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  1. Missing Man, Wanted on Child Porn Charges, Found Dead February 19, 2019 12:21 am· Author: Aly Delp CHERRY TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A missing Pennsylvania man, who was accused of possessing over 1,000 photos of child pornography, has been found dead. According to ButlerRadio, 52-year-old Christopher Dublin, of Slippery Rock, who was reported missing in early February, was found dead over the weekend on state game lands in Cherry Township. Butler County Coroner Bill Young confirmed that Dublin committed suicide. Following his disappearance on February 4, police held a multi-day search for Dublin, utilizing cadaver dogs. Then, just one week later, a felony warrant was issued for his arrest. He was accused of possessing over 1,000 photos of child pornography on an external hard drive. According to Trooper Joseph Streyle of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Computer Crime Unit, the investigation into Dublin had been ongoing since in March 2018. http://www.explorejeffersonpa.com/missing-man-wanted-on-child-porn-charges-found-dead/
  2. Police: Man loses pants and 10K after meeting up with woman for sex by Abigail Lefin Saturday, February 16th 2019 (Randleman PD) VIEW PHOTO GALLERY 4 photos RANDLEMAN, Nc. (WSET) -- Police in Randleman, North Carolina are now investigating a one of a kind situation. Officials say 37-year-old Christopher Hancock was robbed of his pants, which he claimed contained $10,000, while meeting up with a woman for sex. Hancock told investigators his girlfriend and him have an open relationship which includes having sex with other people. When Hancock arrived at the woman's house, he went upstairs with the woman and both of them undressed. He says that's when two men started punching and choking him. He said he passed out and when he woke back up his pants and the money were gone. Police have now arrested 23-year-old Bryce Mason on charges of robbery and assault by strangulation. Gracelynn Bradeberry, who is dating Mason, was also arrested and is facing charges of giving false information on the identity of Mason. Police are still looking for 23-year-old Brandon Cooke. https://wjactv.com/news/offbeat/man-looses-pants-and-10k-after-meeting-up-with-woman-for-sex
  3. Emerging DNA technique leads to arrest in 1993 murder of woman found in dorm bathtub By Erin Donaghue Updated on: February 18, 2019 / 5:41 PM / CBS News DNA leads to arrest in 1993 murder Investigators in Alaska have used a controversial new DNA technique to arrest a Maine man in the 1993 murder of a woman found slain in a bathtub at a University of Alaska Fairbanks residence hall. Sophie Sergie, 20, was a former student at the university and had been staying with a friend there when she was killed April 26, 1993, according to charging documents obtained by the Portland Press-Herald. She was last seen leaving her friend's dorm room to smoke a cigarette shortly after midnight, and was found by a custodian hours later, shot dead in a shower room. In an announcement Friday, Alaska State Troopers said investigators used genetic genealogy — the same technique California investigators used to identify the suspect in the notorious Golden State Killer case — to arrest 44-year-old Steven H. Downs of Auburn, Maine. Downs had been an 18-year-old student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and lived in the same residence hall where Sergie was found murdered, according to the charging documents. Sophie Sergie Alaska State Troopers "This arrest is the culmination of years of effort and tenacious attention by this department to solve a horrendous murder — the impact of that murder was felt statewide," Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner Amanda Price said as she announced the arrest Friday in Anchorage, with Sergie's family standing by. "The many investigators who have continued to work this case never let the loss of Sophie leave their minds." The murder of Sophie Sergie, an Alaska Native, was mentioned by Sen. Lisa Murkowski when she addressed a report from the Urban Indian Health Institute last year about missing and murdered indigenous women and the lack of adequate data to combat the violence, reports CBS affiliate KTVA-TV. A medical examiner determined Sergie had been sexually assaulted and died from a single gunshot wound to the back of the head. She had also been stabbed twice in the right corner of her right eye, and the autopsy determined the young woman had been alive when she suffered the stab wounds, according to the charging document. A bullet from a .22 caliber handgun was uncovered, but no murder weapon was ever found. Downs and his roommate, a campus security guard, were both briefly interviewed during the initial investigation, the documents say, but they denied having any knowledge of the murder. Steven H. Downs WGME-TV While DNA technology was not yet being used in Alaska at the time of Sergie's