BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JUNE 14, 2024

YOUNG PARENTS CHARGED WITH ABUSE IN RALSTON

The McIntyre Township parents of a three week old infant who allegedly sustained injuries consistent with abuse, have been arrested this week with felony endangering the welfare of a child and misdemeanors of obstructing the investigation of a child abuse charges.  According to the Sun Gazette, doctors say parents 21 year old Danzel Marquise Black, 18 year old and Naomi Jesse Vroman, gave reports to authorities about injuries they say were sustained by their infant that didn’t match with the physical condition of the baby during an investigation in April.  After the investigation, both parents were charged and committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $100,000.  The baby is in protective care at this time.

ROUTE 6 IN TROY TO CLOSE FOR REPAIRS

A tractor trailer hauling an empty steel tank struck the steel truss bridge at Route 6 that goes over Sugar Creek in Tory Township, Bradford County on Wednesday and the roadway is set to remain closed through August. According to PennDOT, Route 6 is closed between Leona Road and Mud Creek Road and a detour will be in place using Leona Road, Springfield Road, and Route 14 for the summer.  Crews are first doing in-depth inspections of the structure for safety and will then create a repair plan so that the bridge can reopen to traffic.

A MONTOUR COUNTY REST AREA CLOSED

The restrooms at the westbound I-80 rest areas in Montour County remain closed today.  According to PennDOT, there is a water issue in the entire area causing the water to be shut off temporarily.  Parking is still open for motorists to use, but they should be advised of the closure and that crews will reopen the areas once the water problem is resolved.

BENTON VOLUNTEERS RESCUE HORSE, RETURN TO FAIR

The Benton Fire Company volunteers who were setting up for the Benton’s Fireman’s Carnival in Columbia county Wednesday, were called away from the carnival grounds for a horse rescue nearby.  According to WNEP, the firefighters were called to the technical rescue of a several-100 pound horse that had fallen into a ditch and was on its side, unable to get up. Fire officials say they used straps a skid steer and help from a neighboring farmer to rescue the horse who is healthy and back with his owner.  The Benton Fireman’s carnival continues through tomorrow.

POLICE SEEKING A SUSPECT WHO SHOT INTO A HOME

Police are investigating a bullet that struck a home on Northview Lane in Union Township on June 2nd after it penetrated the wall to an interior room.  According to state police at Montoursville,  troopers recovered a full-metal jacket bullet round from an ottoman that had been struck inside after piercing the siding of the victim’s home in Union County.  If you have information about the shooting, contact PSP Milton at 570-524-2662.

FATAL MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT VICTIM IDENTIFIED

A man on a motorcycle was injured in Shamokin Wednesday in a two vehicle crash at about 5:30pm.  According to the News Item, the unnamed rider was found off the bike and near the curb at Liberty and Sunbury streets.  The driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash was nearby on Liberty Street with front end damage – that driver was uninjured.  Shamokin police say the motorcyclist, was conscious, but with a leg injury, was transported to a medical facility by  EMS from Elysburg Ambulance.  Following a police investigation, the roadway reopened at about 6:15pm.

FLAG DAY CEREMONY TONIGHT AT PENN COLLEGE

The public is invited to the Flag Day ceremony at Penn College tonight, the site of the Anthony DiSalvo Flags Across America Celebration.  Scouts and guests should gather at 6:30pm for a short flag march around the campus grounds and will meet up at 7pm for the ceremony in the parking lot of the Davie Jane Gilmour Center.  As DiSalvo served this community in his life, he loved the flag and advocated for the college to obtain the 60 by 30 foot Old Glory on the Penn College campus that can be seen almost anywhere within in the city of Williamsport.

LAUREL FESTIVAL WEEKEND

The weeklong Laurel Festival continues through this Sunday, concluding with the 10:30am Union Church Service on The Green.  According to the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, the 82nd  annual festival’s final weekend will feature the annual Arts & Crafts Fair will be on the Green today and Saturday, with 85 artisans and 25 vendors will be on the International Street of Foods today and tomorrow as well. The 2024 Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen will be crowned Saturday evening at Wellsboro HS.  Get more Laurel Festival information at wellsboropa.com.

SPORTS

PIAA State Championships Baseball
Class 2A Championship yesterday

Bald Eagle Area 11 Tri-Valley 3
PIAA State Championship Softball
Class 2A Today 11am

South Williamsport vs Neshannock  @ State College 

MLB Draft League
Williamsport Crosscutters 8          WV Black Bears  4  Cutters take the series 2-1
They head to Frederick, MD tonight to go up against the Keys for the weekend series – 7pm first pitch

MLB
Braves 6              Orioles  3
Tigers  7              Nationals  2
Royals 4              Yankees  3
Cardinals 4         Pirates 3
Mets  3                 Marlins  2
Red Sox  9          Phillies  3


MLB Tonight

Yankees  vs Red Sox  6:30pm
Phillies vs Orioles  7:05pm
Padres vs Mets  7:10pm
Pirates  vs Rockies 8:40pm

NBA Finals Friday Game 4
Celtics vs Mavericks 8:30pm ABC BOS leads 3-0

NHL Stanley Cup  Finals Game 3
Panthers 4           Oilers  3  FLA leads 3-0
NHL Stanley Cup Finals Game 4
Panthers vs Oilers 8pm ABC NASCAR Sunday
Iowa Corn 350 Powered by Ethanol
Iowa Speedway – Newton, IA
6pm Pre-Race/7pm Green Flag racing
Twin Valley’s Talk Radio Network/WILQ’s HD3

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JUNE 13, 2024

LEWISTOWN SHOOTER KILLED WHEN POLICE RETURN FIRE

A Lewistown man was killed after he first shot at officers in Mifflin County on Monday evening, and they returned fire.  According to Pennsylvania State Police, they responded when 29 year old Ridge Rhodes shot at local police on West Fourth Street in Lewistown at about 8:30pm.  Local police shot back at Rhodes causing fatal injuries.  State police and the Mifflin County District Attorney’s office have opened an investigation.  No officers were hurt in the shooting.

IMPAIRED MAN ARRESTED AFTER TWO CALLS FROM POLICE

A man who was arrested after city police found him at the heart of two incidents they were called to on May 22nd, had a preliminary hearing this week in Lycoming County Court. According to North Central PA dot com, Police report Troy Thomas of Williamsport was doing karate moves and speaking nonsensically near the corner of W. Fourth Street and Seventh Avenue and later admitted that he was under the influence of PCP and alcohol.  Thomas was evaluated at a local hospital and sent home, just a few hours before police were called to another incident near the 1000 block of Vine Avenue involving Thomas once again where a relative said he was trying to take a weapon.  He was charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. 

STUDY RECOMMENDS SCHOOL CONSOLIDATION

The study compiled by a firm hired by the Montoursville Area School District to assess the need for elementary school buildings in the district, recommends that Lyter Elementary and Loyalsock Valley Elementary School students should be consolidated at the Lyter building.  According to the Sun Gazette, an executive from the firm, SiteLogIQ, presented the study, which indicated that the cost of maintaining the Loyalsock Valley building is outpacing the costs for building a new school.  The study also noted that repairs and renovations at Loyalsock Valley were estimated at over 19 million, but at Lyter Elementary the upgrades totaled just over 17 million dollars. 

