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Alleged Fountain Park vandals caught & arrested by police (5-22-2013)
LEWISTOWN - Lewistown Police arrested two local men Tuesday accused of spray-painting racial slurs and other obscenities at Fountain Square Park early Monday morning.
Police said Adam Joseph Troup, 24, and John Richard Lohman II, 28, both of Lewistown, were charged with ethnic intimidation, a felony and other related charges.
A swastika and various racial slurs were spray-painted at Fountain Square Park at the Five Points intersection of Lewistown and more than 15 vehicles were vandalized in the area.
Police said Troup and Lohman were stopped early Monday morning by an officer near Logan Street and were found in possession of spray paint cans.
Troup and Lohman were also charged with criminal conspiracy, criminal mischief which caused more than $5,000 of damage and loitering and prowling at night. Police said the two men were lodged in the Mifflin County Correctional Facility pending arraignment.
School of Nursing prepares for hospital name change (5-22-2013)
LEWISTOWN - As the extended merger deadline approaches, Lewistown Hospital's School of Nursing is preparing for new Geisinger Health System ownership, said Kay Hamilton, hospital president and CEO, Tuesday at the Lewistown Rotary Meeting.
Because the hospital's name will officially change from Lewistown Hospital to Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital, the school must reapply for all certifications and federal funding. However, nothing within the school's program will be altered.
For more information on Lewistown Hospital's School of Nursing, visit their website and click on the School of Nursing link.
Apparent electrical fire consumes Winfield home yesterday (5-22-2013)
WINFIELD — A fire swept through a Winfield home while its occupants were at work Tuesday.
Union Township Fire Chief Rick Wetzel said the 8:53 am blaze destroyed the summer cottage on South River Breeze Avenue owned by Greg and Patty Hess.
The couple moved into the summer home about three weeks ago and were at work when the fire broke out.
“The neighbor heard some popping or cracking noise and looked outside and saw smoke,” Wetzel said.
A state police fire marshal was unable to determine the cause, but Wetzel said it appears to have been electrical in nature and is not suspicious.
The loss was estimated at about $60,000.
Cars vandalized in Fountain Square & Five Points (5-21-2013)
LEWISTOWN - Fountain Square Park at the Five Points intersection and a number of cars in the East End neighborhood of Lewistown were spray-painted with graffiti early Monday morning, according to a report from the Lewistown Police Department.
At the park, a swastika and various racial slurs were spray-painted on the side of one of the adjacent buildings.
LPD Chief William Herkert said various vehicles were found to have been vandalized in the area of Valley and Chestnut Street as well as Shaw Avenue.
The investigation is continuing and potential charges are being determined against people who police believe are involved. The grafitti at the park, which is owned by Downtown Lewistown Inc., has already been covered by a fresh coat of red paint.
DLI, in conjunction with the Lewistown Police Department and Mifflin County Communities That Care will hold a Downtown-East End Neighborhood Community Watch Meeting at 6 pm today in the Regional Business Center Conference Room, located at 152 East Market St.
Anyone with any information about the graffiti incident is asked to call Lewistown Police Department at 248-6716.
Burnham sewer rates to gradually increase for customers (5-21-2013)
BURNHAM - Burnham Borough Council passed an ordinance at its regular Monday meeting that will lead to a gradual increase in sewage rates to help repay a loan for updates to the wastewater treatment plant.
The exact rates will be determined by the council at its next meeting, scheduled for 7 pm June 3 at the Burnham Borough Building.
According to the ordinance, sewage rates will increase gradually for customers, rather than at once. The frequency of rate hikes has yet to be announced.
Relay For Life approved for Kish Park on June 8 (5-21-2013)
YEAGERTOWN - The Mifflin-Juniata Relay For Life was approved Monday by the Derry Township Board of Supervisors to use Kish Park for the annual event on June 8 and 9.
The Board also listened to Phil Gingerich who spoke about liability insurance quotes. He talked about Pennsylvania's change in workers compensation for volunteer firefighters and what is to come in the near future for Derry Township.
The Board voted to authorize the chairman and secretary to execute the proper documents for the engineering services agreement for the Old Stagecoach and Parkview Paving project.
Stabbing at Rockview SCI (5-21-2013)
BENNER TOWNSHIP — State police at Rockview say an argument Sunday between two inmates at the State Correctional Institution at Rockview led to one of the men stabbing the other with an ink pen.
Police said the altercation occurred at 5:10 pm in the dining hall, where a 49-year-old inmate got into a argument with a 35-year-old inmate.
The older man then stabbed the younger man “several times upon the head and body with an ink pen, causing injury,” police said.
The incident was reported as a case of simple assault, and an investigation continues.
