BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS APRIL 23, 2024

PRIMARY ELECTION DAY IN PA

Today is Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania.  According to Lyco.org Pennsylvania holds closed primaries so only Democratic and Republican voters may participate, utilizing a party-specific ballot on which they will nominate candidates to be party nominees on the November ballot. According to the Sun Gazette, Forrest Lehman, director of Voter Services said so far out of the 45 hundred mail-in ballots that were requested and sent out, only about 33 hundred have come back.  Lehman says that number could indicate a lower voter turnout for today’s primary election.   Polls open at 7am and will stay open through tonight at 8pm.

POLICE CHASE LEADS TO ARREST OF COGAN STATION MAN

A man from Cogan Station who Lycoming Regional police say is a habitually-impaired  motorist, led police on a pursuit Friday night before his car was disabled by stop-sticks and he was taken into custody.  According to the Sun Gazette, 60 year old David Clair Miller told police he had been smoking crack and fled so he wouldn’t get arrested.  Police say Miller, who is already out on supervised bail, led police 20 miles from the Hepburnville interchange off of route 15, through Loyalsock Township to 180 west and back to Route 15 north where the car was disabled near Trout Run.  Miller was arraigned early Saturday on felony charges of DUI, fleeing police and other misdemeanors.  He is in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of 25 thousand dollars bail.

WOMAN CLAIMS SHE LIED ABOUT ASSAULT

A Lewisburg woman who claimed to be a victim of aggravated assault after she said her husband slashed her arm with a knife and kicked her, has withdrawn the charges.  According to the Daily Item, Michelle Elmore told Lewisburg District Judge Jeffrey Rowe that her accusations against 59 year old Peter D. Holmes of Lewisburg were untrue.  Judge Rowe dropped the assault charges against Holmes and has now charged Elmore with misdemeanor count of false reports to law enforcement.  Her preliminary hearing is on May 2.

USED DRONE APPROVED FOR SALE

Mahoning Township supervisors approved the sale of a drone previously used by the Mahoning Township Police Department last week.  According to the Daily Item,  township zoning officers originally used a two-drone set purchased in 2020 for use of mapping property, inspecting buildings and other uses, and one of the two used by the police department has been replaced.  The used drone is now authorized to be put up for sale on an online government auction site called Municibid.

WOMAN CHARGED FOR LYING TO GET FOOD STAMPS

A Columbia County woman is facing felony charges after she fraudulently applied for food stamps when she wasn’t eligible.  According to North Central PA dot com, 47 year old Regina Slipper submitted information that stated she was separated from her husband, unemployed, and lived alone with a child at her home in Shickshinny.  Slipper received over 45 hundred dollars-worth of assistance with food stamps over a period of 7 months, and through an investigation, authorities found Slipper had bragged to others tricking the system, and found she lives with her husband who has had full time employment since 2017.  According to the Office of State Inspector General Slipper was charged with making false statements to obtain food stamps.

REST AREA UPGRADES IN MONTOUR COUNTY NEXT WEEK

Next Thursday, PennDOT will be working at the Montour County Roadside Rest Area at I-80 East and Westbound in Liberty Township completing a Facility Energy Efficiency Project.  According to PennDOT and the Department of General Services, significant energy efficiency upgrades and renovations as part of the  Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA) project. The rest area project  will upgrade heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting to improve energy efficiency in the buildings.  While improvements are being completed, the parking lots will be closed to the public.  The Columbia County Roadside rest areas on Interstate 80 east and westbound will remain open.

GAME COMMISSION TO SPRAY FOR SPONGY MOTH

The PA Game Commission is planning to spray  over 123 thousand acres of state game lands this spring for the non-native spongy moth.  According to the Sun Gazette, the spraying is set for 46 different state game land areas as soon as leaf out occurs- when spongy moth egg masses hatch, typically in late April and May.  There will be no spraying on the morning of youth turkey season, Apriul 27th or May 4th the 1st day of spring gobbler season.  The insecticide used is reportedly called Mimic 2LV, considereded generally safe for humans.  Amap updating the status of spraying is available at pgc.pa.gov.

