BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS AUGUST 16, 2022

LITTLE LEAGUE PLAYER INJURED IN NON-GAME ACCIDENT

A Little League player from Utah was hospitalized with a serious head injury overnight Sunday after he fell from the top bunk bed in the barracks in Williamsport.  According to a Fox news affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utah, Easton Oliverson was airlifted to Danville where he went through surgery successfully, and is still in critical condition awaiting more tests.  Easton is a member of Snow Canyon Little League, the first ever team from Utah to compete in the Little league World Series, representing the Mountain region. His family and supporters have rallied for Easton’s recovery and say his team will play on in the series.

SEVERAL STILL HOSPITALIZED AFTER HIT AND RUN IN BERWICK

There are four people still hospitalized in critical condition and ten others have been released, after a car careened into a group of supporters Saturday night at a fundraiser for the family who lost 10 people in an August 5th fire in Nescopeck.  According to the Sun Gazette, police say 50 year old Rebecca Reese was the victim killed at the fundraiser, when 24 year old Adrian Sura Reyes drove into the gathering of about 75 in a parking lot at a bar in Berwick.  Investigators say Reyes purposefully struck the people then went a mile away to his home, where he allegedly hit his mother with the car and then beat her with a hammer.  He is in Columbia County prison under no bail and will have a preliminary hearing August 29.

HOMEOWNERS CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF GRANTS

Thanks to a bipartisan budget plan that was passed last month, low and middle income homeowners will be able to take advantage of the Whole Home Repair Bill, which provides up to 50 thousand dollars worth of funds for homeowners to make repairs they are struggling to afford.  Landlords with 5 properties or less are eligible for the grants, as well.  The first-in-the-nation program is a first step to address the affordable housing crisis in the Commonwealth and Congress has earmarked 125 million dollars in the budget for it.

HOT WEATHER DRESS CODE FOR SHAMOKIN

The Shamokin Area School District will allow a relaxed dress code for the start of school due to no air conditioning in the elementary school and only partial air in the high school.  According to media outlets, Shamokin Superintendent, Chris Venna, sent an email to parents and said the dress code will allow students to wear t-shirts without collars and shorts that go to the knee at least from the start of school next Monday until September 2nd.  Students may carry water bottles with them, also to help stay hydrated in the warm classrooms.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SELLING FENTANYL TO INFORMANT

A Williamsport man who allegedly sold fentanyl to a confidential informant at a home on Park Avenue has been charged in Lycoming County court.  According to North Central PA dot com, 37 year old Mikal Lamar Lattimore was charged August 3rd with felony drug possession and criminal use of a communication device after the informant contacted him on social media for the drugs earlier this year. Lattimore is being held on 75 thousand dollars bail and will be arraigned August 29th.

MINOR ACCUSED OF SETTING FIRE TO A SNYDER COUNTY BARN

A 14 year old minor in Snyder County has been charged with setting a barn on fire.  According to North Central PA dot com, Bennerville Fire Company was dispatched to a barn fire at the 1000 block of Fairview Road in West Beaver Township at about 10:30 pm on August 2nd.  State police started an investigation and found the 14 year old was responsible for the blaze, but no injuries were reported.  The fire caused about 10 thousand dollars-worth of damage, but no word on the charges against the 14 year old.

NEW FUNDS FOR WATER SYSTEM IN JERSEY SHORE

Senator Gene Yaw of the 23rd District helped secure an investment of about 375 thousand dollars in American Rescue Plan Act Funds that will go to help improve water service under the Jersey Shore Joint Water Authority, according to a news conference held Friday at the Williamsport Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.  The Sun Gazette reports the funding is part of a million dollar grant that also will help the Montgomery Water Authority, and be especially helpful for service for the Timber Run Industrial Park.  The funds are expected to be used to repair a water line that has been exposed on Larry’s Creek along Route 287, that services almost 7 thousand customers.

KRAFT-HEINZ RECALLS CAPRI SUN POUCHES

Pittsburgh based Kraft Heinz has recalled thousands of Capri Sun juice pouch cases after cleaning solution was discovered to have mixed with the juice during processing.  According to a statement by the company Friday, Capri Sun Wild Cherry flavored juice with a best used by date of June 25th 2023 is the lot of juice pouches affected by the recall.  The company is working with retailers to make sure the produce is off store shelves.  If you have some of this product, don’t consume it and return it to the store from where you bought it for a refund.

SPORTS

MLB
          Guardians 4        Tigers 1 Game 1
          Tigers 7               Guardians 5 Game 2
Phillies 4             Reds 3
Nationals 5         Cubs 4
Rays 4                 Yankees 0
Orioles 7             Blue Jays 3
Braves 13            Mets 1

MLB Draft League
Crosscutters were off last night – they head to Trenton to play Thunder tonight, the first in a three-game series 1st pitch 7pm

Little League

In the Babe Ruth Baseball 13 Yr old World Series in Glen Allen, VA
West End’s All star team is up for their final pool play in the single elimination tournament this morning at 10am.
Junior Little League
Keystone 13 Wisconsin 1 at the Junior World Series in Taylor, Michigan this week.  This was their first game in the series.  They’re set to play Game #16 Wednesday @8 PM

Majors – Mid Atlantic Champion Hollidaysburg will play Thursday during the LLWS.

NFL Preseason
Week 2 starts Thursday when it’s Chicago vs. Seattle Seahawks @8pm at Washington’s Lumen Field
The Steelers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday @7pm
The Eagles vs. Browns Sunday @1pm

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