Bean faces more charges

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.

Turn back clocks this weekend

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.

Fire does major damage to home

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.

State police investigate another Eric Frein sighting

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.

Corbett and Wolf pick up the pace before Election Day

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.

No Christmas baskets this year

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.

Idaho Pastors no longer face prison time and fines

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.

Gas prices down

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.

Local Relay for Life starts fundraising

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.
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Couple gets jail time for animal abuse

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.