A Hamburg, New York woman is charged with multiple felonies after leading police on a chase through Erie County. 34-year-old Leah Fulford faces charges of aggravated assault, aggravated assault with a vehicle, fleeing and eluding police, and more after her arrest on Wednesday morning. The North East and Pennsylvania State Police allege Fulford was DUI when she fled the scene of a car accident in North East in a green F250 pickup and led both departments on a chase that passed through Harborcreek and Westleyville, then ended at a cul-de-sac in Erie at about 10:35 yesterday morning. Authorities had to surround Fulford’s truck to prevent her escape and she tried to ram her way out, crashing her vehicle into police and civilian vehicles, and only surrendered after an officer discharged his weapon. On top of about a dozen felony, misdemeanor, and summary charges in Erie County Fulford was also driving a vehicle stolen in New York State.
The City of Girard is the recipient of a more than $6,000 grant to restore the community’s historic Civil War monument. The monument was commissioned in 1865, the same year that the war ended, making it one of the first post war monuments in the United States; it was patronized by then famous circus owner and performer Dan Rice, a celebrated long-term resident of the borough in the 19th century. Girard’s monument holds the claim of being the first monument to honor the war’s dead soldiers. Money for the restoration comes from the Keystone Historic Preservation grant program overseen by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Pennsylvania’s Governor, Tom Wolf, announced yesterday that the commonwealth has issued a $1.75 million capital assistance grant to ByHeart, one of only five factories in the United States that produce baby formula. ByHeart is located in Reading Pennsylvania and produces its own brand of baby formulas and was the first new baby formula plant constructed in the last fifteen years. When announcing the grant approval Governor Wolf remarked that while there is no one solution to the baby formula shortage he believes ByHeart can help relieve the pressure.