A weekend armed robbery in Juniata County is under investigation by State Police.  A man with a handgun entered Tom’s at the Stop 35 Plaza in Mifflintown Saturday at about 11:30 pm and demanded money from the cashier.  He fled with an undetermined amount of cash.  The suspect is a white male in his 30’s with a thin build, approximately 5-8 to 5-11.  At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a tan or beige hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants.  He was wearing a beanie hat with a scarf around his mouth.  Anyone with information should contact State Police at 717-320-1010.


Toll Increases on the Pennsylvania Turnpike went into effect yesterday (January 6th).  Tolls will reflect a six-percent increase for cash, E-ZPass and “Toll By Plate” users.  The Turnpike Commission (PTC) says the increase, approved by commissioners last July, is needed to meet the dual funding obligation to improve the toll-road system, and support mass-transit improvements across the Commonwealth.  As a result, the most-common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase a dime for E-ZPass customers from $1.30 to $1.40 and 20 cents for cash customers from $2.10 to $2.30.  The toll increase will apply to all PA Turnpike sections and extensions.


Authorities in Huntingdon County are searching for the person responsible for shattering the driver side window of a vehicle traveling on an area roadway.  A 59-year-old Mount Union man told police, a thrown projectile smashed his window January 2nd as he was traveling on the Big Valley Pike in Mill Creek.  Anyone with information should contact State Police at 814-627-3161.


PennDOT has announced the deadline for students to submit ideas for the department’s Innovations Challenge has been extended to January 25th.  Students in grades 9 – 12 are invited to explore innovative technologies and methods – aside from laws and educational campaigns – to get drivers to slow down in work zones. The Innovations Challenge aims to educate students on challenges the department faces and encourage them to consider PennDOT as a future employer. The department will choose regional winners who will then compete in Harrisburg at the statewide level in April.  The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) is providing $1,500 to divide among the winners of the statewide competition.  For complete Innovations Challenge details, visit www.penndot.gov/innovation.


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