PSU WRESTLERS QUALIFY FOR OLYMPICS

After the weekend’s two-day USA Wrestling Olympic Trials at Penn State’s Olympic Regional Training Center, four collegiate wrestlers won trials in their individual weight classes and three automatically qualified for the Olympics.  PSU wrestlers Kyle Dake, Aaron Brooks and Kyle Snyder are set to compete in France this summer, but Zain Retherford, who won the trials at 65 kilograms, will have to compete in an Olympic qualifying Tournament in May.  The 2024 Summer Olympics begins on July 26 and the wrestling portion of the games will be from Aug. 5 to Aug. 11.

SPORTS

PIAA HS Baseball

Williamsport 13           Shamokin  0
Southern Colum.  12  Loyalsock  0
Towanda  5                 South Williamsport  0
Hughesville  3             Warrior  Run  2
Montoursville  10        Central Columbia  5
Muncy  15                   Millville  3
Benton  12                  Bucktail 1
Montgomery  8           CMVT  3
Jersey Shore  4            Shikellamy  3
Central Mountain  9    Milton  0

Softball
 
South Williamsport  10           Towanda  2
Muncy  5                                 Warrior Run  0
Central Mountain  5                Williamsport  2
Montgomery  20                     CMVT  5
Selinsgrove  6                          Milton  3
Greater  Nanticoke 11             Central Columbia  6
Northwest  15                         Bloomsburg 3

MLB

A’s  2         Yankees 0
Pirates  4    Brewers  2
Phillies  7    Reds  0
Braves  3    Marlins  0
Orioles  4    Angels  2
Giants  5     Mets  2

MLB Tonight

Boston vs Cleveland  6:10pm
Milwaukee  vs Pittsburgh  6:40pm
Phillies vs Reds  6:40pm
LA Dodgers vs Nationals  6:45pm
A’s vs NY Yankees  7:05
Orioles  vs Angels  9:38pm ESPN+
Mets vs Giants  9:45pm

NBA

Cavaliers  96        Magic  86   Cleveland 2-0
Knicks  104          76ers   101  NY leads 2-0
Nuggets  101        Lakers  99  Denver  2-0

NBA playoffs Tonight

Suns vs Timberwolves  7:30pm TNT MIN 1-0
Pacers vs Bucks  8:30pm  MIL up 1-0
Mavericks vs Clippers  10pm TNT  LA leads 1-0
NHL
Maples leafs  3     Bruins  2 tied 1-1
Hurricanes 5         Islanders 3 Carolina up 2-0
Golden Knights 4           Stars  3  Vegas leads 1-0
Oilers  7               Kings  4  Edmonton leads 1-0
NHL Tonight
Capitals vs Rangers  7pm ESPN Rangers lead 1-0
Lightning vs Panthers 7:30pm  ESPN2 FLA leads 1-0
Avalanche vs  Jets  9:30pm ESPN Winnipeg leads 1-0
Predators  vs Canucks  10pm  ESPN2  Vancouver  leads 1-0

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS APRIL 22, 2024

FATAL FIRE IN UNITYVILLE

A woman from Unityville perished in a house fire Saturday.  According to a statement by the Lycoming County Coroner, 78 year old Shirley Puderbaugh of 4047 Route 239 was discovered to be the victim of the fire that started just before 9:30am.  Fire personnel are still investigating the blaze, and PA State police Fire Marshall will release information about the origin of the fire and Puderbaugh’s cause of death when it becomes available.

MURDER SUSPECT’S ALLEGED ACCOMPLICE MAKES BAIL

A Williamsport woman, previously accused of helping Troy Bailey Sr. to conceal his involvement in the double homicide in Williamsport on January 11 was granted bail at a late Friday afternoon hearing.  According to the Sun Gazette, 43 year old Sandy Perez is set to be released on $75,000 unsecured bail under intense supervision. There has been no date set for her release.  Perez is facing multiple charges including criminal conspiracy in kidnapping, receiving stolen property, and obstruction of justice. Bailey was accused of the murder of Alisha Seese and Ronald Dailey Jr.. There has been no trial date set for Bailey.

