BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JUNE 19, 2019

BERWICK MAN DIES IN CRASH THAT SHUT DOWN INTERSTATE

A man from Berwick died in a crash on I-80 near Milton yesterday around 1:30pm that shut down the highway for hours.  Seventy four year old Earl McCormick was driving one of the tractor trailers that hit the first wreck that likely occurred because of the heavy rain – McCormick was pronounced dead at the scene.  Three other cars and other tractor trailers were engaged in accidents that closed I-80 eastbound and westbound between the Milton/Williamsport exit (212) and the Route 254 exit (215) according to PennDOT.  Eastbound I-80 reopened just after 3pm but the westbound lanes stayed shut down until just before midnight.

WOMAN CHARGED WITH POISONING ELDERLY COUPLE

Milton State Police have arrested a Montandon woman after they say she tried to poison an elderly couple, for whom she was the caretaker.  WKOK reports that 37 year-old Tina Young admitted putting ground pieces of rat poison in the couple’s cigarettes to kill them because they fired her from the job in their Northumberland County home.  Young was sent to Northumberland County Prison and a preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for June 26.

NEW OPIOID CONTROL LEGISLATION

State Republicans have introduced a package of bills in Harrisburg that combats the opioid and heroin addiction crisis that they say is crippling Pennsylvania communities.  New bills introduced include efforts to improve prescription drug monitoring, limiting prescriptions and targeting drug dealers.  North Central PA dot com reports the senate will consider the seven new bills this week.

TREE FALLS AND CAUSED ELECTIRCAL OUTAGE

A tree that came down Tuesday afternoon interrupted power in downtown Williamsport and forced a skilled-nursing unit in Loyalsock Township to use their gas powered generators as a back up.  According to the Williamsport Sun Gazette, the tree came down on telephone and electric lines along Ravine Rd. which also caused about 300 PP&L customers to lose service. The interrupted power also caused a fire alarm to go off at a building at West Third and Government Place.

TRANSIT AUTHORITY RACISM CASE SETTLED

There’s been a settlement in the US Middle District court case between Williamsport city and a former finance clerk at River Valley Transit.  Shenique Coates said she was exposed to repeated racism.  The Williamsport Sun Gazette reports that an assistant manager allegedly persuaded Coates to avoid Human Resources during a conflict.  The transit company will pay Coates 48 thousand dollars covering pay and attorney’s fees.

SCHOOL BOARD APPROVE MILLAGE INCREASE

The Williamsport area school board has voted to approve the 2019-2020 budget with an increase in its total millage from 16.50 to 16.89.  That’s 39 dollars for every 100 thousand dollars of assessed real estate value.  The Williamsport Sun Gazette reports the amount of money generated by the increase will be added to the maintenance part of the budget.

PAVING PROJECT THROUGH JUNE IN TIOGA COUNTY

PennDOT says there will be another road project to slow things down starting tomorrow evening along Route 6 in Tioga County near Wellsboro.  A half mile paving project will effect Route 6 from Kelsey Creek to the intersection with Route 287 and Queen Street in Wellsboro.  All work will be performed nightly from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.. Expect the work to continue through the end of the month.

SPORTS

Yankees beat the Rays 6-3, Tigers squeak past the Pirates 5-4, Angels win over the Blue Jays 3-1, Reds beat the Astros 4-3, Mets ran past the Braves 10-2, White Sox beat the Cubs 3-1, Indians bump the Rangers 10-3, Twins over the Red Sox 4-3, Marlins blank the Cardinals 6-nothing, Rockies push the Diamondbacks 8-1,
A’s
over the Orioles 16 -2, Padres win over the Brewers 4-1, Dodgers bring down the Giants 9- nothing, Royals thump the Mariners 9-nothing,
Phillies and the Nationals postponed again due to rain.
–  make up date will be in September.

State College Spikes beat the Crosscutters in 10 innings 4-2

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