BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS – September 24, 2022

Almost $99,000 was raised in the 5th Annual Over The Edge event, at the William Hepburn Apartments on Friday. Approximately 811 donors participated with 67 descenders rappelling down the side of the structure. The money raised goes toward the River Valley YMCA, the YWCA of Northcentral PA and the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation. Participants either paid or raised at least $1000 to participate. The event also tied in with the Block Party, hosted by UPMC Susquehanna on Friday evening, in downtown Williamsport, along Fourth Street.

The Lycoming County Coroner, Chuck Kiessling Jr. is on the hunt for property, that would enable his office to have sufficient space for performing autopsies, and other services. Kiessling took to social media recently to solicit interest for such a space. Lycoming County Commissioners would like to combine some other county offices into a joint location to save money for residents. They have wanted to move District Justice Christian Frey’s office, the Children & Youth offices, and the Lycoming-Clinton Mental Health & Intellectual Disabilities office, along with a Central Processing Facility for suspects. UPMC Susquehanna has available property that they would consider selling; but, Kiessling wants a more safer and secure location. Other possibilities include a location on Arch Street in Newberry.

The ongoing legal battle between the Lycoming County Commissioners and the Lycoming County Controller continues. The controller, Krista Rogers won her case against the county in July; but, the commissioners are appealing the decision. Rogers is also trying to get four employees returned to her office, as was previously allotted to her office.

The Shamokin Area School District has made a change as to how fans can attend home events at football games. As of last night’s football game, the district has decided that fans that attend games must stay in their seat during the course of the contest. No roving around the stadium, due to safety concerns. Evidently there were issues with the first two contests at Kemp Memorial Stadium, and the changes will stay in effect until the end of the season.

A 19 year old was sentenced to 4 to 15 years in state prison after shooting a 14 year old and wounding a pizza delivery driver, in two separate incidents from 2020. Nigel Staten-Chambers received the sentence from Lycoming County Judge Nancy Butts, after reviewing the pre-sentence report and stated that Staten-Chambers has been in trouble with the law, since he was 11. Staten-Chambers agreed to a plea deal in June, for attempted robbery and aggravated assault.

A murder suspect formerly of Williamsport, is requesting a new lawyer in Columbia County Court, after twenty years being accused of murdering in Buckhorn, in an apparent drug deal gone wrong. 44 year old Brian Quinn of New Jersey filed a motion to have a change in counsel, feeling that his counsel is not qualified to defend him. According to the Press-Enterprise, Quinn is accused of killing Shamar Washington, 17, over a $200 deal for drugs. No word on whether the judge will grant the request for a new counsel.

Old Lycoming Township Police dropped charges of robbery, theft and receiving stolen property; after the girlfriend of Runnel Hairston, refused to testify in court. Hairston was accused of stealing a drawstring bag from his girlfriend on September 12th. Hairston did plead guilty of summary disorderly conduct, before District Justice William Solomon. Hairston was given credit for the 9 days served in the Lycoming County Prison.

IN SPORTS…

High School Football Scores –

Montoursville 29, Bald Eagle Area 21
Warrior Run 33, Northwest Area 19
Selinsgrove 35, Shikellamy 7
Jersey Shore 63, Mifflinburg 24
Shamokin 47, Central Mountain 28
Troy 32, Athens 7
Danville 49, Southern Columbia 14
Central Columbia 20, Lewisburg 6
Muncy 49, North Penn-Mansfield 14
Loyalsock 35, Williams Valley 29
Towanda 41, Wellsboro 19
Wyalusing 26, Montgomery 0
Mount Carmel 41, Bloomsburg 7
Waverly (NY) 47, Cowanesque Valley 14
Crestwood 51, Williamsport 13
Susquenita 35, Line Mountain 21

OTHER HIGH SCHOOL SCORES –

Volleyball

Canton 3, South Williamsport 0

Boys Soccer

Millville 3, Sullivan County 1
Northumberland Christian 7, Meadowbrook Chr. 1
Corning-Painted Post (NY) 5, Athens 1

Girls Soccer

Milton 5, Jersey Shore 0
Meadowbrook Christian 5, Northumberland Chr. 1

Girls Tennis

Williamsport 3, Central Mountain 2
Bucktail 5, St. John Neumann 0

MLB Scores from Friday –

Philadelphia shellacked Atlanta, 9-1

Chicago Cubs edged Pittsburgh, 6-5

NY Yankees slipped past Boston, 5-4

NY Mets defeated Oakland, 9-2

Miami over Washington, 5-2

Baltimore blanked Houston, 6-0

Cleveland doubled up Texas, 6-3

Tampa Bay defeated Toronto, 10-6

Detroit over Chicago White Sox, 5-3

Kansas City defeated Seattle, 5-1

Milwaukee over Cincinnati, 5-3

LA Angels doubled up Minnesota, 4-2

Colorado edged San Diego, 4-3

San Francisco slipped past Arizona, 6-5

St. Louis blanked LA Dodgers, 11-0

HIGH SCHOOL GAMES ON TAP FOR TODAY –

South Williamsport is at Canton, 1pm

Milton travels to Holy Redeemer, 7pm

COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMES ON TAP FOR TODAY –

Lycoming is at Albright, Noon

Rhode Island is at Pittsburgh, Noon

Central Michigan travels to Penn State, Noon

Susquehanna is at Dickinson College, 1pm

Lock Haven at East Stroudsburg, 1:05pm

Shippensburg at Bloomsburg, 2:00pm

Notre Dame takes on North Carolina, 3:30pm on ABC

Wisconsin is at Ohio State, 7:30pm on ABC

Bucknell is off this week.

MLB GAMES ON TAP FOR TODAY –

Boston at NY Yankees, 1:05pm

Atlanta at Philadelphia, 4:05pm

NY Mets at Oakland, 4:07pm

Toronto at Tampa Bay, 6:10pm

Washington at Miami, 6:10pm

Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 6:35pm

Milwaukee at Cincinnati, 6:40pm

Cleveland at Texas, 7:05pm

Houston at Baltimore, 7:05pm

LA Angels at Minnesota, 7:10pm

Seattle at Kansas City, 7:10pm

Detroit at Chicago White Sox, 7:10pm

San Francisco at Arizona, 8:10pm

San Diego at Colorado, 8:10pm

St. Louis at LA Dodgers, 9:10pm

NFL FOOTBALL ON SUNDAY –

Buffalo travels to Miami, 1pm

Philadelphia travels down I-95 to face Washington, 1pm

Cincinnati goes to Met Life Stadium to take on the NY Jets, 1pm

Dallas takes on NFC East foe, NY Giants, in Monday night football at 8:15pm on ABC and ESPN.

NASCAR –

The Auto Trader / Echo Park Automotive 500, from the Texas Motor Speedway, is Sunday afternoon. Pre-Race coverage begins at 2:30pm on The Twin Valley’s Talk Radio Network or WILQ’s HD3.

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 22, 2022

FATAL SILO ACCIDENT CLAIMS THREE LIVES

Three people died in a silo accident yesterday after an entrapment emergency happened just after 7am.  According to Penn Live, crews arrived at the Amish farm on Lower Brush Valley Road in Potter Township, Centre County after a 47 year old, 19 year old and 14 year old were reported trapped in a silo on the farm site.  State Police from Rockview say OSHA is being called to the scene, where a teenage boy died 6 months ago in a manure spreading accident.  There are no details at this time on how the three became trapped in the silo. 

