A woman  who had custody of the Lock Haven boy found dead at home Monday afternoon has been charged with murder.  According to WNEP, a family member called police after observing 36 year old Jamie Lynne Jackson frantically cleaning her home on East Bald Eagle street while 9 year old Anson Landon Mitchell Stover, who Jackson said had injured himself, allegedly laid in a bathtub for two days.  Jackson is Stover’s aunt.  Police say following an autopsy, extensive signs of physical abuse were found on the boy.  Jackson is in Clinton County Jail and faces charges including criminal homicide, aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, concealing the death of a child, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse

A 72 year old woman died in an accident in Upper Augusta Township last Tuesday.  According to Stonington State Police, 29-year-old Alicia Moodie of Danville was traveling south on Mile Post Road about 5pm and crossed the double yellow line hitting the vehicle of Sandra Moyer of Sunbury who died at the scene.  Moodie and a passenger in Moyer’s car were treated for minor injuries at Geisinger Medical Center.  No word on their condition today or if charges will be filed.

There were long lines for COVD-19 testing in Tioga County yesterday, the first day of a Department of Health regional testing strike team in areas where there has been a significant increase in COVID cases.  The strike team deployment will take place in 61 counties throughout Pennsylvania over the next 12 weeks.  According to More than 300 people were tested within the first four hours.  Sites in Mansfield will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sunday, December 6th and can test 450 patients daily.  Officials from the task force say Tioga County’s positivity rate is over 21 percent.

A virtual holiday performance of “A Christmas Carol” hosted by the Weis Center for the Performing Arts will be available online for three shows beginning this Saturday night at 8pm.  The hour-long program will be performed live in Chicago and presented in a live stream.  Those who purchase a $20 per household ticket will get a live stream link 24 hours before the performance from the Bucknell Box Office. Other performances shown in the same manner will be on December 13th at 4pm and , December 17 at 8:00 p.m.

Following a November 25th complaint, the Lycoming County Narcotics Enforcement Unit reported the arrest of 26 year old Demira S. Jackson, who allegedly had a heroin packaging station in a bedroom of her home endangering the welfare of her infant child.  The U.S. Marshals Service and the NEU served the warrant at Jackson’s home,  the 400 block of Stevens Street.  Jackson has been charged with felony possession with intent to distribute heroin, and a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of children

With nearly 5,000 statewideCOVID-19 hospitalizations, over 1,000  in the ICU, and 565 on ventilators, the PA Department of Health reports numbers continue to rise in our area.  Lycoming County reports 72 new cases, 50 new Northumberland County cases have been confirmed, Snyder has 35, Union has 30, Tioga County reports 25.  Statewide, there are 8,291 new cases and 194 new deaths in Pennsyvlania

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has reported that they will not be immunizing children for the COVID-19 vaccine until more trials have been completed on the effect of the medicine on children under 18.  According to department secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, once the vaccine is approved for children, they will not require school vaccinations.  The state has a three-phased distribution plan in place for when a vaccine is approved, first  to critical populations, including health care personnel and first responders, plus those 65 years and older, and congregate care residents.  Those who may be at higher risk of complications will be next and  when there is a sufficient supply of a vaccine or vaccines, the state can start to ensure the entire population has access to a vaccine.

The final 2021 Pine Creek Township budget will be approved with no tax increase, as of Dec. 9. According to the Sun Gazette, there was a question at the meeting Wednesday by some community members as to why the preliminary budget hadn’t been advertised for the proper length of time for public review.   As a result the supervisors will hold on its approval so that the public can look it over and bring thoughts or objections to the township. There will not be a special meeting to approve the budget that includes a .118 mill tax rate and a zero tax increase for 2021.

NFL Football

Steelers defeated the Ravens 19-14

College Sports
MAC Presidents met this week go forward with winter sports in a way that prioritizes the health of student-athletes, coaches, campuses and local communities.  Men’s and women’s basketball is to start a conference-only 5-6 week schedule no earlier than mid-February and the possibility of a conference championship. Swimming is slated to start in early March, with a potential  MAC Championship in mid-April. The 2021 MAC Indoor Track & Field Championships and the 2021 MAC Wrestling Championship have been canceled.