BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS AUGUST 9, 2019

SANDUSKY TO BE RE SENTENCED
Jerry Sandusky will appear in Centre County court next month to be resentenced for his 2012 child sexual abuse convictions.  A Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that  mandatory minimums were improperly applied when Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in state prison on 45 counts related to child sexual abuse.  According to the Daily Item Sandusky had asked for a new trial under the Post-Conviction Relief Act.  While he won’t get a new trial, the court will address those mandatory minimums September 23rd.

AIRPORT PROJECTS COMPLETE SOON
The Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority told the Sun Gazette that the runway relocation and passenger loading bridge projects are ready to be operational soon.  The recent work on Runway Echo didn’t originally pass inspection with the FAA, but has now been cleared for testing.  Final markings will be in place August 26th.  The passenger bridge will be working next week after the correct ground power unit was installed.

CONSTRUCTION AREA ROADS OPENED DURING LITTLE LEAGUE
A section of East Third Street will reopen this weekend for the Little League World Series coming to Williamsport.  The area of Basin Street in the city which is currently under construction will be reopened temporarily. All lanes of traffic will be open between Academy Street and Basin Street on Saturday, August 10.  The street will be closed again when construction resumes on Monday, August 26.

ANNUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW IN EAGLES MERE
Residents and visitors to the area are encouraged to head to Sullivan County this weekend for the 49th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival – rain or shine on the Village Green in Eagles Mere, PA.  The Juried arts & crafts festival featuring over 90 diverse artisans work chosen for the event by a panel of judges, is Saturday 10 to 5 and Sunday 10 to 4.  The admission supports the volunteers of Eagles Mere Historic Village, Inc., a non-profit organization created in 2003 to buy, maintain and restore historic buildings within the historic village of Eagles Mere.  Eagles Mere was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1996.

SHERIFF’S SALE FOR AREA MALL COMPLEX TODAY
A sheriff’s sale will determine the fate of the Susquehanna Valley mall today.  There will be bids taken at the Snyder County Courthouse in Middleburg at 1 p.m. The mall is up for sale after defaulting on mortgage payments of just under $34 million. Some mall store tenants told WKOK that they would remain there regardless of what happens today. There’s also work going on for the  new Family Practice Center mall location, in the old Sears space .

NEW YORK FUGITIVE ARRESTED BUYING GUN IN PENNSDALE
A man wanted by New York City Authorities attempted to buy a gun at a Pennsdale store in March of this year.  Police told North central PA dot com that 22 year old Brandan Ian Valez of Bronx new York had an outstanding warrant from felony robbery charges discovered through Pennsylvania’s  Instant Check Background check System when he tried to purchase the firearm at Gander Outdoors in Pennsdale.  Velez was taken into custody as a fugitive from the law and will face the warrant issued from the New York City Police Department.

WATER FEE STRUCTURE COMING FOR LOCAL BOROUGHS
South Williamsport and DuBoistown are faced with choosing a fee structure in order to implement water projects as required by the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority.  In a meeting Wednesday, the authority and borough officials discussed that actual work on multiple projects to reduce sediment runoff in the water can wait but the resources need to be finalized during budget season.  The Sun Gazette reports that more than 26 pipes need attention in Duboistown alone within the series of compliance-based projects.  If stormwater fees are implemented, families can expect it to be around $10.

PRAYER VIGIL UNITES COMMUNITY
The community gathered at St Luke’s Lutheran Church in Williamsport for a prayer vigil yesterday praying for peace in our community recently plagued with gun violence.  Local leaders and clergy gathered to offer blessings for all those needing it, including emergency responders.  One community member in attendance told the Sun Gazette that the spirit of Father John Manno was with the group – who was a beloved priest who passed away a few months ago.

SNYDER COUNTY CABINET PLANT TO RE-OPEN
According to social media accounts, Businessman Bill French from Middleburg has purchased the former Wood-Mode plant in Snyder County.  In a letter on the internet, French said details of the new company’s start-up plan will be revealed soon.  Wood-Mode, a custom cabinetry plant in Kreamer was  Snyder County’s largest employer.  The plant closed earlier this year, leaving almost 1,000 people out of work.  French’s letter said they are already hiring employees.

Sports

Major League Baseball
Yankees beat the Blue Jays 12-6, Red Sox blanked the Angels 3-nothing, Tigers over the Royals 10-8, Marlins thumped the Braves 9-2, Cubs beat the reds 12-5, Indians over the twins 7-5, Giants smacked the Phillies 5-nothing, and Padres over the Rockies 9-3.

NFL Preseason
Eagles lost to the Tennessee Titans 27-10, Ravens over the Jaguars 29-nothing, NE Patriots beat the Detroit Lions 31-3, Browns over the Redskins 30-10

NY Penn League
Crosscutters were swept in another double header against the West Virginia Black Bears 8-2 in Game 1 and 2-1 in Game 2

Major Softball
Little League Softball World Series
West over South Williamsport 7-5.  South is now 1-1 in pool play with a day off today.  They resume pool play Saturday at 7:30pm against Latin America.

 

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