Nobody Harmed in Espyville Police Standoff
Pennsylvania State Police have released details on a standoff with an armed suspect early Sunday morning. James Peyton of Espyville barricaded himself in his home and threatened suicide after a physical altercation with his wife at around 6am. He released his wife from the home and then threatened to kill himself by setting fire to a propane tank and warned he would shoot at police officers if they tried to enter the house. Then Peyton fled, carrying a firearm and the propane tank to his vehicle. He tried to drive away but got stuck in a wooded area where he was surrounded and subdued by troopers while he tried to light the propane tank.
President Pro Temp Sponsors Open Primary Bill
The top Republican in Pennsylvania’s Senate revealed a bill to change the way Pennsylvania does Primary Elections. President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati introduced a bill to create an Open Primary in the Commonwealth. Open Primaries allow independently registered voters to cast a ballot for either republican or democratic candidates during primary elections. Scarnati’s Chief of Staff says its one step to help heal the huge partisan divide in politics.
Clarion State Troopers Seak Leads in Theft Case
State Police in Clarion are investigating the theft of the following items from the home of a 53 year old woman who lives on Pine Lane in Lucinda. A Toro push mower in signature red, a yellow Echo weed eater, a signature orange Husqvarna chainsaw, and a red five gallon gas can. The items were stolen last week between Saturday September 8th and Saturday September 15th. Anyone with information should call the Clarion State Police at (814)226-1710.
Income Tax Intercept Program Considered Success
2016’s income tax intercept program is being hailed as a success one year after it came into effect. The income tax intercept program works when a judge determines a defendant owes restitution to a victim. It empowers the Department of Revenue to divert state income tax returns from the criminal to the victim instead. Since Governor Wolf signed the program into law it has diverted about $14 million to the victims of crimes.