ATHENS TWP. – A Cambridge Springs man was taken into police custody on Saturday for allegedly threatening a woman at gunpoint. The confrontation occurred at a home on Athens Road in Athens township. 46 year old Michael Sean White is accused of putting a gun to a woman’s head and threatening to kill her.
He was taken to the Crawford County Jail.
UNION CITY BORO – A Union City man is accused of threatening to shoot several family members during an argument. State Police arrested 33 year old Joshua DeWitt Ward at a private residence in the borough Sunday.
Ward was apprehended with the aid of a taser. Police say he was resisting arrest while brandishing a gun in the waistband of his pants.
He’s been taken to jail on charges of Terroristic Threats and Resisting Arrest.
STEUBEN TWP. – Three Crawford County residents were injured in a one vehicle crash in Steuben Township Friday. Police say 18 year old Centerville resident Darr Diegelman was traveling west on Tryonville Road when he lost control on a curve and went into the ditch.
The driver and 22 year old passenger Shantelle Bradley were taken to Meadville Medical Center with moderate injuries.
A third passenger who was 16 years old and not idtntified in the police report also had moderate injuries but did not receive medical treatment.
WAYNE TWP. – Police are investigating an apparent arson during the latter half of last week in Erie County’s Wayne Township near Corry.
The fire started when someone broke a window and threw something into a trailer on Stuart Road belonging to 77 year old Jack Paul Bronson.
The fire did not completely destroy the trailer but resulted in about 5 thousand dollars in damage.
The investigation is ongoing.
VERNON TWP. – A highway worker was seriously injured in an accident in Vernon Township yesterday. Vernon Police Chief Randy Detzel says the worker was struck by a piece of heavy equipment that dislodged after being involved in an accident at the traffic way between the Movies At Meadville and Montana Rib and Chop House.
The worker was airlifted to Hamot Hospital in Erie by a Stat Medivac helicopter.
The crash happened at about 3 in the afternoon.
Legislation is on its way to the governor that would allow more Pennsylvania senior citizens to be eligible for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program should Social Security cost-of-living increases bump their increases above the state limit.
Michelle Brooks’s House Bill 1067 passed the state Senate Monday and now goes to the governor to be signed into law.
The bill would protect seniors from losing their eligibility for a rebate if they receive a cost of living adjustment from Social Security.
Legislation allowing schools to obtain life-saving allergy medication to help students in emergency situations is on its way to the governor’s desk to be signed into law, says the bill’s sponsor, 8th District Representative Dick Stevenson (R-Mercer/Butler).
One in 13 children suffers from a food allergy.
House Bill 803 would allow schools to obtain a prescription for an epinephrine auto injector, known as an “EpiPen.” The supply would be maintained in the school in a safe and secure setting. The bill also permits authorized personnel to administer the EpiPen to any student suffering from anaphylaxis.
This legislation does not implement any type of requirement upon the school and is solely voluntarily.
Use of epinephrine within minutes of a student’s food allergy exposure can literally save a child’s life by opening his or her airway until emergency personnel arrive.
Once the bill reaches his desk, the governor has up to 10 days to sign the proposal.
HARRISBURG — A bill introduced by Rep. Lee James (R-Venango) that would remove a tax provision that harasses out-of-state utility workers who come to Pennsylvania to restore service following an emergency, is one step away from becoming law after the state House Mondayin Harrisburg approved the measure.
A provision in current state law requires out-of-state utility workers to pay all applicable taxes in any Pennsylvania municipalities where they work following an emergency.
That can leave workers who perform jobs in multiple municipalities struggling to determine the various taxes and fees they owe to different governing bodies.
James’ House Bill 2377 would allow out-of-state utility workers to perform work in Pennsylvania following an emergency without paying applicable state and local income taxes and fees. Workers would still have to pay the state sales tax on applicable purchases.
James’ bill was approved by the state House on Sept. 17. The state Senate added an amendment to the legislation and returned it to the House, which approved the updated version of the bill today. James’ bill now heads to the governor to be signed into law.
A youth pastor in Irwin is facing charges for what officials are calling one of the largest collections of suspected child pornography they have ever seen. Andrew Patterson was arraigned yesterday following a three-month investigation by the district attorney’s office. Officials found more than a thousand images and videos of infants and children involved in sex acts with adult males. Patterson is a youth pastor at the Living Waters Family Worship Center in Irwin.
UNION TWP. – A 32-year-old Meadville man was killed in a one car accident over the weekend. Joshua Pipper was pronounced dead yesterday morning while driving on the Mercer Pike in Crawford County’s Union Township. Police say Pipper struck a tree head on after losing control of his car. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was killed on impact, according to the State Police.
The accident was called in at 5:37 Sunday morning. The police investigation is continuing.