BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

ANOTHER SENTENCED IN 2016 DOUBLE HOMICIDE
More sentencing has taken place this week in the double homicide home invasion case from 2016 when Shane Wright and his mother Kristine Kibler were killed in their Williamsport home.  According to the Sun Gazette, 22 year old Casey Wilson pled guilty this year to murder charges.  He also testified against Jordan Rawls and Joseph Coleman Jr. in the trial, saying he drove them to the crime scene on Poplar Street.  Wilson was sentenced to 23 to 50 years in state prison.

COUPLE JAILED AFTER SHOPPING SPREE WITH ANOTHERS MONEY
A Lycoming County couple who found an extra 120 thousand dollars in their bank account by mistake and spent it on cars and campers has been jailed on theft and receiving stolen property after the bank discovered they had deposited the funds into the wrong account.  The Williamsport Sun Gazette reports that Robert and Tiffany Williams of Montoursville withdrew over 100 thousand dollars from their BB&T bank account after a teller there mislaid the money in May of this year, intending it for another customer.  Police were notified this summer when the bank couldn’t complete an agreement with the Williams’ to repay the money.  They were arraigned this Tuesday in district court and were released on 25 thousand dollars bail each.

COMMISSIONERS APPROVE EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT FOR TIRA
Lycoming County commissioners met yesterday and approved an executive secretary for newly appointed judge Ryan Tira in a 2-1 vote.  Commissioner Rick Mirabito voted against the motion, telling the Sun Gazette that as they face a budget deficit, cuts or a restructured secretarial system is needed as technology changes administrative workloads.  Commissioners Jack McKernan and Tony Mussare voted in favor of the hiring based on the workload expected for Tira’s office.

AIR QUALITY OK AT SCHOOL FACILITY
Officials at Selinsgrove Elementary School says the building’s air quality is good and safe.  Superintendent Dr. Chad Cohrs told WKOK that an inspection August 28th of the duct work in the school turned up no hazards.  A former teacher told the media last month that the circulation in the school caused her respiratory problems – but officials at the school said physicians consulted did not identify any substance that was harmful.  Cohrs said mold issues were reported last year and solved, with no re-occurrences.

“SWATTING”  SUSPECT HANDED PROBATION, FINES
A Tennessee teenager is facing charges this week after he was accused of a “swatting” incident in which he made false threatening calls to police about Line Mountain High School.  State police in Stonington say the juvenile is charged with third-degree felonies including making terroristic threats, theft by extortion, threat to use weapon of mass destruction and other charges. WNEP reports that Northumberland County Court sentenced him to probation, over 5000 dollars in fines and will write letters of apology to the victims.  He will complete a victim awareness program, and perform 60 hours of community service.  Troopers say the supervision responsibilities will be transferred to Tennessee.

NOTHUMBERLAND TRAFFIC WOES DETAILED
Details have been released on what caused the long back-ups of traffic Tuesday afternoon on Route 11 between Northumberland and Shamokin Dam.  Selinsgrove State Police say 51 year old Todd James of Selinsgrove rear-ended the vehicle of 37 year old Mandy Mahaffey of Sunbury on the Route 147 south detour around Northumberland.  WKOK says the road was closed for about an hour and had traffic backed up into Northumberland.  Two teenage passengers involved in the wreck were taken to UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury for possible injuries.  The drivers were uninjured and James was cited with a traffic violation.

SENATOR APPOINTED AS CHAIRMAN OF APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
State Sen. Gene Yaw has been appointed to serve as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Infrastructure and Government Operations, according to a recent the Appropriations Committee announcement.  Five Republicans and four Democrats will review funding levels for a variety of state agencies including, the Lt. Governor’s Office, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Transportation and Department of State and more.  Senator Yaw said in a press release that he will work with his colleagues to appropriate tax money wisely.

SUSQUEHANNA RANKED HIGH AMONG EAST COAST COLLEGES
The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranking of the nation’s top colleges and universities has been released. According to a news release, Susquehanna University ranks in the upper range among northeastern US schools – No. 80 of 258.  The university’s overall nationwide rank is No. 208 out of 801 schools.
Sports
Major league Baseball
Reds beat the Phillies 4-3, White Sox over the Indians 7-1, Tigers beat the Royals 6-4, Cardinals over the Giants 10-nothing, A’s beat the Angels 10-6, Marlins over the Pirates 10-7, Rangers beat the Orioles 3-1, Cubs over the Brewers 10-5, Twins beat the Red Sox 2-1, Rays over the Blue Jays 6-4, Braves beat the Nationals 4-2 and Astros over the Mariners 11-9.
NFL season opener Packers won against the Bears 10 to 3

College Football – Lock Haven over Lincoln 57-13
HS Boys Soccer
Williamsport over Mifflinburg 1-0, Benton beat Sullivan County 2-1, Loyalsock beat South Williamsport 1-zip, Jersey Shore over St. Joe’s 5-0, Millville over Muncy 3-0, Bloomsburg beat Hughesville 3-2, Lewisburg over Milton 4-1, Midd-West defeated Montoursville 10-nothing
HS Girls Soccer
Jersey Shore 6, St. Joe’s 3.
HS Girls Tennis
Loyalsock beat Montoursville 3-2, Central Columbia over Hughesville 4-1, Milton beat Jersey Shore 3-2, Bucktail over Muncy 5-Love, Central Mt. beat Williamsport 4-1, South Williamsport over Lewisburg 5-love and Wellsboro beat North Penn Liberty 5-2

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