BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 15, 2020

The man who stepped in and shot the suspect in a double murder in Hummels Wharf last week will not be charged after his shots hospitalized the accused.  According to media outlets, the Snyder County DA says Troy Sprenkle was legally armed and justified in shooting Christopher Fernanders Friday night who had allegedly just fatally shot and killed his former wife, Heather Sue Campbell and her friend Mathew Bowersox in a restaurant parking lot.  Fernanders will be arraigned Wednesday via a video feed from his hospital room at Geisinger Medical Center.

Since there was a delay with the reporting of private lab results of coronavirus tests, the PA Department of Health reports that the new confirmed numbers reflect numbers that did not occur within the last measured 24 hours.  929 positive cases have been confirmed in Pennsylvania as of yesterday, but of those, 216 are the result of the delay.  The situation also applies in Allegheny County where 331 cases were reported, but 186 cases were delayed, meaning the increase there was145 cases in the past 24 hours.

Montoursville area School District outlined changes in the school year due to covid-19 response for students returning to the classroom.  According to the Sun Gazette, school officials said personal protective equipment like masks and face shields will be given to students at the beginning of the year to wear on the buses that will be subject to socal distancing.  There will be classroom changes, too, with plexiglass shields around desks and lots of hand sanitizing stations.  Students will have their temperatures checked upon arrival to school. The CDC has not issued steps for the district to follow, should a student or staff member test positive for COVID-19.

A Philadelphia tradition is being called off for this year.  There won’t be a Mummer’s Parade on New Year’s Day according to Penn Live, the city extended a moratorium on large events cancelling as well the Thanksgiving Day parade, and all the fall road races, including the Rock and Roll half marathon and the Broad Street Run, which had been postponed to October.  The infamous Mummers Parade, that has been called out over its long history of racist blackface displays, had been called off only twice before in its 119-year history, the last time in 1934 during the Great Depression

The Lycoming County Narcotics Enforcement Unit dismantled an alleged heroin distribution operation July 10 in Williamsport.  According to North Central PA dot com, 5 individuals all from Philadelphia or Williamsport were taken into custody at 674 Grier Street after the LCNEU forcibly entered the home armed and with a warrant. Detectives said unattended children were nearby a drug packaging station that contained heroin/fentanyl, as well as approximately $1,500 worth of marijuana and $5,210 in cash. Of the suspects, all five are in custody charged with felony counts of drug manufacturing and child endangerment.

There will not be a neo-Nazi rally in Williamsport on Saturday, according to North Central PA .com. Representatives from the National Socialist Movement said the rally will be over the weekend on private property in Ulysses, Potter County.  Even though there is no rally, city police say they remain prepared, with the Lycoming County commissioners approving $122,000 in new equipment and riot gear for the county sheriff’s department at Tuesday’s meeting.

Governor Wolf signed two small bills yesterday in Harrisburg and said they were important steps in making society fair.  The legislation is in response to widespread protests over police brutality and designed to prevent problematic officers from continuing to find employment in police departments, provide officers with more cultural sensitivity training and provide officers with more mental health screening.  These are the first bills passed in the state to address any future police conduct.

More Universities in Pennsylvania are announcing their plans for reopening in the fall.  West Chester has just announced they will be going all virtual instruction for the fall sememster, but Bloomsburg will begin their year a week earlier than planned.  According to the university the fall semester will consist of two condensed sessions and one full semester. The university says a student will be placed in all three sessions. They say the winter semester dates are pending, and the spring semester is currently schedule to begin February 1, with more details to be announced tomorrow.

 

SPORTS

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference is expected to suspend athletics through the end of 2020, according to multiple media outlets. An announcement from the conference is expected today.  With the announcement that means no athletic competition through December 31, 2020, impacting all fall sports and delaying the start of winter sports.  This will effect Lock Haven and Bloomsburg University who are in the PSAC.

PA SPORTS
City officials say that no fans will be in the stands for Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Phillies games in 2020, citing safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic. Philadelphia health commissioner Thomas Farley said he believes that baseball and football games can be played under the safety protocols suggested by both leagues, but having fans in the stands would be too big of a risk.

NASCAR

The NASCAR All Star Open is tonight at 7pm followed by the NASCAR Cup Series All Star Race at 8:30 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee.

BASKETBALL
Former Marquette star Travis Diener made his teammates $1 million richer yesterday when he drilled a corner 3-pointer during the final quarter of the annual Basketball Tournament to secure a 78-73 win against Sideline Corner for the Golden Eagles, which is a a team made up of former Marquette basketball players. The team will split the $1 million prize evenly — with each player and coach pocketing about $90,000. General manager Daniel Fizgerald will bring home slightly less at $80,000.

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