An area man, already jailed on burglary and rape charges was arraigned on several more counts stemming from 15 burglaries across our area in which he allegedly stole more than $80,000 dollars’worth of jewelry and other items. David Bean is accused of breaking into homes in several townships across Lycoming County from December of 2012 into early last November when he was arrested for the burglary of a Loyalsock Township home as well as sexual assaults. He’s locked up on $500,000 dollars bail.
Remember 2am this Sunday morning is the day to turn back the clocks an hour when daylight saving time ends for the year. As we go through our homes and change the clocks we should also make this the time to replace the batteries in our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The chance of surviving a fire significantly increases when you have a working smoke alarm. In addition to replacing the batteries, you should also prepare and practice having a family fire escape plan.
A family lost everything when a fire did major damage to a mobile home at 357 Astro Village North in Milton. The Daily Item says the fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon. Officials say it was an electrical fire that started when a wire underneath a kitchen counter near the refrigerator overheated. A family of five lives there. No one was hurt.
Another possible sighting of Eric Frein, the man accused in a fatal ambush on Pennsylvania State Police barracks last month. He’s been escaping police since then, but state police report that a resident in Barrett Township reported a possible sighting of the 31 year old man.
With a week left to the general election, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and his opponent Tom Wolf have picked up the pace of their campaigns. Corbett made a couple of appearances in the central part of the state yesterday continuing his attack on Wolf, telling supporters that if elected, Wolf would have to raise taxes on the state’s middle class just to fulfill his campaign promises. Meanwhile, Wolf was in Pittsburgh yesterday with a special guest, former president Bill Clinton who told an audience there that Wolf is the candidate to unite Pennsylvanians, not to divide them.
Two area organizations that have been known for making up Christmas Baskets for needy families in Lycoming County will not be doing so this year. Both the American Rescue Workers and Salvation Army have acknowledged that an even higher demand for the baskets as well as a lack of resources will not allow them to make up the hundreds of baskets that are distributed yearly in the area. Both organizations say they will find other ways to help over the holidays including putting on holiday meals.
The city of Coeur d’Alene in Idaho has reportedly realized that a for-profit wedding chapel owned by Christian ministers Donald Knapp and his wife, Evelyn, CAN refuse to perform same-sex marriages without violating “non-discrimination” laws. The city earlier maintained that its “non-discrimination” ordinance requires the Knapps, who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies because the courts have overridden Idaho’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The city’s attorney said, After we’ve looked at this some more, we have come to the conclusion they would be exempt from our ordinance because they are a religious corporation.
Pennsylvania gas prices keep coming down, but we’re not quite to that landmark $3/gallon mark. Gasbuddy.com puts the statewide average price for gas today at $3.17 a gallon, which is down a nickel in the last week, and it’s off about 24 cents in the last month. A year ago the statewide average was at $3.37 a gallon. By comparison, the national average today is at $3.03 a gallon.
A kick-off this weekend for the 22nd annual Mifflin-Juniata Relay for Life. The Lewistown Sentinel says this year’s theme is Toon Out Cancer. The Relay for Life will take place at Kish Park. This year, the goal for the teams is to raise $176,000, which is slightly more than what they brought in last year.
90 days in jail is the punishment for a Northumberland County couple found guilty of animal abuse.
John Loar and Chasity Shutt were charged with animal cruelty in March after one horse was found dead and others were malnourished in Jordan Township. The couple waere each fined $750 and were ordered
to pay $3,400 restitution to the SPCA.