FURNITURE COMPANY RESPONDS TO BUNK BED LAWSUIT

Montoursville’s Savoy Contract Furniture has made a statement that they regularly warned little league organizers to use the guard rails, following being named in a civil lawsuit with Little League Baseball Incorporated, for the liability of a player falling from a top bunk without a rail, and suffering a fractured skull during this year’s World Series.  According to the Sun Gazette, Savoy has said their standard procedure of recommending safety measures when lofting the beds was in place and their beds contained warning labels for the use of safety rails.  12 year old Easton Oliverson, the little league player from Utah who fell from the bed and sustained serious brain injuries, has returned home.  His family is seeking more than 50 thousand dollars for his care, as well as punitive damages in a Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

KANGAROO SEIZED FROM PA HOME

Pennsylvania Game Wardens seized a 6 month old kangaroo in Littlestown, PA after getting a tip that a person was trying to sell the exotic animal for 5 thousand dollars through a social media post.  According to the Gettysburg Times, police obtained a search warrant and contacted the man who at first denied having the kangaroo, but they searched the property and found the animal wrapped in a blanket and hidden in a closet.  Police say there hasn’t been an arrest announced yet.  In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to possess, import or sell exotic wildlife species without the proper permits.  According to the Game Commission, exotic animal cases they are called to are usually large cats, but this is their first kangaroo case.

LANCERS NAME NEW BASEBALL COACH

The Loyalsock lancers have named one of the program’s most decorated players as their new head coach for the upcoming 2023 baseball season.  According to North Central PA dot com, 2015 graduate and member of both championship teams in 2014 and 2015, Jimmy Webb will take the helm at Loyalsock Township School district  after being an assistant since 2016.  Webb earned a dual degree in business communication and PR at Lock Haven in 2019 while working with the team.  Webb is the only baseball player in Pennsylvania to ever be named to the all-state team four years in a row.

ROAD RAGE LEADS TO ARREST

A Montoursville man is being charged in what police are calling a road rage incident that occurred this summer.  According to the Sun Gazette, police say 59 year old Mark Oeler created a verbal confrontation with another driver on West Third Street after 6:30am on July 29th after allegedly tailgating the victim on the exit from Route 15 north to west third. Oeler allegedly passed the victim on the double yellow lines, only to be waiting for them in a threatening manner at a local garage.  Police were called and they charged Oeler with terroristic threats, simple assault and disorderly conduct.  He waived his preliminary hearing and is free on 10 thousand dollars bail.

LOCK HAVEN MAN TO HAVE A NON-JURY TRIAL OVER JANUARY 6

A Lock Haven man will face charges this fall in front of a US District of Columbia Judge for his role in breaching the US Capitol Building on January 6th last year. According to the Sun Gazette, 28 year old Brian Gunderson attempted to have three counts of assault, impeding officers and entering a restricted building, but lawyers cited Gunderson’s social media accounts that clearly showed him inside the capitol building on the day of the insurrection. A judge denied Gunderson’s motions to dismiss and allowed him to be free on his own recognizance until the non-jury trial November 9th.

PHILLY WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT

A 19 year old woman from Philadelphia was arrested after she caused a scene in the Rite Aid on 5th street in Williamsport on September 7th.  According to the Sun Gazette, Tiaura Sanya Robinson became irate, throwing an item scanner in the face of a Pharmacist and angrily leaving the store with a ten dollar prescription without paying for it.  Police say Robinson was charged with aggravated and simple assault and disorderly conduct.  She was arraigned Tuesday and released on 25 thousand dollars bail.

ACTIVE SHOOTER DRILL TO HAPPEN NEXT THURSDAY

There will be an active shooter drill next Thursday at the Miller Center in Lewisburg, not today as some reports indicated.  According to coordinators from Evangelical Community Hospital, the Greater Susquehanna YMCA and Geisinger they will test emergency responsiveness next Thursday September 27th from 10am til 3pm at the Hardwood drive facility which will be closed for the day.  First responders and other organizations will be participating in the drill and the public is being told so they can be aware of the activity and noises that will be taking place next week.  Other law enforcement teams may be responding around the area that same day in response to the drill.

SPORTS

MLB
Nationals 3         Braves 2
Brewers 6            Mets 0
Reds 5                 Red Sox 1
Phillies 4             Blue Jays 3
Orioles 8             Tigers 1
Yankees 14         Pirates 2
Guardians 8        White Sox 2
Diamondbacks 6 Dodgers 1

NFL tonight
Pittsburgh goes to Cleveland @8:15 on Prime Video

High School Football Matchups Tomorrow-Week 5

BALD EAGLE AREA
MONTOURSVILLE
(BYB GAME OF THE WEEK)

WILLIAMSPORT
CRESTWOOD

HUGHESVILLE
MIDD-WEST

MIFFLINBURG
JERSEY SHORE

LOYALSOCK
WILLIAMS VALLEY

WYALUSING
MONTGOMERY

NORTH PENN-MANSFIELD
MUNCY

NORTHWEST AREA
WARRIOR RUN

SHIKELLAMY
SELINSGROVE

CENTRAL MOUNTAIN
SHAMOKIN

CENTRAL COLUMBIA
LEWISBURG

SOUTHERN COLUMBIA
DANVILLE

MOUNT CARMEL
BLOOMSBURG

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT
CANTON ((SAT 1pm))

MILTON
HOLY REDEEMER ((SAT 7pm))

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 21, 2022

MAN ARRESTED FOR ORDERING FAST FOOD NAKED

A city man with a police history who was most recently arrested for allegedly trying to order food at a Williamsport drive through while naked has a preliminary hearing scheduled for November 1st.  According to North Central PA dot com, 35 year old Colin Smith was recognized by police after UPMC staff reported to them he had come to the emergency room for treatment from drugs he had taken, but left before a doctor evaluated him. Police say witnesses directed them to Smith at the Wendy’s drive thru on Maynard street August 14th after they found Smith’s clothes in the street.  He was taken into custody.  Smith had previously been incarcerated for terroristic threats, and simple assault in 2017 and earlier this year.  No bail was set for Smith’s new charges at this time.

DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE IN COAL TOWNSHIP

Coal Township police were called to a domestic incident outside JR’s Mini Mart on West Arch Street after store employees witnessed a man punch a woman on surveillance video, and then saw him pull her by a backpack strap.  According to police, 22 year old Austin Snyder and the woman were located by authorities behind the store in a wooded area and while being interviewed, police saw injuries on the woman who said her bruises were from falling on a rock.  Snyder was taken into custody and charged with second-degree simple assault, disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia and more.   He was released after his formal arraignment after posting 5 thousand dollars unsecured bail.

GREENSPACE PLAN COMING TO WILLIAMSPORT

In an effort to update a 16-year-old master plan and incorporate increased accessibility, connectivity, and emerging recreation trends into parks and outdoor spaces throughout Williamsport, the office of Mayor Derek Slaughter has announced a70 thousand dollar grant from DCNR to prepare a comprehensive recreation, park, open space, and green infrastructure plan. According to a press release, they will solicit a variety of resident feedback on the recreation improvements.  The project in Williamsport is one of 330 projects across Pennsylvania that received a total investment of $90 million in grants from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program.

SAFETY SEAT CHECK IN MILTON TODAY

State Police in Milton are hosting a child safety seat check today at the barracks in recognition of  National Child Passenger Safety Week.  According to police most child safety seats are not installed properly.  Parents can call for an appointment with a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician who will be at 50 Lawton Lane in Milton from 9am til 3pm today doing the checks.  Families are encouraged to have the seats already installed, and police will provide information on proper installation for those who are not using the seats correctly.

MAN JAILED FOR HAVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ON PHONE

A man from Shamokin Dam will go to jail for having child pornography on his phone.  According to the Daily Item, 33 year old Donald Gower Jr plead guilty to one count of felony child pornography in Snyder County Court.  A judge dismissed nine other felony counts of pornography against Gower.  Police say Gower was arrested earlier in 2022 after a partner saw pornography of children on his phone, and contacted them.  Gower’s term is for one to seven years.

SUIT AGAINST BUCKNELL FRATERNITY DISMISSED

A lawsuit against a Bucknell University fraternity, local members and it’s national chapter has been dismissed in federal court.  According to North Central PA dot com, John Jean, a former student, had filed the suit over hazing incidents that happened in September of 2020 while he was pledging Kappa Delta Rho.  He said the fraternity members forced him to drink alcohol to dangerous excess and punched him when he tried to leave the party.  Jean, who at the time was 5’4 and 130 pounds, was treated at a nearby hospital for alcohol poisoning and a concussion.  No word from either parties as to why the suit was dismissed.  The KDR fraternity, has been terminated from the Bucknell campus in November of 2020.

WATCH OUT FOR LOTTERY SCAMS

Lottery Scams are occurring in Northumberland County.  According to North Central pa dot com, The Northumberland County District Attorney says one of the latest scams is a letter will arrive saying you won a significant amount of money, but to claim it, you must cash the check and send the cash back to the scammer – they hope before the bank knows the check is fraudulent. If you receive any correspondence like this, do not cash any checks and find out more information at the federal trade commission website, consumer.ftc.gov.

“SPARK TANK” GRANT AVAILABLE FOR CREATIVE IDEAS

A grant is being made available from the First Community Foundation Partnership for the future implementation of ideas that advance or promote racial equity in Lycoming County. According to a release by FCFP, they will create a “Spark Tank” as a way to encourage the community to work together and apply for the grant by outlining their project, showing how it can make lasting changes.  FCFP will invest 25 thousand dollars in a creative idea and will accept applications  through September 30th.  Find the application and information at fcfpartnership.org.

SPORTS

SPORTS
PIAA D4Boys SoccerLewisburg 14               Shamokin 0
Montoursville 3           Central Columbia 2 (2OT)
Warrior Run 5              Mifflinburg 0
Hughesville 4               Bloomsburg 1
Milton 2                       Central Mountain 0
Williamsport 5             Shikellamy 1
Selinsgrove 3               Danville 1

Girls Soccer
Troy 11                         Towanda 0
Athens 2                       Wyalusing 1
Northeast Bradford 8  North Penn-Mansfield 1
Muncy 1                       Millville 0
Wellsboro 1                 Williamson 0

Volleyball
Loyalsock 3                  Midd-West 0
North Penn-Libe          rty 3  Canton 1
Williamson 3               Athens 2
Shamokin 3                  South Williamsport 0
Williamsport 3             Wellsboro 1
Wyalusing 3                 Sayre 0

MLB
Red Sox 5           Reds 3
Blue Jays 18       Phillies 11
Tigers 3               Orioles 2
Yankees 9           Pirates 8
Braves 3              Nationals 2
Mets 7                 Brewers 5
Guardians 10      White Sox 7
Game 1      Dodgers 6           Diamondbacks 5
Game 2      Diamondbacks 5 Dodgers 2

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 20, 2022

FAMILY OF UTAH LITTLE LEAGUE PLAYER FILES CIVIL SUIT

The family of the Little League Player who fell from his bunk bed during the Little League World Series in Williamsport, leading to a serious head injury, has filed a civil suit for negligence in the Philadelphia court of Common Pleas against Little League Baseball Inc, and Savoy Contract Furniture.  According to the Sun Gazette, Jace and Nancy Oliverson say the two entities are negligent and liable for their son’s injuries since there were no rails on the top bunk bed.  The family seeks in excess of 50 thousand dollars, costs and punitive damages.  According to a social media post by the family, Easton, has just this week, returned to his home after his treatment for the serious skull fracture he suffered in Pennsylvania continued in Utah, his home state.

MAN CHARGED FOR GIVING RENTAL CAR AWAY

A man from Milton gave a rental car away after he had rented it, and the rental company is now pressing charges.  According to North Central PA dot com, Craig Wayne Seese rented a Nissan Frontier on May 31st and never returned it and was unreachable by Enterprise Rent a Car company employees.  When they reached out to Seese by certified letter, and later by phone when they got no response from the letter, he admitted he had given the car away to a man named “G”.  Seese is now facing felony theft charges and receiving stolen property.

INMATE DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES

The inmate who died in prison September 13th, was an 82 year old man who passed away from natural causes.  According to North Central pa dot com, Joseph Edward Longo, Jr. was found dead in his cell at 11:30pm at the State Correctional Institution at Coal Township.  The Northumberland County Coroner has notified Longo’s family and reported that no foul play was suspected.  State police did not reveal for what charges Longo had been committed, or how long he had been in Coal Township facilities.

WILLIAMSPORT FALL FEST BLOCK PARTY THIS WEEKEND

There will be a block party focusing on health services and screenings for families in downtown Williamsport, hosted by UPMC Williamsport, September 23rd .  According to a press release, UPMC will be at the intersection of West Fourth, Hepburn, and West Streets to the intersection of Elmira and West Fourth Streets this Friday from 5 til 9pm .  There will be vendors, food trucks, and live music along with representatives from community organizations, and kids zones with activities and games. UPMC is holding the fall festival to thank the community and show their support.  Get more details at UPMC.com/NorthCentralPA

MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE AFTER SHAKING BABY

A 23 year old Williamsport man is in custody after medical professionals discovered a 7 week old baby in his care suffered head and spinal trauma injuries consistent with child abuse.  According to the Sun Gazette, Ezra Buckman admitted to state police that he shook the child out of frustration on September 14th while the baby’s mother was at work.  Geisinger medical officials treated the baby and reported the abuse to authorities.  Lycoming County Children and Youth are assisting with the investigation and Buckman is incarcerated at the Lycoming County Prison with no bail.

MAN WHO CAUSED SOUTHSIDE LOCKDOWN CASE HELD FOR COURT

A judge in Williamsport has ruled that there is enough evidence to hold the man who caused a lockdown of the South Williamsport School District September 7th, for court.  According to the Sun Gazette, Joshua Orso’s father is the person who called police the day Orso threatened his wife after being served a protection from abuse order that same day.  The elder Orso had the impression that his son was going to cause a scene at the school, but Joshua was never on the school grounds that day.  Fifty three year old Orso was released from Lycoming County Prison on the modified 50 thousand dollars bail after being jailed from the terroristic threat charges on no bail.

PA GROCERY STORE ELIMINATING PLASTIC BAGS

The Williamsport Wegmans is among the 18 stores in Pennsylvania that will be removing single use plastic bags from their stores Thursday in an effort to use fewer fossil fuel products.  According to the Sun Gazette, the store will encourage customers to bring reusable bags, but paper bags will be available for a five cent charge, each.  The funds raised from paper bag sales will be donated to each store’s local United Way.  Renovations will continue at the Williamsport Wegmans through October according to a corporate spokesperson, who said the beer and wine department will move to the center of the store at that time.

