A Pennsylvania family was devastated when their adopted Beagle Flash escaped from their yard last Tuesday after a contractor left a door ajar.
Flash is microchipped, but when he was found he was returned to Main Line Animal Rescue, the organization where the family adopted him from two years ago.
Main Line refuses to return their dog, claiming the family violated their adoption contract “by not calling us when you discovered he was gone.”
“MLAR will retain ownership of the dog and find him another home,” MLAR owner Bill Smith wrote in an email to the family Friday.
The family called Plymouth Township police and the ASPCA when Flash ran away. Both took the family's name and number.
“They then asked if he had been chipped, and I said yes,” Alexis Krekstein told NBC10. “And they said ‘Then don’t worry, you’ll get a call back if they find your dog.’”
“I thought I was doing the smartest thing by getting the information out around here where he would be found,” Alex Krekstein said. “It never occurred to me the chip would show up Main Line Animal Rescue and they would not return the dog back to me.”
Rob Krekstein said the email was “infuriating,” claiming the shelter suggested they “were not taking care of the dog” and “didn’t want the dog.”
“It’s a member of my family,” he said. “You treat a dog like a child. For two years he’s been here.”
The Krestein’s own another Beagle named Rosco.
“I don’t consider my dog a contract,” Rob Krekstein said tearfully. “I didn’t rent the dog. The dog lives in my home. It’s a member of my family.”
Smith told NBC10 that the family was aware of the contract they signed with the shelter, two years ago.
The website for the shelter says, “MLAR celebrates the special bond between companion animals and the people who love them - through rescue, adoption, education and community outreach.”
Flash does not appear to be listed on the site’s adoption page.
A $1.25 million lottery prize went unclaimed last month after the Pennsylvania man with the winning numbers accidentally threw his tickets away.
The man generally plays 20 to 25 Quinto tickets every day with the same set of five numbers. When the numbers finally won on March 13, the man misread the numbers and trashed his tickets, which were valued at $50,000 a piece.
The Pennsylvania Lottery attempted to find the winner in February by asking players to “check the drawer by the sink, under the couch and in the glove box.”
Lottery spokesperson Lauren Bottaro said she sympathized with the winner, but that the unclaimed prize has returned to the lottery fund and can no longer be redeemed.
“We do what we can,” Bottaro said. “But sometimes, it’s just not enough.”
An employee of the Zhou Grocery that the man frequents said he was so mad after learning of the expired tickets that he played $400 in lottery that day.
A military drone crashed near a Lebanon County, Penn. elementary school last week, raising concerns over the increased use of the unmanned vehicles within the United States.
The drone was a 400-pound, 11-foot-long RQ-7 Shadow, most likely operating out of Fort Indiantown Gap, a nearby Army post. Major Ed Shank, public affairs officer for the Pennsylvania National Guard, explained that the drone was being used as part of a training exercise.
“Here at Fort Indiantown Gap, that’s the first time something like this has happened,” said Shank. "When it does happen, we investigate it very thoroughly to figure out what happened and then let the public know and let our own aviators know so that it doesn’t happen again."
No one was injured in the crash, although the $150,000 drone was completely destroyed after suffering a “hard landing” on the ground and being run over by a civilian vehicle, RT reports. According to Fox News, there were no students present near the school at the time of the crash. The incident is currently under investigation.
Pennsylvania sewage and water officials are cracking down on accepting change after a woman paid her $200 utility bill with a shoebox of coins.
The woman brought the shoebox to the Millcreek Township Municipal building, paying a small amount in cash and the bulk of the bill in coins.
Officials said it took four township employees one hour to count all the change and roll it up for deposit.
"They had never encountered a similar situation," Millcreek sewer and water executive director David Sterrett told the Erie Times-News.
That same day the water authority passed a resolution limiting how many coins they will accept as payment. Sterrett calls it the “loose coin policy.”
They will accept up to $10 in unrolled change or $20 in rolled coins. Customers who pay with rolled coins, have to write their name and telephone number on each roll.
If there are bank fees for depositing the coins, the water authority will pass the expense on to the customer.
Pennsylvania man James Valentine was rushed to a Pittsburgh hospital after a chainsaw blade was embedded in his neck on Monday afternoon.
Valentine, a professional tree trimmer, was trimming a tree in Ross Township when the accident happened. His coworkers quickly helped him down from the tree and made sure the blade remained in place to prevent profuse bleeding.
A doctor arrived on the scene to stabilize Valentine, who was then helped into an ambulance.
The 21-year-old was then taken to Allegheny General Hospital where an x-ray was taken of his neck; the x-ray showed that the blade had missed major arteries and had only cut through muscle.
Adler Tree Service owner and Valentine’s employer Dominic Migliozzi called the rescue “amazing”.
Valentine has since been released from surgery.
An elderly Pennsylvania woman received a bill for $1,200 from a contractor whom she hired to shovel and sweep snow for her one time.
The contractor said that he can’t run his business on minimum wage, which is $7.25 an hour. Instead, he appears to charge $400 an hour.
The 88-year-old, who told WJAC-TV she wished to remain anonymous, said she saw an ad in a newspaper for Tri-County Chimney Service. She called Tri-County to remove snow from her five window awnings and the top of her carport.
"With a senior citizen, I thought, well surely he wouldn't … If he would've said $500, I wouldn't have thought so much about it, but $1,200 really is hitting the bottom of the barrel,” she said.
She said she was so shocked that she didn’t want to argue with the man and wrote him a check for $1,200.
When WJAC-TV contacted the owner of Tri-County Chimney Service, Mike Robson, he claimed the figure was fair.
Robson said he worked on her house for two to three hours. He called the woman’s home a high-risk job that comes with insurance and liability.
