An election worker has pleaded guilty in connection with voter fraud committed during a 2017 special election for a state House seat in Philadelphia. The guilty plea marks the fourth of four election workers who either pleaded guilty or acknowledged responsibility for their roles in an election fraud case prosecuted by the State Attorney General. Wallace Hill of Philadelphia, a Translator at Poll 43-7 in the 197th House District special election in March 2017, pleaded guilty to failure to perform his duty and was sentenced to 18 months’ probation and disqualified from voting for 4 years. The sentencing took place in a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. To help prevent future election or voter frauds in Philadelphia, the Office of Attorney General has created a Voter’s Rights Guide. The office also created a guide for campaigns to follow so that staff and poll watchers better understand how to follow Pennsylvania law.
Authorities are searching for a stolen vehicle in Lewistown. Someone took a black 2003 Ford F-350 from the lot at Victory Auto on West Fourth Street sometime between June 1st and 3rd. Anyone with information should contact Lewistown Borough Police.
The Pennsylvania State Senate has unanimously approved bipartisan legislation creating a new school threat monitoring system in an effort to help reduce school violence, according to Senator Jake Corman (R-34), who strongly supported the measure. Corman said the “Safe2Say” Program would allow anonymous reporting of threats regarding unsafe, potentially harmful, dangerous, violent or criminal activities in schools. Corman said, “The measure will help to save lives by providing an avenue to report potential threats and other activity.” Senate Bill 1142 was modeled after a similar system created in Colorado – the “Safe2Tell” program – following the tragic school shootings at Columbine High School in 1999. Since its inception, Colorado authorities have received more than 30,000 reports of potentially dangerous situations.
The American Red Cross will be in Juniata and Mifflin County for blood drives today. The Bloodmobile will be at the Port Royal Methodist Church on Fifth Street from 1:30 pm to 7:00 pm. The Red Cross will also conduct a blood drive at Trinity United Methodist Church on South Main Street in Lewistown from 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm.