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Ludlow man jailed for strangling woman……Two children flown to Children’s Hospital after Sunday morning collision in McKean County…..Firefighter injured by hit and run pick-up…burglars cause $800 in damage while stealing $200 in cash from Elk County business….items stolen from elderly Emporium woman’s home….Charges pending against suspect accused of throwing a rock at State Police car…..8 juveniles arrested at drinking party in McKean County… Lawmaker proposes legislation to regulate CBD products in PA 

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A Ludlow man has been jailed after being arraigned on a strangulation charge. State police at Lewis Run claim when they interviewed a 34 year old Ludlow man and a 28 year old Ludlow woman after a domestic violence incident last night, they arrested the male suspect for strangling the woman. He was arraigned by District Judge William Todd and committed to the McKean County Jail in lieu of$20,000 bail. Troopers say charges are also pending against the woman.

Two children were flown by medical helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Buffalo following a collision Sunday morning I Keating Township, McKean County. State police at Lewis Run report the collision occurred  when Stacey Peterson of Little Valley, NY, while traveling north on Route 46 failed to stop at the intersection with Route 6 and her Dodge Avenger hit in the front passenger side by a vehicle driven  Joseph Gibson  of  Lincoln University, PA. Peterson’s car hit a traffic sign, sideswiped a telephone pole and landed in a nearby yard./ Gibson’s vehicle rolled onto the drivers side into a ditch. Peterson was treated at Bradford Regional Medical Center; a 13 year old boy and 8 year old girl were taken by amabulance to landing zones before going to Buffalo. Gibson did not require medical attention for a minor knee injfury. Peterson was cited for failing to obey a stop sign.

A volunteer firefighter was slightly hurt by a hit and run driver Saturday morning in Corydon Township. According to state police at Lewis Run a fire fighter  was trying to get the driver of the unknown vehicle to slow down at the site of a gas leak on Blueberry Lane. The driver swerve at the firefighter and in doing so, hit Donald Hazzard of Lewis Run in the arm and kept going. The offending vehicle is described as being a green pick up with a green cap and a silver step ladder sticking out from under the cap. Anyone with information is asked to call Lewis Run State police at 814.368.9230.

No injuries were reported for a Bliss, NY woman whose pick up truck collided with a deer early Saturday morning in Eulalia Township, Potter County Bobbie Giboo was going east on Route 49 when a whitetail ran into the path of her Chevrolet Silverado at about 4:30 am.

Burglars caused $800 in damage while stealing less than $200 in cash from a business located at 3740 Ridgway –Johnsonburg Road between 4:00 pm Thursday and 5:30 am Friday. Thre glass window doors at the business were smashed and crooks walked off with $198 in US currency from the business owned by Rory Bennett of Brockport.

A theft of some items from an Emporium residence is being investigated  by state police at Empower. Thieves stole pots and pans a box of Christmas decorations Saturday morning from the home of an 86 year old woman. The stolen property is valued at $100.

Charges are pending against a suspect who allegedly threw a rock at a state police vehicle Monday afternoon in Harrison Township. Troopers say when they were leaving a residence at 335 Howard Road at around 12:30 pm, after assisting Potter County Children and youth a rock was thrown damaging a back window. The suspect, whose name was not released, allegedly fled the scene on foot but was caught a short distance later and placed into custody.

An end of summer underage drinking party in Hamlin township Friday night was busted by troopers from the Lewis Run barracks. When police arrived at the party in progress on Arrow Lane, they found eight minors and determined all were under the influence of alcohol.

Troopers at Emporium s are looking for the owner of a gray Apple iPhone found in the front yard at

Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) today filed two pieces of legislation which would regulate the production and sale of kratom and CBD products in Pennsylvania.

House Resolution 459 would encourage the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide guidelines to the Commonwealth regarding CBD and the proliferation of CBD products. Currently, due to a lack of FDA oversight, there are no quality standards for CBD products and little consistency in the market.

“Consumers need these protections in place to ensure they are getting what they pay for,” said Struzzi. “These standards will provide retailers with the ability to properly market their CBD, and consumers with the assurance that they are buying a safe and effective product.”

House Resolution 460 would encourage the FDA to provide guidelines to over-the-counter sales of kratom. Kratom has come under scrutiny by both the FDA and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, but actions to ban the substance have been withdrawn following significant opposition from the public.

“Kratom is a substance that has helped many people overcome opoid addiction, but can also be dangerous and deadly if abused,” Struzzi continued. “We need guidance and regulations governing its use so that those who do need it can get access without risking harm to others. This could save lives and help others in need.”