Police stand-off closes streets in Plesant Gap yesterday (5-21-2013)
PLEASANT GAP — A man was taken into police custody Monday after barricading himself in his family’s South Main Street home for about two hours, prompting a large-scale police response and the lockdown of a nearby elementary school.
Pleasant Gap Elementary School and the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology were locked down Monday afternoon, and traffic was halted along busy South Main Street as police negotiated the man’s surrender.
Spring Township police Sgt. Michael Danneker said a family member called 911 after an apparent incident inside the home. Danneker said there was mention of a weapon, prompting the intense police and school response.
Police were deployed to the home, and a mobile command center and the region’s armored police truck were set up. The man, who has not been identified, surrendered peacefully at about 2:30 pm after communicating with police negotiators.
Woman flown to Geisinger after crash on US 15 in Lewisburg (5-21-2013)
LEWISBURG — A 61-year-old Milton woman and a 6-year-old boy were hurt Monday night when their vehicle hit a guide rail and a concrete barrier before overturning on Route 15, state police at Milton said.
The driver, Marilyn Poust, was flown by helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, with moderate injuries, troopers said. She was reported in serious condition at 10:20 pm She was thrown through the windshield when the vehicle overturned. Police said she was not wearing a seat belt.
Her passenger suffered minor injuries and was taken to Geisinger by ambulance. The boy, whose name was not released, was in a child’s seat.
Police said Poust will be cited in the crash. The vehicle was towed.
Stand-off at Belleville Bachelor Party-Marine arrested (5-20-2013)
[LS] An active duty U.S. Marine was arrested early yesterday morning at a bachelor party in Belleville, after he pointed 2 handguns at police and a 2-hr. standoff ensued, officials said. Mifflin County Regional Police said Benjamin Steele, of Falls Creek, was charged with aggravated assault on police, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats and numerous other charges after the incident, which began at 2:50am Sunday while Steele was a guest at a bachelor party held at a residence on N. Kishacoquillas St. Police said other party guests removed a .45-caliber handgun from Steele and when he discovered that someone had taken the gun, Steele attacked and choked another guest until the weapon was returned to him. MCRPD said it received assistance from both the Lewistown & Huntingdon-based State Police. MCRPD officers kept talking with Steele and were able to convince him to put down the firearms and surrender. Steele was taken into custody at 5:08am & was later arraigned before District Judge Aaron Gingrich and lodged at the Mifflin County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Energy Use studied among Penns Valley Residents (5-20-2013)
[CDT] Officials in Gregg Twp. & Millheim in Centre Co., could soon know just how to reduce energy costs thanks to a project through the Susquehanna Economic Development Association-Council of Governments. Comprehensive energy audits are underway in 4 communities across the region, through the SEDA-COG Energy Resource Center & funded by the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund. The analysis will give the communities detailed figures on the cost of energy upgrades & estimated savings that would result from the recommended upgrades. Gregg Twp. & Millheim were among 10 communities that underwent bill analyses last year as part of the project. Specific municipally owned properties were picked for detailed energy assessments.
Altoona welcomed thousands of Sci-Fi fans to convention (5-20-2013)
[WJAC] Super heroes, super villains, and everything in between. This creative crew is taking over the Jaffa Shrine in Altoona. It's all a part of the 2nd annual Sci-Fi Valley Con. The event draws thousands of people from our area and beyond to show off their sci-fi stuff. And these guys don't take it lightly. Many spend weeks, even months perfecting their outfits and preparing for the convention. It's being a super hero for a day--a celebrity for the moment. A unique and energetic event that brings a community of comic-coners together--costumes and all. The convention ran through Sunday.
Fallen soldiers honored in Boalsburg yesterday by fabulous crowd (5-20-2013)
Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo served as the guest speaker yesterday at the annual “Celebration of Service: Honoring PA Veterans” at the PA Military Museum, which featured a 21-gun salute, military band, 105 mm howitzer battery salute and the reading of the names of deceased members of the National Guard’s 28th Infantry Division. The ceremony for the PA-based division dates back nearly 100 years. Though the day was cloudy and overcast with some spitting rain, Brig. Gen. John Gronski said the turnout of veterans, families who have lost members to war casualties, and spectators was fabulous nevertheless. Cucolo said that responsibility, guilt and a reinforced resolve to continue the mission would flood through his head when would lose a soldier in his company. But, most of all—even if he didn’t personally know the soldier—he felt as if he lost a family member.
