BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 1, 2022

TWO ARRESTS AFTER MAN FOUND SHOT AT LIBERTY GAS STATION

Two people have been arrested in the shooting last week of the Buffalo, New York man who was found deceased at the Exxon off the Route 15 exchange in Liberty. According to the Sun Gazette, Jesus Alicia-Santiago was shot following the exchange of a shared-custody child.  Police say 33 year old Leonardo Pagan-Acevedo of Bethlehem and 32 year old Denissa Alvarez-Matias of York met Alicia-Santiago around 3pm last Friday where a confrontation took place after the exchange, that resulted in Alicia-Santiago allegedly being shot in the abdomen by  Pagan-Acevedo while he sat in his car.  Following the incident, Alicia-Sanitago drove across the street to the gas station where he was found unconscious behind the wheel.  Pagan-Acevedo and Alvarez-Matias have been arrested, charged with homicide, and are being held without bail.

GROUP WANTS REFERENDUM THIS NOVEMBER ON VOTING MACHINES

Members of the Lycoming County Audit the Vote group have submitted a petition with over three thousand signatures asking for a referendum on the November ballot and to remove electronic voting machines in Lycoming County.  According to the Sun Gazette, officials on the election board said they will review the petition that secures the needed signatures to move forward to add a question to the ballot requesting the public’s opinion on removing the machines.  According to director of Voter Services, Forrest Lehman, it would remove an almost million dollar investment that had been paid for by taxes in the county. He said they will review the filing and respond according to legal counsel and the opinions of the Lycoming County commissioners.

MAN TRIES TO STEAL TRACTOR

Mill Hall police caught a man in the act of stealing a tractor from private property on Eagle Valley Road last Saturday around 7:30 pm.  According to North Central PA dot com, police noticed evidence of a break-in at the scene and discovered 47 year old Daniel Elroy Powell of Howard inside the property attempting to harness a Kubota tractor that was garaged there.  Powell has been charged with felony counts of burglary and criminal trespass.  He is in Clinton County Jail on 75 thousand dollars bail.

LYCO UNITED WAY KICKS OFF ANNUAL CAMPAIGN

The Lycoming County United Way will have their Centennial Campaign Kickoff Carnival today to start the progression toward their two million dollar annual fundraising goal.  The public is invited to New Trail Brewing Company at 240 Arch Street today from 5 til 8 to help support the many programs an partners who benefit from the Lycoming County United Way. There will be a dunk tank, a mobile hatchet throwing area, and games on site provided  by SAFE Kids PA, Lycoming County Partners, PennDOT, Lycoming County Coroner’s Office, and Susquehanna Valley CASA.  There will be raffles and music provided by The Heartstrings.

CONSTRUCTION WORKER DIES IN POTATO ROLL FACTORY ACCIDENT

A worker died in a construction accident that happened Tuesday afternoon at the Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls plant in Franklin County, PA.  According to Penn Live, three 25-by 50-foot sections of concrete collapsed around 2pm at a new building site, about the time a storm was passing over, but no word if the weather conditions caused the collapse.  Police said the body of the 30 year old  man who worked for Wohlsen Construction was located around11:45 pm Tuesday after rescue teams searched the concrete hoping to find him alive.  His identity is being held while family is notified. State police are investigating the collapse.

LYCOMING COUNTY AND OTHERS ON DROUGHT WATCH

Residents in thirty six counties including Lycoming, and most of our surrounding counties, are being asked to voluntarily conserve water after the Department of Environmental Protection declared a drought watch for our area. According to a news release, individuals in these drought watch counties are asked to reduce water use by 5 to 10 percent per day – a reduction of 3 to 6 gallons.  Water suppliers may ask for more stringent water conservation methods if conditions worsen going forward. 

POLICE ARREST MEN WHO TRAVELED FROM PHILLY WITH DRUGS

Acting on a tip, police arrested two Lycoming County men who traveled from Williamsport to Philadelphia to buy drugs August 20th.  According to North Central PA dot com, police began surveillance of 39 year old Christopher Raemsch and 29 year old Kyle Connors when they left the Maynard Street Sheetz and went to the King of Prussia Mall, where a suspect placed a large bag in the trunk of their vehicle.  As the pair were on I-80 in the westbound lanes, police stopped them and discovered several pounds of marijuana, two and a half ounces of cocaine, and approximately one kilogram of methamphetamine.  The men were arrested on several counts of criminal conspiracy with intent to deliver a controlled substance.  They are in Lycoming County prison under 250 thousand dollars bail.

PENN COLLEGE FEATURED IN “THE COLLEGE TOUR” EPISODE

Emmy-nominated producers in the Amazon Prime Video series that features episodes about the campus life and culture of colleges and universities across America, have chosen Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport for a segment on season five of the program.  According to a press release, the series “The College Tour” is a vehicle to help students across the world to connect with higher education, so they can make informed decisions without having to travel.  Two marketing managers from Penn College worked as co-producers on the episode.  Find out more at pct.edu.

SPORTS

MLB
Brewers 6                     Pirates 1
Orioles 4                       Guardians 0
Nationals 5                   A’s 1
Mets 2                           Dodgers 1
Braves 3                        Rockies 2
Red Sox 6                     Twins 5
Angels 3                       Yankees 2
Phillies 18                    Diamondbacks 2

MLB Draft League
Williamsport Potato Capers 6  Trenton Thunder 5
They’ll play their 2nd game against Trenton this week tonight at 6:35 PM first pitch.
Tennis
Serena Williams still has some champion in her as she pulled off at 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 upset over number 2 seed Annette Kontaveit in the second round of the U.S. Open last night in New York.  She advances to face Ajla Tomljanovic on Friday in the third round 

PIAA District 4 Sports
Girls Volleyball

Berwick 3 Williamsport 0
North Penn Liberty 3 Cowanesque Valley 0
Boys Soccer
Jersey Shore 2 Central Columbia 1
Girls Soccer
Hughesville 8 Sullivan county 0
Muncy 10 Montgomery 0


NFL NEWS
Steve White, who played football for the University of Tennessee and later spent seven seasons in the NFL as a defensive lineman, died Tuesday. He was 48.  White played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets from 1996-2002. White was a sixth-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1996. His NFL career came to an end in 2002.  He  had been battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

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