BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JUNE 27, 2022

PA LEGISLATION HAS RESPONSE TO ABORTION RULING

Following the decision of the US Supreme court to overturn Roe vs Wade last week, it’s noted that Pennsylvania does not have an automatic legal restriction of abortion services, but legislation has been introduced that faces all those legal hurdles on both sides of the issue.  According to the Sun Gazette, legislation has been introduced this session that seeks to protect as well as change the current law allowing an abortion for women in their 24th week or later if the mother’s life is at risk.  Governor Wolf has vetoed bills attacking current law in the past. In the upcoming election climate, democratic candidate Josh Shapiro supports current law upholding abortion rights, Doug Mastriano wants a total ban on abortions with no exceptions. 

TWO EMPLOYEES INDICTED IN CREDIT UNION LOAN FRAUD

Two credit union employees from New Columbia, a mother and daughter, have been indicted after using member’s names and information to fraudulently apply for loans totaling up to 1.2 million dollars.  According to Penn Live, 68 year old Mindy Plasters and 33 year old Brittany Aikey were arraigned and later released following charges against them including conspiracy to commit bank fraud against Nu Credit Union In Milton.  According to court records the two allegedly worked together to complete the fake transactions between 2009 and 2017.

FIREFIGHTER BILL CAN HELP JUNIOR FIREFIGHTERS

In an effort to try and turn around an urgent need for trained firefighters in Pennsylvania, House Bill 2268 has unanimously passed in the House allowing a 17-year-old junior firefighter to complete the Interior Firefighting Module with Live Burns training program in the Fire Training System. This would allow junior firefighters to become full-fledged members of a firehouse as soon as they become 18.  To take the additional training at 17, junior firefighters would need to have the permission of their parents and fire chief.  The legislation now goes to the Senate for consideration.

PENN COLLEGE TO HONOR GILMORE

With the upcoming retirement of Penn College President, Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour on June 30th, the Board of Directors there is honoring her achievements, by renaming of the Student & Administrative Services Center building in her honor. The board also granted emeritus status to Gilmour, who retires after 24 years as President.  She was an instructor at the school since 1977.

NURSE’S AIDE CHARGED WITH STEALING MEDS

An Avis woman is in trouble after falsifying documents and stealing opioids from a facility where she worked as a nurses aide.  According to the Sun Gazette, 33 year old Joanna Marie Beck, stole oxycodone pills after falsely recording that she administered them to a patient at the former Manor Care, now known as Promedica Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center in Jersey Shore.  Beck has been charged with theft and furnishing false information and has been terminated from her position at the center.  She is free on 25 thousand dollars bail after waiving her preliminary hearing.

MAN AND HIS DOG SURVIVE VEHICLE CRASH

A man from Delaware County and his dog, Liz, had a close call Sunday around noon after his vehicle went airborne over an embankment on Route 15 north, south of the Rt. 184 interchange crashing 50 feet below and they survived.  According to the Sun Gazette, the 50 year old man was wearing a seatbelt in the crash that was potentially caused by a high rate of speed.  Police say he climbed up the embankment from where his 2011 Dodge Ram truck crashed with only a bit of assistance from Trout Run firefighters who had arrived on the scene.  Liz, who was a passenger in the truck but uninjured, was cared for at the fire house while her owner was treated for his injuries at UPMC Williamsport.

WATER AND SEWER RATES GOING UP

Rates for water and sewer are going up July 1st.  According to the Sun Gazette, 51 thousand Municipal water and sanitary customers in Williamsport will see a rate increase and other townships also will raise rates.  According to the Sun Gazette, with new budgets for the fiscal year, the increases are set through til 2023.  Water authority officials say that water rates will increase by five percent and sewer will go up by 4 percent – about a 34 dollar increase for an average home.

NEW PA PRIDE BEER AVAILABLE

Highlighting the love and pride it has for Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry, PA Pride has released its’ 6th beer in an 8 beer series, all featuring ingredients exclusively found in Pennsylvania; called Fruited Sour.  According to North Central PA dot com, Bald Birds Brewery in Jersey Shore is one place in Central PA to try the new offering.  State sourced ingredients include grain and malt from Deer Creek Malthouse in West Chester, hops from Southern Aroma in King of Prussia and the special Philly Sour Yeast that was isolated in West Philadelphia by a research team from University Of The Sciences.  Two more beers are expected in the series; Amber Lager and a Multi-Grain Saison.  Go to breweries in pa dot com for more information.

SPORTS

NASCAR
After a rain delay for the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway, Chase Elliott beat Kurt Busch in a restart and held the lead with nine laps to go, followed by Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, and Ross Chastain to round out the top five.

NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Final
Avalanche 2  Lightning 1
Colorado wins the Stanley Cup Final for the 3rd time in franchise history

MLB
Marlins 3            Mets 2
Yankees 6           Astros 3 /10 innings
Red Sox 8           Guardians 3
Rays 4                 Pirates 2
White Sox 4       Orioles 3
Nationals 6         Rangers 4
Reds 10               Giants 3
Phillies 8             Padres 5
Dodgers 5           Braves 3

MLB Draft League
Crosscutters return home to Muncy Bank Ballpark tomorrow night against the West Virginia Black Bears with a first pitch at 6:35.

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