BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS OCTOBER 16, 2019

PARAMEDIC ATTACKED BY PATIENT
A female paramedic was attacked in the back of an ambulance by a patient she was trying to treat last Friday afternoon in Williamsport.  Police and paramedics arrived at an area of West Third Street to investigate reports of an intoxicated person on the ground there. Once the EMS put Orlando Wilford on a stretcher, police left the scene.  According to the Sun Gazette, police were called back a short time later after Wilford lunged at the paramedic inside the ambulance and injured her face.  She escaped and other paramedics at the scene tried to secure the intoxicated man until police arrived, and had to use a taser to control Wilford.  He was jailed for aggravated assault, resisting arrest and public drunkenness in lieu of 25,000 bail.

TALKS CONTINUE ABOUT REGIONALIZATION
Talks about police regionalization continued last night when officials from Montgomery and Muncy boroughs along with Brady and Clinton townships met to compile questions that will be presented to the borough manager of Jersey Shore, Joseph Hamm, at the next joint meeting.  Hamm has been asked to share the regionalization experience he had in Tiadaghton Valley with the group. According to the Sun Gazette, the regionalization road ahead will be about discussing the legal side of an agreement and the costs. The next joint meeting is Nov. 6 at the Montgomery Borough Building on East Main Street.

STATE UNIVERSITIES TO TRANSFORM WITH FUNDING
There are discussions that the State System of Higher education will be requesting 100 million dollars next year from the Commonwealth to invest in a transformation of state-owned universities.  Penn Live reports that the money will be used for infrastructure and shared services support for the 14-system universities similar to the Penn State World Campus program.  The Board of Governors will vote on the request this week at Kutztown University, then Gov. Tom Wolf’s will consider the request for next year’s state budget before a presentation to the General Assembly in February.

BRIDGE WORK IN NORTHUMBERLAND
PennDOT is planning more bridge work on I-80 East in Turbot township tomorrow.  Crews are scheduled to work of the bridges over Muddy Run and over Limestone Run in Northumberland County.  There will be alternating lane closures between 9a and 3p Thursday.  Drivers are reminded to use caution in the work zone.

DRUG DEALER FOUND GUILTY
A man who police say dealt drugs along High Street in Williamsport was found guilty yesterday on charges of selling cocaine a year ago even though a confidential informant testified that he couldn’t remember the exchanges.  According to the Sun Gazette, surveillance teams furnished the court with audio and information about the controlled drug stings that occurred between Rasheem Johnson and the informant and showed evidence of the drugs that were allegedly purchased and recovered after the buy. Johnson was found guilty but is out on bail, with sentencing set for December 17th.

MUNCY TOWNSHIP ACCIDENTS SLOW TRAFFIC
Traffic is starting to move around are two accidents that happened this morning along Muncy Township roadways.  An accident involving 2 vehicles is on the shoulder on I-80 west at the Halls/Pennsdale Exit.  Emergency crews are cleaning the wreck and fluid leak there.  Also 220 was closed in both directions between Pennsdale and Hughesville in the area of Rabbit Run Road from a 3 car accident that occurred just after 7am. Witnesses say the road opened after 8AM and traffic is moving. Watch for police on the scene near Pennsdale.

LETTER OF INTENT FOR HOLY SPIRIT HEALTH
Geisinger Medical Center in Danville has announced that it has signed a letter of intent to hand over ownership of Holy Spirit Health System to Penn State Health.  In a news release, Geisinger said the projected completion date of the transfer is June 30th, 2020. The move includes the Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, Ortenzio Heart Center, West Shore EMS, affiliated outpatient practices and urgent care centers.

MANSFIELD UNIVERSITY FIELD HOCKEY GETS NATIONAL RECOGNITION
The Mansfield University Field Hockey Team is making news nationwide. Mansfield Moutaineers cracked the latest Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II National Coaches Poll on Tuesday, coming in at No. 10 in the country. It marks the first time the Mountaineers, who are now lead by Head Coach Brittany Hansrote, have appeared in the NFHCA national rankings since the early part of the 2012 season.  Mansfield hosts Slippery Rock at Karl Van Norman Field today.

RECEREATIONAL CANNABIS BILL INTRODUCED IN PA SENATE
Pennsylvania legislators introduced a bill yesterday that would end Pennsylvania’s prohibition of cannabis and would legalize it for adult-use in Pennsylvania.  Saying it’s time for the commonwealth to join the emerging cannabis economy with Senate Bill 350, State Senator Daylin Leach estimates $500 million of revenue couldcome in during the first full fiscal year of operation which will be appropriated to school districts using the 2016 fair funding formula or Act 35.  According to a press release by Leach, nearly 60 percent of Pennsylvanians support ending cannabis prohibition.

Sports
Major-league Baseball

Nationals secure their first World Series berth in franchise history winning Game 4 over the Cardinals 7-4 in the National League Championship Game last night.
Houston beat the Yankees 4-1 in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series Houston leads 2-1.
NHL
Mapleleafs beat Wild 4-2, Lightning over Canadiens 3-1, Coyotes defeated the Jets 4-2, Flames over the Flyers 3-1, Canucks over the Red Wings 5-1, Predators over the Golden Knights 5-2 and the Hurricanes beat the Kings 2-nothing.
HS Girls Soccer
Muncy beat Montgomery 3-nothing, South Williamsport beat Millville 4-nothing and Mifflinburg over Williamsport 1-nothing in OT, Montoursville beat Central Mountain 4-nothing,  Lewisburg over Midd-West 3-2 and Selinsgrove beat Milton 4-nothing.
HS Boys Soccer
South Williamsport over Millville 2-nothing in OT, Loyalsock beat Hughesville
2-1, and Wellsboro beat Troy 8-2.

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