A Meadville woman has been arrested and taken to jail in Mifflin County for human trafficking charges. A release from the Pennsylvania State Police based in Meadville says that they arrested 44-year-old Ellen Marie Cummings on multiple felony counts related to four young female victims that she allegedly forced to work at her auto detailing business in Lewistown Pennsylvania. Cummings and her now deceased boyfriend and business partner allegedly forced four different foster children from Meadville and Pittsburgh to perform detailing work at Tip Top Resources in Mifflin County without compensation, she is also accused of holding the girls against their will and refusing to let them contact friends or family. Court records show the Pennsylvania Attorney General has charged her with 17 felony counts and 3 misdemeanors; charges include false imprisonment, trafficking in individuals, and involuntary servitude; Cummings has had bail set at $500,000. The investigation into the case was a joint effort by the Pennsylvania State Police, Attorney General Josh Shapiro, and the Lewiston PA Police Department.
In Erie County authorities are looking for a maroon Infiniti Q50 involved in a hit-and-run incident in Harborcreek. The vehicle would have major front end damage to its passenger side from an incident on Shorewood Drive between 10PM and 10:30PM last Friday, August 26th. Anyone with information is urged to call the Pennsylvania State Police in Erie at (814)898-1641 and reference incident number PA-1093474.
Crawford Gives raised nearly $655,000 this year. The annual charity drive hosted by the Crawford Heritage Community Foundation set a new record for donations with $654,703.40 raised for local nonprofit organizations in the Crawford County area.
In state news, nearly half the state is now under a drought watch. Persistent dry conditions have triggered the drought watch in 36 counties of Central and Eastern Pennsylvania where residents are being asked to voluntarily reduce water usage by 3 to 6 gallons per day.