BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 29, 2020

BLOOMSBURG FAIR CANCELLED
The Bloomsburg Fair Association made the difficult decision yesterday to cancel this year’s Bloomsburg Fair after reviewing all the factors surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.  According to a press release, they considered local community and government concerns in the process and ultimately do not want to jeopardize the the health of thousands of people in the region.  Many previously scheduled musical artists have already agreed to come back to the Grandstand in 2021 in which the Bloomsburg Fair association says there will be many new surprises as well as the traditional opportunities.  Next year’s Bloomsburg Fair will be September 24th through October 2nd.

MAN HELD FOR COURT IN FATAL ARCH STREET BRIDGE ACCIDENT
The judge in the preliminary hearing for the man who is accused of killing two riders of a motorcycle and injuring two others on July 18th on the Arch Street Bridge decided that the man will be held to all charges including two counts of vehicular homicide, aggravated assault and driving under the influence.  According to  the Sun Gazette, court record say 5 people testified  for about 90 minutes about 34 year old Matthew Bower, of  Linden, who they say struck and killed of James “Jimmy” Neufer, a resident of Armstrong Township, and a passenger, his girlfriend, Amanda Bergstrom, of Nisbet , after 10 pm.  After the accident, Bower,was injured and taken by ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. He is free on $500,0000 bail.

GRANTS FOR BROADBAND APPROVED
A $2.5 million grant for extending broadband networking in the region was approved by the Lycoming County commissioners yesterday, as  part of the cooperative agreement through the Appalachian Regional Commission in Tioga, Potter and Clinton counties. The commissioners also considered using some of  the county’s $10.5 million share of federal stimulus funds, but are now seeking to extend a federal end of year deadline to use the funds.  According to the Sun Gazette, the coronavirus relief bill funding, if approved, would be restricted to COVID-19 related issues or problems.  There will e no meeting this Thursday, the next will be The commissioners will not meet Thursday, the next meeting will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Executive Plaza, 330 Pine St., Williamsport.

ROXY THEATER CLOSING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
The Roxy Theater in Lock Haven announced on yesterday they will be closing for an “undetermined amount of time, blaming  the lack of new movies and seating restrictions for the closure. Accoriding to the theater’s Facebook page, the 31st of July will be their last day, and thanked their loyal patrons for their support, hoping they will be able to serve them again soon.

MUNCY MAN ACCUSED OF CORRUPTING MINORS
A Muncy man is free on $22 thousand bail after he allegedly touched a 10-year-old girl inappropriately and showed other minors pornographic videos in his Fairfield Township home, between Jan. 2019 and May 2020.  According to state police in Montoursville the three separate statements by the minors support that 34 year old Patrick S. Morrill attempted to show the children pornography and then keep it a secret.  Morrill is charged with three counts of first degree misdemeanor corruption of minors – one for each child involved

DRUG CHARGES IN SHAMOKIN DAM
Two people were taken into custody at a hotel in Shamokin Dam after police found them with suspected methamphetamine with a street value of $3,000.  According to the Daily item, 34 year old Jeremy Orwin, and 32 year old Lindsi Shenck,  both of Millerstown were found with found numerous packaging materials and scales. Orwin had a probation warrant from Dauphin County and Shenck had a warrant from State Police in Newport for DUI.  Both will be charged with numerous drug related charges and endangering the welfare of children.

MAN CHARGED WITH STEALING FROM EMPLOYER
A Lycoming County man is facing theft charges after he allegedly stole from his employer. According to WNEP, Michael Fischer is accused of taking $15 thousand worth of merchandise and another  $4 thousand cash from the Weis Store on River Avenue in Williamsport.  Police say a fellow employee caught Fischer stealing and reported the theft to police.  The man had worked at the store since 2013 until this year.

HEALTH AND SAFETY PLAN FOR SOUTHSIDE
The South Williamsport School District has proposed their health and safety plan for the fall and it includes face masks and shields, sanitizing stations and iPads for all students. According to the Sun Gazette, district students will rotate between reporting to school buildings two days a week and staying home the other three days. Superintendent Dr. Mark Stamm told the school board the plan was developed this month in consultation with a team of parents, students, staff, employee association representatives and administrators noting that there could still be adjustments to the plan.

SPORTS
MLB
The Indians beat the White Sox 4-3, Blue Jays over the nationals 5-1, Cubs beat the Reds 8-5, Rays over the Braves 5-2, Pirates beat the Brewers 8-6, Tigers beat the Royals 4-3, Mets over the Red Sox 8-3, Indians over the White Sox 5-3, Twins beat the Cardinals 6-3, Diamondbacks over the Rangers 4-1, Dodgers beat the Astros 5-2, Angels over the Mariners 10-2, Rockies beat the A’s 8-3, Padres over the Giants 5-3, Yankees and Phillies as well as Orioles and Marlins postponed due to illness.

The coronavirus outbreak among the Miami Marlins had a domino effect throughout Major League Baseball, with MLB postponing the New York Yankees’ Wednesday home opener against the Philadelphia Phillies.The Yankees will now play in Baltimore against the Orioles on Wednesday and Thursday before heading to Yankee Stadium to play their first home game of the season against the Boston Red Sox. The Orioles had an opening in their schedule because they were supposed to host the Marlins in a two-game series starting Wednesday.

Tempers flared during the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers game Tuesday night, the first time the teams have met since the Astros were handed a punishment by the league in January.  At the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs, Joe Kelly stuck out his tongue at the Astros’ shortstop Carlos Correa. The two sides exchanged verbal jabs, and the benches cleared. More words were exchanged, the television broadcast shows, but it appears that no punches were thrown. The Dodgers won the game, 5-2. The teams will play each other again tonight at 7

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