BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JUNE 30, 2022

WILLIAMSPORT NEEDS NEW FINANCE DIRECTOR

Members of City Council have received notice that Joseph Pawlak, Williamsport’s Interim Finance Director will no longer be working for the city, and that the critical position needs to be filled quickly.  According to the Sun Gazette, there is no information given about whether Pawlak was let go or took another position elsewhere.  City officials said that as an at-will employee, Pawlak is not able to appeal or have a hearing on the matter. He was first brought on in October 2005 with Mayor Mary Wolf, later with Mayor Campana and now with Mayor Slaughter since 2020.  Pawlak handled payroll, cut checks and would provide information to council and finance committees.

ELDERLY WOMAN WHO CRASHED IN PARKING GARAGE DIES

The 90 year old woman from Danville who was seriously injured Monday after hitting several vehicles in a parking garage has died, According the Montour County Coroner’s office.   Edith Barnhart crashed into multiple vehicles in her Toyota Camry Monday around 1pm while she was at a Geisinger outpatient clinic parking garage.  Barnhart’s initial accident began a chain reaction of accidents that caused her serious injury.  She was transported by ambulance to Geisinger but passed away overnight Tuesday. 

WILLIAMSPORT CONTRACT CHARGED WITH FELONIES

A Lycoming County Contractor has been charged by the Pennsylvania Attorney General for taking over 86 thousand dollars from clients and never delivering the work.  According to North Central PA dot com, Michael Bloom of Williamsport will face 37 felonies including home improvement fraud and theft by deception. If you or anyone you know has been defrauded by Bloom, file a complaint online with the Bureau of Consumer protection or email scams@attorneygeneral dot gov, or call 800-441-2555.

LANE CLOSURE TO CAUSE SLOWDOWNS

There will be a lane closure in West Chillisquaque Township in Northumberland County today so that PennDOT crews can complete a soil remediation project following a previous crash.  According to PennDOT, a contractor will have Route 147 southbound down to one lane just before the Ridge Road intersection.  The right travel lane and shoulder will have flaggers alternating lanes between 7am and 6pm.

POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED AT A VEHICLE

State Police in Selinsgrove are investigating reports of shots fired at a vehicle on June 24th while it was traveling on Route 35 in Snyder County.  According to North Central PA dot com, the driver of a Toyota Yaris says their vehicle was struck by small round object from a bb or pellet gun.  Police say it was between 9:30 and 10:30pm last Friday.  If anyone has information that can assist in the investigation, call State Police in Selinsgrove.

TWO WOMEN TO BE CHARGED WITH HARASSMENT

Charges of  harassment are pending after two women threw water bottles and slushies at each other during a concert at a winery in Rockefeller Township June 24th.  According to State police in Stonington, a child spilled shaved ice on the shoulder of the woman sitting right in front of him.  This accident prompted the woman to turn and throw a water bottle at the woman who was with the child.  That woman then threw a slushy on her.  Police continue to investigate the Northumberland County incident, and say they will file harassment charges.

LOCAL JUDGE TO DECIDE ON ALLOWING A REVEAL OF VOTER RECORDS

Lebanon PA private investigator may get a ruling from a judge in Lycoming County for a chance to examine voter-by-voter records from the 2020 elections, even though the state  Office of Open Records said the records are confidential and previously denied her request.  Heather Honey of Haystack Investigations is still seeking a digital copy of the Lycoming County “cast vote record”, but now county officials say what she is looking for could disclose the identity of voters.  Governor Tom Wolf asked acting Secretary of State Leigh Chapman to intervene, saying in court earlier this month that records Honey seeks from many counties in Pennsylvania, are produced before tabulation and counting of votes has occurred, so it isn’t a really digital tally that Honey would get.  She would get the unprocessed data and Chapman says that is problematic.

FORMER LEWISBURG MAYOR HONORED

A former Lewisburg Mayor has been honored with a Bronze star that is displayed now on Market Street after a ceremony Tuesday.  According to media outlets, Judy Wagner was honored as athank you for her work as the mayor of Lewisburg for 20 years. Wagner retired in December.  She was also a teacher and guidance counselor in the Lewisburg Area School District for 38 years and now serves on the Regional Police Commission and the Lewisburg Shade Tree Commission.

SPORTS

MLB
Yankees 5           A’s 3
Pirates 8              Nationals 7
Astros 2               Mets 0
Mariners 9          Orioles 3
Braves 4              Phillies 1
Red Sox 6           Blue Jays 5
Guardians 7        Twins 6
Cubs 8                 Reds 3

MLB Draft League
Williamsport Crosscutters 5 West Virginia Black Bears 4
 (1-1) Game 3 tonight -Muncy Bank Ballpark, 1st Pitch @6:35pm

NBA
Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden has declined his $47.3 million option and will become a free agent, according to ESPN.  Harden could negotiate a new deal with Philly that would deliver the Sixers roster-building flexibility in free agency — including use of the full $10.5 million exception.  Teams may begin negotiating deals with free agents starting at 6pm tonight. However, those players cannot officially sign until 12:01 p.m. Eastern on July 6.

NCAA Football
The 21 thousand seat student sections at Penn State’s Beaver stadium sold out in minutes again this year as reported by Penn Live, as each section is sold in waves to each incoming class – but there are still seats available around the stadium for the seven home games this year.  First game is at Beaver Stadium on Sept. 10 against Ohio. The annual Whiteout game is Oct. 22 against Minnesota, and Ohio State is here Oct. 29.

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