Justin Bastow faces charges of kidnapping, strangulation, false imprisonment, and more after the alleged abduction attempt of an 18 year old woman in Waterford. Between 3 and 3:30 in the afternoon on Friday Bastow is accused of forcing a young woman into his truck against her will by using what police described as overwhelming force. He is also accused of forcing her to stay inside his truck by wrapping one of his arms around her neck and choking her. Barstow was denied bail after his arrest and is being lodged at Erie County Prison until his trial.
PennDOT is still reporting multiple roads closed due to flooding as a result of Friday and Saturday’s rainstorms, including a bridge in Mercer County which was completely washed away when a small creek overflowed its banks. Other roads are still closed by trees and storm debris inside power lines or across roadways. PennDOT road crews are working on these and other projects, the schedule of which can be found at PennDOT.gov/district1
In State News, the Pennsylvania Utilities Commission has fined Energy Transfer Company $1 million for a pipeline explosion that happened in Beaver County nearly three years ago. The September 2018 pipeline explosion did not harm anybody, but it did destroy one home; fires started by the pipeline burst burned for hours and more than 3 million cubic feet of natural gas were released
A Fredonia woman is facing criminal charges after being accused of shoplifting more than $600 worth of items from a retail store in Mercer. Mercer County based Police report that Christine Figurel was taken into custody on Sunday afternoon after the alleged theft.
The Pennsylvania State Police Troop E, which serves Crawford, Erie, Venango, and Warren Counties, has joined with State Police forces from six other states as part of the 6-State Trooper Project in targeted enforcement of the “Move Over Law”. Move Over Law requires motorists to move over and slow down when they encounter an emergency scene, traffic stop, or disabled vehicle, which prevents injuries and saves lives. Troop E is partnering with troops in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Indiana in coordinating efforts to police our highways.
Members of Pennsylvania’s Task Force 1 have returned home after spending more than two weeks doing search and rescue and then recovery missions at the site of the condo collapse in Surfside Florida. PA Task Force 1 is one of the 28 teams in the National Urban Search and Response System.