Mifflin County has a new planning director. County Commissioners have announced the hiring of Mark Colussy, Huntingdon County’s planning director for the past seven years. Colussy served as an associate planner in Mifflin County prior to his work in Huntingdon. He will replace veteran planner Bill Gomes who retired. Colussy recently received the award for the best Comprehensive Plan in Pennsylvania in 2018. He will assume his new duties on February 11th.
A former Carlisle police detective and FBI task force officer has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Justice Department officials say 52-year-old Christopher Collare, currently a resident of Blythewood, South Carolina, was indicted for bribery, drug distribution, fraud, and making false statements. The indictment alleges that Collare, who was a veteran detective for the Carlisle Police Department, a task force officer with the FBI, and a member of the Cumberland County Drug Task Force, allegedly agreed to accept sex or money in exchange for not appearing at an evidentiary hearing so that a criminal charge would be dismissed. The indictment also alleges that Collare distributed heroin, and defrauded the Borough of Carlisle and the Cumberland County Drug Task Force. Further allegations say Collare made multiple false statements in an interview with federal agents in May 2018.