An assistant professor at Penn State moonlighting as an Uber driver has been charged in a second kidnapping case. 36 year old Richard Lomotey was charged with kidnapping, unlawful restraint, assault and reckless endangerment after Pittsburgh police connected him to another case of a woman being held against her will. Lomotey allegedly picked up a woman and during the ride, attempted to lock her in the vehicle after she rejected him. The woman told police she became so scared she opened the door and fled the car while it was moving. That same night, incidents happened with two other women. Penn State called the allegations deeply troubling and placed Lomotey on leave from the university. A criminal docket shows he was unable to post bail and remains in jail at this time.
A roadway improvement project on Route 333 in Juniata County will get started on Tuesday, May 28. The work zone will stretch through Thompsontown and into Delaware Township. Work will include base drain improvements, guide rail upgrades, box culvert repairs, paving, and more. Drivers will need to be alert for a change in the normal traffic pattern. As work starts up, one lane of traffic in each direction will be open using the eastbound lanes. Drivers should also remain alert for the potential of flaggers in the roadway. This project is expected to be complete in late August.
The Mifflin County Regional Police Department is currently participating in a national Click It or Ticket Seat Belt Enforcement initiative through June 2nd. The goal is to reduce unbelted injuries and deaths on PA highways through coordinated enforcement using traffic enforcement zones and patrols. Citations will be issued to motorists who are caught unbuckled or transporting unrestrained children. Motorists are reminded Pennsylvania’s primary seat-belt law requires drivers and passengers under 18 years old to buckle up, and children under the age of 4 must be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat. If drivers are stopped for a traffic violation and are not wearing their seat belt, they can receive a second ticket and fine. For more info on seat belt safety, visit penndot.gov/safety.
The Borough of Lewistown is notifying residents of changes to the trash and recycling pickup. Monday’s route will be picked up on Tuesday, May 28, due to the Memorial Day holiday. Monday’s recycling customers are reminded those materials are to be held until the next scheduled recycling day.
And with the unofficial kick-off to summer just moments away, Memorial Day weekend includes lots of celebrations featuring cookouts and barbeques. As the holiday approaches, the National Fire Protection Association reminds everyone to follow some basic precautions for safely grilling outdoors. According to NFPA, from 2013 to 2017, US Fire Departments responded to an annual average of 10,200 home fire involving grills or barbeques. To ensure a fire-safe grilling season, the organization recommends: keeping your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup, place your grill away from the home, keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grilling area and never leave your grilled unattended when in use. For more tips to a safe holiday picnic, visit www.nfpa.org.