News Live 365: April 29th, 2022

A Conneautville man has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful restraint, reckless endangerment, and more. Jonathan Williams of Conneautville was arrested on Monday, April 25th after allegedly accusing the mother of his child of cheating on him and hitting her multiple times while wielding a knife and then trying to leave with their 10 month old baby, but was arrested by State Police from Meadville before he could get far.

Edinboro University’s Art100 celebration begins tonight at 4:30PM with the dedication of a historical marker commemorating Waldo Bates Junior on 213 East Normal Street in Edinboro. Also known as “Pop”, Waldo was a World War I veteran, founding Dean of Edinboro’s Art Department, and the inspiration behind a Newbery Award Winning children’s book. As a soldier in WWI Bates designed the insignia worn by members of the 42nd Infantry “Rainbow” Division and after becoming Dean of Art at EU took Virginia Sorenson to the sugar shack that inspired her to write the 1956 Newbery Prize winning novel “Miracles on Maple Hill”.
Art100 is celebrating the centennial anniversary of Edinboro University’s Art Department; other events tonight include the solo show “Just Being Human” by Nicole Ellwood at 5PM, “A Century of Art Education: Legacy of Waldo F. Bates Jr.” at 5:30PM, and Erie County Poet Laureate Sean Thomas Dougherty at 7PM.

In State News, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro personally filed a motion to revoke the bail of Somerset County District Attorney Jeffrey Thomas in his rape and assault case. Thomas was charged with rape in September last year and the motion was filed after Thomas was charged in two more criminal complaints this week. On Monday Thomas was charged with assault, reckless endangerment and harassment by the Pennsylvania State Police for a domestic incident in May 2021; he was also charged by the Windber, PA Police Department on Thursday for harassment and reckless driving stemming from March of this year.
Jeffrey Thomas was charged with multiple crimes which include rape, indecent assault, strangulation, simple assault, and criminal trespass by the Attorney General’s office in September last year and is due for trial this September.

A Franklin man was severely injured when his motorcycle crashed in Sugarcreek last Sunday. According to investigators at the crash scene, a 42 year old man operating a motorcycle passed another vehicle in a no passing zone and then lost control of his bike and crashed into a guardrail. He was airlifted to a hospital in Erie.

PennDOT has announced that Lindy Paving will begin a project to resurface more than six miles of Fredonia Road in Mercer County on Monday. The project should run until at least July 2nd and starts at Airport Road in Fairview Township and will end at Hendersonville Road in Sandy Lake Township. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers and travelers should expect delays.

Book bans by school districts around the United States have been making headlines in national news, but what about in Pennsylvania? According to the nonprofit organization Pen America, nine Pennsylvania School Districts have banned more than 456 books since July of last year and nearly all of them were written by black, hispanic, Asian, or gay authors. In Central York School District student lead protests ended most of the bans.