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Snyder Co. man sentenced for fatal stabbing of his grandmother (4-24-2014)
[DI] - Wednesday in Snyder Co. court, 28-y/o Joshua Snook was sentenced to 20-60 years in state prison for fatally stabbing his grandmother and assaulting his grandfather in their Beaver Twp. home. Before sentencing, several relatives met privately with defense attorneys who read to them Snook’s description of what happened that February morning in 2013. Snook allowed his co-defense attorney to read a statement on his behalf as eight family members, including his grandfather, Dale Snook, listened. The statement described Snook as being “devastated” by his actions. He wrote, “In the past year I have thought about this over and over. I don’t understand how this happened.”

Police get involved in a Penns Valley school bus altercation (4-24-2014)
[CDT] - Police are still investigating an incident that occurred on a Penns Valley school bus last week. State police at Rockview said they were called to Penns Valley Area School District for an incident on a bus April 16. The altercation started when a 10-y/o boy from Centre Hall pinched a 6-y/o boy, also from Centre Hall, on the bus. The report stated that the younger child then retaliated, pushing the older boy.

Huntingdon Co. tire fire spreads to nearby junkyard (4-24-2014)
[WJAC-TV] - Matt Bender the Public Information Officer at Shade Gap Area Volunteer Fire Company went to a fire along Tuscarora Creek Road in Huntingdon Co. Bender told WJAC-TV that the fire, which started as a tire fire, had spread into a junkyard. That prompted the crews to upgrade the fire to first alarm. Crews also noted that a vacant mobile home had also caught on fire. Bender said they then brought in more companies from 6 different counties, which were on scene. There were 2 other buildings nearby that firefighters wanted to ensure did not get caught in the blaze. Once the additional companies arrived, crews were able to attack the fire. Bender said there was close to a dozen of fire stations that responded and crews were on scene for about 4 hours.

Young boy injured after stepping into the path of vehicle (4-22-2014)
Middleburg police reported an 11-y/o boy was reportedly struck by a vehicle Monday afternoon while walking near the village of Kreamer in Snyder Co. A medical helicopter transported the child to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. The accident scene was in the area of Freeburg Road and Cardiff Drive, just south of Kreamer. Police said the boy stepped into the path of a 2007 Toyota 4 Runner operated by a 50-y/o unidentified Mt. Pleasant Mills woman who struck the boy with passenger side of the vehicle. Kreamer Fire Department and Middleburg EMS assisted police.

Wildfire threatens cabin in Seven Mountains (4-22-2014)
[CDT] - A wooden cabin was spared from a wildfire in Potter Twp., Centre Co. Monday afternoon. Firefighters knocked down flames that began spreading at about 3pm near the cabin, located on Tussey Sink Road near Boalsburg. Crews worked to put out the blaze that was about 20 feet from the structure. No one was injured in the fire, and about four acres were consumed. Residents who had homes near the site of the fire called 911. They stood by as firefighters from Boalsburg, Centre Hall and Pleasant Gap doused the flames. Centre Hall fire chief, Kenny Strouse, told the CDT that “It’s been really dry, and with the wind blowing and an ember, it’s going to take off.”

Lewistown Borough reminds public of code enforcement (4-22-2014)
With the start of warmer weather, Lewistown Borough is reminding residents & business owners not to let grass & weeds exceed 6 inches in height. Also, tree limbs & foliage should be maintained to a minimum height of 7 feet over sidewalks & 13 feed over streets or alleys. Active enforcement will continue to insure compliance. Violators potentially could face a citation and a $300 fine per day for non-compliance. Complaints & additional information can be directed to the Codes Enforcement Office at 242-1145 x2, Monday-Friday.

Police issue statement on cause of double-fatality in Reedsville (4-21-2014)
The Mifflin County Regional Police Department has issued a report on the cause of the April 15th head-on crash along Rt. 655 near Coffee Run Rd. in Reedsville. Police say the crash was a result of distracted driving which caused the vehicle driven by 19-y/o Ciera Knode, of Belleville, to collide with the vehicle driven by 85-y/o Janet White, also of Belleville. Both drivers died as a result of the accident with Knode's vehicle going airborne after striking White's vehicle & Knode being pronounced dead at the scene. White was flown to Altoona Regional Trauma Center where she later died.

Centre Hall man recovering from possible heroin overdose (4-21-2014)
[CDT] - State College police are investigating a heroin overdose that was reported Friday night. The incident happened at a Hill Drive residence around 9pm when a 31-y/o man from Centre Hall was the victim of an apparent overdose there. Police said that the man was unresponsive at the scene but was revived after emergency crews administered Narcan, a medication that neutralizes the effects of opiates such as heroin. Saturday, police could not confirm whether or not the man was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center for treatment.

Union Co. teens face charges of theft to fund drug run (4-21-2014)
[DI] - Some area teenagers are under investigation for allegedly stealing debit cards and roughly $10,000 in jewelry from 3 parked vehicles in Union Co. earlier this month to fund a trip to NY to buy drugs. On Sunday, Milton State police reported that charges are pending against an 18-y/o from Milton, an 18-y/o from Mifflinburg and a 16-y/o from Lewisburg. According to police, the thefts occurred April 10-13. The victims are 35-y/o Arthur Morris and 40-y/o Danielle Wood, both of New Berlin, who reported debit-credit cards stolen from their vehicles. A third victim, 63-y/oe Barbara Ross, of Winfield, reported her debit-credit card and about $10,000 worth of jewelry taken from her vehicle.

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.

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