BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 29, 2024

PERSON OF INTEREST IN CITY SHOOTING NOW CHARGED WITH FORGERY

More information has come to light about the man who was taken into custody as a person of interest after the fatal shooting of two contracted security personnel at Lycoming Engines near Terrace place in Williamsport January 12th. According to the Sun Gazette, Troy Bailey, Sr. is now facing felony charges of forgery, identity theft and theft by deception plus one misdemeanor charge of false statements after it was discovered that he has been using his son’s social security number and other information to gain employment and receive payment at local businesses, including at Lycoming Engines.  His son, Troy Bailey Jr., is serving a life sentence for murder at this time. One of the victims of the shooting, Alisha Seese, had filed a PFA against Bailey Sr. before the shooting.  Bailey’s charges surrounding the shooting have been sealed by a judge from the media and the public.  No one has been charged in the January 12th shooting.

TWO MEN CHARGED WITH SHOPLIFTING

Two Pennsdale residents have been charged with felony shoplifting after police say they conspired to steal from Wegmans at 201 William St in Williamsport.  According to the Sun Gazette, 48 year old Matthew J. Fry and 38 year old Chanel Nate Elliot, took over 12 hundred dollars in merchandise from the store on February 23rd.  They were arrested that Friday and arraigned Sunday before they were each released on 20 thousand dollars bail.

GROUP WHO OPPOSES PLASTICS PLANT HOLDS PUBLIC MEETING

A public meeting was held last night by The Save our Susquehanna group who is fighting the proposed Encina plastics recycling plant planned for along Route 11 in Point Township.  According to the Daily item, the event hosted almost 100 people who came to ask questions about the impacts of the proposed plant on the Susquehanna, health effects, property values and other risks and issues.  There were no representatives from Encina at the event, and some said the meeting was political and not fair. Get information about the effort at Save Our Susquehanna.org.

WIND ADVISORY EXPIRES FOR NORTH CENTRAL PA

The wind advisory that has been in place overnight is set to expire at 7am this morning.  According to PPL they have been prepared for outages in anticipation of high winds compromising trees which can bring down utility lines.  At this time in the region, the PPL outage map is showing less than 100 customers dealing with power outages at this time, so the expected damage has not come to fruition overnight for areas of Lycoming and Northumberland Counties.  Officials from the electric company say they have hundreds of workers ready to respond in the event that there is a widespread outage from any wind damage that could happen through this evening before the storm moves out.

WOMAN CHARGED FOR UNDER-RINGING GROCERIES

A Williamsport woman was arrested after she continually stole groceries at an East Third Street grocery store over three months.  According to North Central PA dot com, 51 year old  Nataliya Goralnik was allegedly seen over 17 times on video surveillance under-ringing items at a self-checkout line and after one instance, was photographed leaving in her car by a grocery store employee.  Goralnik was identified by through vehicle sale records and denied involvement in the theft.  She is being charged with a first-degree misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property and two counts of retail theft.

MAN ARRESTED FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT

A man who lived in Old Lycoming Township is facing child endangerment charges after he allegedly left his 4 year old son alone at home July 23rd .  According to the Sun Gazette, 29 year old Sean Edward Patillo drove away from his home and was stopped by police for an expired registration.  Through the conversation, Patillo told officers that his son was home alone, before they found that the man had a warrant for his arrest out of Philadelphia.  When officers searched Patillo’s home, they found the boy alone, and drugs and drug paraphernalia out within reach of the child.  The 4 year old was put in protective custody before his mother came to pick him up.  Patillo was recently arraigned and jailed in lieu if 25 thousand dollars bail.

HIKING BOOK TO FEATURE PA WILDS REGION

A hiking book that is expected to highlight key trails and vistas in the PA Wilds region is under development as the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship and the Keystone Trails Association have teamed up for the project.  According to the PA Wilds Center there are more than 2 million acres spanning more than 1,600 miles of trails in the region, and the publication they will provide will include trails across all 13 counties, meant to complement other hiking books that are focused on specific parts of the region or certain experiences.  The book is expected to be available for purchase in 2025 through 2026.

DANVILLE CEMETERY TO COLLECT WREATHS

National Wreaths Across America Day happened  Saturday, December 16 at over 4,225 participating locations across the country, including Arlington National Cemetery.  But locally we are now looking to collect the wreaths after the holiday period.  One place that will be collecting wreaths this Saturday is at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Danville. Go to wreaths across America dot org to find more volunteer opportunities for collecting wreaths this weekend.

SPORTS

PIAA District 4 Basketball
Boys
Class 1 A Championship
Bucktail 57  Galeton  49
            Consolation:  Northumberland Christian  75  NP Liberty  48
Class 2A Championship
Muncy  49  St John Neumann  48
            Consolation : Northwest Area 62  Line Mountain  49
Girls
Class 4A
 
            Consolation:  Lewisburg  49  Shamokin  42
HS Basketball Tonight
Girls Class A Championship  Both@ Montoursville HS
Meadowbrook Christian vs St John Neumann 7:30pm
            Consolation:  Lourdes Regional vs Bucktail  6pm

NCAA Men’s Basketball
(4)Tennessee  92                     (11) Auburn  84
(5) Marquette  91                    Providence  69
(6) Arizona 85                         Arizona State  67
(10) Duke  84                          Louisville  59
(12) Creighton   85                  Seton Hall  64
(14) Alabama  103                  Ole Miss 88

NBA
Pacers 123                     Pelicans  114
Mavericks  136    Raptors  125
Timberwolves  110  Grizzlies   101
Bulls  132             Cavaliers 123
Nuggets  117        Kings  96
Lakers  116          Clippers  112
NBA Tonight
Golden State vs NY Knicks  7:30pm TNT

NHL
Rangers  4  Blue Jackets 1
Oilers  3      Blues 2
NHL Tonight
Islanders vs Red Wings 7pm
Hurricanes vs Blue Jackets  7pm ESPN /Hulu
Penguins vs Kraken  10pm

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 28, 2024

JERSEY SHORE FOSTER MOTHER CHARGED WITH ABUSE

A Jersey Shore woman who was a temporary foster parent for a 5 year-old child who was disabled, was arraigned this week on felony counts of physical abuse of the child.  According to the Sun Gazette, 24 year old Jeanette Nicole Hunsberger faces multiple felony and misdemeanor counts of abuse after an investigation showed the non-verbal child had injuries consistent with physical abuse allegedly suffered in the Anthony Township home. According to police, the child’s parent’s raised concerns that their child was being abused by Hunsberger.  She was released on 50 thousand dollars bail.

COAL TOWNSHIP MAN ARRESTED AFTER VIOLATING PFA

A Coal Township man was arrested after he recently violated a PFA filed against him. According to the Sun Gazette, police say 22 year old Dylan Lubrant first cased the home of his victim then blocked her from driving away in her car, before he forcibly removed her from the vehicle.  Lubrant then pried a cell phone from the woman’s hand and drove away in a reckless manner almost striking her.  Police took the man into custody and he was arraigned and sent to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of 15 thousand dollars bail.

