BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 16, 2022

MAN CAUGHT WITH CHILD PORNOGRAPHY FACES FELONY CHARGES

A Lewisburg man will face 28 felony charges after police obtained a search warrant and found videos of child pornography on his phone in early May.  According to North Central PA dot com, two phone apps, KIK and Snapchat, detected downloads on their service that allegedly included sexual content involving children and sent the information to police.  The IP address matched up with devices owned by 25 year old Scott Feaster and Pennsylvania State Police made the arrest May 3rd.  Feaster is in the Union County Prison in lieu of bail.

MASTRIANO GETS TRUMP ENDORSEMENT SATURDAY

Doug Mastriano, a far-right Pennsylvania Candidate for Governor, received an endorsement from Former President Donald Trump Saturday.  Lou Barletta who campaigned in Williamsport that day, threw a few punches toward Mastriano in reaction to the sting of rejection from Trump.  Some Republicans think that Mastriano, a retired Army Colonel, is too extreme to win moderate voters in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in November against unopposed Democrat Josh Shapiro.  Trump’s 2018 choice for US Senate, Lou Barletta has said there are few policy differences between him and Mastriano.

RIBBON CUTTING AT NEW LYCO COURT OFFICES

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning to celebrate the new location for Lycoming County Magisterial Court at 2107 Lycoming Creek Road.  Community members who need to come to the offices of District Judge William Solomon, President Judge Nancy Butts and the Lycoming County Commissioners will find better access to the court and better security in the new location.  The public is invited to the ribbon cutting that will take place at 10am today.

OLDEST BUILDING IN NORRY BOROUGH UP FOR AUCTION

There will be an auction of the former Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, the oldest building in Northumberland Borough at 309 Water Street on June 2nd.  The owner of the property who was also the funeral director, Jerre Wirt Blank passed away November 22nd  at the age of 82.  According to the Daily Item, Auctioneer Jeffery Dunkelberger of Paxinos has the auction scheduled onsite and online.  The home built in three parts has four stories and 44 rooms and was known as the Elliot Davis House.  The contents will be involved in an online auction until May 19th at 5pm. Go to Hibid.com for information about the online auction.

HIT AND RUN SUSPECT ARRESTED

Witnesses say a Williamsport woman involved in a hit and run stopped, exited her vehicle to look at the victim before she drove away. According to the Sun Gazette, 29 year old Marlena Nicole Kania allegedly hit a motorcycle with her car at the 200 block of Hepburn Street on April 12th.  Police found Kania at her home after the incident and she has now been arrested on aggravated assault by vehicle and accidents involving death or injury charges.  Police say they arrived on the scene to see the victim, who may have sustained substantial injuries, being attended to by EMS personnel.

FETTERMAN SUFFERS STROKE

Pennsylvania’s leading Democrat in the Senate race, Lt Gov. John Fetterman cancelled weekend campaign appearances and later released a statement that he suffered a stroke that his doctors caught early before any cognitive damage could happen.  According to his campaign the stroke was caused by a clot that formed after his heart beat with an irregular rhythm for too long.  Doctors at Lancaster General Hospital were able to remove the clot and reverse the stroke.  Fetterman says he will stay in the hospital for observation but he was unsure for how long.  The Pennsylvania Primary is tomorrow.

HART BOWS OUT OF GUBERNATORIAL RACE

Allegheny County Lawyer and candidate for the Republican gubernatorial race Melissa Hart has bowed out and endorsed Lou Barletta in an attempt to rally around a more electable candidate than far-right leaning, Doug Mastriano who is emerging as the front runner in the Pennsylvania primary this week and received an endorsement from former President Trump Saturday.  According to Penn Live, two other GOP candidates, Dave White and Bill McSwain have not said they are willing to leave the race.  Jake Corman left the 9 candidate group last week.

PORTION OF CSVT OPENING UP FOR SUMMER

PennDOT says that sections of the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation project are opening soon and a July ribbon cutting is planned.  According to a press release, the Northern Section of the CSVT and Winfield bridge are opening soon.  Lane restrictions are planned for the summer as the project winds down.  The southern section is on deck next.  According to officials from PennDOT, a new contract was signed last week that sets up ground breaking earthmoving work so that the entire highway can hit the deadline of completion by 2027. 

