A Tyrone man was killed in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Huntingdon County. According to State Police, 38-year-old James Byerly was pronounced dead after being flown to UPMC Altoona. He was the driver of a Ford Fiesto that impacted a large farm truck driven by 50-year-old Michael Hanks of Huntingdon. The crash occurred just after 4:00 pm yesterday on Spruce Creek Road in Franklin Township.
Statistical data for the month of May has been released by the Pennsylvania State Police. Troop G in Lewistown received 100 reports of criminal activity, with 71 in Juniata County and 29 in Mifflin County. Police issued 1,198 traffic citations in the two-county region in May. There was one highway fatality reported in Juniata County. That incident claimed the life of 24-year-old Garrett Kauffman of Thompsontown on May 24th. Kauffman was pronounced dead at the scene of the one-vehicle crash on William Penn Highway in Walker Township
Representative Rich Irvin (R-Huntingdon/Centre/Mifflin) will host veterans’ assistance hours at his district office in Huntingdon on one Wednesday each month during June, July, and August. The first session will be June 12th, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Veterans can meet with a service officer from the American Legion, and learn of benefits and services available to them, including compensation, pension, death benefits, education and health care. Veterans do not need to be a member of the American Legion to receive these services. Irvin’s district office is located at 612 Pennsylvania Avenue in Huntingdon. To schedule an appointment, call 814-644-2996.
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has released its biennial “Report on Underage and High-Risk Drinking.” The report details current trends and rates of consumption for underage and college students, and outlines statewide education and prevention initiatives to address alcohol-related issues. More than 80 percent of students in grades six, eight, 10, and 12 think their parents would disapprove of them using alcohol. Of the students in grades six, eight, 10, and 12 who used alcohol, nearly one in four obtained it from a parent, and one in five obtained it from a friend’s parent. More information on the report is available at KnowWhenKnowHow.org.