BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS OCTOBER 25, 2022

STUDENT DEATH REPORTED AT WASD

The Superintendent for Williamsport Area Schools issued a statement yesterday via social media announcing the death of a student in the district.  In the statement, Dr. Timothy Bowers said the administration had learned of the death of the high school student earlier on Monday and that they extend their condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.  The school has announced that there will be grief counselors on hand at the school today for students, faculty and staff.  No other details have been released surrounding the incident.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER GRABBING POLICE TASER

A Cogan Station man who tried to take a taser from a city police officer while he was being placed under arrest, is facing a list of assault charges after police were called to a domestic disturbance at an apartment off Lycoming Creek Road in Williamsport.  According to the Sun Gazette, police were called when 33 year old Maurice Thomas allegedly was destroying things and refusing to leave the home of a friend.  When Thomas refused to tell police his identity and resisted arrest he went to grab the taser after the officer had deployed it.  Thomas was arraigned in Lycoming County district court and is incarcerated in lieu of 75 thousand dollars bail.

DEFENDANT IN LITTLE LEAGUE SUIT REQUESTS VENUE CHANGE

The local furniture manufacturer named in the lawsuit along with Little League International for negligence when a player fell from a top bunk and was seriously injured during the Little League World Series, has requested a dismissal or a change of venue of the trial.  According to the Sun Gazette, lawyers for Montoursville’s John Savoy and Son Inc. contested the lawsuit Friday, saying the claims that the injury inflicted upon the player, Easton Oliverson were willful or malicious, do not have factual support. They also contest the accident occurred in Lycoming County, so the suit filed in Philadelphia Court is the wrong venue.  Easton Oliverson continues to recover from the skull fracture and multiple surgeries at his home in Santa Clara. Utah.

TELEVISED US SENATE DEBATE TONIGHT

The political debate between the candidates running for Pennsylvania US Senate will happen tonight in a televised event broadcasting from the ABC 27 studios in Harrisburg.  According to the Sun Gazette, the hour long debate between Democrat Lt Governor John Fetterman and Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz hosted by Nexstar Media Group will be moderated by WPXI anchor Lisa Sylvester and ABC27 news anchor Dennis Owens.  The debate will be carried live on local stations WBRE, WYOU and WETM.  It will also be streamed live online at dcnewsnow.com and several other websites.

EARLY MORNING FIRE REPORTED IN COGAN STATION

There was a structure fire reported on Rose Valley Road in Cogan Station early this morning.  Traffic was affected on Rose Valley Road and Flanagan Hill in both directions between Pleasant Valley Road, and Trout Run Mountain Rd. Multiple fire crews reported to the scene, including Hepburn Township, Loyalsock, Warrensville, Old Lycoming Township and other area fire companies.  The blaze was brought under control before 6am. The state fire marshal was called to the scene.

SERVICE MEMBER DIES AT FORT INDIANTOWN GAP

There was a fatal accident that took the life of a service member Saturday at Fort Indiantown Gap.  According to Penn Live, 20 year old Specialist Mackenzie L. Shay of New Castle was killed in an accident involving multiple service vehicles.  Shay was an Army petroleum supply specialist assigned to the 28th Infantry Division’s Company G, 128th Brigade Support Battalion.  There were three other Pennsylvania National Guard service members injured in the accident, they were treated and released from Penn State Hershey Medical Center as of today.  The last death occurred at Fort Indiantown Gap in 2003 when 25 year old Sgt. Rudolph B. Flaim of Johnstown was shot during a training exercise.

OUTDOOR SIREN TEST AT BUCKNELL TODAY

Bucknell University will be testing its outdoor emergency notification system Tuesday. The university says it will take place at 12 noon and will be broadcast over the campus-wide public address system. The message will also likely be heard by neighbors in residential areas around campus, including both sides of Route 15. During the test, Bucknell will also send a notification via text message, email, and phone to students, faculty and staff who have signed up to receive emergency notifications.

ST JOHN NEUMANN SENIOR NAMED AS PENNDOT AMBASSADOR

There is one Lycoming County representative out of 35 in the state who was named as a PennDOT Young Ambassador of Pennsylvania for 2022-2023.  According to a press release, St. John Neumann Regional Academy senior Jaden Nixon was chosen by officials from the Keep America Beautiful program seeking to inspire young Pennsylvanians to be civic leaders with a shared vision of clean communities.  The fledgling ambassador program was recommended in Governor Wolf’s litter action plan and chose students based on a competitive application process.  The students will serve as ambassadors for 8 months.

SPORTS

PIAA Division 4 Soccer Playoffs this week
Girls Soccer – Class AA

Milton 4                        Williamson 0
Warrior Run 1              Midd-West 0
Boys Soccer – Class AA
Midd-West 6                Lourdes Regional 0


MLB
118th World Series Friday 8:03pm
Philadelphia Phillies vs the Houston Astros @ Minute Maid Park in Houston

The last time the World Series started on a Friday was 107 years ago, when the Phillies vs Boston Red Sox in the 1915 World Series that started Oct. 8. Red Sox won the Series.

NFL Monday Night Football
Bears 33              Patriots 14
NFL Thursday night football
Baltimore is in Tampa Bay at 8:15 on Prime Video.

NBA
76ers 120            Pacers 106
Raptors 98          Heat 90
Knicks 115         Magic 102
Bulls 120            Celtics 102
Rockets 114        Jazz 108
Grizzlies 134      Nets 124
Spurs 115           Timberwolves 106
Trailblazers 135 Nuggets 110

NHL
Capitals 6                      Devils 3
Senators 4                     Stars 2
Oilers 6                         Penguins 3
Jets 4                             Blues 0
Golden Knights 3        Maple Leafs 1
Hurricanes 3                 Canucks 2

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