Another local business, Milkie’s Landscaping, told WJAC-TV it only charges $40 an hour for the same service.
Another snow shower is forecasted for Johnstown Thursday, but the woman will think twice before hiring anyone to remove snow again.
"I was careful, but he caught me off guard," she said. "I think when you're 88 years old, surely in the name of God, somebody's not going to pull stuff like that on you."
Pennsylvania citizens reported sky-high electric bills this winter – some of them three times the normal amount.
"These spikes in the price of electricity are alarming and have put many consumers, especially the poor and elderly, in a dire situation," Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said in February.
Pennsylvania State Police released an excerpt from a 911 call placed by a 28-year-old man when an angry driver followed him for 15 miles and shot him dead
Timothy Davison called 911 on Jan. 4 to report being shot at.
Just after crossing into Pennsylvania, police believe his car was rammed by a pickup truck onto a grassy median, where the other driver shot Davison dead.
There is no evidence that Davison instigated the incident or provoked the shooter, Pennsylvania State Police Capt. Steven Junkin said in January.
Davison had called 911 in Maryland, but the call was cut off. When he called the second time he was on Interstate 81 in Franklin County, Pa. This time he said the driver was shooting at him.
Operator: “OK. Were you the one that called about the Ford Ranger, right?”
Davison: “Yeah, yeah, yeah. The one that just hit me.”
Operator: “What do you mean -- they hit you? Hit your with a car or ...?”
Davison: “Yeah, smashed me with the car. Pushed me across the median.”
Ten minutes later, Davison was found dead in his SUV, which hit a snowbank near Antrim Township.
Police are still looking for a 1993-1997 dark lapis blue Ford Ranger pickup truck.
Davison was returning to Poland, Maine, after visiting family in Orlando, Fla., during the holidays.
Numerous animals were removed from a Chambersburg home after an investigation into child pornography.
Animal Cruelty charges are pending against Larvene V. Wilson, 67, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, after “numerous unhealthy and one dead animal being found in his home” when a search warrant was executed regarding child pornography on February 12.
Wilson was charged with felony child pornography resulting from an investigation into a post on Facebook. Chambersburg Borough Police said the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office received a case referral from Delaware County on February 6, involving a cyber tip for child pornography.
A Facebook employee had alerted Delaware County after discovering that a Facebook user had uploaded potential child pornography to his Facebook account.
A search warrant requesting the IP address and subscriber information revealed the account holder lived in the 300 block of Tolbert Avenue in Chambersburg and was identified as Wilson, police said.
When Chambersburg Police executed a search warrant on Feb. 12 at Wilson’s residence and took him into custody, Wilson’s computer and other items were collected as evidence. Police say more counts of child pornography are pending as they complete their investigation.
Upon reaching the Tolbert Avenue scene, police said they discovered numerous unhealthy and one dead animal in the home. The Humane Society was contacted and removed all the animals. Animal cruelty charges are pending, said police.
Wilson was booked at Franklin County Jail with bail set at $100,000.
Source: The Sentinel
Pennsylvania man Timothy Antonio Diggs, 22, has been charged after he shot and killed a horse pulling an Amish buggy.
On Nov. 24, an Amish family of five reported hearing a “loud noise, described as sounding like a firecracker” as a car drove past them. Their horse ran wildly for a few moments before the buggy’s operator was able to get the animal to settle down. The family arrived home safely.
After arriving home, the family noticed blood coming from the horse’s mouth. They then saw a gunshot wound to his chest. The “firecracker” sound they heard was a gunshot. The family called a veterinarian to their home, but the horse died before the doctor reached their residence.
A necropsy of the horse confirmed that it died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
The East Lampeter Township Police Department conducted an investigation on Feb. 12, 2014. It identified Diggs as the shooter.
Diggs is being charged with five counts of recklessly endangering a person, cruelty to animals, and propulsion of missiles into an occupied vehicle or onto a roadway.
This is not Diggs' first run-in with the law. A December raid of his home found a stolen motorcycle and stolen firearms from two separate burglaries. Diggs is currently incarcerated at the Lancaster County Prison.
Anti-fracking activist Vera Scroggins has been barred from 312.5 square miles of Pennsylvania after a judge issued a court order making it illegal for her to be on any property owned or leased by Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation.
Scroggins, 63, can’t visit supermarkets, restaurants, drug stores, bowling alleys or any of her usual hangouts without the risk of fine or arrest.
"They might as well have put an ankle bracelet on me with a GPS on it and be able to track me wherever I go," Scroggins told The Guardian. "I feel like I am some kind of a prisoner, that my rights have been curtailed, have been restricted."
Cabot, one of the largest gas drillers in the state, holds the lease of 200,000 acres of land, nearly 40 percent of northeastern Pennsylvania, where Scroggins lives.
The company accused her of trespassing and causing irreparable harm to their business.
While the temporary injunction was granted Oct. 21, Cabot will seek to make it permanent in a March 24 hearing. Scroggins has hired an attorney to help her fight the injuction.
Since Cabot was not ordered to identify or map the areas where it holds leases, she’s been left trying to calculate just what roads or buildings she’s not allowed to use.
"We need a map," she said. "We need to know where I can and cannot go. Can I stop here, or can I not stop here? Is it OK to be here if I go to a business or if I go to a home? I have had to ask and check out every person I go to: 'are you leased to Cabot?'"
"It seems to be an extraordinarily heavy-handed reaction by industry and one which was extremely out of proportion to what she has been doing," said Kate Sinding, an attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Scroggins has long been an outspoken critic of fracking the Marcellus Shale. She gives tours in the Dimock area, including those recently given to Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon and Susan Sarandon.