BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS FEB 14, 2022

FIRE DESTROYS HOME ALL ESCAPE SAFELY

Fire forced the evacuation of an Amish family from their frame home off Eisenhower Crossroad in Lamar Township early Saturday morning. The home was already well engulfed in flames when firemen arrived before 5 a.m. Saturday, according to Lamar Township Fire Chief Shane Steinbacher. The two story frame dwelling was a total loss. Steinbacher said it’s believed the fire was caused by a heating device inside a garage attached to the building. According to therecordonline, the home was occupied by the Henry Kauffman family consisting of Kauffman, his wife and four young children; who all escaped safely.

ALZHEIMER AND DEMENTIA TOOLKIT

Governor Tom Wolf signed into law House Bill 1082, which requires the Department of Health to establish and maintain a toolkit to provide information on the early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This toolkit will help promote better understanding of the importance of early detection among health care workers and the public, as well as providing information about diagnosis, treatment and prevention. According to Jennifer Ebersole, Director of State Government Affairs for the Alzheimer’s Association, “When it comes to cognitive health, early detection and diagnosis is paramount–and early intervention is key to obtaining proper care, and planning for the future.”

HOMICIDE CHARGES

A man is facing homicide charges after an alleged stabbing in Columbia County. As reported by WNEP, a fight happened at a home along Brittain Street in Berwick just before 11:30 p.m. Friday night, where 28-year-old Frederick McConnell engaged in a fight with 26-year-old Isaiah Newton.  McConnell was taken to a hospital with a stab wounds and later died. Police say the suspect, 26-year-old Isaiah Newton, is currently in police custody and faces charges related to aggravated assault and homicide.

 

COVID CASES IN THE AREA

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Sunday reported 2,402 new cases of COVID-19, the lowest number since late August. The state also reported Pennsylvania’s rolling 7-day average of new cases had dropped to 3,538 after peaking at 28,685 a month ago. The state reported 2,690 residents hospitalized, a decrease of 83 from Saturday and the lowest number since Nov. 14. Those in intensive care units numbered 460, up five from the previous day. Clinton County reported nine new cases for a total of 8,819. The nine new cases is the smallest number since eight were recorded on Dec. 20 of last year. Centre County added 30 cases for a total of 34,240 and Lycoming County listed 29 new cases for a total of 27,888. There were 13 new cases in Northumberland County, eight in Union, six in Snyder and three in Montour. There were no new deaths registered in the Valley, the second day in a row. Tioga County added 15 new cases yesterday.

DISURBANCE IN OLD LYCOMING TOWNSHIP

An old Lycoming township man found himself in jail this morning following a Sunday afternoon disturbance. Around 4 pm the Old Lycoming Twp Police were dispatched to 2014 Zuni Lane in Old Lycoming Township for a report of a disturbance with a firearm involving a child custody issue. Anthony Humphries was on scene and reported to have threatened his gf and her family.  Officers worked for 45 minutes, attempting to  de-escalate the situation.  HUMPHRIES surrendered to police without incident and was arraigned on charges of terroristic threats, endangering the welfare of children and criminal mischief. He was committed to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $50,000.00 bail.

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