death, investigators collected biological evidence from her body, and in the late 1990s were able to develop a DNA profile of the unidentified suspect. In 2000, investigators processed the DNA again using more advanced technology and entered it into the FBI's national criminal database, which houses DNA profiles from criminal offenders, but no matches were found. As years passed, investigators developed more potential suspects, the charging documents say, but none of them matched the still-unidentified DNA profile. Downs came across investigators' radar again in 2010, the documents say, after an Alaska State Trooper cold case investigator newly assigned to the case re-interviewed Downs' former roommate. The roommate had been on-duty working as a security guard the night of Sergie's murder and was later fired for having a gun, which was not allowed in the dorms. The roommate denied owning a .22 caliber handgun, but said Downs kept an H&R model .22 caliber weapon in their dorm room in 1993. The state investigator continued working on the case until he retired, the charging documents say, but still wasn't able to develop a concrete suspect. The case took a turn in 2018, when Sgt. Randy McPherron, an Alaska State Troopers homicide investigator, learned that an emerging technique known as genetic genealogy had been used by investigators in California to identify "Golden State Killer" suspect Joseph DeAngelo. The technique utilizes public DNA databases, where users who have obtained their own DNA profiles from commercial comanies uch as Ancestry.com and 23andMe can upload them to expand their search for relatives. Police tracked down "Golden State Killer" suspect by matching DNA from public database Since DeAngelo's arrest, other cold case investigators have used unidentified suspect DNA profiles to search the public databases of genetic blueprints in the hopes of finding a "partial match" — a relative — and developing a family tree to narrow down the search for a suspect. The technique, however, has raised a host of privacy concerns. McPherron partnered with the private lab Parabon NanoLabs to conduct the genetic comparison, and the lab turned up a match to a female relative of Downs, according to the charging documents. Investigators interviewed Downs in Maine, where he lived and was employed as a nurse, but he again denied involvement, according to the charging documents. When Maine State Police showed him a picture of Sergie, he allegedly said he remembered a woman had been murdered on campus, but denied knowing her. "I remember the pictures, it's terrible, poor girl," he said, according to the documents. He said he believed soldiers from Fort Wainwright, a nearby Army barracks, may have been responsible because they were often in the dorm. He said if he knew anything about the murder he would have been "forthright from the jump" and maintained "I never knew or saw anything to begin with." But when investigators obtained a search warrant for Downs' DNA, according to the charging documents, it matched the suspect profile. Downs' DNA hadn't come up in the previous search of the national criminal database because he had no previous arrests, the charging documents said. Downs was taken into custody Friday at a business in Auburn, Maine, with help from local authorities, reports KTVA. He is expected to be extradited to Alaska, where a grand jury will be convened. He will make his first court appearance Tuesday at the Androscoggin County Courthouse in Maine, reports CBS affiliate WGME-TV.DNA SEE VIDEO REPORT ; https://www.cbsnews.com/news/sophie-sergie-emerging-dna-technique-leads-to-arrest-steven-downs-in-1993-murder-of-woman-found-in-dorm-bathtub/
  4. Jefferson County Woman Charged With Felony Assistance Fraud February 19, 2019 12:30 am· Author: Aly Delp PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (EYT) – A Jefferson County woman is facing charges after she allegedly failed to report a change in income in order to obtain Cash Assistance benefits. Court documents indicate the Pennsylvania Office of State Inspector General filed the following criminal charge against 35-year-old Elizabeth A. Lee, of Brookville: – Fraud Obtain Foodstamps/Assistance, Misdemeanor 2 According to a criminal complaint, a caseworker who was actively administering the case received information through a Department of Human Services information that Elizabeth A. Lee began new employment from August 13, 2018, to December 25, 2018. A referral was made to the PA Office of Inspector General (OIG) to investigate for fraud. The complaint states that the OIG investigation discovered that Lee “willfully failed to report this new employment and wages” and she “knowingly withheld this material fact from the Department of Human Services knowing this would negatively affect her eligibility for Cash Assistance (CA) Benefits.” According to the complaint, Lee acknowledged she was interviewed on February 15, 2018, by the caseworker who explained the