A truck trailer caught on fire Monday afternoon at Red’s Diner. No one was injured during the fire. According to Bill Fike, Fire Chief for Highland Park Fire Company, the truck malfunctioned and caused the fire. Junction Fire Company, Lewistown Police Department, Mifflin County Regional, Brooklyn Hose Company, Highland Park Fire Company and Fame EMS arrived on-scene around 2:30PM.


A Juniata County woman told police on Saturday she’s one of the people responsible for the November 23 robbery at Vince’s Pizza and Family Restaurant in Burnham. According to documents filed Saturday, 23-year-old Chandra May Kratzer, contacted Mifflin County Communications to speak with police about the robbery, during which cash was stolen from the restaurant. Kratzer provided the clothing, mask and gloves she claims to have worn during the incident to police and a statement indicating she was one of the people responsible. She was arrested by Mifflin County Regional Police and is now facing charges of robbery, criminal conspiracy engaging, theft by unlawful taking and simple assault. She’s currently incarcerated at the Mifflin County Correctional Facility, unable to post $100,000 bail. Kratzer has a preliminary hearing scheduled for January 8.


PennDOT announced all drive license and photo centers will be closed Wednesday, January 1, in observance of the New Year’s Holiday. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s website at www.dmv.pa.gov. Motorists can also check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com.


The Borough of Lewistown will begin collecting Christmas Trees on Thursday, January 2 and will continue the collection until Friday, January 10. Collection of the trees will be the same day as your normal trash collection. Customers wishing to have their tree collected should place the tree at the curb prior to 6AM on their normal collection day. After the collection period, residents may deliver their trees to the Borough Warehouse Facility on Washington Ave at no charge between the hours of 6AM and 2:15PM Monday through Friday. Residents are reminded that the trees are chipped into mulch and are NOT land filled.


The Borough of Lewistown is notifying customers of changes to the trash and recycling routes for the upcoming holiday. Wednesday’s route will be picked up one day later on Thursday. There are no changes to other days. Wednesday’s recycling customers are reminded their recycling materials are to be held until the next scheduled recycling day on January 15.


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