BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 28, 2022

SUNBURY SHOOTER IN CUSTODY

The Sunbury man who is accused of shooting and killing a man outside a bar last Sunday morning, was taken into custody Monday night at the Relax Inn in Lewisburg by Sunbury police and US Marshals Service.  According to the Daily Item, Randy Easton, who fled after a fight between him and 33 year old Joseph Rice who was declared dead at the scene, is being charged with homicide.  Easton’s companion, 45 year old Lisa Gebhart of White Deer will also be charged with hindering the apprehension of a criminal.

MAN STEALS CAR, SCRAPS IT AT RECYCLING CENTER

A man from Williamsport has been charged with two felonies after he stole a car and sold it for scrap at a Lycoming County Recycling company.  According to North Central PA dot com, police say 62 year old Jack Larue Howlett allegedly had the vehicle towed to the facility in October of 2021.  Employees at Staiman Recycling told police they had a title and bill of sale for the vehicle that was scrapped for 100 dollars, but the employee was deceived by Howlett.  He was arraigned on September 15th and was charged with receiving stolen property and theft.  Howlett was released from custody after posting15 thousand dollars unsecured bail.

SOUTHERN LANES OF CSVT PROJECT OPEN TODAY

Today is when traffic patterns will change in the Northern section work zone of the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation Project.  Southbound traffic that previously used the median crossovers to the northbound side, will shift to the newly completed section of the southbound roadway south of Route 45 in West Chillisquaque Township in Northumberland County. Northbound traffic will remain the same as it is.  Traffic will be down to one lane in each direction,  as the construction in the area continues.

LOSE PARK GROUNDBREAKING STARTS REJUVENATION

The rejuvenation of Lose Park began yesterday with a ceremonial groundbreaking in Williamsport that will see many upgrades at the Memorial Avenue site.  According to the Sun Gazette, Mayor Derek Slaughter was at the event and said the planned improvements for the neighborhood were exciting starting with the park, but that single family homes, rental properties and other housing will be in the community as well.  Expected playground work for the park includes a resurfaced basketball court and more playground equipment as well as new street lights and accessible parking. Funding for local parks comes from the 1993 Keystone fund, derived from the sale of real estate, Lose Park is one of 25 hundred parks benefiting from 250 million dollars in grants.

FIRE IN LOYALSOCK DISPLACES TWO

An elderly Loyalsock Township woman and her son were displaced by a fire that began about 10:30 am Tuesday morning.  According to the Sun Gazette, Louise Wurster, her son Dwayne Wurster, and an aide from the Office of Aging were able to escape the burning home that sustained about 100 thousand dollars in heat and smoke damage. Loyalsock Township firefighters were moments away from the home on Becht Road, and responded along with South Williamsport firemen in the new mutual-aid agreement.  Williamsport and Montoursville fire crews also assisted at the scene.  State fire marshals determined an electrical short of a power strip in a bedroom caused the fire.

BLOOMSBURG MAN STEALS WIDOW’S MOTORCYCLE

A Bloomsburg man told police he would rather go to jail rather than return a 1983 Harley Davidson shovelhead motorcycle he took that belonged to the deceased husband of his former girlfriend after their break-up.  According to North Central PA dot com, 55 year old Dale Walter of Barton Street, told police that he was not giving the bike back after the daughter of the woman who owned the missing bike called police about it September 5th explaining that Walter had moved out and there had been a fight over who owned the belongings.  Walter has been charged with felony theft.

BILL INTRODUCED FOR PUBLIC DEFENDER FUNDS

As one of only two states that do not provide state funding for indigent defense, there is a new bill in Pennsylvania that would provide state level funding for the public defender system in the commonwealth.  According to the Keystone State News, the current system has PA counties responsible for public defender funds and as an example for the consequences of this, Luzerne County has now stopped taking new cases because of budget deficiencies.  The executive director of the Public Defenders Association of Pennsylvania says the current system is failing those who need it the most when the Constitution states the government must provide counsel to those who can’t afford it in criminal cases.

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY JUDGE TO RETIRE

A Northumberland County judge announced today that he is retiring at the beginning of 2023.  According to a press release, Judge Charles Saylor, announced that he will leave his position as President judge so that he can spend time with his wife and grandchildren.  He says there is enough time for a successor’s name to be placed on the ballot, and fellow judges Jones and Rosini are tenured to the Norry bench until 2025.  Saylor was first elected in 2001 and retained in 2011.

SPORTS

Volleyball
Williamsport 3     Cowanesque Valley 0
Wellsboro 3                   Sayre 1
Williamson 3        Towanda 1
Canton 3              Northeast Bradford 1
North Penn-Liberty 3     Wyalusing 0

MLB
Rays 6                 Guardians 5
Pirates 4              Reds 1
Braves 8              Nationals 2
Red Sox 13         Orioles 9
Marlins 6            Mets 4
Cubs 2                 Phillies 1
Yankees 5           Blue Jays 2 – Giving the Yankees their 20th American League East title last night. It’s their  first divisional pennant for New York since 2019

Girls Soccer
Selinsgrove 2                 Jersey Shore 0
Southern Columbia 1     Warrior Run 0
Shikellamy 2                  Lewisburg 1
Hughesville 2                 Midd-West 0
Central Columbia 8       Mount Carmel 0
Milton 3                         Loyalsock 2
Bloomsburg 4                Mifflinburg 1

Chicago Super-fan, 103 year old Sister Jean was given the honor of throwing out the first pitch ahead of the Chicago Cubs versus Philadelphia Phillies matchup last night. Sister Jean is mostly well known for her loyalty to Loyola University during March Madness.

GOLF NEWS
The controversial LIV Golf circuit has signed many big names and sparked widespread conversation over the last several months and is now nearing a deal to buy air time on Fox Sports.   The deal is still being finalized, according to the report. LIV Golf is five events into its inaugural season, with three more on the way before the end of the year. It will expand to 14 tournaments in 2023.

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