SPORTS

NHL
Rangers 4            Penguins 3 in OT – New York wins series
Flames 3              Stars 2 – Calgary wins the series in the West
No NHL tonight

NBA
Celtics 109          Bucks 81 Boston wins the East semi-finals
Mavericks 123   Suns 90 Dallas wins the West semifinals

MLB
Despite no hits, it was Pirates 1 Reds 0 – Only the sixth time in big league history since 1901 that a team won despite not getting any hits.
Astros 8               Nationals 0
Tigers 5               Orioles 1
Mariners 8          Mets 7
Twins 3               Guardians 1
Yankees 5           White Sox 1
Dodgers 5           Phillies 4

NASCAR
Kurt Bush got the checkered flag at the Advent Health 400 @ Kansas Speedway yesterday followed by (2)Kyle Larson (Chevy) (3) Kyle Bush (Toyota) (4)Denny Hamlin (Toyota) and (5)Christopher Bell (Toyota)  

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 13, 2022

DECEASED MOTORCYCLIST IDENTIFIED

The man who was killed in the motorcycle accident on Lycoming Creek Road on Wednesday after he collided with a garbage truck has been identified.  According to the Sun Gazette, 31 year old Jabe Walters of Cogan Station was not wearing a helmet when ran into a garbage truck in front of him that slowed to turn onto Mahaffey Lane.  Police report that Walters was traveling at a high rate of speed and never regained consciousness from the accident.  He was transported around 1pm to UPMC Williamsport where he was pronounced deceased by the the Lycoming County Coroner.

CANNABIS BUSINESS EXPANDS IN CLINTON COUNTY

A National Cannabis business has purchased a growing and processing facility for over 10 million dollars in Avis, bringing many more millions of dollars in operations and expansions to Clinton County.  According to the Sun Gazette, Terrapin Care Station has worked closely with Clinton County in its’ commitment to a local workforce and employing and serving veterans, who as a spin-off company “VetForce”, employ 80%  of veterans for an expanding security and transport company.  The facility will be at 180 Henry Street and in coordination with M&R Contracting from Lock Haven, will complete a 200 thousand square foot expansion there in June.

GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE TO DROP OUT AGAIN

Jake Corman announced yesterday for a second time that he will drop out of Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race.  According to PennLive, sources say the Senate President ProTem will be endorsing Lou Barletta. The GOP is seeking to elect a candidate to beat Josh Shapiro, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor with some questioning Doug Mastriano’s ability to do that in November.  Corman will retire from the Senate after serving 6 four-year terms.  Corman re-entered the race last month after an initial decision to leave the crowded 9-person field after former President Donald Trump convinced him to stay in the race.

FUNDRAISER TO SEND KIDS TO CAMP

A local non-profit childcare licensed community center is hoping to raise enough money to send 56 at risk children from Williamsport to summer camp this year.  According to the Sun Gazette, Firetree Place is holding a fundraiser to give low income children a chance to have positive guidance and the potential for mentorship to success in the future.  The camp goes for 10-weeks Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for kids 5 to 12. Those who want to contribute can go to mightycause dot com.

CAUSE OF MAHONING TOWNSHIP FIRE UNDETERMINED

Fire Marshalls said the cause of the blaze that destroyed the home of a former Montour County Commissioner in Mahoning Township Tuesday was accidental and undetermined.  According to the Daily item, as firefighters arrived on the scene, ninety year old Thomas Herman was injured but talking to family members who assisted him out of the burNing home. He was flown to Lehigh Valley regional Burn Center from Geisinger.  Initial reports were that Herman’s terrier perished in the fire but witnesses have said they saw her escape.  Smoke from the flames could be seen for 10 miles. 

CONTRACT RENEWED FOR TWO POSITIONS IN THE BOROUGH

The Borough Council in South Williamsport renewed the contract this week for their borough manager and director of public safety, Steven Cappelli, with only one dissenting vote over the renewal due to equity in benefits.  According to the SUN Gazette, Cappelli noted that the borough has not had any operating budget tax increases since he took office, as well as other positive outcomes like the merger of Southside and Duboistown borough  to provide 24/7 police coverage and more.  For the two positions Cappelli will earn 120 thousand a year for five years. 

