BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS, APRIL 7, 2022

INMATE GETS MORE TIME FOR HAVING WEAPON

An inmate at Allenwood has been sentenced to 27 more months for possessing a weapon in jail.  North Central PA dot com reported that 42 year old Ellis Gene Battle was seen in an altercation with another inmate by guards last January and ignored commands to stop.  He then fled to his cell where he was discovered to have hidden a 7 and a half inch metal shank.  Battle will serve the 27 months consecutively with his previous charges of possessing a weapon in jail and firearm possession by a felon.

FEDERAL LAWSUIT FILED OVER BASIN STREET PROJECT PLANS

A federal suit has been filed against a construction management company in Williamsport for using materials from a proposal of the mixed-use Basin Street development that they were not authorized to use.  According to the Sun Gazette, the case was filed last month against Pine Ridge Construction Management who proposed the project to the city planning commission last week to a positive recommendation.  Murray Associates says they did not authorize or get paid for the designs and renderings of the project with Lycoming College before they were taken off the project last October.  The 20 million dollar project will be decided upon by City Council in the near future.

MONTOURSVILLE APPROVES NEW FUEL CENTER

A plan for a new fuel center in Montoursville was unanimously approved last night at the Borough planning commission meeting.  According to North Central PA dot com, a new Weis Market Gas N’ Go is set to be built on the east side of the parking area which will include a newly paved and restriped parking lot .  The planning commission reported that the chain wants to begin the project in late summer.  The Montoursville location adds a second local Gas N’ Go to the location on Lycoming Creek Road.

FRIENDS OF FLIGHT 93 TO PLANT MORE TREES

Since 2012, the volunteer group Friends of Flight 93 has reforested over 193 acres of land around the site where the flight on September 11th went down in Shanksville, PA.  This month, on Earth Day weekend April 22, the “Plant a Tree at Flight 93” project volunteers will plant the last of the 150 thousand trees at the site.  The trees have become a windbreak and habitat restoration that has brought the barren strip mine site back to life with species of 38 native trees, 63 native bees and 141 native birds.  Find details about volunteering at flight93friends.org.

DUI CHARGES FOR SUSPECT IN CRASH LAST SUMMER

Felony DUI charges have been filed against the man responsible for a serious crash on the Muncy Creek Bridge last July.  According to North Central Pa dot com, Chester C. Swank III faces 2 felony counts of aggravated assault while intoxicated, after he crossed the yellow line on N. Main St. near John Brady Drive and crashed into another vehicle.  He then went airborne over the side of the bridge in Muncy Creek Township.  Swank and a 4 year old child were pulled from the fiery crash and both sustained serious injuries.  Swank was arraigned last Friday and faces a felony count of endangering the welfare of a child and other charges.

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT IN SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP

A motorcyclist from Luzerne County is in critical condition after a serious crash that occurred yesterday in Shamokin Township.  According to media outlets, 63 year-old Jeffery Williams of Drums was traveling on Rt. 61 Tuesday around 11:30am when he rear-ended another vehicle at Captain Bloom Road.  According to Stonington State police he suffered serious injuries and was transported to Geisinger Medical Center.  The other driver did not sustain any injuries.

NEW RESCUE TRUCK FOR NORTHUMBERLAND

The Northumberland Borough Council has approved the plan for the Northumberland Hook and Ladder company to purchase a 2023 Spartan Metro Rescue 1 Truck for a cost of just about 785 thousand dollars.  According to North Central PA dot com, Northumberland Fire Department Chief Brian Ginck said the new truck will help provide the best rescue service to the area.  He said the current truck is a 1997 model and need to be replaced.   Northumberland council members voted to support the company in seeking a loan from Northumberland National bank for the vehicle, which is expected to be arrive in mid-2023.  Ginck says they will be having upcoming fundraisers for the truck.

WORLD WIDE BOOK CLUB OPPORTUNITY

There’s a global digital book club and you’re invited.  The James V. Brown Library in Williamsport is offering an opportunity for you to join the “Big Library Read”.   Between now and April 18th participants with a library card can borrow the current audiobook or ebook for free, then go online at ebranchtogo.com, and participate in an online discussion.  The worldwide book club features the book “Music Is History” by Questlove.

SPORTS

NBA
Mavericks 131     Pistons 11
Nets 110               Knicks 98
Hawks 118           Wizards 103
Celtics 117 Bulls 94
Jazz 137               Thunder 101
Clippers 113        Suns 109

NHL
Capitals 4             Lightning 3
Red Wings 3         Jets 1
Blues 4                 Kraken 1
Canucks 5            Golden Knights 1
Flames 4               Ducks 2

PIAA District 4 (from 0406)
Varsity Baseball
Troy 6                  Athens 5
Canton 2               Cowanesque Valley 0
Benton 10             Montgomery 8
Williamson 16      Northeast Bradford 1
Central Columbia 3Midd-West 2
Sayre 15               Muncy 1
Varsity Softball
Sullivan County 24        Benton 5
Cowanesque Valley 5    Canton 4    

MLB Opening Day
Veteran Cubs player, Kyle Hendricks will throw the first pitch of the season against Milwaukee today at 2:20pm at Wrigley field.
And Cleveland has a new brand… The Guardians.

Golf

The Masters Tournament
The 86th playing of the year’s first major at Augusta National – Tiger Woods said this Tuesday he’s slated to play for another green jacket barring any health problems from his major car accident last year.



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