BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS DECEMBER 9, 2019

TEEN DRIVER WITHOUT LICENSE CRASHES WHILE RACING
A teen driver who was unlicensed and uninsured, was racing another driver Friday and crashed in Middlecreek township according to State Police.  WKOK reports that 18 year old Robert Petty was driving on Church Road around 8am December 6th and went off the road failing to negotiate a curve and flipped the car after hitting a boulder.  Petty was treated at Evangelical Community Hospital and charged with citations for racing and careless driving, driving without a license and insurance and other charges.  The other unnamed driver was also charged with a traffic citation for racing.  Middleburg Reliance Ambulance and Middlecreek Fire Co. Squad 12 responded to the accident.

MAN STEALS DEBIT CARD OF A HOSPITALIZED WOMAN
A Montoursville man stole money from a debit card of a hospitalized woman between August 30th and September 4th of this year.  The woman who was in the hospital later died.  According to North Central PA dot com the victim’s family discovered over 800 dollars in charges and police say 29 year old Douglas Charles Harding was observed making a purchase on surveillance video with the card. Harding was charged November 18th with felony unauthorized access of a card, and one count of identity theft. Harding is scheduled for a formal arraignment December 23rd.

CITY NAMING ORDINANCE DISCUSSION TABLED
In order to properly review material related to the city’s updated naming ordinance that has recently been addressed, Williamsport City Council members tabled the decision on the process.  According to the Sun Gazette, the new ordinance sets up guidelines for naming property and streets that had not been in place before.  Requirements to publicly advertise a vote on the measure would not be in place by this week’s council meeting either and some council members believe mayor elect should be allowed input.  Council is expected to meet this Thursday, the last time before Christmas, in order to adopt the recently proposed 2020 budget which included a .25 mill tax hike.

SOUTHERN COLUMBIA WINS 3RD CONSECUTIVE STATE TITLE
The Southern Columbia Tigers clinched the state title Friday in Hershey against  Avonworth in a 74-7 routing, making them the winningest High School Football program in PA.  The championship is the team’s third in a row.  Head coach Jim Roth is now in a tie for second place in all-time wins in the state with 444.

SHAMOKIN HOME DISPLACES FAMILY OF SIX
A family of six were forced out of their house following a fire Sunday night in Northumberland County.  Police say the fire started at the home along South Gold Street in Shamokin around 9pm.   Fire officials say the flames started in the chimney and spread to the walls. The fire was controlled by 9:45 p.m. Sunday night and no injuries were reported.  According to WKOK, volunteer fire crews from Coal Township, Shamokin, Kulpmont, Mount Carmel, Rapho Township, and Area Services EMS responded to the incident.

MOVING COMPANY EMPLOYEE STOLE FROM CUSTOMER
A man working for a moving company stole an envelope of $4300 cash from a dresser drawer last month and later admitted taking the money.  According to North Central PA dot com a victim reported the theft November 28th and police interviewed employees of the moving company after the incident.  28 year old Anthony Michael Scampone of Muncy had left work early that day, but police discovered that he was in possession of cash he admitted wasn’t his. Scampone had also given some money to family and friends.  He was charged with several counts of third degree felony theft and is in Lycoming County Prison.

OFFICIALS RESPOND TO FIRE MAN HAS ALLIGATORS INSIDE
A man from Mount Carmel was charged with obstruction of administration of the law after a chimney fire prompted officials to come to the home but weren’t allowed in.  41 year old Juan Puesan of 21 West Avenue, was arrested after firefighters eventually entered and discovered numerous animals including 2 foot long alligators were discovered. Puesan was taken to Northumberland County Jail

TREE REMOVAL ON ROUTE 15 TUESDAY
There will be a tree removed along Route 15 in South Williamsport tomorrow near the Little League museum.  According to Penn DOT, contractors will trim the overhead canopy and bring down one large tree between 9am and 3pm Tuesday near the 500 block of Route 15 and will close the  northbound lane and the northbound shoulder.  With traffic sharing the southbound lanes for passing.  The work should only take one day to complete.
Sports
NFL Sunday

Steelers beat the Cardinals 23-17, Jets beat the Dolphins 20 to 21, Browns over the Bengals 27-19, Ravens beat the Bills 24-17, Falcons beat the Panthers 40-20, Packers over the Redskins 20-15, Vikings beat the lions  20 to 7, 49ers over the Saints 48-46, Buccaneers beat the Colts 38-35, Broncos beat the Texans 38-24, Chargers over the Jaguars 45-10, Titans beat the Raiders 42-21, Chiefs over the Patriots 23-16, Rams beat the Seahawks 28-12
NBA
Nets beat the Nuggets 105 to 102, Hawks beat the Hornets 122 to 107, Heat beat the Bulls 110 to 105, 76’ers over the Raptors 110 to 104, Clippers beat the Wizards 135 to 119, Kings beat the Mavericks 110 to 106, Thunder over the Trailblazers 108 to 96, Lakers beat the Timberwolves 142 to  125.
NHL
Jets beat the Ducks 3-2, Panthers over the Sharks 5-1, Coyotes beat the Blackhawks 4-3, Rangers over the Golden Knights 5-nothing and Sabres beat the Oilers 3-2
Women’s Basketball
Bucknell beat Drexel 60 to 49
HS Boys Basketball
Saturday at the Montgomery Tournament – North Penn-Liberty defeated North East Bradford 46-44
HS Football  PIAA State Championship Friday – Southern Columbia beat Avonworth 74-7

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