BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JUNE 14, 2022

FATAL ACCIDENT SHUTS DOWN I-80 WEST

It was a multiple vehicle rear-end accident that shut down I-80 westbound last night before 7pm in Greene Township about a mile from the Loganton exit 185.  According to State Police, in the area of the construction zone warning near mile marker 186.6, a driver from Brooklyn New York rear-ended the vehicle in front of them as a result of slowing down from construction traffic, that vehicle was pushed into a fully loaded commercial bus with 55 passengers, which crashed into the truck in front of them and that vehicle hit the 5th one in front of them.  The driver from New York was the person who Clinton County Coroner pronounced dead at the scene, no word from police yet on their identity, but troopers say the victim was not wearing a seatbelt.  Traffic was rerouted for several hours but westbound I-80 re-opened about 3:30am this morning.

AMISH MEN INJURED IN FALL

Two men who were repairing a roof at a business in Oval escaped serious injury yesterday around 3pm, after the trusses they were standing on while working, suddenly gave way.  According to the Sun Gazette, the two, who were Amish, were working at Wild Rose Concrete when the scaffold collapsed and they fell through the section they stood on 24 feet to a concrete floor below.  They were transported to Geisinger Jersey Shore and each only suffered minor injuries. Witnesses say the outcome of the Limestone Township accident could have been much worse.

FLAG BURNING CEREMONY TONIGHT

It’s Flag Day!  The annual flag retirement service will be held tonight at 7pm in Northumberland.  According to media outlets, Boy Scouts will be on hand at the American Legion Post 44, at 301 Point Township Drive, to assist the leadership of the American Legion Post, the auxiliary and the Sons of the Legion, in burning of the American flags that have been brought in for retirement.  The Point Township Fire Department will monitor the burning and the ashes will be retained so they can be buried after the event.

WINNERS IN 2022 SOAPBOX DERBY

Williamsport’s Soapbox derby took place in downtown Williamsport last Saturday and two young women won the two divisions for 2022.  According to the Sun Gazette, 9 year old Grace Stoltz won the stock division, and 9 year old Alivia Lukowsky won the super stock division.  They will now join the other local champions who earned a trip to Akron, Ohio this summer for the 84th FirstEnergy All American Soap Box Derby, July 23rd.  The world Championship features a whole week of festival activities for champions and their families.

HEARING CHANGED AGAIN FOR ALLEGED SUNBURY SHOOTER

The man accused of shooting a victim at a local convenience store May 19th who was found by US Marshalls five days later in Philadelphia after he fled the scene in Sunbury, has had his preliminary hearing date changed again after two previous rescheduled court dates.  According to the Daily Item, 23 year old Ajani Munsh-Ousha Uhuru will face Sunbury District Judge Mike Toomey June 24th at 1:30 in the Northumberland County Courthouse.  His father Ajani Munsh-Uche Uhuru was also charged with felonies in the same case for attempting to conceal the getaway car the day of the shooting when the younger Uhuru was being sought by police.  30 year old Kareem Jakes who was allegedly shot by Uhuru after an argument inside the Penn Jersey Food Mart, died at the scene.  Both suspects are in the Northumberland County Prison.

HOUSE FIRE IN NISBET

A fire in Nisbet caused about 70 thousand dollars worth of damage at an East Village Drive home yesterday morning.  According to the Sun Gazette, Suzanne and Donald Butters were alerted to a fire in their home by smoke detectors and escaped at about 6:50am.  Volunteers from Nisbet, DuBoistown, nippenose Valley, South Williamsport and Woodward Township worked the scene where the state fire marshal determined the blaze to be accidental caused by careless smoking.   

ROAD WORK WILL SLOW FESTIVAL TRAFFIC IN RENOVO

Expect travel delays through Renovo this week as Clinton County PennDOT says there will be crews performing sealcoat work along Tamarack Road from Route 120 to the Potter County line.  Those traveling to the Smoked Country Jam Bluegrass fest at the Quiet Oaks Campground this Thursday through Saturday should expect delays and slower traffic, so plan accordingly.  Crews will be working on Rt 144 from 7am to 7pm each day.

FOOD PROGRAMS THIS SUMMER FOR THE FOOD INSECURE

Children and their caretakers can take advantage of summer food assistance programs now that the school year is over and some families face serious food insecurity during summer break.  According to Feed America, 22 million children experience summer hunger and the Department of Agriculture, Department of Education and Department of Health of PA each have programs that provide nutrition, make enrichment activities available during the break and provide backpack programs.  There are also state food programs for seniors or seniors taking care of children such as the PA Senior Food Box Program that provides food to supplement the caregiver’s regular groceries, or Meals on Wheels programs are available through area agencies on aging.

SPORTS

Three District 4 teams still alive for their State Championship matchups!
PIAA Varsity Baseball State Semifinals
Class 5A             Selinsgrove 2      Archbishop Wood 1
Friday –Selinsgrove vs Bethel Park -Medlar Field, Lubrano Park, Penn State University @ 4:30

PIAA Varsity Softball State Semifinals
Class 1A              Montgomery 9   Glendale 0
Thursday-Montgomery vs Dubois Central Catholic –  Beard Field, Nittany Lions Softball Park, Penn State University @11am
Class 3A             Lewisburg 7        Palmerston 2
Thursday – Lewisburg vs Avonworth – Beard Field, Nittany Lions Softball Park, Penn State University @1:30pm

NBA
Warriors 104      Celtics 94  – Golden State leads 3-2
NBA Thursday Game 6 in Boston @9pm on ABC

NHL Tomorrow Stanley Cup Final –  Lightning vs Avalanche  Game 1 @8pm on ABC and ESPN+ in Denver.

MLB
Braves 9              Nationals 5
Phillies 3             Marlins 2
Blue Jays 11       Orioles 1
Cardinal 7           Pirates 5
Reds 5                 Diamondbacks 4

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