NEW DOWNTOWN MANAGER FOR SHAMOKIN

The City of Shamokin and Shamokin Area Economic Development Authority have appointed Justin Bainbridge as the new Downtown Manager, thanks to grant funding from the Department of Community and Economic Development, including the Act 47 Implementation Grant and the Appalachian Regional Commission grant.  The Downtown Manager position is integral to driving Shamokin’s revitalization efforts for the next three years. The partnership also ensures ongoing support and coordination from the SEDA-COG, reinforcing the commitment to sustained revitalization efforts.

FUNDRAISER PLANNED FOR THE IRION FAMILY

The loss of a Montoursville man from a UTV accident last weekend has brought the community together to support John Irion’s family with an upcoming fundraiser. According to social media post by Antlers on the Water, a benefit will be held March 23rd for which they are accepting gift basket or gift card donations through March 16th.  Local musicians have also donated their time for the event.  There is a Go Fund Me account for the “Irion Family” started by a member of the Montoursville community to help offset other costs at this difficult time of loss.

MAN JAILED FOR DISORDERLY CONDUCT IN UNION COUNTY

Police arrested a 22 year old Winfield man after he allegedly fought with police officers February 24th at a Union County business.  According to the Standard Journal, Coal Inch of New Berlin Highway faces with felony aggravated assault charges as well as a misdemeanor of evading arrest, harassment and disorderly conduct for the incident that happened last Saturday around 12:30am at a local business in East Buffalo Township.

HIGH VALUE ITEMS STOLEN FROM COIN COLLECTOR

A local man who deals and collects coins and currency was robbed of a collection of items that were inside his vehicle while parked along Blair Street February 10th in Loyalsock Township.  According to the Sun Gazette, the unnamed victim of the theft, lost over 280 thousand dollars-worth of coins and silver bars and about 4 thousand dollars in cash when the suspect or suspects gained access to the man’s 2017 Ford van.  Call state police if you have any information about the theft 570-368-5700.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS SEEKS A LIFEGUARD FOR THEIR SWIM TEAM

Special Olympics of Lycoming County is seeking to hire a certified lifeguard for the advanced group of their program that practices Monday evenings from the end of February until the end of May.  According to North Central PA dot com, practices and competitions are usually held at the River Valley Regional YMCA Williamsport Branch on Walnut Street in Williamsport.  If you would like to apply as a certified lifeguard for Special Olympics PA Lycoming County, email [email protected] or reach them through Facebook.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIE MEGA DROP SATURDAY IN LEWISBURG

Girl Scout cookies are to be distributed starting this weekend after a mega drop is scheduled at the Lewisburg National Guard at 4700 Westbranch Highway.  According to the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, the Lewisburg drop is one of four sites across PA that also will have cookie drop-off points, and will be going from 8:30am until noon on Saturday, with Girl Scout Cookie Booths expected to open on Friday, March 8th.  Customers can find a nearby cookie booth by entering a zip code into the Girl Scout cookie finder, and can also donate cookies to Soldier’s Angels that go directly to active duty servicemen and women.

SPORTS
PIAA D4 HS Basketball Playoffs
Boys
Class 3A Semi-finals
Loyalsock 64        Warrior Run 55
Troy 70                Southern Columbia 68

Class 4A Semi-finals
Shamokin 69        Central Columbia 46
Danville 58           Lewisburg 31

Girls
Class 3A Semi-finals

Loyalsock 57        Bloomsburg 21
Hughesville 55     Troy 40

NCAA Men’s Basketball
(1)Houston  67     Cincinnati  59
BYU  76               (7)Kansas  68
(16) Kentucky  91  Mississippi  State 89

NCAA Men’s Basketball tonight

(11) Auburn  vs (4) Tennessee  7pm ESPN2
Louisville vs (10) Duke 7pm ACCN
Seton Hall vs (12)Creighton 9pm FS1
(14) Alabama vs Ole Miss  9pm ESPN2

NBA
Cavaliers 121       Mavericks  119
Magic  108                     Nets   81
Warriors  123       Wizards  112
Celtics 117                     76ers  99
Pelicans  115        Knicks  92
Pistons 105                    Bulls 95
Bucks  123                     Hornets  85
NBA Tonight

Pelicans  vs Pacers  7:30pm ESPN
Lakers vs Clippers  10pm ESPN
NHL
Red Wings 8         Capitals  3
Flyers  6               Lightning  2
Predators 4           Senators  1
Penguins  4           Canucks  3
Devils  7               Sharks  2

NHL Tonight

Columbus vs New York Rangers  7pm
St Louis vs Edmonton  8:30pm TNT

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 27, 2024

AUTOPSY SCHEDULED AFTER FATAL STABBING

An autopsy is scheduled this week for a Montandon-area man who was pronounced dead at 5:35am Saturday at Geisinger Medical Center.  Police, and the Montour County coroner are investigating the death and treating it as homicide.  State police at Milton say 22-year-old Preston Robert Bennett stabbed 28 year old Kyle Christensen Friday night in West Chillisquaque Township, and Bennet was taken into custody Saturday.  The Northumberland County District Attorney is also involved in the investigation.  If you have information about the case, email [email protected].

MAN ARRESTED FOR OUTSTANDING WARRANTS AT TRAFFIC STOP

A Lewisburg man was taken into custody after police discovered he had several outstanding warrants during a traffic stop in Watsontown.  According to North Central PA dot com, 51 year old Cornelius McMullen Sr. was pulled over along the 100 block of Canal Street just before 4pm last Tuesday where police had a Union County Sheriff’s Office bench warrant validated for McMullen.  He was taken to  Union County Prison for charges of drug possession and theft. 

EVANGELICAL TO BE REPLACED BY WELLSPAN HEALTH SYSTEM

At a press conference yesterday, executives from Evangelical Community Hospital announced a partnership with another existing health system, WellSpan Health who have eight other facilities in South Central PA and northern Maryland.  According to Kendra Aucker, Evangelical Community Hospital President and CEO,  the rising costs, along with shrinking reimbursements from Medicaid and Medicare along with other concerns outlines a model that isn’t sustainable.  Aucker said WellSpan is expected to invest more than $100 million in Evangelical over the next three years and the partnership won’t bring about many changes in operations.  Evangelical sustained an operating loss of $2.5 million in 2022 and a $19 million loss last year.

CENTRAL MOUNTAIN GRAD AND NFL KICKER TAKES COACHING JOB

A Central Mountain High School graduate who was a Lock Haven native and former NFL kicker has been named the new head football coach at Rolling Meadows High School, just northwest of Chicago.  According to Clinton County Sports dot com, Robbie Gould spent six seasons with the 49ers along with runs with the Chicago Bears and New York Giants, and was known for his clutch kicks and game-winning field goals, but will be challenged as he transitions to coaching. Rolling Meadows had a 2-7 season last year.

DRUG TASK FORCE TAKES MOUNT CARMEL MAN INTO CUSTODY

The Pennsylvania State Police Special Emergency Response Team along with the Northumberland-Montour County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant Saturday in Mount Carmel and took one man into custody.  According to the News Item, 38 year old Corey Cannon of North Chestnut Street was arrested after officers entered his home and discovered several pounds of drugs and stolen firearms, among other items.  Cannon was arraigned Saturday night and committed to Northumberland County Jail in lieu of $150,000 cash bail.

