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Lock Haven man posts bail after being charged with rape of a mentally-disabled person

Lock Haven, Pa. — A Lock Haven man was charged this week for raping a mentally-disabled person, according to investigators with the Pine Creek Township Police Department. Jeffrey Scott Ballenger allegedly engaged in a series of sexual acts with the person in May, according to the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office. The 57-year-old Ballenger was allegedly aware the woman suffered from a significant mental disability. Ballenger was charged with first-degree felony rape of a mentally disabled person, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of a mentally-disabled person, aggravated indecent assault, and indecent assault of a person with a mental disability during a preliminary arraignment this week. Ballenger posted $100,000 monetary bail through professional bondsman on Sept. 20 and was released from custody. Ballenger will appear before Judge Frank Mills on Sept. 27 for a preliminary hearing. Docket sheet
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Sheriff’s office asking for help to locate accused child rapist

Williamsport, Pa. — The Lycoming County Sheriff’s Officer issued an arrest warrant for a 37-year-old man accused of raping a child. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Steven Randal Guthrie is being asked to call 1-800-4PA-TIPS or submit a tip online at PA Crime Stoppers. Guthrie is accused of 12 counts of rape of a child, 10 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, five counts of aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children, and indecent assault of a person less than 13 years old.
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This Pennsylvania Restaurant Has One of the Best Sunday Buffets in the State

Sundays are the best days of the week for a relaxing meal. A perfect chance to catch up with friends and family, indulging in a scrumptious breakfast is always a great way to end the weekend. While Pennsylvania is filled with tons of amazing brunch restaurants there are none quite as good as John Wright Restaurant. This Sunday buffet in Pennsylvania boasts an incredible assortment of breakfast and lunch dishes with sensational views of the Susquehanna River.

Police investigating reports of 'nude male night walkers' in Pa. county

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police in Pennsylvania say they are investigating reports of "nude male night walkers."According to the Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department, officers were called to East End Drive and Ditz Drive in Lancaster County for a welfare check on Friday around 2:20 a.m. Officers talked to the person who requested the welfare check and learned it was for a person working on a car nearby.Police searched the area and saw a nude man walking in the distance. Police said officers chased the man but he got away. Police said the man was fully-nude beside a shirt or cloth wrapped around his head. "This incident may be related to other investigations involving similar reports of nude male night walkers," police said. Anyone with information can call Northern Lancaster County police at 717-733-0965.

WATCH: Four Bears Break Into Pennsylvania Home, Clean Out the Fridge

Four hungry bears were caught on camera recently as they ransacked a Pennsylvania home, clearing out the fridge almost completely. The group was led by a momma bear as her three cubs followed close behind. Initially, the rambunctious four had a hard time opening the front door to the lake home. However, as the jaw-dropping footage shows, the wild animals were able to soon find their way into the house.

This Abandoned Asylum is One of the Creepiest Places in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is filled with history but perhaps one of the most truly terrifying relics of its storied past is the concept of the asylum. Psychiatric hospitals, also known as mental health units or behavioral health units, are hospitals or wards specializing in the treatment of severe mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder. During the early 20th century, Pennsylvania was home to dozens of them.

Their View: State prison staffing crisis shows no sign of ending

Tired of ads? Subscribers enjoy a distraction-free reading experience. Pennsylvanians are getting back to work. The economy is on the rebound. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate is now lower than its pre-pandemic level. That’s great news, but not for everyone, including those who work some of the most dangerous jobs in the commonwealth. Right now, the commonwealth’s prison system continues to see its vacancies skyrocket with no sign of slowing, creating a dangerous atmosphere for prison employees and inmates.

Proposed bill in PA state senate would require drivers to pay turnpike fees before registering car

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- There's a new push to get toll evaders on the Pennsylvania turnpike to pay up. A bill in the state senate would require drivers to be paid up on their turnpike fees before registering a car.Another plan would garnish tax refunds or lottery winnings to cover outstanding tolls. The sponsors say it's impossible to get some drivers to pay their fees otherwiseThe sponsors say they hope the plans pass sometime during the 2023 session.

Changes to SNAP income thresholds will expand eligibility for benefits, Wolf admin says

Pennsylvania will increase the income threshold for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applicants next month, making the program accessible to more Pennsylvanians, Wolf administration officials said on Thursday. Beginning on Oct. 1, Pennsylvania will increase the income threshold for SNAP applicants to 200% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines (FPIG),...

Cross Country Competes at Lock Haven

Lock Haven, Pa. (9/24/22) – The Kean University men's and women's cross country teams competed at the LHU Invitational on Saturday with several Cougars posting personal individual top times for the season. The meet with the largest that Kean has been a part of this season, with 44 schools...

Online survey now available

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is accepting construction and maintenance services feedback through an online survey. The public can take the survey through October 14 here. “PennDOT team members and our industry partners work hard year-round to support safe and efficient travel,” PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said. “Our annual...

Castanea man now considered a fugitive from justice

CASTANEA TOWNSHIP – Jimmy “Hank” Carlton Henry remains at large in connection to an arrest warrant issued August 15, 2022 on criminal charges related to the sexual assault of a minor child. Clinton County authorities have now classified Henry as a Fugitive from Justice and enlisted the...
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What You Can Do During Hunger Action Month [Opinion]

For many of us, no matter our age, the month of September instinctively causes us to think about the beginning of a new school year. While some children cringe at the idea of the lazy days of summer ending, another group of students embraces the start of the school year as a welcome end to a summer of hunger. For these children, it’s a return to receiving guaranteed meals at school.

Man charged with drug trafficking offenses in Clinton, Lycoming counties

WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY — According to U.S. Attorney Gerald M. Karam, a Philadelphia man was indicted by a federal grand jury for drug trafficking charges. Karam said that 27-year-old Demitri Carroll was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute drugs and nine counts of possession with intent to distribute drugs in Clinton and Lycoming […]

Two charged after home invasion in Williamsport

Williamsport, Pa. — Two Lycoming County women were charged after allegedly forcing their way into a home and starting a fight with another woman. Williamsport Police received a call just before 1 a.m. on Sept. 15 from a person who said two people were fighting inside a home near the 800 block of Elmira Street. Officer Jamie DeSanto got to the home and broke up the altercation, police said. Terry...

Looming election jolts Harrisburg into action as Pa. lawmakers pass a flurry of bills, cash in on fundraisers

HARRISBURG, PA – Horse-trading, nose-holding, and a whole lot of cash. The Pennsylvania Capitol this week jolted into action with just six more voting days before the pivotal midterm election, advancing a slew of bills with one common theme while lawmakers raced from fundraiser to fundraiser seeking to bolster their campaign coffers.

Warriors Throttle Lock Haven in PSAC East Opener

EAST STROUDSBURG – The East Stroudsburg University football team picked up its second consecutive victory with a convincing 48-7 victory over Lock Haven on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Eiler-Martin Stadium during Family Weekend. The Warriors (2-2, 1-0 PSAC East) even their record and get a win in its...