REAL ID LAW COMING IN 2025

A new date for Pennsylvania to enforce the Real ID law will be May 7 of 2025.  According to WHTM, the Real ID law was passed in 2005, but enforcement of it has been pushed back 20 years. PennDOT says that once the law is official, a Real ID will be required to board a plane or to enter a federal facility or military base.  A Real ID will not be required to vote, drive, access hospitals or the post office, or have access local and state courts.  Get the details about the Real ID at dmv.pa.gov.

ATV OWNERS CAN PURCHASE  TRAIL PERMIT

Those with Pennsylvania registered ATVs  who want access to the Northcentral Regional ATV Trail, formerly the ATV Regional Trail Connector Pilot, have until Memorial Day to buy a permit for 40 dollars.  According to DCNR, permits are required to use the designated PennDOT and State Forest Connector Roads with access to a 650-mile riding area including parts of Clinton, Lycoming, Potter and Tioga counties.  The ATV will operate through the conclusion of the 2025 riding season.  Visit DCNR’s website for more information about ATV riding opportunities in state forests at DCNR.pa.gov.

WATER RESCUE IN UNION COUNTY RESULTS IN ONE FATALITY

A woman from Minersville died Saturday after a boat she was in capsized on the Susquehanna River at about 7:50pm.  According to the Daily Item, a rescue was called in to Silo Lane, Union Township, Union County, for a man and woman who had fallen into the water and police say  the man was found quickly, but 37 year old Melissa Cummings wasn’t found until after 9m when life saving measures were unsuccessful.  The Union County Coroner said Cummings was taken to Evangelical Hospital and later pronounced dead after 10pm.  The cause of death is listed as an accident.

TWO ALARM FIRE IN SHAMOKIN SUNDAY

A two alarm fire struck a Shamokin winery Sunday around 5pm.  According to the Daily Item, Shamokin fire crews arrived at Firehouse Winery, formerly Liberty Hose Company at 211 East Sunbury St and found heavy smoke coming from the building with fire eventually extending to the second floor and some parts of the third.  There were no injuries reported and there is no danger to the public.  After Liberty Hose company vacated the East Sunbury Street location, the site was transformed into the restaurant and winery in 2021.

FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

In an effort to fund a program at the Lycoming-Clinton County Joinder Board to help reduce gun violence, the Lycoming County Commissioners approved a grant for over $189 thousand dollars from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for the Lycoming-Clinton Co-Responder Initiative.  According to the Sun Gazette, the  program will assist Lycoming Regional Police and the L:ock Haven City police to embed a mental health crisis worker into law enforcement to be available to co-respond to law enforcement issues that involve someone with a mental health issue or drug problem.  The hope is that in addition to curbing gun violence, it can also lower the rate of hospitalizations and incarceration.

SENSORY FRIENDLY MOVIE IN LEWISBURG NEXT SUNDAY

There will be a sensory friendly movie event in Lewisburg next Sunday.  According to North Central PA dot com the 2016 film Trolls will be shown on Sunday, April 28, at 1 p.m. at the Campus Theatre, in  Lewisburg, as part of a Geisinger autism initiative.  Part of  the film’s audio will be adjusted to make music and sound effects quieter, and it will be shown in a dimly lit room instead of the complete darkness of a traditional movie theater. Doors will open at 12:30pm. Admission is free, and donations will be accepted to fund future screenings. Families may bring or purchase snacks.

SPORTS

NASCAR
Geico 500 Talladega Motor Speedway
* Tyler Reddick won the NASCAR Cup victory at Talladega Superspeedway sunday, sneaking over the line after front-runner Michael McDowell attempted a block to hold the lead but crashed with the finish line in sight.
* Brad Keselowski was 2nd, Noah Gragson 3rd, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr 4th and Alex Bowman rounded out the Top 5
* It was the first time that Michael Jordan, co-owner of the Reddick’s team, along with Denny Hamlin, have  been at the track to witness a victory.

