VICTIMS OF PLANE CRASH IDENTIFIED
The Lycoming County Coroner has released the names of the two men who died in a plane crash Sunday evening near Jersey Shore after taking off from an airport in Antes Fort before 5pm.  The pilot of the twin-wing experimental aircraft was 40 year-old Douglas Cromley of Lewisburg and his passenger was 67 year-old David McCormick of Allenwood, according to the Sun Gazette.  The investigation by the FAA and NTSB will continue this week.

SMOKE BILLOWS FROM A RECYCLING FACILITY FIRE
A recycling facility on Trenton Avenue in Williamsport had a fire that resulted in huge plumes of smoke seen from miles away yesterday around 2:30pm.  Fire officials told WNEP that the fire at Penn Recycling was likely started when hot metal ignited inside one of the crushed cars at the facility.  Fire crews from Lycoming County battled the flames while the center was open for business.

FCC MARKS FUNDS FOR RURAL BROADBAND
There’s good news for some households seeking broadband internet in rural areas of Lycoming County, the FCC recently announced a 5.5 million dollar initiative over a 10 year period to expand the service according to the Sun Gazette.  Over 1100 homes in Lycoming county are still without broadband service at this time.  Tioga County will benefit from a similar plan, also expanding broadband internet service to almost 2000 locations utilizing about 9 millions dollars in funding.

GRAND SLAM PARADE ON THE WAY
The City of Williamsport is getting ready for Wednesday night’s Grand Slam Parade, which kicks off the Little League World Series, bringing thousands of people downtown for the 15th year.  The Sun Gazette reports that streets that intersect with Fourth Street will start closing around 2pm – this includes Market and Hepburn streets.  The parade will step off around 5:30pm from Susquehanna and Seventh Streets and head to Market and Fourth.  Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson is the Grand Marshall for the 2019 Grand Slam Parade.

POLICE SEEK TWO SUSPECTS AFTER HIGH SPEED CHASE
A traffic stop July 15th in Selinsgrove resulted in one person being arrested, but police are still looking for two other suspects who fled the scene.   A high speed chase ensued on Union County roads after an initial roadside interview over registration violations.  State police said in a release, that the high speed chase was discontinued for safety reasons, the suspect vehicle was later found abandoned on Dietrich Road in West Buffalo Township. Twenty three year old Zachary Carl of Mount Carmel was arrested and police are looking for 23 year old Dakota Haines of Mifflinburg and 19 year old Jessica Camp of Millmont.  Anyone  with information should call Selinsgrove State Police

DUI CHECKPOINTS PLANNED THROUGH HOLIDAY WEEKEND
The Lycoming County DUI Task Force has announced a nationwide mobilization for DUI enforcement from now through the Labor Day weekend.  According to police, DUI is the most committed-yet preventable crimes and has become an epidemic across the country.  “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is the theme for the initiative and you will see the local DUI Task Force performing multiple stationary checkpoints and roving patrols through September 2nd.

BOAT DOCK REPAIR BID ACCEPTED
After reviewing three bids for repair of the boat dock recently damaged by flood waters in Jersey Shore, the Borough Council there approved the lowest bid of $1,302 this week.  According to the Sun Gazette, repairing the dock along the Susquehanna River will positively increase interest and use of the recreational area.  Council also considered a request Monday to make a four way stop at the intersection of Maple and Locust Streets.

BASKETBALL CENTER COURTS REOPENED
The basketball courts at Flanigan Park in Williamsport were reopened by the Alize Johnson Foundation early Monday morning. The Courts had been shutdown at the end of July in coordination between Firetree Place and the Foundation due to the rise of violence in the city. According to the Sun-Gazette, the opening came with a request by the foundation and Firetree Place personnel for those using the facility to treat it with respect and help offer a safe environment for all ages of athletes.

Sports (8/12/19 recap)

Major League Baseball
The Pirates handed the Angels a 10-2 loss, The Yankees swept the doubleheader against the Orioles 8-5 & 11-8, The Nationals bested the Reds 7-6, The Blue Jays routed the Rangers 19-4, The Indians edged the Red Sox 6-5, The Diamondbacks topped the Rockies 8-6, the Rays beat the Padres 10-4, The Astros and White Sox were postponed due to rain

Little League Softball World Series
The South Williamsport major softball team suffered a 2-0 loss at the hand of the host Oregon squad yesterday in Portland. The loss ended a tremendous and historic season.

New York-Penn League
The Williamsport Crosscutters fell 4-2 at home to the State College Spikes, dropping their record to 22 + 35.

Major League Baseball Major League Baseball released the 2020 schedule for all 30 teams yesterday afternoon. Opening Day is scheduled for March 26th, all 30 MLB clubs have a scheduled game. Two featured games include the Baltimore Orioles hosting the Boston Red Sox in the MLB Little League Classic at Historic Bowman Field on August 23rd as well as the MLB at Field of Dreams, in which the Chicago White Sox will host the New York Yankees in the 1st ever MLB game to be played in Iowa.

National Basketball Association

The National Basketball Association also released their 2020 schedule on Monday. The season will open on October 22nd. The Philadelphia 76ers will make 24 appearances on National Television, including a Christmas Day showdown with the Milwaukee Bucks at the Wells Fargo Center.

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