BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 26, 2022

JANUARY 6TH DEFENDANT COMMITS SUICIDE

The Lycoming County Coroner confirmed last week that 47 year old Mark Roderick Aungst of South Williamsport has died as a result of suicide.  According to Penn Live, Aungst was facing sentencing from his plea agreement after admitting that he and his co-defendant, Tammy Bronsberg of Williamsport entered the Capitol building twice on January 6th , 2021, but they were not facing any assault charges.  Aungst, a gas field well service technician was scheduled for sentencing September 27th.  Aungst’s death is the third suicide among January 6th defendants and the 13th death that day overall between police officers, defendants and Trump supporters in the crowd.

POLICE SEEK DRIVER WHO HIT KNOEBLES PARKING ATTENDANT

Police are asking for information from anyone who may have seen a driver hit a Knoebel’s employee who was directing traffic Saturday evening around 8:45pm.  According to the Daily Item, the Locust Township police say witnesses saw the driver of a red Dodge Ram pick-up truck, disregard instructions of the person directing them out of the park, hit the gas, and bump the employee with the truck. The suspect who may have been Hispanic, along with a white female as passenger, broke through a wooden barricade and drove out of the park onto Campground Road.  Police are asking residents with home surveillance to see if they have any video of the truck traveling around Pine Swamp, Bethel or Middle Roads.  The Knoebel’s employee was not seriously injured in the ordeal.

IMPACT FEE GRANTS TO HELP VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANIES

Five hundred and sixty thousand dollars in impact fee grants from Act 13 have been approved so that the 28 volunteer fire companies will each receive a one-time grant of 20 thousand dollars.  According to the Sun Gazette, this is an effort to make up the fund raising deficit the companies had after being unable to have public event during the pandemic.

POLE INSTALLATION ON BRIDGE TODAY

The right northbound lane of the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge will be restricted today while crews work to install a new electric pole there.  According to PennDOT, they will work during daylight hours on the bridge between Route 147 in Sunbury and Route 11/15 in Shamokin Dam.  Work was postponed yesterday due to the morning rain, but motorists may encounter slow traffic today.  Officials say the installation should be complete after the work today.

LOYALSOCK FIRE DETERMINED TO BE ARSON

A fire July 5th at a Loyalsock Township home has been ruled arson.  According to the Sun Gazette, the vacant home on Inverness Road sustained 100 thousand dollars damage after a two alarm fire that witnesses said seemed to have begun in the attic of a home owned by Jimmie and Alexandrea Sheffield.  The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshall determined the blaze was intentionally set.  The home had been put up for sale a few months prior to the incident, if you have information about the fire, call state police.

CHARGES AGAINST TROUT RUN MAN DROPPED

A Trout Run man, who had charges of inappropriate contact with a minor filed against him, last January, will not be prosecuted after the victim was unable to testify about the abuse.  According to the Sun Gazette, 32 year old Anthony Foulkrod  has had all state police charges dropped from an alleged incident last October reported by a minor younger than 13.  The assault allegedly happened in Lewis Township.  The Lycoming County District Attorney’s office said the charges were dropped earlier in July.

BLACK BEAR ILLEGALLY SHOT IN ELK COUNTY

The PA Game Commission is investigating the illegal taking of a black bear found in Ridgeway Township on July 22nd .  According to a Game Commission social media post, the bear was shot in the chest with a small caliber firearm near the 1100 block of Montmorenci Road in Elk County.  Anyone with information is being asked to report it by calling 1-833-PGC-WILD.

PA STATE GRANT DEADLINE APPROACHING

Deadlines are approaching for students heading to college in the fall who want to apply for a PA State Grant Award.  According to the PA Department of Education, the deadline is August 1st and is for anyone enrolled or planning to enroll in a community college; a designated Pennsylvania open-admissions institution; a business, trade or technical school; a hospital school of nursing; or a two-year program that is not transferable to another institution. Students can find out details about completing their free Application for federal Student Aid or FAFSA by starting at the PA Higher Education Assistance Agency website – Pheaa.org.

SPORTS

MLB
Reds 11 Marlins 2
Phillies 6 Braves 4
Orioles 5 Rays 1
Red Sox 3 Guardians 1
Cubs 3 Pirates 2
Nationals 4 Dodgers 1

MLB Draft League
          Williamsport Crosscutters 8          State College Spikes 1 in Game 1 of the series this week.  Game 2 is tonight in State College with a 6:35 PM first pitch, but Williamsport is back at home hosting the Spikes tomorrow night in Muncy Bank Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.

NFL
The Pittsburgh Steelers are back in Latrobe, Pennsylvania today for training camp. The first practice is tomorrow at 1:55pm at Saint Vincent College. Training camp will be open to the public, but ‘no practice’ days are July 31st, August 7th, and 14th. Practice will be closed to the public on August 12th prior to their preseason game on the 13th, and the final day to attend will be Thursday, August 18th.

Little League
Keystone 12 (Major) Little League All-Star team open play in the  Little league State Championship that start tomorrow in Bradford at 6:15 p.m. against DuBois. The eight-team tournament is to continue through Aug. 2. The winner advances to the Mid-Atlantic championships in Bristol, CT next month – the winner of that goes to the 75th anniversary Little league World Series.

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