BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS NOVEMBER 18, 2022

FATAL ACCIDENT IN PERRY COUNTY

A man from Northumberland County died in a single-vehicle accident on Route 11 Wednesday around 7:30am.  According to State police at Newport sau 44 year old Keith Krieger of Herndon was driving near the Route 322 West exit ramp in Watts Township when he hit a guide rail, went airborne and struck a tree.  The Perry County Coroner declared Krieger dead at the scene. 

FIREARMS CHARGES AGAINST JERSEY SHORE MAN DROPPED

Charges have been dropped against a Jersey Shore man who police believed had ammunition and firearms illegally.  According to the Sun Gazette, Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police discovered boxes of bullets at the Smith Street property of 36 year old Robert Seese,  and filed a misdemeanor  charge of possession of firearms or ammunition, since court records indicated there was an amended PFA for him prohibiting his use and owning of firearms.  However, Seese was never served the new amended order and investigators have withdrawn the case. 

PA LAWMAKERS VOTE TO IMPEACH KRASNER

The first Pennsylvania Senate impeachment trial in almost 30 years is set to take place after lawmakers in the Commonwealth voted to impeach Democrat District Attorney Larry Krasner 107-85.  Philadelphia voters reelected Krasner last year and he is not accused of breaking the law, rather he is under fire for failure to prosecute some minor crimes, bail request policies, staff oversight and reports him inadequately handing communication with crime victims amid rising crime in the city.  According to the Philadephia Inquirer, lawmakers have only removed two officials — both of them judges — through impeachment: the first in 1811 and state Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen in 1994.

BALLOONFEST TO TAKE A HIATUS

Balloonfest is taking a break.  According to a social media post by the committee of Balloonfest, Air Show and So Much More, the annual event that takes place at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds has planned hiatus for 2023.  Balloonfest is expected to return in 2024  after a time to regroup, grow and improve the event.  According to the Sun Gazette, organizers say two things that led to the decision is the need for more volunteers and rising costs. Those interested in joining the Balloonfest committee is encouraged to reach out.

WATSONTOWN WOMAN REAR ENDS SNOWPLOW ON ROUTE 15

A Watsontown woman crashed into a snow plow earlier this week while it was being operated along Route 15 in Monroe Township.  According to Selinsgrove State Police before 6pm on Tuesday, 62 year old Melanie Wallace attempted to pass the plow that was being driven by 55 year old Shane Fawver of Mount Pleasant Mills, when snow obstructed her view, she ran into the back of the plow.  Wallace was treated at Evangelical Community Hospital. The driver of the plow was not injured.

NEW YORK MAN AQUITTED IN LYCOMING COUNTY COURT

A New York man being tried in Lycoming County for 20 counts of sexual assault charges that a minor-family member alleged, has been acquitted.  According to North Central PA dot com, court records indicated   Casey Lewis Guyer was accused of the assault that occurred in Muncy Borough between July or August of 2019 but the prosecution had no physical evidence such as text messages or photos.  A 12 member jury deliberated for about an hour and found that there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute Casey Lewis Guyer, declaring him not guilty.  He had been free on bail since June 2021.

WILLIAMSPORT SUBMITS A NO-INCREASE BUDGET PROPOSAL

A 28.6 million dollar zero-tax increase budget was presented in Williamsport Wednesday during a City Council work session.  According to the Sun Gazette, Mayor Derek Slaughter and a contracted finance advisor from Harrisburg, gave to Council an assessment of the budget as well as estimates about the current financial climate after working through audits, time constraints, and in some cases lack of reconciliation from the last 4 years. The Capital Projects budget is being integrated into general operations and the information technology budget which was normally part of the general fund, has been moved into City Hall Operations.A second work session will be held for Williamsport City Council Monday at 7pm.

GRANTS AVAILABLE TO BUILD EV CHARGING STATIONS IN PA

PennDOT introduced a program recently that supports the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, helping to make Electric Vehicle charging more accessible to all Americans.  According to the Sun Gazette, The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program will make available 170 million dollars to grant recipients in Pennsylvania who apply to host direct current fast chargers at ideal business locations along the interstates to support longer distance travel.  Information on NEVI is available at PA.gov.  Recipients are responsible for a 20 percent match when awarded the grant. RA-PDEVCorridors@pa.gov.

SPORTS

NFL Thursday Night Football
Titans 27 Packers 17

NHL

Bruins 4              Flyers 1
Avalanche 3        Hurricanes 2
Lightning 4         Flames 1
Devils 3              Maple Leafs 2
Penguins 6          Wild 4
Predators 5          Islanders 4
Blues 5                Capitals 4

NBA
Nets 109              Trailblazers 107
Kings 130           Spurs 112
Clippers 96         Pistons 91
NBA Tonight
76ers vs Bucks on ESPN @7:30
Knicks vs Warriors  on ESPN @ 10pm

NCAA Men’s Basketball

University of Kentucky 106          South Carolina State 63
Murray State 88                              Texas A&M  79
Arizona State 87                             Michigan  62

MLB NEWS
Aaron Judge  was given a final accolade for his historic 2022  last night – The American League’s Most Valuable Player.  He is the first outfielder for the Yankees to win the award since Mickey Mantle in 1962.  Judge received 28 first-place votes and 410 points.

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