FLAG DAY CEREMONY FRIDAY AT PENN COLLEGE

The 44th Anthony DiSalvo Flags Across America celebration at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport to honor the American flag  for Flag Day will be held tomorrow.  According to the Sun Gazette, the public is invited to the parking lot south of the Madigan Library and southeast of the Bush Campus Center at Penn College for the traditional event.  There will be a flag march prior to the celebration on the campus grounds (which will form at 6:30p) for members of the Susquehanna Council of Boy Scouts of America and their guests, before the speakers and presentation for Flag Day begins at 7pm.  The namesakle of the event, Anthony DiSalvo, was a beloved local figure and long-time BSA leader, who spearheaded the drive to obtain the flag at Penn College, and started the first Flag Day flag march in the Williamsport area.

TEXAS MAN ARRESTED FOR DISTURBANCE

A Texas man caused a disturbance at a fast food restaurant at the 50 block of Maynard Street May 25th and is being held in Lycoming county prison awaiting his preliminary hearing.  According to North Central PA dot com,  Jeris Seth Sundell of San Antonio was asked to leave the Burger King by the staff who allegedly observed him alarming patrons and throwing objects in the dining room.  Witnesses said Sundell smelled of alcohol and had trouble standing on his feet.  Police took Sundell into custody and charged him with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, his preliminary hearing is June 24th.

MIFFLINBURG SCHOOL BOARD SEEKS ARCHITECTURE FIRM

The Mifflinburg School District said at their meeting this week, that they are looking for an architect of record for services to be on call when the board needs drawings for different projects, and will soon be seeking proposals.  According to the Daily Item, requests are expected to be issued by the board in the next few weeks, and they expect a late July response deadline and discussion at the August work session.  The successful candidate would enter into a non-exclusive professional service agreement with the district to develop a professional relationship.  The district set aside $1.25 million for upcoming track projects and agriculture improvements.

CASHLESS TOLLS COMING TO TURNPIKE STARTING IN 2026

There’s a change coming to Pennsylvania Toll Booths along the Turnpike.  According to the Turnpike commission, it will convert booths to open road tolling  or ORT, which is a cashless, free-flowing mode of collecting tolls without traditional toll plazas.   Tolls will be charged electronically as customers drive at highway speeds without slowing down or stopping under the gantries –  the road space between interchanges. ORT will begin in 2025 in the eastern part of the state and expand to the western region of the PA Turnpike beginning in late 2026.  Construction is expected to be completed in 2027.  EZ passes will also be authorized for use through the ORT system.  The cost of the project is 50 million dollars but is projected to save the commonwealth 25 million per year.

LITTLE LEAGUE SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

The schedule for the 2024 Little League Baseball World Series Game schedule has been announced, set to begin August 14th .  The Little League Classic is scheduled for Sunday evening August 18th at 7pm at Historic Bowman field between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers. The Challenger Division Game is August 26th  at 10:30am at Volunteer stadium between Challenger of Lancaster and NY’s District 8 Challenger team, presented by Eggland’s Best.  All Little league Games will be played in South Williamsport and will be broadcast on ESPN.

SPORTS

PIAA State Championships Baseball
Class 2A Tomorrow 10:30am

Bald Eagle Area vs Tri-Valley  @ Medlar Field, Lubrano Park, State College
PIAA State Championship Softball
Class 2A Tomorrow 11am

South Williamsport vs Neshannock  @ State College 

NBA Finals Game 3
Celtics 106          Mavericks 99 BOS leads 3-0
NBA Finals Friday Game 4
Celtics vs Mavericks 8:30pm ABC

MLB Draft League
West Virginia 8    Crosscutters 2
Crosscutters at home for game 3 of the series with the Black Bears tonight, first pitch 6:35pM

MLB
Reds 4                  Guardians 2
Orioles  4            Braves  4
Nationals  7         Tigers  5
Mets  10               Marlins  4
Red Sox  8           Phillies  6
Cardinals 4          Pirates  2
Yankees 11          Royals 5
MLB Today
Braves vs Orioles  1:05pm ESPN+
Nationals vs Tigers 1;10pm
Yankees vs Royals 2:10pm
Pirates vs Cardinals 2:15pm
Marlins vs Mets  7:10pm
Phillies vs Red Sox  7:10pm

NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 3 Tonite
Florida Panthers vs Edmonton Oilers 8pm ABC FLA leads 2-0

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JUNE 12, 2024

HUGHESVILLE MAN JAILED FOR ASSAULT OF MINORS

A nineteen year old man from Hughesville was jailed after he was accused of furnishing four teens with alcohol and sexually assaulting one of the victims over several occasions last month.  According to the Sun Gazette, police say Austin Tyler McKeon was seen on surveillance video at a convenience store on Maynard Street in the same seat of a car with one of the 14 year olds committing acts of assault.  On May 24th McKeon allegedly assaulted the same 14 year old in a vehicle outside a local movie theater, before she convinced McKeon to take her home.  McKeon was recently charged with four counts each of unlawful contact with a minor, aggravated indecent assault, strangulation, corruption of minors and more.  He is in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of 50 thousand dollars bail.

FORMER SUNBURY POLICE CHIEF SENTENCED

Among support from some friends and colleagues, former Sunbury police chief Brad Hare who was arrested for stealing funds from the Americus Hose Company while he was a member there, was sentenced in Northumberland county court yesterday to 9 months of house arrest.  According to North Central PA dot com, Hare told the court the crime was the result of alcohol addiction, a disease he has since sought help for.  After house arrest, Hare will be entered in the Restrictive Intermediate Punishment program for three years, with an additional two years’ probation.

BOLLARDS TO BE INSTALLED NEAR TRADE & TRANSIT

In an effort to remove traffic hazards for pedestrians walking near Pine Square in the Central business district of Williamsport, city council has approved to authorize the installation of bollards or posts to keep cars from parking on the brick paver right-of-way in that part of the Trade and Transit section. According to the Sun Gazette, officials from the city said the removable barriers are the most efficient resolution, since the area is used by delivery drivers and garbage trucks, and allow the fire department to have access. 

NEW BERLIN 4TH OF JULY EVENT CANCELLED

The 4th of July celebration in New Berlin has been cancelled this year.  According to the social media post over the weekend by the New Berlin Activities Committee, the expense of the fireworks along with not enough donations or volunteers for the event has forced the decision. The 54th Annual New Berlin Day  on August 24th is still on track for a great way to close out the summer.  The public is invited to the annual event to enjoy food, crafts, antiques and music at the Commons.

PSP MONTOURSVILLE SEEKING SUSPECT IN BURGLARY

State police in Montoursville are searching for information about a suspect who broke into a home in Hughesville between May 11th and May 18th.  According to PA State Police, a person broke into a home at Bower Lane in Penn Township and stole several items, including a 4 thousand dollar coin collection, tools, a laptop and a trail camera. If you have information please contact PSP Montoursville at 570-368-5700.

BEAVERTOWN MAN ACCUSED OF STRANGLING SISTER

A 38 year old man from Beavertown was arrested after police say he threatened to kill his sister at their Snyder County home Sunday.  According to the Daily Item, Robert E. Thomas Jr allegedly strangled his sister during an argument during which the woman’s young son tried to intervene.  Thomas then went outside and grabbed a garden tool, swinging it, and threatening the woman again.  Thomas was taken into custody and arraigned on charges of strangulation, terroristic threats and simple assault.  He is being held in lieu of $7,500 bail with an upcoming preliminary hearing. 

