Man Arrested for Drugs after Odd Behavior
Employees at a convenience store in Cranberry Township, Venango County, decided to call the authorities when a strangely behaving man kept questioning customers about the invisible man in the back seat of his GMC Yukon. State troopers from Franklin later found James Smith of Shippenville some distance away down Route 322 pulled to the shoulder of the road. Smith was charged with DUI of a Controlled Substance when drugs were found in plain sight within his car.
Over 600 DUI Arrests during July 4th Weekend
Pennsylvania State Police
The Pennsylvania State Police have released their statistics for Independence Day Weekend. The statistics show that from July 3rd to 7th troopers responded to over 1,000 crash scenes with 287 injuries and fatalities. The Pennsylvania State Police also arrested 607 intoxicated drivers, issued 12,000 speeding tickets, 900 citations for not wearing seatbelts, and about 300 for not having children in safety seats.
The Jailbreak that Wasn’t
Franklin City Police
Drake Shoemaker of Reno was already serving time at Venango County Jail for Felony Assault and Burglary when he tried to flee from custody Monday while at the Franklin Police Station around noon. After he escaped from his booking officer, officers from Franklin and Sugarcreek Police Departments were quickly able to apprehend him a few blocks away. Shoemaker now faces a new charge of Felony Escape.
PA Posts Second Surplus in a Row
At the end of the FY 2018-2019 budget year Pennsylvania was able to deposit $317 million surplus dollars into its rainy day fund. This is the second time in a decade the commonwealth has had a budget surplus and the $340 million in its rainy day fund is only estimated to be enough to pay the state’s expenses for four days while the average state has enough for about 23.
School Code Includes New Protections for Sexual Assault Victims
Part of the school code bill signed by Pennsylvania’s Governor, Tom Wolf, seeks to make it easier for young women to report sexual assaults on college and university campuses. Starting next semester schools are required to provide amnesty from their drug and alcohol policies if they are a part of a reported assault, and provide an anonymous online way to report in the near future.