MIFFLINBURG TURKEY TROT REGISTRATION OPEN

The holidays aren’t too far away, if people are registering for the 12th Annual Turkey Trot in Mifflinburg.  The 5k will be held Thanksgiving morning 2022.  According to a press release from the Herr Memorial Library, funds raised from the Mifflinburg Turkey Trot, will benefit the library as well as the Mifflinburg Area High School Boys Lacrosse Team.  Register before October 29th and get a T-Shirt.  The run begins at 9am at the Mifflinburg Community Park, 131 N. 5th Street.  Registration will begin Thanksgiving morning, November 24th at 7:30am. Details at UnionCountylibraries.org.

SPORTS

PIAA District 4
Girls Soccer
Shikellamy 4                  Williamsport 1
Mifflinburg 3                  Loyalsock 0
Southern Columbia 2     Mount Carmel 0
Hughesville 2                 Milton 1
Shamokin 1                             Jersey Shore 0
Montoursville 6             Danville 0
Central Columbia 5       Midd-West 0

Boys Soccer
Shikellamy 7                  Muncy 1
Montoursville 3             Wellsboro 2
Athens 2                        Horseheads (NY) 1

Volleyball
Wellsboro 3                    Towanda 2
Millersburg 3        East Juniata 0
Pine Grove 3        Shamokin 0
Otto-Eldred 3       Galeton 0

NFL
Monday Night Football
Bills 41               Titans  7
Eagles 24            Vikings 7
NFL Thursday

Steelers @ Cleveland – Thursday night @8:15pm on Prime Video


 – Buffalo Bills cornerback Dane Jackson suffered a head and neck injury and was taken off the field on a stretcher and ambulance last night during the game against the Tennessee Titans.   Jackson went to Erie County Medical Center for a CT scan and X-rays, but the team reports he does have full movement in his arms and legs.  Jackson was a seventh-round draft pick by the Bills in the 2020 NFL draft.

MLB
Guardians 11      Twins 4
Tigers 11             Orioles 0
Braves 5              Nationals 2
Mets 7                  Brewers 2
Dodgers 5           Diamondbacks 2

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

TWO IN CUSTODY AFTER A STABBING IN SUNBURY

A stabbing in Sunbury Sunday is being investigated by police.  According to the Daily Item, two men have been detained after police were called to 6th and Packer Streets around 7pm for the disturbance.  The suspects, who have not yet been named since the investigation is ongoing, are in custody.  One suspect initially fled the scene by was apprehended shortly after the incident.  Both suspects suffered minor injuries from the stab wounds, but have not yet had any charges filed against them. 

STUDENT SECRETLY RECORDED PROFESSOR, ARRESTED

A 37 year old New Jersey man who attends Bloomsburg University, has been charged with secretly recording conversations with his professor, without the instructor’s knowledge. According to North Central PA dot com,  Eric Meier, alleged that Dr. Karl Henry, a Biology professor was sending “messages of hate” during class.  Meier sent emails that included the audio recordings to administrators of the school, who then contacted police about the unauthorized recordings. Meier was charged with felony communications and a preliminary hearing has not yet been scheduled.

US SENATE DEBATE SET

The debate between the candidates for Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey’s seat for the US Senate has been finalized for October 25th. The debate between Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman and Dr Mehmet Oz, will be held in Harrisburg and is scheduled to air across nine television stations around the state, including some stations in adjacent states, to ensure the maximum potential reach to voters. You will be able to watch the debate on WBRE & WYOU in Wilkes Barre, Scranton; and WTAJ in Altoona, State College.

ANNUAL COLLEGE NIGHT THIS THURSDAY

High school students from across the region will have the opportunity of exploring their post-graduate options, when 61 colleges and universities will converge in Williamsport, for the annual “College Night” this Thursday night sponsored by the Lycoming County Counselors Association and Lycoming College. The event will be held in the Keiper Recreation Center from 6:30 to 8:30pm and masks will be worn out an abundance of caution.  Get information at Lycoming.edu.

MAN USED DAUGHTER AS HUMAN SHIELD

A man who police say is homeless allegedly used his daughter as a human shield during a domestic disturbance at the home of his mother on West 11th Street in Bloomsburg.  According to North Central PA dot com, police say 34 year old Mark Hughes is known to them for other disturbances, and they were called to the home again August 14th.  When police arrived, they say Hughes ran to the other side of the yard where he picked up his two year old daughter while he was running away.  He was taken into custody and police were able to remove the girl from her father’s grasp. Hughes was charged with resisting arrest , disorderly conduct and other charges.

FATAL CRASH IN UNION COUNTY

A woman from Mifflinburg was involved in a fatal car crash early Sunday  in Union County.  According to State police at Milton, 31 year old Melissa Dziadzio died at he scene of the crash along Route 45 in Hartley Township.  Police say Dziadzio was heading east on Route 45 and failed to negotiate a curve near Hackenburg Road when her car went off the road striking a utility pole and then a row of trees.  NO one else was involved in the crash.

MISSING TEEN AND CHILD FOUND OK

A Loyalsock Township teen and her 8 month old child who went missing on July 31st, have been found in the Reading area. According to NorthCentral PA dot com, when Aaliyah Diaz and her 8 month old child , Nathaniel Orega Jr. were reported missing they were believed to have traveled to the Allentown area.  Family members from a residence near Randall Circle reported the pair missing. No further word on the condition of the individuals or their whereabouts have been released.

LOCAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL REWARDED

The Hepburn-Lycoming Primary School has been honored with 296 other schools in the United States, as a 2022 National Blue Ribbon School, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The school won the designation, which is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups,  with an Exemplary High-Performing School rating. The school has an enrollment of 495 students, with kindergarten through 3rd Grade students.

SPORTS

NFL
Jets 31                 Browns 30
Lions 36              Commanders 27
Buccaneers 20    Saints 10
Giants 19            Panthers 16
Patriots 17          Steelers 14
Jaguars 24           Colts 0
Cowboys 20       Bengals 17
Packers 27          Bears 10

NFL Tonight
Eagles host the Vikings in Philly – 8:30pm on ABC and ESPN+
Bills play the Titans at 7:15 in NY on ESPN/ESPN2
NCAA Football Saturday
Penn State 41 Auburn 12
MLB
Marlins 3            Nationals 1
Braves 5              Phillies 2
Orioles 5             Blue Jays 4
Twins 3               Guardians 0
Mets 7                 Pirates 3
Yankees 12         Brewers 8
Dodgers 4           Giants 3

NASCAR
Chris Buescher got the checkered flag at Bristol as the 19th winner this season who is not a title contender.  
In the  Bass Pro Shops Saturday night Race, Chase Elliott was 2nd,  William Byron 3rd,  Christopher Bell 4th followed by Kyle Larson and Ross Chastain who all advance to the playoffs.
In the first elimination race of the NASCAR playoffs, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, and Tyler Reddick were taken out.

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS – September 18, 2022

According to North Central PA dot com, Berwick Police recently nabbed three men on a traffic stop, in late August. Willis Person, was driving a Kia Forte, with a suspended license and also holding an open container of alcohol. Jonathan Diefenderfer, was wanted on an arrest warrant out of Columbia County; was lying in the back seat. A front seat passenger, Levi Stout, was also arrested on various drug charges. Person also had a loaded Ruger 357 handgun in the car. In addition, officers found 103 bags of heroin; along with cocaine and pills. Person and Diefenderfer are scheduled to appear before District Justice Richard Cashman on Monday afternoon. Stout is scheduled to appear on October 10th.

