BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS OCTOBER 11, 2019

DRIVER’S NAME RELEASED IN ROUTE 15 ROLLOVER
Police have released information about the accident that closed Route 15 South in Cogan House Township this week. 51 year old Kevin Nicholson of New York lost control and overturned his tractor trailer just south of Route 184 about 7:30 am Tuesday morning.  PennDOT reported that the clean up of the overturned truck took until about 1:30 pm to reopen.  State Police detoured traffic using routes 184, 287 and 220. Mytwintiers dot come repoprts that A second rollover accident was reported around 7:43 AM near the Liberty Exit. But police have not released information about that crash.

LAWSUIT AIMS TO REMOVE QUESTION FROM BALLOT
In a move to keep a question off the November 5th ballot over a constitutional amendment concerning victim’s rights, a lawsuit about voting on “Marsy’s Law” was filed yesterday by the League of Women Voters and another plaintiff.  The Sun Gazette reports that critics of the ballot question say it is an incomplete summary of the issue and voters need more information than a 75 word summary.  Supporters say the lawsuit is an attempt to disenfranchise voters.  ACLU lawyers for the plaintiff say the question may be able to kept off electronic voting machines.

POLICE SEARCH VEHICLE ILLEGALLY
A Lycoming County judge determined that police illegally searched the vehicle of a Muncy Valley man along route 220 and Reservoir road in Wolf township in March of 2019.  According to North Central PA dot com, officer Ryan Travelpiece of the Hughesville borough police department was on patrol and came upon emergency medical personnel helping Joshua Kapp on the road after he suffered a seizure.  The officer recognized Kapp as a local resident who had been driving without a license and stopped at the scene, attempting to search the vehicle.  When Kapp couldn’t respond, his passenger eventually gave consent.  The judge said the prescription drug evidence Travelpiece found in the vehicle is inadmissible in court.

PIPE REPLACEMENT CONSTRUCTION IN NORTHUMBERLAND
PennDot reports that a high traffic road in Northumberland County will be closed today for a pipe replacement project. Schwaben Creek Road in Upper Mahanoy Township will be closed between Clay Hill Road and Gobbler Run Road.  There will be a detour in place at Greenbrier Road, Hooflander Road, Klingerstown Road, Ridge Road, and Salem Road. Work will begin this hour and is expected to only be closed today.

WELFARE WORKER ARRESTED FOR THEFT BY DECEPTION
The state Attorney General has released information about a state welfare case-worker who allegedly obtained EBT cards – the electronic cards that allow the state to issue welfare payments – for herself totaling 8600.  40-year-old Jennifer Curcie of Coal Township,  was employed in the state run Northumberland County assistance office from 2015-18.  Curcie is charged with theft by deception and false statements. The AG says Curcie turned herself in Thursday, was arraigned and waived her preliminary hearing.

LOCK HAVEN MAY LOSE TAX REVENUE
A Lock Haven Hospital has applied for tax exempt status after being acquired in 2017 by a not-for-profit organization and the city is considering what to do about losing the tax revenue.  According to the Sun Gazette, Lock Haven City Commissioners asked UPMC Susquehanna to submit more detailed information about the tax exemption request to prove the hospital qualifies under a provision of the General County Assessment Law.  The change could mean a loss of 72 thousand dollars in city tax revenue.  The hospital is currently the largest taxable body of real estate in the city limits.

COAL-IMPACTED STATES GET FUNDING FOR GROWTH
A group looking to create or retain jobs in Appalachian States announced this week that there will be over 44 million dollars available for support of Coal-impacted communities in Pennsylvania and other states.  The Appalachian Regional Commission said that they are seeking to develop business incubators and increase access to capital and other services for thousands of workers and students .  There is also a focus on using part of the money for broadband development in the same area.

ANNUAL MUSIC FUNDRAISER NAMES AWARD RECIPIENT
The city was “Living United” at the Community Arts center last night when the Lycoming County United way held a fund raiser and musical program which featured local musicians and kicked of the United Way’s annual campaign.  Ron Frick, President of the United way presented the first annual Live United in Music Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Oscar W. Knade (NAYD) Jr. who had served as the superintendent of the Williamsport Area School District during the 1980s and supported music and the arts in schools.  Administrators from the United way hope to surpass the over-$1.2 million raised last year .
Sports
Major-league baseball

Houston Astros won over the Rays 6-1 taking their American League division series in game five
NFL Thursday Night Football
Patriots beat the Giants 35-14
In the NHL
Detroit Red Wings beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2, Tampa bay Lightning over the Toronto MapleLeafs 7-3, Edmonton Oilers beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in a shoot out, St Louis Blue’s beat the Ottawa Senators 64
HS Girls Tennis
District 4 Team Tennis Tournament Finals South Williamsport beat Central Columbia 3-1
HS Girls Soccer
Williamsport over Montoursville 1- nothing, Lewisburg defeated Jersey Shore 6-nothing, Mount Carmel over Loyalsock 3-2,  Shikellemy over Milton 3-nothing, Muncy beat CMVT 3-1, Bloomsburg beat Hughesville 3-1
HS Boys Soccer
Milton beat Montoursville 4- nothing, Northeast Bradford over North Penn liberty 6-4, Athens beat Wellsboro 2-1
Today Sports
Major-league baseball
Washington heads to St. Louis for Game One of the National League Championship
NHL
Florida heads to Buffalo, Anaheim is in Columbus, and the New York Islanders play in Carolina tonight.
NASCAR – The 1000 bulbs.com 500 is at Talledega Alabama Speedway Sunday at 2 PM
NFL Football Sunday
Eagles play the Vikings Sunday at 1pm
Steelers and the LA chargers for Sunday Night Football at 8:20
HS Football Tonight All HS games Friday night at 7 PM except the Muncy Indians play the Columbia Montour Vo-Tech Rams on Saturday
College football this weekend Penn State Nittany Lions are on the road to Iowa for a Saturday night

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