BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS, AUGUST 16, 2021

ASSAULT ON 4-YEAR-OLD 

A Hughesville woman, who left the imprint of her boot on the back of 4-year-old child, was sentenced to Lycoming County Prison. Nichole Maneval was sentenced by Judge Marc Lovecchio for 8-24 months in prison. The judge advised that he felt Maneval displays a low chance of recidivism due to factors in the situation. According to a media outlet, in addition to her prison time, Maneval is required to submit to a mental health assessment, anger management counseling and work under Adult Probation Office’s general guidelines.

INMATE ASSAULTED GUARD IN UNPROVOKED ATTACK

An inmate at the Northumberland County Jail was charged after authorities reported he punched a correctional officer several times and pulled him the ground. Patrick Gurdak of Coal Township was charged multiple misdemeanors following the unprovoked attack on July 17. A news source reported a preliminary hearing concluded on this week for Gurdak, who remained in custody at the Northumberland County Prison in lieu of $20,000 monetary bail, according to court records.

FELONIES CHARGED TO MALE WHO ASSAULTED WILLIAMSPORT WOMAN

On Aug. 4, Williamsport Bureau of Police officer William Badger said a woman came to the station to report a disturbance that had occurred in the afternoon.A woman reported she had her face shoved into a mattress during an assault.  According to  SUN Gazette,  Hasohn Urias Harris of Williamsport assaulted her and  she couldn’t breathe for more than a minute.Harris was arrested and charged with multiple felony and misdemeanors, he was  held at the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 monetary bail.

BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY RECEIVES LARGEST ONE-TIME COMMITMENT IN HISTORY

$40 million could go a long way for any college campus. Michael Pascucci ’58, has pledged more than $40 million to Bucknell, the largest one-time commitment in the University’s history. $30 million will support unrestricted, need-based financial aid endowment through the Pascucci Family Scholarship. As reported by a media outlet, approximately $10 million more will enable improvements in and around Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. “The extraordinary generosity of Michael Pascucci will have a permanent impact on our University’s most imperative calling — ensuring that the power and opportunity of a Bucknell education is accessible,” John C. Bravman, Bucknell University president.

HOUSE FIRE IN MILTON

An 8am Saturday house fire in Milton injured a man and left a family without a home…The second floor and attic of the house on Filbert Street, was engulfed in flames as volunteer fire fighters arrived on the scene. According to media reports, one person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, and later released.  A news source reported Milton and Watsontown volunteers were joined by other volunteers, along with Lewisburg crews. The Red Cross is said to be helping the family.

20-40 YEARS IN STATE PRISON FOR MIDDLEBURG MAN

A Middleburg man drew a 20-40 year state prison sentence for sexually assaulting a young female at least five times.According to the Snyder County District Attorney,   Claude Sprenkel was handed that sentence Friday, and is not eligible for parole until he serves a minimum of 20 years. The DA says if Sprenkel’s ever paroled, he will be a lifetime Megan’s Law registrant. The Daily Item reported the incidents occurred between 1992 and 1997, but the victim didn’t report the crimes until September 2018. Sprenkel was charged in November 2018, and convicted of the crimes this past May.

LITTLE LEAGUE SHUTS DOWN FAN ATTENDANCE 

With the recent rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the United States due to the dangerous Delta variant, and in the interest of all players, coaches, volunteers, and families, Little League® International has made the difficult decision to close the 2021 Little League Baseball® World Series to the general public and cancel its updated public attendance policy and will not distribute 3,000 daily Complex Access Tickets. The Little League Baseball World Series is scheduled from August 19-29, with the top two teams from the eight U.S. Region Tournaments, currently in progress, advancing to Williamsport. Each of those teams will receive 250 team passes for their friends, families, and community members.

MISS PENNSYLVANIA TO GO FOR MISS USA

It was the annual competition for Miss Pennsylvania USA that took place the end of July in the Richland Performing Arts Center in Johnstown. Sydney Robertson, of Williamsport, was crowned this year’s Miss Pennsylvania USA.  A native to Williamsport, Robertson often donates her time and resources to local charities. This year will be her fifth year fundraising for Toys for Tots. Northcentralpa.com reported on Nov. 29, Robertson will represent Pennsylvania at Miss USA 2021 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. If she wins the next competition, she will be the second Miss Pennsylvania USA to represent the United States at Miss Universe.

PA DEPT OF HEALTH COVID-19 DASHBOARD

The PA Dept of Health provided an updated COVID-19 dashboard for our area.  Lycoming County has reported 15 new cases of COVID-19, Clinton 5, Union 3, Northumberland 3, Columbia 11, Snyder and Montour report NO New Cases.

GOLFER TAKES ON HIGH-END YOUTH TOURNAMENTS

The Golfer, 9-year-old Logan McGinn, who resides in South Williamsport, has been competing in numerous high-end youth tournaments. SUN Gazette reported, on June 21-22, he played in the 72nd annual Future Masters Tournament in Dothan, Alabama.  In mid-July, he competed in the Under Armor Junior Tour National Championship at Wald Disney World, taking 22nd. In late July, he placed fifth out of 116 golfers at the US Kids Golf World Championship in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

ACCIDENT SENDS MAN AND WOMAN TO UPMC WITH INJURIES

An elderly man and a woman were being treated at UPMC Williamsport for injuries they suffered in a one-vehicle crash on Bloomingrove Road in Loyalsock Township that occurred about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, state police confirmed.Loyalsock and Hepburn Township volunteer firefighters worked for 15 minutes to free the two from their passenger car. Northcentralpa.com reported the vehicle was heading north on Bloomingrove when it suddenly went airborne, took out the top of a tree and went down an embankment, state police said.

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