BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS APRIL 25, 2022

HIGH SPEED CHASE LEADS TO JAIL FOR MOTORCYCLIST

A high speed chase between a motorcyclist and state troopers last Monday that started at the Lycoming Mall Interchange and went to the Northumberland county line landed the motorcyclist in jail.  Police say 35 year old Milton C. Frost III, most recently from Canton, got up to around 95 miles per hour during the chase on a bike on I-180 East just after noon on April 18th .  Police determined the bike had been stolen in Broome County, New York, and report Frost knew the VIN was compromised.  Frost was charged with fleeing police and receiving stolen property.  He is in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of 40 thousand dollars bail.

EMPLOYER INCARCERATED FOR TAX EVASION

A man from State College who owned a medical Billing Company and didn’t pay employment taxes was sentenced to 15 months in jail and restitution last week in District Court.  The Sun Gazette reported that 44 year old Scott Lykens had pled guilty last December for failure to pay tax withholdings, like Medicare and Social Security that he collected from his employees from 2010 til 2019. Lykens has been ordered by Chief District Court Judge Matthew W. Brann to pay the IRS the total tax loss of just about 1.5 million dollars.

PHILLY MAN SENTENCED TO 8+ YEARS FOR DRUG CONSPIRACY

A former Williamsport resident from Philadelphia who pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute the dangerous drugs fentanyl and Tramadol has been sentenced to over 8 years in federal prison plus 3-years of probation.  The Sun Gazette reports that 33 year old Ira Sims was charged with eight others  in August of 2020 for their role in a drug conspiracy around Williamsport in 2019.  There was an 11-count indictment brought against the defendants.  According to Court records, Sims was in jail on a prior offense during some of the time police were investigating the drug conspiracy.

K-9 GETS DONATED VEST

Williamsport Bureau of Police K-9, Tacoma, has received a gift of life-saving body armor which is bullet and stab protective, as a charitable donation from the non-profit “Vested Interest in K9s, Inc”, after a fundraiser was held by Williamsport West Veterinary Hospital in Duboistown.  According to Crimewatchpa.com Tacoma’s custom fitted vest has a value of over two thousand dollars and will be delivered in eight to ten weeks.  Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, accepts donations and has volunteer information at www.vik9s.org.

SHOOTING IN JACKSON TOWNSHIP

State police have not released any more information about a shooting that occurred at a Jackson township home near Herndon in Northumberland County.  Emergency communications between first responders indicated that a victim had a gunshot wound to the throat and was having difficulty breathing around 3pm Friday.  After two hours following the original call, the Northumberland County Coroner was on the scene and later, the Pennsylvania State Police Forensics Unit was called in.  State Police in Stonington are handling the investigation and at this time report the incident they are investigating as an accident. 

FATAL ACCIDENT IN WALKER TOWNSHIP

A woman from Bellefonte died in a two car accident Friday afternoon along Route 64.  According to the Record Online, 47 year old Sherry Thompson’s car struck a vehicle driven by 54 year old James Ashpole who had slowed down on Route 64 to take a left turn onto Snydertown Road.  According to Rockview State police, Thompson was not wearing a seatbelt and was taken by life flight to UPMC Williamsport.  Hospital officials report that that coroner pronounced Thomspon deceased upon arrival to the facility.  Ashpole was not injured in the Walker Township crash, he had been wearing a seatbelt.

WILLIAMSPORT RESURFACING PROJECT CONTINUES THIS WEEK

PennDOT says overnight work will continue this week on the pedestrian access ramps along West Third and Market Streets which is part of the 2.5 mile resurfacing project that continues along West Fourth and Campbell, Market Street, Hepburn Street and Ridge Avenue.  There will be resurfacing starting up again today on West Fourth and Campbell which will include milling the existing roadway, base repairs and ramp construction.  Motorists are asked to watch for changing traffic patterns.  The $2 million resurfacing project is set to be completed this August. 

GOFUNDME SET UP FOR VICTIM IN DOMESTIC PENN TWP SHOOTING

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the woman allegedly shot by her husband last week in Penn Township.  According to the Daily item, friends of Leslie Bailor said that she was a devoted mother to four children and several dogs and had been estranged from her husband, Brad Bailor, since last January.  Brad Bailor is being held without bail for the shooting that occurred last Monday when Leslie was at the home for a moment caring for her dogs.  Their children ages 3, 5, 7 and 10 were not at home at the time.  Bailor told police that he had slapped his wife in the face and shot her when he thought she was calling the police.  He is in Snyder County prison on homicide charges.

FORMER SUNBURY MAYOR PASSES

A former mayor of Sunbury has passed.  Donald Morgan, who also owned the Edison Hotel, was mayor for three terms starting in 1972 and served another term in 1984, originally as a Democrat, but finally as a Republican.   According to media outlets, Morgan graduated from Hegins Township High School, George Washington University, and then was a full Lieutenant in the US Navy.  He was 90 years old.

SPORTS

NBA
Milwaukee leads the series 3-1 after Game 4 in the East 1st Round yesterday
Bucks 119           Bulls 95
In the West 1st   Round Games
Nuggets 126       Warriors 121 Golden State leading 3-1
Heat 110             Hawks 86 Miami leads the series 31
Pelicans 118       Suns 103 Their series tied up 2-2 in the West first round

NASCAR
Ross Chastain got a victory at Talladega Superspeedway with his 2nd cup win in the past five races.
2. Austin Dillon
3. Kyle Busch
4. Kyle Larson
5. Martin Truex Jr., rounded out the top five.

MLB
 
Yankees 10         Guardians 2
Giants 12            Nationals 3
Pirates 4              Cubs 3
Angels 7              Orioles 6
Mets 6                 Diamondbacks 2
Brewers 1            Phillies 0

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