Thirteen local school districts have been awarded a total of $325,000 in state grants to help improve student safety through a new program supported by Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34). The School Safety and Security Grant Program was created by lawmakers earlier this year to provide grants to school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools, and private residential rehabilitative institutions for a wide variety of projects to improve school safety.  Each local school district that applied through the program was awarded a grant of $25,000.  Local recipients include Mifflin County, Juniata County, Greenwood, Huntingdon Area, Mount Union Area, and Juniata Valley School Districts.


A 23-year-old Port Royal man was injured Sunday when he lost control of his vehicle on Route 333 in Juniata County.  The crash occurred late Sunday afternoon in Milford Township.  According to State Police, Zachary Barham was the operator of a Ford F-250 that spun its tires before leaving the roadway east of McLaughlin Road.  The vehicle came back onto the road before overturning and sliding along the guiderail, coming to rest on its roof.  Barham sustained what were believed to be serious injuries.  He was transported by ambulance and then flown to Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital.


A Monday morning one-vehicle crash in Huntingdon County sent an Orbisonia man to the hospital.  The driver of a Toyota Tacoma, 63-year-old Harland Low II, lost control of his vehicle, striking an embankment before rolling approximately three times on Route 522 in Cromwell Township.  He was taken to JC Blair Hospital for injuries of unknown severity.


Pennsylvania’s Office of Attorney General has announced a grant-funded partnership between the AG and the Office of Victim Advocate.  The alliance is focused on ensuring comprehensive services to crime victims and collaborating with county-based service agencies.  The $250,000 grant, which was funded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Fund, was approved for 30 months, with the goal of continuation. VOCA is a federally funded, non-taxpayer dollar grant that is supported by fines and costs from federal criminal offenders.



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