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Police seek info on racial intimidation on Mt. Union couple (4-18-2014)
Huntingdon state police are asking for information into an incident reported at a West Sherman St. residence in Mt. Union Borough between Wednesday night into Thursday. Police said unknown suspects engaged in ethnic intimidation against Wallace & Doris Green by writing the letters, "KKK" in chalk on a sidewalk in front of their residence. Police encourage anyone with information into these actions report them to the Huntingdon Co. baracks at 814/627-3161.
Petition drive started to remove M-W School Board President (4-18-2014)
[DI] - Petitions containing over 400 names have been gathered to remove 2 Midd-West school directors after some members of the public claimed the district has been in disarray for quite some time. In a Thursday press release, sent out by the Midd-West school board, it suggested that a newspaper headline was misleading. Board members also sent out a press release Wednesday regarding the reasons behind the suspension and criminal investigation involving former acting superintendent Daphne Snook. After Monday’s board meeting when it was announced Snook was being suspended, ooncerned residet Jennifer Arbogast, began circulating petitions to remove board President Victor Abate and director Ron Wilson. By Thursday, those petitions had more than 400 signatures.
PSU students chaged over nude photos at Nittany Lion Shrine (4-18-2014)
[CDT] - Police are not identifing the 3 Penn State students who posed naked for a photo on the Nittany Lion Shrine early Wednesday morning. They are being referred to the university’s student conduct office. Police say that they were called to the shrine around 1 a.m. after a report from an employee at Rec Hall who looked out a window of the building and saw three people who appeared to be naked. When officers arrived, they encountered 3 male students who were leaving the site but were completely dressed. Police said the men told them they did take a nude photo.
Support is growing for suspended Juniata Valley HS coach (4-17-2014)
[CDT] - The 45-y/o Juniata Valley High School football coach, who is facing criminal charges for allegedly shoving a student who passed gas in the classroom, is receiving support from coaches in neighboring districts and others. Michael Smith remains suspended and cited for harassment and criminal mischief for the March 25 incident where, state police say, he pushed a student into a wall, breaking a thermostat. Superintendent David Christopher told the CDT that, "It's a really difficult situation here. You've got a longtime teacher who's accused of something pretty serious." Smith isn't commenting, but more than 300 people have signed an online petition supporting Smith.
Kish Bank, Belleville, robbed -- police make quick arrests (4-17-2014)
Just before 1pm Wednesday, Mifflin Co. Regional Police police responded to the Kish Bank in Belleville for a reported bank robbery in progress. Officers responded immediately and requested assistance from surrounding agencies to assist in looking for the described suspect who had fled the bank. The subject, discovered to be 28-y/o Neftaly Santiago-Gonzalez, of Lewistown, had entered the bank wearing a mask and clothing covering entire body omit his eyes, and brandishing a knife. Surveillance imagery and the victim provided information that assisted in the investigation. Investigation led to police contacting Santiago-Gonzalez at his residence in Lewistown and to the clothing that had been worn during the robbery. The money taken during the robbery was found on him and was verified as having come from the bank by bank records. Santiago-Gonzalez was taken into custody without incident and incarcerated in MCCF in lieu of bail with charges filed through MDJ Gingrich's office. MCRPD officers were assisted by PSP Lewistown, PSP Huntingdon, Granville Twp PD, Lewistown Borough PD, Armagh Twp PD, and multiple civilian witnesses. The officers of the MCRPD are grateful for all of the assistance in closing this case without anyone being injured and in an extremely quick manner.
Confusion abounds over Midd-West superintendent suspension (4-17-2014)
[DI] - Acting Midd-West Superintendent Daphne Snook is confused about what the school board is alleging she did that led to her suspension without pay, saying she hasn’t received anything in writing. Snook told The Daily Item in an email on Wednesday that, “Nothing I have been told by the board in any way makes me believe that I violated district policy or the law”. She added that, “Although to date I have received nothing in writing, I have shared all the information provided to me with multiple legal counsel and none has expressed any concern that I violated the law.” This comes after the Midd-West school board broke its silence Wednesday about the suspension of Snook, which the board said was not the result of her “briefly monitoring board emails.” In a statement released Wednesday morning, the board members said “they wanted to address the numerous rumors and the wealth of misinformation being circulated about Snook’s suspension.”
Head-on crash kills two Belleville women on Rt. 655 (4-16-2014)
A fatal head-on crash along Rt. 655 near Coffee Run Rd. in Reedsville has claimed the lives of 2 women. Mifflin Co. Regional Police reported 85-y/o Janet White of Belleville was killed when she was struck by 19-y/o Ciera Knode, also of Belleville. Witnesses told police White was northbound when she was struck by Knode, who was southbound, after crossing into the opposing lane. The impact sent Knode's vehicle airborne, causing a roll-over into an adjacent field. White was entrapped her vehicle & had to be extricated. She was flown to Altoona Regional Trauma Center where she was pronounced dead. Knode was pronounced dead at the scene by the Mifflin Co. Coroner.