The race for the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate seat, will finally have a debate on October 25th. The debate between Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman and Doctor Mehemet Oz, will be held in Harrisburg and is scheduled to air across nine television stations around the state, including some stations in adjacent states, to ensure the maximum potential reach to voters. In the area, the debate will air on WBRE and WYOU in Wilkes Barre / Scranton; and WTAJ in the Altoona / State College areas.

Residents in the Berwick area, saw the closing of their Emergency Department at Berwick Hospital Center, take place on Saturday morning. According to online media reports, the closure is due to a lack of staffing. However, the remainder of the hospital is still open for services. The Emergency Department was initially set to close on October 13th; but, reopen as a Mental Health facility.

The Mansfield campus of Commonwealth University, will be able to soon start training officers for The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s Waterways Conservation Officers, in the entire state. The initial class of trainees in the program, got underway in late August and is expected to be complete in February. Scholarships, and other needs are being offered by the school, for the students.

A four year old was found wandering in a neighborhood in Berwick, last month and when police attempted to locate a parent, found that the residence was in an unfit condition. Angelica Shaffer was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Children and Youth, along with the Berwick Codes Officer were also notified. A preliminary hearing for Shaffer is slated for Monday, in Berwick.

A New Jersey student, who attends Bloomsburg University, has been charged with secretly recording conversations with his professor, without the instructor’s knowledge.  37 year old Eric Meier, sent emails that included audio recordings to administrators of the school, of Dr. Karl Henry, a Biology professor, believing that the instructor was sending “messages of hate”. A preliminary hearing has not been scheduled for the incident.

According to North Central PA dot com, Berwick Police recently nabbed three men on a traffic stop, in late August. Willis Person, was driving a Kia Forte, with a suspended license and also holding an open container of alcohol. Jonathan Diefenderfer, was wanted on an arrest warrant out of Columbia County; was lying in the back seat. A front seat passenger, Levi Stout, was also arrested on various drug charges. Person also had a loaded Ruger 357 handgun in the car. In addition, officers found 103 bags of heroin; along with cocaine and pills. Person and Diefenderfer are scheduled to appear before District Justice Richard Cashman on Monday afternoon. Stout is scheduled to appear on October 10th.

High school students from across the region will have the opportunity of exploring their options for college, when 61 colleges and universities will converge in one location, for “College Night” on Thursday, September 22nd. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30pm, and will be held at Lycoming College’s Keiper Recreation Center. The Lycoming County Counselors Association and Lycoming College, are sponsoring the event.

Residents in the Coudersport area, will have the opportunity of having their child safety seats checked by Pennsylvania State Police, on Sunday from 8am to 2pm. The event will take place at the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association headquarters at 122 East Second Street. The vehicle’s manual and the instructions for the car seat are requested to be brought along. There is no fee for the event.

College Football Scores:

Penn State defeated Auburn, 41-12

Edinboro edged Bloomsburg, 23-20

Clarion over Lock Haven, 44-7

Susquehanna defeated Moravian, 37-3

Central Michigan blanked Bucknell, 41-0

Major League Baseball Scores:

Cleveland defeated Minnesota, 5-1 (G1)

Cleveland edged Minnesota, 7-6 (G2)

St. Louis  beat Cincinnati, 5-1 (G1)

St. Louis over Cincinnati, 1-0 (G2)

Colorado over Chicago Cubs, 3-1

Toronto doubled up Baltimore, 6-3

Washington squeaked past Miami, 5-3

Kansas City blanked Boston, 9-0

Tampa Bay defeated Texas, 5-1

Chicago White Sox edged Detroit, 4-3

NY Mets defeated Pittsburgh, 5-1

Milwaukee  over NY Yankees, 4-1

Oakland defeated Houston, 8-5

Atlanta edged Philadelphia, 4-3

San Diego blanked Arizona, 2-0

LA Dodgers defeated San Francisco, 7-2

LA Angels over Seattle, 2-1

Major League Games for Sunday:

Chicago White Sox at Detroit – Noon

Texas at Tampa Bay – 1:10pm

Philadelphia at Atlanta – 1:35pm

Miami at Washington – 1:35pm

Kansas City at Boston – 1:35pm

Minnesota at Cleveland – 1:35pm

Baltimore at Toronto – 1:37pm

Pittsburgh at NY Mets – 1:40pm

Oakland at Houston – 2:10pm

NY Yankees at Milwaukee – 2:10pm

Cincinnati at St. Louis – 2:15pm

Colorado at Chicago Cubs – 2:20pm

Seattle at LA Angels – 4pm

San Diego at Arizona – 4:10pm

LA Dodgers at San Francisco – 7:08pm

NFL Games for Sunday:

Miami at Baltimore, 1pm (CBS)

NY Jets at Cleveland, 1pm (CBS)

Washington at Detroit, 1pm (FOX)

Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1pm (CBS)

Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 1pm (FOX)

Carolina at NY Giants, 1pm (FOX)

New England at Pittsburgh, 1pm (CBS)

Atlanta at LA Rams, 4:05pm (FOX)

Seattle at San Francisco, 4:05pm (FOX)

Cincinnati at Dallas, 4:25pm (CBS)

Houston at Denver, 4:25pm (CBS)

Arizona at Las Vegas, 4:25pm (CBS)

Chicago at Green Bay, Sunday Night at 8:20 (NBC)

Tennessee at Buffalo, Monday Night at 7:15 (ESPN)

Minnesota at Philadelphia, Monday Night at 8:30 (ABC)

NASCAR PLAYOFFS:

The #17 Ford driven by Chris Buescher, won the Bass Pro Shops Night Race on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. Chase Elliott was second, William Byron came in third, Christopher Bell finished fourth and Kyle Larson rounded out the Top 5. Buescher led the majority of the last 100 laps of the race, to prevail for his first victory of the 2022 season. Austin Dillon, Tyler Reddick, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick were eliminated from the playoff chase.

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS – September 17, 2022

The move to regionalize police services for several municipalities in Lycoming County, is moving one step closer to becoming a reality. Old Lycoming Township will schedule a special meeting to discuss and vote on becoming a part of the Lycoming Regional Police Department. Jersey Shore Borough and Porter Township, already have approved such a measure earlier this week, according to the Sun-Gazette.

A 22 year old man who was being admitted to UPMC Williamsport, became combative and assaulted two hospital officers and a nurse, in an incident on September 7th. Trevon Wagner was charged with felony aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Wagner was arraigned and jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail, in the Lycoming County Prison.

A 30 year old Jersey Shore man was arrested after being found with several plastic bags containing 175 grams of methamphetamines and 20 grams of marijuana, multiple hyperdermic needles, after state police were called to check on the welfare of an individual at the intersection of Routes 15 and 54, on September 8th. Colby Harris already had two warrants out for his arrest. Harris was denied bail by District Magistrate Denise Dieter.

A Lock Haven woman will spend a maximum of 60 years in prison, for the rape of a six year old child. Tonya Krout, admitted to raping the child several times over a five year period, prior to being sentenced earlier this week in Clinton County Court. Krout was ordered to register as a Lifetime Megan’s Law Offender and could get released if granted parole, after serving the first 18 years of the sentence. Krout has been charged with the abuse of a four year old in New York state, along with several other adults, according to North Central PA dot com.