NEW COLLEGE SAVINGS ACCOUNT HOLDERS COULD WIN

The PA Treasury Department announced today a promotion that could award new PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan account holders extra money for their college savings bottom line.  According to a press release, Pennsylvanians who open a new 529 GSP account are automatically eligible to win a top award of over five thousand dollars, or one of 67 county specific awards.  529 Day, or May 29th is a day to highlight the benefits of saving for a post-secondary education. PA 529 accounts can be used to pay for tuition, fees, books, equipment and room and board at technical schools, apprenticeship programs, community colleges, and four-year colleges nationwide. Visit PA529.com for information.

BUSINESSES ALONG ROUTE 6 CAN SUPPORT BIKE TOURISM

A new free program for bike-friendly businesses along the Route 6 corridor and beyond, has been announced to support bike tourism in the region.  According to the PA Route 6 Alliance, in order to be approved as a bike-friendly business along the corridor, they must provide services for bicyclists, including maps and info, wi-fi and more.  Businesses can go to paroute6.com for a checklist to prepare for the application process.  In 2017, the Outdoor Industry Association found that bicyclists nationally spend $83 billion per year on trip-related sales.

SPORTS

PIAA District 4 Varsity Baseball
Wallenpaupack 8                    Wyalusing 2
Central Columbia 10               Warrior Run 2
Sayre 18                                  Northeast Bradford 1
Canton 6                                 Troy 5
Muncy 24                                Bucktail 0
St. John Neumann 10              Northwest 0

PIAA District 4 Varsity Softball

Bucktail 5                                Muncy 4
Lewisburg 7                             Loyalsock 3
Sullivan County 15                 Sayre 14
Shamokin 14                           Selinsgrove 2
Montgomery 12                       St John Neumann 1
Jersey Shore 7                         Shikellamy 4
Northwest 16                          CMVT 1
Towanda 5                               Wellsboro 3
Hughesville 17                         Southern Columbia 4
Central Columbia 1                 Bloomsburg 0

NBA

Heat 99                76’ers 90 Miami wins series 4-2
Mavericks 113 Suns 86  3-3 in the West
Tonight NBA
Celtics and Bucks @7:30 ESPN Milwaukee leads 3-2
Grizzlies and Warriors play @10 on ESPN Golden State leads 3-2

NHL
Bruins 5              Hurricanes 2  Tied up 3-3
Lightning 4         Maple Leafs 3 tied up 3-3 in the East
Blues 5                Wild 1       St. Louis wins 4-2
Oilers 4               Kings 2 their series tied up 3-3
Tonight NHL
Rangers and Penguins @ 7 PM on TNT Pittsburgh leads 3-2
Panthers and Capitals @7:30 on TBS Florida leading 3-2
Flames and stars @9:30 on TNT Calgary leads 3-2


MLB
Mets 4                  Nationals 1
Orioles 3              Cardinals 2
Reds 4                  Pirates 0
Yankees 15            White Sox 7
Phillies 9              Dodgers 7

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 12, 2022

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT SHUTS DOWN LYCO CREEK ROAD

Southbound lanes of Lycoming Creek Road were shut down for about two and a half hours yesterday after a collision between a motorcycle and a garbage truck sent a man to the hospital with dire injuries.  According to the Sun Gazette, just after 12:30pm Wednesday, when a garbage truck was turning west on Mahaffey Lane from northbound Lycoming Creek Road, a 30 year old man hit part of the back of the truck, and sustained major injuries. Police, fire and EMS responded and he was transported to UPMC Williamsport where he later died.  Old Lycoming Township Police have begun an investigation into the crash.

FORMER COMMISSIONER INJURED IN HOUSE FIRE

A former Montour County Commissioner, Tom Herman, was seriously injured in a house fire in Mahoning Township on Tuesday afternoon.  According to the Free-Enterprise, Herman, who owned the home, suffered serious burns and was taken to the Lehigh Valley burn Center.  The mobile home with additions at 26 Ridge Drive – which was insured – was on fire and when emergency crews arrived on the scene their truck got stuck in the mud along the lane to the home.  A dog reportedly died in the blaze and police are now investigating what started the fire.

