A Lewistown man is facing terroristic threat charges after firing shots in the borough. 36-year-old Leroy D. Thompson was arraigned on Friday on charges of illegal possession of a firearm, five counts terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and simple assault. Officers were called to a Chestnut Street residence Thursday morning for the report of a man in the street waving a loaded handgun, threatening to “shoot up the apartment building” as he was walking toward the Five Points. Several witnesses claimed they saw Thompson fire off several rounds in town. Police later discovered there was a warrant for Thompson’s arrest out of Georgia. He is being held in the Mifflin County Correctional Facility, unable to post $250,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for 9AM June 2 before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Reed.
A Yeagertown woman was arrested for stealing thousands in cash and merchandise from a Burnham store. 19-year-old Alaina M. Ward, who was employed at the JCPenney store in the Greater Lewistown Plaza, was flagged by the retailer’s Asset Protection Department after her register had been involved in an unusually high number of returns. The investigation revealed 12 fraud returns were processed by Ward since November, totaling over $3,000. Police met with Ward who told officers she would apply credit to both her and her mother’s credit cards and would process returns under her name, her mother’s name and her boyfriend’s name. After her employment was terminated, Ward’s family returned a large number of items, bringing the stolen items total over $11,500. Ward was charged with retail theft, theft by deception and theft by unlawful taking.
A Snyder County man has been charged with sexual abuse of children, and criminal use of a communication facility. According to State Police, 41-year-old David Cool of Mount Pleasant Mills was arrested May 20th after an investigation by the State Police Computer Crimes Task Force, State Police at Selinsgrove, and the FBI. Authorities completed a search warrant on the 3000 block of Grubbs Church Road in Perry Township, Snyder County during a child pornography investigation. Authorities seized Cool’s device, and the email address matched information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Cool was placed in the Snyder County prison on $50,000 bail.
PennDOT has announced roadwork will get underway tomorrow in Juniata County with two roads in Mifflin County to follow. Work will begin on Tuesday, May 25 as crews work to improve Free Spring Church Road in Juniata County from Oakland Mills to Route 3002 in Locust Run. As crews work, a daylight alternating traffic control pattern will be in place. Through the summer, other roads to see work under this contract are in Mifflin County and include Jacks Mountain Road from Little Kansas Road north toward Belleville and the bridge approaches on Route 1003 in Siglerville. This work is part of a $2 million project, expected to be complete in mid-August.