A one-vehicle crash yesterday morning in Lewistown damaged a home and sent the driver to the hospital.  According to Lewistown Police, 30-year-old William Sweitzer was the operator of a vehicle that left the roadway and struck a residence at 301 West Fourth Street.  The accident happened Monday morning at about 8:15.  Sweitzer told police he blacked out until he was helped out of his vehicle after the crash.  He was transported to Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced $108 million in Fiscal Year 2018 Continuum of Care Program grants to support local homeless programs in Pennsylvania.  A HUD spokesman said local communities in Pennsylvania are on the front lines, working day in and day out to reduce homelessness.  The funds will bolster efforts by renewing support to 438 existing programs, and funding 44 new projects.  HUD grants support a broad array of interventions designed to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness.  Nationally, HUD announced nearly $2 billion in January to renew funding to thousands of local homeless assistance programs.


The Mifflin County Regional Police Department is investigating several recent acts of fraud in the area.  Fraudulent acts have been committed via email and telephone.  Regional Police remind citizens to take steps to protect themselves.  Do not send money or give out personal information in response to an unexpected request.  Take the time to research any requests for money.  Do not trust your caller ID<. Technology makes it easy for scammers to fake caller ID information.  Never pay upfront for a promise of something in return. Consider how you pay.  Wiring money through services like Western Union or MoneyGram is risky because it’s nearly impossible to get your money back. That’s also true for reloadable cards and gift cards such as iTunes or Google Play. Talk to someone you trust before you give up your money or personal information.  Con artists want you to make decisions in a hurry. They might even threaten you. Slow down, check out the story, do some research, or consult an expert.  For more information, visit the Federal Trade Commission website at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0060-10-things-you-can-do-avoid-fraud.


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