TRUMP LAWYERS HEAD TO PA FEDERAL COURT IN WILLIAMSPORT
The country is watching what will happen in a Williamsport courtroom today. After a ruling by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in a separate case, the lawyers for President Trump, have amended the lawsuit to rely on claims of violations of the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution’s 14th Amendment. Improper count and processing of over 600 thousand ballots also is in the suit. Litigation against state Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar will be held before a hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today in U.S. Middle District Court before Judge Matthew W. Brann in Williamsport.
HOUSE FIRE IN MIFFLINBURG
In Mifflinburg, a fire early Tuesday sent one person to the hospital but they have not been identified. According to Susquehanna Valley emergency communications, the house fire was reported in the 900 block of Mountain View Road in the borough. The incident had volunteers on the scene after 2:30 am for about 2 hours until the fire was extinguished. Crews from Mifflinburg, Middleburg, New Berlin, Penns Creek, West End, and Lewisburg responded to the blaze.
VICTIMS IN HIGH SPEED CHASE HOSPITALIZED, IDENTIFIED
The victims in the crash that occurred following a high speed pursuit for 13 miles last Saturday from Jersey Shore to the winding mountain road of Route 44 near Elimsport have been identified. State police say 26 year old Kinsley Cohick of Montoursville was the driver and 28 year old Dalton Schlee of South Williamsport was a passenger in the vehicle and they remain hospitalized at Geisinger medical center in Danville. Police say both men were not wearing seatbelts. Accoridng to a spokesperson at the hospital, Cochick was reported in fair condition, and Schlee remains critical.
UPMC DOCTORS SAY BE VIGILANT ABOUT COVID
Medical officials from UPMC held a press briefing on Wednesday to urge the public to maintain the necessary health precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19 even as numbers in the commonwealth show signs of spiking. According to Donald Yealy, UPMC medical director, an increase in coronavirus cases can be directly attributed to the public not wearing masks and colder weather forcing people indoors in close quarters. Dr. Yealy said that modifying how the public handles behavior over the holiday season is important and to limit gatherings so that we can have family gatherings in the future. At this time, with increasing positive cases, doctors noted that the need for intensive care and ventilators is lower than it was in the spring.
LAWSUIT BROUGHT ABOUT BY REPUBLICAN LAWYERS AND PA ELECTORS AMENDED
The lawsuit brought against secretary of State Kathy Boockvar over improper counting and processing of over 600 thousand ballots is included in a newly amended case filed by Donald J. Trump for President Inc. The case will go before Judge Matthew W. Brann at 1:30 p.m. today in U.S. Middle District Court in Williamsport. Lawyers for President Trump and two electors in the state allege that their ballots were cancelled due to improper procedures and they were not aware that they had been invalidated which violates the Equal Protection Clause.
LOCAL COVID UPDATE
COVID cases continue to rise in Pennsylvania, with the Department of Health reporting almost 10 thousand cases in two days. In Northeast PA, Tioga County has now reported 73 new cases and five fatalities, 50 new cases have been confirmed in Union County, and Lycoming County has 41 new cases reported. In Northumberland County – 20 new cases, Snyder has 24 new cases, Montour has one new case. 51 deaths have been reported statewide.
JUNK YARD EXPLOSION CAUSES NO INJURIES
A fire was reported early this week following an explosion at a local business. According to Northumberland County Communications, volunteers from Stonington Fire Company and others were called to the Winnick’s Junk Yard along Route 61Monday night after 9pm. Several explosions were reported that destroyed cars, but no injuries were reported. The fire and the crews on the scene blocked Route 61, but has since reopened.
GEISINGER WILL SHARE TEST RESULTS VIA AUTOMATION
Gesinger Medical Center is using Automation Technology to streamline the return of results of COVID-19 testing, to free up resources of invaluable skilled workers to work on critical patient care. If you are a patient who takes a test at a Geisinger facility, you will receive a phone call within 24 hours of the testing with a result. After verifying identity, the patient will be given an opportunity to speak with a triage nurse for advice and to get questions answered. Patients can also call Geisingers COVID-19 hotline to get results. Those who test positive can be called daily for monitoriung of symptoms – but can opt out. Patients will also receive a letter in the mail within 7 days of the tests.
NFL Monday Night Football
Vikings beat the Bears 19-13
HS Boys Soccer
PIAA Class AA Semifinal
Lewisburg at Oley Valley, tonight at 6pm
The Northern Tier League announced its volleyball all-stars Monday and numerous area players were honored, including North Penn-Liberty’s Charisma Grega who was named the Northern Tier League’s Most Valuable Player and Ali Koval was named Co-MVP on defense. Canton’s Annie Gaiotti was named NTL Utility Player and Canton’s Sheila Weneski was named Co-Coach of the Year