Public Assistance Application Rights and Responsibilities Statement. Lee also acknowledged she understood the rights and responsibility to report changes by the tenth of the month following the month of change to the Department of Human Services and that all information reported is true and correct under penalty of law. Additionally, Lee signed an affidavit to report changes on February 1, 2018. These rights and responsibilities were also reviewed with Lee by a caseworker who will testify that Lee understood them, according to the complaint. Payroll records reviewed by investigators verify dates of employment and wages for Lee. Also, the payroll administrator will testify to Lee’s payroll records, the complaint states. Certified MA transcripts verify the amount of benefits received during the overpayment period. Follow-up verified by matching birthdate, Social Security number, etc., that Lee knowingly withheld information from the Department of Human Services in order to fraudulently obtain CA benefits that she was not eligible from August 17, 2018, to December 25, 2018, totaling $1,277.50, the complaint indicates. Based on the investigation, charges were filed in Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office on January 29, 2019. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, with Judge Mizerock presiding. http://www.explorejeffersonpa.com/complaint-elizabeth-lee-foodstamp-fraud-1-29-19/
  5. Plow Truck Crashes into Car in Jefferson County February 19, 2019 12:25 am· Author: Aly Delp WASHINGTON TWP., Pa. (EYT) – Police responded to a two-vehicle crash early Sunday evening in Washington Township. According to police, around 5:51 p.m. on Sunday, February 17, Lawrence B. Smith, 51, of Reynoldsville, was operating a 2013 International Harvester Workstar, traveling south on State Route 219 in the right lane, spreading anti-skid onto the roadway. Police say Smith was preparing to make a left turn onto a crossover and failed to see a 2007 Nissan Altima, operated by 44-year-old David J. Schmahl, of Tonawanda, NY, traveling south in the left lane. Schmahl was unable to stop and struck the rear of Smith’s vehicle as he turned. Smith, Schmahl, and Schmal’s passengers – 60-year-old Mary K. Schmahl of Buffalo, NY, and 23-year-old Gennalyn Schmahl of Tonawanda, NY, were all wearing seatbelts, and no injuries were reported. Smith was cited for a traffic violation. Sandy Township Police Department and Zimmerman Towing assisted at the scene. http://www.explorejeffersonpa.com/plow-truck-crashes-into-car-in-jefferson-county/
  6. Possible school threat prevented after Safe2Say Something tip by Travis Gary Friday, January 25th 2019 Not even a day after the Safe2Say Something school tip line results were released, police in Hazelton received a tip concerning a potential gun threat at Hazleton Middle School, according to the Attorney General’s office. (WJAC) HAZLETON, Pa. (WJAC) — Not even a day after the Safe2Say Something school tip line results were released, police in Hazelton received a tip concerning a potential gun threat at Hazleton Middle School, according to the Attorney General’s office. Hazleton police said in a release that officers received a call at 2:30 a.m. Thursday regarding the Safe2Say Something tip line. Police said they were told a 14-year-old had allegedly threatened the school through SnapChat. Police said after arriving at the suspect’s home and speaking with the adults there around 4:30 a.m., they found a licensed .45 caliber handgun fully loaded and out in the open. Police said they took the gun for safekeeping and transported the child and the adults to Hazelton Police headquarters for questioning. The investigation is ongoing pending potential criminal charges, according to police. In my experience as a career law enforcement officer, tips and information from the public are invaluable tools for preventing and investigating crime," said Hazleton Police Chief Jerry Speziale. "The Safe2Say Something program undoubtedly helped my department do its job today. SEE VIDEO REPORT ; https://wjactv.com/news/local/possible-school-threat-prevented-after-safe2say-something-tip
  7. You can run, but you can not hide. It may take some time but in the end some thing even minor will close the case
  8. Reported structure fire (Triangle Auto Springs.- ceiling ) on East Maloney Rd,- Sandy Twp. Time 8:37 AM. Sandy Fire Dept. and ambulance to respond . Use caution in the area.
  9. When my husband grocery shops with the kids Published by That's Inappropriate on February 17, 2019 0 Vote up! My husband has started pitching in with the grocery shopping and cooking. Before you freak out, let's all remember that he eats food too. He recently told me he was going to go grocery shopping with the kids, and this is what happened. It is NEVER, let me repeat, NEVER, a good idea to go grocery shopping with the kids. SEE VIDEO ; http://community.today.com/parentingteam/post/when-my-husband-grocery-shops-with-the-kids
