LOCAL NEWS | OCTOBER 9, 2018

LOCAL NEWS | OCTOBER 9, 2018

LOCAL NEWS | OCTOBER 9, 2018

An area man was arrested over the weekend in Juniata County on burglary and drug-related charges.  State Police arrested 30-year-old Eduardo Guzman of Mifflintown Sunday afternoon after he forced his way into an apartment on North Main Street in Mifflintown.  Once inside, Guzman threatened the occupants, Jose and Yajair Mantilla.  While being taken into custody, Guzman was found in possession of drug paraphernalia.   Bail was set at $20,000.  He was transported to the Mifflin County Correctional Facility.

 

Seven times each day, someone in the United States dies in a home fire.  According to the National Fire Prevention Association, cooking fires account for 47% of home fires and 20% of fire related deaths.  Over the past several years, the American Red Cross has installed over 1.4 million free smoke alarms in nearly 14,000 communities.  To mark “Home Fire Prevention Week,” which began October 7th, the Red Cross urges everyone to take lifesaving steps such as developing a fire escape plan in your household and installing smoke alarms in your home.  More information on home fire safety and the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign can be found at redcross.org/gpahomefire.

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Education through the competitive Safe Schools Targeted Grant Program has awarded nearly $128,000 to boost security in four local school districts.  The Huntingdon Area and Juniata Valley School Districts will receive just under $25,000 each to purchase security and safety-related equipment. The State College Area and Philipsburg-Osceola Area School Districts will also receive funds for training and compensation of school police officers.  The Safe Schools Targeted Grant Program supports local efforts to prevent and reduce violent incidents in schools, purchase safety and security-related equipment, and provide training and compensation of school resource and police officers.

 

Paving begins today on Spring Street in the Borough of Lewistown.  The project is expected to last two days.  Flaggers will be directing traffic in the work zone.  Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route if possible.  Property owners are reminded to have all vehicles removed from the work area by 7:00 am each day.

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