BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 11, 2022

EMERGENCY MEETING IN TIOGA BOROUGH TOMORROW

The  Tioga Borough Council are scheduled to meet in emergency session tomorrow night over the withdrawal of application from Timothy Loehmann the officer who fatally shot Tamir Rice, while as an officer with the Cleveland Police Department as well as to consider the resignations of President of the Council, Steve Hazlett and his wife, who is also a councilmember.  According to the Sun Gazette, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Tioga Borough officials violated state law when they hired Timothy Loehmann, the police officer who killed Tamir Rice in Cleveland in 2014. Borough Mayor David Wilcox swore in Loehmann on Tuesday night after the borough council voted to approve his hiring. There have been protests over the move in the borough since. 

FUGITIVE CAPTURED IN PIATT TOWNSHIP

The man who escaped from the Lycoming County Pre-Release Center on June 17th is facing charges after police captured him while allegedly involved in criminal activity.  According to North Central PA dot com, authorities in Piatt Township took Todd Hill into custody after they surrounded a property near Route 220, and found him hiding inside.  Police allege Hill had fentynal in a cooler at the residence. Hill was charged by Tiadaghton Valley Regional police with felony flight to avoid apprehension and drug charges. Hill waived his preliminary hearing and is incarcerated on no bail.

UPMC CONSOLIDATES TWO OFFICES TO DOWNTOWN WILLIAMSPORT

UPMC has announced that they have consolidated two of their practices in Duboistown and South Williamsport, to downtown Williamsport. Both offices from UPMC Family Practice and UPMC Pediatrics will relocate to the new facility on the second floor of 175 Pine Street, Williamsport; They are scheduled to begin seeing patients there today.

SEVERAL BILLS VETOED BY GOVERNOR WOLF

Governor Wolf vetoed two bills last Friday on banning transgender female athletes from participating in sports in high school and college, as well as a bill sponsored by Franklin County Senator Doug Mastriano, that looks to allow poll watchers from any county to observe election activity where they are not registered. A third bill that would have kept the Department of Human Services from hiring a vendor to manage financial services for home health for the elderly, was also vetoed by the governor.

MANSFIELD MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER SHOOTING FATHER

A Tioga County man is in jail today after he allegedly shot and killed his estranged father at a home on Route 6 on Saturday.  According to the Sun Gazette, State police took 28 year old Zachary McCoon into custody at the residence in Sullivan Township without incident after he himself called 911 to report that he had shot 49 year old Trevor McCoon.  The victim was the man’s estranged father who had arrived at the residence and charged at him, according to police reports.  The younger McCoon is in the Tioga County Prison on no bail.

NEW JUDGE NOMINATED TO FILL VACANCY

William Carlucci has been approved by the Pennsylvania Senate to fill the unexpired term of former Judge Joy Reynolds-McCoy, who resigned earlier this year as the judge in the Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas. According to the Sun Gazette, there is still one more vacancy to fill in Lycoming County, that of Judge Mark Lovecchio, who resigned in 2021. Senior judges have been filling in and taking care of the caseloads, until appointments are confirmed by the state. Carlucci will start his duties in August.

PAYMENT APPROVED FOR BANDSHELL IMPROVEMENTS

The Williamsport City Council has approved paying Gannett Fleming $47,400 to complete the design in preparation for renovations of the Brandon Park Bandshell.  According to the Sun Gazette, the design costs are covered by a gift from the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. The work to be done includes brick work, structural repair of the stage and ceiling, accessible bathrooms, humidity control and the installation of an accessible wheelchair lift. The city says they will be using a contingency fund in some amount for any extra costs that arise.

TAX ASSISTANCE POSSIBLE FOR WEST PHARMACEUTICAL

With the potential prospect of adding 125 jobs in Jersey Shore; Lycoming County Commissioners’ approved a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance ordinance, aimed at offering tax abatement for a possible expansion program at West Pharmaceutical Services in Jersey Shore. The tax abatement is over a seven-year period and begins when construction of the expansion at the site is complete on Oliver Street in Jersey Shore. The Jersey Shore School District last week approved a resolution in support of West’s request for the abatement and the borough is expected to vote next week.

SPORTS

NASCAR Chase Elliott won his first NASCAR cup victory at Atlanta Motor speedway Sunday, followed by Ross Chastain, Austin Cindric, Eric Jones, and Ryan Blaney rounding out the top 5.  Chase won the Quaker State 400 in front of his home crowd where his father Bill Elliot “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville” won 5 times. The Elliotts are the 3rd father-son duo to take the checkered flag at the historic track, who also includes Ned and Dale Jarrett and Dale Earnhardt and Dale Junior

MLB
Orioles 9             Angels 5
Braves 4              Nationals 3
Marlins 2            Mets 0
Reds 10               Rays 5
Royals 5              Guardians 1
Pirates 8              Brewers 6
Cardinals 4         Phillies 3
Red Sox 11         Yankees 6

MLB Draft League
State College 6 Williamsport 5 at home yesterday
MLB Draft tonight
Crosscutters play the Frederick Keys at home tonight – 6:35 1st pitch.

MLB News
The full All-Star game roster was announced on Sunday. Yankees, with the best record in the league, lead all the teams with 6 players selected.  The Game comes up on Tuesday, July 19 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA

Tennis
Number 1 seed, Novak Djokovic defeated Nick Kyrgios in 4 sets Sunday for his 4th consecutive Wimbledon title and seventh overall.

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