BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JANUARY 14, 2020

MAN WHO FATALLY PUNCHED ANOTHER SENTENCED
A man who fatally punched a man in Sunbury last spring will go to state prison.  According to the Daily Item, Northumberland County Judge Hugh Jones Monday sentenced 36-year-old Jay Boyer Jr of Middleburg to 4 ½ to 9 years.  Media outlets report the incident took place outside a social club April 28 around 4am on South Third Street, when Boyer got into a fight with Brian Cox of Sunbury. Video showed Boyer striking the man who later died from the injuries sustained on his head and face.  Boyer said in court that he is ‘haunted’ by the events.

ROW HOME OWNERS TO APPEAL CONDEMNATION
Renovo residents who are appealing last fall’s condemnation of their 14th Street row houses will have a chance to present their case this week in court.  A public hearing in front of  the Renovo Board of Appeals is Wednesday night at the borough building and will continue into Thursday, if necessary.  According to the Sun Gazette, the homes were deemed unsafe and condemned by Renovo’s  property ordinance and building code enforcement officer. Attorney Rocco Rosamilia, represents  the eight residents of the row houses who appealed the condemnation.

YAW TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION
State Senator Gene Yaw announced this week that he will run for re-election to the Pennsylvania state Senate in 2020.  Senator Yaw has pledged to continue working on behalf of the residents of Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties and be a strong advocate for residents in rural Pennsylvania.  Prior to running for the Senate, Yaw served as Lycoming County solicitor for 17 years and remains a Lycoming County resident.  Election Day in Pennsylvania is set for Tuesday, April 28th, 2020.

LANE RESTRICTIONS THIS WEEK ON I-80 WEST
There will be lane restrictions on I-80 West in Union County beginning today.  According to PennDOT, a clean up and soil remediation project is scheduled to take place beginning today between 7am and 3pm around mile marker 202 in White Deer Township and continue for several days.  Watch for contractors on the shoulder and follow speed limits in work zones.  Get travel updates for all PA roads at 511pa dot com.

CASEWORKER WHO STOLE EBT FUNDS SENTENCED
A former caseworker for the state has plead guilty to taking over 86 hundred dollars on fraudulent EBT cards.  The State Attorney General charged 40-year-old Jennifer Curcie of Coal Township with theft by deception and false statements. The AG says she was sentenced to seven years’ probation and ordered to repay the money she stole.  Curcie was employed in the state run Northumberland County assistance office from 2015-18. She was terminated in August 2018.

MOTHER DENIED BAIL REDUCTION
A judge has denied a bail reduction request yesterday for the mother of Jahrid Burgess, the accused killer in the Trevorton child abuse case.  According to the Daily Item, 50-year-old Christy Willis will stay in prison on $200,000 cash bail.  Willis allegedly provided false and misleading statements trying to prevent authorities from investigating the abuse of the late three-year-old Arabella Parker.  The mother of Arabella, Samantha Delcamp is also still facing homicide charges in the case.

WHEELAND TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION
State Rep. Jeff C. Wheeland of Loyalsock Township will seek re-election to the 83rd House seat.  According to a press release, Wheeland since being elected in 2014, has addressed numerous issues including  policies that spark economic and job growth and quality education for children,, as well as making sure communities get back their fair share of funding. Wheeland represents the residents of Williamsport, South Willamsport, Duboistown, Montgomery and the townships of Armstrong, Clinton, Loyalsock, Old Lycoming, Susquehanna and Woodward. Election Day in Pennsylvania is set for Tuesday April 28th, 2020.

LIBRARY OFFERS BOOKS TO HOMEBOUND
Homebound or disabled residents in Lycoming County will be able to utilize a books by mail service offered by Williamsport’s James V. Brown Library.  Those who cannot access the local library after any temporary or permanent disability may fill out a request form online at jvbrown.edu or call the library to start receiving library materials by mail.  Audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs are also available through the free program, but some newer books and reference materials can only be used in the main building.  Items are delivered to your home in a reusable pre-paid mail-pouch – and returned in the same pouch.

DEP ORDERS TEXAS COMPANY TO CORRECT VIOLATIONS
After several years of a Texas gas company saying methane collecting in wells drilled in Moreland Township is naturally occurring, the DEP has gotten a court order to make the company correct the problems.  According to the Sun gazette, DEP officials, several times discovered violations, including the presence of methane and pressure in wells drilled in February and March of 2011. According to the Sun Gazette, Range Resources of Fort Worth TX has routinely failed to eliminate the impacts of the methane leaks on groundwater and streams, according to DEP.  Failure to comply with the order could result in additional DEP enforcement.

Sports
College Football Playoff National Championship
LSU beat Clemson 42-25
NBA
Pelicans beat the Pistons 117 to 110, Pacers beat the 76ers 101 to 95, Celtics beat the Bulls 113 to 101, Thunder beat the Timberwolves 117 to 104, Magic edged the Kings 114 to 112, Trailblazers beat the Hornets 115 to 112, and the Lakers beat the Cavaliers 128 to 99
NHL
Canadiens defeated the Flames 2-nothing, Rangers beat the Islanders 6-2, Flyers beat the Bruins 6-5, Capitals beat the Hurricanes 2-nothing, and Blues beat the Ducks 4-1
HS Girls Basketball
Mifflinburg over Montoursville 54 to 51, Montgomery over Bucktail 40 to 30, South Williamsport beat Benton 45 to 27, Cameron County beat Galeton 44-17
HS Boys Basketball
North Penn Mansfield beat Northwest 57-32, Montoursville defeated Shikellamy 46-42, Hughesville beat Muncy 59-25, Wellsboro over Cowanesque Valley 69-40, Huntingdon over Central Mountain 79-60, Warrior Run beat Midd-West 74-47,   Shamokin over Jersey Shore 64-56, Sullivan County beat South Williamsport 61-53

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