BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS OCTOBER 1, 2019

PASSENGERS IDENTIFIED AFTER HELICOPTER CRASH
Police have released the names of the people injured in the helicopter crash that occurred on the final night of the 2019 Bloomsburg Fair.  The Sun Gazette reports that 42 year old Jennifer Zielewicz of Trout Run and 33 year old Maria Portlatin of Williamsport both sustained minor injuries when the sightseeing helicopter went down in the parking area of the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.  The pilot, Kenneth Cordrey of Delaware was taken to Geisinger Saturday night in critical condition and now WNEP reports he is stable.   Bloomsburg Fair officials told media outlets that they are considering banning helicopter tours moving forward.

INMATE INDICTED FOR OPIOID POSSESSION
An Inmate at the Allenwood Federal Correctional Institution has been indicted for possession of a controlled substance.  US Attorney David Freed told North Central PA dot com that on May 21st 2018,  29 year old Tavon Johnson was  in possession of 120 strips of suboxone a prescription narcotic after receiving a visit.  Johnson was indicted for the charges last Thursday and faces a maximum of 20 years of incarceration and a 250 thousand dollar fine.

POLICE REGIONALIZATION STILL IN DISCUSSION
Township supervisors from around the area decided to continue talks on police force regionalization between Brady Township and Muncy and Montgomery Boroughs and Clinton Township at their meeting last Friday.    Montgomery Police Officer Eric Winters told the Sun Gazette that two other regional departments in the area, Tiadaghton Valley and Buffalo Valley are a good resource for creating their plan.  Issues under discussion include whether to approve the change at all, and if a regionalized force is created, how to use funds and the rules for each municipality that participates.

LEGISLATION PASSES CHANGES IN “DO NOT CALL” LAW
The “Do Not Call” list will be permanent now after the Pennsylvania Senate approved House Bill 318 last week changing some details to the Telemarketing Registration Act of 1996.  According to the PA House of Representatives website, after a person in the state puts their number on the list – it will stay there until the number is no longer in service.  It also requires robo-calls to have an opt-out feature.  The bill is next to be signed by Governor Tom Wolf.

SUSPICIOUS PACKAGES CLOSES CITY HALL
City Hall on East Church Street in Lock Haven will open regular hours today following Monday’s shut down from a suspicious package found on the front porch there.  According to the Sun Gazette, the scare caused a closure of City Hall and the area to be barricaded by police until about 1pm when City Manager Gregory Wilson sounded the all clear.  State police continued an investigation yesterday afternoon and determined there was no malicious intent from the package left behind.

VICTIM IN DANVILLE HOTEL ROOM IDENTIFIED
The Montour County Coroner has identified the person found dead in the Super 8 motel room near Danville last Thursday.  According to WKOK, an autopsy revealed that 50-year-old Derrick Potts  of New Jersey died from a gunshot wound to the head.  Two Missouri residents have been taken into custody after a police investigation last week.

SUSPECTS COULD HAVE A COMBINED TRIAL
Two eastern Pennsylvania men who were arrested in Lycoming County March 31st of this year after hitting and killing a victim along Robbins Road in Loyalsock Township may have their criminal homicide cases combined.  North Central PA dot com reports that police said 30 year old Robert Vettese,  of Brookhaven, shot from the passenger seat of the car while 41 year old Norman James Dennis of Drexel Hill drove and struck the pedestrian.  Lycoming County Judge Marc Lovecchio will wait on a decision to combine the cases until there’s a ruling in other pre-trial motions. Both Dennis and Vettese are charged with felony counts of  criminal homicide, and other assault and firearms charges.

NEW PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING COULD COST $15 MILLION
The finance director of the Williamsport City Planning Commission presented to the Council projections yesterday to build a new public safety building that could cost 15 million dollars.  According to the Sun Gazette, William E. Nichols Jr. had a plan to prioritize actionable items over the next 6 years.   Repairs and upgrades to just bring the current City Hall up to code that have been part of the discussion lately would cost close to 3 million dollars.

Sports
Monday Night Football
Steelers beat the Bengals 27-3

HS Tennis
South Williamsport over Lewisburg 4-1, Wellsboro over Towanda 6-1.
HS Boys Soccer
Loyalsock beat South Williamsport 8-3, Line Mountain beat Muncy 5-2, Hughesville over Bloomsburg 2-1 Williamsport blanked Mifflinburg 5-nothing, Wellsboro over North Penn Liberty 11-1, Lewisburg over Milton 9- nothing, MiddWest beat Montoursville 9- nothing.
HS Girls Soccer
Wellsboro beat Sayre 2-nothing, Wyalusing over Montgomery 1- nothing, Troy over NP- Mansfield 4-nothing.
Today Sports
Tonight Major-League Baseball Playoffs
Milwaukee at Washington in the National League Wildcard Game – 8 o’clock

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