According to NorthCentral PA dot com, a Loyalsock Township teen and her 8 month old child who went missing on July 31st, have been found in the Reading area. Aaliyah Diaz and her 8 month old, Nathaniel Orega Jr. were reported missing and was believed to have traveled to the Allentown area together, from a residence in the Randall Circle area of the township. No further word on the condition of the individuals were given.

A 22 year old Wysox woman was arrested for allegedly striking a man in the back of the head, with a blunt object after being involved in a fight. Erica Coolbaugh was charged with 2nd Degree Misdemeanor Simple Assault, disorderly conduct and harassment. Coolbaugh was jailed in the Bradford County Jail, in lieu of $25,000 monetary bail. Hunter Hook of Meshoppen was charged with 2nd Degree Misdemeanor Strangulation, simple assault, disorderly conduct, and harassment. Hook posted bail and was released from custody. The third man was charged with similar charges and has an active warrant for his arrest.

Traffic around Interstate 80 in Montour County was snarled due to multi vehicle crash that happened on Friday afternoon, just East of the Danville exit. Traffic was limited to just one lane for several hours, until the crash was cleaned up.

Fire crews responded to a call at Bayard Printing Group, just off Maynard Street on Thursday afternoon. According to the Sun-Gazette, smoke and flames were seen by passing motorists, from the roof area. The fire was extinguished quickly before spreading to the rest of the building.

The Hepburn-Lycoming Primary School has been honored amongst 297 schools in the United States, as a 2022 National Blue Ribbon School, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The school has an enrollment of 495 students, and houses Kindergarten through 3rd Grades. The designation is based on an Exemplary High-Performing School rating. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

IN SPORTS…

High School Football Scores –

Backyard Broadcasting H.S. Football Game of the Week:

Muncy 56, Montgomery 15

Muncy wins The Old Shoe, for the 4th Year in a Row.

Hughesville 34, Warrior Run 6
South Williamsport 57, Cowanesue Valley 14
Line Mountain 26, Marian Catholic 19
Jersey Shore 49, Shikellamy 6
Selinsgrove 10, Shamokin 7 (OT)
Mifflinburg 35, Central Mountain 7
Montoursville 35, Central Columbia 21
Danville 17, Loyalsock 14
Southern Columba 54, Lewisburg 0
Athens 23, Wellsboro 13
Mount Carmel 41, Milton 19
Canton 63, Towanda 0
Bloomsburg 40, Midd-West 0
Northwest Area 35, North Penn-Mansfield 21
Otto-Eldred 52, Bucktail 32
Berwick 34, Williamsport 10

Major League Baseball Scores-

Atlanta defeated Philadelphia, 7-2

NY Mets over Pittsburgh, 4-3

Milwaukee edged NY Yankees, 7-6

Washington slipped past Miami, 5-4

Toronto doubled up Baltimore, 6-3

Boston edged Kansas City, 2-1

Cleveland over Minnesota, 4-3

St. Louis defeated Cincinnati, 6-5

Detroit defeated Chicago White Sox, 3-2

Texas slipped past Tampa Bay, 4-3

LA Angels over Seattle, 8-7

Chicago Cubs edged Colorado, 2-1

Houston blanked Oakland, 5-0

San Diego shellacked Arizona, 12-3

LA Dodgers blanked San Francisco, 5-0

Major League Games for Saturday-

Minnesota at Cleveland – 1:10pm (G1)

Cincinnati at St. Louis – 1:15pm (G1)

Colorado at Chicago Cubs – 2:20pm

Baltimore at Toronto – 3:07pm

Miami at Washington – 4:05pm

Kansas City at Boston – 4:10pm

Texas at Tampa Bay – 6:10pm

Chicago White Sox at Detroit – 6:10pm

Pittsburgh at NY Mets – 7:10pm

NY Yankees at Milwaukee – 7:10pm

Minnesota at Cleveland – 7:10pm (G2)

Oakland at Houston – 7:10pm

Cincinnati at St. Louis – 7:15pm (G2)

Philadelphia at Atlanta – 7:20pm

San Diego at Arizona – 8:10pm

LA Dodgers at San Francisco – 9:05pm

Seattle at LA Angels – 9:07pm

Pennsylvania College Football Games –

Blomsburg at Edinboro – Noon

Bucknell at Central Michigan – 1pm

Moravian at Susquehanna – 1pm (Ring of Honor Day)

Clarion at Lock Haven – 2pm

Auburn at Penn State – 2:30pm

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 16, 2022

FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO WILLIAMSPORT BUSINESS FIRE

Williamsport firefighters responded to a fire on Maynard Street yesterday afternoon, after witnesses called 911.  According to the Sun Gazette, fire officials say a make shift covering of a vent was ignited by the heat from a roof fan on the exterior of the Bayard Printing Group about 4:15pm.  The building itself was spared from the fire, but the roof sustained some damage.  Employees evacuated the building and there were no injuries reported.

WOMAN CHARGED WITH DUI, DISORDERLY CONDUCT

A Nisbet woman was arrested for drunk driving last Saturday and after her arrest, became non-compliant with officers taking her to get blood drawn at the hospital.  According to the Sun Gazette, 42 year old Holly Askey was pulled over by state troopers on Route 220 in Porter Township after 9:30pm, and screamed, spit and kicked at the police.  Askey later refused to give a blood sample at the hospital and was placed back in police custody.  She was arraigned on DUI, disorderly conduct and summary traffic violations, and posted 15 thousand dollars bail.

STUDENT BRINGS KNIFE TO SCHOOL

An elementary school student from Milton brought a pocket knife to their school on Monday and the district has updated parents with information on their website.  According to the Daily Item, the juvenile was removed from the classroom after other students told the teachers of the knife that was on the White Deer Elementary campus.  School officials say that a School Resource Officer is investigating the incident.  White Deer Elementary went right back to a normal schedule after the incident.  The schools’ website is  www.elsd.org

NO LITTER BOXES PLANNED AT EAST LYCOMING

The East Lycoming School board addressed social media rumors this week at the board meeting that the school would accommodate students who choose identify as dogs, cats or other animals, by  providing litter boxes or veterinary care.  According to the Sun Gazette, there was a large presence of parents at the meeting this week, but there was not any high emotion discussion of the Facebook rumors, which are false.  Basically, administrators are being asked by parents to ask all teachers to enforce a dress code after some students report they are seeing peers wearing animal ears, and tails in class.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BURGLARIZING APARTMENT

Police say a Cogan Station man who spent hours in an apartment of a friend he had previously visited, but didn’t have permission to return to, was arrested for burglary September 11th, after he was discovered inside when the resident returned home.  According to North Central PA dot com, Bernard Alfred Kahn allegedly took items from the residence when he tried to flee out a window, and police say he made tea while there.  Kahn was charged with first-degree burglary and criminal trespassing and was incarcerated in lieu of 10 thousand dollars bail.

BLOOMSBURG SHOOTING SUSPECT IN CUSTODY

Police have arrested the 21 year old man from Sunbury who allegedly shot another man in the leg at a Bloomsburg bar last weekend.  According to police reports, Kenneth Meeker of Sunbury was apprehended by Bloomsburg police Wednesday.  He faces aggravated and simple assault charges, as well as reckless endangerment.  Meeker was taken to the Columbia County Prison in lieu of 100 thousand dollars bail.

