BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS OCTOBER 3, 2019

MULTI VEHICLE ACCIDENT SHUTS DOWN I-80
A multi-vehicle crash on I-80 East near Buckhorn yesterday shut down the interstate for almost 2 hours.  PennDOT says the interstate reopened around 10am after the operator of a tractor trailer started a chain reaction of accidents which closed the road.  State Police in Bloomsburg said David Toler of Midlothian Virginia didn’t slow down for traffic merging into a construction zone, and struck the first of 4 other vehicles that all sustained major damage.  Jeremy Matruder of Shamokin was the driver of a 2008 GM Terrain that was first rear-ended by the Freightliner truck driver.  Matruder was taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville with injuries of unknown severity.  Toler was charged for not driving at a safe speed – no word if there are other charges pending.

VIRGINIA MAN DIES AFTER INCIDENT AT CONSTRUCTION SITE
A construction worker from Virginia was pronounced dead at Lock Haven Hospital Monday and police are investigating.  According to the Sun Gazette, an incident occurred around 4pm Monday afternoon at a First Quality building site in Lock Haven which caused the death of a 39 year-old man employed by Yates Construction Company.  The Clinton County Coroner, Zach Hanna says there was an autopsy scheduled to determine the cause of death.  Police say foul play was not a concern.

PA BAR ASSOCIATION PREPS VOTERS
In an effort to inform voters of the candidates running for the two vacant seats on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and other judges recommended for retention. The Pennsylvania Bar Association has provided ratings and descriptions of the appellate judge candidates who will appear on the ballot November 5th.  Edith M Marino of Lycoming County is a member of the PA Bar Associations Judicial Evaluation Commission which provides the ratings and information about candidates so Pennsylvania residents can vote by a yes or no on the ballot.  The information is online at pavotesmart dot com.

LEAF COLLECTION TO BEGIN
Leaf Collection begins soon in the city and surrounding townships.  Williamsport City Street and Parks Department officials say they will begin collecting loose leaf piles along the curb line of primary streets October 28th and continue into December. The Loyalsock Township website provides a leaf collection schedule for certain streets and areas also beginning Octoiber 28th– find that information online at loyalsock township bos.com.

POLICE CHASE ENDS IN TWO ARRESTS
Police captured two suspected drug dealers after a short pursuit along Williamsport streets by state troopers and members of the US Marshall’s Office Fugitive Unit yesterday.  Kenneth Bonaparte and Adrian-Michael Harry were eluding capture Wednesday after police were searching for Harry on a warrant for drug charges in April of 2019.  Bonaparte drove a get-away vehicle and eventually crashed into a utility pole along Cemetery Street in Williamsport according to the Sun Gazette.  Court records say police found a black case that was allegedly thrown from the car, full of a variety of drugs from heroin to methamphetamines, packaged and ready to sell. Bonaparte and Harry are both incarcerated at the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of 250 thousand dollars bail.

TIOGA COUNTY RESIDENTS ARRESTED FOR NARCOTICS
Three people from Tioga County who were arrested in Lycoming County last June after police found them passed out in a running car face charges this fall.  Police found 29 year old Ryan Arena, of Wellsboro, 25 year old Kacie M. Breon, of Mansfield, and 24 year old Travis F. Huck, of Wellsboro, passed out in the vehicle along Beauty Runs Road in Old Lycoming Township, stopped in the middle of the road in drive, with the rear brakes engaged.  Police came up on the car, shifted the car into park and found Huck behind the wheel with drug paraphernalia close by.  All three were arrested with use and possession of narcotics and will face those charges in Lycoming County Court this fall.

VAPING SEMINAR FOR EDUCATORS
As vaping takes a controversial front seat in society, BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 hosted a Hot Topic Forum for Superintendents, principals and school counselors from seven school districts. They shared resources on vaping trends and what to do as the trend gains more national attention.  Presenters included officials from the Lycoming County Youth Development Task Force and the American Lung Association.  Brooke Beiter of IU 17 told the Sun Gazette that to start a conversation about vaping equips educators across the region.

GUN LAW FORUM IN LINDEN THIS MONTH
Pennsylvania Representatives Garth Everett and Jeff Wheeland will host a gun law seminar on Wednesday, October 16th at the Woodward Township Fire hall in Linden.  Everett says there will be presentations on hunting laws by the State Game Warden, fire arm carry law by Sheriff Mark Lusk and a talk on Stand Your Ground laws by Judge Marc Lovecchio. Those interested in attending should contact the representative from their district to register for free.

Sports
Major League Baseball Playoffs

Tampa Bay Rays beat the Oakland A’s 5-1 in the American League Wildcard game
HS Girls Tennis
South Williamsport over Central Columbia in Singles – that match shortened by rain yesterday- Cowanesque Valley beat North Penn Liberty 5-2, Saint John Neumann beat Muncy 3-2,  Hughesville over Bloomsburg 4-1
HS Boys Soccer
Selinsgrove beat Williamsport 1-0, Sullivan County over Muncy 3-1, Loyalsock beat Bloomsburg 4-1, North Penn Liberty over Towanda 12-nothing
HS Girls Soccer
Wellsboro beat North East Bradford 5-1

Sports today

Major League Baseball
National League Division Series
Washington heads to LA to play the Dodgers tonight at 8:37
NFL Thursday Night Football
Los Angeles Rams play the Seattle Seahawks 8:20 PM

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