Police from several area departments responded to an incident yesterday on Logan Boulevard in Burnham. Mifflin County Regional Police along with officers from Lewistown and Granville Township, responded to 402 South Logan Boulevard in the early morning hours due to a man barricaded inside an apartment. Mifflin County Communications received a call at 1:52 am on Thursday. According to the police report, 51-year-old Jason T. First was uncooperative with officers. He retreated to a bedroom and retrieved a shotgun which he aimed at police. Officers began evacuation of the building and surrounding area. A State Police Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) was requested. Negotiations with First continued throughout the morning. He was eventually taken into custody at about 11:36 am and transported to Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital for medical clearance before being arraigned. First is being charged with two (2) counts of aggravated assault.
Mifflin County High School graduation ceremonies postponed from Thursday are rescheduled for today (June 4th) at 6:00 pm at Mitchell Field in Lewistown.
The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee has approved two bills aimed at protecting Pennsylvanians’ Second Amendment rights. House Bill 659 would make Pennsylvania the 22nd state in the nation to implement “constitutional carry.” The bill proposes to put an end to the requirement for a law-abiding citizen to obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm within the Commonwealth. An optional permit would be made available to those who wish to obtain it for purposes of carrying outside the state. House Bill 979 would improve enforcement of existing state law that prohibits municipalities from imposing their own regulations on firearms and ammunition. Both bills go to the full House for consideration. Second Amendment supporters will also want to mark your calendars for Monday, June 7th, for the annual Rally to Protect the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. The rally will be held on the front steps of the state Capitol in Harrisburg starting at 10:00 am.
PennDOT has issued an update on the Route 322 – Potters Mills Gap project. Today (June 4th), PennDOT will open Route 2015 from Route 144 to Decker Valley Road. Work will continue off the roadway for the removal of the arch culvert over Potter Run. Drivers are encouraged to follow traffic signs through the project.
The American Red Cross will conduct a blood drive today (June 4th) in Mifflin County. You can give the “Gift of Life” at the Kish Innovation Center on Route 655 in Reedsville from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment.