BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS OCTOBER 31, 2022

SUNBURY FIRE KILLS TWO

Two people died and one person was injured after being rescued from a three-alarm fire in Sunbury Saturday night.  According to the Daily item, the Northumberland County Coroner has not released any information as of yesterday, since the investigation into the blaze will continue today involving the county coroner and a state police fire marshal. Firefighters were initially called to the home in the 300 block of Walnut Street just before 4pm Satuday two more alarms were called out within 15 minutes.  Two nearby homes were also damaged from the smoke and flames, but no other injuries were reported.

YEARS OF FALSE REPORTS SENDS MOM TO JAIL

A Mifflinville mother of two is facing charges of felony child endangerment, misdemeanors of false reports, and tampering with evidence after numerous allegations were brought claiming abuse of her children, physical and sexual, which ended up being false.  The alleged abuse also included repeated invasive medical examinations on the children. According to North Central PA dot com, police say 31 year old Erica Rene Shaw has been repeatedly bringing claims of abuse against the child’s father, during medical exams of the children for several years, all turning out to be unfounded after an investigation by Children and Youth Services.  Shaw was arraigned and jailed with unsecured bail set at 40 thousand dollars, with a preliminary hearing coming up December 8.

PA UNIVERSITIES COULD HIRE POLICE FASTER

A Bill to make it easier for Pennsylvania Universities to hire campus police officers in a more expedited manner that doesn’t involve a months-long process of obtaining a commission from the governor via the state Department of Education.  According to North Central PA dot com,  state Reps. Clint Owlett, Donna Oberlander and Jim Struzzi, who represent Mansfield, Clarion and Indiana universities were pleased with the legislation that was overwhelmingly approved by the House and Senate.  House Bill 1988 will now go to the governor’s desk and if signed, will take effect immediately.

HALLOWEEN SAFETY FOR KIDS AND DRIVERS

Many local neighborhoods will have Halloween celebrations tonight between 5pm and 9pm and local hospital and law enforcement officials are reminding motorists that Halloween is the most likely day of the year children are injured or killed by a vehicle.  Geisinger Pediatrics suggests dressing kids up using glow sticks, flash lights, reflective tape or wristbands, and to make sure make sure kids are wearing proper fitting shoes and costumes.  Drivers are reminded to be alert for kids crossing mid-block instead of at the intersection – and to slow down.

TWO ADMIT WRONGDOING AT CARE FACILITY

After an unresponsive elderly woman, who was a resident at Selinsgrove Center, was found to have injuries, two former employees have been charged with endangering the welfare of a dependent and tampering with records.  According to North Central PA dot com, 42year old Stacey Nerhood of Richfield and 39 year old Bradley Molyneaux of Northumberland, later admitted they had covered up that they had not followed protocol when transferring 89 year old Ethel Krouse who fell from a lift last April and has suffered complications since.  Nerhood and Molyneaux were arraigned October 21st and are free on bail with a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

OLD CITY PROJECTS FUNDED BY OFFICE OF BUDGET

There are two upcoming projects in the City of Williamsport that received funding last week thanks to the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.  According to Senator Gene Yaw, practical upgrades through the Old City Williamsport Mixed-Use Development project and The River Valley Plaza project, as part of the Old City East 3rd Street Gateway Strategy,  will support the businesses that anchor the city, reserve its charm and have a transformative impact on the City and Lycoming County.  RACP is a $3.1 billion program administered through the Office of the Budget.

MEDICARE EXPANDS FEDERAL FUNDING

Federal approval was received in the commonwealth allowing a Medicaid expansion to cover a full year after pregnancy as a way to improve access to postpartum care of the baby and reduce maternal mortality rates.  According to the Daily Item, Pennsylvania already had extended the coverage from 60 days as part of the American Rescue Plan, but now the federal funding can be applied with the approval.  Public health leaders say that expanding Medicaid reduces cost barriers for low-income individuals who tend to be at higher risk for complications.  About 30 percent of births in Pennsylvania are covered by Medicaid.

WORK THIS WEEK ON I-80 IN MONTOUR COUNTY

PennDOT has reported  some maintenance work on I-80 Eastbound in Montour Count this week.  Watch for PennDOT crews on the scene from 8am til 2pm Tuesday around mile marker 222  in Liberty Township west of exit 224 in Valley Township.  The right lane will be restricted and motorists are asked to be alert.  In Case of bad weather the work will take place on Wednesday of this week.

SPORTS

PIAA Soccer Semi-finals

Girls Soccer Semi-finals
Central Columbia vs Hughesville at Danville HS Tonight 6pm  
Montoursville vs Lewisburg at Milton HS Tonight 6pm
Southern Columbia vs Wyalusing at Danville HS Tuesday -5pm
Benton vs S. Williamsport at Loyalsock HS Tues – 5pm
Shikellamy vs Selinsgrove Wednesday – Milton HS 5pm
Boys Soccer semi-finals
So. Columbia vs East Juniata Danville HS Tuesday 7pm
Lewisburg vs Warrior Run Tuesday – Milton HS 7pm
Northumberland Christian vs South Williamsport Loyalsock HS – Wednesday at 7 PM
Danville vs Mid-West at Milton 5pm Wednesday
Selinsgrove vs Jersey Shore Wed. at Milton HS at 7

NFL Sunday
Falcons 37                    Panthers 34
Cowboys 49                 Bears 29
Dolphins 31                 Lions 27
Vikings 34                    Cardinals 26
Saints 24                       Raiders 0
Patriots 22                    Jets 17
Eagles 35                      Steelers 13
Commanders 17           Colts 16
Seahawks 27                Giants 13
Bills 27                         Packers 17
Chiefs and Chargers had a Bye week
NFL Monday night football tonight
Bengals and the Browns 815 on ESPN
MLB
Houston tied up the Worlds Series Saturday night 5-2 over the Phillies 1-1, Game 3 is tonight @8:03pm on FOX back home in Philadelphia.
NHL
Devils 7 Blue Jackets 1
Wild 4 Blackhawks 3
Ducks 4 Maple Leafs 3
Rangers 3 Coyotes 2
Golden Knights 2 Jets 1
NASCAR
Xfinity 500 at Martinsville; Christopher Bell got the checkered flag followed by Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Ross Chastain and Denny Hamlin. Securing the final four spots in the Cup Series lineup…Christopher Bell, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and Ross Chastain.

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