BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 12, 2020

MURDER TRIAL FOR PHILLY NATIVE, DAY TWO
Three people testified against Joseph Sentore Coleman Jr in day 2 of his murder trial in Lycoming County Court.  Coleman is serving time for 2 murders and is on trial for a third, allegedly the person who orchestrated the robbery against Christopher Wilkins who was murdered at his home in August of 2016.  Forensic evidence was presented yesterday that attempted to support that a group aided Coleman during the crime.  Day three of the trial begins today at 9:30.

ENOUGH EVIDENCE FOR MURDER TRIAL OF MILLVILLE TEEN
A Columbia County teen is facing premeditated murder charges after his arrest last month when his parents were found shot in their home near Millville. According to WNEP police said Flint and Sharon Kressler were killed in their home and it was staged to look like a burglary.  According to state police Carl Kressler, their adopted son, admitted to killing his parents and leaving the scene to dispose of the gun before returning to call police January 30th.  Kessler.  Kressler’s  defense stated that he had been awake 21 hours before confessing.  A Columbia County judge rulled there is evidence to go forward wioth criminal homicide and evidence tampering charges.  Kressler is in Columbia County Jail.

NEW WEBSITE FOR ABESTEE BALLOT APPLICATION
There is a new website in Pennsylvania for voters.  Voters can go to this newly launched site,  with their PA drivers license and can request the newly legalized mail-in ballots ahead of the state’s April 28 primary election.  This site can also be used to apply to vote absentee . The site will determine eligibility for casting an absentee ballot . The deadline for county election offices to receive applications is 5 p.m. April 21st, the deadline to receive a mail-in or absentee ballot … 8 p.m. April 28.  Go to votespa.com for information and to apply.

BUCKNELL GETS $1M GRANT FOR DIGITAL PROGRAM
Bucknell will be able to develop a a liberal arts based digital editions publishing cooperative thanks to a recent million dollar grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in partnership with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.  According to the Daily item,  a group of select scholars will collaborate to develop an online editorial production, and preservation framework for scholarly publishing.  The funding will provide additional staffing, significant support for undergraduate research in digital humanities, and digital infrastructure to develop and manage the Bucknell Digital Press.

FOLLOW UP ON LOYALSOCK ACCIDENT
There’s more information released about the accident that last Monday morning in Loyalsock Township.  According to state police, a car driven by 66 year old Lester McStay of Williamsport and one driven by Brian Beattie of Montoursville collided just off the Faxon exit and McStay was injured in the crash.  East Third Street near Northway road was blocked for about an hour while emergency crews worked to clear the scene.  McStay was treated at Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

FORMER DEPUTY SHERIFF INDICTED FOR EMBEZZELMENT
A Laporte woman who was the Sullivan County Deputy Sheriff has been charged with embezzling funds over 7 years.  According to PennLive, 63 year old Mary Handzus was fired from the office last February after discrepancies occurred in one bank account and an audit revealed there was almost 200 thousand dollars missing from accounts in which she had access.  Handzus allegedly wrote checks for her personal use between 2012 and 2019, but not from taxpayer monies.  The charges were filed in filed in U.S. Middle District Court.  The charge of this type of embezzlement carries a 10-year maximum prison term. Another hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 20.

SCHOOL SEEKS NEW BUSINESS MANAGER
The Midd-West School board is looking to hire a new business manager by the end of February. According to the Daily item, the Superintendent of the school said the board will soon vote on a successor to Amy Simmons who left the job last November. Two prior business managers of the district were asked to help prepare next year’s spending plan until a full-time replacement is hired.  The next school board meeting is scheduled fo Feburary 24th

THE DMV WILL BE CLOSED FOR PRESIDENTS DAY WEEKEND
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced closures for the upcoming Presidents day holiday.  All driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed this Saturday the 15th, through Monday the 17th, in observance of Presidents Day.  DMV customers are always encouraged to go to the state website DMV dot PA dot GOV  24 hours a day, for all driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals.

Sports
HS Girls Basketball
Muncy beat Montoursville 39-31, North Penn Mansfield over Canton 80 to 54, Cameron Co. over Galeton 61-37,  Loyalsock over Southern Columbia 57-53 in OT
HS Boys Basketball
South Williamsport beat Muncy 46 to 36, Williamsport over Central Mountain 90 to 48, Jersey Shore beat Southern Columbia 61-53, and Sullivan county over Wyalusing 44 to 34
NBA
76ers beat the Clippers 110 to 103, the Wizards beat the Bulls 126 to 114, Pelicans beat the Trailblazers 138 to 117, Spurs over Thunder 114 to 106, Rockets over the Celtics 116 to 105
NHL
Sabres beat the Red Wings 3 to 2, Maple Leafs beat the Coyotes 3 to 2, Panther’s over the Devils 5 to 3, Islanders beat the Flyers 5 to 3, Lightning over the Penguins 2 to 1, Wild beat Golden Knights 4-nothing, Rangers over the Jets 4-1, Stars beat the Hurricanes 4-1, Avalanche over the Senators 3 to Nothing, Oilers beat the Blackhawks 5 to 3, Blues and the Ducks postponed.

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