News Live 365: December 17th, 2018

Missing Teen Sought by Police

PSP Meadville
The Meadville State Police are asking for help locating a teenager who has been missing for nearly a month. John Washam-Simmons is a black male about 5’9” and 140 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes. John is a suspected runaway who went missing on November 23rd and was believed to be heading to the Meadville Area. If you have information about the disappearance of John Washam-Simmons please call the Meadville State Police at (814)332-6911

 

Regional Plumbing Companies Sued by State for Fraud

Office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro
The Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection has filed a lawsuit against two area plumbing companies owned by members of the same family. Nolan Stahl is a franchisee of a major plumbing company active in Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, and Washington counties. He is accused of defrauding customers by leading them to believe they needed costly replacement sewer systems. His father Howard Stahl is also named in the lawsuit from when Nolan worked for his company.

 

Suspicious Device Located in Conneautville Park

PSP Meadville
Pennsylvania State Troopers called the Erie County Bomb Squad to Lord Mason Memorial Park in Conneautville after a suspicious device was discovered in the area at around 5PM Saturday evening. The suspicious device was dismantled by bomb technicians at the scene and it was determined it was no threat to the public. An investigation is ongoing.

 

Arrest Made in Knox Burglary

PSP Clarion
Ralph Meyers of Vandergrift PA was arrested in connection to a burglary in the Clarion County Boro of Knox. Meyers is accused of stealing a 12 gauge shotgun, .22 caliber Remington rifle, and a nail gun.

 

Farm Bill Legalizes Hemp Production in US

Radio PA
Industrial hemp is poised to become a cash crop for hundreds of Pennsylvania farmers after the passage of the 2018 US Farm Bill which removes the plant from being listed as a scheduled drug. Hemp was once a thriving crop grown by the commonwealth’s farmers and could become so again thanks in part to a research project carried out by the PA Department of Agriculture.