Armed Standoff in Crawford County
Cambridge Springs – A police standoff in Cambridge Springs ended non-violently with the arrest of 45-year-old Gregory Blystone. Blystone is accused of shooting multiple times at a neighbor in the nighttime hours on Wednesday and then retreated into his home which started a lengthy standoff with the police shortly before 10 o’clock. Blystone surrendered peacefully to a Special Emergency Response Team before they attempted to breach his home and has been charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and terroristic threats.
Publications Praise Local College
Meadville – US News and World Report has ranked Allegheny College as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the nation. Allegheny was rated as 75th out of the top 100 liberal arts institutions in the United States and the publication highlighted the school’s dedication to undergraduate research and social mobility as two of its greatest features. Allegheny College has also been lauded as top 50 by Washington Monthly and The Princeton Review referred to it as one of the best private schools in the northeast.
State News Headlines
Harrisburg – On Tuesday, Pennsylvania’s Governor Josh Shapiro announced that automatic voter registration is now in effect at the Department of Motor Vehicles. While applying for licenses, registrations, and IDs, qualified Pennsylvania residents will automatically be prompted to answer questions related to completing or updating their voter registration unless they opt out of it, where previously they needed to opt in. More than 60% of all Pennsylvania voters already update their voter registration while at the DMV.
Uniontown – The state has filed suit against two Fayette County landlords Joseph S. John and his son Joseph II, alleging violations of multiple housing, labor, and fairness laws. They are also alleged to force tenants to pay rent in person and with cash only so that they can intimidate and sexually harass their tenants; the state has filed an injunction that forces them to accept rent by check or money order and prevents them from seeing their tenants in person.
Bedford – A Bedford County woman was convicted on Monday for the 2018 homicide of her husband. A jury determined that Nancy Focht shot and killed her husband on September 11th, 2018 while he was in their shed and then called 911 to report that he had shot himself. The 75-year-old will receive a mandatory life sentence during her sentencing hearing in October.