  10. First thing kids are going to say after you bring groceries home -- There is nothing to eat.
  11. Active Weather Alerts Winter Weather Advisory Issued: 3:2/19/2019 3:05:33 AM AM Feb. 19, 2019 – National Weather Service ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM WEDNESDAY TO 1 AM EST THURSDAY... * WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulation up to one tenth of an inch expected. * WHERE...Forest, Jefferson PA and Indiana Counties. * WHEN...From 7 AM Wednesday to 1 AM EST Thursday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning and evening commute. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Please report snow or ice by calling 412-262-1988, posting to the NWS Pittsburgh Facebook page, or using Twitter @NWSPittsburgh https://www.wunderground.com/severe/us/pa/brockway/15824
  12. Employee Accused of Stealing Over $1,800 from Burger King Monday, February 18, 2019 @ 12:02 AM Posted by Joanne Bauer MONROE TWP., Pa. (EYT) – State Police are investigating a report of a theft at Burger King in Monroe Township. According to a release issued on Sunday by Clarion-based State Police, approximately $1,816.00 was taken by an employee at Burger King located on State Route 68, in Monroe Township, Clarion County. The incident occurred sometime between 11:00 a.m. on January 26, 2019, and 5:30 a.m. on January 27, 2019. The suspect’s name has not been released. Police declined to release further information, citing an active investigation. http://www.exploreclarion.com/2019/02/18/employee-accused-of-stealing-over-1800-from-burger-king/
  13. School threat system fields thousands of tips in first month by Mark Scolforo, Associated Press Monday, February 18th 2019 Pennsylvania's new mandatory threat reporting system for schools is drawing thousands of tips in its first month. (AP) HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's new mandatory threat reporting system for schools is drawing thousands of tips in its first month. Officials say this week the Safe 2 Say Something program run by the attorney general's office fielded more than 4,900 reports since it was launched in early January. The program passed the Legislature with near unanimity last year, mandating participation by all K-12 students in Pennsylvania. That includes charter, private and vocational-technical schools. The reports come in through the phone, by email and via an app. They're fielded by a team at the attorney general's office in downtown Harrisburg. Callers are assured of anonymity. Similar programs are mandated in four other states. Officials say Pennsylvania is the first state to do a comprehensive launch of the program. https://wjactv.com/news/local/school-threat-system-fields-thousands-of-tips-in-first-month-02-18-2019
  14. Trucks Published 23 hours ago Street racing farm tractor impounded by police By Jack Longstaff | SWNS (SWNS) A tractor has been seized by police for reportedly drag racing against motorbikes. Police in Wiltshire, U.K., have impounded the five-ton blue tractor after being told it was racing against motorbikes. The farm vehicle - a New Holland T6 175 tractor - was taken off the road by police in Amesbury for taking part in the "unusual" test of speed and acceleration. In motorsport, a drag race is defined as a race between two vehicles over a short distance, usually a quarter of a mile, as a test of acceleration. The 175 hp tractor has been spotted allegedly racing much lighter and nippier motorbikes. It was also found to be using red diesel - duty free fuel only to be used for agricultural purposes. Police also said the driver could not produce valid insurance at the time. They tweeted a picture showing the huge agricultural machine under police control following an operation to take it off the road. One Twitter user described it as "pretty nippy." The tractor had a large sticker on it saying "seized by police - no insurance". https://www.foxnews.com/auto/street-racing-farm-tractor-impounded-by-police
  15. Reported tractor-trailer blocking 1 lane ( Rt.28) in area of Freemer Moulding top of hill - Snyder Twp.. Time 11:54 PM. St.1 to respond. Use caution in the area.
  16. Road open, All units returning - 1:24 AM.
  17. 5 injured, 2 critically, after wheel goes through windshield by The Associated Press Monday, February 18th 2019 State police say a tire and wheel crashed through the windshield of a sport utility vehicle on the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeast Extension, critically injuring a woman and boy. (MGN) JIM THORPE, Pa. (AP) — State police say a tire and wheel crashed through the windshield of a sport utility vehicle on the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeast Extension, critically injuring a woman and boy. Police say the SUV was heading south on Interstate 476 in Penn Forest Township when the wheel and tire came off an unidentified piece of machinery being hauled north. The 34-year-old woman and 7-year-old boy were flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. Police said Saturday the woman had a severe head injury and the boy also had a severe injury. The 36-year-old male SUV driver had minor injuries. Two other children aged 4 and 6 were uninjured. Police are seeking the vehicle hauling the machinery that was the source of the wheel and tire. SEE TWEET; https://wjactv.com/news/local/5-injured-2-critically-after-wheel-goes-through-windshield-02-18-2019
  18. Odd News Feb. 15, 2019 / 2:59 PM Police seize cocaine disguised as Lunchables in Ohio By Ben Hooper (0) Police in Ohio seized more than 4 pounds of cocaine disguised as Lunchables snacks. Photo courtesy of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Feb. 15 (UPI) -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol said two Florida men are facing charges after they were found to be transporting more than 4 pounds of cocaine disguised as Lunchables. The highway patrol said troopers pulled over the rented 2018 Ford F-150 for speeding and making unsafe lane changes on the Ohio Turnpike in Wood County. The driver was found to carrying a loaded .380 handgun and a search of the vehicle discovered two boxes of Lunchables were actually concealing more than 4 pounds of cocaine. https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2019/02/15/Police-seize-cocaine-disguised-as-Lunchables-in-Ohio/5721550260517/
  19. Said about use of wrong fuel, when he got done racing who says he could not pull into field and hook up and plow the North 40.
