LOCAL NEWS | February 26, 2016

LOCAL NEWS | February 26, 2016

LOCAL NEWS | February 26, 2016

The National Weather Service confirmed it was a tornado that touched down on Wednesday. The twister destroyed an Amish school and a number of other buildings. A second tornado hit Wyalusing, northwest of Scranton on Bradford County. It was the first tornado observed in Pennsylvania in February in records dating to 1950. It touched down in the dark, which was also unprecedented.

Charges were bound over against a Belleville man accused of assault. A preliminary hearing for Efrain Quinonez was held February 19th. The charges stem from a domestic disturbance. Quinonez is a part-time Lewistown police officer and DCNR Park Ranger. The state Attorney General’s office is prosecuting the case.

A public meeting concerning a major development project for Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County is scheduled for Thursday, March 24th at Trough Creek Valley Fire Department. A developer wants to bring a resort and marina that would bring jobs and recreational activities to the region.

A new study by Triple-A shows around 87 percent of drivers admit to unsafe behavior while driving. Some of those behaviors include driving while distracted, drowsy, speeding, running red lights or not wearing a seat belt. The statistics are staggering: 70 percent of drivers reported talking on a cell phone while driving.
42 percent admit to reading a text message or email while behind the wheel.
Nearly half of drivers reported going 15 miles per hour or more over the speed limit.
And, 32 percent say they have driven while they are so tired that they almost fall asleep.

A new poll shows only a third of registered Pennsylvania voters believe Governor Tom Wolf is doing a good job as governor. That’s down from 36 percent four months ago and 39 percent in August. The poll showed Wolf’s job performance ratings are similar o those of governors Ed Rendell and Tom Corbett in their first terms.

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