LOCAL NEWS | MAY 7, 2019

LOCAL NEWS | MAY 7, 2019

LOCAL NEWS | MAY 7, 2019

State Senator Judy Ward (R-30) has been appointed to lead the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee for the remainder of the 2019-20 Legislative Session.  The appointment was made by President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25).  The committee is responsible for reviewing legislation and resolutions related to a number of subjects pertaining to housing and community revitalization.  The panel also oversees the operations of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.  Ward previously led the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee.  She serves parts of Huntingdon, Cumberland, and Franklin Counties, along with Blair and Fulton Counties.


Several train cars derailed late Monday afternoon along the Juniata River in Mifflin County.  The incident was reported just after 5:00 pm Monday near River Road and Mel’s Lane in Bratton Township.  Norfolk Southern is investigating the incident.


An East Waterford woman has been charged as a result of a death investigation from 2017.  According to State Police, 38-year-old Roxanne Gibbons was charged through District Court for possession of a controlled or counterfeit substance.  The investigation was part of an October, 2017 death in Walker Township, Juniata County.


Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is leading a bipartisan group calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take further action to stop the growing proliferation of illegal robocalls and spoofing.  Shapiro and attorneys general in 41 other states have urged the FCC to adopt its proposed rules on enforcement against caller ID spoofing on calls to the United States originating from overseas, while also addressing spoofing in text messaging and alternative voice services. The number of spoofed calls and the consumer financial losses tied to these scams have increased by nearly 50-percent in recent years.  Americans received almost 18 billion scam robocalls in 2018.  The FCC reports that imposter scams have reportedly cost consumers $488 million in 2018 alone.


Authorities in Huntingdon County are investigating the theft of more than $1,100 late last month.  According to State Police, the funds were stolen from the Saltillo Girls’ Fastpitch Team after a tournament April 27th.  Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police at Huntingdon at 814-627-3161.




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