The Gerhart family lives on 27 acres in the rural town of Huntingdon in central Pennsylvania. When they were told Sunoco Logistics was constructing a pipeline on their land and they had no choice in the matter, they responded with a tree sit as three acres of 80-year-old forest was razed in March of 2016. This spring, as Sunoco continues construction on the Mariner East 2 pipeline, the oil company will be met with a banner hanging high above the cleared trees that reads “You shall not pass.”
According to the NYPD, two men punched a 40-year-old Army veteran in the vicinity of Valentine Avenue and East 194th Street on May 14 and stole his service dog. The victim suffered minor injuries and refused medical attention.
The US Marine Corps relocated approximately 1,100 desert tortoises out of California’s Mojave Desert in April 2017 as the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms underwent expansion and prepared for future training exercises. The relocation effort involved finding the tortoises, assessing their health and then moving them to pre-selected new areas via helicopter.
A car driving through Times Square in New York drove through a crowd of pedestrians, injuring several people. Video shows the car with two of its wheels in the air, leaning on a lampost and steel barriers.
More than 40,000 utility customers are without power after powerful thunderstorms packing high winds rolled across upstate New York. NYSEG reports half of its 34,000 outages Tuesday morning are located in the Binghamton area, where Broome County officials have declared a state of emergency after trees and utility poles were toppled by high winds during Monday night's storms.
A police officer is accused of using excessive force when handling a student at Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh, Pa., on April 3. Civil rights attorney Todd Hollis, who represents Que’chawn Wade, 14, released surveillance footage from the school as part of the court proceedings. The footage shows officer Steve Shaulis from Churchill Police Department pull Wade by his collar after the teen “called him a vile name,” according to Hollis.
A thunderstorm ripped through Centre County on Monday, causing 19,000 West Penn Power customers to be without electricity. First responders also rescued a man trapped under a collapsed shed in Rebersburg.
Park Forest Middle School hosts an annual health fair to help promote healthy lifestyles. Teacher Matt Ammerman said the fair was established about 10 years ago as a way to bring fun activities to students who just completed PSSA tests.
Philadelphia police are asking the public help them identify a robbery suspect who, after stretching outside in the parking lot, drew a gun on employees at a Dunkin' Donuts in Philadelphia on April 22. No one was hurt, and no shots were fired, but he did get away with the cash from the register.