BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS NOVEMBER 1, 2022

MOTHER ACCUSED OF STARVING DAUGHTERS PLEADS GUILTY

The mother of the two young girls who died from starvation and were buried in a shallow grave in Hepburn township, has plead guilty to conspiracy to commit first degree murder and theft by deception charges on fraudulently collecting county assistance for the girls after they had died.  According to the Sun Gazette, 33 year old Marie Sue Snyder agreed to the guilty plea after the Lycoming County District Attorney initially filed notice to seek the death penalty.  Snyder also agreed to provide testimony in the trial of former girlfriend Echo Butler over her role in the death of 6 year old Nicole Elizabeth and 4 year old Jasmine Jean Snyder.  Snyder has been offered a sentence of two consecutive prison terms without parole and over 130 thousand dollars in fines.

OVERNIGHT THIEF IN CUSTODY

A Williamsport man has been arrested for breaking into Lycoming County stores and stealing merchandise.  According to the Sun Gazette, police say 27 year old Donald Jared Parsons stole cigarettes, liquor, cash and other items from three Williamsport businesses Thursday morning along Hepburn Street, Memorial Avenue and Basin Street.  Parsons was observed on surveillance video breaking and entering the stores and when police questioned him later at his home, he admitted the theft and produced the stolen items for police. He was charged with burglary, criminal trespass theft and receiving stolen property.

LOCAL MAN CONFIRMED FOR THE BOARD OF PSSHE

A Williamsport man has been confirmed to serve as a member of the Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.  According to the Sun Gazette, CEO of The Liberty Group Daniel Klingerman, who was involved during the integration of the state system of universities this past year, will be a part of a 20 member board that  coordinates the operation of the State Education System, overseeing its’ efficient management.

NON-PROFITS RAISE FUNDS FOR AMISH FAMILY

Several non-profit agencies in Centre County are holding a fundraiser for the Amish family who lost four family members this year in farming accidents.  According to the Sun Gazette, a GoFundMe page has been set up to support Esther Beiler and her six children after a son died in a farm equipment accident last March, and her husband and two other tennage sons perished in a silo accident in September.  All deaths were ruled accidental.  The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau and the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County are hoping to raise 20 thousand dollars for the family.

SUNBURY FIRE VICTIMS IDENTIFIED

It was a young mother and her three year old who died in the three-alarm fire in Sunbury Saturday afternoon, another family member was rescued from a second story window of the home.  According to the Standard-Journal, the bodies of 23 year old Abby Anstey and her three year old, Brayden were found in a second floor bedroom at the 300 block of Walnut Street.  60 year old Edgar Perez who resided there and was in a wheelchair, was rescued by a passersby who used a ladder to get him.  Fire officials say the three alarm blaze began in the kitchen area of the home at 334 Walnut and spread to two other homes, which brought all Sunbury and Northumberland fire units as well as over a dozen other companies. The fire was under control by 6:30pm.  First responders from Northumberland, Montour and Snyder counties also assisted.

MAN HIT BY CAR ON ROUTE 11/15, IN CRITICAL CONDITION

A Middleburg man was hit by a car along Route 11/15 in Snyder County Sunday while he crossed where there was no signal or crosswalk.  According to Selinsgrove state police, 66 year old Thomas Bernat Jr was transported to Geisinger Medical center with life-threatening injuries after being struck while crossing the highway in the area of the Turkey Hill Minute mart in Monroe Township. Media outlets say Geisinger officials listed Bernat in critical condition as of yesterday.

REDISTIRCT MAPS WILL NOT BE CHALLENGED IN COURT

The case challenging the redistricting of Pennsylvania’s State House and Senate District maps after the 2020 census will not be heard by the United States Supreme Court.  According to WHTM, Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff had argued the process was unconstitutional, but members of the Legislative Reapportionment Commission said they are confident that the districting plans comply with both state and federal law and the US Supreme Court upheld it.  In March the justices allowed maps selected by each state’s Supreme Court to be in effect for the 2022 elections. 

BUCKNELL STRIVES TO BE PREMIER EMPLOYER

In an attempt to complete an initiative to become a premiere employer in the region, Bucknell University has announced that they will give employees the full week off at Thanksgiving this year.  According to a statement by University President, John Bravman the traditional time off for employees, Wednesday through the weekend is now including November 21st and 22nd this year.  There is also a two-week winter break scheduled for 2023 this year.  Details at Bucknell.edu.

SPORTS

PIAA District 4
Girls Soccer Playoffs
Class AA – Central Columbia 5     Hughesville       0
                   Lewisburg        2 Montoursville    1  (2OT)
PIAA District 4
Girls Soccer Playoffs

Class A – Southern Columbia vs Wyalusing at Danville HS tonight -5pm
                Benton vs S. Williamsport at Loyalsock HS  tonight – 5pm
Class AAA Championship  – Shikellamy vs Selinsgrove Wednesday – Milton HS 5pm
Boys Soccer Playoffs
Class A  –    Northumberland Christian vs South Williamsport – Loyalsock HS – Tonight at 7 PM
                    So. Columbia vs East Juniata@ Danville HS tonight 7pm
Cl;ass AA – Danville vs Mid-West at Milton HS tonight 5pm
                     Lewisburg vs Warrior Run  – Milton HS tonight 7pm
Class AAA – Championship – Selinsgrove vs Jersey Shore at Milton HS Wednesday at 7pm

NFL Monday Night Football
Browns 32           Bengals 13   
MLB
Game 3 of the World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros was postponed last night due to the threat of rain.  It will now be played tonight 8:03pm on FOX
 Game 4 set for Wednesday, and Game 5 on Thursday.

NBA

Kings 115           Hornets 108
76ers 118            Wizards 111
Nets 116              Pacers 109
Raptors 139        Hawks 109
Bucks 110           Pistons 108
Jazz 121              Grizzlies 105
Clippers 95         Rockets 93

NHL
Sabers 8              Red Wings 3
Hurricanes 3       Capitals 2
Kings 5                Blues 1

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