BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JUNE 21, 2022

POLICE, MARSHALS APPREHEND FUGITIVE

A man wanted by the Lycoming County Sheriff’s Office for various offenses including possession with intent to deliver and DUI, has been apprehended.  According to the Sun Gazette, 23 year old Fareed Kale was located by police and the US Marshals service April 25th at a Williamsport residence on Vine Avenue, He ran from the area before being captured a few blocks away in a yard on Grier Street.  Kale was arraigned for flight to avoid apprehension, a felony charge, and is in custody in lieu of 50 thousand dollars bail.

TAX HIKE FOR SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT

South Williamsport Area School District has approved a resolution that leads to a tax hike for the upcoming school year’s budget.  According to the Sun Gazette, property owners are going to see real estate tax millage rising by one point fro last year’s budget, setting it at 18.75.  Board President Todd Engel was a dissenting vote, making the statement that he wanted to keep the increase to just .75 mills. 

PA PARKS COULD TRADE-IN LIQUOR LICENSE

Amusement parks in Pennsylvania could expand their sale of alcohol if the Pennsylvania House of Representatives approves a bill that will allow parks to trade-in their restaurant liquor license for a Public Venue License.  State Representative Ryan Mackenzie says a Public Venue License makes more sense for amusement parks since it’s used in hotels, golf courses, ski resorts, bowling allies, museums, and science centers.  The House Liquor Control Committee already passed this bill in December.  It now will go for a second consideration by the full House today.

SUMMER PROGRAM COORDINATOR RECOGNIZED BY PA WILDS

A Pennsdale woman is one of nine people or organizations to win the 2022 Champions of the PA Wilds Awards, and she and the other Champions will be recognized at the PA Wilds Dinner and Awards event July 28th .  According to the Sun Gazette, Lu Potter, one of the founders of what is now known as Project Nature C.A.M.P., formerly Summer Alive in Montgomery was given the Inspiring Youth Award for her work overseeing programming and enrichment for children including a nutritious food program during summers.  Nominations for the PA Wilds Awards are generated by the public.  The banquet to be held next month, will honor all the winners, registration is required to attend. Pawildscenter.org.

TWO ARRESTS AFTER INITIAL HIGH SPEED CHASE

The passenger in a crash following a high speed chase near the Market St. bridge near I-180 June 12th was taken into custody for having a firearm with the serial number altered.  According to North Central PA dot com, police say 18 year old Nyla Daniels of Red Lion, drove from the Maynard Street Sheetz at a high rate of speed, sparking a chase by police which involved one stop before Daniels fled the scene.  Police were called a few minutes later to an accident off the Market St Bridge in Williamsport.  Daniels had wrecked.  Police say during the search of the car, her passenger, 18 year old Taiyanna Lopez, was found to have an unregistered Glock 26 with two 9mm magazines of ammunition.  Both women were incarcerated for separate charges, in lieu of 25 thousand dollars bail. Their preliminary hearings are today.

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP CRASH UPDATE

The other three people who were injured in the fatal Washington Township accident last Monday that killed passenger 36 year old Cody Rishel along I-80, have been identified.  According to the Sun Gazette 47 year old Eric Stroup of Hughesville was driving his Ford Edge and hit the back of a tractor trailer in the westbound passing lane of the interstate, back seat passengers, 39 year old Ryan Hoy of Watsontown, and 31 year old Michael Miller of San Angelo, Texas were seriously injured and taken to UPMC Altoona for treatment. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.  Rishel was trapped in the wreckage and was declared deceased at the scene by the Jefferson County Coroner.

FENTAYL STRIP LEGISLATION HEADS TO THE PA SENATE

Legislation to decriminalize test strips that let drug users identify deadly doses of fentanyl was passed in the House yesterday.  According to Indiana, Pennsylvania Republican Jim Struzzi the simple tool of a test strip can help reduce deaths and give heroin users a second chance, as well as allowing them to avoid the risk of added drug charges.  Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is added to other drugs to make them stronger and with uncontrolled dosage levels can be deadly.  The legislation was sent to the Senate for consideration.

DANVILLE FARMLAND DEDICATED FOR ATHLETICS NOW

The final sales agreement that will transform Danville area farmland to athletic fields for the school district there was approved last week.  According to the Daily Item, just over 20 acres of land formerly used by the Danville State Hospital is adjacent to the school and is meant to be used only for athletic fields.  A new primary school was built on some of the land by the district, taking the space formerly used for soccer, softball, baseball and field hockey fields, but when Ironmen stadium was built it gave the school more athletic use options.  Danville Soccer park is used for the school competitions.

SPORTS

NHL
Stanley Cup Final Game 3
Lightning 6 Avalanche 2 – Colorado still leads the series 2-1
NHL this week
Colorado stays in Tampa for Game 4, Wednesday @8pm on ABC and ESPN+ 

MLB
Mets 6        Marlins 0
Pirates 12 Cubs 1
Red Sox 5 Tigers 2
Yankees 4 Rays 2
Braves 2    Giants 1

MLB Draft League
West Virginia Black Bears 13       Williamsport Crosscutters 4

MLB Draft League Tonight
Crosscutters stay in WV tonight for Game 2 out of 3.

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