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Romanic domestic dispute claims life of Mifflin man (12-10-2013)
[LS] - A romantic dispute leaves a 39-y/o man dead after a shooting in Mifflin. Lewistown state police were on the scene yesterday at a McKinley Road residence in Tuscarora Twp. after the unidentified man, with a shotgun, fired a single round at the front tire of a truck parked outside the home. The man confronted his 40-y/o estranged wife and her 51-y/0 romantic partner & found his wife's lover & her father in the truck when he fired the weapon. After firing the shotgun, the 2 men ran from the truck into the house with the estranged husband in pursuit. The man fired the shotgun once more at the front door of the home & struck his father-in-law in the legs. The man then turned the gun on himself & took his own life in the driveway of the residence. No names have been released by police, who are still acively investigating the case.
Lewistown Boro council passes 2014 budget with no tax increase (12-10-2013)
[LS] - Other than in increase in the cost of the waste water treatment, Lewistown Borough residents will not see a tax increase for the next year after the Borough Council passed their 2014 budget. The waste water treatment costs will rise by only 6.5%, a move that was expected since there are improvements planned for the treatment plant. Lewistown Police will have lower allotments because payout compensations to officers were no longer needed. Borough residents may view the budget while it is on display at the borough administrative office. Final vote on the budget will come Dec. 30 before a final passage comes on Feb. 1 next year.
More snow and frigid temps on the way today (12-10-2013)
After missing a snowstorm over the past weekend, the Juniata Valley will see some accumulation today. More snow is on tap but mostly in the form of flurries. The National Weather Service was forecasting 1-3 inches of snow could accumulate this morning into the early afternoon. The next chapter in the weather story is the upcoming frigid blast, as highs on Tuesday are expected to reach only 29 degrees. Tomorrow’s low will be 17 degrees. Midweek highs are expected in the 20s with lows in single-digits overnight Thursday.
Pedestrian struck & injured Sunday near Belleville (12-9-2013)
Lewistown State Police repored 82-y/o Joyce Dunkle of Allensville sustained major injuries on Sunday afternoon when she was struck by a motorist as she attempted to cross W. Main St. Police say the driver of the vehicle, 18-y/o Aaron King of Mill Creek, was unable to avoid hitting her when she stepped into the path of his vehicle near the Short Lane intersection. According to the police report, Dunkle crossed the road mid-block & not in a crosswalk. She was life-flighted to Hershey Medical Center with serious injuries. King, who also had 3 other juvenile pasengers in his vehicle was not hurt & all of the vehicle's occupants were wearing seatbelts. There has been no further word on the condition of Dunkle.
Mother Nature plays havoc with weekend activities (12-9-2013)
Mixed precipitation caused some cancellation over the weekend during the annual Festival of Ice events. After causing the cancellation of the Star Country Carraige Rides last week, the annual Kiwanis Christmas Parade had to to be scrubbed as well. Today more frozen precipitation is causing the cancellation of classes in the Mifflin County School District & 2 hour delays for Juniata County, Mount Union and Greenwood school districts as well as Sacred Heart of Jesus and Belleville Mennonite schools. A winter weather advisory went into effect and will last until 10am this morning & includes Huntingdon, Mifflin, Juniata Snyder and Perry counties. The National Weather Service says freezing rain will continue through this morning before tapering off. An arctic front will drop temperatures well below normal through the middle and end of the week.
Lewistown man dies after being hit by vehicle (12-9-2013)
Lewistown Police Department reported that 55-y/o Richard Fryer of Lewistown died after being struck by a Chevrolet on Fourth Street in Lewistown last night around 9:45pm. He was taken to Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital, where he later died but police did not provide further information and said more details will be released when the investigation is complete.
Accidental death in Mt. Union investigated by police (12-9-2013)
Huntingdon State Police released a report this morning detailing the accidental death of 22-y/o Tyler J.A. Snyder of Mt. Union. Police say Snyder died at a private residence along Elm Dr. in Shirley Twp., Huntingdon Co. sometime between mid-morning & early afternoon last Wednesday, Dec. 4th. According to his obituary published in the Huntingdon Daily News, Snyder was born in Lewistown & was the son of Jason and Tammy Woods of Allenport, Mount Union, and Ron and April (Snyder) Matthews of Pinewood Acres, Mount Union. There is a current ongoing investigation into his death by the state police.