SUSPECT STILL AT LARGE AFTER ESCAPING STAND-OFF

A man wanted in Texas is now also wanted in Sunbury after a short stand-off with police who misidentified the suspect inside a North Fourth Street residence.  According to the Daily Item, Police were called to the Sunbury home just after 5pm Sunday for a disturbance and took a woman into custody as they searched for suspect, Barry Beaver.  Police stood in wait outside the home for about 90 minutes and then discovered another man was inside who they thought was Beaver – but he had escaped the residence.   Police seized heroin and methamphetamine once they entered the home, and the investigation continues. 

HANOVER BALD EAGLE PAIR LAY ONE EGG SO FAR

The nesting pair of Bald Eagles in Hanover have laid the first egg of the nesting season of 2024.  According to North Cetnral PA dot com, Duke and Duchess who are the eagle couple featured on a live stream cam provided by the PA Game Commission at HD OnTap dot com, may lay a second or third egg in the coming weeks as Eagles generally lay eggs in February, but are a bit late this season.  The former residents of the Hanover next, Freedom and Liberty successfully raised several nest-fulls of eaglets.  Eagle parents generally destroy nonviable eggs.

SEEDLING SALE IN UNION COUNTY

There are seedlings for sale by the Union County Conservation District who are taking orders until April 12th.  According to the Daily Item, White Spruce, Ponderosa Pine, Eastern White Pine, Red Bud, Tulip Poplar, Chestnut Oak, Red Oak and Winterberry seedlings are available to be purchased in bundles of 10 and picked up April 24th and 25th.  A soil test kit is available for $10 each along with stake and tubes for $5 each. Information is available at unioncountypa.org under the Conservation District department’s page.

SPORTS

PIAA D4 BASKETBALL Tonight
Boys
TRIPLE A SEMIFINALS 

Loyalsock vs Warrior Run at Milton 730pm

Troy vs Southern Columbia at Williamsport, 730pm

QUAD A SEMIFINALS

Shamokin vs Central Columbia, 6pm

Danville vs Lewisburg, 730pm  Both games @ Shikellamy HS

Girls
TRIPLE A SEMIFINALS 

Loyalsock vs Bloomsburg at Milton, 6pm

Hughesville vs Troy at Williamsport, 6pm 


NBA
Raptors  130        Pacers  122
Knicks  113          Pistons 111
Nets  111              Grizzlies  86
Heat  121             Kings  110
NBA Tonight

Dallas vs Cleveland  7pm
Brooklyn vs Orlando  7pm
Golden State Washington  7pm
76ers  vs Boston Celtics  7:30pm TNT
New Orleans vs NY Knicks  7:30pm
Houston vs Oklahoma City  10pm TNT

NCAA Men’s Basketball
North Carolina 75         Miami  71
Baylor  62                      TCU  54
 
NCAA Men’s Basketball Tonight
Cincinnati vs (1) Houston)  7pm ESPN2
(16)Kentucky  vs Mississippi State  7pm ESPN
BYU vs (7)Kansas ESPN+

NHL

Capitals 6                  Senators  3
Islanders  3               Stars  2
Oilers  4                     Kings  2
Kraken  4                  Bruins  3
NHL Tonight
Buffalo vs Florida  7pm HULU/ESPN+
Pittsburgh vs Vancouver  10pm
New Jersey vs  San Jose  10:30pm

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 26, 2024

FATAL UTV CRASH SATURDAY IN MILL CREEK TOWNSHIP

A UTV crash on Burns Road in Mill Creek Township took the life of a Montoursville man Saturday.  According to the Sun Gazette, State police say 44 year old John Irion  was traveling west on Burns Road about 10:30pm and ran into a south shoulder ditch, and as he continued to attempt to correct the Polaris UTV, hit a second ditch on the north side of the road when the vehicle overturned on him.  The Lycoming County Coroner pronounced Irion dead at the scene.  Volunteers from Picture Rocks and Pennsdale responded to the crash and had cleared the accident by 1am.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DISTURBANCE AT YMCA

A woman caused a disturbance at the Williamsport YMCA and was arrested on February 20th.  According to the Sun Gazette, police were called to the city branch of the Y when 39 year old Lindsay Allen allegedly was screaming and making loud noises in the gymnasium and locker room of the facility until they took her into custody, determining that she may have been under the influence of a controlled substance.  Upon a search, prescription drugs were found and Allen did not have a prescription for them.  She was charged with disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and possession.  She was jailed at Lycoming County Prison in lieu of 5 thousand dollars bail.

LYCO CONTROLLER FILES REQUEST FOR COURT COSTS

The Lycoming County Controller is seeking court costs from the extensive court battle that she recently won against the Lycoming County Commissioners. According to the SUN Gazette, Lycoming County Controller Krista Rogers filed an amended petition asking for over $120,000 in funds to cover her court and other costs, which have accumulated since 2021 when her legal battle over  the responsibility of fiscal functions within Lycoming County government began. The commissioners say they will review Roger’s petition to ensure its accuracy and reasonableness.

WARRIOR RUN SCHOOLS TO PARTNER WITH GEISINGER

Warrior Run School District and Geisinger have partnered to bring health and wellness lessons to its elementary students. According to the Daily Item, dozens of messages coverthe walls of hallways and other common areas encourage students to make decisions that benefit their physical and emotional health. The program was designed by the Geisinger ZING program in partnership with district officials and personalizes the messages to the students in the district.

SUNBURY HOME SEALED OFF, PERSON IN CUSTODY

Police in Sunbury have sealed off a residence and have taken one person into custody after a police incident Sunday night.  According to North Central PA dot com, the Sunbury Police Department posted on social media that a residence at 205 North Second Street is the location of the previous activity and that there is no danger to the public at this time.  They ask that the area remain clear and that updates on the situation are to follow as details become available.

ACCIDENT CLOSED ROUTE 87

State police are investigating a vehicle accident that occurred early Sunday morning and closed a portion of Route 87 in Fairfield Township.  According to PennDOT, the road remained closed until after 9am Sunday morning after the hit and run vehicle crash on Route 87 and Lyons Barr Road brought about detours for local traffic in the area.  If you have information about the crash that would assist State Police in the investigation, call 570-368-5700.

COLD CASE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

State Police at Rockview have another cold case from Centre County in 1991 that they continue to investigate and are looking for help from the public.  According to North Central PA dot com, 28 year old Brenda Condon went missing after midnight on February 27th in 1991, when she worked as a bartender at Carl’s Bad Tavern north of Bellefonte, near Interstate 80. Condon leaving without telling anyone was uncharacteristic of the woman who left behind 2 children who lived with their father at the time of her disappearance.  If you have any information about incident call the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS.

TROUT STOCKING IN THE COMMONWEALTH

Trout stocking has begun in hundreds of lakes and streams around the commonwealth.  According to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, all stocked trout waters statewide will be closed to fishing until the opening day of trout season which begins on April 6th at 8:00 am, with the exception of Mentored Youth Trout Day on March 30.  Go to fishandboat.com for information about trout stocking schedules, regulations, and acquiring a fishing license.

SPORTS

NASCAR Sunday
*  Daniel Suárez barely edged out Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch in a photo finish yesterday at Atlanta.
Austin Cindric was 4th, Bubba Wallace rounded out the top 5.
*  It was the third-closest finish in NASCAR Cup Series history, Atlanta’s closest finish, the closest finish at any 1.5-mile track, and the third-closest Cup finish since electronic scoring was established in 1993.

