Plenty of officers on the roadway over the holiday weekend. The state’s aggressive driving enforcement initiative was in full swing this past weekend as increased state and local police patrols were out looking for and pulling over drivers who were speeding and exhibiting other aggressive driving behavior. No numbers have been released as of yet, but police were keeping a close eye on very busy roadways from Wednesday right through to yesterday. Police say they will continue to watch for aggressive drivers as well as those who may be driving under the influence and drivers who are not buckling up.
It is the first day of deer rifle hunting season as close to a million hunters are hitting Pennsylvania’s woodlands today. The PA Game Commission reports a nice sized deer population in the PA Woodlands as hunters look to bag that buck or doe. The weather will start off decent though, tomorrow and Wednesday will not be ideal with rain. Area stores reported a brisk business over the weekend as hunters stocked up on supplies and the roadways were extremely busy as the hunters made their way to camp. The season will end up on Saturday December 12th.
The fallout from the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal continues to hit Penn State University in the pocket. A report out last week shows that the University has settled with more of Sandusky’s victims showing $33.2 million dollars in new payments. The amount paid out to victims now totals nearly $93 million dollars all together. School officials say that additional claims could be paid in the future but without having the knowledge of the number and nature of such claims, the university is unable to predict the outcome.
A Loyalsock Township garage was broken into last weekend. State police in Montoursville report that between November 20th and 22nd, someone broke into a garage along Bloomingrove Road owned by the 68 year old homeowner and stole two chainsaws from the garage. It’s not believed that anything else was taken in that burglary and police are asking anyone with information regarding the burglary to give them a call at the Montoursville Barracks at 570-368-5700.
An unidentified 21 year old Middleburg man was jailed over the weekend after he took off from police who tried to pull him over for speeding in Snyder County. The man was pulled over on Routes 11 and 15 in Monroe Township around 7:05 on Saturday morning but took off from police leading them on a pursuit over several roadways into Penn Township where he finally p\pulled over on Old Colony Road. The man was jailed on a probation detainer and faces charges of fleeing and eluding, recklessly endangering and other summary violations.
A Bradford County man has been charged with cruelty to animals. It’s believed that on two separate occasions 32 year old Simon Wickey went to the Baptist Hill Road home in Columbia Township of Daniel Chamberlin and severely beat the family’s leashed dog causing permanent disfigurement to the animal by striking the animals’ eyes. It’s believed that Wickey waited until the man was not home to commit eh crimes. The man told police that he beat the dog due to the aminol aggravating him due to barking though he lives a half mile away. He is being charged through the district judge’s office there.
Assault charges could be filed pending an investigation into a young child’s injuries in Bradford County. State police in Towanda report that a 6 month old boy from New Albany was taken to Towanda Memorial Hospital to be checked for a fracture of his left arm. A subsequent examination showed that he has suffered previous fractures to both arms. Police and the Bradford County Children and Youth are investigating. A suspect has not been named as of yet.
State police in Montoursville say they are investigating the theft of two firearms from a home in Muncy Creek Township. Sometime between July 1st and November 13th of this year, someone entered the home along Maple Lane and stole the firearms belonging to a man from Benton and another man from Clarkstown. The total of loss has not been released. Anyone with information into that theft is asked to contact state police in Montoursville at 570-368-5700.