MAN CHARGED WITH DECEPTION FOR NOT BUILDING BARN

A 25 year old man from Loganton has been accused of failing to complete an over 110 thousand dollar construction project after a 74 year old woman paid two installments up front.  According to the Record online, Rockview police say the man cashed two checks for 55 thousand dollars each and never built the barn they agreed on him building.  The Walker Township woman told police she tried contacting the man about the work and he never responded. The unidentified man has been charged with crime by deception.

UPMC WILLIAMSPORT GETS “A” GRADE BY PEERS

A Williamsport hospital joins 16 others in its UPMC system in receiving an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade which is a peer-reviewed grading system that measures general hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and harms to patients nationwide. Close to us, UPMC Williamsport and UPMC Altoona got top grades in the bi-annual evaluation showing the dedication of doctors, nurses and staff to maintain safe, high quality care. 

ANOTHER CAR FIRE SHUTS DOWN ROUTE 15 SOUTH

In the same area where a truckload of hay caught fire and shut down Route 15 south earlier this month, another car fire shut down the highway yesterday afternoon. According to the Sun Gazette, at about 1pm, 2 miles north of Hepburnville, the motor in a camper pulling a pickup truck malfunctioned and a fire began in the back of the vehicle.  Police say a couple from Galeton escaped injuries even though the fire spread to the truck being pulled and to some brush along the side of the road.  Fire companies from Montoursville, Hepburn and Old Lycoming Township and Trout Run volunteers responded to assist.

MAN SENTENCED FOR 2020 STABBING

A North Bend man was sentenced Tuesday to five years three months to ten years, six months in State Prison after he was found guilty by a jury for stabbing a man multiple times in a Noyes Township parking lot in 2020.  According to Crimewatch, court records say at the time, Shawn Mills was said to be highly intoxicated in the parking lot of the Green Lantern bar and stabbed a victim 17 times in the leg with a knife that police say was later found in Mills’ home and had DNA evidence on it.  Mills was identified by witnesses at the scene as the suspect, and was charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  The victim has required multiple surgeries to recover from his wounds.

MOTHER OF TODDLER BEATEN TO DEATH FOUND GUILTY

A Northumberland County jury found the mother of deceased 3 year old Arabella Parker, 26 year old Samantha Delcamp, guilty on 3 out of 4 counts after deliberating less than 3 hours.  According to PennLive, District Attorney Tony Matulewicz said the charges were involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, and endangering the welfare of children, but acquitted her of third degree murder in the beating death of her daughter.  Delcamp’s boyfriend, 21 year old Jahrid Burgess, had been found guilty of third degree murder and was sentenced last January to 24-50 years in prison.  Delcamp’s sentencing will be scheduled in about 90 days.

POLICE SAY SPRING PHONE SCAMS ARE HAPPENING

State Police at Lamar are warning residents of springtime scams that have caused losses for community members this year already totaling over 13 thousand dollars.  According to the Record online, a 70 year old Beech Creek woman was defrauded by people posing as anti-virus computer technicians and forced her to pay over 12 thousand dollars in Bitcoin. In Bald Eagle Township, a Mill Hall woman attempted to purchase game consoles from a Twitter Account and paid over one thousand dollars without getting the merchandise.  These scams happened in April.  Police say residents should be wary of phone and online offers from strangers.

SPORTS

PIAA District 4 Varsity Baseball
Montgomery 19                    Sugar Valley Rural Charter 4
Central Columbia 1     Southern Columbia 0
Loyalsock 7                  Mount Carmel 1
Northwest 7                  Benton 3
Canton 9                       Towanda 5
Selinsgrove 9               Montoursville 2 

PIAA District 4 Varsity Softball

Muncy 4                       East Juniata 3

NBA
Bucks 110           Celtics 107 Milwaukee leads 3-2
Grizzlies 134      Warriors 95 Golden State leads the series 3-2
NBA Tonight
Heat and the 76ers play in Philadelphia at 7 PM on ESPN … Miami leads the series 3-2
Suns and Mavericks on at 9:30 … Phoenix leads 3-2


NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
Rangers 5            Penguins 3 Pittsburgh up 3-2
Panthers 5           Capitals 3 Florida leads 3-2
Flames 3              Stars 1 Calgary up 3-2

NHL Tonight

Hurricanes and Bruins play @7 in Boston on TNT  Carolina Leeds three to
730, Maple Leafs and Lightning on TBS Toronto Leeds three to
9:30 PM on TNT Wild and Blues  play in St. Louis they lead 3-2
Oilers and Kings play in LA @10 on TBS LA leads 3-2


