The man who was found guilty of third-degree murder and other charges related to the death of Mifflin County Junior High School teacher Harry Aultz will face 20 to 40 years in prison. 61 year old Stuart Bryant of Coatesville was sentenced Friday. Following a three-day trail in April, a jury found Bryant guilty of third degree murder, homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and other related summary offenses. The charges come from a devastating car crash on January 28, 2019 in Granville Township, in which Bryant was reported to have been driving as fast as 114 mph at times, while under the influence of alcohol. During Friday’s hearing, Bryant apologized to the Aultz family and the Lewistown community for his actions. Afterwards, he was returned to the Mifflin County Correctional Facility to await transfer to a state prison.
Huntingdon State Police are looking for help regarding an attempted criminal homicide. Officers responded to a report of a home invasion in Dublin Township yesterday. A unknown suspect robbed the home of an 86 year old woman. During the robbery, the victim sustained severe injuries and had to be life flighted. Troopers determined her vehicle was missing. The car is described as a 2001 silver Chevy Impala, license plate number DKD3848. Anyone with information regarding this incident or the vehicle is asked to call Huntingdon State Police at 814-627-3161.
The Mifflin County Regional Police Department completed 355 incident reports during the month of May. Regional officers investigated 17 incidents of burglary or fraud. There was one assault, and 25 motor vehicle accidents investigated. Regional officers issued 59 traffic citations and 21 non-traffic citations. Five arrests were made by Regional Police for DUI last month.
Older adults and Pennsylvanians with disabilities now have until December 31st to apply for the state’s 2020 Property Tax Rent Rebate program. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older. Applicants are encouraged to file their rebate requests online. Rebates will be distributed beginning July 1st, as required by law. Those who already applied can check the status of claims by calling 1-888-PATAXES, or check online at www.revenue.pa.gov.