Centre Co. soldier loses both legs while serving in Afghanistan (5-17-2013)
[CDT] A soldier from Pine Grove Mills was injured severely Tuesday when rushing to help a U.S. convoy involved in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan. The parents of 22-y/o Adam Hartswick told the Centre Daily Times the senior combat medic stepped on an improvised explosive device while rushing to the scene of a blast that killed three U.S. service members. Morgen Hummel said her son, a 2009 State College Area High School graduate, called her Tuesday to tell her he had lost both legs above the knees and suffered injuries to both hands. Hummel said that Hartswick is being treated at a military hospital in Afghanistan.
Victims testify against accused rapist in Juniata Co. trial (5-17-2013)
[LS] The 2 alleged victims of repeated sexual abuse at the hands of 51-y/o Dennis J. Walton testified during a preliminary hearing yesterday. Following the hearing for Walton, Magisterial District Judge Barb Lyter bound over all of the charges to the court of common pleas for trial, including 100 counts of rape. A woman, who is now 32-y/o, was the first alleged victim to testify during the hearing said that Walton performed various sexual acts on her over a period of several years, which began when she was 7 or 8. The other alleged female juvenile victim, who is now an 11-y/o, testified Walton also abused her on several occasions. Walton remains inncarcerated in the Mifflin County Correctional Facility in lieu of a combined $100,000 bail. He is expected to appear in the Juniata County Court of Common Pleas in June for a formal arraignment.
Fire-damaged Historic Garman Theatre in Bellefonte to be razed (5-17-2013)
Bellefonte officials took a major step Wednesday toward a plan to sell the historic but roof-less, mold-filled Garman Theatre on East High Street to a real estate magnate who would raze it to redevelop 3 downtown buildings that have been hollowed out by fires. The members of the Bellefonte Industrial Development Authority voted to accept Ara Kervandjian’s workforce housing project proposal over a competing proposal from a group of 20 residents in the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association who promised to repair the building and return it to a theater. The authority faced a deadline Monday to submit a proposal in Centre County court as part of a process to transfer ownership of the property.
Centre Co. sleuth sneaks off with $30,000 in ...snakes (5-17-2013)
[WTAJ] More than a dozen exotic snakes worth about $30,000 were stolen from a Julian home in Centre Co. Christopher Robinson wakes up early every morning and takes care of his animals, including his prized possessions...60 ball pythons. But Wednesday morning, he says someone stole more than a dozen of them. Robinson's been raising and breeding snakes since he was a kid. He's handing down his passion to his 2 sons. Robinson's got a new kind of security system roaming now. An alligator. But he just wants his snakes back. If you have any information on the missing snakes, please call Philipsburg State Police at 814-342-3370.
Lewistown Hospital 1st organization to receive Good Scout Award (5-16-2013)
LEWISTOWN - Lewistown Hospital was honored Wednesday at the the Shawnee District, Juniata Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America's annual Good Scout Dinner.
The hospital is the first community organization, rather than individual, to receive the Good Scout Award.
Kirk Thomas, Lewistown Hospital vice president of operations, accepted the award on behalf of the hospital.
The hospital also received a Senate Resolution of Congratulations from state Sen. Jake Corman in recognition of the Good Scout Award.
For more information about the Juniata Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America, call 667-9236 or visit their website.
Law Enforcement Memorial Service honors 2 slain officers (5-16-2013)
LEWISTOWN - Local law enforcement gathered for the 2013 Mifflin County Law Enforcement Memorial Service, held on Wednesday, to honor two fallen officers who died in the line of duty.
Pennsylvania State Police officer John Valent, who died on Dec. 9, 1971, and Lewistown Police Officer Robert McCormick, who died on Jan. 9, 1974, were both remembered for their service to the community.
Mifflin County District Attorney Dave Molek was a guest speaker at the event and spoke about the profound sacrifices and contributions of the many law enforcement officers who have risen to the challenge of securing our nation and our community.
Safety measures increased on US 322 at Seven Mts. summit (5-16-2013)
COLLEGE TOWNSHIP — The state Department of Transportation is following an aggressive schedule for preliminary studies and plans for a safety improvement project on the Potters Mills section of U.S. Route 322.
The PennDOT study will look at the road from the Route 144 intersection to the top of Seven Mountains, near the county line. That stretch has higher than average crash rates and fatality rates.
As many as 108 property owners have land that could be affected by the project in one way or another, and letters have been sent to those individuals. A public meeting to discuss the project could come as early as this summer.
PSU, already bugged by PR problems, gets bugged with real bugs (5-16-2013)
UNIVERSITY PARK — Bed bugs were reported in a Penn State campus dormitory on Monday, the university confirmed Wednesday.
Three rooms in Curtin Hall were treated, and all of the residence hall’s rooms are being checked, said spokeswoman Jill Shockey. The pest control service the university brought in to take care of the bed bugs used a heat treatment.
Curtin Hall is in the university’s East Halls dorm complex.
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