  20. Michigan powerlifter heroically lifts vehicle pinned on top of man after accident Ryan Gaydos 7 hrs ago A Michigan powerlifter was hailed as a hero last week after he helped a man who was pinned underneath a 2-ton SUV. Ryan Belcher, 29, was at the end of his workday Thursday when he heard a loud crash outside. He explained to "Fox & Friends" on Monday he noticed a Jeep Cherokee flipped upside down, and he rushed outside toward the wreckage. When he got there, he found a man trapped underneath the vehicle calling out for help. "When I first approached the vehicle, there was a good four men there, and they were all trying to move this vehicle and I seen it wasn’t happening and I figured what a better time now to use what I know I can actually do," Belcher said Belcher, who is 350 pounds with the ability to squat 950 pounds and deadlift another 800 pounds, noticed he could get some leverage on the vehicle to try to move it off the man whose lower body was still inside the vehicle and his upper body smashed up against a speed limit sign. © Provided by Fox News Network LLC “I just jumped right in," he said "I seen a window that was broken out of the back of the vehicle and I knew if I can swing the vehicle in a certain direction I can free him from that pole. So, I just stuck my arms in and I don’t know I just grabbed it, lifted it up and started pushing and all I heard was that’s enough we can get him.” The man Belcher saved and another woman suffered serious injuries in the crash. No fatalities were reported. Belcher said he met with the man and his family Sunday and was praised for his heroic actions. SEE VIDEO REPORT ; http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/michigan-powerlifter-heroically-lifts-vehicle-pinned-on-top-of-man-after-accident/ar-BBTLgMD?li=BBnb7Kx&ocid=HPCDHP
  21. What's really in the middle of a Kit Kat bar? The answer is blowing our minds Tracy Saelinger 1 day ago © Alamy stock Kit-Kat chocolate wafer bar Kit Kat lovers, prepare to have your minds blown: that creamy filling between the crispy wafers of the classic chocolate bar isn't just plain chocolate. Yup, we're questioning everything we've ever known, too. There's definitely some chocolate in there, but a BBC documentary revealed that the inside layers of the bar are actually made of ... wait for it .. .ground-up Kit Kats! This is so meta. Thinking about that is sure to unleash some chicken-and-egg confusion: What, then, were the creamy layers of the original Kit Kat bar made from? The documentary originally aired during a 2015 episode of BBC Two's "Inside the Factory," but the ground-up Kit Kat business came to light recently during a re-run of the episode, when a fan tweeted, "Wait, the filling is ground-up Kit Kat?" © Candy Warehouse TODAY, product courtesy of merchant site Along the production line, a worker in the video explains that a pile of broken-up chocolate bars will next be going into "re-work, where they're used for fillings for the wafer." It's well known that British chocolates don't always taste like their U.S. counterparts, and it's important to note that the BBC Two documentary was filmed in the York factory in the U.K., which is run by Nestlé, while Hershey produces Kit Kats in the United States. Related video: Sweet revenge: Student gets 6,500 Kit Kats after 1 was stolen from his car Click to expand Sweet revenge: Student gets 6,500 Kit Kats after 1 was stolen from his car TODAY See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Pastry Chef Attempts to Make Gourmet Pringles Bon Appétit21:04 New ‘Toy Story 4’ ice cream flavors will take you to 'infinity and beyond!' Buzz600:50 50 people try to make sushi Epicurious6:48 These Are the Cheapest Grocery Stores in America Cooking Light1:02 The ridiculously cheesy cheeseburger The Daily Meal1:21 The best way to make homemade salsa Delish0:44 How to cook steak in a skillet