BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JUNE 24, 2022

POLICE: DRIVE-BY SHOOTING COULD BE RETALIATION FOR MURDER

Police suspect three men they have in custody and one for whom they have a warrant, attempted to retaliate against the murder of the man killed May 19th in the Penn Jersey Mart in Sunbury, by participating in a drive by shooting June 15th.  According to North Central PA dot com, police are investigating seven shots fired at a relative of suspect Ajani Munsh-Ousha Uhuru, and following the disvoery of surveillance video footage of the shooting, took Francky Riche of Sunbury into custody yesterday on attempted homicide charges, and Isaac Holley of Northumberland and Reggie Houseal Jr of Sunbury were also charged as accomplices. Police say they have a warrant for a fourth suspect, Anthony Moultrie, of Sunbury, who will also be charged with attempted homicide.

DUI SUSPECT CHARGED WITH ASSAULT AFTER KICKING OFFICER

A Williamsport woman became unruly during a traffic stop, and later kicked a Williamsport officer, and now also faces assault charges. According to the Sun Gazette, 29 year old Amanda Rivera was stopped initially due to being seen by police almost hitting a parked car.  When police discovered her with a suspended license and an open container on the passenger seat, they attempted to perform field sobriety tests ,but Rivera was uncooperative.  She was taken to police headquarters where she kicked an officer.  She was arraigned on the aggravated assault charge and DUI and is Lycoming County Prison in lieu of 25 thousand dollars bail.

RIVER VALLEY TRANSIT BECOMES AN AUTHORITY SOON

The process to transition the city and regional bus service to an authority from under the umbrella of Williamsport City Government is about complete, with fiscal year July 1st being the first day for operations of the River Valley Transit Authority.  According to the Sun Gazette, a five member authority board will work with the authority staff to maintain transparency and keep city government in the loop.  The City Council transit oversight committee gave positive recommendations for resolving to finalize employee pensions and health care, as well as transfer the bus ownership and funds to the Authority.  

LYCOMING COLLEGE RECOGNIZED AS A GOOD VALUE

Lycoming College has received recognition as one of the best values in a college education by Money Magazine.  According to the Sun Gazette, out of 236 private colleges with enrollment less than 25-hundred students, Lycoming College ranked number 46.  According to Money magazine the criteria used to develop rankings for their college lists include quality of education, affordability, and outcomes.  Lycoming also received one of the highest Return on Investment rankings as recognized by the Princeton Review.  

FIREARMS CHARGES AGAINST CLINTON COUNTY MAN

A man from Clinton County is now facing charges for an illegal sale of a firearm that took place in 2020.  According to the Sun Gazette, 40 year old Rodney Lee Tyger of Lock Haven tried to buy a gun at National Sporting Goods in Jersey Shore in December 2020 and was found to have put down false information on a legal document.  Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police have charged Tyger with illegal sale or transfer of a firearm and making unsworn falsification on a legal document for authorities.  He is free on 5 thousand dollars bail.

POLICE SEEK MAN WHO DAMAGED PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT

A bald man wearing sunglasses who entered the new playground at Hufnagle park in Lewisburg Monday about 7:45 pm and damaged the safety surface that had just been installed is being sought by Buffalo Valley Regional Police.  According to North Central Pa dot com, police say a man and a small child walked along the railroad tracks toward Market St and entered the Kidsburg playground area, then exited the park heading east on St. Louis St, after doing more than 2 thousand dollars worth of damage – in addition to some damage which cannot be repaired.  If you have information about the suspect should contact the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department.  (570) 524-4302.

GROUND BREAKING AT WEST PHARMACEUTICAL

A ground breaking event happened this week with local leaders participating in the ceremony for the expansion of West Pharmaceutical on Reach Road in Williamsport. According to the Sun Gazette, the new construction at West represents an important investment for the company and the community.  The Governor’s Action team coordinated the expansion project which could bring at least 200 good paying jobs to the area.  Loyalsock Township’s Senator Gene Yaw was on hand for the groundbreaking as well, announcing 500 thousand dollars in state funding to secure the expansion.

NEW FEMALE POLICE CHIEF IN SELINSGROVE BOROUGH

Selinsgrove borough has hired a new police chief, the first ever female chief according to Snyder County area history.  According to a press release, Shanee Mitchell will lead the force after a successful 20 year career with the City of Philadelphia Police Department.  Her tenure begins after her background check and clearances are returned and finalized; sometime in mid-July.  Mitchell has a husband Wesley and three children.

SPORTS

MLB
Pirates 8              Cubs 7
Braves 7              Giants 6
Dodgers 10         Reds 5
Twins 1               Guardians 0
Yankees 7           Astros 6
Orioles 4             White Sox 0
Phillies 6             Padres 2  

NHL Tonight
Tampa Bay is in Colorado for the Stanley Cup Final – Game 5 @8pm on ABC and ESPN+

NASCAR

The Ally 400 – Nashville Superspeedway Sunday w/ Coverage starting @5pm on our sister station WWPA, the Twin Valley’s Talk Radio Network or WILQ’s HD3

MLB Draft League
Williamsport 9   Mahoning Valley 7
Crosscutters and Scrappers play game 2 out of 3 tonight in Mahoning Valley at Eastwood Field.

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