NBA Sunday
Bucks 119           76ers  98
Suns  123            Lakers 113
Pacers  133                     Mavericks  111
Cavaliers  114      Wizards  105
Bulls 114              Pelicans 106
Nuggets  119        Warriors  103
Jazz  128              Spurs  109

NCAA Men’s Basketball
Purdue  84                     Michigan 76
Marquette 88        Xavier  64
St Johns  80         Creighton  66
NCAA Men’s Basketball tonight
Miami  vs North Carolina  7pm ESPN
Baylor  vs TCU  9pm ESPN

NCAA Women’s Basketball
Notre Dame 79     Boston College 60
Ohio State 79       Maryland 66
Syracuse  63         Pittsburgh  53

PIAA D4 BASKETBALL – Tuesday 2/27

BOYS
TRIPLE A SEMIFINALS 

Loyalsock vs Warrior Run at Milton 730pm

Troy vs Southern Columbia at Williamsport, 730pm

QUAD A SEMIFINALS

Shamokin vs Central Columbia, 6pm @ Shikellamy

Danville vs Lewisburg, 730pm  @ Shikellamy

GIRLS TRIPLE A SEMIFINALS 

Loyalsock vs Bloomsburg at Milton, 6pm Hughesville vs Troy at Williamsport, 6pm 

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 23, 2024

WOMAN CHARGED WITH PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS

A woman from Shamokin Dam was arrested February 9th after police were called to assist her from a restaurant where she had been kicked out for being drunk and belligerent.  According to North Central PA dot com, 37 year old Trisha R. Phillips yelled at police and threatened to blow up and burn them with a Roman Candle after they escorted her to her hotel room, where she was then taken into custody.  Phillips was taken to Evangelical Community Hospital for evaluation, and was then charged with disorderly conduct, defiant criminal trespass, summaries of public drunkenness and more. She has a preliminary hearing on March 25th in Selinsgrove.

BEST BUY THIEF IDENTIFIED

The man who recently stole items from the Best Buy store in Selinsgrove, has been identified by police.  According to Centre County law enforcement, 42-year-old Raymond Walker of Newark, New Jersey is the man police say is on camera breaking into a display at the electronics store and taking video cameras from the store.  An unidentified female is with Walker during the videos, but police have not identified her.  Walker was nabbed February 10th when police pulled him over for a traffic violation in a stolen vehicle, and a best buy bag was in his front seat.

NEW BATTERY RECYCLING PROGRAM

Officials from Lycoming County Resource Management Services, in response to several fires they dealt with last summer from lithium batteries discarded in the landfill, has announced the implementation of a new battery recycling program.  Starting next Friday, residents are encouraged to bring their used and discarded batteries directly to the landfill for safe recycling and proper handling.  Batteries they will accept include alkaline, lithium, nickel-cadmium and nickel-metal hydride batteries battery-containing items, and damaged batteries. They will not accept car batteries, vapes, or large items with batteries.Go to lcrms.com/batteries for more information.

PEACEFUL UNITY STAND-IN IN SUNBURY SATURDAY

As a counter move to the group of “White Lives Matter” protestors who gathered on Saturday Feb. 17 in Sunbury, a Unity rally is planned for this Saturday at the intersection of Front and Market Streets.  According to North Central PA dot com, on the Facebook page of Stay Sunbury Informed and Beyond there is information about the peaceful stand-in that comes as a response to the masked individuals who gathered last weekend waving Nazi themed American flags carrying signs calling for one race and an end to immigration. Particpants in the Unity rally tomorrow are encouraged to bring signs about unity as a community and as a nation.  The Sunbury event begins at 10am.

BARN FIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION IN CATAWISSA

There was a barn fire in Catawissa Wednesday. According to Media outlets, the structure housed a meat market 500 block of Pfaler Street. Firefighters arrived at the structure around 2:30pm and found it fully engulfed in flames.  The fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the Columbia County blaze.  No people or animals were injured, but the barn has been declared a total loss. 

TWO-CAR CRASH IN FLEMINGTON BOROUGH

A two vehicle crash slowed the traffic and brought crews of first responders Tuesday morning about 8am to the intersection of Center Alley and Irwin Street in Flemington Borough.  According to the Lock Haven Express, a juvenile was one of the drivers of the crashed vehicles who had suspected injuries after airbags deployed during the accident.  Lock Haven City police said Keystone Central school buses were able to navigate through the area to pick up students on the route.  The scene was cleaned up just before 7am.  Flemington Goodwill Hose EMS and Citizen Hose Fire Company responded.

ANNUAL SPRING DROP-OFF PLANNED MIFFLINBURG

Mifflinburg residents will be able to bring their waste materials, yard waste, and more to the borough’s maintenance facility noon to 8 p.m. April 24 thru 26 and from 8 a.m. to noon April 27  at the recycling center, 6 Industrial Park Road, Mifflinburg for the Annual Spring Drop-Off.  Items brought during this time will be transferred to the Lycoming County Landfill, so recyclables, tires, paint, shellac, varnish, batteries, and some electronics cannot be accepted.  There will be a fee assessed for any items that contain refrigerant, proof of residency is required.

VIRTUAL BASS FISHING PROGRAM IN MARCH

There will be another virtual fishing program in March for residents of Pennsylvania, this time about bass fishing.  According to Fish and boat dot com, PFBC staff and trained Fishing Skills Instructors will hold the FREE, virtual program, designed to introduce you to the basics of bass fishing, including bass species in Pennsylvania, the gear required to fish for bass and next level bass fishing.  The virtual event is Wednesday March 13th from 6:30pm to 8pm.

SPORTS

PIAA District 4 Basketball playoffs
Boys  Class 3A
Troy 64                Mount Carmel 45
Loyalsock 67        Hughesville 44
Warrior Run 50    North Penn-Mansfield 47
So.Columbia 64   Wellsboro 54
Class 6A Sub-Regional
Scranton 54                   Williamsport 45
Girls
Class 6A Sub-Regional
Williamsport 50   Wyoming Valley West 49

NBA
Magic  116                     Cavaliers 109
Pacers 129            Pistons  115
Knicks  110                   76ers  96
Raptors  121        Nets  93
Celtics  129          Bulls  112
Nuggets  130        Wizards 110
Warriors  128       Lakers  110

NHL
Senators  4           Stars  1
Capitals  5            Lightning  3
Rangers  5  Devils  1
Penguins  4  Canadiens  1
Blues  4      Islanders  0
Flames  3    Bruins  2NCAA Men’s Basketball
(3)Purdue  96            Rutgers  68
(21)Washington State  77  (4)Arizona  74

NCAA Women’s Basketball

(2)Ohio State 82       Penn State 69
Duke 58                     (17)Syracuse  45
(19)Notre Dame  74  Clemson  47
North Carolina  80  (6)NC State  70

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 20, 2024

STANDOFF IN WILLIAMSPORT ENDS PEACEFULLY

City police arrested a man allegedly responsible for a stand-off with law enforcement yesterday after he threatened his pregnant girlfriend who then locked herself in a bathroom for safety at Timberland Apartments in Williamsport beginning at about 10 am.  According to the Sun Gazette, originally police went to the apartment where 20 year old Rynell Brooks-Brown was with the victim who police say had a friend call 911 for a disturbance involving a firearm.  When there was no response at the residence, the incident escalated to the standoff involving the city’s Special Response Team and a tactical police team from Columbia County. The woman was released from the home around 2pm and Brooks-Brown walked out about 10 minutes later.  He was arraigned Monday evening and committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $300,000 bail.

