach about 2.1 million dollars.  Bid specifications are to be coordinated with the US Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District with the job specs listed now on PennBid, and remaining for two months.

FIRE COMPANY REQUESTS GRANT FOR RENOVATIONS

The Old Lycoming Township Volunteer Fire Company has received a letter of support from the board of township supervisors to accompany a million dollar grant for upgrades and renovations for the Dewey Avenue building they currently use.  According to the Sun Gazette, if the company obtains the grant, they will modify the stations current 32 year-old building to accommodate growth that would help recruit and retain future volunteers. It could include renovating close to 1500 square feet of space within the existing facility, to include dormitory housing and bath facilities for volunteers, paid staff and college live-ins.

WOMAN CHARGED IN BABY WIPE CHOKING DEATH

A woman from Everett, PA has been charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children and other charges after doctors determined a three year old in her care Saturday died after choking on baby wipes.  According to WTAE Pittsburgh, 31 year old Chelsea Cooley called 911 to report the choking and 3 year old Travis W. Young was airlifted to UPMC Children’s Hospital where doctors say he died Sunday.  An autopsy determined the death of the boy to be strangulation. They did not list the relationship between Cooley and the boy.  A preliminary hearing for Cooley is June 8 @9 in Bedford County Central Court.

CENTRE COUNTY MAN FLEES FROM SHOOTING SCENE

A man who fled from police after a shooting in Centre County yesterday is in custody.  According to North Central Pa Dot com, a shooting occurred at a home between two males on Capstone Lane in Worth Township and State Troopers at Rockview were called to the scene.  The shooting suspect fled the scene and the victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.  Police eventually tracked down the shooter and arrested him without incident. 

CITY COUNCIL WANTS BUDGET INFO EARLIER

The Mayor of Williamsport has responded to city council’s request to begin addressing the 2023 budget this summer so that the Williamsport City Council Finance Committee can include relevant budget talks with city departments as they roll toward the end of the year.  According to the Sun Gazette, Mayor Derek Slaughter told the council in a statement that the request to have information early is reasonable, but he’s waiting for information from state and city auditors who have not yet completed their audits.  Councilwoman Liz Miele has asked the administration for a report on the city’s debt and other information that can benefit the council as they prepare for budget talks.

BOALSBURG COUPLE PROVIDES PENN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP

Pennsylvania College of Technology has established the Thomas C. and Rhonda R. Miller Scholarship for Penn College students enrolled in automated manufacturing or welding and metal fabrication programs.  According to a press release, the couple from Boalsburg gifted the endowed scholarship out of a strong belief in the impact the program at Penn College has on the economy in the commonwealth.  The scholarship gives first preference to full time students from Northcentral Pennsylvania, and is renewable as long as a student maintains a 2.5 GPA or higher.

BLOOMSBURG FAIR RACEWAY CANCELS TONIGHT DUE TO POTENTIAL BAD WEATHER

Severe weather has caused the cancellation of the evening of racing tonight at the Bloomsburg Fair Raceway that was to feature the Rapid Tire USA East Coast Sprints, ARDC Midgets and FWD 4-Cylinder Stocks. According to a press release, they’ll race again June 7th with modifieds in a North/South combo race with the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series. Get details at racing.bloomsburgfair.com or on Facebook under “Bloomsburg Fair Raceway”.

SPORTS

District 2-4 Class 6A Softball Final from Tuesday
Williamsport beat Hazleton 8- 2 – The Millionaires win their first Sub-regional Title since 2012

NCAA Football
The dates and themes for Penn State football’s 2022 seven-game home schedule were released yesterday.  One favorite, the annual White Out game will be a prime-time showdown with Big Ten West rival Minnesota, on Oct. 22 at 7:30 pm– the same day as State College’s Homecoming weekend.


NHL
Rangers 6 Lightning 2-  East Final Game 1
NHL Tonight
Oilers and Avalanche @8 PM on TNT – West Final Game 2 – Colorado up 1 in the series
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NBA Tonight
Boston is at Golden State for the NBA Finals Game 1 @9 PM on ABC


MLB
Guardians 4 Royals 0
Mets 5 Nationals 0
Braves 6 Diamondbacks 0
Phillies 6 Giants 5
Rockies 13 Marlins 12 in 10
Orioles 9 Mariners 2
Red Socks 7 Reds 1
Pirates 8  Dodgers 4
Angels and Yankees were postponed due to weather

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