BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS AUGUST 3, 2022

MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN THREE CASES AGAINST HIM

A Williamsport man pleaded guilty in three active case against him this week, including possession with intent to deliver, identity theft and attempting to fake a drug test with drug-free urine.  According to North Central PA dot com, Carl Caum could receive up to a 23 month sentence, a fine and probation for the identity theft, running concurrent with the 5 years probation for the drug charges.  Caum will face a judge for sentencing in October.  Caum also will owe over 14 hundred dollars restitution. 

BEAR STRUCK ON ROUTE 120

A Renovo woman struck a bear crossing Route 120 early Sunday morning.  According to State police, Anna M. Young was traveling southbound and while rounding a curve around daybreak on July 31st, and struck the bear crossing Renovo Road.  Police say Young’s car sustained disabling damage, but the woman only suffered minor injuries.  No word on the condition of the bear. 

TURNPIKE TOLLS WILL GO UP IN 2023

There has been a toll increase approved by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission that will raise prices on the highway by five percent.  According to Penn Live, the increase will affect EZ Pass and Toll by Plate customers.  The toll hike is the 15th one in so many years, after the highway commission has been forced to raise tolls to help pay for Pennsylvania’s unmet transportation funding projects – due to Act 44 of 2007.  The new prices take affect on January 8th of 2023.

THEFT AT WALMART IN LEWISBURG

A man from Dalmatia, who police accuse of stealing more than two thousand dollars worth of merchandise from the Walmart in Lewisburg, was charged with a felony.  According to North Central PA dot com, state police at Milton say 25 year old Logan Shaffer stole computer items, a drone, men’s cologne and more July 11th.  Shaffer was arraigned in Lewisburg Courtroom last Thursday.

THIRD-PARTY CANDIDATES FILE FOR NOVEMBER BALLOT

Candidates for Pennsylvania Governor, and US Senate from the Keystone ,  Libertarian  and the Green Parties have filed paperwork prior to the deadline Monday to have their names appear on the November 8th general election ballot.  Each of the groups’ candidates qualified for the ballot by obtaining five thousand signatures from registered voters in Pennsylvania.  Typically, in a close general election, the third party ballots can tip control of the legislation between the major party candidates.

GRANTS MADE AVAILABLE FOR CHICKEN FARMERS

In coordination with the US Department of Agriculture, the Pennsylvania legislature has created a grant program to assist chicken farmers in the commonwealth whose flocks were destroyed due to the highly pathogenic avian influenza or HPAI.  According to the Record Online, the Pennsylvania Legislature created the HPAI Recovery Reimbursement Grant Program to provide $25 million to poultry farmers  and agriculture secretary Russell Redding said the funds  will help poultry farmers regain a foothold after not having any income for months.  Twenty percent of the nation’s avian influenza testing was completed in Pennsylvania laboratories.

HERSHEY SAYS THEY ARE READY FOR HALLOWEEN

Hersheyfoods has issued a statement that there aren’t any anticipated shortages of Halloween candy for 2022.  According to a statement released by Hershey Co., they do struggle with supply issues over cocoa products and supplies from foreign countries effected by the war in Ukraine, but they have planned for it in Hershey and project high single-digit growth for their Halloween and holiday seasons.  Corporate communications from Hershey Co. say Halloween revenue accounts for around 10% of Hershey’s annual sales.

SPORTS

MLB
Reds 2                           Marlins 1
Pirates 5                        Brewers 3
Nationals 5                   Mets 1
Mariners 8                    Yankees 6
Diamondbacks 6          Guardians 3
Braves 13                      Phillies 1
Orioles 8                       Rangers 2
Red Sox 2                     Astros 1

MLB Draft League
Williamsport Crosscutters 7  State College, at Muncy Bank ballpark, Game 2 of the series with State College tonight at 6:35 first pitch

Little League
Montoursville’s Elijah Eck will be one of eight players nationwide who will play in the 2022 Little League Home Run Derby, taking place August 25th at Volunteer Stadium during the Little League World Series. 

Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, the longest tenured broadcaster with a single team in pro sports history, died last night. Scully announced for Dodgers fans in Brooklyn and Los Angeles for 67 years. Scully was 94.

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