ARREST AFTER MAN ASSAULTS A JUVENILE

State police responded to an assault February 7th at the Sheetz in Woodward Township.  According to North Central PA dot com, 31 year old Noah Evan Regan arrived at the convenience store with a woman and a juvenile in the car and allegedly punched and later grabbed the juvenile by the throat while they were at the convenience store at about 3pm.  Both the victim and the woman exited the car before Regan drove from the scene.  Police arrested the man and charged him with simple assault and harassment. Regan is at the Lycoming County Prison on $10,000 monetary bail.

PENNSYLVANIA BEAR HARVEST NUMBERS

The Game Commission has released the numbers for Pennsylvania’s black bear harvest for 2023.  According to the report, the number of hunters reached a record-breaking 206,124, making it the fourth-highest total ever recorded, but there was a slight decrease in the bear harvest compared to 2022.  Pennsylvania hunters still managed to take 2,920 bears in 2023. Tioga County had the highest bear harvest among counties with 176. Lycoming County had 170 bears, Potter -155 bears, Pike County – 142 bears, and Bradford County had 138 bears.

SUNBURY WILL PROCESS RECYCLABLES IN MARCH

Sunbury will collect curbside recyclables this spring. According to the Daily Item, the Sunbury Municipal Authority will process the aluminum cans, newspapers, sorted glass bottles and jars on March 22nd 2024.  The transfer station on South Fourth Street is open for drop-offs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:30am to 3:30pm. and Saturdays from 7am to 3pm. In order to meet state recycling requirements as stated in Act 101, Pennsylvania’s Recycling Law, commercial, municipal and institutional establishments may use the Sunbury facility.

NORRY MAN FOUND DECEASED NEAR STATE PARK

The body of a man who lived in Northumberland County was found near Bald Eagle State Forest this weekend.  According to North Central PA dot com, DCNR released information that they were searching for 62 year old Michael W. Benner who officials say had been missing since February 10th.  The efforts of the Union County West End Volunteer Fire Company, the Mifflinburg Hose Volunteer Fire Company, and the New Berlin Volunteer Fire Company resulted in locating the deceased man about 4pm Saturday afternoon.  There was no information released about the cause of death for Benner, who was found on private owned land adjacent to the National State forest.

INFO STILL BEING SOUGHT IN COLD CASE

A $5,000 reward is now being offered for information about the disappearance of former Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar in Lewisburg in 2005.  According to the Daily Item, State police at Hollidaysburg Station are still investigating the disappearance of Gricar on April 15, 2005, from Bellefonte after police say he took a half-day off to go antiquing and wasn’t seen again.  His car was found at the Street of Shops in Lewisburg and his computer found months later  in the Susquehanna.  If you have any information that could help the investigation, call Crimestoppers at 1-800-4PA-TIPS (8477).

NEW HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FOR INMATES

The Northumberland County Jail will be able to participate in a new health care system. According to the Daily Item, all three Northumberland County Commissioners voted to enter into an intergovernmental cooperation agreement, which allows the jail to participate in a Prison Inmate Medical Cost Containment Program run through the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. The new system set to begin in March,  is designed to provide a quality managed care program, including a primary care physician who provides  regular care.

UPCOMING ONLINE FLY-TYING CLASS

There will be a four week virtual online instructional fly-tying program hosted by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission starting Tuesday, March 5th at 7pm.  According to Fish and boat dot com, The program is conducted on-line by PFBC staff and trained Fishing Skills Instructors who will introduce the aquatic macroinvertebrates and the flies that imitate them; basic fly tying equipment and materials; and will feature live tying demonstrations. Participants will not need to purchase any materials for the class.  Find out details at fish and boat dot com, those who register will receive materials via email for the program.

SPORTS

NASCAR
#24 William Byron drove for his first career Daytona 500 win and snapped Hendrick Motorsports’ nine-race Daytona 500 losing streak Monday in the rain-delayed “Great American Race.”  The last Hendrick driver to win the Daytona 500 was Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2014.

  • Alex Bowman was 2nd; followed by Christopher Bell, Corey LaJoie, and Bubba Wallace rounded out the top 5.

NHL

Ducks  4              Sabres  3
Bruins  4              Stars  3
Maple Leafs  4    Blues  2
Wild 10               Canucks 7
Red Wings 4       Kraken  3
Senators  4          Lightning  2

NHL Tonight

Dallas vs NY Rangers  7pm
NY Islanders  vs Pittsburgh  7pm
New Jersey  vs Washington  7pm
NCAA Men’s Basketball
Houston 73         Iowa State  65
NCAA Men’s Basketball Tonight
Tennessee vs Missouri  7pm
UConn  vs Creighton  8:30 FS1
Baylor  vs BYU  9pm ESPN
TCU vs Texas Tech  9pm  ESPN2
NBA Thursday
Magic vs Cavaliers 7pm
Pistons vs Pacers 7pm
Knicks  vs 76ers  7pm
Nets vs Raptors 7pm
Suns vs Mavericks 7:30pm TNT
Celtics vs Bulls 8pm
Lakers vs Warriors  10pm TNT

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 19, 2024

PERSON OF INTEREST IN CITY SHOOTING WILL STAY IN JAIL

The man arrested on a protection from abuse order after the fatal shooting of 37 year old Alisha Seese, of Williamsport, and 37 year old Ronald Dailey Jr. of Jersey Shore near Lycoming Engines on January 12th will remain in jail. According to the Sun Gazette, a preliminary hearing Friday determined that 57-year-old Troy Bailey will remain in custody and the prosecution has filed a motion to seal charges for 60 days. This motion was then signed by Judge Eric Linhardt. According to Penn Live, Court documents show that Seese obtained for herself and four children ages 9, 10, 13 and 17, a PFA against Troy Bennett Bailey, 57, of Williamsport on December 15th.

MOUNT CARMEL FIRE A TOTAL LOSS

The fire marshal determined that the fire Friday that destroyed a Mount Carmel business has an undetermined cause due to the degree of the damage. According to the Daily Item, Mount Carmel Fire officials reported the fire was active Friday at 3am at Moser Sanitation, on the 400 block of South Market Street with over 100 firefighters responding in the windy and cold conditions. Reports say the fire was under control by 7:30 am, but not before one firefighter suffered a minor injury and the building deemed a total loss.

NEW FINES FOR SOUTH SIDE BLIGHT

Home owners in South Williamsport who don’t maintain their property up to code are facing stiffer fines for offenses moving forward.  According to the Sun Gazette, the South Williamsport Borough Council approved an ordinance amendment last week to increase the cost of  citations for high grass and weeds, garbage or dilapidated conditions.  Officials from the borough say the first offense will now carry a 500 dollar fine, up from 25 dollars and subsequent citations issued after that will increase to one thousand dollars and could incur jail time. 

