…More charges filed against Bradford man accused of more than 200 sexual assault charges….Three Montgomery County teens arrested for shoplifting in Mansfield….State police trooper arrested for aggravated animal cruelty….Grants awarded for ATV trails and snowmobile facilities….
A seventh victim has come forward claiming she was a victim of indecent assault by 51 year old Darvin Carpenter of Bradford between 2015 and 2017.. Carpenter was arrested July 19 by state police for allegedly sexually assaulting five other victims between 2000 and last week. Carpenter is now charged with multiple crimes including corruption of minors, indecent assault by forcible compulsion, indecent assault of a person less than 16 years of age, indecent assault without consent and distribution of a small amount of marijuana. Carpenter now faces a total of 266 counts and remains lodged in the McKean County Jail in lieu of $5 million bail. The first case recently came to light when a 13 year old girl told the Children’s Advocacy Center of McKean County that Carpenter had touched her in a sexual manner when she was in sixth grade.
Three Montgomery County PA teenagers are being charged with theft for shoplifting at the Mansfield Walmart Sunday evening. Two males ages 18 and 17 from Pennsburg and a 17 girl from Red Hill are accused of taking $960 worth of merchandise including Pokemon and NFL cards, a gray tote box,Lego sets an HP wand and other items.
The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) announced a state trooper is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals after an on-duty incident Dec. 28, 2021, in Chester County.The criminal complaint filed by the PSP Internal Affairs Division alleges Corporal Michael Perillo, assigned to Troop J, Avondale, responded to assist at an incident involving a loose horse on the roadway. Upon arrival, Perillo drove a patrol vehicle into the horse multiple times, causing it to fall. Using the vehicle, Perillo pinned the horse to the pavement, where it was then euthanized by another trooper.
The horse was on the shoulder of Route 1 in Lower Oxford Township and had already been struck by a motorist before troopers were dispatched.
Perillo is charged with two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, both graded as a felony of the third degree, and one count of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor of the second degree. He has been suspended without pay pending resolution of the case. The complaint was filed before Magisterial District Judge Scott Massey, in Oxford. He was arraigned today at the Chester County Justice Center, and bail was set at $50,000 unsecured.
Perillo enlisted in the PSP in September 2006.
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has announced new grant funding totaling $955,500 for all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and snowmobile facilities and trails in Pennsylvania. The investments from the ATV Management Restricted Account and Snowmobile Management Restricted Account will support construction or maintenance of ATV and snowmobile trails and facilities. The seven grant recipients are:
Rock Run Recreation, Inc., $132,900 to purchase equipment to maintain approximately 140 miles of ATV trails at Rock Run Recreation Area in Chest Township, Cambria County and Chest Township, Clearfield County;
Elk County Riders Inc., $444,100, for development of the Byrnedale ATV Connector Trail in Jay Township, Elk County;
Wales Sno-Drifters, Inc., $23,100, for purchase of equipment to maintain and construct approximately 50 miles of snowmobile trails in Greene Township and Wattsburg Borough, Erie County;
Majestic Kamp & Lost Trails, Inc., $203,300, for purchase of equipment to maintain and construct approximately 67 miles of ATV trails at Majestic Kamp & Lost Trails in Otto, Keating and Foster townships, McKean County;
Potter County ATV UTV Club, $9,500, for purchase of mobile youth ATV safety training equipment; and
Marienville Trail Riders Snowmobile Club, $53,400, for purchase of equipment to maintain and construct approximately 150 miles of snowmobile trails in the Allegheny National Forest and Jenks Township, Forest County.
Central Mountains ATV Association Inc., $89,200, for purchase of equipment to maintain and construct approximately 300 miles of the Central Mountains ATV Association trail system in Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Union and Warren counties;
The department can award grants two times each year to municipalities and organizations for development of publicly accessible ATV and snowmobile trails and facilities.
The next ATV and Snowmobile grant round opens on August 1 and closes on September 30.
Grants are open to municipalities, non-profit and for-profit organizations.
Proposed snowmobile and ATV related projects eligible for DCNR grants include: planning, land acquisition, development, rehabilitation, maintenance, purchase of equipment for maintenance and construction, and development of educational programs related to snowmobile and ATV trails and facilities.
No match is required for this funding; however, applications providing matching funding will be given additional consideration.
With a few limited exceptions, all snowmobiles and ATVs in Pennsylvania must have a registration issued by DCNR.
Statewide, Pennsylvania has nearly 38,000 active snowmobiles registered, and nearly 275,000 ATVs.
Grants are administered by DCNR with funding provided from registrations.
More information about ATV and Snowmobile grants is on the DCNR website.