MLB

Guardians  6        A’s  2
Red Sox  6                     Pirates  1
Phillies  8             White Sox  2
Nationals 6                    Astros 0
Yankees  5                     Rays  4
Reds  3                 Angels  0
Orioles  5             Royals  0
Dodgers  10          Mets  0

MLB Tonight

Brewers  vs Pirates  6:40pm
Phillies vs Reds  6:40pm
Mets vs Giants  9:45pm ESPN+

NBA East

Celtics  114          Heat  94
Clippers  109       Mavericks  97
Bucks  109                     Pacers  94
Thunder  94         Pelicans  92


NBA Playoffs Tonight

East 1st Round Game 2
Magic  vs Cavaliers  7pm
76ers  vs Knicks  TNT
West 1st Round Game 2
Lakers  vs Nuggets  10pm TNT

NHL 

Panthers  3                     Lightning  2
Rangers  4            Capitals  1
Jets  7                   Avalanche  6
Canucks  4                     Predators 2


NHL Playoffs Tonight

East 1st Round Game 2
Maple Leafs vs Bruins   7pm ESPN
Islanders  vs Hurricanes 7:30pm ESPN2
West 1st Round Game 1 
Golden Knights  vs Stars  9:30pm  ESPN
Kings vs Oilers  10pm ESPN

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS APRIL 19, 2024

ACCOMPLICE WILL NOT FACE FIRST DEGREE MURDER CHARGES

The man who was recently taken into custody for his alleged role in the kidnapping and murders of Alisha Seese and Ronald Dailey Jr. will no longer face 1st degree murder charges, according to a ruling in district court late Thursday.  According to the Sun Gazette, Muhammad Davis, who is a suspected accomplice of Troy Bailey,Sr., will still face two counts of second degree murder in the case as well as theft by unlawful taking, robbery and robbery of a motor vehicle.  Defense attorneys for Davis argued that he had no knowledge during the kidnapping that Bailey planned to kill Seese and Dailey.  The Lycoming County First Assistant District Attorney said there is additional evidence in the second degree murder case against Davis that is still being processed.  There is no trial date set.

POLICE SEEK HIT AND RUN SUSPECT

A juvenile riding a bicycle was hit by a driver who fled the scene April 10th.  According to Mount Carmel Township Police they are seeking a suspect who struck the boy along Route 61 in front of HPCI between Kulpmont and Strong.  The victim was injured and taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville last Wednesday at about 9pm.  Authorities are continuing the investigation, and if you have information call the Mount Carmel Township Police.

TORNADO SIREN TEST SATURDAY IN MIFFLINBURG

The Mifflinburg Hose Company said they cancelled a tornado siren test last Saturday, but will run the test this weekend.  According to the Daily Item, high winds hindered the test on April 13th which is a high pitch tone that stays for three minutes.   Mifflinburg Hose Company officials say the physical siren has been in place for two years, and they will test it tomorrow at noon.  Three EF-1 tornados touched down on July 2 in Lewisburg, Hartleton and Mifflinburg. Serious tornado damage was reported by Just Lite It fireworks along Route 15, a section of the nearby Silver Moon Flea Market, and at 10 properties in Union County.

PURPLE LIGHT IN CLOUDS ON SOUTHSIDE IDENTIFIED

If you saw a purple light shining in the clouds Wednesday night, officials at the Little League complex have claimed responsibility.  According to North Central PA dot com, the purple light that illuminated the sky in South Williamsport was a result of a remnant of purple tint from the Girls With Game experience last fall they uncovered while they were re-sodding the field and the reflection and diffusion of light on the fog and low cloud deck that night caused the phenomena that drew a lot of attention on social media at Howard J. Lamade Stadium.