Man crashes vehicle, property in police chase through 3 counties (12-6-2013)
[LS] - Mifflin County Regional Police is preparing multiple charges against Brian Decker of Lewistown after he led multiple police departments on a car chase through 3 counties on Nov. 25. It started at the Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital after an arrest warrant was issued for him from a previous incident. Decker's family told police he managed to return to his vehicle after avoiding police apprehension. He drove through Lewistown, being pursued by police, driving through a Knepp Ave. yard and demolishing a detached garage as he drove through it. Decker heavily damaging his vehicle but continued the pursuit eventually through the mountains of Centre, Huntingdon and Mifflin counties. He was apprehended after using tire deflation devices to stop his vehicle on Stone Creek Rd. just below the runaway truck ramp on US 322 east in Seven Mountains.
Mifflin Co. holds the line on taxes, passes 2014 budget (12-6-2013)
[LS] - Last night during the meeting of the Mifflin Co. Commissioners, next year's $23.6 million budget was unanimously passed without raising taxes. This keeps the millage rate at 14.250 & will include $965,000 less spending than this year. Chairman Mark Sunderland said the county would be receiving less grant money in the coming year but told the Lewistown Sentinel that he felt it was a good budget saying, "This is 3.2 percent less than last year due to less grant funding. Everybody worked very hard on this budget." Commissioner Kevin Kodish added that it was the 7th time in 8 years that the county had not increased taxes & promised to "continue our efforts to improve overall efficiency, and to provide the services our residents deserve."
Bellefonte woman to serve jail time for stealing from father (12-6-2013)
[CDT] - A Bellefonte woman who stole $140,000 in cash from her elderly father-in-law who suffered from dementia will spend at least five months in Centre County jail. 51-y/o Jennifer Lynne Day, was sentenced Monday to serve 10 months to 2 years in county jail. But Centre County Judge Bradley P. Lunsford said the woman could spend five months on home detention for pleading guilty in the case and sparing the family a trial, prosecutors said. Prosecutors say Day took the the money from her father-in-law’s mobile home in December 2009 on the day he was moved into an assisted living facility. She used the money to buy 5 vehicles, including one for each of her children. She also bought electronics, 2 snow blowers, a lawn mower, and other items.
Corman Announces $1.47 Million in Community Conservation Grants (12-6-2013)
State Sen. Jake Corman has announced the awarding of nearly $1.5 million in state Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants. The CCPP program is administered by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to provide financial and technical assistance to local governments and organizations to develop and improve parks and other recreational areas. Corman said that “We are blessed in central Pennsylvania with numerous outdoor recreational opportunities, and I am pleased to announce this assistance to improve these sites and expand the opportunity for residents to get outside and enjoy our parks, trails and waterways”. Mifflin County will be receiving $125,000 to develop boat access on the Juniata River in the McVeytown/Mattawanna area. Work will include construction of a boat ramp, parking, ADA access, landscaping, signs and other improvements. The CCPP program includes Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservative Fund, the Environmental Stewardship Fund, and several federal funding sources.
The 17th Annual Ice Festival kicks off today (12-5-2013)
Juniata Valley folks will have a mild start to the annual Festival of Ice that starts today in downtown Lewistown. Instead of catching snowflakes on their tongues, they'll be dodging raindrops. Nevertheless, folks will many changes to this year’s Festival of Ice with the biggest change being the layout of the event. All activity will be centered around Monument Square and three of the four blocks that radiate from it. The First Night State College Ice Sculptors will wow the crowds with be building The Glacier Sliding Board that is sponsored by Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital. The Festival kicks off with a mini parade that includes participants of all ages starting at St. John’s Lutheran Church beginning at 6PM. Included in the activities will be a coffee café & caroling around the Square, however due to the rainy weather the Annual Old Fashioned Carriage Rides for tonight at 6-8pm and tomorrow from 5-7pm have been cancelled. If you would like a Star Country Recipe Booklet, you can stop by our studio at 114 N. Logan Blvd., Burnham, Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm to pick up your copy.
Newcomers take seats on Penns Valley School Board (12-5-2013)
[CDT] - There was 3 newly elected directors who took their seats yesterday on the Penns Valley Area school board, but some familiar faces were elected to the panel’s top leadership roles. Chris Houser narrowly won election to serve as board president, replacing Jay Martin in the position. Houser, who was re-elected to the board in November, served as vice president last year. Houser defeated board member Melissa Krum to serve as president. Newcomer Victoria Brennan, who wrestled away an incumbent’s seat in the general election, nominated Krum for the spot. Krum will serve as vice president after being unanimously elected to the position. She was the only nominee.