Better Homes and Gardens0:41 How to make tater tot casserole Real Simple1:54 Student-run honey business, farmers market helping community's 'food desert' Stitch1:04 Chuck E. Cheese Denies Rumors That They Splice Together Uneaten Slices to Form Fresh Pizzas FOX News0:58 18 Bad Baking Habits You Need to Stop My Recipes1:28 How to make old-fashioned Southern biscuits Rachael Ray Show2:00 How to cook scallops My Recipes1:2 0 And chocolate makers are as famously tight-lipped as Willy Wonka himself. "While we make and sell Kit Kat bars in the U.S. under a global license from Nestlé, the manufacturing process for Kit Kat is proprietary under this license," a Hershey spokesperson told TODAY Food. The spokesperson then rerouted us back to Nestlé. "To clarify, the 'chocolayer' — the filling between the wafer of a Kit Kat — is made from cocoa liquor, sugar and a small amount of re-worked Kit Kat," a Nestlé U.K. spokesperson confirmed, adding, "Please note, re-worked Kit Kat is product which cannot be sold." While a small number of broken Kit Kats are destined to be ground-up Kit Kat filling, the likelihood that all Kit Kat layers are made entirely from other Kit Kats did seem unlikely. After all, approximately 192 million Kit Kat bars are sold in the United States alone every year, according to the Symphony IRI Group. While the label doesn't break down which ingredients are used for the chocolate and which are for the wafers, the wheat flour and yeast are the critical components here, and that some of the broken Kit Kats may be layered in between with the wafers, along with the melted chocolate and sugar. And the answer to that chicken-and-egg question about what went into the first bar? "For the very first batch, it would not have included re-worked Kit Kats," the spokesperson said, which, of course, makes sense. SEE VIDEOS ; http://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/foodnews/whats-really-in-the-middle-of-a-kit-kat-bar-the-answer-is-blowing-our-minds/ar-BBTAAS6?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=HPCDHP
  22. Students raise more money for THON than last year By: David Kaplan Posted: Feb 18, 2019 01:32 AM EST Updated: Feb 18, 2019 01:34 AM EST AddThis Sharing Buttons Share to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to PrintShare to EmailShare to More180 Students raise more money for THON than last year prev next Video Dancers at THON were excited about two things a little after four this Sunday afternoon. One, that they got to sit after standing, dancing, and staying awake for 46 hours. Two, that they raised more money for children with cancer this year than they did last year. This year’s over 10.6 million dollars tops 2018’s 10.1 plus million dollars raised throughout the year by student, clubs, fraternities and sororities at Penn State. Jennifer Worek, Media Relations Lead at THON says the numbers are important because they represent lives that will be helped. “It’s so exiting seeing the total go up at the weekend, we love being able to support our families financially and also emotionally, so that is a huge part of our mission, we have those relationships with our families, but at the end of the year seeing that total go up definitely brings all of our efforts together," Worek said. The weekend included the 700 plus dancers that stayed awake for 46 hours playing board games and hanging out with the families and children who had cancer that they support. Student groups in the stands that came and went throughout the weekend were treated to surprise performances from Andy Grammer, as well as from Mason Ramsey and the rockets. At times the stands were at the full capacity of 18,000. The money will go to the four diamonds organization to give to the families of children with cancer at Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey, to cover medical costs and other costs insurance doesn’t cover.
