BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS AUGUST 27, 2019

OVERTURNED VEHICLE WRECK ON ROUTE 15
A Lewisburg man was hospitalized after a serious crash along Route 15 in northern Snyder county.  Police told WKOK that 47 year old Johann Balestier-Garcia lost control of his car while traveling north on Route 15 north of Granger’s Road.  State police say that Balestier-Garcia flipped the car after changing lanes in Monroe Township.  Volunteer fire companies from Shamokin Dam and Hummels Wharf assisted at the scene and the victim was transported to Evangelical Community Hospital with serious injuries.

WRITE-IN CANDIDATE ANNOUNCED
A republican write-in candidate has been announced for the Lycoming County Commissioner Election coming up in Pennsylvania on November 5th 2019.  According to a press release, Jack McKernan who has served 4 years as the Lycoming County Commissoner Chairman announced his write-in candidacy yesterday.  According to the campaign, Lycoming County can have three Republican commissioners if the third is selected as a write-in.

FORMER PENN STATE TEAM DOCTOR FILES LAWSUIT
A Former Penn State team doctor and director of athletic medicine has filed a lawsuit alleging that the head coach James Franklin tried to interfere with medical management and return to play decisions.  Dr. Scott Lynch told WNEP that once he reported Coach Franklin to officials at the University, he was fired.  Lynch was removed as team doctor 6 months ago.  Penn State’s Home opener is Saturday against Idaho at 3:30pm.

CONSULTANTS LOOKING AT LYCOMING COUNTY
Consultants and business representatives from around the country have been touring our area this week, exploring opportunities for industry in Lycoming County.  Jason Fink, president and CEO of the Lycoming County Visitor’s Bureau told the Sun Gazette that a group of nine site consultants and 2 business reps are getting to  know more about our community beyond the Little League World Series considering whether this region is a good fit for their companies.  Some said that having the technology of Penn College close to home is a positive when seeking to create a  local workforce for future industry.

ASSAULT SUSPECT FIGHTS OFF POLICE-DEPLOYED TASER
A Muncy man fought off a taser deployment after police say he punched an unsuspecting victim along Little League Boulevard  August 22nd.  Police report that 32 year old Richard Wayne Pepperman growled and punched a victim before fleeing on foot and later caused a disturbance at Randy’s Garage on Memorial Avenue in Williamsport. When police responded to the 911 call, and attempted to arrest Pepperman, he ran through the taser and bounced off a police car during the incident.

TRANSIT COMPANY LOOKING TO EXPAND
River Valley Transit is working through the steps it will take to expand their fixed route transit to Montour, Northumberland, Union Snyder and Columbia Counties.  The process involves a public comment period that ends tomorrow, approval by SEDA Council of Governments, then final approval by the Williamsport’s planning organization.  The funding is in place through a state Department of Transportation grant that would Cover about 85 percent of the cost, with the counties utilizing the service matching 15 percent for a three year demonstration period.  Lycoming county commissioners told the Sun Gazette that the transit demonstration period in Clinton County has been successful allowing residents to travel between counties for employment.

POLICE ASKING COMMUNITY TO CELEBRATE SAFELY
PennDOT and the Pennsylvania State Police are urging motorists to celebrate responsibly ahead of the Labor Day holiday. The agencies are working with safety partners across the commonwealth to participate in the national impaired driving enforcement and education initiative through Monday, September 2.  Over this holiday period, the Pennsylvania State Police and local law enforcement will conduct checkpoints and roving patrols. This effort is funded through PennDOT’s statewide annual distribution of more than $4.7 million from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for impaired driving enforcement.

BALD EAGLE POPULATION REBOUNDING
Officials from the Pennsylvania Game Commission are annnouncing a rebound in the Bald eagle population, citing landmark state legislation like the Endangered Species act and banning dangerous chemicals like DDT as the reason.  Dan Brauning, wildlife diversity chief for the commission told the Sun Gazette that eagles are becoming more accustomed to people and have adapted to know what isn’t a threat to them.  Locally, Bald Eagles can be seen nesting along i-180 near Warrensville road.  The Game Commission’s monitoring program documented more than 300 nests in Pennsylvania.

Sports
Major League Baseball

Rockies beat the Braves 3-1, Cardinals slammed the Brewers 12-2, Phillies over the Pirates 6-5, Reds beat the Marlins 6-3, A’s routed the Royals 19-4, Diamondbacks over the Giants 6-4, Yankees beat the Mariners 5-4, and Padres over the Dodgers 4-3

NY Penn League
Batavia Muckdogs blanked the Crosscutters 10-nothing

HS Girls Tennis
Loyalsock over Lewisburg 4-1, South Williamsport over Hughesville 3-2, Williamsport over Milton 3-2, Jersey Shore beat Mifflinburg 5-Oh, Montoursville beat Muncy 5-oh

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