ASSAULT CHARGES DROPPED FOR AGREEMENT OF PFA

Felony charges of unlawful contact with a minor and misdemeanor indecent assault will be dropped against a Williamsport man if he maintains a protection from abuse order for 3 years filed by a female minor who was the victim in his case.  According to the Sun Gazette,  41 year old Harry Thomas Bell was in state prison and corresponded with the victim’s mother before he began addressing letters to just her daughter who was between 12 and 14 years old between July of 2020 and June of 2022.  In the agreement, Bell will undergo an evaluation for the Men Against Abuse program and is to have no direct contact with the victim and cannot visit her school, or interact on social media. He is in custody in lieu of 50 thousand dollar bail.

ENCINA WILL NO LONGER PURSUE PLANT NEAR SUSQUEHANNA

The company that was planning a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Point Township has announced they are not moving forward with the project.  According to a statement by Encina, they will pursue other projects in the United States, Saudi Arabia and Southeast Asia for the opportunities that will meet their customers’ needs.  Encina began the pursuit of building a plant between Route 11 and the North Branch of the Susquehanna River, near Strong Industries in April of 2022.  Residents of Point Township, Danville, Northumberland, and the surrounding area voiced strong opposition to the project that has now been abandoned.

EAST LYCOMING PROPERTY VALUE SET TO GO UP

Some property owners in the East Lycoming School District recently expressed their dissatisfaction over a proposed .5 mill budget increase this week at the school board meeting with the tax increase passed by the board 6-3.  According to the Sun Gazette, Floyd Swales, Scott Ritter and Craig Dudek were opposed to raising property taxes by 50 dollars for every hundred of a property’s assessed value.  District residents questioned the board’s transparency, after a letter went out in early April from a district employee about renovations at the school in June before the potential renovation project was even approved by the board.  If the proposed 2024-25 final budget is approved next month with the increase, the new tax rate would be 16.91 mills.

NO EAGLETS IN HANOVER THIS YEAR

There won’t be any eaglets growing up in the Hanover Bald Eagle nest this year.  According to the York Dispatch, around April 8th, new eagle parents named Duke and Duchess fought in the nest over a fish and trampled an egg, destroying it.  After the remaining eagle egg hatched Duke snuck in and killed the baby bird when Dutchess was not nearby.  When she did return, she ate both the baby and the remains of the egg.  Experts say the father eagle is inexperienced and may not have hormonally switched into brooding mode.  Fans of the live cam sight have their hopes set on next year for eaglets.

SPORTS

PIAA HS Baseball
Central Mtn  3      Williamsport  2
Warrior Run  9     Hughesville  6
Troy  12               Wellsboro  2
Boys Tennis 
Montoursville 5    Williamsport 0

PIAA HS Softball

Montoursville 14           Central Columbia 2
Muncy  6              Northwest Area  0
Central Mtn  4      Williamsport  1
Sullivan Co. 13    St John Neumann  3
NP Liberty  5       Troy  0

MLB

Guardians  5       Red Sox  4
Rays 2                 Angels  1
Rangers  9           Tigers  7
Giants 5               Diamondbacks  0
Marlins vs Cubs postponed/ rain

MLB Today

Red Sox vs Pirates  6:40pm
White Sox vs Phillies  6:40pm
Rays vs Yankees  7:05pm
Orioles  vs Royals  7:40pm
Mets vs Dodgers 10:10pm

NHL
Kraken 4             Wild  3
Jets  4                  Canucks  2
Flames  5             Sharks  1
Avalanche  5       Oilers  1
Ducks  4              Golden Knights  1
Kings  5               Blackhawks  4  /OT
NHL Saturday
East 1st Round Game 1
Islanders vs Hurricanes  5pm TBS
Toronto  vs Boston  8pm  TBS
NHL Sunday
Capitals vs Rangers  3pm ESPN

NBA Tonight8th seed games
Bulls vs Heat  7pm ESPN
Kings vs Pelicans  9:30pm TNT

NASCAR
Geico 500 from Talldega Alabama
2pm Pre-race/3pm green flag racing
Twin Valley’s Talk /WILQ’s HD3

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS APRIL 18, 2024

ONE PERSON OF INTEREST IN CUSTODY IN MILTON SHOOTING

Police in Milton are still investigating Tuesday’s double shooting near the 10 block of Broadway that sent both victims to Geisinger Medical Center.  According to the Standard Journal, Milton Police and EMS first responders assisted the two victims Tuesday afternoon around 4pm.  During an investigation, Police discovered a firearm at the scene with an altered manufacturer’s serial number and with a search warrant for Rodriguez Lassalle’s Broadway Street residence, they found a 9mm Diamondback firearm with an altered serial number.  Lassalle was taken into custody for felony possession of a firearm arraigned and committed to Northumberland County Prison. Call the Milton Police Department if you have information that will help the investigation, 570-742-8757.

