BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 20, 2022

POLICE SEEK SUSPECT IN SUNBURY

Police and investigators in Sunbury are seeking a suspect in a deadly shooting at an area convenience store.  According to WNEP, 23 year old Ajani Uhuru is the man police say shot 30 year old Hamkeem Jakes at the Penn Jersey Food Mart, before he fled in a vehicle that was later found down the street.  Police will be looking at the surveillance video today to gain more information about the shooting that happened right inside the store.  Investigators say Uhuru, who is a 6 foot 2 black male in dark clothing, may be in the Elysburg area and heading toward Pittsburgh – he is considered armed and dangerous.   Anyone with information should contact Sunbury Police at (570) 286-4584.

WASD STUDENT WHO THREATENED OTHERS, HAD OTHER CHARGES

The Cogan Station teen who was recently jailed due to threatening messages sent to two students over the Williamsport School District messaging portal, has had other charges lodged against him.  According to the Sun Gazette, 18 year old Lucaus Adam Butler had previously waived his preliminary hearing last week for an indecent assault charge that he received in early April for inappropriate contact with a minor in Lycoming Township.  He is currently committed to Lycoming County prison on 9 misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats with no bail.

BLUEBERRIES FOR LIBRARIES

The Fresh Blueberry Sale in Selinsgrove is being held now through June 26th.  According to the Daily Item, the annual sale is held by the Friends of the Rudy Gelnett Library in Selinsgrove to raise money for the library and its programs.  Those interested can pre-order and pre-pay for the seven quart boxes or 10 pounds of freshly picked blueberries for $33 before June 26th with pick up at the Selinsgrove VFW on July 6th from 10am til 3pm.  Pick up an order form at any branch of the Snyder County Library System.  Or email gatesta@ptd.net

143 DAY”, MONDAY HONORS A PENNSYLVANIA SON

Governor Wolf has announced a celebration of the 4th annual 1-4-3 Day to honor Pennsylvania’s Fred Rogers of the iconic Mister Roger’s Neighborhood this Monday, May 23rd . According to a press release, Governor Wolf said Pennsylvanians are honored to carry out kind words and deeds to our community to celebrate the life of Fred Rogers who regularly used the numbers 1-4-3 as a way of saying I-Love-Lou.  May 23rd is the 143rd day of the year.  You can go to pa.gov to find inspiration for 1-4-3 Day as well as use #143DayinPA on Social media.  The Pennsylvania Tourism Office offers guests an experience on the Fred Rogers Trail with stops in Latrobe and Pittsburgh – go to visitpa.com/fredrogers.

PEDESTRIAN HIT BY CAR ON ROUTE 6

A tractor trailer driver from Sayre who had exited his vehicle along Route 6 in Bradford County was hit by another driver earlier this month.   According to a Pennsylvania State Police report, 55 year old Joseph Lane had parked his truck along the westbound lane side of Rt 6, about 4:45 am, just east of Red Rock Road in Wysox Township, and was removing a deer from the road.  34 year old Ronnie Johnson of Towanda was traveling on the eastbound side of route 6 and struck the driver of the truck along the side of the road.  Police say the Bradford County Coroner reported Lane deceased at the scene and that he died upon impact.

HEARING FOR FORMER NORRY PRISON DEPUTY WARDEN SET

The former Northumberland County prison deputy warden who allegedly held a gun to his girlfriend’s head earlier this month, has a preliminary hearing on June 21st.  According to the Daily Item, 62 year old David McCoy of Catawissa is facing misdemeanor charges of terroristic threats and endangering another person after he was agitated at his home around 8pm May 2nd over police being called to his property.   He was incarcerated at Columbia County Prison, but posted 100 thousand dollars cash bail through a local professional bondsman.  McCoy was fired May 4th from the deputy warden position at Northumberland after working there only a month. 

NATURAL GAS RATES TO RISE

Natural gas rate hikes are next on the utility agenda with UGI customers getting the message that as of June 1st natural gas costs will go  up over 7%, with a second rate hike on the way in December.  According to North Central Pa dot com, administrators from UGI say wholesale costs of all energies are going up, even though Marcellus Shale locally helps stabilize the price increases compared to nationwide hikes. Utility companies do not profit from the natural gas commodity portion of a customer’s bill and are required to pass costs of energy they purchase directly to the customer with no markup by law.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR THE UPTOWN MUSIC COLLECTIVE

Williamsport’s non-profit school of music, the Uptown Music Collective is now accepting applications for 13 needs and merit based scholarships, for any current or new student wishing to join the school next fall.  There is a group of several organizations, who provide funding for the scholarships including the First Community Partnership via the Lew Gilberti Fund, Hudock Capital Group, Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships and others. The deadline to apply for to 2022-23 school year scholarships is June 6th and they will be awarded in July.  Details at uptown music dot org.

SPORTS

PIAA District 4 Varsity Softball
Central Mountain clinched their conference yesterday over Milton 11-2
Sullivan county 11               St John Neumann 1
Jersey Shore 16                     Shamokin 6
North Penn Liberty 3            Cowanesque Valley 2
Bloomsburg 11                      Southern Columbia 1

NBA  
Celtics 127 Heat 102   tied 1-1
NBA tonight
Dallas is at Golden State @9 PM on TNT
Miami and Boston meet up again Saturday night @8:30 on ABC.


NHL
Lightning 2                   Panthers 1 Tampa Bay leads 2-0 in the East 2nd Round
Blues 4                          Avalanche 1 tied 1-1
NHL tonight
Rangers and Hurricanes in Raleigh @8 PM on ESPN
Oilers & Flames in Calgary at 10:30 PM on ESPN
 

MLB

Orioles 9             Yankees 6
Padres 2              Phillies 0
Mets 7                 Cardinals 6 in10 innings
Reds 4                 Guardians 2  make up from Wednesday
Red Sox 12         Mariners 6
White Sox 7       Royals 4
Diamondbacks 3 Cubs 1
Astros 5               Rangers 1

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