Authorities have released the name of the driver of a tractor-trailer involved in a crash Thursday afternoon at the base of the Seven Mountains in Armagh Township.  According to State Police, 46-year-old Rafael Tovar of Houston, Texas lost control of the Freightliner rig at about 1:20 pm on Route 322 below the Laurel Creek Reservoir.  The vehicle hit the guide rail and traveled down an embankment, leaking fuel as it came to a rest.  Police say Tovar was traveling at an unsafe speed.  One lane of Route 322 was closed for approximately five hours due to the accident.


Legislation to prohibit those charged with sex offenses against children from being placed into Pennsylvania’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program (ARD) was signed into law last week.  The bill was sponsored by Representative Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin).  First introduced in early 2015, the legislation gained unanimous support in the House of Representatives, but was not taken up for consideration by the Senate.  Benninghoff reintroduced the bill at the beginning of the new legislative session in January 2017.  Last week, on June 20th, it gained the unanimous support of the Senate.  Benninghoff said, “As a state, we have a moral obligation to do everything within our authority to keep predators off the street and away from our children.”


An area man has been accused of endangering the welfare of a child in Huntingdon County.  According to State Police, 63-year-old David Riehl Fisher was told of suspected sexual abuse of a 14-year-old female between June 1st and September 1st, 2007 in Logan Township.  Fisher was pastor of a church when informed of the abuse.  He did not report the incident to authorities.


The Mifflin-Juniata Call-A-Ride Service will operate for Dialysis clients and necessary medical appointments on July 4th.  You must call by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, July 3rd to schedule your ride.  The Call-A-Ride offices will be closed on Independence Day.  Transportation for Thursday, July 5th must also be scheduled by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, July 3rd.


There will be no refuse collection in the Borough of Lewistown on Independence Day.  Wednesday’s refuse will be picked up Thursday, July 5th.




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