HACKED COURT WEBSITES IN HARRISBURG RESTORED

The Pennsylvania court system websites and services that were compromised during a denial of services cyber-attack earlier in February, have been restored this week.  According to the Sun Gazette, the courts agency never received any ransom notes or demands to restore service during the shut down.  A federal investigation is continuing into the source of the problems, and a suspect has not yet been named. Cybersecurity experts say denial-of-service hackers are often state-backed actors seeking money and can use tactics to try to hide their identity.  

SUSPECT IN CUSTODY OVER STABBING

A stabbing last Friday has sent a Mill Hall man to the hospital and a Williamsport man to Lycoming County Prison. According to the Sun Gazette, Lycoming Regional Police say the incident happened in the 300 block of South Lincoln Avenue and 22-year-old Dalton Lee Johnson stands accused of stabbing 30-year-old Aaron Fisher during the confrontation. Johnson was arraigned before District Judge Denise Dieter on aggravated and simple assault charges, recklessly endangering another person and other charges. Johnson was incarcerated in lieu of $85,000 bail.

SUSPECT IN DECEMBER SHOOTING IN CUSTODY

US Marshals have arrested a man wanted for a December 9th shooting in Williamsport.  According to North Central PA dot com, 33 year old Benjamin Villanueva was the suspect who allegedly shot Jermaine Mullen in the 1000 block of Memorial Avenue at about 3:30am.  During an investigation, police discovered evidence that showed Villanueva wearing clothing that was later found discarded that matched the suspect in videos that were submitted to police. Villanueva is facing charges for criminal homicide, aggravated assault, robbery and more. With no bail listed.

MANSFIELD STATE POLICE HOLDING CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY

Tioga County residents are invited to attend a 7-week “Citizen’s Police Academy” program designed to expose those interested in learning more about local law enforcement, the types of training officers receive, and general law enforcement concepts and responsibilities.  According to PA State police, seven Wednesday evening sessions at the Mansfield Fire Hall begin March 6th, participants 18 and older receive instruction and have hands-on learning of multiple police procedures and techniques.  Applications are available at the PA State Police barracks in Mansfield, or by calling 570-560-1361 and should be submitted by Friday March 1st.

THON BREAKS THE RECORD AGAIN

The 46 hour Dance Marathon fundraising event at Penn State, called THON, had another record breaking year over the weekend.  According to the Centre Daily times, the event that raises money for childhood cancers raised 16,955,683.63, 1.9 million more than last year’s event.  THON has a 47-year partnership with Four Diamonds, raising money so that families in the program never pay for a single medical bill at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.  THON’s live stream, was watched by over 32 thousand unique households in 58 countries. Donations can still be made online for those who were unable to attend  at THON.org.

SPORTS

NBA All Star Game
Eastern Conference set the all-time scoring record by becoming the first team to surpass 200 points in a 211-186 victory over the Western Conference.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Sunday
Ohio State 73       (2) Purdue  69
S. Florida 90        (24) Florida Atlantic 86
NCAA Basketball Tonight
(21)Virginia vs Virginia Tech  7pm ESPN 
(10)Iowa State vs  (3) Houston  9pm ESPN

NHL Sunday
Rangers  6            Islanders  5
Kings 2                 Penguins  1
Avalance  4          Coyotes  3
NHL Tonight
Ducks vs Sabres  12:30pm  ESPN+
Stars vs Bruins  1pm ESPN+
Senators vs Lightning 7pm NHL Net

NASCAR
A rainy weekend has caused Nascar to postpone the season-opening Daytona 500 until today at 4pm at Daytona International Speedway.  Listen on TWIN Valley’s Talk Radio Network or WILQ’s HD3


MLB News
*Shohei Ohtani did not participate in live batting practice Sunday, and his Los Angeles Dodgers spring training debut is on hold.

*Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Ohtani, who is coming back from elbow surgery, will not play in Thursday’s opener against the San Diego Padres.

*The two-time American League MVP won’t pitch this season following right elbow surgery on Sept. 19 but hopes to be ready as a hitter by the March 20 opener against the Padres in Seoul, South Korea.
* The two-time MVP signed a record $700 million, 10-year contract as a free agent in December.

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 16, 2024

MORNING WIND ADVISORY TODAY

A wind advisory remains in effect this morning until about 10 am with winds around 20 to 25 miles per hour and gusts in some areas could be up to 45 miles per hour.  High profile vehicles are advised to use caution while on the roadway.  Electricity issues that plagued southern counties after heavy wet snow fell Monday night, have been mostly resolved with the PPL outage map showing only a few hundred customers across the region experiencing problems with electric service. 

NO BAIL FOR MAN WHO SHOT BROTHER IN LAW

The man accused of shooting his brother in law August 17th in the lobby at a Williamsport’s Cable Services Company, was denied bail Tuesday in Lycoming County Court.  According to Penn Live, the defense lawyer of 66 year old Kenneth Michaels, said he shot his relative, John Roskowski, in self-defense, but Judge Ryan Tira said that despite testimony of angry and aggressive words being exchanged, Roskowski made no specific threats of violence.  Michaels may be facing a life sentence, and will wait behind bars for his upcoming murder trial.  A PA Superior Court is set to review Tira’s decision.

MUNCY VOTES IN LERTA TAX BREAKS FOR “THE DISTRICT”

Muncy Township supervisors voted for an intermunicipal agreement for a 10-year Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) for the former Lycoming Mall site known now as “The District at Lycoming Valley” .  According to the Sun Gazette, the president and CEO of the WIlliamsprot Lycoming Chamber said the tax break LERTA gives is a key tool to the developers in attracting new commercial tenants to the redevelopment site.  Famvest, the developers of the 135-acre Lycoming Mall property get the tax break on any new development, until LERTA expires.

FUNDING FOR REARCH OF NATIVE PA SPECIES

Penn State Agricultural Sciences department has been given over 140 thousand dollars in state funding awarded by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources under the Wild Resource Conservation Program, which will support three studies to protect local natural habitat.  According to state legislators the funding is to advance research ensuring that our native species continue to thrive into the future.  Funding will go for studying dissolved oxygen concentrations and their effect on the Chesapeake Logperch, a newly discovered native narrow-leaf ramps, and a recovery plan for Scarlet Paintbrush plant.

MOUNT CARMEL FIRE

Fire Crews are battling the windy and icy conditions, working a blaze this morning at a commercial property in Mount Carmel.  According to the Daily Item, firefighters were called at around 4am to the fire along South Market Street at Moser’s Sanitation, with flames spreading to a property along East Buick Street. According to social media posts by the Northumberland County’s Fire & rescue Firewire, the building was fully involved.  No injuries have been reported.

MEDICAL EPISODE LEADS TO CAR ACCIDENT

State police say a woman driving in West Chillisquaque Township had an accident after a medical episode while driving.  According to State police in Northumberland County, Carolyn Reimensnyder went off the right side of on Housels Run Road while she was driving northbound around 1pm last Friday ultimately striking a fire hydrant and a utility pole.  EMS arrived on the scene and transported Reimensnyder to Evangelical Community Hospital with unknown injuries. 