LANE BLOCKED ON ROUTE 15 NORTH NEAR TROUT RUN

PennDOT is reporting that a contractor will be working today along Route 15 north and a lane will be restricted near exit 148 for Trout Run and Canton.  According to a press release, there will be soil remediation and restoration of the roadway after a previous crash.  Motorists heading through Lewis Township should watch for the left lane of Rt. 15 north to be closed between the hours of 8am and 4pm today.

FLU SHOT DRIVE THRU THIS SATURDAY

Geisinger invites you to get your flu vaccine this Saturday at their Super Saturday event!  Participants do not need an appointment for the drive-thru vaccine shots. The first of three Saturdays will have drive-thru shots, 9am to 3pm for anyone age 3 and older at  Geisinger Medical Center Muncy  at 255 Route 220, Geisinger Medical Clinic Lock Haven  at 68 Spring St and at 19 other locations across the Geisinger Health System. Geisinger Pediatrics Lewisburg, 55 Medical Park Drive, will offer walk-in flu shots for patients older than six months old. Two other Super Saturday events will be held on Oct. 8 and Nov. 5.  Get information at Geisinger.org

SPORTS

PIAA District 4
Football

Troy 44      Wyalusing 12

PIAA District 4 Football Friday Line-up – Week 4
MONTGOMERY
MUNCY (THE OLD SHOE GAME)
(BYB GAME OF THE WEEK)

DANVILLE – LOYALSOCK

MONTOURSVILLE – CENTRAL COLUMBIA

COWANESQUE VALLEY – SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT

WARRIOR RUN – HUGHESVILLE

JERSEY SHORE – SHIKELLAMY

LEWISBURG – SOUTHERN COLUMBIA

CENTRAL MOUNTAIN – MIFFLINBURG

MILTON – MOUNT CARMEL

SHAMOKIN – SELINSGROVE

BLOOMSBURG – MIDD-WEST

Girls Soccer
Montoursville 2              Southern Columbia 1 (2OT)
Wellsboro 1                    Towanda 0
South Williamsport 9    Millville 0
Troy 3                            Athens 0
Muncy 17                      CMVT 0
Benton 8                        Sullivan County 0
Midd-West 4                  Hughesville 3

Boys Soccer
Williamsport 2               Central Mountain 1
Selinsgrove 8                 Milton 2
Lewisburg 2                   Jersey Shore 1
Danville 11                    Shamokin 1
East Juniata 7                St. Joseph’s Catholic 2
Central Columbia 2       Mifflinburg 0
Southern Columbia 2     Montoursville 1
Warrior Run 3               Loyalsock 1
Altoona 3                       Shikellamy 2
NFL

Chiefs 27            Chargers 24

NFL this Sunday

Steelers Home Opener with the Patriots is at 1pm – CBS
Jets and Cleveland 1pm – CBS
Giants and the Panthers 1pm – Fox
Bengals and the Cowboys 4:25 – CBS
Monday night football
Eagles host the Vikings for their opener at 8:30pm – ABC/ESPN+

NASCAR
Saturday night race at Bristol 6:30pm on the Twin Valley’s Talk Radio Network or WILQ’s HD3

MLB

White Sox 8       Guardians 2
Rays 11              Blue Jays 0
Marlins 5            Phillies 3
Mets 7                 Pirates 1
Reds 3                 Cardinals 2

NCAA football

Penn State goes to Auburn 3:30pm – CBS
Pitt is @ Western Michigan 7:30 PM
California is @ Notre Dame 2:30pm – NBC
Towson is in Morgantown West Virginia at 1 PM on ESPN+

NBA
Michael Jordan’s iconic ‘The Last Dance’ jersey from the 1998 NBA Finals was sold in a Sotheby’s auction for $10.1 million, it was announced yesterday. It’s a new all-time record for any piece of sports memorabilia.

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

CITY MAN ASSAULTS HOSPITAL POLICE

A city man who was being treated at UPMC Williamsport last Wednesday for an unknown condition, became combative with a hospital police officer and was arrested on assault charges. According to the Sun Gazette, hospital officials say 22 year old Trevon Wagner was acting erratically from possibly being off of prescribed medication, and while being moved to a secure area, struck the officer escorting him several times allegedly causing  a concussion.  Two other hospital officials had minor injuries.  Wagner was also charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, and was committed to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of 75 thousand dollars bail.

OZ AND FETTERMAN WILL DEBATE IN OCTOBER

Senate candidate Dr Mehmet Oz’s campaign responded to his Democratic opponent, John Fetterman’s, campaign yesterday, agreeing to the October 25th date for a debate hosted by NextStar Media if conditions were met extending the debate to 90 minutes and other concerns over a closed captioning system Fetterman is using due to auditory processing issues he suffers after a stroke last May. According to Penn Live, the Fetterman campaign responded saying said it will do a standard pre-debate walk-through and that the debate would remain at 60 minutes. The debate will be held in Harrisburg and will be on broadcast on nine Pennsylvania Nextstar affiliates.

CHANGES TO LOYALSOCK 1ST PRECINCT VOTING LOCATION

There’s a polling place change planned for Loyalsock Township’s 1st precinct for the November 8th Election.  According to Lycoming County Voter Services, due to construction at the regular polling place, a temporary location will the the STEP Loyalsock Center for Healthy Aging at 1607 Four Mile Drive. Registered voters in this area should receive notification letters in the near future. The normal location, St Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church will remain the regular polling place for all future elections after this November.

JERSEY SHORE CONSIDERING SERVICE DOG TO ASSIST STUDENTS

Jersey Shore School District Superintendent, Dr. Brian Ulmer, said the school board will be considering whether it would be possible to bring a facility dog to the school to assist with mental health programs in the district.  According to the Sun Gazette, administrators and special education teachers envision using a working dog to help students with anxiety feel calmer during group counselling sessions, assist during episodes of classroom disruption or other creative options.  Teachers say the dog could be purchased with grant funds.  A proposal will be on the next Jersey Shore school board agenda.

WOMAN ARRESTED IN DOMESTIC INCIDENT

An Avis woman has been jailed after police responded to a domestic incident Saturday night at the Econo Lodge on E. Third St in Williamsport.  According to the Sun Gazette, when police responded  to the hotel about 12:45 am Saturday, they saw blood on the bedroom and bathroom floors, and also observed 34 year old Megan Rinehart with blood on her clothing.  According to police, Rinehart’s boyfriend had been taken to UPMC Williamsport prior to them arriving to be treated for stab wounds Rinehart allegedly inflicted with a fork.  She has been charged with simple assault and harassment.  She was sent to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of 75 hundred dollars bail.

TRUCK DRIVER SUSPECT WHO DUMPED BODY ON I-80 PLEADS GUILTY

The Texas man accused of killing a New York woman and dumping her body at an exit in Union County off of Interstate 80 in February of 2021 has pled guilty to third-degree murder.  According to North Central Pa dot com, the Union County District Attorney says 30 year old Tracy Rollins, a truck driver from Dallas, Texas shot and killed 47 year old Rebecca Landrith of Virginia and left her body near the Mile Run Interchange in West Buffalo Township.  Rollins’ could face up to 80 years in prison, for pleading guilty to third degree murder and abuse of a corpse charges. A trial that had been scheduled for Rollins in October has been canceled.

