LOCAL NEWS | JUNE 14, 2018

LOCAL NEWS | JUNE 14, 2018

LOCAL NEWS | JUNE 14, 2018

One of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity brothers charged in the 2017 hazing death of Penn State student Tim Piazza has pleaded guilty to four counts of hazing and five counts relating to unlawful acts involving liquor.  Twenty-one-year-old Ryan Burke entered his plea yesterday in Centre County Court. The action marks the first guilty plea entered in the case involving 26 fraternity defendants.  Burke admitted his role in the hazing of Piazza, which included actively encouraging a gauntlet of drinking games.  After a night of drinking at the fraternity house, Piazza suffered a fall down basement steps that proved fatal. Sentencing for Burke is scheduled for July 31st.


Authorities have filed charges against a man who attempted to pass counterfeit $100 bills.  Lewistown Borough Police arrested Jeremiah Dreese on June 5th after he tried to purchase $5 worth of merchandise at the Dollar General Store on South Dorcas Street.  A few hours later, he tried to purchase $30 worth of gas at the Sunoco Station on South Main Street.  The clerk recognized Dreese as a former co-worker.  He was brought in for questioning and admitted to using counterfeit bills.  Dreese was charged with two counts of felony forgery and placed in the Mifflin County Correctional facility.


The Pennsylvania House has unanimously adopted two resolutions introduced by Representatives Scott Conklin (D-Centre) and Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), congratulating the Penn State wrestling and men’s basketball teams on championship-winning seasons.  House Resolution 956, introduced by Conklin, congratulated Coach Cael Sanderson and the Nittany Lions’ wrestling team on its seventh National Championship in eight years.  House Resolution 954, introduced by Benninghoff, recognized Coach Patrick Chambers and the men’s basketball team for their victory over Utah to win the 2018 National Invitation Tournament.


Farmers market vouchers for eligible low income seniors will be distributed today through a partnership of Mifflin-Juniata Regional Services and Pennsylvania’s Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). Recipients will be given a list of participating farmers and markets when they receive their checks.  Distribution will be from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm at the Moose Family Center, Country Crossroads Senior Community Center, Milroy Senior Center, Four Seasons Senior Community Center, and McAlisterville Senior Community Center.  Qualifying seniors must be 60 years old or older by December 31st.   Proof of Age is required, and household income guidelines must be met.  For more information, call 717-242-0315.




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