BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 20, 2020

FATAL WOODWARD TOWNSHIP FIRE
Two people died in a fire early Sunday morning on Woodward Street in Woodward Township.  According to the Sun Gazette, the Woodward Township fire chief said they responded to the call and confirmed entrapment of the victims in the structure. The two-alarm fire got response from almost every local fire department with medics on the scene from UPMC Williamsport and Jersey Shore EMS.  The state fire marshal is investigating the fatal fire.  Residents near the scene donated water and Gatorade while crews battled the extra hot blaze for almost 5 hours.

VIGIL HELD TO “RECONSECRATE” BRANDON PARK IN THE SPIRIT OF LOVE
After a protest rally ended up taking place in Williamsport’s Brandon Park last Saturday, more than 70 people gathered there Sunday for a prayer vigil in response to the National Socialist Movement’s impromptu event.  According to the Sun Gazette, members of grassroots activist groups and local churches gathered to sing and pray in order to reconsecrate the park with a kind loving, nonviolent yet righteously angry response.  The groups worked together after the rally to canvas the neighborhood about upcoming events and voting information for upcoming elections.

UPDATE ON INJURED MIFFLINBURG BICYCLIST
A bicyclist who was admitted to Geisinger medical center in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle last Friday morning while exiting the rails to trails path onto Buffalo Creek road, has been upgraded to fair condition. According to the Daily item, State police say 74 year old Margie Lohr of Mifflinburg hit  52 year old Joseph Shamburg from Mifflinburg with her 2009 Chevrolet impala at the Buffalo Township site and he was thrown from the bicycle. Shamburg was taken to Geisinger in Danville by Buffalo Township EMS.

RESURFACING ON GOLDEN STRIP THIS WEEK
A resurfacing project on Third Street on the golden strip will continue overnight this week in Loyalsock Township. According to PennDOT, there will be paving and milling, along with drainage and guardrail upgrades continuing through Friday, between the hours of 9pm and 6am.  Motorists can expect lane changes.

MOTORCYCLE CRASH IN TIOGA COUNTY
There was a fatal crash along Route 6 in Tioga County involving a van with 5 occupants and 2 people on a motorcycle Sunday around 1:30pm near Colton Point Hotel in Wellsboro.  According to First News Now, state police confirmed that the accident closed down Route 6 near Route 349 intersection at one end and the other end of Route 6 was closed near Route 287.  Police reports say an 18-year-old driver entered Route 6 from a parking lot on the north berm, while 53-year-old Joseph David Jones and a female passenger were traveling west on a 2006 Harley Davidson Motorcycle. The motorcycle struck the driver’s side of the van with a hard impact. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene, the female passenger was lifeflighted to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre from the Burning Barrel Restaurant parking lot.  The motorcyclists did not have helmets on, and the crash is still under investigation, utilizing the services of State Police Collision analysis. No one in the van was seriously injured.

MAN ASSAULTS NURSE DURING BLOOD DRAW
A man was charged for assaulting an Evangelical Community Hospital nurse in June 28th of this year during a visit to the emergency room.  According to NorthcentralPA.com, 25 year old Anthony Melo of State College, allegedly was intoxicated and punched a nurse in the left eye while she was drawing blood from him.  Montoursville State Police say Melo was combative and was restrained by hospital staff.  He was charged with felony aggravated assault as well as misdemeanor assault and will have a preliminary hearing September 3rd.

RESTAURANT GRANTS BEING DISCUSSED
Governor Wolf has been meeting with Pennsylvania’s congress attempting to get aid for suffering restaurant owners across the state. According to a press release from the Governor’s office, the bipartisan bill, called the Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive or “RESTAURANTS “ Act, if passed, would provide a 120 billion dollar grant to independently owned bars and restaurants based on 2019 and 2020 tax records. Owners could receive up to 10 million dollars to help with things like payroll, rent, food and any other overhead costs needed to the hard hit restaurant industry. Read a summary of the legislation here.

TWO OVERNIGHT PENN DOT PROJECTS THIS WEEK
Two PennDOT Projects are on tap for this week for Union and Snyder Counties.  In Winfield  today from 6am til 2pm  and possibly the same time tomorrow, expect delays along Route 11/15 in Union County.  In Snyder County, Franklin Township, for the week, pipes will be replaced along Route 522 between Paxton Street and the borough of Middleburg, also  from 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. and traffic will be down to an alternating single lane with flagging.  PennDOT says avoid expected delays by avoiding the area if possible.

SPORTS
NASCAR
Austin Dillon stayed in front after a restart with two laps to go and beat rookie Tyler Reddick to the checkered flag at Texas, giving Richard Childress Racing its first 1-2 NASCAR Cup finish in nine years.  Dillon raced to his third career win and first since Daytona at the start of the 2018 season. He stayed in front on three late restarts, the first after an incident with 29 laps left that shuffled the fast car of Ryan Blaney to a lap back.

NBA
A 2003-04 LeBron James Upper Deck rookie Patch Parallel card sold at auction for $1.845 million on Sunday.  The price tag on the rare card sets a record for modern-day cards (recognized as cards produced in 1980 or later) and is the most any basketball card has ever sold for.  The record sale surpassed a previous record set in May when a gem mint Bowman Draft Chrome Red Refractor Mike Trout signed rookie card went for $922,500. The Trout card was one of only five produced and the highest graded.

GOLF
Jon Rahm became the No. 1 player in the world Sunday with a victory in the Memorial, He watched an 8 shot lead go to three, with three holes to play, hitting what he called the greatest shot of his life, giving him a bogey because of a penalty.  Even with that 2-shot penalty because his ball moved the length of a dimple on his chip-in behind the 16th green, Rahm closed with 3-over 75 for a 3-shot victory over Ryan Palmer.

NFL

NFL players took to Twitter on Sunday in a coordinated effort to urge the NFL to listen to its experts’ guidelines on safely opening training camps amid the coronavirus pandemic. Many of the players used the hashtag #WeWantToPlay to accompany their tweets. The Twitter blitz sets the stage for the NFLPA to file a grievance over unsafe working conditions. The NFL will open training camps July 28th according to the League

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