BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 4, 2020

UNIVERSITY STUDENT FOUND DEAD IN APARTMENT
A student at Bloomsburg University was found dead in an off-campus apartment yesterday.  According to the Press Enterprise, 22 year old Sean Lenahan from Lititz, PA, was found by police at the Honeysuckle Student Apartments around 11 a.m. Monday.  The Columbia County Coroner’s Office processed the scene.  Lenahan  was a mass communications major and active member on campus.  Anyone with information is asked to call Bloomsburg Police/Detective Melanie Beck at 570-784-4155, ext. 163.

APARTMENT BUILDING FIRE IN SHAMOKIN
A three-story apartment building burned in Shamokin yesterday afternoon, and four adults and seven children were displaced from their homes.  According to the Daily Item, Crews from the Shamokin Fire Bureau, Coal Township Fire Department and others battled the fire that had smoke pouring off the rooftop on the structure at 707 West Chestnut Street.  Fire Crews on ladder trucks responded to the blaze and it was extinguished within an hour.  Fire officials say the building is not a complete loss and an investigation will continue today.  The residents were assisted by the American Red Cross and staying with relatives.

FLU MORE DANGEROUS IN PA THAN CORONAVIRUS
State health officials say the spread of the coronavirus may be attracting international attention,  conversely, the flu continues to have a much greater public health impact in Pennsylvania.   The flu has claimed 33 lives in Pennsylvania so far this winter.  According to  Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, that since October, there have been more than 45,000 diagnosed cases of flu.  Last season the flu shot was 47 percent effective

BLACK BEAR RECORD IN PENNSYLVANIA
Pennsylvania hunters set a new record for killing black bears in 2019 at 4,653  –  way above the 2018 total of 3,153.  According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, officials had sought an increase for the commonwealth, after the given the statewide bear population was determined to be about  20,000.  Thirty days of bear hunting across all bear seasons last year, could contribute to the totals as well, the first time that has happened since 1931.

BAIL CONDITIONS REDUCED AFTER LOW THREAT DETERMINED
An Eldred township man was removed from intensive supervised bail late last week, after a judge said his threat to society is low. According to the Sun Gazette, the attorney for 60 year old Bruce D. Stuart who was charged with the alleged rape of a mentally disabled woman between 2009 and 2018, said there have been no issues or violations of his bail conditions, but that the checks required were excessive.  President Judge Nancy Butts will hear Sturat’s pre-trial motion on March 17th.

SPORTS COMPLEX COMING TO WILLIAMSPORT
A Sports Complex project is in the early stages for Williamsport after 18.3 acres of land near Rose Street was secured last December from Susquehanna Supply Company.  The Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce is working with City officials to determine what next steps are needed.  According to the Sun Gazette, Jason Fink, Chamber Executive Director said design, details and layout of a sports complex for baseball and softball and perhaps tournaments is in the works. Building could begin within months and is expected to produce positive revenue for area hotels, restaurants and other attractions.

ACT 13 GRANTS AVAILABLE
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development will began accepting applications on February 1st for Act 13 grants available through the Commonwealth Financing Authority, according to state Sen. Gene Yaw.  Eligible entities are encouraged to apply for the funding, which is paid for by natural gas drillers and allotted to the state’s Marcellus Legacy Fund.  The Legacy Fund ensures a portion of the funds collected support local environmental enhancement and conservation programs.

MEMORIAL AVENUE BRIDGE INSPECTION WEDNESDAY
There will be a bridge inspection Wednesday morning along the Memorial Avenue Bridge beginning around 7am.  Penn DOT says a maintenance crew will be in place alont Route 3021, at the bridge over Lycoming Creek in Williamsport.  Flaggers will be in place and could slow traffic.  Work should be complete by noon Wednesday.

Sports
HS Boys Basketball

Montoursville beat Saint John Neumann 74 to 42, Loyalsock over Jersey Shore 80 to 49, Meadowbrook beat Bucktail 67-55, Williamson over Cowanesque Valley
68 to 55, North Penn Liberty beat South Williamsport 57-52
HS Girls Basketball
Cowanesque Valley over Troy 39 to 28, Hughesville over Penns Valley 39 to 37, North Penn Mansfield beat North Penn Liberty 56-30
HS Wrestling
Montoursville over Boiling Springs 45-25 in the preliminary round of the PIAA Team Wrestling Championships.
The Warriors advance to face the District 7 champion (Burrell) in the state tournament on Thursday at 4 PM at the Giant Center in Hershey
NBA
Warriors beat the Wizards 125 to 117, Magic beat the Hornets 112 to 100, Knicks beat the Cavaliers 139 to 134, Mavericks over the Pacers 112 to 103, Nets beat the Suns 119 to 97, Celtics beat the Hawks 123 to 115, Heat over the 76ers 137 to 106, Grizzlies over the Pistons  96 to 82, Kings beat the Timberwolves 113 to 109, Clippers over the Spurs 108 to 105
NHL
Panthers over the Maple Leafs 5 to 3, Stars beat the Rangers 5 to 3, and the Flyers beat the Red Wings 3-nothing

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