MLB
Pirates 5              Dodgers 3
Reds 14               Brewers 11
Yankees 5           Blue Jays 3
Phillies 4             Mariners 2
Nationals 8         Mets 3
Braves 5              Red Sox 3
Cardinals 10       Orioles 1
Guardians and White Sox were postponed due to COVID restrictions 

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 11, 2022

HEROIN DEALER GETS 12 YEARS

A Williamsport man will spend 12 years in jail and more for his role in the local distribution of heroin and fentanyl in Lycoming County.  According to the Sun Gazette, court records say 26 year old Quran Geddy was the founder of a gang in Williamsport responsible for drug distribution and Chief US District Court Judge Matthew Brann sentenced him this week to 144 months in prison and 4 years supervised release.  Federal, state, and local law enforcement have coordinated with the US Attorney’s Office in recent months to target heroin traffickers in Pennsylvania, as part of a nationwide initiative to combat the opioid epidemic.

NEW MAYOR IN JERSEY SHORE

The Jersey Shore Borough Council has filled the mayor position vacancy left by the resignation of Sally Ann Combs in April.  According to the Sun Gazette, Lon Myers, a former member of the borough zoning board was appointed to be Mayor of Jersey Shore, by the borough council this week.  Myers will remain in that position until the end of 2023. Council also filled the position of zoning officer in the borough.  Retired State Trooper Brett Herbst was approved for that position.

OVERNIGHT PAVING WORK IN WILLIAMSPORT

The city of Williamsport has more milling and paving projects continuing overnight this week with PennDOT.  Watch for crews between the hours of 7pm and 7am along Campbell Street between West Fourth and West 3rd and West Third Street between Campbell and Walnut.  The existing roadway will be milled and repaved, including base repairs and construction of ADA curb ramps.  HRI, Inc should complete the work by this August.

ST JOHN NEUMANN COACH STEPPING DOWN

After getting the Knight’s to their first state championship opportunity in 50 years St. John Neumann boys basketball coach, Jamie Spencer, is stepping away from the position he’s held for only 2 years  According to the Sun Gazette, Spencer said in a letter that it was a challenge to balance his life and his hobby of basketball since he was sacrificing some of his family life.  Spencer, who was a Williamsport High School Graduate, has coached at Montgomery and Montoursville school districts as well.

FATAL CLINTON COUNTY CRASH

A Sunday night crash took the life of a Lock Haven woman in Clinton County.  According to the Sun Gazette, 32 year old Marie S. Harris was involved in a one-vehicle crash along state Route 120 in East Keating Township.  State police at Lamar say Harris wasn’t wearing a seatbelt when she went off the road about 11pm Sunday, into a culvert causing her 2015 Jeep Compass to flip after hitting a utility pole.  The Clinton County Coroner pronounced Harris deceased at the scene. 

MEN CHARGED AFTER BREAKING INTO CABINS

A Berwick man and a Pennsdale man have been charged with over 270 felonies for allegedly breaking into over 23 cabins in Sullivan County and also for a string of robberies police say they committed in Columbia County.  According to North Central PA dot com, 30 year old Colton Oppel and 30 year old Joshual Yeick admitted to police their role in the burglaries and they recovered stolen items from the pair who stored them in a barn in Franklin County.  Oppel and Yeick have been in Columbia County prison since March for these incidents.

SECOND PERSON SENTENCED FOR COVID LOAN FRAUD

A second person has been sentenced for a scheme to defraud the government of COVID-19 money.  According to WNEP, Darryl Corradini of Bloomsburg, filed for paycheck protection loans to pay employees he didn’t have.  The loans were supposed to be available for legitimate businesses to pay employees who were not working due to the COVID-19 pandemic shut-down.    Corradini will spend up to 18 months in federal prison.  He had an accomplice, Vicki Hackenburg – who was sentenced for this crime earlier in 2022.  The scheme allowed Corradini and Hackenburg to glean almost 300 thousand dollars in pandemic loan money.

