BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JANUARY 20, 2020

MUNCY MAN SENTENCED FOR ASSAULT
A Muncy man was recently sentenced to state prison after being found guilty last fall to assaulting a female victim with a wooden chair in November of 2018.  According to North Central Pa dot com, 48 year old Arthur W. Reed, who formerly lived on North Market Street was arrested by Muncy police,  He last week was sentenced to 12 to 24 months in state prison, and will pay fines, restitution and perform 150 hours of community service.  Reed is in Lycoming County Prison for allegedly intimidating a witness in a separate case.

WINTER WEATHER NOT AFFECTING ROADS TODAY
All roadway restrictions and speed limits are restored this morning after winter weather Saturday caused commercial vehicle restrictions on most roadways in Central PA. According to PennDOT speed limits were at 45 on interstate I-180 from Route 15 north in Williamsport to I-80  in Northumberland County.   As weather conditions continue to affect traffic, treatment of the roads continue this morning

WILLIAMSPORT RAMP CONSTRUCTION MOVES FORWARD
Ramp Construction at the Williamsport Parking Authority Headquarters has been designed and is anticipated to move forward.  According to the Sun Gazette, the authority staff, as well as Mayor Derek Slaughter met last week to see the rendering of the ramp that will bring accessibility to the building on the corner of West Third and West Street.  The authority building ramp is not expected to cost more than 10 thousand dollars.  No vote was taken on the project.  Recently the city of Williamsport was required by the U.S. Department of Justice to address city building accessibility.

MLK JR DAY MEANS DREAM WEEK IN WILLIAMSPORT
It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day and also Dream Week 2020 in Williamsport.  The winter weather over the weekend cancelled the Peace Walk that typically kicks off the MLK celebration at Penn College, but other events throughout the week will mark the legacy of the slain civil rights leader.  With most schools and businesses observing the federal holiday, families can participate in various service activities.  A screening of the movie Harriet about the life of Harriet Tubman, will take place at Lycoming college’s Krapf Gateway Center Wednesday at 6pm. At the Keiper Rec Center at Lycoming College, volunteers with the Central PA Food Bank will pack healthy meal kits starting at 8:30 until noon today.  There will be a free meal and community call to action at the Castellano Center for Community Outreach on Park Avenue at 6:30 tonight.  Dream week activities are co-sponsored by the schools, the Beloved Community Council and STEPAmericorps

TRUCK STOLEN FROM AUCTION
There was a car stolen from Middleburg and police are investigating.  According to police reports a 1989 Ford Red and Tan F-150 with a Sunoco bumper sticker on the rear bumper was stolen from the Middleburg Auction Barn as reported at 4 p.m. Friday,  If you have any information please call Middleburg police at  570-837-0321.

BB GUN SHOOTING DAMAGES CHURCH
There was a shooting that damaged a building  in Tioga County last week and State police are investigating. According to police reports, someone shot at Whitneyville United Methodist Church along Church Road, in Charleston Township near Wellsboro.  According to police, the damages happened between January 5 and 12 with a BB gun.   The church’s vinyl siding was damaged for an estimated $700.  If you have any information please call Mansfield State Police.

SNOW SQUALL CLOSES ROAD TO TRUCKS
Route 54 around Mt Carmel today was hit with a quick snow squaLl that left 2 inches of snow on the ground this morning and PennDOT on the scene closing the roadway with posted signage.  According to Northumberland County Communications, a section of Route 54 on Natalie Mountain is closed to trucks for several hours.  No crashes were reported during the overnight snowfall

Sports
NFL
The Chiefs beat the Titans yesterday in the AFC Championship 35-24 and the San Francisco 49ers secured their trip to Super Bowl 54 against the Packers last night 37-20 in the NFC championship.
The teams are set – it’s the San Francisco 49ers versus the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 54 Sunday February 2nd

NBA
Spurs beat the Heat 107-102 and Pacers beat the Nuggets 115 to 107
NHL
Penguins beat the Bruins 4 to 3, Hurricanes beat the Islanders 2 to 1, Blue Jackets beat the Rangers 2 to 1, and the Blackhawks beat the Jets 5 to 2
College Wrestling
Penn State beat Rutgers 38 to 6

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