BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JUNE 28, 2019

I-80 ROLLOVER WRECK STILL CLEARING TODAY

There’s still debris and cargo on the shoulder from the crash that happened around 10 pm last night on I-80 west at the Lime Ridge/Berwick exit.  Police say a tire probably blew on the tractor trailer that was traveling between the Berwick and Bloomsburg exits in Mifflin Township.  Losing control, the rig clipped a car, crossed the median then rolled over an embankment toward the Pleasant View Mobile Home Park. The driver was trapped in the crashed vehicle for about an hour before being flown to a hospital.  He’s expected to be ok. The wreck should be cleared off the shoulder today.

OVERNIGHT FIRE IN MIFFLINBURG

Local firefighters are on the scene of a reported house fire on Market Street in Mifflinburg.  Union County Communications told WKOK that emergency crews were called out to the two-alarm fire  around 1:30am.  There are no reports of any injuries at this time, units responded from Mifflinburg, New Berlin, Penns Creek and West End to fight the blaze.

CORONER INVESTIGATES POSSIBLE DROWNING

A woman was found dead in her family’s pool near Trout Run yesterday and the Lycoming County coroner is investigating.  The unidentified woman was found by a family member in the pool at a home along Route 14 and emergency medical technicians arrived at the home around 5:30 Thursday.  According to the Sun Gazette, the  cause of death is still under investigation and more information about the death may be released.

FUNDING APPROVED FOR COUNTY BUDGET SOFTWARE

Lycoming County Commissioners  approved the funding in a 2-1 vote yesterday for budget software that some officials say will allow them to breakdown spending details and allow the current budget to be transparent and viewable by the public.  According to the Williamsport Sun Gazette, the commissioners approved the 95 thousand dollar purchase saying it will make understanding the financial information easier for the public and show how their tax money is spent here.

PENN COLLEGE GETS FEDERAL GRANT

Pennsylvania College of Technology was awarded part of an almost 8 million dollar federal grant to develop apprenticeship strategies in advanced manufacturing fields.  Penn College received the funding as part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s grants to academic institutions nationwide.  The ultimate aim is to satisfy industry’s enormous demand for trained American workers.

MAN DEEMED COMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL

The man with a history of mental illness accused of killing 82 year-old Donald Kleese, Jr., in his Eldred County home in 2017 was deemed competent to stand trial in Lycoming County Court.  Graham Norby-Vardac faces charges of criminal homicide, aggravated assault and burglary from the attack on Kleese.  His videotaped confession of the incident was played for the court yesterday.  According to the Sun Gazette, due to schedule conflicts and the awaiting of medical testiomony, the trial will continue this August.

FRAT HOUSE ATTORNEY SUES PENN STATE

The Penn State fraternity shut down after the 2017 hazing death of 19 year-old Tim Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey, is suing the school saying they are the scapegoat representing a wider problem of drinking and partying on campus there.  WKOK reports that the corporation that owns the Beta Theta Pi House sued the university saying they also banned the fraternity to obtain the real estate.  About 24 members of the fraternity were charged in the crime, most ending in guilty pleas or rehabilitation programs.

BILL PASSES TO COMBAT ABSENTEEISM

A proposal to remove lawmakers in Harrisburg who do not show up and vote has passed 195 to 6 in the House this week.  Officials say that they have been trying to address the blatent corruption they see in chronic absenteeism.  The constitutional ammednet will move forward toward the Senate.

RIDE THE TRAIN IN LEWISBURG

If you’re in Lewisburg this weekend, you might be able to ride the train.  The Union County Veteran’s 4th of July Parade committee has set up the rides for this weekend in conjunction with the North Shore Railroad.  A spokeperson from the US Army National Guard says the appreciate the the rail company personnel since they are all volunteer for the weekend.  The cost of a ticket is 10 dollars.

Sports

Major League Baseball

Phillies beat the Mets 6-3, Rangers hit the Tigers 3-1, Rays over the Twins 5-2 in 18 innings, Pirates blanked the Astros 10-nothing, Brewers over the Mariners 4-2, Cubs bumped the Braves 9-7, Nationals struck the Marlins 8-5, Dodgers thumped the Rockies 12-8, Diamondbacks over the Giants 5-1, Angels beat the A’s 8-3

NY Penn League

Auburn Doubledays beat the  Williamsport Crosscutters 1- nothing

Major Baseball –Montoursville over Williamsport 13-1

Major Softball
South Williamsport shut out Clinton 10 nothing (in 4 innings) to take the District 12 Championship Title for 2019.

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