BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

INJURED PEDESTRIAN NEAR BUCKNELL IDENTIFIED
There are more details coming forth about the pedestrian accident that shut down Route 15 near Bucknell University early Monday.  30 year old Audie Shiffer was struck when he was walking from his broken down car east to west along Route 15.  According to WKOK, Shiffer was struck by 30 year old Ricardo Acosta of Manheim when he crested the top of the hill in a 40 mile per hour zone, which is a bit of a blind spot according to police.  Shiffer was Lifeflighted to Geisinger from Evangelical Community Hospital and is in critical condition with fractured bones and internal injuries.  He was the only pedestrian involved in the accident.

NATURAL GAS LINES TO BE INSTALLED
There will be natural gas lines installed in the city on Campbell Street to Vallamont Drive starting around September 23rd.  According to the Sun Gazette, UGI representatives informed the public works committee of the proposed installation  which will involve the replacement of the existing gas lines and then minor repaving.  The public can anticipate other work around the East Third St. Gateway Project near Lycoming College as the city prepares to realign Franklin Street in the near future.

K-9 UNITS ARE COMING BACK TO THE CITY
Williamsport City Council Finance Committee has approved a proposal to bring a K-9 force back to the city police department.  According to the Sun Gazette, the finance committee recommended the proposal and funding is expected to come from solicited fund, not from the general fund with a total cost estimated for equipment and training at about 37 thousand dollars.  Many police personnel are in favor of using K-9 units for crime-suppression.  Police say they will originally need a dog for narcotics detection and then one to be trained to detect bombs.

INMATE CHARGED FOR INTIMIDATING VICTIM
A prison inmate was instructed to not contact his victim by a Lycoming County judge, but did it anyway.  The Sun Gazette reports that 45 year old Stephen Redden of Cogan Station was jailed for assault after allegedly punching his girlfriend, Stacey Eckard, and striking her with a bottle August 23rd .  During Redden’s arraignment, a judge prohibited him to contact Eckard, but he attempted several times to persuade her by phone to drop the charges and not testify against him.  The preliminary hearing was August 28th, Eckard told police about Reddens phone calls and he’s now facing 2 more charges of with intimidation of a victim.

SCHOOL THREAT DETERMINED INVALID
A threat at the Selinsgrove area school District was determined to be invalid after police investigated yesterday.  School officials said the threat was allegedly made at a Selinsgrove middle school but authorities said the student who made the threat poses no risk to students or staff.  The Selinsgrove area School District will be in session today.  No word on if the student faces any charges.

BOARD ACCEPTS LATEST TAX ASSESSMENT
The Montoursville Area School Board has accepted the fair market value of Lowe’s Home Improvement store on Loyalsock Avenue at 4.8 million dollars, stating at their meeting Tuesday that it was lower than they wanted according to the Sun Gazette.  In order to avoid more legal costs from tax assessment appeals like this latest one, the board opted to agree on the assessment which under the agreement, cannot be appealed by either party again until 2026.

A LITTLE RAIN, LOTS OF PATRIOTISM
Despite a brief  but heavy shower during the 9-11 Memorial Ride yesterday, thousands of bikers moved their rolling memorial on a route through Montgomery, Williamsport, Pennsdale, Hughesville and Muncy for hours.  According to the Sun Gazette, the annual ride, had an air of patriotism and excitement with camaraderie, music and vendors around the Clinton Township Fire Company building for the memorial event.

MEMORIAL RIDE DEDICATED TO FATHER JOHN MANNO
Many remembered one of the original ride organizers, Father John Manno, at the 9-11 Memorial Ride yesterday evening in Williamsport.  The memorial service that preceded the ride, was a dedication in Manno’s honor and the Sun Gazette reported that there were several who expressed their memories of  Father Manno and his mission in life.  Members of the 9-11 Memorial Coalition spoke of the gratitude many felt of the opportunity to be able to also participate with so many community members and veterans.

Sports
Major League Baseball
Braves beat the Phillies 3-1, Orioles bumped the Dodgers 7-3, Blue Jays blanked the Red Sox 8- nothing, Mets blanked the Diamondbacks 9-nothing, Brewers over the Marlins 7-5, Nationals beat the Twins 6-2, Rangers over the Rays 10-9, Indians edged the Angels 4-3, Royals over the White Sox 8-6, A’s beat the Astros 5-3, Rockies over the Cardinals 2-1, Pirates beat the Giants 6-3, Padres blanked the Cubs 4-nothing, Mariners over the Reds 5-3, Yankees and Tigers were postponed, there’s a doubleheader set for today.
Boys HS Soccer
Loyalsock beat Bloomsburg 9-1, N.Penn-Liberty over Galeton 3-1
HS Girls Soccer
Muncy beat Sullivan County 3-1Williamsport and Shikellemy Tied at one – game called in the second half
Millville beat Montgomery 5- zip and East Juniata over Lewisburg 3-1
HS Girls Volleyball
In an historic-first varsity game between the two county schools, Williamsport over South Williamsport 3-nothing
Men’s Soccer yesterday
Lockhaven beat District of Columbia 5-1

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