Council applauds officers’ efforts

LEWISTOWN – Lewistown Police Department Chief Bill Herkert recognized members of the department at Monday’s Lewistown Borough Council who “gave all their efforts” to the investigation of an armed robbery last July.

Herkert recognized Sgt. Travis Sheaffer, Detective Charles Miller, Officer Jeromy Poff and Investigator Craig Snyder for their efforts which ended with three arrests.

“I’m proud, on behalf of the Borough of Lewistown, Mayor Bargo, borough council and the residents of Lewistown, to recognize three of our officers and an investigator from the Mifflin County District Attorney’s Office, for the work they have done in the past eight months in reference to an armed robbery investigation that occurred in the borough,” Herkert said.

Herkert said in July two males entered the Sunoco gas station on South Main Street and threatened a clerk with a gun and demanded money.

An investigation was immediately launched into the crime by LPD.

“This is the kind of thing that keeps out community safe,” Herkert said.

Herkert said Sheaffer, Miller and Poff, with assistance by Snyder, worked tirelessly over the past eight months to review evidence and interview witnesses. All of their hard work paid off, Herkert said. He added that the officers arrested the two men who were in the store and also a third person who they discovered through their investigation.

“We want to keep the streets clean and safe.” Herkert said, “It’s because of the kind of officers we have here.”

After a brief moment to take photos, the council went back to business.

The council approved Ordinance 2013-3 which is an10-year non exclusive agreement with Comcast to provide cable to the borough by a vote of 6-0. Councilmember Justin Trego was absent from the meeting.

The council voted to approved the authorization for the appropriate officers to execute the monthly contractor requests for payments with the Wastewater Treatment Plan Nutrient Reduction Upgrade Project.

A motion for a 90-day trial period on Elizabeth Street, removing the no parking, was passed unanimously. The council will make a final decision after the 90-day trial period is over.

Lewistown Borough Council normally meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the Lewistown Municipal Building on East Third Street.