BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 4, 2019

NO ANIMAL CRUELTY FOUND AT DAIRY FARM

State Troopers in Northumberland County have determined that there is no animal cruelty taking place at a Shamokin Dairy Farm.  Police, along with a veterinarian, toured the Reitz Dairy Farm, and interviewed the farmers and did not find any evidence that supports the claims of cruelty to animals.  Animal activists from the group PETA covertly worked at the facility and made videos of the alleged incidents. No charges will be filed.

DROWNING VICTIM IDENTIFIED

Police have released the name of the woman who was found in a pool at a home  off of Route 14 in Trout Run.  The Lycoming County Coroner Charles Kiessling told the Sun Gazette that 54 year old Kellie L. Hill of Trout Run is the victim of an apparent drowning that occurred at her home June 27th.  An autopsy was performed but Kiessling says he’s waiting for toxicology test results to release more details.

HIGH SPEED INTERNET COMING TO RURAL AREAS OF PA

Legislators have approved the funding that brings us a step closer to high speed internet in the more rural areas of Susquehanna Valley.  Representatives in Lycoming-Union and Juniata-Mifflin-Franklin counties have provided 300 thousand dollars of a state budget allocation ,to partner with Internet Service providers to spearhead the rural broadband initiative.  The first step is to assess the current assets and infrastructure and then identify the most urgent needs.  ISPs can then apply for funding to offset costs of broadband infrastructure projects.

FLASH FLOODS STRETCH LOCAL RESOURCES

The rain, storms and flash flooding that we saw this week in some areas of Williamsport caused more work for city crews and electrical issues for some offices at City Hall.  City officials told the Williamsport Sun Gazette that the city’s pipes, which were built in the 1950s, are too small to handle the large volume of water we’ve seen.  Council members must also address the funding to pay overtime costs for stretched work crews who have to clear the debris from catch basins.  The national weather service said 1.86 inches of rain fell Tuesday afternoon in Williamsport.

LOITERING SUSPECT LEFT BLOODY FOOTPRINTS

State Police in Montoursville are searching for an individual accused of loitering in Muncy after they found bloody foot prints along the ground in a borough neighborhood.  Officials told north central PA dot com that a suspect sustained an injury around 2am on June 29th and walked along the 300 block of South Main Street in Muncy bleeding from their right foot.  The tracks go between parked cars to porches of homes, however there are no reports of damage or theft of property.  If you have information about this case, call PA State Police.

WATSONTOWN WOMAN CHARGED WITH HARRASSMENT

Police have filed charges against a Watsontown woman for harassment.  WKOK reports that Desiree Fahey of Watsontown was involved in a domestic incident that happened along the 100 block of East Fourth Street last Friday.  Police say Fahey shoved the victim – charges were filed in district court.

NO ARMED TEACHERS IN PA SCHOOLS

Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation Tuesday that will allow schools in PA to have armed security officers in school buildings, but will not have armed teachers.  According to Penn Live, the bill – sponsored by Senator Mike Regan of Cumberland County clarifies the details on resource officers’ roles and authority to carry firearms.  Regan says there is also a requirement for all security personnel, whether armed or not, to have the critical training on how to work alongside students in a school setting.

MORE PEOPLE ARE DRIVING FOR THE FOURTH

Triple A reports that we may see a larger volume of traffic for the holiday.  Officials from the agency in South Williamsport say that on average, almost 5 percent more people are driving to 4th of July destinations this year with Sunday being the heaviest travel day of the weekend.  PennDOT told the Sun Gazette that motorists will see some short distance lane closures on I-180 in Muncy, but no work crews will be in those zones.

Sports
White Sox over the Tigers twice yesterday 7-5 and 9-6, Nationals bumped the Marlins 3-1, Yankees beat the Mets 5-1, Pirates over the Cubs 6-5, Blue Jays over the Red Sox 6-3, Orioles beat the Rays 9-6, Reds blanked the Brewers 3-nothing, Braves over the Phillies 9-2, Angels beat the Rangers 6-2, Astros stung the Rockies 4-2, Indians stumped the Royals 4-nothing, Twins flicked the A’s 4-3, Giants beat the Padres 7-5, Dodgers over the Diamondbacks 5-4, and Cardinals beat the Mariners 5-2.

NY-Penn League
Scrappers over the Crosscutters last night 2-nothing

Major Baseball
Loyalsock beat Montoursville 2-nothing

Women’s World Cup Soccer Netherlands beat Sweden 1-nothing – Setting up the Championship match with the United States Sunday at 11am.

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