GROUND BREAKING FOR NEW SOUTHSIDE GOVT. COMPLEX

South Williamsport officials broke ground on the new, state of the art Local Government Center and Community Room last week, a no cost project for the  borough or its residents.  According to the Sun Gazette, the funding total of 12 million dollars comes from federal and state funds, along with funds from the lease with Little League, and a percentage from the Lycoming County Commissioners.  Forty percent of the new building will house local government operations, and the remaining 60% will house a community room for meetings and work sessions, that will double as a venue for the public. The 9000 square foot complex will be technologically advanced with wireless capabilities and a 600 square foot space for outdoor events.

LITTLE LEAGUE PHOTO CONTEST OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

Little League’s annual summer-long photo contest is accepting submissions through the summer, and the top three winning photos will be submitted in the Professional Baseball Photographer’s Association Photo Contest coming up later this year. According to  Little League International, fans can submit photos telling their Little League story and the ways in which they celebrate  Little League in their communities.  The deadline for submissions is 9pm on August 1st.  For contest submission information, go online to LittleLeague.org/PhotoContest.

SPORTS

PIAA State Championships Baseball
Class 2A Friday 10:30am

Bald Eagle Area vs Tri-Valley  @ Medlar Field, Lubrano Park, State College
PIAA State Championship Softball
Class 2A Friday 11am

South Williamsport vs Neshannock  @ State College 

MLB Draft League
Williamsport Crosscutters   4        West Virginia Black Bears   2
Cutters @ home again tonight hosting West Virginia, 6:35pm first pitch

MLB

Guardians 5        Reds 3
Orioles  4            Braves  0
Nationals  5        Tigers  4
Marlins 4            Mets  2
Phillies 4             Red Sox 1
Pirates  2             Cardinals 1
Yankees  10        Royals 1
MLB Tonight
Braves vs Orioles  6:35pm
Guardians vs Reds 7:10pm ESPN+
Rays vs Mets  7:10pm
Phillies vs Red Sox  7:10pm
Pirates  vs Cardinals 7:45pm
Yankees vs Royals  8:10pm

NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 3 Thursday
Florida Panthers vs Edmonton Oilers 8pm ABC

NBA Finals Game 3 Today
Boston @ Dallas 8:30pm ABC  BOS leads 2-0

Competitive Eating News
Joey Chestnut won’t be allowed to compete  in Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest this Fourth of July, and won’t defend the Mustard Belt, due to a sponsorship deal with Impossible Foods – a brand that sells meat substitutes. Major League Eating, the organization which sanctions the contest, said he’s welcome back when his sponsorship deal is over.  Chestnut won the competition in 2023, downing 62 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to earn his 16th Nathan’s title. 

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JUNE 11

SHOTS FIRED IN SUNBURY

Shots were fired in Sunbury Monday afternoon and police there are investigating.  According to the Daily Item, police say the reports of the gunshots happened around 1:40 p.m. Monday on North 8th and Packer streets, and officers investigated, finding that there had been a prior shooting along Memorial Drive, which was added to the investigation.  Police also say there had been officers serving search warrants earlier Monday near Arch and Julia Streets after a previous domestic and alleged drug incident prompted a search.  Sunbury Police, who were assisted by the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office, seized firearms and drugs from that home, and are now seeking more information about the incidents that occurred Monday.  If you can help the investigation call Northumberland County 911.

LYCOMING NOT LISTED AS SANCUTARY COUNTY ANYMORE

After much work and collaboration between Lycoming County Commissioners, the county Prison Board and the Center for Immigration Studies, the sanctuary designation of Lycoming County has been removed.  According to the Sun Gazette, Lycoming county was previously listed on the Center for Immigration Studies website as a sanctuary county, but officials recognized that current Lycoming County Policies are no longer supportive of the Center’s previous sanctuary designation, and drafted policy to clarify prison procedures when working with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities.  Details of the sanctuary status of counties, cities and states can be found at https://cis.org/Map-Sanctuary-Cities-Counties-and-States.

A6 INTURDER TO BE DEDICATED SATURDAY

The dedication of the static display of the A6 Intruder aircraft at Lycoming County Veterans Memorial Park will take place this weekend.  According to the Lycoming County Veterans Memorial Park Commission, the featured Attack Squadron Fifty-Five Warhorse became the property of City of Williamsport and the Lycoming County Veterans Memorial Park Commission in October of 2020.  The event will be Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Park on West Fourth Street and Wahoo Drive at 11am, rain or shine with tents provided.

MONTOUR NIGHT OUT THIS WEEK

National Night out is an annual event in August that encourages camaraderie between law enforcement and the community, but Danville will hold Montour Night Out this Wednesday in lieu of an event this summer.  According to the Daily Item, residents cam come out tomorrow to Washies Playground on Foust Street from 5 til 7 and meet first responders including police officers, firefighters and others.  Mahoning Township Police say the event is free to attend and will feature a rock wall, free ice cream, hot dogs and other food, as well as a visit by the National Guard .

7 YEAR OLD BOY HIT BY CAR, MINOR INJURIES

Middleburg Police said a 7 year old boy was struck by a car last Thursday in Beavertown when he failed to stop at an alley intersection, but only suffered minor injuries.  According to the Daily Item, the unidentified child was riding a bike eastbound on Strawberry Alley at about 6pm and was struck by a Beaver Springs woman driving a 2018 GMC when he went through the intersection at Zechman Street.  The child was treated at the scene and then transported to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.  Police said the boy returned home Friday.  No citations were issued in the accident.

RENOVO WOMAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF CHILD PORN

A Renovo childcare employee was caught with explicit photographs of children. According to North Central PA dot com, 25 year old Maggie Leigh Strouse was found in possession of child pornography. Investigators received word that Strouse claimed to sell these materials on public platforms, saying that some pictures were of her when she was in her teens. It was also found that Strouse had “childcare” and “outdoor education instructor” clearances although it is unknown if she was employed in these positions. Strouse was arranged last month and will have a preliminary hearing July 1st. Her bail was set at $150,000.

SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL TO CLOSE THIS WEEK UNTIL AUGUST

A portion of Susquehanna Trail will close this Thursday. PennDOT plans to replace the bridge spanning Warrior Run between Schmidt Road and Five Points Road. The work is set to include demolition of the existing bridge, construction of the new culvert, approach work and line painting. A detour is expected to be in place using Reynolds Hill Road and Five Points Road through the beginning of August.

LAUREL FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES HAPPENING THIS WEEK

The 82nd  Laurel Festival is going on this week in Tioga County and will continue through Sunday, June 16th  concluding with the 10:30am Union Church Service on The Green.  According to the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, the annual festival corresponds with the blooming time of the mountain laurel, and features a free concert with different entertainers each evening this week.  Friday and Saturday, the annual Arts & Crafts Fair will be on the Green with 85 artisans and 25 vendors will be on the International Street of Foods both days. The 2024 Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen will be crowned Saturday evening at Wellsboro HS, after the Laurel Festival Parade which steps off 2pm Saturday afternoon.  Get more Laurel Festival information at wellsboropa.com.

