An investigation by Mifflin County Regional Police into the theft of construction machinery has led to the arrest of a Bellwood man.  Regional Officers were dispatched to North Main Street in Reedsville for a reported theft on October 5th, 2019.  A Bobcat MT55 skid steer, valued at approximately $10,000, was stolen from a construction site.  A lead in the case developed on January 22nd of this year.  Regional Officers obtained a search warrant for a residence on East Fifth Street in Bellwood Borough, Blair County.  Regional Officers, in cooperation with the Bellwood Police Department, located the stolen machine, and charged 40-year-old Kenneth Parks with receiving stolen property.  The Bobcat skid steer was returned to the victim.

A Mifflin County Library employee has tested positive for COVID-19.  Following PA Department of Health guidelines, the library will be closed until Saturday, February 27th.  If you visited on February 8th or 9th and feel sick, call your doctor and get a COVID test. No fines will be accrued during the closure.

Officials in Snyder County are searching for the individual who shot a runaway dog.  State Police at Selinsgrove received a report of animal abuse on Sunday.  Sometime between February 4th and 5th, the victim’s dog was shot in the area of Walker Lake Road in Center Township.  Anyone with information should contact State Police.

With Pennsylvania lagging behind the vast majority of states in its administration of the COVID-19 vaccine, the state House is working on several fronts to get the shots off the shelves and into the arms of medical professionals.   A House Health Committee hearing last week revealed a series of issues, most of which involve a lack of communication and coordination between the state and health care providers trying to administer the vaccines. The issues have led to Pennsylvania ranking 44th in the nation for the percentage of vaccines administered compared to the amount received according to Becker’s Hospital Review.  The House approved legislation that would activate the National Guard to help improve the state’s distribution of the vaccine. House Bill 326 calls on the guard to work with the Department of Health and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to develop plans for the establishment and operation of community vaccination sites in each region of the state.  The bill is now pending action in the Senate.