  23. Mosquito Creek Sportsmen’s Association Announces 2019 Coyote Hunt Winners Posted on Monday, February 18, 2019 by Gant Team in Features, Local News, Top Stories FRENCHVILLE – The Mosquito Creek Sportsmen’s Association has announced the winners of its 2019 Coyote Hunt. Clay Webster (Erie) harvested the heaviest coyote at 11 a.m. Sunday, the final day of the hunt. It was a 48.50-pound male. Dayton Ward (Clearfield) finished in second place with a 46.75-pound male that he killed at 10:30 a.m. Friday. And, Matt Shimel (Clearfield) came in third place with a 46.65-pound male that he killed at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Jeremy Bisbee (Erie) harvested the heaviest female coyote at 9 a.m. Saturday. It was 43.60 pounds. The association had 4,812 registered hunters with total prize monies of $48,120. Fifty percent was divided among all hunters who harvested a coyote. The other $19,248 was divided up 50 percent, 30 percent and 20 percent to the top three place winners. Webster was awarded $9,624 for first place; Ward, $5,774.40 for second place; and Shimmel $3,849.60 for third place. Also, Bisbee received $9,624 for weighing in the heaviest female. With a total of 225 coyotes brought in, prize money of $86 was awarded per dog. A complete list of the results can be viewed here or in the PDF viewer below. https://gantdaily.com/2019/02/18/mosquito-creek-sportsmens-association-announces-2019-coyote-hunt-winners/ SEE LIST ;
  24. Local 911 call reports bear hanging from trash truck driving on NC highway. It was no joke By Mark Price February 14, 2019 07:12 AM, Updated February 15, 2019 05:40 AM Facebook screenshot of the Chamber of Commerce post on stowaway bear in garbage truck. Facebook screenshot of the Chamber of Commerce post on stowaway bear in garbage truck. One of North Carolina’s bears was caught in the act of eating trash on Wednesday, after it got stuck in a garbage truck headed to the landfill, according to the Windsor/Bertie County Chamber of Commerce. A photo posted by the chamber on Facebook showed the pitiful bear perched on the top of the truck’s trailer, trapped by the netting used to keep trash from blowing out. TV station WTKR reported authorities in Bertie County got a call from a motorist at 7:20 a.m. Wednesday, reporting “a bear was hanging off of a dump truck” headed north on US 17 to the Bertie County landfill. The county is in eastern N.C., on the Albemarle Sound. Chamber of Commercial spokesman Lewis Hoggard told the Virginian-Pilot a deputy stopped the truck and then the bear “stuck his head up” out of the trailer. The driver told deputies he was unaware a bear was in the trailer, reported WITN. Stumped for a solution, deputies came up with a plan to allow the bear to continue riding in the truck until it reached the landfill, WTKR said. However, the driver resolved the matter more quickly by rolling back the netting, reported the chamber of Facebook. “The bear hopped out of the truck and ran in the woods!” said the post. Bertie County officials told WTKR it was the second time in six months that the someone has reported a bear stuck in a trash truck. The black and white images, taken in Hyde County, North Carolina show the black bears rolling in a jumble of black fur with teeth bared and claws swinging. The images have been pieced together to create a 14-second clip of the height of the battle SEE RELATED VIDEO ; https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article226253930.html Read more here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article226253930.html#storylink=cpy
  25. New Law to Curtail Domestic Violence Gun Crimes Creates Burden for Sheriff’s Departments February 17, 2019 10:00 am· Author: Aly Delp JEFFERSON CO., Pa. (EYT) – A new law created to lessen domestic violence gun crimes will add to the local sheriff’s departments’ responsibilities. With Pennsylvania’s Act 79, a new law requiring anyone under a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order to relinquish their firearms, taking effect in April, the sheriff’s departments in our region are looking at how the new law will be enforced. One of the concerns is storage space, according to Jefferson County Sheriff Carl Gotwald. “I know someone personally who has 800 guns. What would I do with them? And, I can’t give them to anyone else, because under the new law, I can’t release them to a third party,” Gotwald told exploreJeffersonpa.com. Concerned with the upcoming responsibilities his department will inherit, he is looking to expand their current gun storage area. “Right now, we keep ours in one of the old jail cells. We have one of them converted into a huge gun locker. Now I’m looking to try to get our maintenance to clean out another cell because I’m going to have to expand that in April,” explained Gotwald. Clarion County Sheriff Munsee and Venango County Sheriff Eric Foy echoed the same concerns. While Munsee is hoping to be able to modify a current storage space to use for a gun room, even that space could possibly be insufficient under some circumstances. “The right guy in Clarion County could practically fill that room, and I know that,” said Munsee. Clarion County Sheriff Rex Munsee “I think last year we served about 70 PFAs. So, that’s 70 times that I’m going to have to go find out about the guns and get them. Well, 70 times in Clarion County, sooner or later I’m going to hit the big one where I’ve got some guy who’s got a room full of guns or a safe full of guns he’s keeping in a climate controlled safe, and here I am going to be putting them in the backseat of my car.” “I can see for some people with