BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS DECEMBER 7, 2020

COUPLE FACES CHILD ABUSE CHARGES
A couple is accused of abusing their 8 children  over 16 years and will face felony child abuse charges this month.  Accoridng to WNEP, the Pennsylvania attorney general said, 48 year old Matthew Zeigler and his wife Christine Zeigler allegedly beat and intimidated their 8 children, withheld food, and locked them up.  Police were called to the home after Matthew Zielger allegedly fired a gun out the window of the home. upon questioning the children police discovered the abusive enviroment.  The Ziegler’s are appearing in court on the 16th of this month and are both facing over 50 years in a federal prison if convicted. The children have been taken from their custody.

RECORD CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS LOCALLY
Health records continue to be broken with 201 new coronavirus cases reported as of Saturday in Montour County, Lycoming County reports 151.There are 88 new Northumberland County, Snyder has 26 new cases . Union has 41 new cases   The Department of Health confirmed though that  71% of the attributed cases in Montour may not be from the county, they’ve only been assigned to Montour because of their origin of testing at centers like Geisinger. There were 12,884 new statewide cases reported and  129 new fatalities as of Saturday.

WATCH LIVESTREAM OF PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY
Today is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and American flags should be flown at half staff from sunrise til sunset,  December 7th 1941 is the day an the attack on U.S. military forces in Hawaii claimed the lives of 2,334 servicemen and servicewomen and wounded another 1,143.  Due to COVID, the public is being kept away from Pearl Harbor for a live ceremony, but it will be livestreamed this afternoon at 1pm  through a link here.

UPMC will be expanding their service hours at the COVID-19 outpatient collection site starting today. Anyone with a physician referral will be able to get a COVID test at the Brandon Ave location. The new hours are Monday through Friday 8am to 8pm, and Sunday 8am to noon. The chief medical Director, David Lopatofsky says the hours change is in response to the spike of cases in the area, and that it is meant to conserve resources and be a more thorough and efficient exam.

1500 hundred masks are available for distribution to United Way community partners after the United Way of North Central Massachusetts donated them in a one million mask making initiative – a plan to make high quality reusable face masks for first responders, non-profit organizations and those in need across the country.  Lycoming County United Way has received that donation and has already distributed 200 masks in Williamsport that will go to Family Promise of Lycoming County, Sojourner Truth Ministries and the American Rescue Workers.  According to the Sun Gazette, sewers in Leominster, Massachusetts, donated the masks through a “Sew the masks” program that began last spring. Masks will be distributed in a first-come, first served basis.

The Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit has received over 1.7 million dollars in a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The money comes to help fund the early Head Start programs in Northumberland County. This program serves over a hundred families below the poverty level, 10 percent of which are classified as special needs, and the money will improve transportation and the ability to implement quality programs

Penn Dot is reporting some utility work that will take place on Route 15 this Tuesday.  Motorists should watch for intermittent closures on the north and southbound lanes on Route 15 in Kelly Township, Union County in the area of Mopar Drive on the west shore of the Susquehanna River near Milton State Park.  According to a press release, while power crews work on the lines between 10am and 2pm the road may be closed at times and to plan your route accordingly.

In an Advent message to his congregations, Bishop Jeremiah J Park, of the United Methodist church urged members of the church and pastors to cease in person worship due to the coronavirus, saying that the grave situation requires a sacrificial response. According to the Sun Gazette with the Christmas season approaching it’s a difficult decision, but in line with the request from Park, many churches are offering online worship, or broadcasting their services

 

SPORTS

NFL Football
Giants beat the Seahawks 17-12, Packers beat the Eagles 30-16, Browns beat the Titans 41-35, Saint over the Falcons 21-16, Chiefs beat the Broncos 22-16, Patriots over the Chargers 45 nothing, Rams beat the Cardinals 38-28, Colts over the Texans 26-20, Raiders beat the Jets 31-28 Vikings over the Jaguars 27-24, Dolphins beat the Bengals 19-7,  Lions over the Bears 34-30

Monday NFL Football
@ 5 PM Washington Steelers kick off at Heinz Field, Bills and the 49ers play at 8:15 in Glendale
Tuesday night football
Cowboys and the Ravens in Baltimore

Women’s College Basketball
22-ranked Syracuse beat Penn State Sunday 82-72
NCAA Football Saturday
Penn State beat Rutgers  23-7
Ohio State beat Michigan State 52-12

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