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Roll-over accident injures Yeagertown man last night (3-10-2014)
[LS] - Mifflin County Regional Police reported that a 30-y/o Yeagertown man was injured in a 1-vehicle roll-over accident last night around 6:50pm. Jason Wagner reportedly was driving a 2001 Chevy Impala when witnesses saw the vehicle hit the westbound left guiderail along US 322 just before teh Burnham exit. Witnesses also told police that Wagner's vehicle came back across the westbound lanes of US 322 and hit the embankment along the right side of the roadway, causing the car to roll over twice before coming to rest along the shoulder. Wagner sustained "significant injuries" & was transported to Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital for treatment but his condition is still unknown.
Police look for suspect in fuel oil theft at local church (3-10-2014)
Lewistown State Police have been investigating the theft of approximately 300 gallons of heating fuel that was taken from a fuel tank at the St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Mifflintown. Police say the church, located along the William Penn Highway in Walker Twp., Juniata Co., reported the fuel was taken from the back side of the church when the tank was full & that a vehicle backed up to the tank to remove the fuel before it fled the scene. The theft is believed to have occurred sometime between Feb. 28-Mar. 1 between 4pm-9am. Police are seeking any information regarding the theft at 717/320-1010 as they continue the investigation.
Brown Twp. gets new tax collector w/tax bills going out in April (3-10-2014)
[LS] - Brown Township secretary Teresa King is advising residents there that tax bills are going to be late for the township due to the a new tax collector. The appointment comes after the re-elected Tax Collector, Teresa Reed, resigned from her position. Last Monday, the board accepted her resignation, which was contingent upon receiving a formal written letter, and then appointed Cheryl Hartzler as the new tax collector. Hartzler was appointed to the 4-year position since the resignation ocurred during an off-year election. If Hartzler would like to continue with this position, she will have to run for the office once her current position expires in 2016.
MC Commissioners go over business meeting items (3-7-2014)
[LS] - Mifflin Co. Commissioners met briefly last night to go over some workshop agenda items for next week's business meeting. Some of the items that were discussed were an amendment to the Blue Mountain Drive tower lease agreement with AT&T Wireless to add additional equipment to the tower, a grant agreement with the PEMA to provide reimbursement for training costs associated with providing training to first responders, offers for parcels currently in repository for unsold properties, & requests for real estate tax refunds for parcels in Decatur and Union Townships.
Former Sunbury firefighter arrested for stealing from fire co. (3-7-2014)
[LS] - A former Sunbury firefighter & his brother was arrested yesterday on charges they stole more than $3,000 from a city fire department. Police have charged 47-y/o Rick Sinko, of Northumberland, who was arraigned after police conducted a nearly 2-year investigation into accusations he had pilfered money from the Rescue Hose Fire Company, where he served as treasurer. Sinko was instrumental in saving September 2011 flood victims while he served as a volunteer firefighter for more than 3 decades. He was among members of the Sunbury Water Rescue Team honored by former Sunbury Fire Chief for its efforts during the 2011 flood. He has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Accused Centre Co. child sex offender waives hearing (3-7-2014)
[CDT] - The Pleasant Gap man who was charged with more than 1,000 counts of child sexual abuse has waived his appearance in court. This week, 33-y/o Eric Todd Crader was in the Centre County Courthouse on Wednesday, but not for his scheduled preliminary hearing. He met with his new attorney, Richard Settgast. Court officials said he was also there for bail purposes. Crader originally was listed as continuing his preliminary hearing until March 12. Court documents show it being continued until April 9. However, court officials confirmed that he did waive that hearing during Wednesday’s visit to Bellefonte. Crader is charged with 1,278 counts relating to the sexual abuse of two children over the course of two years.
Known J.-Co. sex offender arrested for having sex with teen (3-6-2014)
[DI] - A 20-y/o Thompsontown man with a history of corrupting minors is facing sex assault charges after police found a 15-y/o purported female runaway from Halifax with him in a Snyder Co. home on Feb. 3. Selinsgrove State Police said that Kody Malachi Garman met the girl on a social network website, traveled to Halifax and brought her to a Chapman Hollow Road home in Union Township, where they had sexual intercourse. The girl was reported as a runaway the same day and was found that night at the home in the company of Garman at 10pm. Garman allegedly admitted having sex with the girl that day as well as a week before in his Jeep Cherokee in Elizabethville, Dauphin Co. He was charged separately by Dauphin Co. officials for that first alleged offense and posted $25,000 bail.
