BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

EX-BOYFRIEND ADMITS TO MURDER
The man police suspected of murdering Brenda Jacobs in 2003 has confessed to the crime according to Montoursville State Police.  Authorities say that Jade Babcock admitted to killing Jacobs during a physical altercation in their home around Christmas of 2003 and then concealed her body inside a coal bin at 322 Jordan Avenue.  He also admitted to removing Jacobs legs and disposing them off the Maynard Street Bridge in Williamsport.  Family members reported Jacobs missing in 2013 until the case went cold.  A tip to police this month led police to find the remains of Brenda Jacobs in a storage facility in Philadelphia, allegedly stored there by Babcock.  He has been charged with Criminal Homicide.

SHAMOKIN HOUSE FIRE A TOTAL LOSS
A fire that happened on Tuesday at a home on South Gold Street in Shamokin has been declared a total loss by fire officials.  The house went up in flames yesterday morning around 8am when neighbors alerted the residents in the home to the emergency.  Shamokin fire officials say three people were home at the time, 2 dogs died and one person suffered burns.  Fire crews told WNEP that there were no working smoke detectors in the home.  No word on the condition of the victims of the fire at this time.

BIDS FOR CITY HALL ARE TABLED
Bids for improvements at City Hall have been tabled after the Williamsport City Council’s finance committee recommended a study be done to see which facilities actually need to be upgraded to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  According to the Sun Gazette, Mayor Campana engaged with the committee in an impassioned discussion to use part of the 930 thousand dollars to finally complete upgrades.  Reports are that members of the committee want to analyze their needs so no costly mistakes happen while completing the repair of the building’s infrastructure.

THE BLOOMSBURG FAIR CONTINUES TODAY
The 164th Bloomsburg Fair continues today and it’s Kohr’s Orange Ade Day.  The Modified Truck and SUV Figure 8 Race is tonight in the Grandstand.  There’s  karaoke every day at the fair with Millenium.   There’s a Barbershop quartet contest on the free stage, along with the Make Mine Country band at 5 & 8:30.  And don’t forget the grape stomping event every day at 3pm in front of the technology building.  Get the details and the whole schedule at bloomsburg fair dot com

BODY OF LOCAL REALTOR FOUND AFTER SEARCH
The body of a Mifflinburg man was recovered by search teams Tuesday at a swimming hold in Luzerne County.  Officials say 22 year old Brenden Snyder, a Lewisburg realtor died after jumping into the Powder Hole Swimming hole near Wapwallopen and never resurfacing. According to WNEP, Snyder graduated in 2015 from Miffilinburg area high school and was a varsity wrestler.  A Go Fund me account has been set up for the family’s funeral expenses.

COMMUNITY MEETING EXPLORES BROADBAND STRATEGIES
Strategies to connect rural areas across Lycoming County and beyond with broadband internet services were discussed last night in a meeting at the Trade and Transit Center in Williamsport .  According to the Sun Gazette, Three sites that could include the 10 new towers in Lycoming County that were suggested were in the city’s industrial park, Wolf Township and Pine Township.  Officials who drafted the plan say the locations and costs, coming in at an estimated 2.3 million dollars, are still under discussion.

ADMINISTRATOR AND DISTRICT AGREE ON TERMS
Former High School Principal Michelle Shearer and the Mifflinburg Area School district have agreed that Shearer will be paid through the end of the year but her accrued time off will not be paid.  According to the Daily Item, Shearer submitted a letter of resignation August 27th to the board of Directors, and under the terms of the agreement, the school won’t contest Shearer’s unemployment compensation claim and an employment reference letter will be written on Shearer’s behalf. No reason for the administrators exit was disclosed.

INSURANCE PREMIUM COULD CHANGE IN MOUNT CARMEL
Mount Carmel Borough residents can learn about the savings in flood insurance that’s possible after applying the smaller floodplain figures to their insurance policies in October.  The Borough along with SEDA-Council of Governments will have a public meeting to discuss the potential savings for homeowners October 15th at Mount Carmel Area high school at 600 West 5th street.  Please RSVP to SEDA-COG by October 1st at 570-524-4491.

Sports
Major League Baseball

Nationals over the Phillies in both games of the double header 4-1  in game 1 and 6-5 in Game 2, Twins hit the Tigers 4-2, Brewers over the Reds 4-2,  Pirates beat the Cubs 9-2, Orioles thumped the Blue Jays 11-4, Mets beat the Marlins 5-4,  Rays over the Yankees 2-1, Indians blanked the White Sox 11- nothing, Red Sox over the Rangers 12-10, Royals beat the Braves 9-6, Rockies over the Giants 8-5, Angels edged the A’s 3-2, Dodgers over the Padres 6-3, Astros blanked the Mariners 3-nothing, Cardinals over the Diamondbacks 3-2 in 19 innings
HS Boys Soccer
Williamsport beat Jersey shore 4-nothing, Lewisburg beat Central Columbia 6-nothing Loyalsock over Benton 4-2, Millville beat Muncy 5-nothing, Milton over Warrior Run 3-2, Montoursville beat Shamokin 5-nothing.
HS Girls Soccer
Millville over Muncy 3-2,  Muncy beat Northumberland Christian 3-2 on Monday
HS Girls Tennis
Loyalsock over Bloomsburg 3-2, South Williamsport beat Montoursville 3-2,
Cowanesque Valley beat Wellsboro 4-3

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