SPORTS

PIAA State Semi-Final Baseball
Class 4A      Holy Ghost Prep  8        Danville 6
Class 5A     Governor Mifflin 7          Selinsgrove 2

Class 2A –  Bald Eagle Area 11                  North Star 3
Class 2A State Championships Friday 10:30am
Bald Eagle Area vs Tri-Valley  @ Medlar Field, Lubrano Park, State College
PIAA State Semi-Final Softball
Class 5A  Thomas Jefferson  9           Central Mountain 8
                 South Williamsport 3  Bald Eagle Area  0
Class 2A State Championship Game  Friday  11am
South Williamsport vs Neshannock  @ State College 
SW’s 1st appearance at States since 2003

MLB
Orioles  5  Rays 2
Yankees 4  Royals  2
Brewers 3  Blue Jays 1
MLB Tonight
Orioles vs Braves  6:35pm
Nationals vs Tigers  6:40pm
Guardians vs Red 7:10pm
Phillies vs Red Sox  7:10pm TBS
Pirates vs Cardinals  7:45pm
Yankees vs Royals 8:10pm

MLB Draft League Tonight
Crosscutters are back home tonight  hosting West Virginia Black Bears – 6:35pm first pitchNHL Stanley Cup Final
Panthers 4  Oilers  1 FLA leads 2-0
NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 3 Thursday
Florida Panthers vs Edmonton Oilers 8pm ABC

NBA Finals Game 3 Tomorrow
Boston @ Dallas 8:30pm ABC  BOS leads 2-0

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JUNE 4, 2024

MONTGOMERY WOMAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING FUNDS

A woman from Montgomery who served as the business director of a non-profit food pantry is facing felony theft charges after allegedly stealing over 40 thousand dollars from the organization.  According to the Sun Gazette, the treasurer of Footprints of Montgomery food Pantry reported irregularities in the bank account to state police which led to the discovery of the missing money.  Police allege that  50 year old Shawn Gawblick, who left the business director position in February, illegally withdrew over 30 thousand dollars from the businesses bank account and misappropriated another almost 10 thousand for her personal expenses.  Police said in court recently that Gawblick has an extensive criminal history including theft by deception and forgery.  She is free on 25 thousand dollars bail.

PA TROOPER TRIAL BRINGS GUILTY VERDICT

The jury in the week-long trial of the PA state trooper involved in the deadly crash in Tioga County that killed a 47 year old teacher from the Troy Area School District  returned a guilty verdict of vehicular homicide Friday.  According to the Sun Gazette, court records say Michael Brown illegally crossed a double yellow line along Route 6 last February 11, attempting to pass a car and struck Christine Woodward in an oncoming vehicle – she died at the scene. A judge in Columbia County has yet to set a sentencing date, Brown remains free on bail until then.

BRIDGE WORK IN WATSONTOWN

Work will close the Watsontown River Bridge for three weeks as part of a preservation project, starting today.  According to PennDOT, Brimmer Avenue will be closed Tuesday between Route 15 in White Deer Township, Union County and Elm/Canal streets in Watsontown.  There will be work including deck patching, placement of an epoxy overlay, and milling and paving of the bridge approaches. A detour using Main Street, Route 44, and Route 15 will be in place until approximately Wednesday, June 26th.

BACTERIA LEVELS COULD LOWER THIS WEEK

The high coliform levels that closed swimming at Raymond B. Winter State Park Halfway Lake over the weekend could be at an acceptable level to return to swimming early this week.  According to the Daily Item, park officials say that during routine testing after the heavy rain last week, the bacteria levels were at 300 per 100 milliliter when it needs to be below 245.  The results of new samples from the lake are expected back today or tomorrow and officials are confident the bacteria levels will be back to normal, resulting in a potential announcement of the reopening of Halfway Lake at the Union County Park.

TWO MEN ARRESTED FOR DRUG DEALING

A Williamsport man was arrested after he delivered 10 bags of fentanyl, that later got into the hands of a confidential informant in February.  According to North Central PA dot com, 47 year old Kyiem Randy Bradshaw is known by police for alleged numerous fentanyl deals within Williamsport, and they say Bradshaw assisted a dealer named Stevie Sanso and the police informant over the phone, directing the two on the type of drugs available and where they could come to pick them up.  When they arrived at a residence near Third and Walnut Street, Sanso was given the fentanyl.  Both Bradshaw and Senso were later charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility.  Both men posted 50 thousand dollars bail.

POLICE SEEK TWO SUSPECTS WHO STOLE FROM VAPE SHOP

Police are seeking two suspects who police say stole cartons of cigarettes after they broke into the Muncy Puff Express store last Tuesday.  According to North Central PA dot com, the theft happened just before 3am at the East Water Street location after a rear door was forced open.  State Police at Montoursville said the suspects damaged the door and fled the scene after the theft.  Contact Muncy police at 570-546-8384 if you have information that would help the investigation. 

MORE RECYCLING OPTIONS IN UNION COUNTY

There are new recycling options for electronic waste in Union County.  According to the Daily Item, officials from the county say ReWorld and Goodwill Keystone Area recently announced they will provide free electronic waste recycling in 42 locations in 22 central and southeastern Pennsylvania counties, with the closest location in our region at the Goodwill Store & Donation Center, 175 International Drive, Lewisburg.  This will be the drop-off point for a wide variety of e-waste items from televisions and computers to other household electronics, with a goal to collect half a million pounds of electronic waste within the first year.  Officials from Goodwill say If the electronics cannot be repaired and sold, they will be responsibly recycled by ReWorld.

FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY NEXT WEEK

In in the spirit of the upcoming Flag Day observation in the US on June 14th, there will be a flag retiring ceremony  hosted by the Coal Township VFW Post 317 on June 11th.  According to the News Item, the public is encouraged to bring any old or tattered flags they want retired to the Coal Township Municipal Building, 801 W. Lynn Street next Tuesday at 6pm.  The dedicated drop-box for the proper disposal of tattered flags at the Coal Township VFW which was started in 2003 and has since collected more than 700,000 flags.

SPORTS

PIAA HS Softball  State Playoffs 1st Round
Class A –      Old Forge 6                            Bucktail 3
Double A –   South Williamsport 15           Brandywine Heights 3
                     Bald Eagle Area 2                  Muncy 0
Triple A –    Midd-West 6                  Littlestown 2
                     Loyalsock  4                Mid Valley  2
Quad A –     Valley View 6               Jersey Shore 3
Class 5A –   Central Mountain 10     Penn Trafford 0
Class 6A –   Downingtown East 4     Williamsport 1
HS Baseball Playoffs 1st Round
Class A –     MMI Prep 11                Millville 1
Double A –  Tri-Valley 10                 South Williamsport 9
                   Bald Eagle Area 9                   Lakeview 3
Quad A  –    Danville 6                      Scranton Prep 1
                   Indiana 3                        Bellefonte 0
Class 5A –   Selinsgrove 11               Lampeter-Strasburg 4

MLB
Phillies  3             Brewers  1
Mets  8                 Nationals 7
Orioles  7             Blue Jays  2
Angles 2               Padres  1
D’backs  4                     Giants 2
MLB Today
Dodgers vs  Pirates  6:40pm
Brewers  vs Phillies  6:40pm
Mets vs Nationals  6:45pm
Twins vs Yankees  7:05pm TBS
Orioles  vs Blue Jays   7:07pm

NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 1
Oilers vs Panthers  8pm ABC Sat. June 8th

NBA Finals Game 1 Thursday June 6, 2024
Dallas Mavericks vs Boston Celtics  8:30pm ABC
Game 2 Sunday 6/9 8pm ABC

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JUNE 3, 2024

VICTIM NAMED IN SATURDAY’S ROUTE 220 CRASH

The Lycoming County Coroner announced the name of the victim who was killed in the Saturday afternoon accident at Route 220 and Reach road.  Police say 30 year old Wayne Allen Gower of Montoursville was towing a hitch trailer and lost control of the vehicle while passing another vehicle along Rt 220 at about 4:45pm. According to the coroner Gower was thrown from the truck and suffered fatal injuries.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Williamsport police are conduction an investigation of the crash.

