Pennsylvania Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) have announced the Senate passage of their bipartisan legislation, the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act, which would give the children of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and EMS workers the maximum Pell Grant authorized by federal law. Pell Grants are distributed based on students’ financial need using a formula that determines how much each student and family is able to pay towards that student’s education. To qualify for a Pell Grant, students must demonstrate significant financial need. Nearly 75% of Pell Grant recipients have a family income of $30,000 or less. A similar benefit is provided for children of parents in the Armed Forces who were killed in the line of duty in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11th, 2001.


A weekend incident in Huntingdon County is under investigation by State Police. Twenty-year-old Richard Gilson of Thompsontown told authorities he was at a party on Black Log Valley Road in Shirley Township early Sunday morning. Gilson observed four or five black males taking money from an unknown male victim that was passed out on the couch. When he confronted the men, he was dragged outside, and kicked and punched several times. One of the men then displayed a 9 mm pistol. Anyone with information is asked to call State Police at Huntingdon at 814-627-3161.


A Selinsgrove man has been charged with identity theft, access device fraud, and related crimes after a lengthy investigation by Police. Twenty-six-year-old Nathan Fisher is accused of using the personal information of Lewis Land, a part-time employee at Vivace Music Center in Selinsgrove. Earlier this year, Fisher opened four separate lines of credit totaling more than $40-thousand-dollars in Land’s name. Fisher was taken into custody by Selinsgrove Police yesterday. A preliminary hearing is set for September 26th.


The PA Turnpike Commission (PTC) has begun mothballing and removing the bright yellow emergency call boxes that are positioned at one-mile intervals along the shoulder of the 550-mile toll-road system. PTC crews are expected to complete the task by September 29th. During the removal process, any call box still in place will remain functional. Because of the change, Turnpike officials are reminding travelers to dial *11 on a mobile phone to report an accident or other emergency occurring on the Turnpike system. The boxes, which have been icons along the Turnpike since 1988, have become obsolete as cellphone and smartphone use has surged. Besides plummeting use, another reason the commission is removing call boxes is the increased risks pedestrians face with record traffic volumes, higher allowable speed limits on state highways and the prevalence of driver distraction.


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