Worker shocked by high-voltage wire in Snyder Co. (12-5-2013)
A worker was unconscious as he was rushed to Lewistown Hospital after being shocked when a truck boom struck a high-voltage wire in West Beaver Township, Snyder Co. PPL crews raced to the scene to address live wires that had fallen onto the truck parked near a company at 484 Dale Snook Road, Bannerville. The accident occurred in a pasture behind the main building of the unidentified company, which pours concrete as its main business. The man, whose identity was unknown at deadline, was shocked, fell unconscious and taken to Lewistown Hospital by ambulance. He was helped by emergency rescue personnel with the Bannerville Volunteer Fire Company. Fire Chief Charles McKnight said he did not know the condition of the man late Wednesday. Also assisting at the scene were fire and rescue personnel from Beaver Springs, Beavertown and McClure.
Selinsgrove teenager accused of killing Port Treverton man (12-5-2013)
[CCN] - An 18-y/o Selinsgrove teenager is accused of fatally stabbing a Port Trevorton man last month. Miranda Barbour is facing charges of criminal homicide, aggravated assault and related charges for the death of 42-y/o Troy LaFerrara. Barbour initially claimed she didn't know LaFerrara but then went to the Selinsgrove State Police barracks and told investigators she met LaFerrara on Craigslist. They arranged to meet in the parking lot of the Susquehanna Valley Mall November 11th. LaFerrara got into Barbour’s vehicle on that night and they drove to Sunbury. Barbour told investigators LaFerrara told her to pull over and began to touch her inappropriately. Barbour also claims LaFerrara had his hands around her throat. She says she reached in between the seat of her car, got a knife and began to stab LaFerrara. Barbour says she then drove around Sunbury and eventually dumped LaFerrara’s body outside, took his wallet and drove away. Barbour says she bought items to get the blood out of her vehicle and then went to Harrisburg to celebrate her husband's birthday. She says she recently threw the knife in the Susquehanna River. LaFerrara’s body was found found behind a Catawissa Avenue residence on the morning of November 12th. An autopsy showed he was stabbed approximately 20 times.
Double-fatality near Potters Mills, kills 2 from Mifflin Co. (12-4-2013)
[CDT] - Early yesterday morning, 2 people were killed in a traffic accident on state Rt. 144 in Potter Twp.,Centre Co., that closed the road for about 3 hours. Centre County Chief Deputy Coroner Judy Pleskonko pronounced 25-y/o Roger Kennedy Jr., of Lewistown, and 50-y/o Terry Bitner of Belleville, dead at the scene, according to Centre Co. Coroner Scott Sayers. State police said the crash near Tucker Road occurred at about 7am when Kennedy's northbound car tried to pass another in heavy fog. The passing car then hit Bitner's southbound vehicle head on. The collision killed both motorists, who were driving alone. PennDOT closed the roadway in both directions between US 322 in Potters Mills and state Rt. 45 in Old Fort while emergency personnel were on the scene and traffic was being diverted. Police reopened the road at about 10am.
J.-Co. Commissioner takes issue with Gen. Fund Budget (12-4-2013)
[LS] - Last night during the Juniata County Commissioners meeting in Mifflintown, commissioner Teresa O'Neal was the only "Nay" vote on the tentative $8.8 million 2014 General Fund Budget. Despite having no tax increase and being at least 5% less than the 2013 budget, O'Neal said there were certain portions of the budget she liked & some she didn't. Nevertheless, the other 2 commissioners, Robert Reynolds & Jeff Zimmerman voting in favor of the budget. O'Neal took issue with what she called a "lack of oversight" throughout the year in dealing with budget issues. Both Zimmerman & Reynolds agreed that they felt the budget was "fiscally sound." O'Neal argued over her assumption that several line items had been short changed or completely ignored. Final ratification will take place at the Dec. 31 commissioners meeting.
McVeytown Minit Mart sells winning Cash 5 Lotter ticket (12-4-2013)
One jackpot-winning PA Lottery Cash 5 ticket worth $225,000 was among 31,039 prize-winning tickets sold statewide for yesterday's drawing. Sold in Mifflin County, the ticket correctly matched all five balls, 07-10-21-33-43, to win a jackpot of $225,000, less 25% federal withholding. McVeytown Minit Mart on US 522 South, earns a $500 selling bonus for selling the winning Cash 5 ticket. Lottery officials cannot confirm the identity of the winner until the prize is claimed and the ticket is validated. Cash 5 winners have 1 year from the drawing date to claim prizes. The holder of the winning ticket should promptly sign the back of the ticket, call the Lottery at 717-702-8146 and file a claim at any of Lottery’s seven area offices or at Lottery headquarters.
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