BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

WOMAN IDENTIFIED IN CRASH
The Trout Run Woman killed in the Route 87 crash in Montoursville last weekend has been identified by the Lycoming County Coroner.  Charles E Kiessling, Jr. told the Sun Gazette yesterday that Abigayle Bobinger of Wallis Run Road in Cascade Township was the victim in the one car accident.  Bobinger’s Subaru Legacy went off the roadway Sunday morning on her way home from a friend’s house and hit a tree at about 7:20 am.  She was killed instantly in the crash according to police.

UTILITY POLE REMOVAL IN NORTHUMBERLAND BOROUGH
Motorists in Northumberland County are advised that the intersection of Route 11 Front Street and Orange Street in Northumberland Borough, Northumberland County is closed due to a downed utility pole. This section of Front Street is part of the current detour for a construction project in the borough.  Crews are on the scene and are working to remove the downed pole. Traffic is being detoured via Hanover and Water Streets.

BANK EXPENDS INTO CENTRAL PA
In a move to expand its’ presence into the Williamsport and other Central PA markets, First Commonwealth Financial Corporation announced yesterday that First Commonwealth Bank purchased 14 retail banking locations from Santander Bank, N.A.. The branches located throughout State College, Lock Haven and Lewisburg along with Williamsport locations were converted and they transitioned all customer accounts Monday. According to a press release, First Commonwealth Financial Corporation CEO Michael Price said that the legal closing complete, they can start serving their 23 thousand new customers in our area.

MEETING TO DISCUSS FUTURE PLANS FOR SCHOOLS
There will be a special meeting tonight with the Jersey Shore Area School Board to talk about the two of the five options for the closures of schools in the district.  The board will tonight consider the fate of Salladasburg and Avis elementary schools in an effort to solve financial difficulties for the district.  According to School board officials, student populations are declining and elderly populations are increasing in the area.  The meeting will be held tonight at 7pm with no vote on the matter expected.

SAFETY SEAT CHECK NEXT WEEK IN MONTOURSVILLE
Next week is National Child Passenger Safety Week and the PA State Police will be offering Child Safety Seat Checks in Montoursville.  From September 15th til September 19th Pennsylvania State Police on 899 Cherry Street in Montoursville will check a child seat or booster seat .   Children under the age of 4 are required to be in a Child Safety Seat, under the age of 2 it must be rear facing.  Children aged 4-8 should use a booster seat and parents should follow height and weight guidelines for the seat. Call PA State Police at 368-5700 with questions.

FOUND CELL PHONE LEADS POLICE TO A SUSPECT
A Williamsport man was arrested and charged with theft and receiving stolen property after a police investigation turned up the suspect’s cell phone in a vehicle that was burglarized.  Content on the phone indicate to police that it was owned by 27 year old Samuel Agor.  Witnesses indicated to police that Agor said he had a gun from one of several vehicles allegedly turned over by him around August 8th.  Police told Central PA dot com that forensic reports from when the gun was fired match the one that was stolen.  He will appear in Lycoming County Court September 16th.

FORMER EMPLOYEE EMBEZZELLED MONEY
A former employee of Mid-State Beverage in Loyalsock Township has been arrested for stealing money from the business while she worked there in 2016.  According to North Central PA dot com, 44 year old Jill Brown-Thedford, known then as Jill Beahley, processed refunds of customer’s purchases and kept the money several times totaling over 2-thousand dollars.   Brown-Thedford,  who now lives in Horsham, is scheduled to appear in Lycoming County Court September 16th.

SCHOOL BOARD HAS EXTRA LUNCH MONEY
The Jersey Shore Area School Board has come up with a plan to deal with positive lunch balances that can plague their accounting system for up to 13 years when left behind by students who have left the district. There are three options proposed for parents to settle the accounts.  The Sun Gazette reports that  there can be a request to refund the money, turn it over to a younger sibling’s account or donate it to the Love Center which manages the foodbank, and the backpack project where district students who have food challenges can have meals provided for them on the weekends.  School Board officials say the plan can be implemented by the end of this school year.

PA TURNPIKE TO ACCEPT INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY AWARD
The Pennsylvania Turnpike commission will be awarded the 2019 Toll Excellence award for Technology in a formal presentation at the International Bridge Tunnel and Turnpike Association 87th annual meeting in Nova Scotia, Canada on September 15th.  According to a press release from the IBTTA they received the award for the development of a web based application to monitor roadways for early detection and response to emergencies.  The Toll Excellence Awards highlight the very best projects, innovations and solutions from the international tolling industry.

Sports

Major League Baseball
Braves beat the Phillies 7-2, Mets over the Diamondbacks 3-1, Yankees blanked the Red Sox 5-nothing, Brewers over the Marlins 8-3, Astros routed the A’s 15-nothing, Pirates beat the Giants 6-4, Indians over the Angels 6-2, and Cubs over the Padres 10-2.

NFL Football
Saints edged the Texans 30-28 and Raiders over the Broncos 24-16

Boys HS Soccer
Sullivan County beat North Penn liberty 10-5,  Wellsboro over Northeast Bradford 7-nil.
Girls HS Soccer
Williamsport beat Milton 6-1, Montoursville tied Selinsgrove 1-1 in double overtime, Lewisburg beat Danville 3-nothing, Shamokin over Jersey shore 4-nothing.
Girls HS Tennis
Montgomery beat Muncie 4-1, Loyalsock over Selinsgrove 4-1

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