DEAD POSSUM LEAFT IN MAILBOX

An elderly man called police February 9th after vandals put a dead possum in his mailbox.  According to North Central PA dot com, state police at Selinsgrove began an investigation when the 88 year old victim called from his Beaver Springs home along the 4000 block of Ridge Road when he found the dead animal.  If you have any information about the suspect call Selinsgrove State police barracks at 570-374-8145.

NEW GAME WARDEN CADETS BEING SOUGHT

The Game Commission is looking for more Game Wardens. According to North Central PA dot com, a dozen new cadets were recently commissioned after 44 weeks of training including 10 weeks of field training and graduated February 3rd.  Potential Game wardens go through intensive training about wildlife forensics, wildlife surveys, hunter education instruction and more.  The PA Game Commission is taking applications at this time for new cadets for new classes.  Go to pgc.pa.gov for application information. 

SPORTS

PIAA HS Basketball

Girls
NTL Showdown

Williamson 46      Northeast Bradford 39
Troy 57                North Penn-Mansfield 29

St. John Neumann 52    Line Mountain 30
Montgomery 48   CMVT 12
Milton 40             Central Mountain 39
Muncy 45             Sullivan County 9
Athens 43             Wyalusing 37

Boys

NTL Showdown
NP-Mansfield 65            NE Bradford 50
Troy 2        Cowanesque Valley 0 (FFT)

PHAC Tournament

Danville 54           Shamokin 53
Loyalsock 53        Selinsgrove 40

Montgomery 58   Millville 50
Curwensville 72   Bucktail 59

NCAA Women’s Basketball News
*Iowa Senior Caitlin Clark made history Thursday during a home game against the Michigan Wolverines, breaking the NCAA Division I women’s scoring record. She reached the mark with her 3,528th point in four years.  
*She surpassed Kelsey Plum, who has won two WNBA championships with the Las Vegas Aces. Plum set the mark with 3,527 points at Washington from 2013-17.
*Clark’s record-breaking bucket last night was a deep 3-pointer from the logo.

 NBA
Grizzlies   113      Bucks  110
Warriors  140       Jazz 137
Timberwolves  128  Trail Blazers  91

NHL

Maple Leafs 4      Flyers  3
Ducks  5               Senators  1
Kings  2                Devils  1
Rangers  7            Canadiens  4
Penguins  4           Blackhawks  1


NASCAR THURSDAY NIGHT
Bluegreen Vacations Duels  – Daytona
Tyler Reddick won the first 150-mile race that is part of how the field is set Sunday for the season opener. Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing won the second race – both driving Toyota.
Daytona 500 Sunday – Pre-race coverage 1:30pm/Green Flag racing 2:30pm on TWIN

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 15, 2024

WOMAN SENTENCED FOR TRAFFICKING MINOR CHILDREN

A Williamsport woman who was arrested along with a co-defendant for trafficking minor girls in exchange for drugs and money was sentenced Tuesday in Lycoming County court.  According to North Central PA dot com, 36 year old Jennifer Gibbs pleaded guilty to two felony counts of attempted trafficking in individuals in December of 2023 and was given two to five years incarceration in state prison and five years supervision upon release by President Judge Nancy Butts.  Gibb’s codefendant, Allen Frazier faces several counts of trafficking individuals, unlawful contact with a minor, and corruption of minors. He is due in court this March and is expected to plead guilty.

POLICE SEEK WOMAN INVOLVED IN CRIME RING

A woman who pleaded guilty in Clinton County Court to third-degree felony retail theft in June of 2022, has not attended her court hearings as directed by probation and is being sought by the Clinton County Sheriff’s office.  According to North Central PA dot com, 26 year old Savannah Danielle Dillard of Flint, Michigan, is allegedly is part of a crime ring who purchase items at stores using fraudulent means to purchase  and then return the items at another store of the chain in another town.  The Clinton County Sheriff is asking anyone with information as to Dillard’s whereabouts to submit a tip at clinton.crimewatchpa.com.

GRANT FOR POLICE SOFTWARE UPGRADE

A Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant for 1.5 million dollars obtained by the city of Williamsport, will be used to upgrade the Communications and records management for the Williamsport Bureau of Police.  According to the Sun Gazette, a former records-management system the police used has been phased out and a news system called E-Force will replace it.  The technology of the E-Force system will help law enforcement officers on their beats, and because of the grant, no city funding was used in the purchase.

RARE WHISKEY TO BE AVAILABLE BY LOTTERY

A limited-release lottery is available for Pennsylvania residents who want to buy rare whiskeys, and the deadline to opt-in is this Friday.  According to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, whiskey from Pappy Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace Antique Collections will be featured in two lotteries in which winners will be selected at random to purchase one bottle in the collection; winners are then excluded from later drawings.  Residents and licensees have until 5pm Friday to opt in online to one or more of the lotteries and drawings. Get details at fine wine and good spirits dot com.

INMATE FOUND UNRESPONSIVE IN CELL

A 24 year old man who was serving a 4 to 8 year sentence for making terroristic conviction from Venango County, was found unresponsive in a cell at SCI Coal Township last Friday.  According to authorities from State Correctional Institution, prison staff found Andrew Shawgo, of Waterford, PA in his cell and performed life saving measures.  He was transported to Geisinger Hospital where he was pronounced dead on Monday.  An investigation into Shawgo’s death is underway by state police and the Northumberland County Coroner’s office.

POLICE LOOK FOR DIESEL THIEF

State Police at Milton say a thief stole diesel from three Union County school buses over the weekend.  According to North Central PA dot com, between Friday at 11am and 9am Monday, a suspect was on a lot on River Road in White Deer Township and took 75 gallons of the fuel from the vehicles owned by Fishing Creek Transport.  If you have information about the theft or the suspect or suspects, please call Milton State Police 570-524-2662.

TOWNSHIP LOST DATA FOLLOWING COMPUTER CRASH

Due to a hardware failure and the lack of a viable backup, East Buffalo Township has lost much of its data and digital history after a recent computer crash.  According to the Daily Item, the municipality told residents at Monday night’s public meeting that the contracted computer system back-ups were not completed by Computition, of Lewisburg, and a portion of the records of the township are lost.  The financial system is backed up, so bill paying will not be an issue, and ordinances and board agendas and minutes are all on a third-party website and available. Officials are now back to using physical filing systems and ask for the community’s patience while they build everything back up from hard copies and the other sites.

SELINSGROVE LIBRARY SEEKS STORIES ABOUT NAMESAKE

An interactive mural has been commissioned at the Rudy Gelnett Memorial Library in Selinsgrove, and the artist is seeking information from people who knew the man after whom the library was named.  According to the Daily Item, a story circle from will be held February 29th by artist Marcellus Hammond and his crew so that participants can share stories about Gelnett.  The mural is set to be installed inside the library and will have an interactive QR code to bring the artwork to life.  Call the Assistant Director of the Rudy Gelnett Memorial Library, Mitch Alday, at 570-374-7163 for details about participating in the story circle.

