BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS AUGUST 26, 2022

SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENT LEADS TO HOMICIDE CHARGES

A Montoursville teenager has been arrested after a comment on social media escalated to an altercation at a Fairfield Township cemetery where he fired a .22 caliber handgun at six teenagers in two cars on August 7th.  According to State Police, they discovered 18 year old Mandon Jacob Watts of Confair Parkway was involved in texts and chat messages with one of the victims in the case who was invited by Watts to meet him at Resurrection Cemetery around 6pm the night of the shooting.  Witnesses say they saw vehicles in the area when the shots were fired at the group of teens, and police have since recovered evidence on the scene of a shooting.  No one was injured, but cars at the scene were struck by bullets and by ricochet. Watts was arraigned in Lycoming County Court yesterday for attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault and other charges.

LYCO VOTER SERVICES NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DIRECT MAILING

Officials from Lycoming County Board of elections released a statement yesterday, that Pennsylvania residents can expect to see unsolicited direct mail pieces from two political advocacy groups beginning in the next few weeks and that they are not affiliated with the mailings.  According to the Sun Gazette, the mailings contain mail ballot applications and voter registration applications; and the two groups, Voter Participation Center and the Center for Voter Information are soley responsible for the information they potentially contain. If you would like to be removed from the mailing list place a phone call to either group.  The phone numbers for VPC 866-255-6750 or CVI 866-290-1599

CREWS REPAVING ALONG ROUTE 664 TAKE DOWN GUARDRAILS

The guardrails have been removed along Coudersport Pike in Woodward Township so that crews could do paving work to about a mile length portion of the road.  According to the Record Online, the guardrails were removed earlier this week on Route 664 across from Lock Haven along the Susquehanna side of the roadway.  Crews from Glen Hawbaker will be applying a second coat of Amosite on the road from Veteran’s Bridge to Mill Hill Road before the rails will be replaced.

LANE CLOSED ON EAST THIRD NEXT WEEK

Penn DOT is going to be closing lanes in Loyalsock Township in front of the Dunkin’ parking lot again next week for several days in a row. According to work crews, work will take place will be each day from 9am until 3pm between August 27th and September 3rd.  Watch for delays during the day on East Third Street while while work continues at restaurant and in the parking lot.  A double drive through is being installed and the store should reopen in September.

BOY, 13 SHOOTS HIMSELF IN THE LEG

Police have opened an investigation after a 13 year old Williamsport boy shot himself in the leg Tuesday night.  According to the Sun Gazette, the self-inflicted shot happened at a residence on the 300 block of Louisa Street, and the boy was transported by ambulance to UPMC Williamsport after 7:40pm.  Police said they are investigating who owns the gun and whether it was legally obtained.  The boy is recovering from the gunshot.

WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER SHE WITHDREW FRAUDULENT DEPOSITS

After fraudulent deposits totaling almost 25 thousand dollars showed up in her bank account, a woman from Lock Haven withdrew about 18 thousand of it, prior to being caught by police.  According to North Central PA dot com, Janet Robin McBride opened an account at Horizon Federal Credit Union June 2nd and received over 24 thousand dollars in ACH deposits that she did not initiate. The bank discovered the fraudulent transactions and asked McBride to return the money and report the incident to police.  She made arrangements to do so, but never completed the agreement.  McBride was charged with felony theft by deception and receiving stolen property.  She will have a preliminary hearing September 6th.

CENTRAL PA FOOTBALL TEAM SEASON CANCELED DUE TO HAZING

A high school football team near Harrisburg has had their season cancelled after evidence of hazing and inappropriate behavior surfaced from videos taken by players during practices that had been posted online.  According to Penn Live, the superintendent for Middletown area schools said any students involved in the hazing activities and faculty who were aware of the behavior will be disciplined.  The district learned of the videos on August 12th and the team’s head coach Scott Acri resigned his position a few days later. Assistant Coach Robert Brodish will be acting head coach for the Blue Raider’s season that will now not be played this year.

RULING SAYS LICENSE PLATES MUST BE UNOBSTRUCTED

A Pennsylvania superior appellate court ruling this week will allow police officers the authority to stop a vehicle in the commonwealth if any part of the car’s license plate is obstructed in any manner. According to  Penn Live, the decision was newly interpreted after an April 2021 case in which the Philadelphia officer says he made a traffic stop due to the website at the bottom of the car’s license plate being covered, and discovered the occupants of the car to have drugs and illegal firearms.  The law states a license plate must be completely legible. A lower court ruling from last summer that said the police lacked probable cause to stop the suspect, was overturned.

SPORTS

Little League World Series
Curaçao 2             Mexico 1
Tennesee 7            Texas1
No Games tonight – Williampsort Welcomes the World Festival
Saturday Little League
(Volunteer)10am Challenger Game
(Lamade) 12:30pm Chinese Taipei vs Curaçao
(Lamade)3:30pm Tennessee vs Hawaii
MLB

Mariners 3            Guardians 1
Orioles 4              White Sox 3
Phillies 4              Reds 0
Mets 3                  Rockies 1
Blue Jays 6                    Red Sox 5
Yankees 13                    A’s 4

MLB News
Bryce Harper returns to the Phillies this weekend when they host the Pirates. Harper has been out since June 25th, after a fast ball broke his thumb.  IN two games this week for the Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Harper hit two home runs Tuesday and two doubles Wednesday.

MLB Draft League
Williamsport Crosscutters swept the series, winning Game 3 last night 5-2 over Trenton Thunder.  The Crosscutters are @home tonight vs the State College Spikes in Muncy Bank Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field 6:35pm 1st pitch

NFL
Kansas City Chiefs   17           Green Bay Packers 10
Texans                      17 49ers                      0
NFL Tonight
Bills vs Panthers @7pm, Seahawks and the Cowboys are on the NFL network at 8pm, same time for the Chargers and Saints, Patriots and Raiders kickoff at 8:15

High School Football games  tonight

WELLSBORO – MONTOURSVILLE 

(BYB Game of the week with pre game coverage starting at 6:30pm on the Twin Valley’s Talk Radio Network) 

POTTSVILLE – JERSEY SHORE

HUGHESVILLE -MONTGOMERY 

LOYALSOCK  – BERKS CATHOLIC

MUNCY – WARRIOR RUN

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT  – MILTON

WILLIAMSPORT  – STATE COLLEGE 

SOUTHERN COLUMBIA  – BERWICK

MIFFLIN COUNTY – CENTRAL MOUNTAIN 

SELINSGROVE  – BELLEFONTE

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