Emporium man charged with harassment…theft of bikes probed in Cameron County…Mansfield woman charged for hit and run….Both Westfield drivers unhurt in collision…bill focusing on parole process for violent criminals awaits governor’s signature….
An Emporium man has been charged with harassment by communication in connection to an incident occurring late last Friday night in Shippen Township. Troopers claim 42 year old Jonathan Wareham of Emporium made unwanted contact with a 43 year old Emporium woman just before midnight on Route 120.
State police at Emporium are investigating a theft taking place on Trailer Court Drive in Shippen Township between last Thursday and Saturday. Thieves took a small blue tricycle and a small blue bicycle from the residence of a 24 year old Emporium man.
Troopers at Mansfield have charged a Mansfield woman in connection to a hit and run early Sunday morning in Middlebury Township. State police say Mindy Shirley was headed south on Hills Creek Road a few minutes before 4:00 am when she swerved to avoid a deer. Her Ford F-150XLT went into a ditch attached to a driveway on the left side of the road. Shirley left the scene before police arrived but was later located at her home and was interviewed by officers.
Both Westfield drivers escaped injury in a collision last Wednesday afternoon in Deerfield Township. According to Mansfield state police, the collision occurred when Dustin Worthington could not slow down in time and tried to pass a Toyota Rav4 driven by David Miller which had stopped to turn left from Route 49 onto Merrick Hill Road but his 2005 Dodge Durango struck the left rear of the Miller SUV.
Legislation, which focuses on the parole process for violent offenders, is on its way to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk for his signature. House Bill 146, or Markie’s Law, was named after Markie Mason, an 8-year-old boy who was brutally stabbed to death by a man who was paroled at the end of his minimum sentence for homicide, even after committing two separate assaults of other inmates while in prison.
The bill would postpone consideration of a violent inmate’s parole an additional 24 months following the inmate’s minimum release date for each conviction of a violent offense while incarcerated. In addition, it would suspend consideration of an inmate’s parole an additional 12 months if the inmate attempts to escape, smuggles contraband, or retaliates or intimidates witnesses while incarcerated.
Keith Burley, a convicted murderer, was released from prison in March 2019 after serving 20 years in a robbery/shooting death. Burley was arrested four months later in the stabbing death of Mason, who he abducted in a car with his 7-year-old brother during a domestic dispute.
The parole board determined that Burley was not only rehabilitated, but also that he no longer posed a risk to the public at the conclusion of his minimum sentence.