BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS NOVEMBER 18, 2019

NO CAUSE DETERMINED FOR HOUSE FIRE
Fire officials say no cause has been determined at this time for the fire that destroyed the home on Rock Run Rd. last Thursday around 6:30pm near Cogan Station.  The Hepburn Township Fire Chief, Jeff Tempesco said one firefighter from Woodward Township suffered a minor injury in last week’s fire after a piece of burning wall knocked him down, but he was treated at a local hospital and discharged.  According to the Sun Gazette, the owner of the property, David Moore of Baltimore, did not carry insurance on the vacation home.

FORMER PROPERT MANAGER STEALS RENT PAYMENTS
A man who had been fired as a property manager in Hughesville, continued to collect rent from a cash paying tenant and has been arrested for the deception.  According to Hughesville police, James J. Krysik, 54, of Hughesville allegedly stole $3,350 in cash rent payments from a tenant who believed he still was employed there from April to September of 2019.  The tenant who was facing eviction charges after being behind on rent had receipts for the payments and according to the police, they recognized the name of the suspect on the receipts.    Krysik was charged with several  third degree felony counts of theft and will have a formal arraignment December 2nd, 2019.

UNION COUNTY LOOKING TO HIRE A NEW CLERK
A New Chief Clerk is needed in Union County.  According to the Daily Item, the Union County Commissioners are looking to replace Dianna Robinson who passed away during her 40 year tenure on the job. The position carries a potential annual salary of 100 thousand dollars.  The acting Chief Clerk, who is also the planning director for the county, will not continue the clerk position full time and current group of 40 recent applicants were rejected by the commissioners.  Resumes are being accepted
BLOOMSBURG RESIDENTS COULD GET REPAIR GRANTS
Residents in the Town of Bloomsburg interested in receiving a housing rehabilitation grant, should apply now to get on the waiting list for the no-cost repairs.  Eligible residents could each receive up to  $65,000 for home repairs and should call SEDA-COG’s Stacy Anderson at 800-326-9310.  Repairs that are eligible are numerouns from structural repair to energy-related improvements as wella s modifications for mobility-impaired residents. There is no cost to homeowners who maintain home residency over a five-year period from the date of signing.

GUARDIAN OF ABUSED CHILD WILL DISCONTINUE LIFE-SUPPORT
The aunt of the 3 year old girl at the center of the Trevorton child abuse case who just received full custody of the child who is on life support after suffering abuse allegedly at the hand of her mother’s boyfriend, has decided to take the child off life support and donate her organs.  According to WKOK, Mandy Keigler, the legal guardian of Arabella Parker said the family will take the girl off the life support Wednesday this week to coincide with the death of parker’s late great-grandfather.  Stonington state police arrested Parker’s mother, Samantha Delcamp, 23, of Sunbury, and her boyfriend Jahrid Burgess, 19, of Trevorton.   Delcamp waived her preliminary hearing last week and is in Centre County Prison in lieu of $200,000 cash.
POLICE CONTINUE INVESTIGATON OF FATAL PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT
The Williamsport Bureau of Police say they are continuing the investigation into the accident that killed 66 year old John Yarosz who was struck while riding a motorized wheelchair at West 4th and William streets in Williamsport on October 19th.  According to the Sun Gazette, Police Chief Damon Hagan says there is still information to gather that will assist the Lycoming County District Attorney’s Office in deciding whether charges will be filed in the case.  The identity of the person driving the SUV vehicle that struck Yarosz has not been released.

STATE FUNDING FOR LOCAL NON-PROFITS
A State funding project was approved Friday that will bring more than 700 thousand dollars to several non-profit groups in our area.  STEP Inc.  The New Love Center, in Jersey Shore, Williamsport Regional Medical Center,  and the Lock Haven University Foundation, are recipents of part of the 26.5 Million dollars from the Neighborhood Assistance Program, which funds community participation and collaboration between nonprofits, businesses and residents in low-income areas

MINIMUM WAGE TALK IN PENNSYLVANIA LEGISTLATURE
The talk to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage is taking place in Harrisburg this week. Pennsylvania’s $7.25 hourly minimum wage could go up to $9.25 or $9.50 an hour using a phased-in approach over the next 18 months to two years.  The legislature will also discuss that Gov. Tom Wolf proposed to move it to $12 an hour this past July and ratchet it up to $15 an hour by 2025. Across the nation, 29 states, including all of Pennsylvania’s neighboring states, have minimum wages higher than the Keystone State.

INMATE CHARGED WITH DRUG POSSESSION
A drug possession charge has been filed against a Northumberland County Jail inmate. The  Northumberland County District Attorney says , 24 year old Anthony D’agostino was charged with one misdemeanor count of possessing a controlled substance for an incident that occurred at the jail in late September 2019.The charge comes from the same investigation that resulted in the arrest of former county correctional officer Christopher Guinther, who is facing felony charges for allegedly supplying drugs to D’agostino.  Guinther’s preliminary hearing was held in magistrate John Gembic’s office on November 12.
Sports
NFL The Bills beat the Dolphins 37 to 20,  Jets over the Redskins 34 to 17, the Patriots beat the Eagles 17 to 10, Cowboys beat the Lions 35 to 27, Colts over the Jaguars 33 to 13, Vikings beat the Broncos 27 – 23, Saints over the Buccaneers 34 to 17, Falcons beat the Panthers 29 to 30, Ravens slammed the Texans 41 to 7, 49ers beat the Cardinals 36 to 26, Raiders over the Bengals 17 to 10, Rams beat the Bears 17-7
NBA
76ers beat the Cavaliers 114 to 95, Kings over the Celtics 100 to 99, The Nuggets beat the Grizzlies 131 to 114, Magic beat the Wizards 125 to 121, Pelicans over the Warriors 108 to 100 and Lakers beat the Hawks 122 to 101.
HS Girls Volleyball PIAA Class AA Girls Championship Saturday
North Catholic beat North Penn Liberty 3-2
N. Penn Liberty earned the silver Saturday in their first loss of the season to District 7’s N. Catholic in 5 sets 3-2
HS Football District 4 PIAA Class A Playoffs Saturday
Muncy beat Millersburg 49-nothing
They now play Lackawanna Trail in the State Quarterfinals next weekend at TBD District 4 site.
NASCAR
Kyle Busch wins the NASCAR cup series championship at Homestead Miami beating teammates Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr.
This is Kyle Busch’s second title – joining Jimmie Johnson as the only active driver with multiple titles.
NHL
Blackhawks beat the Sabres 4-1, and Golden Knights beat the Flames 6-nothing

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