Arrest Made in Large Gun Theft
Authorities have a suspect in custody for the theft of over two dozen firearms from a sporting goods store in Corry. He was arrested Tuesday night by local police in Jamestown New York after being identified with assistance from the ATF. The accused is a 17 year old male whose identity is protected because of his age, he allegedly entered the store by pushing through a window mounted air conditioning unit and took 32 guns.
Balloon Launch in Meadville Today
Today at 4PM, the Thurston Classic Committee plans to launch a hydrogen gas balloon at the campus of Allegheny College in Meadville. The launch will take place at Balloon Launch Field next to the tennis courts.
State Rep Introduces Shawn’s Law
State Representative Dawn Keefer has introduced a new bill increasing the criminal penalties for encouraging people to commit suicide. In a press statement yesterday she announced the submission of a bill named Shawn’s Law, after a 25 year old woman who killed herself when she received online encouragement to do so.
Home Invasion Robbery in Centerville
State troopers are investigating a Wednesday robbery in Centerville where an armed suspect assaulted a 76 year old man and then stole over $15,000 in cash and valuables at knife point. At about 2AM Wednesday morning the victim discovered the suspect in the act of burglary in his home on Garland Street, and was then assaulted and forced to open his safe at knife point. The suspect then fled in an unknown direction.
Franklin Man in Custody for Attacking Wife
29 year old Robert Villar of Franklin is in police custody; accused of simple assault and domestic violence after an alleged altercation with his wife Wednesday night. Villar is accused of striking his wife in the head with a metal thermos and then kicking her while she was on the ground. Villar fled the scene after police were called and was arrested on Thursday.
West Nile Virus Warning
The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed earlier this week that a Philadelphia man was diagnosed with the first case of a human infected with West Nile virus this year. With that confirmation comes a warning for residents to take steps to minimize their contact with mosquitoes. Last year there were 33 serious cases of West Nile in the commonwealth that resulted in two deaths.