BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 17, 2022

MANY WATCHING THE PENNSYLVANIA PRIMARY TODAY

It’s Election Day today.  Republicans and Democrats will be at the polls today for the 2022 General Primary deciding some very hot races in the commonwealth that many are watching around the country.  Since incumbent U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican from Lehigh County will not seek re-election, that open seat could be the one that could tip control in the Senate from a current 50-50 line up in Washington, DC.  In the Governor’s race, Unopposed Democrat Josh Shapiro is set to be on the ticket and the Republican field is shuffling to back a more viable candidate than far-right candidate Doug Mastriano who might not appeal to moderate voters in Philadephia and Pittsburgh.  Polls in Lycoming County are open until 8pm tonight.  Go online to lyco.org to confirm your polling place.

MAN ATTACKS EX-GIRLFRIEND, STEALS PHONE

A Williamsport man has been charged with robbery after he attacked an ex-girlfriend inside a Northway Road Convenience store and stole her phone in late April.  According to the Sun Gazette, surveillance video shows Nicole Noel Peterson inside the Quick-Mart when 31 year old Mikahil Gregory Jones entered, struck Peterson in the face, grabbed her Samsung Galaxy S8 phone and fled from the area.  Jones was arrested by Williamsport City Police and is being charged with strangulation, assault, robbery and harassment.  He has a preliminary hearing for these charges on May 23rd

MILL HALL WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT IN PARKING LOT

A Mill Hall woman has been charged by police after an incident that took place in the parking lot of the Lowes on Hogan Boulevard last Saturday.  According to North Central PA dot com, 32 year old Elizabeth Ann Fausey punched 37 year old Sara Shade also of Mill Hall, in the face, and dragged her from the car by her hair.  Troopers were called by witnesses around 6pm and they will be charging Fausey with assault.  The victim suffered minor injuries and was able to speak with officers at the scene.

A $2000 CHECK COULD COME TO SOME PENNSYLVANIANS

Pennsylvania households that earn 80 thousand dollars or less per year, could get up to two thousand dollars through the PA Opportunity Program according to a press release by Governor Wolf on Friday.  The Governor made the statement in Harrisburg calling on Republican General Assembly to act to support the American Rescue Plan which is the legislation that makes the checks for millions of Pennsylvanians possible.   Democrats in the Senate and House have introduced legislation that supports the Opportunity Program, but Republicans are slower committing the federal funding or introduce a plan for the dollars.

FETTERMAN WILL SIT OUT ELECTION NIGHT, RECOVERS FROM STROKE

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, Democratic candidate for US Senate who leads in the polls and his ability to fund raise, will remain in the hospital through this evening as he continues to recover from a stroke that was discovered while he was campaigning in Lancaster PA late last week.  Fetterman released a statement yesterday explaining his health concerns and that he’s is on the road to a full recovery.  According to Media outlets, on the Republican side in the US Senate race, attack ads and strategies are part of the last minute scramble to gain Republican control of the  US Senate after  incumbent U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican from Lehigh County decided earlier this year to not seek re-election.  Polls are open in Lycoming County until 8pm tonight.

FATAL CRASH IN CENTRE COUNTY

A 22 year old man from state college was killed in an early morning crash in Centre County Saturday.  According to the Record Online, Jordan A. Henry was involved in a one car accident along northbound I-99 in Patton Township when he failed to negotiate his 2003 Honda Accord around a left hand curve in the road.  Once Henry went off the roadway, he hit an embankment and overturned several times coming to rest on the roof of the car.  The Centre County Coroner pronounced Jordan dead at the scene.  The right lane of I-99 North was closed between mile markers 71-73 for about five hours. 

OWNERS OF NUISANCE PROPERTIES COULD BE FINED

Williamsport Codes officials met recently and are calling out owners to tend to city properties that are considered a nuisance – or properties that have high uncut grass and weed overgrowth as well as those who place trash outside the homes without a proper container.  According to the Sun Gazette, the city codes administrator, Joseph Gerardi said that there are four codes enforcement officers who will be visiting properties one time with a warning and then there could be a 200 dollar fine imposed at minimum for each property maintenance code offense.  Rental property owners are also reminded that a codes officer will give a ten day notice for them to schedule an inspection with the city.  Those properties with code violations that don’t get inspected within the time allotted could be shut down and renters displaced.

NEW HIRE IN THE OFFICE AT LITTLE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL

There is a new marketing and communications person starting this week at Little League International Headquarters in Williamsport.  According to a press release, Lance Lovett joins LLI after his last position as Inside Sales Account Executive for the Detroit Lions where he helped with ticket sales, outreach, tracking, and special fan engagement events.  Lovett has a Bachelor in Science in Sport Management from Eastern Michigan and an Associate’s degree from Macomb Community College where he played baseball. 

SPORTS

MLB

Marlins 8 Nationals 2
Yankees 6 Orioles 2
Red Sox 6 Astros 3
Brewers 1 Braves 0
Cubs 9 Pirates 0
White Sox 5 Royals 3
Cardinals and Mets were postponed due to Rain

NBA tonight
Boston goes to Miami at 8:30 on ESPN for the East Finals Game 1
Tomorrow Dallas is it Golden State at 9 PM on TNT for the West Finals Game 1

NHL tonight
Tampa Bay Rays play the Florida Panthers 7 PM on TNT  in the East 2nd Round
St. Louis is in Colorado at 9:30 on TNT in the West 2nd Round

GOLF
The PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa starts this week – on Thursday the 19th.  The second major of the year is in Oklahoma for the first time since 2007 when Tiger Woods won his 13th major title.

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