BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 12, 2019

MAN FLEES POLICE, CRASHES VEHICLE, FLEES AGAIN
A Williamsport man ran from an accident scene after he fled from police and crashed his car following an officer’s request to search his vehicle for suspicion of marijuana.  Twenty seven year old Earl Taylor of Cherry Street, was stopped by police, who suspected Taylor of smoking the drug in the parking lot of the River Valley Regional YMCA.  Taylor then fled the interview in his 2001 Chrysler Voyager van, crashing into a utility pole a few blocks away.  Taylor then exited the van and ran from the accident scene.  Police captured Taylor in a nearby alley after 6pm Wednesday night and found him with almost 24 grams of marijuana.  Police took Taylor to UPMC Susquehanna for treatment, then to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of 75 thousand dollars bail.

PENN TOWNSHIP MAN ARRESTED IN DOMESTIC INCIDENT
A domestic dispute has landed a Penn Township man in jail.  Selinsgrove state police say that 41 year old Joseph Loduca assaulted and threatened a female victim at a home along Devon Court at 5:30 pm Tuesday.  Loduca was taken into custody and arraigned on the charges.  He is in Snyder County Prison on 75 thousand dollars straight bail.

JEWELRY, CASH STOLEN IN HOME ROBBERY
Police say they are investigating an incident at a home in Snyder County in which a burglar broke in to the home and stole cash and jewelry worth over 6 thousand dollars.  Selinsgrove State Police told WKOK that the robbery occurred June 22nd at a house on Penn Street in Center Township.  Items stolen include wedding rings and over 4 thousand dollars in cash.  The investigation is ongoing.

STORMWATER FEES COULD CHANGE IN BOROUGH
Residents in  the South Williamsport Borough may be the first local area to adopt fee-based revenue instead of tax-based for stormwater usage through the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority.  The Williamsport Sun Gazette reports that the borough will adopt a four tier fee chart which is dependent on average amount of acreage owned by residents there.  The authority says they are working on creating a system of reporting and regulation that will adhere to the Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction Plan.

CODE VIOLATIONS RAMPANT IN CITY
Code violations in the City of Williamsport for overgrown lawns and garbage at the curb are numerous, according to the city codes administrator, Joseph Gerardi.  According to the Sun Gazette, Gerardi says there it’s the worst year for grass and weeds with the heat and wet weather and some residents also ignore the code restrictions.  Authorities are struggling to keep up with the violations in the city with only 4 code enforcement officers to dole out the warnings.  A property owner can be charged up to 2 thousand dollars per code violation.

LOCAL VO-TECH GETS SURPRISE GRANT
State Senator John Gordner of Berwick and Representative David Millard of Millville presented a million dollar grant to Columbia Montour Area Vo-Tech School in Bloomsburg on Wednesday.  WKOK reports that the funds are from the state Department of Community and Economic Development and will help the school add workshop space, allow more students to be enrolled, and provide local employment.  The surprise grant will boost the funding for the already planned expansion at the school.

TWO DISORDERS ADDED TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA LIST
Two disorders have been added to the conditions that can qualify people to obtain medical Marijuana according to the Pennsylvania Health Department.  Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says the recommendation to include anxiety disorders and Tourette’s syndrome to the list came from the state Medical Marijuana Advisory board and physicians will be able to include it with other therapeutic approaches beginning July 20th.  Over 110 thousand state residents are certified to use the medical marijuana program.

MILTON TEEN SPEAKS TO CONGRESS
A Milton teen has traveled to Washington DC to speak to Congress to advocate for juvenile diabetes recently.  WNEP reports that 16 year old Adriana Richard was chosen out of 1000 other kids with diabetes to speak about her experiences.  The Milton High School senior who wrote a book about the disease, joined other students in the nation’s capital as part of the Children’s Congress in conjunction with Senator Bob Casey’s bill to cover costs for most children with type 1 diabetes.

 

Sports

Major League Baseball
Rangers over the Astros 5-nothing

Wimbledon Women’s Tennis Singles
American Serena Williams defeated Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2
Romania’s Simona Halep defeated Czech Republic’s Elina Svitolina  6-1, 6-3

NY Penn League
Williamsport Crosscutters beat the Vermont Lake Monsters 3-2

9-11 Softball
Loyalsock defeats Jersey Shore 17-7 for the District 12 Title

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