…Armed robbery and hijacking probed in Cameron County…DUI and drug charges filed against several drivers….State police announce drug seizures for third quarter of year….Residents invited to nominate Trail of the Year….

Cameron County

State police at Emporium are investigating an armed robbery/hijacking taking place last week in Gibson Township, Cameron County. A 57 year old Allport, PA man told troopers a male suspect held him at knife point while his female accomplice stole the keys from his 2012 Chevrolet Silverado and about $200 worth of  food and clothing items from the truck. The male is described to be about 5’8” with dark brown hair and a dark scruffy full beard. The female is said to be about 5’10”, weighs 220 pounds and has red hair.  They  were driving a dark colored pick up towing an aluminum horse trailer about 14’ long. The incident reportedly took place at about 7:00 pm Friday evening  on the Hoover Road. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 814-486-3321.

An elderly Eight Four PA woman has been arrested in Cameron County for DUI. State police at Emporium said when they stopped the suspect’s 2018 Dodge Ram for traffic violations on the CCC Memorial Highway early last Wednesday morning, they found she was driving the pick up under the influence of alcohol.

Troopers at Emporium also arrested 35 year old Shaun Parks of Emporium for drug possession after stopping his vehicle on Route 120 in Shippen Township last Friday morning. Authorities claim they found Parks in possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

Drug charges have also been filed against 30 year old Samantha Bartles of Renovo. Emporium Troopers allege they found Bartles in possession of marijuana and related paraphernalia after stopping her 2001 Toyota Camry on the Renovo Road Friday morning.


The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) announced troopers seized more than 108 pounds of cocaine, 144 pounds of methamphetamines, 85 pounds of fentanyl, and over 65,000 pills of assorted narcotics and other illicit drugs in the third quarter of 2022.

The PSP also collected 698 pounds of prescription and other medication as part of its drug take-back program during the third quarter of 2022. There are 65 drug take-back boxes at state police stations throughout the commonwealth, providing a safe way to dispose of unused or unwanted medication 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Third Quarter Drug Seizure Totals

Drug      Total Seized        Total Value of Amount Seized

Cocaine                102.8 lbs.            $2,261,600

Crack Cocaine    5.79 lbs.               $92,640

Heroin  25.2 lbs.               $856,800

Fentanyl              85.54 lbs.            $1,368,640

LSD – Pills and Paper       421 doses           $8,420

Marijuana THC – Liquid  23.65 pints         $158,455

Marijuana THC Solid        441.8 lbs.            $2,209,000

Marijuana Plants              271 plants           $44,715

Processed Marijuana     1,014 lbs.            $3,042,000

Methamphetamines      144.1 lbs.            $1,441,000

MDMA – Ecstasy              2.33 lbs.               $7,689

MDMA – Pills     692 pills               $10,380

Other Narcotics                63.05 lbs.            $126,100

Other Narcotics (pills)    65,345 pills         $1,633,625

                Total Value         $13,261,064

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) announces that Pennsylvanians are being asked to nominate their favorite trail for the 2023 Trail of the Year. Each year, the Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee designates a Trail of the Year to help build enthusiasm and support for trails and raise public awareness about the value of Pennsylvania’s Trail network annually.DCNR recently celebrated the Delaware Canal State Park Towpath as Pennsylvania’s 2022 Trail of the Year.

The Advisory Committee is tasked with implementing the development of a statewide land and water trail network to facilitate recreation, transportation, and healthy lifestyles for all.

Pennsylvania is home to more than 12,000 miles of trails and DCNR supports trail projects across the commonwealth as a part of its goal to have a trail within 10 minutes of every resident.

The winning trail will be recognized in a news release by the advisory committee and DCNR; a commemorative poster for statewide distribution; a trailhead marker along the trail; promotion on ExplorePATrails; and a grant for educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection on the trail.

If you know of a trail that provides unique opportunities, encourages and celebrates diverse user groups or enhances your community, nominate it for the 2023 Trail of the Year.

For consideration, a nomination form and supporting documentation must be submitted online by November 11, 2022. The Trail of the Year will be announced in early 2023.

Visit the Pennsylvania Trail of the Year web page for more information about where to submit the form and supporting materials.

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