Quick response by several fire companies for chimney fire (3-6-2014)
[LS] - A chimney fire brought out several fire crews last night at a residence along Locke Mills Road in Armagh Township. Crews arrived just after 8pm after the call came in 10 min. earlier. By around 9:15pm, crews were able to contain the fire to the chimney and to an adjacent wall of the home, then clear the scene. The Milroy Hose Co. was assisted by crwes from the Reedsville, Yeagertown, New Lancaster Valley and Burnham fire companies as well as Fame EMS, Huntingdon Co. companies 400 and 500, and Milroy Fire Police.
Midd-West School District tocuses on getting new superintendent (3-6-2014)
[LS] - The Midd-West School District is having the Intermediate Unit in Chester Co. assist in handling the search for a new superintendent & wants guidance from area residents as well. The cost will run as much as $25,000 which will be paid out for CCIU to hold focus groups within the district to gather information from the community. The district is doing this so as to involve everyone in the hiring process and will take all views into consideration. The meetings are planned for 6pm on March 11 for parents, one on March 12 at 11am for Seniors, & a third meeting, also on March 12, for the community at large that will be scheduled for 6pm.
J.-Co. prepares for hundreds of home repair volunteers in June (3-5-2014)
[LS] - This summer, some Juniata Co. homeowners will be receiving free home repair through a Christian-based volunteer program. County Commissioners heard from Brad Kerstetter, who represented the organizational committee of the Juniata County Workcamp. He said that some 450 teenagers and adults will travel from all over the country to Juniata County to help with home maintenance between June 22-28. The program is co-sponsored by Group Cares and St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Mifflintown. Kerstetter also told the commissioners that the camp needs help from law enforcement & local residents to ensure a smooth operation. Applications for home repair can be picked up at the Juniata County Courthouse annex and St. Stephen's Lutheran Church.
Mifflinburg man charged with threatening mother of his child (3-5-2014)
[DI] - Yesterday a 21-y/o Mifflinburg man was charged with 1st-degree aggravated assault, accused of pushing the mother of his infant so hard that her head broke a wall and holding a knife to her throat and saying, “I should just kill you now.” Mifflinburg police officer Tracy Fetterman told District Judge Jeffrey Mensch that 4 law enforcement agencies scoured the region trying to find Kyle Stahl after the Monday incident. Stahl, who also faces misdemeanor charges, is free on $25,000 bail but was ordered to stay away from the victim, Nikole Brosious, and their child.
ESPN reports claims McQueary was sexually abused as a child (3-5-2014)
[CDT] - According to a report published yesterday in ESPN The Magazine, Mike McQueary told PSU players in November 2011 that he was sexually abused when he was a child. The disclosure from McQueary reportedly came during a closed-door meeting just days after the Jerry Sandusky scandal erupted on campus. The ESPN report also cited four players who knew about the meeting. McQueary confided in the players about his being abused in the hope that they would understand how he reacted at the time. McQueary did not say who abused him or when it happened.
Burnham Jamboree committee cancells plans for event in 2014 (3-4-2014)
[LS] - Last night Denny Clark was before the Burnham Borough Council representing the Burnham Jamboree Committee with plans on cancelling the annual Jamboree for 2014. Clark told the council that the committee's usual ride contractor has signed on at another location and that "An appropriate ride contractor has not been negotiated yet." Clark stressed this does not mean the permanent cancellation of the annual event, which was started over the Memorial Day weekend in 1980. Clark said the committee would continue to maintain the property used during the time the Jamoboree would take place, as agreed upon in the original lease. Clark said, "Some of the ideas thrown around are a one-day event like a pig roast or raffle, but we have not decided on anything yet."
Bridges owned by Derry Twp. reported as being in good condition (3-4-2014)
[LS] - Bridge assessments were the topic last night at the Derry Township Board of Supervisors meeting in Yeagertown. Speaking on behalf of the EADS Group, Lucas Parkes said the 3 township-owned bridges were examined & cataloged as part of a countywide bridge inspection and inventory program. Parkes assured the supervisors that the bridges are in good condition saying that, "We took a lot of photos, so in two years when we inspect these bridges again we will be able to see how these cracks changed and if they are now causing a problem." Parkes did add that the bridge on Nolan Drive has some immediate problems that needs attention.
Former Midd-West superintendent accused of lying under oath (3-4-2014)
[DI] - Among the 36 charges that led former Midd-West School District Superintendent Wesley Knapp to abruptly resign late last year were claims that he lied under oath, failed to monitor federally funded programs and acted against the district solicitor’s advice. The four-page statement of charges dated Sept. 24 and sent by registered mail to Knapp prompted his voluntary resignation from the $118,400-a-year position he had held for five years. For months, neither the board nor Knapp would publicly disclose the nature of the charges. Knapp did not return a call for comment yesterday.
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