Local News | January 26, 2017

Local News | January 26, 2017

Local News | January 26, 2017

A man from Port Royal has been arrested on charges of raping a child, according to court documents.

Troopers from Pennsylvania State Police in Rockview arrested Matthew Sheffer, 35, on Jan. 24.

According to court documents Sheffer has been charged with 10 counts of rape forcible compulsion, 10 counts of rape of a child, 10 counts of statutory sexual assault: 11 years older, one count of indecent sexual intercourse with a person less than 16 years old, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, 11 counts of sexual assault, 14 counts of indecent assault without consent of another, 14 counts of indecent assault of a person less than 13 years old, 11 counts of indecent exposure, one count of corruption of minors with the defendant age 18 or older and 14 counts of unlawful contact with minors.

Sheffer was placed in the Centre County Correctional Facility on $250,000 bail.

According to court documents, he is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 8.


The 25th Annual Spring Fling Craft Show sponsored by Millerstown Community Success Inc. will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 11 in the Greenwood Elementary School along Route 17 in Millerstown. Doors will open at 7:45 a.m. to accommodate early shoppers.

More than 100 vendor spaces are available. Interested crafters may reserve a space by calling 589-3598. Space is restricted to vendors who make their own crafts; no commercial vendors will be accepted.

An unseasonable warm-up in January has pet owners and animal medical experts on alert for ticks.

While the majority of people encounter ticks during warmer seasons, when people and pets are more active themselves, most ticks found in Pennsylvania will continue to feed year round as long as the temperature remains above freezing.

Because of warmer temperatures, doctors recommends Midstate pet owners to regularly check their animals for ticks, and budget enough money to purchase year round tick prevention products for their dogs and cats.


Some state lawmakers are getting serious about climate changes, especially after this week of unseasonably warmer weather.

At a Capitol, lawmakers announced the formation of a bicameral Climate Caucus, which will bring together members of both parties to discuss important weather topics that affect the state.

Representatives say it’s now more important than ever for legislators to collaborate and share information and ideas concerning climate change and how its impact will affect Pennsylvania

The group will organize at a February 2 meeting.


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