POSITIVE RECOMMENDATION FOR CITY PARK SUMMER HELP

COVID-19 relief funds will help cover the costs for the City of Williamsport to hire seven members of STEP Americore to be camp counselors and chaperones for camp programs at Memorial Park, Brandon Park and the pool this summer.  According to the Sun Gazette, City Council gave a positive recommendation for the hire and say the personnel are there to add fun for the kids who are participating in the summer camps that continue for 10 weeks.  The city finance director reported that the cost was almost 15 thousand dollars to bring on six people last year.  They are also seeking lifeguards for the parks this summer as well. 

SPORTS

P I-AA District 4 Varsity Baseball
South Williamsport 7           Muncy 1
Loyalsock 14                         Milton 4
Montgomery 13                              Benton 1
Hughesville 2                        Central Columbia 1
Wyalusing 19                        Northeast Bradford 0
Wellsboro 13                         Williamson 0

PIAA District 4 Varsity Softball
Saint Mary’s 1                       Williamsport 0
Shamokin 4                           Milton 3
Lewisburg 12                         Warrior run 0
Shikellamy 7                         Mifflinburg 6
Jersey Shore 4                       Selinsgrove 1
Loyalsock 13                         Hughesville 0
Bucktail 15                            Saint John Neumann 0
Shenandoah Valley 13         CMVT 1
Millville 9                              Sullivan County 8
Bloomsburg 13                      Montoursville 7

NHL
Hurricanes 5       Bruins 1 – Carolina leads 3-2
Maple Leafs 4     Lightning 3 Toronto leads 3-2
Blues 5                Wild 2 in the West St. Louis leads 3-2
Kings 5                Oilers 4 LA leads 3-2
NHL Tonight
Penguins and Rangers @Madison Square Garden at 7 PM on ESPN2  PIT up 3-1
Capitals and Panthers at 7:30 on ESPN2 – 2-2
Stars & Flames at 9:30 on ESPN – tied up 2-2


 


NBA
Heat 120             76ers 85 Miami leads 3-2
Suns 110             Mavericks 80 PHX leads 3-2
NBA tonight
Bucks and Celtics are on TNT at 7 PM in Boston 2-2
Warriors and Grizzlies at 9:30 on TNT  Golden State up 3-1

MLB
Dodgers 11         Pirates 1
Brewers 5            Reds 4
Mets 4                 Nationals 2
Yankees 6           Blue Jays 5
Orioles 5             Cardinals 3
White Sox 4       Guardians 1
Padres 5              Cubs 4
Mariners 5          Phillies 4
Red Sox 9           Braves 4

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 10, 2022

POLICE LOOK FOR DANVILLE MAN WHO LED HIGH SPEED CHASE

Police are looking for a Danville man who police say led them on a high speed chase in Columbia County on April 24th and that they identified him because of his unique mohawk hairstyle.  According to North Central PA dot com, police noted they saw a man with a Mohawk – who matches the description of 41 year old Josiah D. Musselman’s driver’s license records, leave a Hemlock Township gas station on a motorcycle.  He allegedly committed a traffic violation which led to police pursuing Musselman west on Route 254 in Madison Township at speeds over 100 miles per hour until they stopped for safety reasons.  Police say later, the man denied he was involved when they contacted him by phone.  Now there is a warrant out of Musselman’s arrest for a felony charge of fleeing police and other traffic summaries. 

MAN APPREHENDED AFTER SHOOTING ANOTHER AT A BAR

Police apprehended a Mount Carmel man after he fled from the scene of a shooting at a bar on Friday night.  According to media outlets, police said they responded at about 12:30am to a report of shots fired inside a bar along the 100 block of South Poplar Street.  The victim required a life-saving rescue from the gunshot wound, and police said later that they had the identity of the suspect.  Police apprehended 36 year-old Bruce A Thompson on Saturday night and took him to the Northumberland County Prison.

BRIDGE CLOSED IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY

PennDOT has closed a Northumberland County bridge for the week.  According to a press release, the Mile Post Road bridge over Gravel Run near Wolverton Road in Upper Augusta Township will have a PennDOT maintenance crew working through Friday, May 13th doing emergency bridge work.  There will be a detour in place using Mile Hill Road in Klines Grove in Rush Township.  All work this week is weather permitting.  You can see the conditions in real time at 511PA dot com.

