A 17-year-old Millerstown male has been charged with aggravated and indecent assault after allegations were made of unlawful conduct. According to Newport State Police, the accused reportedly had inappropriate contact with a 4-year-old female last month. The police department policy and regulations prohibit to disclose further details. The 17-year-old was sent directly to juvenile probation.


The York County coroner’s office released the autopsy on Sprint Car Driver Greg Hodnett Saturday. According to PennLive.com, Hodnett died in a crash at BAPS Motor Speedway last Thursday night. The autopsy showed the cause of death to be multiple blunt force trauma. The manner of death was ruled accidental. The coroner’s office report indicated the 49-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle in Turn 1, causing him to hit a wall at high speed. Hodnett died upon impact. No other vehicles were involved in the fatal crash. Racing in central PA was canceled this weekend because of Hodnett’s death.


The Juniata County School District is cracking down on students who are caught vaping in school. According to a new source, at the Thursday night meeting, East Juniata High School Principal Benjamin Fausey told the board of directors, teen vaping rates have reached epidemic proportions. Bags of e-cigarettes, vape pens and related items were already confiscated this school year and teens using e-cigarettes to smoke marijuana has also been an issue for the district. At least one type of e-cigarette can contain nicotine equal to two packs of cigarettes. Fausey said the faculty is taking a hard stand on this, not taking the situation lightly. Students caught with e-cigarettes or similar items will be suspended.


Drivers can prepare for a traffic switch in Juniata County Monday as work continues for a box culvert replacement on Route 35. The bridge is located two miles northeast of Cocolamus in Fayette Township. With weather permitting, PennDOT says the contractor will be on site Monday morning to pave tie-ins from Route 35 to the temporary run-around. Once paving is complete, traffic will be switched to the temporary roadway and work will continue to replace the existing bridge. PennDOT expects the new bridge to be open to traffic in mid-November.


Work will continue this week on the Route 1021 (Barr Road) resurfacing project in Jackson Township, Huntingdon County.  Beginning today, the contractor will be closing Route 1021 (Barr Road) to install new pipes in two locations and to complete the pavement rehabilitation. Traffic will be detoured for approximately three weeks. The detour route will follow Route 1019 (East Branch Road) to Route 26 (Standing Stone Road) to Route 305.  All work on the project is  expected to be completed by October.  Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com.


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