BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS DECEMBER 6, 2022

LOYALSOCK MIDDLE STUDENT THREATENS SCHOOL

Police are reporting that a Loyalsock Township middle school student allegedly threatened to shoot up the school and is facing criminal charges.  According to North Central PA dot com, a statement was issued by Superintendent Jerry McLaughlin that several students had reported that a student was saying they would bring a gun to school today.  McLaughlin said the threat is no longer a problem after the state police were contacted and took action Monday night, removing the student from the school community.  Security will be increased at the school this week according to authorities, but they are confident there is no continuing threat to students or staff.  Charges are pending for the suspect. 

CANADIAN WOMAN INJURED IN ROUTE 15 CRASH

Trout Run firefighters and other emergency personnel responded to a crash yesterday morning around 10:30am.  According to the Sun Gazette, police say a woman from Ontario Canada was driving a Ford Focus and went off the Route 15 for an unknown reason about two miles south of the Trout Run Exit.  State Police say the unidentified woman struck the embankment and overturned in her vehicle.  She was transported by ambulance to UPMC Williamsport where there has not been a report about her condition today.

JUDGE: LYCO COMMISSIONERS USURPED AUTHORITY

The Lycoming County Commissioners may decide to appeal a second ruling by a visiting Potter County Senior Judge, after he found for a second time that the commissioners overstepped authority by transferring Office of Budget and Finance functions of the elected controller into their office when they were dissatisfied with the work.  According to Penn Live, Judge John B. Leete ruled that the commissioners’ actions were improper and in derogation of various provisions of the County Code.  Pending a potential appeal, the court ruled that the commissioners must return all ledgers, accounts, payroll and related documents along with the employees to Krista Rogers, the county’s controller, whose legal fees will also be provided by the county.

BIRDERS ASKED TO COUNT THIS WINTER

Wellsboro birders are looking for help from you this year.  According to the Sun Gazette, the Tiadaghton Audubon Society wants citizens help with two Christmas Bird Counts this winter.  The Cowanesque Circle bird count on Saturday, Dec. 17, and the Wellsboro-Mansfield Circle bird count on Sunday, January 1.  You can register to count birds on your property or go on the road and count no later than Monday, December 12, for the December 17th Count and by Monday, December 26, for the January 1st Count.  Email for information; tasmember@yahoo.com or call 570-948-9052.

AMBULANCE CREW CALLS POLICE AFTER PATIENT BROKE HIS RESTRAINTS

A patient broke through restraints and became aggressive with emergency personnel last week, forcing the ambulance crew to pull over and call police.  According to North Central PA dot com, a relative called 911 after 55 year old Thomas Paul Charmley of Eagles Mere was feared to have had a stroke.  Police said Charmley was initially calm inside the ambulance but became more aggressive before transport.  He has been charged with first-degree felony aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment, and disorderly conduct and is in the Columbia County Prison in lieu of 25 thousand dollars monetary bail.

MAN ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING IN GROCERY STORE

A man who broke into a local grocery store in August has been charged in an affidavit this week by Old Lycoming Township Police.  According to the Sun Gazette, Brian Richard Jacobs allegedly pried open the automatic doors of the Weis on Lycoming Creek Road before the store opened after 4:30am, going to the employee lounge, attempting to take a jacket and then standing in the aisles before employees called 911.  Police say Jacobs of Cogan Station may have been under the influence was taken to UPMC Williamsport for evaluation.  Jacobs charges included felony trespassing, attempted theft, and public drunkenness..  He was released on 15 thousand dollars bail.

LIMITED TIME MILKSHAKE FLAVOR FEATURED FOR FARM SHOW

The farm show is coming again January 7th, and the famous PA Dairymen milkshakes may be on your mind, but according to Penn Live, there is a new flavor coming to the 2023 event to think about.  A new limited edition orange cream flavor milkshake will be included with the regular vanilla and chocolate flavors.  The Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association are also offering a free milkshake to the first 50 people in line at the show this year. The 2023 Farm Show runs January 7-14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg.

CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING IN PA

Gov. Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf held the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony last night at the state Capitol.  The Central Dauphin High School Choir performed during the ceremony to celebrate the lighting of the 20-foot-tall tree from Carbon County. The tree is decorated with more than 900 LED lights and more than 700 handmade ornaments.  The ornaments were donated by students and seniors throughout the commonwealth coordinated by Pre-K for PA and the Department of Aging. This will be the last tree lighting overseen by Gov. Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf, as Governor-elect Josh Shapiro is set to take office.

SPORTS

NFL Monday Night Football
Buccaneers 17              Saints 16

NHL
Golden Knights 4        Bruins 3
Rangers 6                      Blues 4
Flyers 5                         Avalanche 3
Capitals 3                     Oilers 2
Flames 3                       Coyotes 2  
Canucks 7                     Canadiens 6

NBA
Clippers 119       Hornets 117
Bucks 109           Magic 102
Thunder 121       Hawks 114
Celtics 116          Raptors 110
Rockets 132        76ers 123
Grizzlies 101      Heat 93
Mavericks 130   Suns 111
Pacers 112          Warriors 104


NCAA Football
Heisman Trophy finalists have been announced… all are quarterbacks … Stetson Bennett of Georgia, Max Duggan of TCU, Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud and Caleb Williams of USC.  The winner will be announced this Saturday night at 8pm on ESPN

NCAA Basketball News
Bucknell University has announced that Jay Wright ’83 — a former CBS Sports college basketball analyst and Villanova basketball coach who took the team to two NCAA championships and four Final Fours — will deliver the keynote address at Bucknell University’s 173rd Commencement on Sunday, May 14, 2023.  Wright was a member of the Bucknell men’s basketball team before graduating in 1983 with degrees in economics and sociology. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2021.


MLB NEWS
 Shortstop Trea Turner and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed on an 11-year, $300 million contract Monday. The deal, which includes a full no-trade clause and no deferred money, ties Turner to the Phillies through the 2033 season and is the 10th $300 million-plus contract in baseball history.

SPORS

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