PENN COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION

Penn College is planning three separate Commencement days coming up for the almost 750 students graduating this semester.  The Schools of Business, Arts & Sciences and Nursing & Health Sciences will graduate Friday, May 13th at 3pm.  Saturday the 14th there will be two ceremonies for the School of  Engineering Technologies at 10am and at 1:30pm.  Degrees will be conferred by President Davie Jane Gilmour, accompanied by state Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of the college’s Board of Directors.  Get more commencement details at www.pct.edu.

FIRE SPREADS THROUGH THREE HOMES IN KULPMONT

Three homes were damaged in Kulpmont last week because of an electrical short that began in a home on Spruce Street that was being remodeled.  According to the Daily Item, the state fire marshal said an electrical issue sparked a fire at 734 Spruce street that eventually spread to the other half of the double home and to the home next door.  Fire officials say no tenants were living in the three homes at the time  so very few belongings were lost in the fire.  The call went in to 911 a little after 1:30 Friday afternoon and multiple fire community agencies turned out to assist Kulpmont in the knocking down of the two-alarm fire.

PENN DOT WORK THIS WEEK ON I-80 WEST

Watch for slow traffic Wednesday and Thursday afternoon on I-80 west in White Deer Township, as PennDOT plans to alternate single lanes at mile marker 207, west of the Route 15 interchange for epoxy work this week. Work has been going on in this area recently, but PennDOT says this week could cause more significant delays between the peak traffic hours of 2pm til 6pm.  Workers will be on the scene on I-80 west from 7am until 7pm as part of the 3.3 million dollar bridge reconstruction project that will wrap up next month. 

LEHIGH COUNTY AG WANTS TO MONITOR DROPBOXES

With the Primary in Pennsylvania on the way May 17th, and drop-boxes provided as a legal means to vote in the commonwealth since 2019, the Lehigh County Attorney General James Martin is proposing that police detectives monitor the activity at drop boxes in his county to avoid people dropping off multiple ballots.  According to the Sun Gazette, the Acting Secretary of State sent a letter to Martin reminding him that those with disabilities are legally allowed to ask another person to cast a mail-in ballot.  Members of the American Civil liberties union argued that the AG’s plan to monitor the 5 drop-boxes in their county an intimidation tactic to discourage legal voting.  There are drop boxes available in 22 Pennsylvania Counties.  The PA Legislature’s own review has determined that mail-in voting in the past has been secure.

CANNABIS HEARING IN PHILADELPHIA THIS WEEK

The House Democratic Policy Committee is meeting this week in Philadelphia for a hearing about the potential revenue that could be generated in the commonwealth by legalizing recreational cannabis and building up Pennsylvania’s Hemp Industry.  According to the Record Online, Pennsylvania has issued 426 hemp growing permits, but growers report they have a hard time staying within the strict guidelines of the state regulations.  Hemp can be used to make everything from textiles and construction materials to oils and extracts for medicinal use.   

SPORTS

PIAA District 4 Varsity Baseball
Wellsboro 4                 Wyalusing 2
Selinsgrove 6               Shikellamy 1
Montoursville 11         Mifflinburg 1
Shamokin 8                  Sugar Valley Rural Charter 4
Athens 7                       N. Penn Mansfield 0
Muncy 16                     Millville 3
Canton 7                       Williamson 3

PIAA District 4 Varsity Softball
St John Neumann 23   CMVT 8
Montgomery 16          Northwest 0
Lewisburg 11               Danville 1
Wyalusing 10               Wellsboro 9

NBA
Celtics 116 Bucks 108 Series tied 2-2
Warriors 101 Grizzlies 98 Golden State leads 3-1
NBA Tonight
76ers and Heat @7:30 on TNT 2-2
Mavericks and Suns play @10 2-2


NHL
Panthers 3           Capitals 2 /OT 2-2
Penguins 7          Rangers 2 Pittsburgh leads 3-1
Flames 4              Stars 1 2-2
Avalanche 5        Predators 3  Colorado wins series 4-0
NHL tonight
Bruins and Hurricanes @7 – ESPN
Lightning and Maple Leafs @7:30 on ESPN2
Blues and Wild @9:30 on ESPN
Kings and Oilers @10 on ESPN2

MLB
Orioles 6             Royals 1
Yankees 1           Rangers 0
Pirates 5              Dodgers 1
Guardians 12      White Sox 9
Phillies 9             Mariners 0
Reds 10               Brewers 5

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