BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JANUARY 13, 2021

MUNCY BOROUGH FACES POTENTIAL WRONGFUL TERMINATION LAWSUIT
A lawsuit is pending and concerns have been raised in Muncy Borough about whether the public is being properly notified about council’s public business.  According to the Sun Gazette, a dispute began over a snow removal disagreement  via text December 16th between borough manager Dennis Holt and Council President Ed Feigles.  The result was, at first, Holt being told to move on from his position by Feigles. Following an attempt by Holt to set the problem straight by working with the council, he was then terminated by a letter from the borough’s law firm.  In addition to Holt unable to do business in the borough after December 18th, executive sessions being held without public notice is raising concern among community members. The council had voted 5-2 to terminate Holt, and he told the paper that he is in the process of his own lawsuit in the case.

CITY MAN FLEES FROM POLICE, ARRESTED
A Williamsport man is in prison today after he fled from police and led them on a high speed chase in the city Monday.  According to the Sun Gazette, 31 year old Lindsay Williams of Federal Avenue was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute  Monday night around 9:40 pm and after police were called to Memorial Avenue, Williams was said to have driven away in a 2003  gold Buick Sedan at a high rate of speed, committing moving violations as police looked on.  Police then chased him through Newberry, to Mosser street where the suspect fled on foot.  He was apprehended on Lincoln street and was found to have a suspended license.  His preliminary hearing is January 19th.

NEW SOUTHSIDE MAYOR
There’s a new Southside Mayor.  Marlin Angelo, who is a 26-year police veteran,  was approved by borough council Monday night to fill the vacancy left by the death of David Lechniak.  According to the Sun Gazette, Angelo is a retired officer, lives near Baird Street, and also owns a car lot and some rental properties. He will preside over the borough police department, and his vote to breaks a tie among council members.

FCFP WILL HOLD RAISE THE REGION IN 2021
Raise the Region is on the books for 2021.  The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania has announced their annual fundraising event that helps six local counties support their local nonprofit organizations.  In partnership with Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships, FCFP is preparing the 30-hour fundraising event for March 10th.    On that day, from 6:00 PM through midnight the next day, the public can select to support participating nonprofits. Follow the details at www.RaiseTheRegion.org

PA SENATOR TO BE SEATED TODAY
Jim Brewster will be sworn in as a state senator today, ending a dispute over counting ballots in Allegheny County. The U-S District Court for Western Pennsylvania ruled on Tuesday that disputed votes in the state’s 45th senatorial district should be counted. The G-O-P wanted to toss out 23-hundred mail-in ballots that lacked a written date on the outer envelope, but had been received on time. After Brewster is sworn in, Republicans will still hold a majority of seats in the Pennsylvania Senate.

COVID UPDATE
Lycoming County reports 117 new cases of the coronavirus as of yesterday at midnight, 90 cases were reported in Northumberland County, 36 are in Union County, Tioga County has 14 and Snyder has 10 new cases.  After seeing 166 new cases Monday, Montour County’s case count has already begun being reconciled. The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported  7,275 additional positive cases of COVID-19,  and 227 new deaths  Lycoming has 64 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, 7 in the ICU, 6 on ventilators and 9 available ICU beds.

WIFE CHARGED WITH NEGLECT
A Coal Township woman who police say failed to provide care for her 83 year old husband charged to her care, is being charged with neglect and involuntary manslaughter.  According to Coal Township police, 57-year-old Debora Avellino admitted her husband to the Geisinger Shamokin Emergency room with what was determined to be an abscess formed from not being moved , which needed immediate surgery.  Vincent Avellino died from surgery complications November 2. The Office of Northumberland County Area Agency on Aging said they suspect severe neglect in the case.  Mrs Avellino was arraigned yesterday in District Court.

FEDERAL OFFICIALS SEEKING INFORMATION ON CAPITOL RIOTS
The FBI is reaching out and seeking the public’s help in identifying individuals who made unlawful entry into the United States Capitol Building in Washington DC on January 6th.  According to Reuters, some of the potential charges include seditious conspiracy and felony murder.  Legal experts also say individuals could be charged with sedition. Anyone who witnessed any unlawful violent actions at the Capitol or near the area, is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI to verbally report tips.Information, photos, or videos can also be uploaded to fbi.gov/USCapitol.

SPORTS
NBA

76ers beat Heat 137 to 134, Nets beat the Nuggets 122 to 116, Jazz beat Cavaliers 117 to 87, Lakers beat the Rockets 117 to 100, Spurs beat Thunder 112 to 102, Pacers beat Warriors 104 to 95, Celtics and Bulls were postponed due to COVID
NBA tonight
Nets  vs Knicks  at 7:30, Orlando and Boston, and Utah and Washington also postponed.
HS Basketball
Loyalsock beat Bloomsburg 83-55, Hughesville beat Midd-West 78-72, Lewisburg beat Millville 54-30, Canton beat Sayre 68-58 and Shamokin beat Montoursville 50-48
Girls Bball
Montgomery beat CMVT 52-33, Canton beat Cow Valley 34-24, Jersey Shore beat Troy 45-19
HS Swimming Boys
Central Columbia defeated Williamsport 92-75, the girls of Williamsport defeated Central Columbia 122 to 56,
HS Sports tonight
HS Boys basketball @ 7:30
Williamsport goes to Hollidaysburg, Saint John Neumann is at Northwest, Millville heads to Muncy, Montgomery goes to CMVT
HS Girls Basketball @ 7:30
Hughesville at Loyalsock, Mifflinburg at Jersey shore, Saint Joseph’s at Montoursville, Warrior Run at Milton, and Lewisburg goes to Williamsport
HS Wrestling @7pm
Central Columbia at Lewisburg and Canton at Williamson
NFL Division playoffs
Saturday

NFC – Rams vs Packers @4:35 @Lambeau
AFC Ravens vs the Bills @ 8:15
Sunday
AFC – the Browns vs the Chiefs in Kansas City @ 3:05
NFC – Buccaneers vs the Saints @6:40 in New Orleans

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