…Church burglary probed by Coudersport state police….Car/deer collisions investigated across region…NY driver speeding before one-vehicle crash in Tioga County….Governor has signed bill to fix unfair unemployment compensation….
A burglary at the North Bingham Community Church in Bingham Township is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. Sometime between last Tuesday, November 1 and Friday November 4, thieves stole wireless battery packs for a guitar valued at $500, SM 58 Microphones valued at $200, a brass lamp, and a snack tote, a podium mic without condenser, a 30 gallon garbage can, drum box, and a blanket.
A Wellsboro driver and her passenger escaped injury in a car/deer collision Thursday night in Ulysses Township. State police report Connie Rice was going east on Route 6 when a deer entered the road in front of her Ford Explorer. Rice and her passenger, Jeffrey Rice, were using seatbelts. The SUV had to towed from the scene.
A Falls Creek man also escaped injury in a car/deer accident Monday night in Fox Township. Troopers say Lawrence Alanskas Jr. was unable to avoid hitting a deer on Irishtown Road with his 2020 Jeep while traveling north.
No injuries were reported for a Romulus, NY driver following a one-vehicle crash late Monday night in Shippen Township. According to Mansfield state police, 19 year old Faith Nolt was speeding when her 1998 Oldsmobile went off of the West Branch Road on a left curve and traveled into a ditch. The car rolled over out of the ditch and landed upside down before rolling over one more time out of the ditch.
Legislation to fix the unfair Unemployment Compensation (UC) rate increases placed on small businesses closed during the pandemic shutdowns has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf as Act 156 of 2022.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, around 2,700 Pennsylvania employers were assessed a UC tax increase based on two factors – one, they were forced into a prolonged pandemic-related shut down; and two, they had previously earned a lower, experience-based UC tax The bill was amended into legislation which closes a loophole preventing spouses from collecting unemployment when their husband or wife is deployed.
Act 156 of 2022 clarifies that a spouse’s move to follow their active-duty husband or wife will not be considered voluntary if it is determined that continued employment would be impractical or unreasonably difficult. Previously, the resignation could have been considered voluntary, and they may not have qualified for unemployment benefits. Act 156 of 2022 takes effect immediately.