The Department of Justice has announced $42 million in funding to combat the illegal manufacture and distribution of Methamphetamine and Opioids at the state level. In the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the State Police will receive over $1.5 million to support investigations into trafficking in heroin, fentanyl, or carfentanil, or the unlawful distribution of prescription opioids. More than 130 people die every day in the United States after overdosing on opioids, while methamphetamine continues to be one of the most commonly misused stimulant drugs in the world and is the drug that most contributes to violent crime.
Authorities in Huntingdon County continue to search for an area man missing since April 30th. State Police say 46-year-old Steven Brode was last seen in Bedford County. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact State Police at Huntingdon.
The refuse collection schedule in the Borough of Lewistown will change this week due to Independence Day. Thursday’s route will be picked up today. Friday’s route will be picked up on Thursday. Friday’s recycling customers should hold materials until the next scheduled day on July 17th.
This Fourth of July, the Mifflin County DUI Task Force and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) urge drivers to designate a sober driver before heading out for the evening. The DUI Task Force will be conducting targeted enforcement for impaired drivers now (July 1st) through July 26th on area roadways. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver. Take the keys away from a friend who is about to drink and drive and make arrangements to get your friend home safely. If you see a drunk driver, contact the Mifflin County Communications Center at 717-248-9607.
Each summer, Pennsylvanians help track wild turkey populations by reporting sightings to the Game Commission. Again this year, they will have two months to report observations. The Pennsylvania Wild Turkey Sighting Survey opens today (July 1st) and will run through August. The two-month window follows the current national standard used by all state wildlife agencies, providing comparable data across the wild turkey’s entire range. Turkey sighting reports can be made through the Game Commission’s mobile app, or on the agency’s website at www.pgc.pa.gov.