A Wrightsville man was arrested after a high-speed chase that originated in Snyder County last Friday afternoon. State Police say a Mazda CX-7 operated by 18-year-old Desmond Waltman was clocked on radar at 101 in a 55-mile-per-hour zone on Route 11/15 in Selinsgrove. Troopers attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but Waltman fled at a high rate of speed. The chase continued through Union County at speeds near 100 mph. Waltman’s Mazda struck a State Police vehicle after making a U-turn near Colonel John Kelly Road in Lewisburg. He was taken into custody a short time later after police used a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) maneuver. Waltman was placed in the Snyder County Prison with bail set at $25,000. Numerous charges were filed including speeding, along with felony counts of fleeing and eluding, and aggravated assault against law enforcement. More charges are possible. No injuries were reported during the incident.
The Mifflin County School District has provided a COVID-19 update for parents and guardians in a letter from the administration. As of Monday morning, there are three (3) active positive COVID-19 cases in the school district – those cases are at Mifflin County High School and Lewistown Elementary School. Parents are reminded Mifflin County students will not have school on Friday (January 15th) or Monday, January 18th. Friday is an Act 80 day for the district. Monday is a snow make-up day that has not been utilized.
Authorities are investigating a late-December theft in Fayette Township, Juniata County. State Police say four chainsaws were taken from Jay Fulkroad & Sons on Free Spring Church Road in McAlisterville between December 26th and 27th. Anyone with information should call the Lewistown State Police barracks at 717-320-1010.