BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS AUGUST 14, 2019

ARSON CHARGES FOR MUNCY MAN
A Muncy man is in custody after police say he set multiple fires in his apartment complex July 10th.  Edward Andrews allegedly set 9 separate fires at the residence at 24 West Water Street forcing tenants to escape the building around 4am.  Accodring to the Sun Gazette, Andrews who was recently released from a medical facility, was charged with 28 felonies or misdemeanors involving arson, aggravated assault and endangering others.  He was arraigned in District Court yesterday and is being held in Lycoming Count Prison without bail.

RECYCLING FACILITY FIRE CHALLENGES AIR QUALITY
An Air quality advisement remains in place this morning in the Newberry neighborhood and for businesses along Trenton Avenue after a fire at Penn Recycling continues to cause smoke and odors to drift through the area.  The Williamsport Bureau of Fire reports that they are working diligently to extinguish the fire deep in a large scrap pile at the facility.  Motorists should be alert for traffic issues this morning and police say the Department of Environmental Protection is on the scene to conduct testing.

NEW POLICE CHIEF IN MAHONING TOWNSHIP
There’s a new police chief in Danville.  Mahoning Township supervisors have approved the hiring of Mifflinburg’s former police chief, Fred Dyroff, III  to replace chief Sean McGinley who will resign August 24th.  The Daily Item reports that Dyroff was formerly the Selinsgrove and Milton State Police barracks commander and will begin Monday August 19th.

LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES STARTS WEDNESDAY
The Little League World Series starts tomorrow and the weather should be favorable for the daily activities.  Opening Ceremonies start at 11am Thursday at Volunteer Stadium with the first game at 1pm between the Caribbean Region Champs from Curacao and the Australian Region team from Sydney, New South Wales.  Tonight’s Grand Slam Parade steps off in downtown Williamsport at 5:30pm.

PA FIRE MARSHAL CALLED IN FOR HOUSE FIRE INVESTIGATION
Firefighters from Northumberland County responded to a two-alarm fire at a home in Mount Carmel yesterday and one volunteer was injured during the incident.  Fire crews told WKOK that two homes were involved in the fire that was reported around 6am Tuesday morning along North Walnut Street.  Police say there was heavy flames and smoke at the scene but no residents were injured.  Two people have been displaced from their home because of the fire.  The Pennsylvania State Fire Marshal will be investigating the fire.

CITY HALL ON LOCKDOWN YESTERDAY
Threatening phone calls made to City Hall yesterday morning caused a lock down of the building and police continue an investigation today.  Williamsport police report that an unknown male made one call threatening to kill people and during a second call he said he would come to the facility with a weapon.  Police Chief Damon Hagan said all efforts are being made to identify the caller.  The Sun Gazette reports that there’s no word on whether the lockdown will be lifted after 9am when City Hall opens for business today.

THE BANK OWNS THE MALL NOW
The Susquehanna Mall was bought back by the bank that held the mortgage at the Sheriff’s sale last Friday in Snyder County Court for a purchase price of 5.25 million dollars.  The previous owner, Susquehanna Valley Mall Associates defaulted on the mortgage and owed almost 34 million for the Middleburg property that originally opened in 1978.  Representatives from current anchor store, Boscov’s, told Central PA dot com that they intend to stay on as a tenant and honor their lease.

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT GIRLS TO BE HONORED
A portion of the celebration during the Little League World Series will include recognizing the South Williamsport Little League Softball team for their historic run at the 2019 Little League Softball World series this past week in Portland, Oregon.  The Williamsport Sun Gazette says members of the South team will be a part of the Little League Classic on Sunday at Bowman field and there will be an on-field ceremony and ceremonial first pitch before the 8pm game Monday August 19th to recognize their achievements.

Sports
Major League Baseball

Doubleheader for the Astros and White Sox – Astros took Game one 6-2, White Sox defeated the Astros in Game two; 4-1 , Yankees beat the Orioles 8-3, Nationals over the Reds 3-1, Phillies beat the Cubs 4-2, Blue Jays blanked the Rangers 3-nothing, Red Sox over the Indians 7-6, Mariners thumped the Tigers 11-6, Dodgers routed the Marlins 15-1, Braves beat the Mets 5-3, Twins over the Brewers 7-5, Cardinals blanked the Royals 2-nothing, Diamondbacks knocked the Rockies 9-3, Giants over the A’s 3-2, Pirates beat the Angels 10-7, Rays over the Padres 7-5

NY Penn League
State College Spikes defeated the Crosscutters 8-6 – bringing the Cutters Record to 22 & 36

Little League World Series
Grand Slam Parade tonight, stepping off at 5:30 in Downtown Williamsport

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