BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 13, 2020

TWO VICTIMS KILLED IN MONROE TOWNSHIP SHOOTING
The Monroe Marketplace was evacuated Friday night after a man shot and killed two victims in the parking lot of the Buffalo Wild Wings.  According to media outlets, 46-year-old Heather Campbell of Trevorton and 52-year-old Matthew Bowersox of Mifflinburg were shot by suspect Christopher Fernanders of Paxinos who according to court documents, plotted to kill Campbell who had obtained a PFA order July 1st.  Following the first shooting 49-year-old Troy Sprenkle of Sunbury came out of the restaurant and fired three or four shots at the suspect, putting him the hospital with serious injuries.  Ferndanders has not yet been arraigned on muder charges dues to his hospitalization according to the Snyder County DA.

COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS IN PA
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of midnight last night,  that there are 725 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 95,414. The number of new cases in Allegheny County concerns the department as the numbers increased by 200 cases overnight. Lycoming County confirmed 242 cases.

FORECLOSURE ORDER SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
Governor Tom Wolf has signed a new executive order last week that protects some homeowners and renters from eviction or foreclosure until August 31. Those who already received assistance from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency or already received relief through one of the federal foreclosure moratorium programs or judicial orders are ineligible.  Lenders and property owners that receive funds through the PHFA program agree not pursue foreclosure or eviction actions as a condition of participation in the program.

WILLIAMSPORT CITY  HIRES ANALYTICS CONSULTANT
City Council hired an economic analytic expert last week to assist the city administration as it prepares for possible arbitration with the Bureau of Fire union in August. According to the Sun Gazette, Vijay Kapoor, president of Kapoor Company will be paid no more than $16,500 to perform what he said is a granular, high-end analysis using compensation comparisons from cities across Pennsylvania. Mayor Derek Slaughter also said that Kapoor will also be used by the city in preparation for his proposed 2021 budget and negotiations with police and River Valley Transit unions.

MAN DIES IN ONE CAR CRASH
A Unityville man died of his injuries after a one-vehicle accident about 6pm Friday night in Moreland Township along Route 118.  According to the Sun Gazette, state police say 20 year old Gavin Steele lost control of his Subaru Outback while heading west on Route 118 near L Harman Rd. and overturned.  Steele was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle. A nurse from Geisinger Medical Center in Danville reported that Steele passed away from his injuries Saturday.

MAN FLEES FROM POLICE
A man from Ashland is facing charges for fleeing from police July 5th in Shamokin.  According to media outlets, 36 year old Harry Baney did not yield to police lights and sirens which started the police pursuit.  The chase went through several residential areas in Shamokin before Baney crashed the car and then fled on foot.  Police say the ehcile was towed from the scene and no injuries were reported.

STATE BUSINESS SHOULD TAKE PLACE REMOTELY
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to help reduce unnecessary in-person contact that can spread the virus, Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order Friday authorizing state agencies to conduct administrative proceedings remotely. Several state agencies conduct administrative proceedings including meetings and disciplinary hearings of the 29 occupational licensing boards and commissions under the Department of State. The executive order takes effect immediately and allows administrative proceedings to occur by phone, video or online. Independent agencies are strongly encouraged to implement this executive order.

LOCAL COIN SHORTAGE
Local retailers are saying they are feeling the national shortage of U.S. Coins, and are posting signs about the shortage in their stores. According to the Sun Gazette some may see posted signs stating that establishments can only accept credit, debit and electronic payments at this time due to the coin shortage. In June, the Federal Reserve began limiting allocation of coins to banks and financial institutions, citing a decrease in coin deposits from financial institutions in the past few months. The U.S. Mint continues to produce coins and hopes the shortage issue will resolve once the economy opens more broadly.

SPORTS
NASCAR

Cole Custer in the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford became the first rookie regular to win in the NASCAR Cup Series in nearly four years, surging to the lead in a four-wide, final-lap scramble Sunday at Kentucky Speedway.  Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. were dueling for the lead on the Lap 266 final restart when Custer got a push from Matt DiBenedetto and slid ahead of the bunched up leaders, outlasting Truex’s Toyota.

NFL
The Washington Redskins will officially announce this morning that they will be changing their nickname, though no new name will be revealed just yet because trademark issues are pending.

NBA
LA Lakers Anthony Davis says he will keep his last name stitched on the back of his jersey for the NBA restart in Orlando, Florida, rather than replace it with a social justice message.As of Wednesday afternoon, 285 of the expected 350 eligible NBA players had picked a social justice message to put on their jerseys, while 17 had opted to continue to use their names.

NCAA
The PAC-12 will follow the Big Ten and go for a conference-only schedule this fall for sports – delaying the start of all the fall seasons.  UCLA and USC of the PAC-12 are affected by the large amount of cases in the LA area

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