FUGITIVE ARRESTED AFTER 220 TRAFFIC STOP

A 26 year old woman from Lock Haven was recently charged with hindering an investigation after Lycoming Regional police stopped her car along Route 220 near Jersey Shore with a Lock Haven man who was a known fugitive in her car.  According to the Lock Haven Express,  Makayla Wetzel was stopped December 1st at about 1:30am and 33 year old Mubarik Graves was forced from the car at gunpoint.  He was then jailed on the felony charges he previously faced.  Wetzel also was also charged for having a controlled substance.  She waived her preliminary hearing and posted 25 thousand dollars bail.

LOCAL PENNSYLVANIA LAUNDRY LOCATION IN CITY TO CLOSE

A federally required notice to close several Pennsylvania industrial laundry facilities, including one in Williamsport has been filed with the state Department of Labor & Industry.  According to PennLive, Paris Uniform Services projected the date to close the Harrisburg, Bradford, DuBois, and the 333 Rose Street location in Williamsport is June 30th.  The closures are a result of a sale of the business to Cincinnati-based Cintas Corp., and are expected to take away about 138 jobs across the state.

HORSEBACK RIDING FACILITY LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

A non-profit horseback riding facility in Montgomery that offers therapeutic riding sessions for riders with special needs and other traditional riding activities is looking for volunteers as they begin their spring season.  According to North Central PA dot com, Sunny Brook Meadows with 10 horses on site, is looking for helping hands to maintain upkeep and help breathe new life into the stables.  Individual volunteers and groups, can log hours at the stable to work with the horses or assist outside the arena or in the office.  Volunteers under 12 must have an adult with them.  Check out sunnybrookmeadows.com for information about volunteering.

SAYRE MAN ARRESTED FOR HAVING METH LAB IN HIS HOME

A man from Bradford County who police were investigating for making and selling methamphetamine earlier this year has now been charged with operation of a methamphetamine lab out of his Linden Street home in Sayre.  According to North Central PA dot com, police were alerted to suspicious trash outside of 44 year old Sean Hall’s home that they found contained precursor chemicals for making methamphetamine and it was seized in a trash pull for evidence.  Police say Hall was tracked attempting to purchase pseudoephedrine products 47 times in the last year, and was successful at purchasing it 29 times.  He is being held at the Bradford County Prison on $200,000 monetary bail.

US MARSHALS SEEK A SHAMOKIN MAN

A Shamokin property at 21 N. Market St. was raided Wednesday morning after members of the US Marshals  Fugitive Task Force sought a suspect they believed was there, but the apprehension was unsuccessful.  According to the Standard Journal, the owners of the business at that location said the fugitive was not a legal resident of the property.  Police shut down Market and Diamond Streets for about two hours during the raid and were later reopened to vehicle and foot traffic around noon.  52 year old Matt McElhone of Shamokin was charged with disorderly conduct for shouting vulgarities at police during their presence there yesterday.  The search for the original suspect is ongoing.

MIFFINBURG POOL NEEDS APPLICANTS FOR LIFEGUARDS TO OPEN

The Mifflinburg Community Pool may not be able to open this year without employees and lifeguards to maintain the facility safely.  According to the Daily Item, Mifflinburg borough council members voted to open the pool at North Fifth Street if they could find enough employees, saying they need to fill 22 summer positions with only 14 applicants, so far.  Borough officials say there will be employment interviews within a week, along with lifeguard certification courses, and if they can hire enough staff, the pool will open on May 25 and will remain open until Aug. 18, with rates and hours to be determined.

RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISER FRIDAY

A fun evening is planned for Friday as Lycoming College’s Beta Phi Gamma sorority hosts a fundraising event for annual Relay for Life a nationwide fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  According to North Central PA dot com, the community is invited to the Keiper Recreation Center for a variety of activities and a chance to sign up as a team to participate in the relay, with walkers taking turns around a track non-stop, to symbolize that cancer never sleeps.  There will be a signature Luminaria Ceremony to honor those who have been lost and to support those who fight.  The evening is from 4pm to 8pm and features a Taylor Swift theme.

SPORTS

PIAA HS Baseball
Jersey Shore 5  Danville  4
Shikellamy  9  Lewisburg  2

HS Softball

South Williamsport  17  Bloomsburg  2

College Wrestling

The Nittany Lion Wrestlers are hosting the 2024 US Olympic Team Trials at the Bryce Jordan Center this Friday and Saturday.  19 Penn State athletes have qualified to compete in the event.

MLB
Red Sox  2          Guardians  0
Orioles  4            Twins  2
Mets  9                 Pirates  1
Braves  5            Astros  4
Yankees  6          Blue Jays  4
Nationals  2        LA Dodgers  0
Phillies  7            Rockies  6
MLB Today
Cleveland vs Boston  1:35pm

NBA Playoffs
76ers  105  Heat  104
Bulls  131  Hawks 116
NBA Friday 8th seed games
Bulls vs Heat  7pm ESPN
Kings vs Pelicans  9:30pm TNT

NHL

Lightning  6        Maple Leafs  4
Islanders  5         Penguins  4
Stars  2                 Blues 1
Coyotes  5           Oilers  2
NHL Tonight
Kraken vs Wild  7pm ESPN
Oilers vs Avalanche  9:30pm  ESPN

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS APRIL 17, 2024

DRUG CHARGES LEAD TO STATE PRISON

A Williamsport woman who pleaded guilty to drug charges that were connected to the death of a 30 year old city woman in July of 2020 was sentenced in Lycoming County court this week.  According to the Sun Gazette, Kijifa Anderson was given 27 months to 15 years in state prison for one count of delivery of a controlled substance, but the charge of drug delivery resulting in death was withdrawn.  Police say Darcia Stewart died in the backyard of her Eldred Street home just a few  hours after purchasing an unidentified drug from Anderson.

POLICE SEEK MISSING JERSEY SHORE MAN

A Jersey Shore man is missing and police are seeking his whereabouts.  According to North C entral PA dot com, the Lycoming Regional Police Department says 64-year-old David Benis and his German shepherd left for a trip to Pittsburgh Tuesday morning around 6:30am and never arrived at his son’s home.  Police say family members say Benis has several medical issues.  If you have information, call Lycoming County Regional Police Department.

NEW FACILITIES ON THE WAY FOR THE  LYCO CORONER

The Lycoming County Coroner may finally have adequate space to work after the Williamsport City Council recently said construction can begin after approving a building land development plan.  According to North Central PA dot com, Charles E. Kiessling Jr. said many people and agencies worked hard to plan and design a proper facility to handle day to day operations as well as help with emergencies while working with other county coroners through mutual aid agreements in the area.  Kiessling also said the new building will allow autopsies to be performed in Lycoming County again, a service that has not been available here since 2008.  There will be an addition to the existing structure at 3341 Wahoo Drive for a total of 12,922 square feet.

FISHING WITH FLICK AND SLAUGHTER SATURDAY

Area families can “Fish with Flick and Mayor Slaughter” this Saturday at Lycoming Creek.  According to the Sun Gazette, State Rep. Jamie Flick and Mayor Slaughter invite kids ages 4 to 16 years to come can come to the creek across the street from Bowman Field, near the Original League baseball field in Williamsport and pair up with a parent or mentor for a Mentored Youth Trout Day and learn how to fish.  Younger anglers from 4-6 will learn about fishing basics with a special activity organized by the local Trout Unlimited chapter.  Partners will offer short clinics and activity stations at the beginning of the event that will go from 10am til 2pm April 20th.  Get your required fishing permit online at huntfish.pa.gov.

