Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine spoke out against recent transphobic incidents from across the Commonwealth that targeted her as a transgender woman. A menu from the Crossroads Tavern featuring a transphobic item and dunk tank video from Bloomsburg showing a man dressed up as Dr. Levine drew anger in the state. Dr. Levine said while the individuals may think they’re only expressing anger towards her, they are hurting thousands of LGBTQ Pennsylvanians. She added while a lot of progress has been made in the LGBTQ community, work remains to protect those from harassment and discrimination. Dr. Levine stressed the most vulnerable members of the community including youth, seniors, immigrants and minorities continue to suffer and we have not made progress until we have all made progress.
One woman died in a crash last week in Juniata County. According to Lewistown State Police, a 51-year-old woman, who was the front-seat passenger of one of the two vehicles involved died late Friday night. Police did not identify the woman. Officers said at approximately 10PM, a vehicle crossed the intersection of Cedar Springs Road and Industrial Park Road and entered the path of the vehicle in which was the woman passenger and struck the vehicle. No other details were released about the crash at this time. The investigation continues.
Pennsylvania bar and restaurant owners said they have been unfairly blamed for rising virus case numbers. Speaking yesterday, owners challenged the Wolf administration to provide evidence and blasting the Governor over pandemic restrictions they say will drive many of them out of business. Wolf cited rising infection rates in some hot spots when he imposed a new round of restrictions on bars and restaurants two weeks ago. Capacity was reduced from 50% to 25% and alcohol can only be served with meals. The Department of Health has not released statewide statistics to support its contention that bars and restaurants are fueling higher case numbers. But state health officials said contact tracing data yielded evidence that employees and patrons helped drive the spread there.
The Mifflin County Regional Police Department completed 351 (three hundred, fifty-one) incident reports for the month of June. Regional Officers investigated 20 (twenty) incidents of theft or fraud, 6 (six) assaults and 33 (thirty-three) motor vehicle accidents. Regional Police issued 50 (fifty) traffic citations and 7 (seven) non-traffic citations. In addition, Regional Officers made 2 (two) arrests for driving while under the influence.