INSPECTION OF LOYALSOCK CREEK FINDS TOO MUCH SEDIMENT

During a routine inspection in August, the Department of Environmental protection observed an unacceptable amount of sediment in the Loyalsock Creek north of Montoursville, and has issued notices of violation to companies involved in the Marcellus Shale site.  According to the Sun Gazette, some are blaming the problem on Pennsylvania General Energy Company of Warren.  The DEP has classified Loyalsock Creek as an Exceptional Value stream, which is home to the Eastern Hellbender, the state amphibian, and as a result, any degradation at the site is prohibited.  PGE’s site prep work on the banks of the Loyalsock Creek is along Route 87 in Gamble Township.

MULTI-MODAL PROJECT APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FROM PENNDOT

PennDOT has announced that applications for transportation improvement projects under the Multimodal Transportation Fund will be accepted through November 14th.  Eligible applicants include municipalities, council of governments, business/non-profit organizations, and others whose projects coordinate local land use with transportation assets to enhance existing communities.  Act 89 established a dedicated Multimodal Transportation Fund that allows for priority investments in any transportation mode.  PennDOT expects to announce grant recipients next year, and funding will become available in July 2023.

SPORTS

PIAA District IV Scoreboard

Girls Soccer
Milton 2                        Mount Carmel 0
Lewisburg 8                  Shamokin 0
Shikellamy 4                Selinsgrove 0
Central Columbia 8     Loyalsock 0
Southern Columbia 1  Bloomsburg 0 (OT)
Midd-West 3                Warrior Run 0

Boys Soccer
Wellsboro 2                 Athens 1 (OT)
South Williamsport 1  Muncy 0
Millville 3                    Montgomery 2
Benton 5                       Sullivan County 1

MLB
Pirates 10            Reds 4
Guardians 5        Angels 3
Giants 4               Braves 1
Phillies 6             Marlins 1
Orioles 6             Nationals 2
Cubs 6                 Mets 3
Yankees 5           Red Sox 3
Diamondbacks 5 Dodgers 3 in 10 innings

NFL tonight
Los Angeles Chargers play the Kansas City Chiefs at 8:15 on Prime Video

NCAA Football this weekend
Penn State heading to Alabama Saturday to face Auburn @3:30pm on CBS

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 14, 2022

FORMER WASD PRINCIPAL SEX ASSAULT CASE WILL GO TO TRIAL

A judge has determined the case against Williamsport High School Principal Roger Freed will go to a jury trial, after testimony was heard in district court yesterday in Lycoming County.  According to the Sun Gazette the alleged victim said the incidents began when he was a senior between 2017 and 2018 and continued after graduation, sometimes involving alcohol.  Freed now faces third degree felonies for sexual assault and giving alcohol to a minor.  A trial date has yet to be determined.

MAN TASED IN CRUISER AFTER DOMESTIC ABUSE INCIDENT

A Jersey Shore man is in custody after a domestic incident at a home on North Main Street last Wednesday.  According to the Sun Gazette, Tiadaghton Valley Regional police were called to the scene in Jersey Shore where police say 38 year old Aaron Bitner had punched and beat his wife, and after being handcuffed without incident at his home, later caused a disturbance in the police cruiser while he was being transported. A Taser deployment sent him to the hospital with chest pain, but once he was discharged, he was jailed immediately for a probation violation. Bitner was arraigned Friday and recommitted on simple assault, attempted escape and other charges.

JERSEY SHORE APPROVES REGIONALIZATION AGREEMENT

The Jersey Shore Borough Council met this week and unanimously approved their part of an agreement to officially contribute to the Lycoming Regional Police department.  According to the Sun Gazette, this is the final step in the regionalization with Porter and Old Lycoming Townships.  There was no negative public comment at the meeting Monday about the issue of regionalization that has been polarizing in other townships.  The council also approved a rezoning ordinance for an industrial designation for West Pharmaceutical, and addressed the public’s concern over company truck parking in the borough. 

NEW CHARGES ON OCTOBER WATER BILL FOR CITY

Williamsport’s Water Authority will begin a new series of charges and will have a public meeting for residents impacted by the changes.  According to the Sun Gazette, residential customers will see a line for storm water service on their October bills for $10.  Non-residential customers will pay by non-porous surface area.  The sanitary authority’s public meeting for business, industry and non-profit customers will be at 4pm Wednesday at Trade & Transit Center II, 100 West Third Street in Williamsport. The residential meeting will be at the same place at 7pm Wednesday.  Details and an interactive map can be found at the authority website;  wmwa-wsa.org/stormwater.

LANDLORD THREATENS TENANT WITH GUNS

A Lock Haven couple is facing assault and firearm charges after they threatened a tenant they wanted to evict from their property by showing guns and acting aggressively.  According to North Central PA dot com, William Sean and Candy Jo Laubscher fired shots at the ground and showed guns before they entered the property on German Road September 1st and demanded the tenant leave.  State Police interviewed the Laubscher’s about the incident,  and charged them with first–degree terroristic threats, carrying unlicensed weapons and other charges.  They each posted five thousand dollars monetary bail and will be back in court September 20th for their preliminary hearings.

ALLEGED CAR THIEF FOUND AT LOCAL WALMART, IN CUSTODY

Items police say were taken from a home in Bradford County last May were found in a stolen car this summer in the parking lot of the Montoursville Walmart.  According to State police at Towanda, the driver of that stolen car, 37 year old David Scott Smith of Newberry, Florida, was arrested and recently arraigned for first degree felony burglary and criminal trespassing.  Smith was held on 100 thousand dollars monetary bail and will appear in Lycoming county court September 28th for a preliminary hearing.

NEW PA DRIVER’S LICENSE DESIGN ON THE WAY

PennDOT says they are going to update and enhance the design and security features of the current Pennsylvania Driver’s License starting in November 2022.  According to a press release, the new license products will be phased in both be in use during the transition.  Both the standard and REAL ID will be using the new design and should be completely phased in within four years.  The REAL ID or other federally acceptable identification will be required after May 3rd 2023 to board a flight or enter a federal building.

VETERAN-FARMERS ELIGIBLE FOR GRANTS

There are grants available through Governor Wolf’s Farm Bill for Veteran-Farmers who want to grow their business.  According to North Central PA dot com, the PA Farm Bill through the Department of Agriculture can provide up to 10 thousand dollars per framer for food safety, biosecurity planning, equipment of working capital. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Census of Agriculture, Pennsylvania is home to more than 7,000 military veterans identified as agricultural producers.

SPORTS

MLB
Pirates 6     Reds 1 – Game 1
Pirates 1     Reds 0 – Game 2
Guardians 3        Angels 1
Phillies 2             Marlins 1
Orioles 4             Nationals 3
Cubs 4                 Mets 1
Yankees 7           Red Sox 6
Braves 5              Giants 1

NFL

Pittsburghs’ TJ Watt does not need surgery on a torn pectoral muscle, according to doctors, after Watt sought a second and third opinion following his injury. However, the Steeler’s star pass rusher could miss six weeks after tearing his left pectoral Sunday during the 23-20 overtime victory with the Bengals.

PIAA Distict 4
Boys Soccer
Danville 6                     Jersey Shore 0
Lewisburg 5                 Shikellamy 0
Selinsgrove 6               Central Mountain 2
Montoursville 3           Mifflinburg 2 (OT)
Central Columbia 3     Loyalsock 0
Southern Columbia 5  Hughesville 1
Williamsport 1             Midd-West 0
Warrior Run 3              Bloomsburg 2

Girls Soccer
Athens 4              North Penn-Mansfield 0
Muncy 7             Sullivan County 0
Benton 11           Montgomery 0Volleyball
Canton 3             Sayre 0
Wellsboro 3        Troy 0