It’s been almost two years since a Penn State student died following a night of hazing at a fraternity house but defendants are still fighting charges. What once were 28 people facing charges, now is five. 14 members of the fraternity have pleaded guilty to minor charges. In February 2017, 19 year old Timothy Piazza consumed a large amount of alcohol at a party and fell down a flight of stairs. Prosecutors say Piazza was left helpless for hours and suffered severe head and abdominal injuries. The former District Attorney wanted to pursue involuntary manslaughter charges, but those did not stick.
Huntingdon State Police are investigating a cruelty to animals case. A dog was found deceased near the parking area of Northbound Drive in Porter Township on December 3. The Pennsylvania Game Commission discovered a black lab mix wearing a collar and teal colored leash. The collar had the word WOOF written on it. The lab appeared to have been killed and buried under rocks at the location. Anyone with information regarding this case should contact Huntingdon State Police at 814-627-3161.
With snow on the way this weekend, PennDOT is stressing the importance of Winter Driving Awareness Week. Officials say the safest choice during a winter weather event is to postpone any unnecessary travel and stay off the roads. All motorists should ensure their vehicle’s brakes, battery, belts, heater and defroster are checked by a trusted mechanic. Pack an emergency travel kit in the event you become stranded in bad weather. Officials would also like to remind drivers of the importance of being safe around plows as a big part of cautious winter driving. Remain at least six car lengths behind an operating plow and be aware the plow is wider than the truck. You can always “Know Before You Go” by checking roadway conditions at www.511PA.com.
The American Cancer Society is calling on all community members to participate in the annual Relay For Life of Mifflin Juniata on June 8 and 9 at Kish Park. Be part of the fight to beat the biggest rival. The organization is seeking volunteers to form teams and stand shoulder to shoulder with cancer patients and those supporting them. Symbolizing the battle waged around the clock by those facing cancer, this event can last up to 24 hours and empowers communities to take a stand the disease. To learn more about Relay for Life and register a team, visit relayforlife.org/pamifflinjuniata.