very nice expensive guns, they’re going to be angry. And, when I give those guns back, they’re going to be even angrier if there’s any little scratch, they’re going to be suing. It’s not going to be good.” Foy also expressed worries about the number of guns his department will be responsible to confiscate. Venango County Sheriff Eric Foy “There could be people who have five rifles or somebody that has 100,” Foy said. “When that order came down, it’s pretty distinctive about who’s going to take the weapons: a third party is pretty much out the door unless it’s an attorney or an FFL (Federal Firearms License) dealer or a commercial armory. So, the logistics of it are going to be on the sheriff.” Foy is looking at how to expand his department’s current space to allow for the storage of more guns in PFA cases. He has already spoken to the Venango County commissioners, and the department has an idea of where would be a good, logical place in the courthouse. Prior to Act 79, guns were only occasionally seized in PFA cases, at the judge’s discretion, and the rules about who could keep the guns while the PFA was active were different, as well. “I would bet that if we served ten PFAs, maybe the eleventh might include taking the guns. It wasn’t a lot,” commented Munsee. Sheriff Gotwald added, “Right now when we take the weapons, you can have a third party come in and take the firearms and keep them in storage. I always tell the person, ‘If he’s caught with that gun it’s a misdemeanor charge, and you’re getting charged with it, too.'” Under Act 79, the sheriff’s departments are not simply responsible for storing the firearms seized, they are responsible for safeguarding the condition of the guns, as well. In some cases, like in Clarion County, this will require the purchase and installation of a dehumidifier to prevent damage to the guns, as well as regular maintenance to preserve them. Munsee already has a plan for preserving the guns that he seizes. “Once a month, I’ll have to send a deputy in there with an oily rag to wipe the guns down, because I’m safekeeping these guns for maybe up to three years,” noted Munsee. Foy said that his department realizes the importance of taking care of the guns that they seize. “I’m a big gun person, so I pride myself on taking care of my guns, let alone someone else’s. I get it. Some of the guns we get are collectible. We wrap them when we transport them, and we try to be gentle with them, just like our own weapons,” said Foy. The uncertainty of how long the guns will be stored is also a concern for the sheriff’s departments to consider. Once a judge makes the decision to grant a PFA, he can set the terms of the PFA and the length of the PFA, up to a maximum of three years. Nevertheless, things can become even more complicated if a person whose guns have been seized under a PFA order commits a crime or is committed under a civil or involuntary psychiatric commitment, commonly known as “a 302,” according to Gotwald. “There are still all kinds of loopholes and gray areas. Sometimes we can get stuck storing guns for far more than three years,” Gotwald said. According to Munsee, another concern is how to handle households where there are guns owned by more than one individual. “Do I take their word for it, or do I have to do a background check to see who they belong to? And, right now, in Pennsylvania, if I were to buy a gun today, it might take a year and a half to get that all caught up, so it comes up in my name.” Munsee noted that tracking a gun’s legal owner can be complicated. An additional problem for the sheriff’s departments is tracking the individual being served with the PFA. Gotwald said that can also be complicated for authorities. “There are challenges out there that people don’t look at. Sometimes you just know a name without a date of birth or social security number, and there’s more than one person with that name. Sometimes you may only have a nickname to go on. There’s just a lot of stipulations in there that could punish other people if the right information isn’t all available,” he explained. While there are still some questions about how exactly Act 79 will play out once it comes into effect, some of the details are being ironed out in early March at the annual Pennsylvania Sheriffs’ Association Conference. In the meantime, the local sheriff’s departments will continue making plans for expansion of weapons storage, as well as the increased man-hours that will be required for taking, photographing, logging, cleaning, maintaining, and returning guns as required under the new law, and how to pay for it all. Foy believes the county will be responsible for paying for the expenses incurred as a result of Act 79. “I think generally it’s going to be the county who has to pay for it all. I know there are talking that Harrisburg is going to have to come up with some money, possibly, and to me, that’s only fair. There’s only so much money to go around,” Foy said. Generally, Act 79 seems to have created a great deal of concern over how it will be enacted. Both Munsee and Gotwald have indicated frustration with the new law. “The whole bill is one of those things, if you’re against it, you’re labeled as a woman-hating person, but it was just not thought out well enough,” Munsee said. “There could have been some tweaking on it that could have made it better for us to have to take the guns, and that’s my complaint.” Gotwald added that “It’s just going to become a nightmare for a lot of departments.” http://www.explorejeffersonpa.com/new-law-to-curtail-domestic-violence-gun-crimes-creates-burden-for-sheriffs-departments/