BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 8, 2019

STORMS BRING DOWN TREE, CAUSES FATALITY

Saturday’s storms that moved through Clinton County, brought down a tree and killed a man from Parkesburg who was visiting there.  Forty year old Elmer Stoltzfus was on a kayaking trip at Sproul State Forest in Clinton Township when the tree fell on Stoltzfus during the thunderstorm around 4pm.  Police told the Williamsport Sun Gazette that Stoltzfus was the only person involved in the incident that happened about 10 miles from Renovo.

FUEL OIL SPILL IN JERSEY SHORE

An oil spill during a demolition project in Jersey Shore sparked a clean-up Sunday.  Officials from the Independent Hose Company told the Williamsport Sun Gazette that fuel oil spilled from a tank at a residence that was being torn down along South Main Street.  About 200 gallons spilled, but there was no contamination of the public storm water since emergency crews blocked the public drains.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS GO TO WASHINGTON

Lycoming County Commissioners are heading to Washington DC this week to ask the federal government to award a grant for the levee project along Lycoming Creek near Bowman field.  The levee is on the Army Corps of Engineer’s list of potential projects and the final 4.2 million dollar grant application will go through the US Economic Development Administration.  The entire cost of the project could be close to 16 million dollars.  The county previously received preapproval for the grant after federal officials noted that the county had done due diligence securing private and public funds for the project.

BRIDGE INSPECTION TUESDAY IN MONTOURSVILLE

Montoursville can expect some road construction and activity this week on area roads.  There will be lane shifts along the Broad Street steel truss bridge over Loyalsock Creek in the borough.  A contractor is scheduled to inspect the bridge during the day tomorrow along Route 2014.

COAL TRUCK OVERTURNS

Route 225 in Jackson Township was blocked for most of the day Friday after a coal truck overturned just after 11am according to PA State police.  Anthony Zulkowski of Shamokin was driving the vehicle when he lost control and overturned in the roadway – blocking both directions near Dauva Luch Road in Northumberland County. Zulkowski was wearing a seatbelt and was treated for minor injuries Police are investigating the crash.

FIVE PEOPLE RESCUED FROM ISLAND

Emergency crews from Selinsgrove, Shamokin Dam and others responded to 5 people trapped on a small island along Penns Creek late Sunday.  Three adults and two juveniles were rescued just south of the Kratzerville Bridge after they were unable to get back to the river bank.  WKOK reports that there was no injuries but also no reports on why the five were trapped on the island.

SUNBURY CHILD ESCAPES ABDUCTION ATTEMPT

Two men in a small blue pickup truck are being sought by police after a woman from Sunbury said they attempted to abduct her granddaughter.  Sunbury police responded to the incident along Catawissa Avenue in which a ten year old girl was approached by a man with dark hair and a blonde beard around 4:30 pm Friday. After the girl ran back toward her home, WKOK reports the suspects drove on Race Street in an unknown direction.  If you have information about this incident please call Northumberland County Communications .

FLOODING, LANDSLIDES IN WOODWARD TOWNSHIP

A few counties in the Susquehanna valley are under a flood watch this morning, but over the weekend, but some fast rain happened Saturday which caused landslides and major flooding of some tributaries around the Old Lycoming Township area near Woodward Township.  The Williamsport Sun Gazette reports that some floodwater cut off homes completely on Beauty’s Run Road around 6pm, causing Old Lycoming Township Fire Company to respond with rescue boats.  Crews also responded to a landslide along East Emery Church Road.  No injuries were reported.

Sports

Major League Baseball

Blue Jays beat the Orioles 6-1, Red Sox bumped the Tigers 6-3, Rays beat the Yankees 2-1, Phillies thumped the Mets 8-3, Indians slammed the Reds 11-1, Braves beat the Marlins 4-3,  Nationals over the Royals 5-2, Pirates beat the Brewers 6-5, Astros beat the Angels 11-10, White Sox flicked the Cubs 3-1, Rangers over the Twins 4-1,  Giants blanked the Cardinals 1-nothing, Diamondbacks beat the Rockies 5-3, Padres over the Dodgers 5-3, A’s beat the Mariners 7-4.

Section 3 Major Softball Championship (Saturday)
South Williamsport defeated Troy 16-3 (in 4 innings) advancing to states to play the Section 4 Champ this Tuesday at Plymouth Meeting near Philadelphia.

NASCAR
20 year-old Indiana native Justin Haley got his first career win at the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona Saturday, after a 17 car wreck cleared the field and rain delays held up the race.

US World Cup Women’s Soccer – US beat Netherlands 2-nothing Sunday winning their 4th World Cup title.

Wimbledon Women’s Singles Tennis –US’s Coco Gauff defeats Slovenia’s Polona Herzog 3-6, 7-6, 7-5 and moves on to today’s Round of 16.

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