In Crawford County, authorities are investigating the causes of a crash in Wayne Township. Last Wednesday a 58-year-old man was airlifted to a hospital after his RAV4 rolled over on State Highway 173 at about 8PM. Crash scene investigators say that control of the vehicle was lost and it slammed into a telephone pole and rolled down an embankment and into Little Sugar Creek; the reasons for that loss of control are still being investigated.
PennDOT’s work schedule for the week of August 15th includes the closure of Scott’s Crossing Road in Columbus Township, Warren County, to through traffic while Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad does maintenance on a railway crossing. A full schedule for projects happening in Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango, and Warren counties can be found at PennDOT.gov/District1.
In State News, Adrian Reyes was arrested in Columbia County on two counts of murder and multiple other charges after a spree of violent crimes over the weekend. Reyes drove a car into a fundraising event that was being held to benefit the victims of the fire that killed 10 people in Nescopek; his vehicle killed one and injured more than a dozen other people before he fled the scene. The 24-year-old was arrested in Nescopek shortly after the attack; he had returned home to attack his mother with his car and a hammer; she did not survive his assault.
It has been verified through multiple sources that local garbage collection company Raccoon Refuse has apparently closed its doors. Municipalities like Union City Borough have announced that they were notified of the company’s closure yesterday and they are searching for interim garbage service while they take bids on new providers. On social media, customers were reporting lulls in their trash pickup that were weeks long only days before the company closed. Some customers who paid their bills online may be able to quickly obtain a refund by calling TrashBilling.com at (802)560-3595. At press time no public statements about the situation had been made by Raccoon Refuse management.
In state and local news, 46-year-old Adam Bies of Mercer was arrested and now faces charges related to threatening Federal Agents after turning to social media to say he was going to kill members of the FBI. Bies’s threats were connected to last week when agents from the FBI served a warrant on former President Donald Trump’s south Florida home to collect what were suspected to be classified documents. Authorities learned about the threats from a tip by a concerned citizen who warned them that Bies had taken to social media to comment that he was going to kill as many FBI agents as possible and that all of the agency’s employees needed to die. Charges against him include impeding or retaliating against a federal law enforcement officer and prosecutors are urging the court to hold Bies until trial.