Recognizing the long recovery ahead in many areas of Pennsylvania that suffered extensive damage related to Tropical Storm Ida, the state House and Senate have approved a resolution extending the governor’s disaster emergency declaration issued August 31st.  The resolution proposes to extend the declaration through October 27th.  This is the first time the General Assembly has voted to extend a disaster emergency since voters approved an amendment to the state Constitution limiting a governor’s disaster declarations to a maximum of 21 days. Anything beyond 21 days requires legislative approval.  

The Department of Justice has awarded $600,000 to “Center Safe” to combat domestic violence. “Centre Safe” is a private, not-for-profit agency located in Centre County.  The Justice Department’s Office of Violence Against Women grant to Centre Safe’s Civil Legal Representation Project (CLRP) will provide legal services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in civil litigation including divorce, custody, support, housing, and Title IX matters. The grant will support the CLRP’s work to reduce vulnerability and mitigate the lifelong effects of domestic violence and sexual assault. 

Authorities are investigating a recent burglary at the UPS Customer Center in Milroy.  Sometime between September 18th and 19th, thieves cut the seal, gaining access to the dock at the facility.  Once inside, thieves opened packages, loaded them into a vehicle and fled the scene.  UPS is conducting a complete inventory.  State Police will continue the investigation.