MAN ARRESTED FOR CARRYING GUN ILLEGALLY

A Williamsport man was arrested outside of police headquarters this April after officers found him in illegal possession of a handgun. According to the Williamsport Sun Gazette, 35 year old, Tyran Shareef Fisher pulled up to the station and exited his vehicle, when officers noticed him carrying a clip on his belt that resembled a gun holster. Police conducted a warrant check and confirmed Fischer’s license to carry had been rescinded, and when he was taken into custody he was found to be armed and carrying drugs. Authorities charged Fisher with carrying a firearm without a license and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $10,000 bail.

PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE EXPIRING SOON

People who live near the Susquehanna Steam Electric station who have been given potassium iodide (KI) tablets as preparation for any nuclear emergency, are reminded that the medication is expiring soon and it can be exchanged at a distribution event June 12th.  According to The Pennsylvania Dept. of Health, potassium iodide helps to protect the thyroid gland against radioactive iodine and can be taken if ok’d by your  health care provider, and only when instructed to do so by state health officials.  Areas for the exchange day will be Berwick City Halle in Berwick June 12th from 2pm til 7pm and Butler Township Community Center in Drums also from 2 til 7pm.

TATTOO EXPO IN SUNBURY STARTS FRIDAY

There will be a first annual tattoo expo in Sunbury next weekend June 7th through 9th at the James R. Eister Youth and Community Center.  According to the News Item, the “Ink in the Rink” Tattoo Expo will start at noon next Friday and feature local and out-of-state tattoo artists, bands and painters for the three day weekend.  Entertainment and food trucks will be at the expo and according to The Ink in the rink Tattoo Expo Facebook page, some local hotels are providing discounts to guests for the event. 

SUNBURY WOMAN ARRESTED FOR BRANDISHING KNIFE

A Sunbury Woman has been charged with assault after pulling a knife on three people. According to North Central PA dot com, 36 year old Tiera Diane Jones was apprehended May 18 after police responded to hostilities. Officers entered the home and found Jones who surrendered to authorities, admitting her wrong doing. Two of the victims were found outside the home with cuts and abrasions and one was bleeding from the mouth. Jones was arraigned with felony aggravated assault, misdemeanor simple assault, and summary harassment. Her bail is set at $30,000 and she has a preliminary hearing tomorrow.

MAN CHARGED FOR THREATENING FAMILY MEMBERS

A Montoursville man was arrested after pulling a knife on his mother. According to the Sun Gazette police say that 37 year old Jason I. Garg had threatened his mother with a knife in their home at 1920 Walters Road May 16th . Police were called to the scene and said Garg was visibly intoxicated and uncooperative before they took him into custody.  Police say Garg had a previous altercation with Lewisburg police earlier that day and was on a 302 warrant. He was charged with simple assault and was denied bail.

BACTERIA LEVELS PREVENT SWIMMING AT HALFWAY LAKE

After an elevated coliform count was found during routine testing, authorities have suspended swimming at R.B. Winter State Park Halfway Lake  According to an alert on Pennsylvania DCNR’s website, the day use area remains open at the park.  The park will test the water daily and reopen swimming when bacteria counts fall into acceptable levels.

PENNDOT UPGRADES APP AND WEBSITE

There is a new mobile app and website associated with the PennDOT travel page, 511PA dot com, has been upgraded.  According to PennDOT administrators, the new version of 511pa dot com provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras which is also available on iPhone and Android devices.  Users will be able to customize the app and limit alerts to their specific route.  There is also a “driving mode” allowing users to go hands free while they utilize the app.

SPORTS

PIAA State Softball Playoffs First Round today
Class 1A – Bucktail vs Old Forge @ Bucktail HS  1pm
Class 2A  Muncy vs Bald Eagle @ Bald Eagle HS 3pm
Class 3A  Midd-West vs Littlestown @ Midd-West HS 4:30pm
   Loyalsock vs Mid-Valley @ Mid Valley Elem. 6:30pm
Class 4A Jersey Shore vs Valley View  @ Valley View HS 4pm
Class 5A  Central Mtn  vs Penn Trafford @ Central Mtn HS  4:30pm
Class 6A  Williamsport vs Downingtown East HS @ Lycoming Valley Intermediate School 4:30pm
PIAA Baseball Playoffs First Round
Class 1A Millville vs MMI Prep @ MMI Prep 4pm
Class 2A  Bald Eagle Area  vs Lakeview  @ Bald Eagle Area HS 2pm
Class 4A  Danville vs Scranton Prep @ Central Columbia HA 4:30pm

NASCAR Sunday
World Wide Technology Raceway
Austin Cindric got the checkered flag by passing teammate Ryan Blaney, who was leading the final lap at the Enjoy Illinois 300 until he ran out of gas.
Denny Hamlin was 2nd, Brad Keselowski 3rd, Tyler Reddick 4th and Joey Logano rounded out the top 5.

NHL
Oilers  2  Stars  1 Edmonton wins the series and makes it to the Stanley Cup finals for the 1st time since 2006.
NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 1
Oilers vs Panthers  8pm ABC Sat. June 8th

MLB
Nationals 5           Guardians  2
Rays 4        Orioles  3
Blue Jays  5  Pirates  4
D’backs 5             Mets  4
Yankees 7  Giants  5
Cardinals 5  Phillies  4

MLB Today

Brewers vs Phillies 6:40pm
Mets vs Nationals  6:45pm
Orioles  vs Blue Jays  7:07 ESPN+
NBA Finals Game 1 Thursday June 6, 2024
Dallas Mavericks vs Boston Celtics  8:30pm ABC
Game 2 Sunday 6/9 8pm ABC

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 30, 2025

NEW CEO FOR LITTLE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL

The Little League International Board of Directors has named a new President and Chief Executive Officer following the 40 year tenure of Stephen D. Keener who previously announced his retirement from the position effective December 31st of this year.  According to a news release, Patrick Wilson was appointed yesterday by the board who they say will be at the helm of the organization as they reach to achieve future goals for success.  Wilson has held key operational and organizational roles including Tournament Director of the Little League International Tournament, and he was named Chief Operating Officer in 2020.  The board said Wilson is a steadfast leader, deeply committed to the organization and its values of inclusion, integrity, community, teamwork, and fun.  His role will commence January 1st, 2025.

GUILTY PLEA OVER THEFT IN CASTANEA TOWNSHIP

A 35 year old man from Phillipsburg plead guilty this week to stealing cigarettes and cash after breaking into a convenience store in Flemington.  According to North Central PA dot com, in Clinton County Court Tuesday, Anthony John Harkinson admitted his crime that occurred last July 21st  when he smashed the glass of the Sunoco on South Hanna Street in Castanea Township and took several cartons of cigarettes and two cash registers causing 20 thousand dollars worth of damage.  Harkinson has his sentencing hearing in July.

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC SIGNALS IN WATSON TOWNSHIP

Temporary traffic signals will be installed today on Route 44 between the intersections of Furnace Run Road and Route 973 in Watson Township, as crews work on an embankment stabilization project. One temporary signal will be installed approximately 1.5 mile north of the intersection with Furnace Run Road and another temporary signal south of the intersection with Route 973. The signals will be set to flash yellow until Monday, June 10th when the signals will become fully operational. 

