BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS DECEMBER 2, 2020

LOCK HAVEN YOUTH DEATH UNDER INVESTIGATION
The death of a 9 year old Lock Haven boy who was found in a home at the 600 block of East Bald Eagle St. on Monday is under investigation.  The Clinton County Coroner told Penn Live that the boy, Anson Landon Mitchell Stover was pronounced dead at 4;45 PM and an autopsy is scheduled for today.  Stover – a fourth grader at Robb Elementary school  was a kind-heaRted boy according To the Keystone Central Superintendent Jacquelyn Martin.  The school will provide a crisis intervention team through Friday at 3pm at  the elementary school and also the Cetntral Mountain Middle school where Stovers family members attend.  Police have not released any information about the incident.

TEEN CHARGED AS AN ADULT AFTER BRANDISHING PISTOL
A teenager who already is involved in two other active juvenile cases was charged as an adult in Lycoming County District Court for threatening two minor females Sunday along Baldwin Street.  According to the Sun Gazette, 17 year old Nigel Staten-Chambers of Williamsport approached a group of teens who had gathered outside a home on the 1 year anniversary of the unsolved murder of 16 year-old Riley McDowell who was shot last year at Fourth and Rural Avenues.  Police say Staten-Chambers threatened the girls about 4:40pm after driving up to the group standing outside a Baldwin St. home, and pointing a loaded and cocked pistol toward the two and those near them before returning to his vehicle and driving away.  Staten-Chambers has been jailed in Lycoming County Prison under 125 thousand dollars bail.

MAN TASED BY POLICE AFTER ATTEMPTED ARSON
A man who allegedly threatened to burn down a woman’s home last week, was tased by local police, arrested  and sent to the Union County Jail.  According to police, 35-year-old Victor Medina of Mifflinburg was at the home in West Buffalo Township on Thanksgiving morning, reportedly with a knife on his person, when State Police arrived on the scene.  Medina tried to escape back into his home but was subdued by the police and later charged with several counts of attempted arson and aggravated assault.  He was arraigned on November 26th and incarcerated in lieu of 75 thousand dollars bail.

SETTLEMENT OVER LANDFILL CONTRACT
At the Lycoming County Commissioners meeting yesterday, a settlement was accepted over a county landfill lawsuit over design work for the cap covering of an area landfill that was ultimately determined to be defective.  According to the Sun Gazette, the county filed the suit against Cummings & Smith and will settle for 1 millions dollars that will cover most of the cost of repairs that were completed after the Department of Environmental protection got involved.

CLINTON COUNTY BUS ROUTE TO END
River Valley Transit’s bus service to Clinton County will end this December 31st after PennDOT made the determination.  As Williamsport City Council works on the 2021 budget proposal, it was found that buses have been running from Williamsport to Lock Haven and Mill Hall with an average of 8 passengers.  The route was made possible by a technical assistance grant of over 878 thousand dollars which Clinton County was required to match with local funds totaling over 131 thousand.  Members of city council said implementing the route in the future would be considered if the virus slows or ends.

NO VOTER FRAUD DETERMINED IN NORTHUMBERLAND
Echoing what Attorney General William Barr said yesterday, that the Justice Department has not uncovered any evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, NorthumbeRland county has reported also there has been no evidence of fraud locally. District Attorney Tony Matulewicz said yesterday that after conducting an investigation over the past 6 months no voter fraud was found in the county. There were seven general election complaints, which were quickly resolved by the county Board of Elections and due to minor equipment malfunctions and the heavy amount of ballot processing that took place.

LOCAL COVID-19 UPDATE
Northumberland County has reported 53 new cases of the coronavirus with Tioga County reporting 47cases.  Lycoming County is at 43.  Union County has 30, Snyder has 25, Clinton County has reported 21 new cases,  Sullivan county has reported an increase of 4 cases.  Lycoming County has 68 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, 16 in the ICU, with 8 on ventilators and no available Adult ICU beds at this time.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health said statewide there are 5,676 new cases COVID-19, and 180 new fatalities reported in Pennsylvania.

COMMS MIGHT SCHEDULE A FUTURE COVID PRESS CONFERENCE
In an effort to bring attention to the COVID-19 crisis and the surging virus numbers in the region, the Lycoming County Commissioners announced yesterday the possibility of addressing the public in a future news conference about COVID-19 concerns and measures to keep the public safe.  The date of the potential news conference has yet to be determined but will likely include hospital officials from UPMC.  The Commissioners said that the best news is the vaccine is just around the corner and in the meantime, everyone should do their part to protect themselves and other by wearing masks.

TESTING IN HOT SPOTS IN PENNSYLVANIA AVAILABLE
Governor Tom Wolf announced yesterday that the health Department will provide COVID-19 testing in five regions across Pennsylvania to help contain local spread of COVID-19. Over the next 12 weeks, five strike teams will provide regional testing for 61 counties. Testing sites are open to anyone who feels they need a test.  Tioga County and Mifflin counties are our regions hot spots at this time.  Beginning today a drive-thru and indoor walk-in testing clinic will be held in Tioga County at  North Penn Mansfield High School, 73 W. Wellsboro St., and in Mifflin County at Pennsylvania State Fire Academy, 1150 Riverside Drive, Lewistown.  Testing will be available daily from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM through Tuesday, December 8.

SPORTS
NFL
Wednesday NFL Football Today
Ravens and Steelers are scheduled @ Heinz Field at 340 pm

College Sports
Women’s Basketball
Penn State defeated St. Francis 87-54

Mansfield University has named Jamal Johnson as the new Track & Field coach according to the athletic director Peggy Carl.

HS Sports
HS Football News
Coach J.C Keefer announced at last night’s Montoursville area School Board meeting that he will be stepping down as the school’s football coach, allowing former assistant coach Mike Boughton to be approved for the position.  Keefer had been at Montoursville for 10 years, leading the Warriors to four district championships, and three league titles.  Montoursville was 8-1 this season.

HS Field Hockey
Three players from Lewisburg and one from Warrior Run received first-team HAC-II honors; Rylie Dryoff, Kara Koch (Coke?), Sienna Brazier from Lewisburg and Kyia Brouse from Warrior Run.

 

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