BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JANUARY 19, 2020

MOTHER ACCUSED OF STABBING INFANT INCARCERATED
The investigation continues into the circumstances surrounding the case of 22 year old Corrie Cowlay-Saunders, of Adams St., who was charged with criminal homicide and attempted homicide for stabbing her 5 month-old infant and  the baby’s father.  According to the Sun Gazette, the Lycoming County Coroner has completed the autopsy of the child , Cailani Faltz, who police allege was stabbed in the neck by her mother – no further details have been released.  Faltz’s father, Cordell Faltz, was also injured in the neck and jaw.  Cowlay-Saunders is in the Lycoming County Prison and has been denied bail, her preliminary hearing in District Court  is Thursday.

GRANTS COMING TO LOCAL SCHOOLS AFFECTED BY VIRUS
Many local schools including The Williamsport Area School District,  South Williamsport Area, Loyalsock Township, East Lycoming, Montgomery, Muncy and others are set to receive almost $9 million as part of the $2.2 billion in federal stimulus funds being dedicated statewide for financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Pennsylvania’s Department of Education will distribute the funds directly to the school districts who apply using the Title I, Part-A formula, the amount based on the percentage of students in a district who qualify for reduced or subsidized lunches. The funds can be used for a wide range of activities and must be used by September of 2023.

CANDY DESK SUPPLY GOES TO NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS
Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania recently took a back stock of candy used to supply the US Government’s  famous candy desk and created care packages for the National Guard who have been called to protect areas of the Capitol Complex in Washington DC.  According to CBS Pittsburgh, as a tradition since 1968, the candy desk has been maintained by Senator Toomey since 2015 and many Pennsylvania candy making companies have provided the United States Senate with the treats even before Toomey when Rick Santorum maintained the Hershey chocolate supply through 2007.

VOTE FOR BUTTER UP CONTEST
The virtual Farm show is in the history books, but Pennsylvania residents still have a responsibility to vote for the winner of the “Butter Up” Contest – a competition of mini butter sculptures made by the public in lieu of the traditional sculpture usually shown at the in-person Farm Show in Harrisburg.  The farm show posted all of the entries to its Facebook page where you can react.  One winner will be selected from each age bracket based on Facebook likes.  Voting for the “Butter Up” contest is open through 1 p.m. on Friday.

HARRISBURG WOMAN IN CUSTODY FOR ALLEGEDLY STEALING LAPTOP AT CAPITOL
An alleged Capitol rioter from Harrisburg accused by a former partner of stealing a laptop or hard drive from Nancy Pelosi’s office has surrendered to authorities, two sources confirmed to CBS News. The FBI reports that Riley June Williams of Harrisburg is being investigated for the theft of the device while she was trespassing on Capitol grounds with the intent to sell it to a friend in Russia. There are reports of a laptop being taken from the US Capitol, but it was only one used in a conference room for presentations.

COVID UPDATE
In its daily update Monday which includes Sunday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 10,068 new cases of the coronavirus over the last two days, and 80 new fatalities were reported.  90 new cases have been confirmed in Montour County ,Northumberland County has 78 new cases, Union has 26 and Snyder has 36.  Lycoming County  has  29 new cases reported today with 44 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, and 3 on ventilators.  Statewide hospitalizations continue decreasing, down to over 4,500 now being reported– of those patients, over 900 are in the ICU and over 500 are on ventilators.

AQUACULTURE INDUSTRY ELIGIBLE FOR CARES ACT FUNDS
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has a new grant program that will provide financial assistance to marine fisheries participants negatively affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The program is made possible by the federal CARES Act and $3.3 million can go to Pennsylvania residents who are seafood processors, wholesale dealers/distributers, and other aquaculture operations including commercial fishing. Completed application packages must be received by 4 p.m., February 26th.  A direct link to grant application materials is online HERE:

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO CLEAN UP WREATHS
Volunteers are being sought to pick up over 40 thousand live balsam wreaths that were placed on the Hallowed Grounds of Indiantown Gap National Cemetery during Wreaths Across America Day on December 19th.  Through the Wreaths Across America Program and Mission, the effort will return the cemetery to its pristine state on Saturday, January 30th 2021, when volunteers following CDC guidelines will gather on the plaza on the PA Veterans Memorial near Annville, PA at before 8am and coordinate the clean up effort.  There’s no age limit for those who wish to help. Information about the event is at wreathsacrossamaerica.org

SPORTS
NBA
Knicks beat Magic 91 to 84, Hawks beat Timberwolves 108 to 97, Spurs beat the Trailblazers 125 to 104, Grizzlies beat the Suns 108 to 104, Nets beat the Bucks 125 to 123, Raptors beat the Mavericks 116 to 93, Heat beat the Pistons 113 to 107, Bulls beat Rockets 125 to 120, Warriors beat the Lakers 115 to 113, Cavaliers and Wizards were postponed

NHL
Blue Jackets beat Red Wings 3-2, Islanders blanked the Bruins 1-nothing, Maple Leafs beat Jets 3-1, Sabres defeated the Flyers 6-1, Blues beat Sharks 5-4, Hurricanes beat the Predators 4-2, Flames over the Canucks 5-2, Canadians beat the Oilers 3-1, Ducks blanked Wild 1-nothing, Golden knights beat Coyotes 4-2.

NFL
The Conference Championships are  Sunday at 3:05pm between the Buccaneers and the Packers, the Bills play the Chiefs at 6:40pm

HS Boys Basketball
Montoursville beat Saint Joseph 58 to 42, Wyalusing beat North Penn Mansfield 64-59, Central Columbia defeated Lewisburg 61-36, Athens beat Sayre 54-41

Girls  Basketball
Cowanesque Valley beat Williamson in OT 47-42, Lewisburg beat Muncy 37-15, Williamsport beat Jersey Shore 52-18.

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