REUNION WEEKEND AT BUCKNELL

Bucknell’s reunion weekend for class years ending in 4 and 9 starts this Friday and continues through Sunday  with special recognition for the class of 1974, celebrating 50 years this spring  events and activities will take place all weekend including all-class celebrations and tours of campus, classroom sessions, and outdoor activities including Susquehanna River kayak trips and a golf tournament.  The Bucknell University Alumni Association awards reception and ceremony will be Saturday morning with more than 1,600 alumni and family members are expected to be on campus.  Get more details at Bucknell.edu.

TWO ADULTS AND JUVENILE CHARGED FOR ASSAULT ON TEENAGER

Two adults and a 15 year old boy were charged with assault and other charges after they went to another teenage boy’s home in Snyder County where the victim’s phone was stolen and he was beaten up on May 20th.  According to state police at Selinsgrove, both 29 year old Wilson Andujar, of Middleburg, and 29 year old Victor Velez, of Shamokin Dam drove with the boy to the 17 year old victim’s home after the two had exchanged texts and then took part in the fight.  The teen suspect punched the victim several times and later destroyed the boys phone after driving away from the scene.  Andujar and the 15 year old were charged with harassment and other charges, Velez was only charged with harassment.

SENTENCING FOR FORMER MEMORY CARE EMPLOYEE

The former employee at a memory care facility near Lewisburg, who admitted to taking disturbing pictures of residents in her care last year, was sentenced this week in Union County Court.  According to the Sun Gazette, the original plea deal for 19 year old Madison Elaine Cox of Montgomery was previously rejected by Judge Michael Piecuch who ruled yesterday that she will be jailed for three months then 18 months of house arrest with electronic monitoring fines and intensive probation.  Cox will never again to able to be unsupervised with the elderly or with children.  A juvenile employee of Heritage Springs who was a co-defendant with Cox, was previously adjudicated in juvenile court.

JURY AWARDS PENN STATE DOCTOR 5.25 MILLION DOLLARS

A Penn State football team doctor who was in court claiming that the PSU head football coach, James Franklin, repeatedly interfered with medical decisions, has been awarded $5.25 million in the 2019 case.  According to PennLive, attorneys for Dr. Scott Lynch said he clashed with Franklin over treatment plans for injured players after the coach took over in 2014, and they sued PennState, Penn State Health, and Lynch’s supervisor who decided to remove him from his sports medicine position, Dr. Kevin Black. The jury in the 7 day trial awarded Lynch 250,000 in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. 

LAUREL FESTIVAL 10K EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Early bird registrants for the Laurel Festival 10k and 2-mile fun run coming up on June 15th will get the free T-shirt if they sign up by June 1st.  According to the Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce, the 10k and the free shirts are sponsored by First Citizens Community Bank, and runners can register for the run at wellsboropa.com.  Registration will begin June 15th at 7:45am at Packer Park on Queen Street in Wellsboro.  The weeklong festivities of the 82nd annual, 2024 Laurel Festival are from Friday June 8th and culminates with the coronation of this year’s Laurel Queen at Wellsboro High School on Saturday night June 15th.

SPORTS

PIAA D4 Softball
Class 2A Championship Today
South Williamsport vs Muncy 4:30pm Elm Park

PA Sports News
Montoursville native Gavin Hoffman, who won 3 high school state wrestling championships and became an All American at Ohio State, will join the coaching staff at Lock Haven University as a volunteer assistant.

NBA West Finals Game 5 Today

Timberwolves vs Mavericks 8:30pm TNT DAL leads 3-1
NBA Finals Start June 6th 8:30pm ABC

MLB
Rockies  7           Guardians  4
Game 1 – Tigers  8  Pirates  0
Game 2 – Pirates 10  Tigers 
Phillies  6            Giants  1
Dodgers  10        Mets  3
Orioles  6            Red Sox  1
Nationals  7        Braves  2
Yankees  2          Angels  1
MLB Today
Mets  vs Diamondbacks  7:10pm
Tigers vs Red Sox  7:10pm
Nationals  vs Braves  7:20pm
Yankees vs Angels  9:38pm

NHL West Final

Oilers  5              Stars  2  tied 2-2
NHL Tonight East Final Game 5
Panthers   vs Rangers  8pm ESPN  tied 2-2
NHL Friday West Final Game 5
Oilers vs Starts 8:30pm TNT tied 2-2

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 29, 2024

WOMAN SENTENCED FOR ENDANGERING CHILDREN

A Williamsport woman, who pleaded guilty to one count of endangering the welfare of children January 26th, was sentenced to 9 to 23 months in prison Tuesday morning in Lycoming County Court. According to the Sun Gazette, 22 year old Destiny Kellar and 31 year old Crystal Zamorski were found by police last July, to have regularly abandoned three children in an apartment along the 600 block of Hepburn Street that officers say was in deplorable conditions.  Kellar will receive credit for time served and must also serve 2 years’ probation and perform community service.  No word on a court date for Zamorski.

MIDDLEBURG MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT FROM 2018

A Middleburg man is now in the Snyder County prison after CYS was informed by the victim about an alleged sexual assault in 2018 when he was watching two children in his home and an investigation was started.  According to North Central PA dot com, 53 year old Jeffrey Allen Try, first denied the allegations, but according to police, who administered a polygraph test, he showed signs of extreme deception.  Try then said he didn’t remember the incident in an apology letter to the victim. He was charged with felony rape of a child, and other sexual assault charges and is in Snyder County prison in lieu of 100 thousand dollars bail.

DESIGN FIRM CHOSEN FOR WILLIAMSPORT PROJECTS

A design firm was chosen for work that will bring an outdoor fitness pad to Memorial Park  in Williamsport, and a reconstruction design to an area of Little League Boulevard between Mulberry and Walnut streets.  According to the Sun Gazette, Williamsport City engineers say Livic, an engineering firm will do pre-design, final design and prepare for the bidding on the construction that could begin this summer.  Information is upcoming about detours and flag work in the downtown area.  The costs for the full project are estimated at 750 thousand dollars, but that is subject to change.

FREE LICENSE PLATE REPLACEMENT IN JERSEY SHORE THURSDAY

The public is invited to make arrangements to replace their illegible license plate for free at an event this week hosted by State Rep. Joe Hamm who represents parts of Lycoming and Sullivan counties in the 84th District. There will be drive thru service available at the Front Circle of the Tiadaghton Valley Mall in Jersey Shore Thursday from 4 until 6pm for constituents who have license plates that are hard to read.  They should bring an unexpired driver’s license and current registration card and staff will be on hand at the event to help them.  Call Hamm’s Jersey Shore office if you plan on attending, 570-398-4476.

DEFENSE FOR WILLIAMSPORT MAN WANTS TO MOVE TRIAL

The defense for Kenneth Michaels, the CEO of Cable Services, who is facing charges related to the fatal shooting of his brother-in-law, John Roskowski, in Williamsport last August, want Judge Ryan M. Tira to disqualify the entirety of DA’s office in the case. According to PennLive, District Attorney Thomas A. Marino voluntarily recused himself from the case in the form of a stipulation among the parties at the beginning of Tuesday’s recusal hearing.  The defense has asked to move the case to the state attorney general’s office.

