LOCAL NEWS | SEPTEMBER 8, 2017

LOCAL NEWS | SEPTEMBER 8, 2017

LOCAL NEWS | SEPTEMBER 8, 2017

A traffic stop late last month in Juniata County resulted in charges against a Drexel Hill woman.  According to State Police, 20-year-old Sherine Ahmed Mroueh was traveling 109 miles per hour in a posted 65 miles per hour zone August 25th on Route 322 in Walker Township.  A probable cause search of her vehicle was conducted after the strong odor of marijuana was detected.  The search uncovered bags of marijuana, a scale, a safe, and cash.   Mroueh was charged with possession with intent to deliver, plus related drug charges and vehicle code violations.

 

Recent thefts from motor vehicles in the area have prompted local authorities to issue a warning to residents.  There were multiple reports of break-ins earlier this week in the Borough of Lewistown.  Police say the incidents were reported September 3rd.  Residents are reminded not to keep valuable items in their vehicles, and to lock their doors at all times.  Anyone with information pertaining to the thefts should call the Lewistown Borough Police Department at 717-248-6716 or Mifflin County non-emergency at 717-248-9607.

 

State Representative Rich Irvin (R-Huntingdon/Centre/Mifflin) has issued a statement supporting the plan by Republicans lawmakers to cover the approximately $2.2 billion funding gap in this year’s budget without borrowing money or raising taxes.  Irvin has been encouraging his colleagues to support the plan, which looks to tap into state government accounts that have lapsed or gone dormant with large sums of money sitting idle.  The House is expected to vote on the plan next week when it returns to session.  Irvin plans to vote affirmative on the bill, hoping to bring the state budget to a close.

 

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has agreed to a settlement with a technology company over allegations the firm installed software on computers sold to Pennsylvania consumers that exposed their personal information and made it vulnerable to online hackers.  The settlement with Lenovo Incorporated was negotiated in coordination with the Federal Trade Commission and 31 other state Attorneys General.  Lenovo failed to warn consumers the software it installed on their computers made them vulnerable to cyber-attacks.  In 2014, Lenovo began selling laptop computers that contained ad software – adware – called Superfish VisualDiscovery.  Visual Discovery’s software created a security vulnerability that made consumers’ information susceptible to hackers.  The multistate settlement will distribute $3.5 million nationwide.  Of that total, more than $250,000 ($252,569) will be deposited into Pennsylvania’s General Fund. Lenovo has agreed to a number of corrective actions to ensure consumers’ private financial information is better protected on their computers in the future.

 

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