Snyder DA says Midd-West email monitoring could be criminal (4-16-2014)
[DI] - Even though acting Midd-West Superintendent Daphne Snook may not have broken school policy by monitoring district emails, Valley legal experts say she still may have broken the law. Snook was suspended without pay during the Midd-West school board meeting Monday night pending the outcome of a criminal investigation into a breach in the district’s email system. Snook admitted to briefly monitoring board email correspondence, which she said is allowed under the district’s policy on acceptable Internet use. Snyder County DA Michael Piecuch confirmed that an investigation is ongoing and said there are statutes in the law that address security breaches that would include emails, wouldn't comment further.
Snyder Co. electric generating plant closes in June (4-16-2014)
An electricity generating plant in Snyder County is set to close in June. Around 60 union employees at Sunbury Generation were told Monday they will no longer have a job. The coal generation plant in the Hummels Wharf area has been in operation since the 1940′s. The company said new environmental regulations that take effect in 2015 will not make it cost-effective to continue operations.
Weekend crash injures 2 Richfield motorists (4-15-2014)
Lewistown State Police charged a Richfield man in a crash that happened over the weekend near White Lane in Monroe Twp., Juniata Co. Police say 42-y/o Scotty Swartz was traveling too fast as he was westbound & drifting toward the center of Earnes Rd. He met an oncoming vehicle driven by 42-y/o Derron Brubaker, also of Richfield, who was trying to steer his vehicle as far off the side of the road as possible. Because of the embankment, he was unable to avoid a collision & struck Swartz's vehicle on the front driver's side. The impact caused Swartz to lose control & it sent his vehicle down an embankment. Both vehicles sustained major damage & EMS crews from Mt. Pleasant Mills were attending to the victims as police arrved. Both Swartz & Brubaker were taken to Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital for treatment. An 8-y/o passenger in Brubaker's vehicle had minor injuries but the other 11-y/o passenger in his vehicle was uninjured.
Midd-West School District suspends acting superintendent (4-15-2014)
[DI] - The Midd-West school board announced last night that acting Superintendent Daphne Snook has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of a criminal investigation into a breach in the district’s email system. The school board President, Victor Abate, informed the crowd of some 150 faculty, staff and residents who confronted the board about these ongoing controversies. He said that the breach was discovered by accident and then the Snyder Co. DA, Michael Piecuch, was notified. Piecuch then referred the complaint to Middleburg police for investigation. Snook, while baffled about the criminal investigation, did admit to briefly monitoring board email correspondence saying that is allowed under the district’s acceptable use policy. Jim Buckheit, executive director of the PA School Boards Association, said it is not unusual for superintendents to monitor Internet use to make sure the technology is being used properly.
Paterno family files to force NCAA to release documents (4-15-2014)
[CDT] - Lawyers for Joe Paterno’s family has asked a judge to force the NCAA, its president Mark Emmert, and Edward Ray, former chairman of the executive committee, to hand over discovery materials without further delay. The family thinks NCAA officials are dragging their feet on requests for documentation the family has made in its civil lawsuit against the organization. Yesterday in Centre Co. court, attorneys wrote in the motion that the NCAA has produced documents pertaining to “at most” 4 of the Paterno family’s 30 requests, while Emmert and Ray haven’t handed over anything. The Paterno family is seeking documentation about PSU and its Freeh investigation and the response of the NCAA and the consent decree.
Armagh Twp. man faces assault charges (4-14-2014)
An Armagh Twp. man is in jail after Lewistown Police arrested him on domestic assault charges. Police have charged 31-y/o Michael Blystone, Jr. following several weeks of investigation into a Feb. assault. Police were called to a Marbil St. residence on Feb. 11 on a report of a woman being assaulted by a man who no longer lived at the address. Police found a woman with bruises to her face who accused Blystone of punching her during a dispute. About a month later, police were again called to the address on a report of an assault on the victim, allegedly by Blystone. Police located Blystone at a Armagh Twp. residence & arrested him on April 8.
Mt. Union man jailed on attempted robbery charges (4-14-2014)
Hungingdon State Police have charged 33-y/o Ricky Sheeler, Jr. of Mt. Union with attempted robbery & terroristic threats following an incident involving several locations in Mt. Union Borough where Sheeler allegedly entered a residence, brandishing a handgun. He allegedly asked 2 female victims, know to police, to help him commit a robbery & threatened their lives if they told police. Sheeler allegedly called 2 male victims, known to police, for a ride. The victims told Sheeler that they felt uncomfortable with him after statements he made upon entering the vehicle & pulled over to let Sheeler out of the vehicle. Sheler allegedly pulled out a pellet gun that resembled an automatic revolver & placed it to the head of the driver and demanded he hand over everything. After a struggle, Sheeler was disarmed by a passenger. Sheeler is incarcerated on $25,000 bail.
Anonymous donor gives $25K to Juniata Terrace fire victims (4-14-2014)
With the recent fire disaster in Juniata Terrace people want to do something, anything to help the fire victims. All are grappling with what their housing needs are now what they will look like in the future. The most beneficial way to help the fire victims’ move towards their individual healing is monetary support. This was fully understood by an anonymous donor who recently gave $25,000 to the Juniata Valley Bank Fire Account. Marci Barber, Chief Operating Office at Juniata Valley Bank, facilitated the transaction of this generous gift. Barber explained that “This donor was moved the community’s quick response to the immediate needs of the fire victims.”
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