KITCHEN FIRE IN JERSEY SHORE

Citizens Hose Company responded to a small fire at the 100 block of Oak Street in Jersey Shore Tuesday afternoon that was quickly extinguished.  According to the Sun Gazette, the fire originated in the kitchen of the home and caused a power outage, burning parts of the walls and a few cabinets.  However, fire officials say there was no structural damage to the home and there were no injuries. The family living there has been displaced for now, until arrangements can be made for a repair and electric to be restored.

NEPA OFFICER ON HOUSE ARREST

An Ex-Hazelton Cop who detonated an explosive device in Kline Township is to be placed under house arrest. According to North Central PA dot com, 33 year old Ladell E. Hannon set off the device at the home of Harrison Jordan on Dec. 21, 2021. The explosion caused damage to multiple buildings and injured Jordan’s neighbor. At his bail hearing last Friday, Hannon’s lawyer requested that he be placed under house arrest awaiting his trial in September. He is set to live with his mother in East Stroudsburg.  Hannon’s bail is posted at one million dollars.

ROAD WORK IN MONTOUR AND LYCOMING COUNTY

A resurfacing project on Route 642 in Derry and Valley Townships in Montour County continues this week.  According to PennDOT, through Thursday, there will be  single lane conditions between Welliver Road in Valley Township and Stine Road in Derry Township. Flaggers are expected to be on scene where work is being performed during daylight hours, weather permitting.  Then starting Thursday in Lycoming County,  I-180 westbound in Muncy Creek Township, will have a lane restriction for a bridge deck patching project over Route 405.

SPORTS

PIAA D4 Softball
Class 2A Semi Finals 
South Williamsport  3          Troy  0
Muncy  1  NE                        Bradford 0
Class 2A Championship Thursday
South Williamsport  vs Muncy 4:30pm Elm Park

NBA West Finals
Timberwolves 105      Mavericks  100  DAL leads 3-1
NBA West Finals Game 5  Thursday
Timberwolves vs Mavericks  8:30pm TNT

MLB
Guardians 13      Rockies  7
Game 1 Dodgers 5       Mets  2
Game 2 Dodgers 3       Mets  0
Red Sox 8           Orioles  3
Braves  2             Nationals 0
Angels 4              Yankees 3
Giants  1              Phillies  0
Pirates vs Tigers postponed /rain
MLB Today
Doubleheader – Pittsburgh vs Detroit  12:40pm /4:10pm
Phillies vs Giants  3:45pm
Red Sox vs Orioles  6:35pm
nationals vs Braves  7:20pm ESPN+
Yankees vs Angels 9:38pm
NHL East Final

Panthers  3                     Rangers  2  tied 2-2
NHL Tonight West Final Game 4
Stars vs Oilers  8:30pm TNT DAL leads 2-1

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 28, 2024

NEW YORK STATE MAN DIES IN ACCIDENT ON ROUTE 15

Pennsylvania State Police confirmed this weekend that 74 year old David N. Nagle died in a motorcycle accident Friday morning in Clinton Township which shut down the southbound lanes of Route 15 for several hours.  According to the Sun Gazette, Nagle crashed at the 4000 block of southbound side of Route 15 and according to Clinton Township Fire Department Chief Todd Winder, the concrete barrier separating the north and southbound lanes prevented more traffic trouble for the northbound side of the busy highway Friday morning.  Nagle, who was from New York State, was traveling with a group to a Memorial Day event for the weekend.

EIGHT THEFT CHARGES FOR WILLIAMSPORT WOMAN

A woman from Williamsport has been convicted of retail theft for an eighth time after police caught her under ringing items at a Walmart in Lewisburg April 12th.  According to North Central PA dot com, 40 year old Arilyn Kurtz used a false UPC code in her hand to ring in items at a much lower value at the self checkout, causing a 271 dollar loss for the store.  Kurtz is facing 18 felony retail theft charges and posted 5 thousand dollars bail.

NRAT ATV TRAIL OPEN FOR THE SEASON

In response to growing ATV purchases, registrations, and demand for increased riding opportunities, the Northcentral Regional ATV Trail, or N-RAT, opened for use this weekend and will remain open for riders through September 29th.  According to DCNR, N-RAT comprises a 650-mile riding area which includes parts of Clinton, Lycoming, Potter and Tioga counties. A 40 dollar permit for use of the trail is required for Pennsylvania registered ATVs and 60 dollars for out of state ATVs.  Get map information and details about permits at dcnr.pa.gov under the recreation tab.

FOOTBALL CAMP IN MEMORY OF STUDENT AT WARRIOR RUN

A Football and Cheer camp for kindergarteners through sixth graders will happen this summer at Warrior Run High School in memory Hunter Beck Reynolds who passed in a tragic car accident in February 2022.  According to the Daily Item, Hustle Football and Cheer Camp this summer, previously run by Heartland Youth Football and Cheerleading, will offer scholarships so that all kid who wish to can participate.  Hunter’s Heart and Hustle Foundation hosts the camps which also received a $500 grant from the Community Giving Foundation which will allow ten Warrior Run students to attend camp for free.  Camp starts 20th with the registration deadline July 19 and the camp will max out at 350 athletes.  Register online at huntershearthustle.org.

OFFICERS ARREST DRUG DEALER AT LOYALSOCK SHEETZ

A Williamsport man was arrested after probation officers observed activity consistent with drug dealing at the Sheetz in Loyalsock Township.  According to North Central PA dot com, State troopers were called when officers saw 48 year old James Kane go out of sight behind the building to make a transaction prior to their search, which turned up marijuana, mushrooms, and THC pens.  State police searched his room at the Liberty Lodge and found other drugs and paraphernalia.  He was charged with possession with intent to deliver and posted 10 thousand dollars bail.

TRAFFIC STOP OF STATE COLLEGE MAN YIELDS DRUG DISCOVERY

State police in Milton discovered a driver from State College with crack cocaine during a traffic stop last fall and was recently arraigned in Union County Court .  According to the Daily Item, 41 year old Kio Manuel DeJesus-Pena was stopped around 11am October of 2023 on I-80 in White Deer Township by troopers who suspected illegal activity, and following a search, they found 15 plastic-wrapped baggies of crack cocaine and a glass pipe with suspected drug residue inside his black Hyundai Elantra.  Bail was set at 75 thousand dollars May 18th and DeJesus-Pena has a preliminary hearing today.

WATER RATES SET TO RISE IN LOCK HAVEN

Water rates for in and outside the city limits in Lock Haven are set to increase this summer. in addition  to the implementation of  a PennVEST Surcharge.  According to city officials they have filed with the PUC for the increase and are waiting for approval.  If the rate increase takes place, the water department will be able to recover costs for PennVEST loans and meet rising operational costs and fund various system improvements that could take place by July 23rd. Water rates have not increased since 2011.

PA STARTS CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN

The Click it or ticket campaign has begun in Pennsylvania and PennDOT and PA state police are encouraging you to buckle up when you get behind the wheel. PA requires all passengers in a car to buckle up and children under the age of two must be properly secured in a rear-facing car seat.  Children under four must be properly strapped in an approved car seat and children four to eight need a booster seat with a seat belt. IN 2023,  State Police say there were 11,756 unbelted crashes. As a result of those crashes, there were 316 fatalities. State Police at Montoursville provide free walk in child seat safety checks the 1st Tuesday of every month.

