BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 16, 2021

BODY OF ELDERLY WOMAN FOUND NEAR HER RESIDENCE
The body of an 82 year old woman who went missing on Monday and was the subject of an endangered person advisory was found just a mile and a half from her home in a wooded area in Lycoming County. According to Montoursville State Police, Nila Ross of Cogan House Township, who suffered from dementia, died after being exposed to the cold.  According to family members with whom she lived, she had been last seen at her residence around 1:30 Monday afternoon

HOUSEFIRE DISPLACES TWO
There was a Hughesville house fire that was a total loss Sunday in the 1300 block of Barto Hollow Road in Penn Township.  According to the Sun Gazette, two people who were renting the property we displaced after the fire began before 8pm and firefighters arrived at the scene to the property engulfed in flames.  The volunteers who arrived endured slippery conditions for about two hours while they battled the flames that collapsed the roof of the structure, but did hnot injure any occupants.  There was a rekindling that had to be put out Monday and the fire marshal will be investigating the incident, foul play is not suspected.

LOCAL REPUBLICANS MAY VOTE TO CENSURE TOOMEY
Local Republicans are expected to discuss whether they will call for a censure of US Senator Pat Toomey and mirror the actions of the York Centre, Clarion, and Washington County Republicans who have already done so.  According to the Sun Gazette, the chair of the Lycoming County Republican party, Vince Matteo, said he believes a vote to censure will pass after Senator Toomey was one of  seven Republican senators who voted Trump was guilty of inciting a riot at the U.S. Capitol at the impeachment trial last week.  Toomey announced in 2020 that he’s not seeking re-election

WINTER SNOWQ AND ICE COULD STILL CAUSE TROUBLE
A winter weather advisory is in effect for our region today through 1pm but the National Weather Service has also issued an ice storm warning until at least 10am, expecting snow and sleet accumulations up to two inches and ice accumulations between one quarter to one half an inch.  Residents are asked to anticipate power outages since thick ice can effect power lines and to prepare for what you might need in the event that power is interrupted.

MAN JAILED AFTER THREATENING WATSONTOWN RESIDENTS
A Watsontown man is being charged with terroristic threats after police say he threatened residents of an apartment and refused to leave the 300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue last Tuesday.  According to media outlets, 29-year-old Brandon Klapp was apprehended by police and was transported to Northumberland County Prison where he faces counts of terroristic threats and criminal trespass. Klapp’s preliminary hearing is yet to be scheduled.

THIRTEEN INMATES HAVE SENTENCE COMMUTED
Governor Tom Wolf signed commutations for 13 Pennsylvania inmates after thorough review and determining them deserving of a second chance.  The 13 were recommended by Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, led by Lt. Gov. John Fetterman.  Among those whose sentences were reduced to life on parole,  are two sets of Philadelphia brothers who were both sentenced to life in prison under separate second-degree murder cases and two women,,59 year old  Avis Lee, and 75 year old Mildred Strickland, who were both sentenced to life for murder in separate Philadelphia County cases.  The 13 inmates will be released from prison with time served.

SEDA-COG OFFERING HELP
Milton residents at risk of losing their housing may be eligible to receive assistance thanks to a CARES act Block grant.  According to SEDA-COG, a five thousand dollar grant is available through the Resident Subsistence Program for families to use for utility payments to prevent cutoff of service and rent/mortgage payments to prevent eviction.  Applications will be accepted beginning Feb. 22. While there is no deadline to apply, the program is on a first-come, first-serve basis and ends when the funds are spent. The Salvation Army is managing the program on behalf of the Borough and will provide the grants to Milton residents.

SPORTS

NBA
Jazz beat the 76ers 134 to 123, Bulls over the Pacers 120 to 112, Wizards beat the Rockets 131 to 119, Knicks over the Hawks 123 to 112, Warriors beat the Cavaliers 129 to 98, Clippers over Heat 125 to 118, Nets beat the Kings 136 to 125

NHL
Coyotes beat Blues 1- nothing, Islanders over the Sabres 3-1, Senators beat the Maple Leafs 6-5, Hurricanes over the Blue Jackets 7-3, Panthers beat Lightning 6-4, Blackhawks over Red Wings 3-2, Jets beat the Oilers 6-5, Flames beat the Canucks 4-3, Sharks beat the Ducks 3-2, Devils and Bruins and Predators and Stars were postponed.

TENNIS
In the Australian Open today Serena Williams beat Simone Halep 6-3,6-3, and will now face Naomi Osaka in the next stage of the semi-final.

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