BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS OCTOBER 10, 2019

MAN TESTIFIED AGAINST ALLEGED SERIAL BURGLAR
The accomplice to an alleged serial burglar in Williamsport testified in court yesterday saying he helped rob more than 6 homes in October of 2016.  According to court records, Wilbur Kramer, Jr said he and Ronald Shoop, Jr. of Jersey Shore, who is Kramer’s cousin, randomly stole from homes in Anthony, Cascade, Gamble and Pine Townships and sold the items at pawn shops in Hazelton.  According to the Sun Gazette, Kramer and Shoop were identified by police through doorbell cameras.  Kramer is scheduled to plead guilty to the charges this month, Shoop was held on all burglary, criminal trespass and criminal mischief charges by Judge Marc Lovecchio.

BOARD OF PARDONS ACCEPTING REQUEST APPLICATIONS
As of October 1st, the pardon process has been updated in the state according to the PA Board of Pardons.  In a press release from Governor Tom Wolf, Lt. Gov. Fetterman reportedly asked the board to expedite applications for pardons from low-level marijuana convictions, projected to affect thousands of Pennsylvanians, clearing the way for access to jobs, housing, and education. A pardon request form is at the Pennsylvania board of pardon’s website

LIVE UNITED ORCHESTRA FEATURES SPECIAL SONG
The Live United in Music concert is tonight in Williamsport and a special song with local roots will be performed there in public for the first time by the Williamsport Pops Orchestra directed by Walt Straiton.  According to the Sun Gazette, a song called the Vallamont March was written as a holiday gift for a part of Williamsport north of Rural Avenue in the early 1900s. It is an homage to the neighborhood and its residents.  The song will be performed tonight at the Community Arts Center during the fundraiser event for the Lycoming County United Way.

HUGHESVILLE GRAD COMPLETES US NAVY CYBER CHALLENGE
At a Navy Hosted event call HACKtheMACHINE, which is a cyber security challenge, a US Naval Academy Midshipman of the 2018 class at Hughesville discovered a vulnerability that will be utilized on board ships, having real-world impact on the fleet.  According to the Southern Maryland Chronicle, 19 year old Kade Heckle  succeeded in the HACKtheMACHINE challenge which was held at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  The cyber event aims to engage small business and tech individuals to develop future technological insights.

ARMED CARJACKER ARRESTED IN HUMMEL’S WHARF
There was an armed robbery in a Snyder County parking lot around noon Wednesday and a Palmyra man has been arrested for it.  Selinsgrove Police told WKOK that 61 year old Dave Kochel from Lebanon County approached a female victim who was changing her baby in her car at the Kohl’s in the Monroe Market Place, sticking a gun in her ribs and demanding money.  The victim gave up the vehicle and later police located Kochel in the car along Routes 11 & 15 south of Snyder County. State police say they took Kochel into custody and charges were filed in District court.

MAN TOUCHES 11 YEAR-OLD VICTIM INAPPROPRIATELY
A Williamsport man has been charged with touching a child inappropriately in May of 2019.  The 11 year old child was interviewed at the Child Advocacy Center in and said the incident occurred at a residence in Loyalsock Township.  According to North Central PA dot com Williamsport police say 18  year old James A. Bergquist, of Cemetery Street, was charged with statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors and other related charges. State troopers say he was remanded to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $99,000 bail. Bergquist’s preliminary hearing is set for 3 p.m. Oct. 21.

ONE BABY STILL RECOVERING FROM INFECTION
In updated reports about the one baby still fighting the infection out of the 8 who were allegedly sickened with waterborne bacteria at Geisinger Medical center in Danville, hospital officials say the antibiotic treatment is working well. WNEP reports that hospital officials believe the bacteria is coming from outside the NICU, and an investigation continues.   They say women delivering there after 32 weeks do not have to worry.  Premature infants and women set to deliver prematurely were transferred to other facilities as news of the infection came forward.

VETERANS WILL APPLY FOR LEGACY GRANT
The Veteran’s Memorial Park Commission is looking to upgrade the entrance to the county’s veteran’s memorial near West Fourth Street and told the Sun Gazette they will request a grant from the Lycoming County Commissioners.  It’s possible that 45 thousand dollars could be available as a “Legacy Fund” grant thru the impact fees from the natural gas industry for lighting, a stone divider and a sign for the driveway.  Many of the veterans on the commission will participate in the Lycoming County Veteran’s Parade in Montoursville on November 9th in color guard and rifle salute formation .

Sports
Major-League Baseball Postseason

The St. Louis Cardinals win game five against the Braves 13-1 scoring a record 10 runs in the 1st inning for the biggest opening in postseason history, the Nationals beat the Dodgers 7-3 for the win of their National League division series 3games to 2.
NHL
Buffalo Sabres beat the Montréal Canadiens 5-4, the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New Jersey Devils 4-nothing, Vancouver Canucks beat the LA Kings 8-2,
HS Girls Volleyball
Wellsboro beat Williamsport 3-nothing, Osweyo Valley over Galton 3-nothing,
HS Boys Soccer
Sullivan County beat Millville 1- nothing in double overtime, Benton defeated Muncy 1- nothing, South Williamsport over Hughesville 2-1, Jersey Shore defeated Central Mountain 1-nothing, Lewisburg over Midd-West 4-2.
HS Girls Soccer
North Penn Mansfield beat North East Bradford 1-nothing
HS Girls Tennis
District 4 Team Tennis Tournament Quarterfinals Loyalsock over Jersey shore 3-2, Bloomsburg over CV  3-nothing, Montgomery over Wellsboro 3-nothing, Central Columbia beat Loyalsock 3-2
Women’s College Soccer – Kutztown over Lock Haven 3-1
Men’s College Soccer – Lock Haven beat Shepherd 4-3

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