BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS NOVEMBER 3, 2022

NO JAIL FOR MAN CONVICTED OF TAX FRAUD

A Cogan Station man will avoid jail time after a US Middle District judge gave him probation on a criminal tax evasion charge.  According to Penn Live, Devon T Buck cashed checks from customers of his landscaping business and diverted the money into personal accounts between 2015 and September 2017. Assistant US Attorney acknowledged the defense’s argument that Buck’s attempted to work out a settlement with the IRS before being compliant with the law over the fraud.  Buck who is a father of two young children received two years probation and was fined three thousand dollars for failing to report over 720 thousand dollars in gross receipts.  The IRS may still impose a civil penalty on Buck.

CAREGIVER GAMBLES WITH TODDLER IN THE CAR

The caregiver of a toddler has been charged in Union County for allegedly leaving the child in her running car when she gambled at a gas station in Lewisburg on numerous occasions.  According to North Central PA dot com, a witness called police when 50 year old Christa Bingaman was in the store and had left the child alone at least 10 minutes in October.  Troopers said the parents of the 1 and a half year old called police to press charges.  Bingaman was charged with endangering the welfare of children and summary of leaving a child unattended, her preliminary hearing is November 17th.

TWO FLOOD-PLAIN HOMES SET FOR COUNTY BUYOUT

Two homes in the Muncy borough are potentially in line for a buyout for being in a flood-prone area of Lycoming County.  According to the Sun Gazette, during their meeting this week, the Muncy Borough Council entered an into an agreement with the county to buy out the houses on North Washington Street and Mechanic Street near Glade Run, which are two of seven that FEMA are considering for future buyouts as well.  Members of council noted that families live in six of the seven flood-prone homes and the two to be bought are particularly prone to flooding.

ADA COMPLIANT POLLING PLACE POSSIBLE AT WASD

The Williamsport Area School District School Board called using their facilities as a polling place in the future in an effort for elections to be ADA compliant, an unfunded mandate. According to the Sun Gazette, during the school board meeting this week, County Commissioner Scott Metzger and director of Voter services, Forrest Lehman, were present in front of the board to discuss the funding and logistics of using the schools by the public on Election Days.  Superintendent Dr. Timothy S. Bowers says unknown security risks and other issues could be a distraction at the school.  33 of 67 counties already use schools as polling sites.  The discussion did not come to a vote at the board meeting this week.

SUSPECT IN CUSTODY FROM MONTOUR COUNTY FIRE

Police have taken a person into custody for arson after a fire destroyed a Montour County Home last night.  According to state police, the fire marshal was called around 5pm to R and H Avenue, near Narehood Road in Mooresburg.  Property record state the property is owned by John, Cynthia and Kelli Young.  Five fire separtments were called to the scene but police have not released any more information about the fire or the suspect.

MORE FELONIES FOR COGAN STATION MAN CAUGHT IN LOYALSOCK

The man who was apprehended from a Loyalsock home after being there unauthorized and then found to have materials to make explosive devices, has been charged with two felonies.  According to the Sun Gazette, Steve Guthrie of Cogan Station was charged with possessing weapons of mass destruction and criminal trespassing after police took him into custody at a home on the 900 block of Cemetery Street.  State troopers trained to deal with explosives had to remove the evidence from the home.  Police say Guthrie violated terms of his bail from a previous felony charge including sexual assault of a child, he has been returned to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of an additional 50 thousand dollars bail.

$400K AWARDED FOR PINE SQUARE IMPROVEMENTS

Four hundred thousand dollars has been earmarked for the Pine Square improvement project that Senator Gene Yaw says will attract more economic growth in the city of Williamsport. According to a press release from the senator’s office, the investment made possible by the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program will help develop a live-work-play complex close to Trade and Transit II which will have an upgraded space that will be level with a bandshell, fencing signage and lighting.  Mayor Slaughter thanked Governor Wolf and Senator Yaw for making the award possible by working for the funding in Harrisburg.

NEW HYBRID COASTER AT HERSHEY PARK FOR 2023

It’s the time of year when Hershey park announces what’s on the way for the next season and according to Hersheypark.com the amusement park will unveil the all-new Wildcat’s Revenge  2023. One of 15 coasters already at Hersheypark, the wood and steel hybrid coaster will make its debut 100 years after the first Wild Cat ride opened at the Park.  The all-new steel track will add unique elements to the existing frame, according to the news release.  The hybrid coaster features maximum speeds of 62 miles per hour and four inversions, including the World’s Largest Underflip. 

SPORTS

PIAA District 4
Girls Soccer Playoffs
Class AAA Championship yesterday
Shikellamy 2 Selinsgrove 1
Class A Championship
Southern Columbia vs South Williamsport @Danville HS – 6pm tonight
Class AA Championship
Central Columbia vs Lewisburg @Milton HS – 8pm tonight
Boys Soccer Playoffs
Class AAA Championship last night
Selinsgrove 5 Jersey shore 1
Class A Northumberland
Northumberland Christian vs East Juniata @Danville HS – 8pm tonight
Class AA Championship
Lewisburg vs Danville @Milton HS 6pm tonight

MLB Astros 5 Philies 0   World Series tied up 2-2 Game 5 tonight 8:03pm FOX

NFL tonight the Eagles are in Houston at 8:15 on prime video for Thursday night football
NBA
Wizards 121                  76ers 111
Cavaliers 114                 Celtics 113
Hawks 112                              Knicks 99
Bulls 106                       Hornets 88
Clippers 109                  Rockets 101
Bucks 116                      Pistons 191
Mavericks 103               Jazz 100
Lakers 120                     Pelicans 117 inOT
NHL
Maple Leafs 5 Flyers 2
Sabers 6 Penguins 3
NCAA Football Saturday
Penn State heads to Indiana to play the Hoosiers – 3:30pm on ABC
Ohio State is at Northwestern noon on ABC
South Florida’s at Temple at 2 PM on ESPN+
Syracuse @ Pitt 3:30 PM

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