BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JANUARY 17, 2020

MAN CHARGED AFTER ALLEGEDLY SHAKING BABY
A young father was arraigned in Lycoming County District court for aggravated and simple assault, as well as recklessly endangering the welfare of child after police say he shook his infant so hard the baby has serious brain injuries.  According to the Sun Gazette, investigators say Tyler Vaughn, of Nippenose Township , shook the baby, born in October, several times in November and December until there was an emergency event in which the unresponsive  infant needed to be flown to Geisinger medical center in Danville.  According to police after an investigation into the shaken baby syndrome case, Vaughn told police he may have done something wrong that led to the child being admitted to the hospital. Vaughn has been released on 95 thousand dollars bail.

STATE GRANT HELPS SOUTH SIDE WITH STORM WATER CONCERNS
A grant from the State Department of Environmental Protection will allow South Williamsport borough to purchase equipment to help clean up the storm water system this spring.  According to the Sun Gazette, almost 300 thousand dollars will be used for vehicles and machines that keep leaf and grass debris from the drainage collection system that cause clogs, and later can spawn harmful bacterial to wildlife. The equipment will also be used to expand the curbside recycling program.

LOCAL BEAR TO BE RELOCATED TO A SANCTUARY
Dillan the bear wiLl be taken to a new home in Colorado,  According to WNEP, the Union County Sportsmen’s Club president “Bear” Spangler said the club came to an agreement with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals  to relocate Dillan next next Thursday . The allegedly morbidly obese bear has lived at the Union County Sportsmen’s Club for 16 years. The battle over this bear started last spring when someone filed a complaint with PETA about Dillan’s living conditions.

STORM THREAT CHANGES LOCAL SPORTS SCHEDULE
The expected winter weather will change some college and high school sports schedules this weekend.  Lycoming men’s and women’s swim teams will have their dual meet today at 7 PM instead of Saturday, Lycoming women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader at Arcadia has been moved to an 11 AM start on Saturday.  According to the Sun Gazette, the Lockhaven University basketball teams will travel to Bloomsburg today for a women’s start at 5:30 and 7:30 for the men.  In High School basketball, Saturday’s boy’s game Montgomery against Bucktail is postponed and Jersey Shore plays Selinsgrove today 5:30 for the girls and 7 for the boys.  In High School wrestling, the  weekends new Oxford wrestling tournament including Troy in Canton has been fit into a one day tournament starting today at 4 PM

MAN RE-SENTENCED AFTER PROBATION VIOLATION
A man from Lairdsville has been re-sentenced after he violated probation by possessing contraband while on work release last August in Williamsport.  According ot North Central PA dot Com, 44 year old Hughy Woodring Jr. pled guilty in court last week to second degree felony for obtaining illegal prescription  meds and cocaine on Memorial avenue. Lycoming County Judge Marc F. Lovecchio revoked Woodring’s intermediate punishment sentence and re-sentenced Woodring to two to four years state prison.  He was committed to State Correctional Institution Camphill/Muncy.

HOSPITAL ADMIN MAKES STATEMENT ABOUT CLOSING
The  President and CEO of Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, Kendra Aucker, has made statement in respionse to the hospital closing earlier than expected at the end of this month.  Auker says the hospiutal will  do their part for the people of the Sunbury area so they have appropriate and timely access to care making sure they will fill the gaps left by the closure.  UPMC announced Thursday they are going to close the ER and curtail some of the services at Sunbury, while some other services will continue.

BASEBALL TEAM SHOULD STICK AROUND
After a press release last year that left Williamsport Crosscutter fans wondering if the team would be among teams scheduled for contraction ending their deal with Major League Baseball, a statement by the team’s principal owner, Peter Freund, at the Hot Stove Banquet this week implied he is very optimistic that the Cutters will stick around past the end of the 2020 season. According to the Sun Gazette, there are three options; things could remain the same, the team could be part of a Major League Baseball sponsored Dream League, or an independent league where players could be signed by major league clubs, or  the team could be transformed into a full-season team. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has said that by reducing the number of teams in the minor league system, major league teams will be able to afford to pay players more money.

DE-ICING STARTS TODAY TO BATTLE WEEKEND WEATHER
PennDOT says they will be pre-treating major roads in advance of the winter weather today.  Anti-icing trucks may be seen along high-volume roads in Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, and Union Counties.

PENNDOT CLEAN UP RESTARTS TUESDAY
The soil remediation project on Interstate 80 westbound in White Deer Township scheduled for this week will be suspended today according to PennDOT.  7:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  Motorists should expect the left lane to be restricted while the work is being completed.  Motorists can expect the left lane to be taken up when work resumes on Tuesday January 21st on  Interstate 80 westbound in Union County around mile marker 202.5.  Get updated Pennsylvania road conditions at 511pa.com.Sports
HS Wrestling
For the first time in 42 years Selinsgrove defeated Shikellamy last night in Sunbury 50 to 21, Warrior Run beat Hughesville 54-21 Central Mountain over Bald Eagle Area 44-15, Muncy over Montgomery 49-15, Milton beat Shamokin 51-25, Central Columbia over Loyalsock 64 -3, Mount Carmel over South Williamsport 46-27.
HS Girls Basketball
Loyalsock beat Williamsport 57 to 50, North East Bradford over Canton 50 to 22, Cowanesque Valley over North Penn Mansfield 40 to 37, Sayre over North Penn Liberty 57 to 30
HS Boys Basketball
Northumberland Christian beat Bucktail 78 to 50
NHL
Bruins beat the Penguins 4 to 1, Flames beat the Maple Leafs 2 to 1, Panthers beat the Kings 4 to 3, Rangers beat the Islanders 3 to 2, Canadians beat the Flyers 4-1, Capitals over the Devils 5 to 2, Blue Jackets beat the Hurricanes 3 to 2, Golden Knights over the Senators 4-2, Ducks beat the Predators 4-2, Wild over Lightning 3 to 2, Sabers over the Stars 4 to 1, Avalanche beat Sharks 4-nothing, Canucks over the Coyotes 3 to 1
NBA
Suns beat the Knicks 121 to 98, Bucks beat the Celtics 128 to 123, Pelicans beat Jazz 138 to 132, Nuggets beat the Warriors 134 to 131, Clippers beat Magic 122 to 95

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