SPORTS

PIAA  District  4  Softball  Today at Elm Park
Class 2A Semi Final
(2) Muncy vs (6)NE Bradford  3pm
(1) South Williamsport  vs (4) Troy  5pm
Class 3A  Semi Final (2) Loyalsock  vs (4) Midd-West  4:30pm

NBA East Finals
Celtics  105  Pacers  102 BOS wins  4-0
NBA Tonight West Finals Game 4

Timberwolves  vs Mavericks  DAL leads 3-0

MLB
Rockies  8            Guardians  6
Orioles  11                     Red Sox 3
Nationals  8          Braves  4
Giants 8               Phillies 4
Dodgers vs Mets postponed/rain
MLB Today
Red Sox vs Orioles  6:35pm
Pirates  vs Tigers 6:40pm
Dodger vs Mets  4:10pm/7:10pm TBS
Phillies  vs Giants  9:45pm

NHL West Final Game 3
Stars  5       Oilers  3  DAL leads 2-1
NHL East Game 4
Rangers vs Panthers  8pm ESPN NYR lead 2-1

NASCAR Sunday
Christopher Bell won the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway after the race was called around midnight Sunday due to wet weather with 151 laps remaining. The race had been red-flagged for more than two hours following a steady downpour.

Brad Keselowski finished second, followed by William Byron, Tyler Reddick and Denny Hamlin.

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 22, 2024

PLEA DEAL FOR WILLIAMASPORT SEX OFFENDER

A 35 year old man from Williamsport was sentenced to up to 6 years in prison yesterday after a plea agreement will see him plead guilty to one count of statutory sexual assault for crimes he engaged in with a teenage minor in the spring of 2023 in Old Lycoming Township. According to the Sun Gazette, the Lycoming County Assistant District Attorney said Kyle Lee Cassler had remorse and took responsibility for his actions early in the process, allowing them to come to a deal.  He will receive 266 days credit for time served, 3 years parole and must register as a sex offender for life.

CAR BREAK-IN AT CLINTON COUNTY HOTEL

Two guests at a Clinton County hotel were robbed after a suspect or suspects broke into their respective cars overnight  May 17th and 18th.  According to North Central PA dot com, State police at Lamar say an unknown suspect entered a 2009 Dodge 1500 Ram Promaster and a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado which were both locked overnight.  Luggage, food, tools and other valuables were taken from the vehicles parked at the Lamar Hampton Inn Hotel on Hospitality Lane.  If you have information about the thefts, call state police at 570-726-6000.

LOCAL JUDGES RECERTIFIED

After completing an annual continuing education requirement, District judges in Lycoming and Tioga Counties have been recertified as members of the Pennsylvania Judiciary.  According to the Sun Gazette, Tioga County Magisterial District Judges Robert Repard and James Edgcomb and Lycoming County Magisterial District Judges Christian Frey and Gary Whiteman completed the weeklong course given by the Minor Judiciary Education Board in Harrisburg.  Thru the virtual and in-person program gives their Honors updated information on a variety of legal topics and practices to help manage their magisterial district courts.

CHILD SAFETY SEAT CHECK IN SELINSGROVE

Those interested in a proper fitting for child safety seats for their car, can head to a car seat safety event in Selinsgrove this Saturday.  According to the PA state police,  participants can have their car seats checked and properly installed at the Weis Markets, on State Route 522 in Selinsgrove, from 1pm to 5pm. This safety seat check is just one of several child seat checks across PA as part of National Child Safety Week.  In Lycoming County, Montoursville State police offer free walk-in child safety seat checks on the 1st Tuesday of each month, call to check availability of a certified technician.

WOMAN SCAMMED OUT OF 15 THOUSAND DOLLARS

State police are investigating an instance where an elderly woman from Muncy Creek Township was scammed out of more than 15 thousand dollars in March.  According to Troopers from Montoursville, a man called the woman claiming he was a District Attorney, that her daughter had been in an accident and she was required to pay legal fees.  Arrangements were made to pick up the cash at the woman’s home and an unidentified white male arrived in a grey sedan with tinted windows.  The victim did not get information about the registration or license plate of the car.  If you have information about the scam, call PSP Montoursville at 570-368-5700.

PSP TO CONDUCT ROVING DUI PATROLS FOR HOLIDAY WEEKEND

PA State Police at Montoursville are announcing ahead of the Memorial Day weekend that  they will be conducting roving DUI patrols and DUI checkpoints during the upcoming  holiday.  According to the Troopers, they will be targeting high DUI related crash areas, where statistical data shows high probability for DUI incidents.  Motorists are reminded of the Duty of Driver in Emergency Response Areas law, requiring drivers move over a land or slow down when they see emergency lights activated along the roadway, always wear a seatbelt.

NEW BRANDING FOR PA TOURISM

Governor Shapiro and the first family are out on a week-long RV tour ahead of the Memorial Day Weekend to promote a new state tourism brand and summer travel marketing campaign; “Pennsylvania is the Great American Getaway”.  PA of course, boasts nearby major urban hubs, including New York City, Baltimore, and Washington DC, is a top tier destination for sports and events, a place with incredible hikes and state parks, as well as the most important historic sites in the country.  According to the campaign itinerary, Shapiro’s RV Tour will make 50 stops in 14 counties over six days.  The Pennsylvania Tourism Office, our tourism industry generated $76.7 billion in economic impact, and welcomed 192.4 million visitors in 2022. Get details of the new “PA – the Great American Getaway” brand at VisitPA.com.

JUNIOR GAME WARDEN CAMP

Junior Game Warden camps are planned this summer with the Pennsylvania State Game Commission.  According to the PGC, the one-day camp will host registered youth ages 12 – 14 to train alongside wardens in light physical fitness activities, confidence-building exercises and hands-on learning, as well as assist in the daily responsibilities.  Several regions in Pennsylvania will host the camps in several counties.  Get the details about the registration for the camps that will take place starting July 11th at pgc.pa.gov under PGC Outreach.

SPORTS

PIAA District 4 Softball
Quad A Semifinal
Montoursville  6 Shamokin  2             
Single A Semifinal
Sullivan County  8  Montgomery  4

Baseball 

5-A Quarterfinal 
Selinsgrove  5           Shikellamy  4
Quad A Semifinals 
Danville  8                 Milton  5
Montoursville  6       Mifflinburg  0

NCAA Football News
The Penn State Board of Trustees have approved by a 26-2 vote, a $700 million dollar renovation project of Beaver Stadium, which has a goal to be completed before the 2027 college football season. It will paid for entirely by Intercollegiate Athletics through fundraising, concessions, naming opportunities, sponsorships and ticket sales, including new premium seating options.

NBA East Finals Game 1
Celtics  133          Pacers  128
NBA Tonight West Finals Game 1
Mavericks vs Timberwolves 8:30pm TNT

MLB
Guardians 7         Mets  6
Reds 2                  Padres  0
Pirates  7              Giants  6
Phillies  5             Rangers  2
Twins  10             Nationals  0
Red Sox 5            Rays  2
Mariners  6                    Yankees  3
Cubs  4                 Braves  3 /10 innings
MLB Today
Twins vs Nationals 1:05pm
Mets vs Guardians  1:10pm
Orioles vs Cardinals 1:15 and  3pm Doubleheader
Giants vs Pirates 6:40pm
Rangers vs Phillies 6:40pm
Mariners vs Yankees  7:05pm

NHL Tonight – East Final Game 1
Panthers vs Rangers 8pm TNT

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