BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 15, 2019

 

MOTORCYCLIST LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ACCIDENT
There was a serious accident in Loyalsock Township Saturday morning in which a motorcyclist was trapped under an SUV according to the Williamsport Sun Gazette.  The wreck shut down East Third street at Northway Road for several hours.  29 year old Jonathan Toro of Williamsport was flown to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville after police say he was ejected from the motorcycle and landed under the other vehicle around 8:30 am.  Toro was listed in Fair condition this morning

MIFFLINBURG HOSE COMPANY RESPONDS TO HOUSE FIRE
There was a house fire in New Berlin on Sunday, but firefighters from Mifflinburg Hose Company quickly extinguished it.  WKOK reports that smoke was reported coming from the back of a structure at the 300 block of Front Street around 6pm on Sunday.  No injuries were reported and they had the fire out in about an hour.

UPCOMING REGIONAL POLICE FORCE STUDY
The State Department of Economic Development has accepted a letter of intent between the Jersey Shore Borough and Old Lycoming Township committing to a regional police study in order to streamline law enforcement services.  An agreement between the municipalities served by Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department and the township could mean they would save money with a regional police force, according to the Sun Gazette, is the beginning of a long process to explore the regions’ options.

FORMER EMPLOYEE STEALS FROM REGISTER
A former employee of A Fuel On gas station in Hughesville who was fired after the cash drawers were short by over two thousand dollars, was observed on security cameras in June stealing cash from the registers while other employees were distracted.  Police say 21 year-old Tyrone Barry Sanders of Hughesville was charged with third degree felony theft by unlawful taking and was arraignied last week in district court.

STATE AUTHORITIES TO TRACE AND TRACK ILLEGAL FIREARMS
The State Attorney General Josh Shapiro has announced a new initiative in Pennsylvania to combat illegal firearms, taking a data-driven approach to decreasing gun trafficking and illegal gun transfers.  The Pennsylvania Track and Trace Initiative will investigate how illegal firearms are obtained and strategically shut down those known pipelines.  The Track & Trace Program is an expansion of the existing efforts of the Gun Violence Task Force in Philadelphia and is a first-of-its-kind, collaborative, statewide initiative.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUNDING FOR LYCOMING COUNTY
The state is providing some funding in Lycoming, Snyder, and Union Counties for an affordable housing program.  State Senator Gene Yaw says the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency will contribute up to 2.5 million dollars for the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement program with over 1.5 million heading to Lycoming County alone.  The program helps homeless individuals find and stay in affordable housing.  In a press release, Senator Yaw says funding sources for housing grants in this district came from Marcellus Shale impact fees, the national Housing Trust Fund, and a fee imposed during real estate transfers.

FAIR WEATHER TO GET HOTTER BY WEEKEND
The 149th Lycoming County fair had perfect weather over the weekend  but according to the National Weather Service the temperatures are going to get hotter as we head toward next weekend with highs getting up into the 90s.  Today at the Fair – all military personnel get in free with a valid ID and tomorrow is Youth Day with a Lycoming County Talent Youth Challenge starting at 7pm

MIFFLINVILLE DRAINAGE EXCAVATION CONTINUES
A 3.2-mile widening and resurfacing project on Route 339 in Montoursville, Columbia County, continues this week.  Upcoming work in Mifflin Township includes structure repairs and drainage excavation from Market Street to Smith Hollow Road. The road is open to northbound traffic from Mifflinville to Nescopeck. Motorists should drive with caution through the work zone.

MORE WORK FOR THE DUKE STREET CONSTRUCTION PROJECT
The Duke Street Reconstruction Project in Montoursville continues this week with work on King Street between the River bridge and Priestley Avenue. This work includes full depth reconstruction, drainage upgrades, including new pipes, curbs and ramps. King Street is open to northbound car traffic from Sunbury. Southbound traffic from Northumberland is detoured via Route 11 south to Shamokin Dam, and Route 61 to Sunbury. The detour will be in full effect today.

Sports

Major League Baseball
Yankees beat Blue Jays 4-2, Rays over the Orioles 4-1,  Phillies beat the Nationals 4-3, Indians bumped the Twins 4-3,  Mets beat Marlins 6-2, Giants thumped the Brewers 8-3, Cardinals beat the Diamondbacks 5-2, Tigers slammed the Royals 12-8, Cubs beat Pirates 8-3, Astros bumped the Rangers 12-4, Rockies over the Reds 10-9, Angels won over the Mariners 6-3, A’s beat the White Sox 3-2, Braves over the Padres 4-1, Dodgers beat the Red Sox 7-4

NY Penn League
Williamsport Crosscutters lost to Aberdeen Iron Birds 4-3

Major Softball State Final
South Williamsport beat Lower Perkiomen 13-5 – (South heads to the East Regional tournament in Bristol, Connecticut Saturday)

Wimbledon
Women’s Singles Championship Results
Romania’s Simona Halep defeated Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2
Gentlemen’s Singles Championship
Serbia’s Novak Djokavic defeated Switzerland’s Roger Federer in an historic
5th set tiebreaker 7-6, 1-6,7-6, 4-6, 13-12

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