BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS NOVEMBER 23, 2022

WATSONTOWN MAN CHARGED WITH DUI

A twenty year old man from Watsontown has been charged with a DUI and more after being found under the influence of a controlled substance with a toddler in the car.  According to court records, Watsontown police arrested 20 year old Dakota Lowry for an incident that occurred October 24th at the 100 block  of Main Street in Watsontown.  There is an investigation ongoing, but charges against Lowry were filed in District Court.

DELIVERY DRIVER ASSAULTED

A pizza delivery driver was assaulted by two women in October and the two suspects are facing first-degree felonies as well as other charges.  According to police, witnesses confirmed that they recognized Brianna Marie Ortega and Alyssa Paul as the assailants who allegedly cut the delivery person off in traffic and then argued with the victim at the 500 block of South Market Street in Shamokin before the altercation.  The victim required hospitalization with a broken finger, broken nose, and a concussion after Ortega and Paul punched and body slammed her to the ground. The two have preliminary hearings December 13th

PA LAWMAKERS GETTING RAISE BECAUSE OF INFLATION

As a result of inflation, Pennsylvania lawmakers are getting a salary increase for 2023.  According to the Sun Gazette, Salaries across the board will rise 7.8%, a figure tied by state law to the yearly change in the consumer price index published by the U.S. Department of Labor for mid-Atlantic urban areas.  It is the largest year-over-year inflationary increase for mid-Atlantic urban areas in October since 1981. Rank-and-file lawmakers will see almost 103 thousand dollars a year with the additional $7,400 dollar increase. The Legislature’s highest paid officers, the House speaker and Senate president pro tempore, will make more than 160 thousand dollars a year up over 11 thousand.  Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro will make almost 230 thousand dollars.

FUNDRAISING RALLY FOR GILSON SNOW

Rusty Rail Brewing Company, a longtime partner with Gilson Snow, will be holding a rally this Sunday from 2 til 6 to help the ski and snowboard manufacturer rebuild from the devastating fire that occurred November 18th.  The rally is free to attend and will feature live music, and a variety of opportunities to support the Gilson team. A portion of proceeds from the sale of each beer during the rally will support the Gilson team and their families as Gilson designs, builds, and works to open their new shop.

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK ON RIVER AVENUE

A pedestrian was struck near the Weis Market on River Avenue last evening around 5pm.  According to the Sun Gazette, an ambulance was called to the area north of East Third Street and transported the unnamed woman who was struck to UPMC Williamsport.  The person who police say was driving the Toyota Camry that struck the first woman, was also being evaluated at the scene for distress and anxiety.  State police were called in to investigate the accident and River Avenue was closed to through traffic.

WOMAN CAUSES DISTURBANCE CHARGED WITH DUI

A 36 year old woman from Williamsport is facing DUI and other charges after her erratic behavior caused a clerk at a smoke shop in South Williamsport to call police.  According to the Sun Gazette, Amy Lynn Tedesco caused a disturbance at Smokers Express November 11th and left in a rage, breaking the store’s door off its hinges, doing donuts in the parking lot in her 1997 Volvo before leaving the property and abandoning the car a few blocks away on Southern Avenue.  Police responding to the call, apprehended Tedesco and took her to the borough police headquarters where in addition to the DUI, she was charged with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and harassment.  She is incarcerated in liue of 10 thousand dollars bail.

NEW RECORD SYSTEM  FOR EVANGELICAL

Evangelical Community Hospital is transitioning to a new electronic medical record system beginning December 4th, 2022.  According to IT administrators at the hospital,  patients are reminded that they will need to transition their own information from the previous “Follow My Health” patient portal to the MyChart online portal,  since the previous system will be inaccessible after the new software, called  “Epic”, goes live.  Epic Information Management will make access to essential medical information seamless across all departments and has been ranked the top electronic health records system for 12 years.

YOUNGER DRIVERS STATISTICALLY IN CRASHES FOR DRINKSGIVING

PennDOT has introduced a new term and they are warning people about what it means.  The night before Thanksgiving is becoming known as Drinksgiving, named for the number of impaired crashed that occur involving  young adults returning home to visit with family and high school friends at bars the night before the holiday.  According to PennDOT, in the past five years in Pennsylvania, there were 138 drivers involved in fatal crashes on Thanksgiving eve and 44% of those impaired driving crashes involving drivers between 21and 24.  They recommend creating a plan before the party starts; like having a sober friend drive, calling a cab, Uber or Lyft.

SPORTS

NHL
Sabers 7               Canadiens 2
Rangers 5             Kings 3
NBA

76ers 115             Nets 106
Kings 113             Grizzlies 109  
Pistons 110                    Nuggets 108  
Suns 115              Lakers 105

Thanksgiving Day Football
Buffalo @ Detroit at 12:30 CBS
Giants @ Dallas at 4:30 FOX
New England @ Minnesota at 8:20 on NBC.
NFL NEWS
A tribute to sports icon John Madden will become an annual event starting Thursday with special dedication segments on all three game broadcasts by CBS, FOX and NBC. A recording of Madden discussing Thanksgiving and the holiday’s relationship to football will serve as the lead-in to the three games that day, including the Giants’ NFC East showdown against the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.
NFL Weekend+
Eagles host Green Bay Sunday at 8:20 on NBC
Steelers play Monday Night Football in Indianapolis on ESPN

NCAA football Saturday
Georgia vs. Georgia Tech 12pm/ESPN
Michigan vs Ohio State 12pm/FOX
South Carolina vs Clemson 12pm/ABC
Oregon vs Oregon State at 3:30pm/ ABC
Notre Dame and USC 7:30pm /ABC
Virginia vs. Virginia Tech Canceled

Upcoming PIAA Football Quarterfinals

Triple A

Wyomissing vs Danville @Danville HS – Friday 7pm

Double A

Southern Columbia vs Bishop Guilfoyle @Mansion Park, Altoona – Friday 7pm

Single A

Canton vs Northern Cambria @Mansion Park, Altoona  – Saturday 5pm

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