SPORTS

PIAA HS Basketball


Boys
Williamsport 63  La Academia Partnership Charter  52
South Wmspt  69        Milton  59

Girls

Loyalsock  50              Jersey Shore  41
Cntrl Col.  42              Hughesville 40
Milton  48                   Danville 30

NCAA Men’s Basketball
UConn 101                DePaul  65
Tennessee 92            Arkansas  63
Auburn  101              South Carolina  61
Notre Dame  58        Georgia Tech 55
Michigan St.  80       Penn State 72
The Lock Haven Bald Eagles upset the number 10 team in the country, East Stroudsburg, 74-69  at Thomas Field House yesterday – beating a top-10 team twice in one season for the first time in program-history.
NCAA Men’s Basketball Tonight
Temple vs  Florida Atlantic  7pm ESPN2

NBA

Magic 118                 Knicks  100
Heat 109                    76ers  104
Pacers  127                Raptors  125
Pelicans 133              Wizards  126
Mavericks 116          Spurs  93
Lakers  138  Jazz 122
Clippers 130             Warriors 125
Celtics  136  Nets  86 

NBA News
the NBA-leading Boston Celtics routed the Brooklyn Nets 136-86 on Wednesday night to become just the third team in league history to post multiple 50-point wins in a season. The victory also was Joe Mazzulla’s 100th as head coach.
NBA Tonight

Milwaukee vs Memphis  8:30pm TNT
Golden State vs Utah  9pm
Minnesota vs Portland  10pm

NHL

Panthers  5                     Penguins  2
Jets  1                   Sharks  0
Wild  3                 Coyotes  1

NHL Tonight
Flyers vs Maple Leafs  7pm
Kings vs Devils 7pm
Canadiens vs NY Rangers  7pm
Penguins  vs Blackhawks  8:30pm

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 14, 2024

SCHOOL BUS BRAKE FIRE IN JERSEY SHORE

The brakes of a Jersey Shore school bus caught fire Monday morning, requiring students to evacuate the vehicle.  The fire also brought about an injury to an adult passerby who stopped to help.  According to the Lycoming Regional Police department, police were dispatched to Route 220 near the Main Street exit Monday at about 7:45am when fire was discovered. As they arrived, a man who had a fire extinguisher at the scene tried to put out the fire, but was injured when a tire exploded in his face.  The man who was not identified, was transported to Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital and Jersey Shore Firefighters put out the fire.  The students were picked up in a second school district bus, provided by Susquehanna Transit and were taken to the middle or high school. 

FATAL PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT IN MILTON

An elderly woman was involved in a fatal car accident Saturday afternoon in Milton.  According to Milton Police Department, 73 year old Gloria Jean Baker tried to cross Arch Street on foot and was hit by a vehicle traveling north.  EMS arrived and transported Baker, who was found lying in the street, to Evangelical Community Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.  The intersection near Arch Street was closed down for about an hour.  Police have opened an investigation into the crash.

ELECTRIC SERVICE HAMPERED BY THE SNOW STORM THIS WEEK

Thousands more PPL Electricity customers have their power restored today after the winter storm dropped heavy, wet snow across PPL Electric Utilities’ service territory Monday night into Tuesday morning. A look at the online outage map says that there are still more than 20 thousand customers experiencing outages this morning.  According to PPL, the company has additional line and forestry crews working around the clock to restore power after about 90 thousand customers were reported to be down yesterday afternoon.  PPL says the estimated restoration times will be updated as they work through the restoration effort. Full restoration could take through Thursday for some customers.

BILLTOWN BLUES EARLY BIRD TICKETS AVAILABLE

This June 21st and 22nd brings the Annual 2-day Billtown Blues Festival back for the 34th year and they will feature world class blues music from twelve performances.  According to billtownblues dot org, the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville will host the event that traditionally opens with a performance from the Uptown Music Collective Blues Band.  Find info about early bird tickets through March 9th and more about the festival lineup at www.billtownblues.org.

ROAD CLOSURES FROM DOWNED UTILITIES

In the counties that were hit harder by snowfall yesterday, they are still dealing with some road closures from downed trees or utilities and crews continue to work to fix the issues today.  According to PennDOT, in Northumberland County Greenbriar Road between Hooflander Road in Jordan Township and Schwaben Creek Road in Washington Township is the latest incidence of a road closure from the impact of the storm.  In Columbia County, Middle Road between Power Line Road and Pine Swamp Road in Cleveland Township has reopened.  Check conditions of roads before you go at 511PA dot com.

WOMAN SENTENCED FOR NOT REPORTING DEATH OF FRIEND

The woman who was arrested for staying in a Williamsport apartment with the remains of a deceased friend without reporting the death from drug use to the police for several days, was sentenced yesterday to up to 2 years in prison.  According to the Sun Gazette, after police found the body of Ronald Ulmer, they later discovered that Amber Burkhart had been staying in the residence and knew the man had died.  Along with jail time, Burkhart has been sentenced with community service and must write a letter of apology to the deceased man’s family.  She must also pay restitution and attend mental health court where she may be found eligible for work release.

LIGHT FIXTURE DESTROYED IN LEWISBURG

An iconic Lewisburg Borough Tri-globe Street Light was struck by a car and destroyed this weekend.  According to a social media post by Lewisburg Borough, the light was at the end of the Lewisburg bridge in Soldiers Park located at North Water Street and Market Street and was hit Saturday night with a lot of force, possibly by a tractor trailer or box truck that easily left the scene. Please contact the Lewisburg Borough Office at 570-523-3614 or email [email protected] if you have any information.

DMV CLOSED FOR PRESIDENT’S DAY WEEKEND

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)  announced this week that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, February 17, through Monday, February 19, in observance of Presidents Day.  Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through dmv.pa.gov.

SPORTS

PIAA HS Basketball

Boys 
Wyalusing  42      Sullivan County 40
Girls  
Loyalsock  58       Northeast Bradford  31
Millville  43          Northwest  32

NCAA Basketball
Syracuse  86         North Carolina  79
Baylor  79            Oklahoma 62
Illinois 97            Michigan  68
Creighton  94       Georgetown 72
Wisconsin  62      Ohio State 54
Pitt  74                 Virginia  63
Kentucky  75        Ole Miss 63

NBA
Celtics  118                    Nets  110
* Thunder  127     Magic  113
Heat  123             Bucks  97
Suns  130             Kings  125
Timberwolves  121  Trail Blazers  109
Lakers  125          Pistons  111

NBA Tonight

Miami Heat vs Phila 76ers 7pm
Knicks vs Orlando  7pm
Brooklyn Nets  vs Boston Celtics  7:30pm
Chicago vs Cleveland 7:30pm ESPN
Clippers vs Golden State  10pm ESPN

NBA NEWS
* Shaquille O’Neal became the first player in Orlando Magic franchise history to have his jersey retired last night. The Magic raised O’Neal’s No. 32 jersey into the rafters at the Kia Center following their 127-113 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
* O’Neal was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft, and was named Rookie of the Year that season, leading the team to a 41-41 record – He left for the Lakers three seasons later.  
* The Magic, who are celebrating their 35th season,  never retired a number for a player, but decided their anniversary season was the right time.

NHL
Lightning 3           Bruins  2
Maple Leafs  4     Blues 1
Senators 6  Blue Jackets  3
Avalanche  6        Capitals  3
Kraken 2              Islanders  1
Devils 4                Predators  2
NHL Tonight
Florida vs Pittsburgh  7:30pm TNT