DOUBLE SHOOTING IN MILTON

There was a shooting reported in Milton Tuesday that shut down the 10 block of Broadway around 4pm.  According to the Standard Journal, multiple police and emergency responders arrived on the scene, where one victim was transported to Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, and police say an ambulance responded downtown to treat a second shooting victim who was transported to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.  Police activity was then reported at a fast food restaurant parking lot outside of Milton, but no word on whether there are suspects in custody this morning or the condition of the victims.

ALLEGEDLY IMPAIRED WOMAN STRIKES PEDESTRIANS

A woman from Sunbury with a 12 year old child in the car was charged after police say she was allegedly impaired and hit two pedestrians who were crossing in the street on April 10th.  According to North Central PA dot com, 49 year old Erin Wagner was driving at South Seventh and Market streets and struck an 83 year old man with a walker and a36 year old man who were crossing  the intersection.  The men were transported to to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville with suspected moderate to serious injuries.  Police said they noticed Wagner seemed impaired and through a breath test report she had a .235 blood alcohol level.  She faces felony aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, DUI and more, and is free on 75 thousand dollars bail.

PRESIDENT BIDEN CAMPAIGNS IN PA THIS WEEK

President Joe Biden was in Scranton yesterday for the first of three days in the Commonwealth.  According to WHTM, Biden talked about inflation and elevated interest rates despite low unemployment, as well as higher taxes on the rich.  The President heads to Pittsburgh this morning, then back to Washington until he returns for an event in Philadelphia.  Biden is taking advantage of campaigning in PA, since former president Donald Trump is in New York City for his criminal trial this week.

SUSQUEHANNA UNIVERSITY RECEIVES SCIENCE RESEARCH GRANT

A 300 thousand-dollar grant for 15 students to participate in a paid, eight-week Summer Research Partners Program in the sciences has been awarded to Susquehanna University.  According to the university, the three year-grant will support wages, housing, research supplies and conference travel for students who will be able to spend their summer in a full-time, faculty-mentored research position. The grant was made possible by the Sherman Fairchild Foundation.

SPORTS

PIAA HS Baseball
Muncy  19                      Sullivan County 4
Montoursville 10           Danville 0
Canton 9               Troy  7
NP Mansfield  3  Sayre  2
Millville 5             St John Neumann  1

PIAA HS Softball

Jersey Shore  16  Danville 3
Muncy  15                     CMVT  0 /4
Loyalsock  12       Midd-West  2 /5
Montoursville 16           Lewisburg  5  /6
Warrior Run 11    Southern Columbia  2
Shikellamy 8        Williamsport 6
Neumann 20         Millville 5
Shamokin  12       Milton  2
South Wmsprt 12          Berwick 0 /3

MLB
Guardians  10     Red Sox 7
Orioles  11          Twins 3
Phillies  5            Rockies  0
Blue Jays 5         Yankees  4
Mets  3                Pirates  1
Braves  6             Astros  2
Dodgers  6          Nationals 2
MLB Today
Minnesota vs  Baltimore  1:05pm
Pittsburgh vs NY Mets  1:10pm
Rockies vs Phillies  6:05pm
Cleveland vs Boston  7:10pm

NBA Playoffs
West

Lakers 110          Pelicans  106
Kings  118          Warrior 94
NBA East Tonight
Miami  vs 76ers 7pm ESPN
Atlanta  Chicago  9:30pm ESPN

NHL

Senators  3           Bruins  1
Capitals  2                     Flyers  1
Blue Jackets  6    Hurricanes 3
Gldn Knights  3  Blackhawks 1
Canucks  4           Flames  1
NHL Tonight
Toronto vs Tampa Bay 7pm TNT
Pittsburgh  vs NY Islanders  7pm
St Louis vs Dallas  9:30pm TNT
Edmonton vs Arizona 10pm

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