A McVeytown woman has been arrested for attempted criminal homicide. Lewistown State Police responded to a call in Oliver Township Friday evening for a report of a stabbing. 42 year old Archie Ross was engaged in a physical altercation when 29 year old Desiree Kerr stabbed Ross multiple times in the back. Ross fled the scene and was later located at an address on State Route 103. Ross was airlifted and admitted to UPMC Altoona for treatment. Kerr was taken into custody without incident at the scene. Kerr is to be arraigned on charges of attempt criminal homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.
State Representative Margo Davidson (D-Philadelphia) has been charged for stealing from the Commonwealth. The Grand Jury found Davidson requested overnight expenses for nights she did not spend in Harrisburg and received personal reimbursements from the Commonwealth for expenses that had been paid for by her campaign. Plus, Davidson has been charged with Election Code violations arising from a failure to report campaign finance information, as well as soliciting a witness to lie during the course of an investigation. Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) received Davidson’s resignation letter, effectively immediately. The speaker will announce a special election for the 164th district in the next 10 days.
PennDOT has issued an update on the Interstate 99 improvement project in Centre County. The contractor will begin overnight work on the right (travel) lane on I-99 northbound between the Harrison Road interchange near mile marker 80 and the on-ramp for I-80 eastbound at Bellefonte at 6:00 pm today (Monday, July 26th). Work will continue around the clock until Thursday evening (July 29th). The closure of the northbound travel lane will remain in effect until late August. PennDOT will issue updates before the final shift in traffic pattern in early September.
The United States Postal Service is about to get slower and more expensive. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy says he’s approved a plan that says starting next month, the price of first-class stamps will rise from 55 cents to 58 cents, while the delivery time of first-class mail will drop from a guaranteed three days to just 79% being delivered within three days. The change in deliver time for first-class mail will vary by zip code. Twenty one State Attorney Generals disapproved of the plan and the Postal Regulatory Commission advisory’s opinion said the move would not bring much improvement, if any, to the Postal Service’s current financial condition. The changes for first-class stamps will take effect on August 29th.