BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 11, 2021

MORE SNOW FOR OUR AREAS
Plowing and snow removal continue to be top of mind as more snow hits our region causing a few delays for schools today.  According to the Sun Gazette, Williamsport City city codes officials have recently reminded residents of the current ordinance that requires sidewalks, fire hydrants and any storm drains cleared of snow 24 hours after the snow stops or a fines can be implemented.  They realize with the recent repeated snow fall that is challenging since there is so much on-street parking in the city.  Most local townships and boroughs echo that they can only plow efficiently when residents remove their vehicles off roadways.

FORMER CITY OFFICER FACES JUST THREE CHARGES
Three charges remain after 28 were thrown out against a former Williamsport city police officer accused of withholding charges against a woman with whom he had an alleged relationship, and abuse of position.  According to the Sun Gazette, Eric Derr of Cogan Station had his preliminary hearing yesterday and will face charges of unsworn falsification to authorities, tampering with records and obstruction of government functions.  The almost 30 charges dropped involved the alleged unlawful use of the statewide J-Net system to run 93 unauthorized searches on 28 different women .  According to Penn Live, charges of hindering apprehension, oppression by officials and coercion were withdrawn by the prosecution.

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT AMENDS ZONING ORDINANCES
In an effort to increase residential and commercial development, South Williamsport Borough Council approved zoning text amendments at their meeting Monday. According to the Sun Gazette, Joseph Capelli, the borough manager said the amendments broaden areas on the west side of Market St., allow for more multi-family units, and also increase the maximum commercial height of buildings in the Market and Hastings Street area from 35 to 70 feet.  Conditional uses will not change.  Officials said the changes make the permitted use rules around Market and Hastings consistent with local commercial uses.

SUNBURY SEEKS A CONTROLLER
Those interested in the position of  City Controller in Sunbury should apply soon.  Letters of interest are being accepted for the position that needs to be filled through the end of 2021.  Interested parties can submit their letters by February 19th at 2pm in the City Clerks office in Sunbury at 225 Market St.

MAN LIFE FLIGHTED AFTER FALL INTO A MANHOLe
A man working as a subcontractor for the Sunbury Municipal Authority fell in a manhole Wednesday and was airlifted by Life Flight to Geisinger Medical Center.  According to the Daily item, emergency crews were dispatched to Spring Run pump station, near 10th and Spruce Street in Sunbury, at around 11 a.m.  Life Flight landed at the Sunbury Skate Rink and waited for the local Ambulance to arrive.No other details were released about the condition of the painter who was rescued.

LOCAL COVID UPDATE
Lycoming County has 37 new cases of the coronavirus as of yesterday, Northumberland County has 32, Snyder has 24 new cases, there are no new cases in Union or Sullivan Counties.  According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health there were 3,378 additional positive cases of COVID-19 statewide  and 125 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 22,745 deaths attributed to COVID-19.  Lycoming has 33 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, and  6 people on ventilators.

COAL TOWNSHIP FIRE DISPLACES NINE
Nine people were left homeless in Coal Township after a two-alarm house fire destroyed property in Northumberland County. According to media outlets two dozen fire crews were first sent to the blaze in Tuesday morning at 9:45 a.m. at a home in the 1000 block of West Mulberry Street and a second alarm was called shortly after.  Several roads were closed in the area with hoses down for several blocks around the fire scene. The two residents in the home had to crawl onto the roof of the front porch of the home to escape.  No injuries were reported.  The fire is under investigation but not considered  suspicious.

PA MAYOR WANTS TEACHERS VACCINATED
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has asked the Wolf administration recently for teachers to be vaccinated immediately, but the Wolf administration rejected the proposal saying they are following CDC guidance in directing the vaccine to people who are most vulnerable to serious illness. That’s apparent locally as  UPMC in the Susquehanna Region, including Williamsport and Lock Haven hospitals, anticipate rolling out vaccinations to Lycoming, Clinton, Potter and Tioga county UPMC patients who are over the age of 85.  Officials from UPMC say that they will be reaching out to patients from their electronic medical records to set up appointments for their vaccinations.

SPORTS
NBA

Raptors beat the Wizards 137 to 115, the Mavericks beat the Hawks 118 to 117, Nets beat the Pacers 104 to 94, Grizzlies beat the Hornets 130 to 114, Clippers beat the Timberwolves 119 to 112, the Bulls over the Pelicans 129 to 116, Nuggets beat the Cavaliers 133 to 95, Suns over the Bucks 125 to 124, Lakers beat Thunder 114 to 113
NHL
Bruins beat the Rangers 3 to 2, Maple leafs over the Canadians 4-2,

HS Boys Basketball
Danville beat Shikellamy 72 to 43, Wyalusing Valley beat Northeast Bradford 57-51, Troy beat Athens 60 to 58, Wellsboro beat North Penn Mansfield 68-56, Towanda over Williamson 64-34
HS Girls Basketball
South Williamsport beat Muncy 44-25

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